Lha arranges home stays of up to one month in duration with Tibetan refugee families, giving participants a unique window into this ancient and at one time secret culture.
Uprooting a family and moving to a new environment takes its toll on many levels. It's a bit like going on a long term holiday but never getting to go back home to the life you are used to and have built up. For this reason the services that Lha provides through the running of this particular program are essential for the Tibetan culture to thrive in India. Daily life is the reality that needs to be addressed and regular home stays where most of the profits go directly to the host families has an almost instantaneous impact. The scope of the work done at Lha reaches as far wide as educational, cultural and social services & the home stay scheme plays an important role in all of that.
One of the main objectives behind the Tibetan home stay program is to let the world come to know about our daily life – providing you with a once in a lifetime opportunity for a cultural and knowledge exchange with an authentic Tibetan flavor. Sharing daily meals with your host family and playing a significant role in the rituals of daily life will ensure you are left with incredible insights and unforgettable memories that you can take back home. In other words experiencing first-hand the rich culture of the Tibetan people that still lives on today after centuries, despite all the hardships they are facing, will give you souvenirs of the mind and heart that other holidays don't even begin to deliver.
To add to that if mastering another language such as Tibetan is of interest to you, living with your host family will provide the most conducive environment for you to practice and master this great language which has so much knowledge entwined amongst its elegant letters in the sacred Buddhist scriptures. Local tours led by members of your family are also possible and if you would like to discover more about the Tibetan culture and current situation lectures by esteemed and experienced members of the community can be easily arranged. When applying for the home stay program it is important that you understand the living standards of Tibetan refugees in India are understandably very low. In other words the basic facilities that are provided by the family might be less than what you are used to. If however you feel this is a small sacrifice to make for the possibilities and learning's this wonderful opportunity presents, then it may just be the perfect program for you! Tibetans living in exile are open to learning about people from different cultures and sharing the difficulties and realities of living in exile. Tibetan people, whilst generally shy in nature, are very welcoming and always smile beautiful smiles easily! Lifelong friendships that span oceans and time are often formed through happy home stay experiences with Tibetan families through this heartwarming Lha program.
This service provided by Lha directly benefits the daily lives of Tibetan refugee families and the major portion of profit from the home-stay goes to the host families. This monetary assistance is part of the wider educational, cultural and social services we offer to Tibetan refugees at Lha.
So if you have decided to visit Dharamsala and live with a Tibetan family under our home-stay program, you can book online. Payment is either in full, or a 50% deposit in advance via Paypal or in cash in the following currencies: Indian Rupees, US Dollars, Australian Dollars, Euros, British Pounds and Canadian Dollars and the balance should be paid within 3 days of arrival at the reception of Lha office.
Please Note that the payment made for the Home Stay purpose are non-refundable, therefore we request everyone to decide carefully before making the payment.
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