Another post on the ISLE student blog! Read Tom's post, "A Practical Guide to Sri Pada." Sri Pada (also known as "Adam's Peak") is a mountain in central Sri Lanka that is widely known for a large footprint located near the base. The footprint is said to belong to the Buddha, the Hindu god Shiva, or Adam in Islamic and Christian traditions. See Tom's post on the experience of climbing Sri Pada here: http://isleprogram.tumblr.com/
Check out the ISLE student blog to see photos from the Spring 2018 group's recent trip to Jaffna, Anuradhapura, and Polonnaruwa!
Take a look at the ISLE student-run blog to see the first post from the Spring 2018 program:
The spring ISLE program has begun and the students are busy! During their first week in Kandy, students toured the University of Peradeniya campus, started Sinhala class, visted the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) and the Royal Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, and moved in with their host families. The week concluded with an introduction to the game of cricket! Stay tuned for more updates from the spring students throughout the semester. Photo credit to ISLE Program Assistant, Olivia Dure
In 2017, ISLE celebrated 35 years of successful programs in Sri Lanka. Since 1982, the ISLE Program has helped students discover Sri Lanka - a microcosm of world religions and a biodiversity hotspot. Through the program, students from U.S. colleges have discovered new academic interests, formed lifelong relationships with host families and local friends, and conducted research on critical local and global issues. Students often return from their semester in Sri Lanka with gre...ater cultural awareness, maturity and an expanded worldview. Their experiences in Sri Lanka are ones to last a lifetime.
The ISLE Program as it is would not be possible without the dedication, compassion, and hard work of ISLE staff and University of Peradeniya faculty. Additionally, the ISLE alumni/ae network is not only an example of the program's impact and success, but is also an essential part of the program's continuity and growth.
Fall 2017 ISLE students learned the art of Kandyan drumming during the program and performed for an audience of host families and ISLE staff.
The Fall students spent the first 3 weeks of Session III conducting research for their independent study projects. The students explored a variety of topics, from ayurveda and biomedicine, to support for survivors of domestic violence, to land rights. Once they returned to Kandy from their research sites, all students presented their final papers to their professors and peers at a mini ISLE academic conference. The program concluded with the Final Tea, during which students, host families, friends, and ISLE staff came together for one last time before the students' departure.
ISLE students and Program Assistant, Olivia perform Kirala Wannama, a classical dance, at the Fall 2017 ISLE dance and drumming performance. Great job, everyone!
Fall '17 ISLE student David welcomes an audience of host families, friends and ISLE staff to the Fall 2017 dance and drumming performance. Then, Program Director C.R. de Silva, the students' dance instructor Mr. Sirisena, and honored guests light an oil lamp to mark the start of the performance.
On the ISLE student blog: watch Fall 2017 ISLE student, Jeremy's video on how to cook roti!
Be sure to take a look at the ISLE student blog! The Fall 2017 students have been posting photos and written reflections throughout the semester to document their experiences in Sri Lanka.
ISLE student blog update: Read a satirical post from the Fall students about a classic Sri Lankan snack called wade! http://ow.ly/QqSF30g4foy
Catch up on the ISLE student blog! Read one student's guide to introductory Sinhala and watch another student's video about how to make classic Sri Lankan string hoppers
Session II began with a transition into ISLE elective courses. The Fall 2017 students are taking Religion and Ritual Practice in Everyday Life, Gender, Women, Culture and Nation, and Traditional Medicine in Sri Lanka. Students are also continuing their language study with Sinhala and Tamil classes. At the end of the first week of Session II, the group embarked on a tour of Sri Lanka's East Coast, focusing on the city of Batticaloa. There, they learned about religious practices and social issues faced by local Muslim communities, including Sufi Muslims, the conservation of mangroves, and post-war reconciliation efforts on the local level.
Be sure to check out the ISLE student blog! This week, Fall 2017 student Katie reflects on crows, milk tea, and privilege: