Group Trips to Dharamsala, India
Each year, our Tibetan partners at Lha Charitable Trust host approximately twelve international groups. Lha Charitable Trust coordinates volunteer activities, provides cultural and educational opportunities, and offers accommodations and meals. Donations made by these groups to Lha Charitable Trust are a major funding source which keeps the organization functioning, and has been crucial to our Tibetan friends since the first Tulane University student group visited in 2002. Thanks to group trips, Lha Charitable Trust affords salaries for 13 full time Tibetan employees and provides social services to more than 250 refugees each day. Thank you groups and group leaders!
Group Trips For 2020:
Volunteer and/or Cultural Exchange
This year seven groups are planned through different universities, organizations or individual group leaders. Four are open to the general public while the other three are for students only. Each group has a maximum of 12 participants
• Global Medicine Group | Aug. 1-15 – Designed for nurses but open to other healthcare providers
The following trips are open to specific student groups only:
• Tibetan Footsteps | Sept. 12-24 – Mindfulness Trek across the Himalayas above Dharamsala (physically challenging)
• Tibetan Buddhism with Mindfulness Training | Oct. 10-24
• Himalayan Yoga Retreat with Swan River Yoga | Nov. 13-29
• Loyola University – Loyola undergraduates
• Tulane Medical School – Tulane Medical School students
• Tulane Center for Public Service CPS – Tulane undergraduates
For more information about joining one of these groups, or putting together a group for yourself or your organization, contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Louisiana Himalaya Association does not organize, coordinate or in any way have responsibility for group trips to India. Groups are the responsibility of the universities, organizations, and/or individuals who put the groups together.
"More than 15 years ago, volunteering with LHA changed the trajectory of my development as a physican. I returned on these group trips three times since, and have worked with other international social work and health organizations. I find LHA’s approach to be unique and rare. LHA ensures that Western involvement does no harm, utilizing donated time and resources prudently, and focusing on long-term relationships. LHA has a long, successful history of simultaneously helping Tibetan exile communities, and exposing Westerners to a culture which has much to teach."
–Shuchin Shukla, MD, MPH
Ochsner Medical Center of New Orleans, in conjunction with
The Louisiana- Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care
Organization (LMHPCO), Tibetan Delek Hospital and
Men-Tsee-Khan Institute for Tibetan Medicine organize an
annual Mindful Medicine Conference in Dharamsala, India.
Following LHA's mission, this conference and our other groups
focus on sharing information, skills and practices.
LMHPCO organizes a separate annual trip focused on hospice
and palliative care issues within the Tibetan community.
Groups of medical students from Tulane and LSU come to
India each summer to provide general health assessments to
Tibetan refugees and refer those in need to local practitioners
for free dental, eye and medical care. Annually, over 300
refugees receive needed services, which are paid for through
funds raised by these student groups and other generous donors.