TCV Summer School Program

Objectives:

  1. To enable Tibetan children living abroad to join TCV Summer Camp to learn Tibetan language, culture, history and basic principles of Buddhism.
  2. To experience first hand the Tibetan exile community in India through visits and interaction with TCV children.
  3. To enable the children to get a feel of the Tibetan spirit of maintaining their identity in exile and a better sense of understanding and appreciation of the  Tibetan cause and aspirations.

Program schedules and events:
The 2017 Summer Camp program will be held from 3rd July 2017 – 11th August 2017. This cover five weeks program in stretch.  The further detail information are as follows.  

  
July 3, 2017 (Monday) 
10.00 am                       :       Children to report at TCV Head Office
4.30 pm (afternoon)    :       Program Orientation in Dekyi Tsering Hall 
 

PROGRAMMES
I. Weekday Programs:
This will be of two types-beginners & advanced as below:

A.  Tibetan language
     Tibetan calligraphy classes for beginners and advanced
     Tibetan Grammar & composition for beginners/advanced

B.  Tibetan History
     Tibetan history:Highlighting some of the great kings
     Gaden Podrang Government and the Dalai Lamas
     Chinese Invasion and 1959 Uprising and aftermath
C.  Buddhism and Values
     Basic Principles of Tibetan Buddhism
     Tibetan Religious festivals
D. Tibetan Culture and Traditions
     Tibetan dress - regional differences and types
     Tibetan cuisine and how to make some of them
     Tibetan way of life and experiencing some of them
     Tibetan performing arts - learning songs, dances and instruments
E. Current Tibetan Situation
     Tibetan Government-in-Exile:Visits & study sessions
     Tibetan communities in exile: visits and discussions
     The Tibetan issues in International arena:Study & discussions
     H.H the Dalai Lama's Middle Way Approach:Study & discussions

II. Weekend Programs:
Site visits around Dharamsala
Group discussions and doing projects
Camping in TCV branches and interaction with TCV students

Eligibility:
The minimum age requirement is 10 years & the maximum age requirement is 18.

Accommodation:
The accommodation for the participants will be arranged in different homes and we try to accommodate not more than two participants in one home. This arrangement is made to facilitate students to improve their spoken Tibetan language.

Rain Gear and other accessories:
Since the monsoon will be in full swing during that time, the parents are requested to include complete rain gear (raincoats/umbrella, boots) in their packing list. The parents are requested not to send any electronic gadgets with their child except for a simple cell phone which should be deposited with the home mother.

Dress Code:
Students are requested to bring decent dresses during the program. We will be observing "Lhakar" (White Wednesday) every Wednesday, so kindly bring atleast one set of Traditional dresses. (Chuba)

Medical assistance:
TCV health centre will handle all the minor medical cases; however major medication and referral cost should be borne by the parents

Documents to be attached along with the Application:
Guarantee letter from the parents with 2 Recent PP Photo of Applicant Registration, Authorization and Guarantee Form
Authorization Letter for the child/children to be taken for weekends and outings.
Copy of travel documents / Travel Itinerary with Copy of Medical Insurance if any
The passports should be surrendered at TCV Head Office and it will be handed back while leaving the camp.

Travel Assistance:
If any of the parents have difficulty in reaching TCV, you can write to us for guidance and the Summer Camp Coordinator will help provide all necessary arrangements.Parents will bear the expenses incurred in arranging these. 

Program Fees/Costs:
The total amount for a single child to attend the TCV Summer Camp Programme is US $ 350/- or Its equivalent amount. Kindly add an additional amount of US$ 250 for those joining the tour to Dehradun and US$ 100 for those needing travel assistance.
Camp + tour + travel = US $ 700/-
Camp+ tour = US$ 600/-
Camp + travel = US $ 450/-
Parents are requested to send adequate pocket money with your child and maybe deposited at the office.

Accomodation

Accommodation of the children enrolled in the summer camp will be made within Upper TCV either separately as a group in one family home or disbursed into our different Homes. Parents wishing to make their own arrangements may also do so.Food will be arranged in the homes where they live. They will have the same food as our children.

How You can Help

If you are in the US, you can make a tax deductible donation by visiting the website of Tibet House California.

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