All Kinds of News for December 05, 2018
A group of La Europa Academy students and parents just experienced the trip of a lifetime... to Nepal! The primary goal for the trip was to provide service to a local orphanage for three days. Students and parents played soccer, drew, sang, taught games, and read to the children ages 7 to 16.
Staying with a host family really gave the La Europa students and parents the chance to fully experience Nepal. The wife of the host was an excellent cook and the group was treated to incredible Nepali food. The wife taught La Europa students a cooking class reviewing spices and techniques of Nepali cooking. Students also tasted the local cuisine in restaurants including one of Nepal's most famous foods: "momo's", delicious dumplings originated by the Newari people of Nepal.
And, of course seeing the sights was a must on this trip. Excursions included visiting the Monkey Temple; shopping in the Thamel open market; touring Durbar Square Temples in Kathmandu; visiting a small village with views of the Himalayas; visiting the village of Sankhu, the ancient town of the Newari; and hiking up to the Changunarayan Temple where everyone was blessed by a priest. Students learned Nepali traditions and that rotating the prayer wheels is a form of praying. Written on each prayer wheel is the phrase "Om Mani Padme Hum" in the Newari language of Nepal.
La Europa couldn't have timed this trip any better. They were in Nepal for one of the country's major holidays, Tihar, a five-day festival. Large artwork creations of colored powders were displayed in Thamel, a major outdoor shopping area to celebrate the festival. La Europa students and parents were frequently seen pushing local kids on a huge swing erected in every village during the festival.
La Europa students and parents won't forget the people they met, the sights they saw and the feelings they experienced as they explored the rich culture of Nepal.
About La Europa Academy and Mosaic House Transition Program
La Europa Academy is a residential treatment center for girls ages 14 -18 who struggle with emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, school refusal, disordered eating and substance use. Our program, located in Murray, UT, uses a combination of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and clinical expressive arts to help students learn to manage their emotions effectively. Students at La Europa experience expressive art therapies multiple times per week as well as engaging in creative arts in our fully-accredited high school.
Mosaic House Transition Program provides La Europa students with a step-down experience toward the end of their stay in residential treatment, in order to help transition the student to the next step. Mosaic House is a 15-bed home where students can practice the skills they have learned in a less-structured environment.