"Should I save or savor the world?"

If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world.

This makes it hard to plan the day.

E.B. White

Monday, January 5, 2009


Take some time to glance at the foundation that is making this trip possible:

The Omprakash Foundation: www.omprakash.org

They have awarded me a $1,000 grant to help defray cost of travel. This organization is educational and truly committed to a humble spirit of international service.


The Golok Sengcham Drukmo Home for Girls is located in the Qinghai Province of Tibet, China. They have a blog that you should take a look at:


and here is their page on the Omprakash website:


Dockpo Tra has dedicated himself to the care of these 30 young girls, and is providing them with the tools to become active and empowered in a society that can be entirely oppressive and geared towards the marginalization of women.


The Tibetan Women's Association: http://www.tibetanwomen.org/

Should you be interested to read more about the specific region in Tibet where I will be living, or if you have questions about the political situation, I have found these websites to be helpful:

This is the standard CIA World Factbook website that provides invaluable information about geography, economy, political situation, religion etc:


The Geert Hofstede Cultural Dimensions are something I studied in my Inter-Cultural Communications class at Cedarville University, and I have maintained using this source because of its unique analysis for the reasons behind cultural differences:


The next two links talk about basic customs, travel tips, climate, vaccinations, diet, etc.



Here's a great article from National Geographic:



I will continue to update this post with other sources as I tackle my reading list.

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