Max Sturt (SAC13)
The Nepal Immersion typically runs in December of each year, designed to give recent Jesuit old boys a deeper appreciation for the often-misunderstood cultural and religious issues in Nepal. Extensive trekking in the Himalayas and a variety of service and cultural activities in Kathmandu promote reflection. The immersion is divided into two components with each night spent with the generous hospitality of locals in tiny villages, wherein immersionistas stay in basic accommodation known as tea lodges. The daily reflections, small group sizes and alpine views spark deep, spiritual conversation and a sense of solidarity between the boys and the leaders. Thus, the Nepal Immersion is an intense and moving experience. One is exposed to the ins and outs of a highly unique culture; beautiful, awe-inspiring scenery and ultimately the huge differences in the way people live their lives across the world.
Open to recent Jesuit high school graduates, this immersion begins in Kathmandu. Each morning participants work with Mother Theresa’s Sisters of Charity, in their home for the destitute at Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest site in Nepal. In the afternoons, Fr. Greg Sharkey, a Jesuit professor of Himalayan religions and cultures, will guide participants through Nepal's complex history, culture and politics. Participants also undergo a short course in meditation from a Buddhist monk.
The second part of the immersion involves a physically challenging yet awe inspiring trek high into the Himalayas to visit a small Jesuit-run school for Sherpa children, before returning to Kathmandu.