Cultural Restoration and
Service-Learning in Mongolia

by Joseph Lee & Ronald K. Frank

[February 18, 2005]
 

 

In June 2004, Pace University in New York organized its first international service-learning program to Mongolia. In cooperation with the Cultural Restoration Tourism Project (CRTP), a San Francisco-based NGO, students who registered for a regular course focusing on the history of Tibetan Buddhism had a chance to help restore a Tibetan Buddhist monastery at Baldan Baraivan, located 300 km east of the Mongolian capital of Ulaan Baatar. This lecture discusses the merits and limitations of this international service-learning experience for enhancing American undergraduate students' understanding of Tibetan Buddhist culture and Mongolian society. It proposes an integrated pedagogy that combines academic focus on Inner Asian history and Tibetan Buddhism with student volunteerism in a cross-cultural setting.

 

 

 


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