After learning about the history of Nepal and the plight of Tibetan refugees, TASIS students in the Nepal Global Service Program group raise funds and travel to the mountainous nation for two weeks during Spring Holiday each year to help develop infrastructure for the Tserok Tibetan refugee camp. The trip features a challenging 80-kilometer trek through the Himalayas, and particular areas of focus include building projects alongside the local community, education, and environmental stewardship.
Alex Secilmis '19, Virginia Italia '19, and Lilian Angelone '19—three of the 13 TASIS students who made the journey to Nepal this spring along with faculty leaders Danny Schiff, Matthew Frazier-Smith, and Julie Frazier-Smith—created this stunning video to chronicle the trip.
See photos from the Nepal trip on the TASIS SmugMug page.
TASIS Opsahl Global Service Program
The Opsahl Global Service Program was envisioned by Jan Opsahl ’68, who became the first international student at TASIS when he came from Norway in 1965. The pioneering program was launched in 2013 with major support from a most generous donation from Mr. Opsahl and his family to set up the Global Service Trust. This Trust, along with support from the TASIS Foundation, make this incredible, life-changing experience for our students possible.
The Opsahl Global Service Program, which has been directed by Zach Mulert since its inception, transforms lives by providing every High School student a unique opportunity to connect across borders through comprehensive experiences that build empathy and encourage personal responsibility. Participation in the program—which is designed to awaken students to humanitarian needs, inspire them to build enduring, mutually beneficial relationships, and lead them toward a life of active citizenship and committed service—is a graduation requirement.