Project #5217

Give a rural Tibetan youth an enriching summer!

by Machik
The staff of Machik DC and Chengdu and numerous volunteers around the world are preparing to convene in Chengdu, Sichuan, for Machik’s annual Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) from July 22 to August 19. We are now enrolling rural Tibetan students who come from all 3 major regions of Tibet: Kham, Amdo, and U-tsang, including 8 students from the Tibetan Blind Vocational Training School.
This year’s team of volunteer teachers hail from prestigious schools such as the University of Baltimore, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, George Washington University, and from Chinese schools such as Southwest University for Nationalities, Beijing University, Qinghai University for Nationalities, Tongji University, and the University of International Business and Economics. Volunteers are forging international partnerships and developing curricula for this summer’s classes, which cover topics such as Tibetan language, social entrepreneurship, health, the arts, science, and English.
We are scheduling guest speakers, outstanding Tibetan, Chinese and global experts on topics such as Tibetan language, films, health, social business, and even Tibetan mushrooms!  The speakers will present on their areas of expertise to the Tibetan students. 
In the Tibetan context, Machik's SEP is an unprecedented and innovative program that provides a unique learning opportunity for both the Tibetan students and a diverse group of volunteers. Funds are urgently required to meet our projected budget. Donate today to support a vibrant future for the youth of Tibet!

Machik’s 2011 Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) will be held from July 22 through August 19, convening 100 rural Tibetan students from across the Tibetan plateau. Over 40 volunteers, including local Tibetans, Chinese, Americans and Canadians will teach subjects ranging from entrepreneurship to theater and film-making. Students from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, Appleby College in Toronto, and Fudan Fuzhong in Shanghai will work with Chungba students on the Cultural Mapping Project (CMP), a project to build a model of depicting the cultural landscape of a Tibetan rural community.

Core classes will include Tibetan, science, math, English, and computer skills. Electives will include music, art, film and theater. A special course on social entrepreneurship has been seeded by $300 raised by the 2010 SEP class from their small business selling handmade postcards!

The 2011 SEP promises to be another dynamic opportunity to support the enrichment education of rural Tibetan youth, but it cannot happen without your support. With an expanded program, our projected budget has increased and we need the support of the GlobalGiving community to raise $10,000 for this one-of-a-kind program. Donate today to provide a unique summer enrichment experience for youth from across the Tibetan plateau!

From July 26 to August 20, 2010, Machik held its annual Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) in Chengdu. This month-long program provided a unique summer learning opportunity for 60 Tibetan youth from across the Tibetan region.  Volunteer teachers came from Beijing University, Fudan Fuzhong in Shanghai, Sidwell Friends School, Cornell University, Columbia University and elsewhere around the world.

Student accomplishments during this year's SEP include:

  • Choreographing and performing an original Tibetan dance
  • Creating artwork and displaying them in their own art gallery
  • Forming a micro-business called Machik's Handmade Art and selling postcards to volunteers; proceeds will go to next year's SEP
  • Writing, directing and filming their own video
  • Writing and performing a play in English
  • Learning Tibetan calligraphy and displaying their work
  • Building instruments out of recycled materials and composing their own music
  • Making PowerPoint presentations about their hometown
  • Improving English pronunciation and fluency

SEP Volunteer and Machik Intern, Elizabeth Tseng, says about this year's SEP:

Volunteering at SEP was one of most meaningful experiences in my life. We only had four weeks, but for that short period of time, I was part of an amazingly diverse group of volunteers who came together to make a positive change in someone else's life. Even though next summer seems far away, I'm already looking forward to going back and seeing my students again. I hope the skills and lessons we shared will stay with them, but above all, I want our students to know that even though we may be up to 7,000 miles away in the US, there's a group of people who care very much about them and wish them the all the success and happiness they deserve.


Students at the 2009 SEP
Students at the 2009 SEP

Machik's Summer Enrichment Program is a unique summer learning opportunity for Tibetan youth from the Tibetan plateau. The program brings young Tibetan students from the Tibetan region together with volunteers from across the PRC and around the world for a four week program of dynamic learning and exchange.

This year SEP will host 60 Tibetan youths from July 26 to August 20. Program areas range from English, Tibetan, science, math and business to film, music, theater and art. Special themes for the 2010 SEP include Health, Entrepreneurship, and Environment. Nearly 40 international and local volunteers - including students from Cornell University's Operation D.E.E.P., Sidwell Friends School, Fudan High School, and Columbia University will be participating.

Thanks to the generosity of our many supporters, this year's SEP promises to be another dynamic and powerful opportunity to support and enrich connections to Tibetan language, culture and history among Tibetan youth. However, we are still over $4,000 short of our projected budget. Please consider giving today to help us fully-fund this unique and important program.

A group activity in 2009
A group activity in 2009
Students and volunteers in Chungba
Students and volunteers in Chungba



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Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
Tenzing Tekan
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Washington, DC United States

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