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Group Trips to Dharamsala, India

Prior to the pandemic our Tibetan partners at Lha Charitable Trust hosted approximately twelve international groups annually. They coordinate volunteer activities, provide cultural and educational opportunities, and arrange accommodations and meals. Groups have traditionally been limited to a maximum of 12 participants in order to assure personalized experiences for all participants. Donations made by these groups to Lha Charitable Trust have been 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. Group trips have played a major role in Lha Charitable Trust paying salaries for the full time Tibetan employees and provides social services to more than 250 refugees each day. Thank you groups and group leaders!

Group Trips with Lha Charitable Trust over the past 20 years: Volunteer and/or Cultural Exchange

Below are a few of the many groups organized through different universities, organizations and/or individual group leaders.
Ochsner Medical Center of Louisiana - for MDs only – Global Medicine Group - designed for nurses but open to other healthcare providers; LMHPCO (Louisiana/Mississippi Hospice and Palliative care organization) - for Hospice Professionals; Tibetan Footsteps – Mindfulness Trek across the Himalayas above Dharamsala (physically challenging); Tibetan Buddhism with Mindfulness Training; Himalayan Yoga Retreat with Swan River Yoga
The following trips have been open to specific student groups only: Loyola University Study Abroad – Loyola undergraduates Loyola School of Nursing - Graduate nursing students Centenary College of Louisiana - Centenary undergraduates LSU Medical School - med students; Tulane Medical School – med students Tulane School of Social Work - MSW students; Tulane Center for Public Service CPS – Tulane undergraduates
For more information about joining a groups, or putting together a group for yourself or your organization, contact us via email at lha.neworleans@lhanola.com. 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 and once in India are hosted fully or partially by Lha Charitable Trust

"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
(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.

Occassionally, our groups have the opportunity to meet with His Holiness
The Dalai Lama. Here he is with Dean Ron Marks and a Tulane
University School of Social Work group.