Students and faculty from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Natural Resources and the Environment spent a recent break in Nepal, where they traveled through the Himalaya Mountains to examine environmental and agricultural issues ranging from erosion to the role of gender in agriculture.

They had the opportunity to not only meet with area farmers and attend lectures with Nepalese professors, but they also got to go on a trek through the Himalayas and stay with local families to experience the culture and hospitality for which the country is known. They even rode on elephants.

“You learn a lot in a classroom about the way the world works,” said Julia Gillespie of Ashburn, Va., a junior majoring in environmental science. “But there’s nothing quite like getting out into the world and experiencing it firsthand.”



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