Food, Globalization and Sustainability

Trip Details

Registration Deadline

September 20, 2019



Dates of Travel

January 5 - January 17, 2020

Cost of trip


Nepal is best known for its mountain peaks (home to eight of the world’s highest mountains, including Mt Everest) and hospitable people. Nepal also has rich and diverse food practices founded on organic farming and local, seasonal eating that is both highly nutritious and community-oriented. Being primarily an agricultural society, the majority of the population derives food security from its land. Both globalization and climate change present challenges to the stability and sustainability of Nepal’s food system. This project will focus on understanding current challenges and identifying organizations promoting community development, agricultural production and innovative practices in Nepal.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Kathmandu/Patan Orientation and group walk to local food seller’s market
Day 2: Lecture on Food, Globalization and Sustainability in Nepal Visit Kathmandu’s old city, Durbar Square, Swyambhunath
Day 3: Excursion to Lamatar Introduction to “Asha” project and village life challenges
Visit Changunarayan, oldest temple in Nepal
Day 4: Excursion to the medieval town of Bhaktapur Lecture on New Agricultural Movement
Day 5: Travel to Bandipur, ancient crossroads town of Tibet and India Meet with local historian in Bandipur
Day 6: Travel to Pokhara Sustainable Agricultural Development Project, local NGO
Eco (agro) tourism and agricultural sustainability
Day 7: Day excursion of Gandaki Rainbow Trout Fish Farm -
Day 8: Travel back to Kathmandu Dinner with homestay families
Day 9: Kertipur heritage site (Newari Bhoye at Newa Lahana) Lunch at SASA restaurant
Day 10: Tour of Pashupati and Bouddhanath Cooking class (momo, daal, bhaat and tarkari)
Evening celebration
Day 11: Travel back to Gettysburg -

About the Program

Immersion Projects are off-campus, educational opportunities at sites in the United States and abroad which take place over Winter Break, Spring Break, and in May. Students spend the weeks prior to travel learning about the community and its history. Students then travel to sites ranging from Nicaragua to Morocco and from Alabama to New York City, where they immerse themselves in a the community. Each project seeks to foster a dialogue between the students and the host community around issues of social justice. By working alongside community leaders and sharing their stories, students learn about themselves and the world. Students find Immersion Projects to be exciting and powerful educational experiences. Immersion Projects are open to all Gettysburg College students. Occasionally, persons from off-campus participate. Participants must be sixteen years of age or older. Students must be in good disciplinary standing (no more than 5 points and not on academic probation) in order to participate on an Immersion Project. Each participant must agree to full participation in their chosen project by attending all pre-trip meetings, completing required paperwork and preparatory assignments (such as readings, videos, other activities), behaving in an appropriate manner at all times, participating in group reflection, and contributing to the group follow-up project.

Application and Payment

Registration opens August 28, 2019 at 6:00PM and closes September 20, 2019 at 4:00PM. A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration. First half of payment is due Friday, October 11, 2019 by 4:00PM. Final payment is due Friday, November 15, 2019 by 4:00PM.

Financial Aid

Scholarships are available to help offset the cost of an Immersion Project. Read carefully the criteria for financial awards and follow directions for completing the application. For consideration, complete the Financial Award Application and email it to See application for detailed information. Application Deadline: September 20, 2019.

Mandatory Orientation Session

All Winter project participants are required to attend a mandatory orientation session held on early November. Email reminders will be sent to participants. Participants will meet other project members, receive important paperwork, and discuss requirements and goals of Immersion Projects.

Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Insurance

All Gettysburg College students traveling on an Immersion Project are covered under the College's medical evacuation and repatriation travel insurance. This insurance does not replace the student's primary insurance policy, but will cover certain emergency services when traveling, such as the need for evacuation. Students and parents are welcome to examine the details of the policy.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

The Center for Public Service will register each student traveling internationally on an Immersion Project in the STEP Program. This program is a free service provided by the U.S. government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP provides users with travel warnings and alerts, and allows users to receive routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Withdraw from Project

The $100 deposit required at the time of registration is non-refundable should the participant decide to withdraw from the project. In addition, the participant is responsible for paying for all expenses incurred on their behalf at the time of the withdrawal. For example, if airline tickets have been purchased by the time of withdrawal, participant will be responsible for the cost of the ticket, as well as any other pre-paid expenses.

The Center for Public Service reserves the right to remove a participant prior to departure for reasons of, but not limited to, failure to make project payments in a timely manner, financial debt to the College, a history of judicial violations, failure to complete required participant forms (such as release and health forms), failure to attend mandatory Orientation Session and/or group meetings. The Center for Public Service reserves the right to send a participant home during the project (at the participant's expense) for reasons of, but not limited to, violations of College policy, the use of alcohol or illegal drugs, disrespect toward site community or group members, or medical/psychological emergencies.

Contact Us

Email or call 717-337-6490.