I would like to start this reflection off by saying, Bhutan has got to be the most humble, honest, and kind country that I have ever stepped foot in. Everybody here is so thoughtful and I truly feel so blessed to be in the presence of this beautiful nation. My favourite part so far has got to have been visiting the Bhutanese school. In this school we were treated truly better than I ever have been in my entire life, everybody was so friendly and enthusiastic to have me there. Everyone in Canada can learn a lot from the Bhutanese people, their culture and the respect they have for one another are truly unique and unmatched anywhere else in the world. I think the government’s decision to make the focus of the country happiness has truly changed my opinion of what happiness is. Before this trip happiness for me was gained through materialism and quick thrills, but here in Bhutan everybody is always happy no matter what, which is think is because of the respect people in Bhutan have for one another, there wasn’t a moment today where I wasn’t smiling and grateful to be here. I am truly so happy and blessed that I have got the opportunity to visit this country and will remember these moments for the rest of my life.
By John K.
During our stay at Gongzim Ugyen Dorji Central School, I learned and discovered much about many different topics. However, what I valued the most about this experience was the chance to meet the students at the school. When first meeting my partner, I was unsure of how to communicate with him. It was difficult, as he did not speak fluent English. However, as the day went on, we both found things we had in common. I learned even more about him when I went to his home for dinner. I told him about what Canada was like and vice-versa. Overcoming a language barrier allowed us to become closer, and we were both sad to say goodbye at the end.
By Luke M.
I wasn’t expecting the kindness of the Bhutanese students although I did expect everyone to be happy to learn and have warm welcomes. During the games Wednesday morning, everybody was willing to and happy to participate. Nobody was ‘too cool’ to learn the games that were taught. During the classes though school only started a month ago, most of the kids knew how to learn in english but most classes were taught in both Dzonkha and English. Like our French classes, the Bhutanese students had Dzonkha classes. Happiness was the main theme of everything that the Bhutanese did towards. The morning speeches by the principal always had a positive note about health + fitness = a happy life.
By Xavier D.