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Birth into a family of low socio-economic background and into a people with hardly any educational history and limited opportunities, in the highly stratified and rigid Nepali society, meant a sealed destiny, pretty much!

I wasn’t supposed to have even made it to school, for example. But, not only did I make it and graduate from secondary school and continued my post-secondary school studies in Italy, chasing a near-impossible childhood dream, went on to complete my undergraduate studies in the US!

I didn’t stop there! I got my teaching qualification in Australia and had an extraordinary life working as an international (science) teacher and travelling around the globe.

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Nepalese children can grow wings through education and make their dreams take flight. I know because I did.

To inspire them to dream BIG, to pursue them, and to free themselves from the constraints and limitations of Nepali people, culture, and society, and to live a life of dignity, I give inspirational presentations to children around the country.

In those presentations, I share — among other things — my life story of struggles and challenges arising from the context and circumstances of my birth and how I surmounted them to become who I am today: a humanist who considers himself to be a human being first.

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The following is my Honorary Degree Acceptance speech delivered in front of a graduating class of about 400 undergraduates at Grinnell College in the Summer of 2014. The short (five-minute long) speech is about humanity and how, in the end, what really and truly matters is how one has treated others.

For more videos of, and write-ups about, presentations and speeches click here.

Rating of presentation to students as VERY GOOD or EXCELLENT *
Percentage 86%

* Results based on 203 ratings; last updated March 7, 2020.

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Science education MUST impart the ability to THINK — to think critically!

To think critically is

  • to APPLY knowledge and understanding of concepts, ideas, theories, laws, principles, as well as skills one has learned in the classroom in novel situations and contexts;
  • to ANALYZE such applications and others (such as data and information, and their sources);
  • to EVALUATE the same; and finally
  • to SYNTHESIZE or CREATE ideas and methods etc. from knowledge and understanding of science content and processes.

My science teacher education program focuses on how, as a science teacher, one imparts those critical thinking skills to students in a fun and highly engaging manner and DRAMATICALLY improves their learning outcomes to prepares them for twenty-first century!


The following video is of a session I held for the teachers at a private school in Kathmandu as part of my Teacher Education Program. Starting with something to really grab their attention and then hold it, the session on light and seeing covered a number of different aspects of teaching.

For a complete description of the (Science) Teacher Education program, click here. For additional videos and write-ups about teacher education, click here.

Ratings of day-long sessions by participants as Good, Very Good or Excellent *
Percentage 93%

* Results based on 358 ratings; last updated March 7, 2020.

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Your story from no one to someone, how you believe you could fly and be something in your life has boosted my confidence and has given me the courage to answer my own questions-“Can I be what I want to be?” to “Yes, I can.”

Romansheeka Singh
Young Hearts Boarding School, Aug. 2016


… After listening about his previous lifestyle and other parts of his life, I felt more motivated and inspired by him because he was also from same background as we are.

Dipesh Bhujel
Samaanta Foundation Fellow, Aug. 2016


[I rated today’s session as being “Excellent” because] I like it when teacher fails in front of students and then admits to it. Or guides the students to find it out and try and correct him/her. Dorje dai failed to find out the correct equation. And until we found it out, pretended along. If he did this knowingly, I have respect for him.

US Embassy Bookbus Instructor, Sept. 2019


[I rated today’s session as “Excellent” because] [i]t encouraged thinking and discussion among students. It was not boring at all which I think is the most important aspect. It is amazing to me how a person can keep you engaged for 6 hours when it is hard to concentrate on a book for an hour.

Sagar Shah
US Embassy Bookbus Instructor, Aug. 2016


[I rated today's session as "Very Good" because] I got an insight into how I can make my lessons more interesting and intriguing to my students even by using simple tools and techniques which are readily available.

US Embassy Bookbus Teacher Empowerment Program, Jan-Feb. 2018


[I rated today's session as "Excellent"] [a]s the session made us think so deeply about education and the outcomes of it was beyond expectation. The delivery was crystal clear and undoubtedly motivating as well as inspirational.

US Embassy Bookbus Teacher Empowerment Program, Jan-Feb. 2018


My students and I were captivated as Dorje spoke about his travels around the globe and the life he lives on his own terms. We were interested and inspired to hear about the role compassion and humanity have played in his life, as well as the lessons he learned growing up in Nepal. The opportunities he has had...were impressive. He spoke about how he has evolved after receiving the education he did and mentioned that his world travels inspired him to give back to his country. ... His comments sparked many conversations afterwards and I could see he could be an integral part of any organization interested in global studies and introducing students to a kind and compassionate role model. Dorje Gurung is an inspiration and it was an honor to have had him in my classroom and at our school.

Lauren Silver
Visual Arts Department, Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester, VT, USA. Dec. 2015


My two courses had a unique experiences with him. For the older students we [received] a talk from Dorje on karma, his life experiences and the power of always putting your best self forward. [With the] younger students [he gave a presentation focusing] on his upbringing and [his] current work [in Nepal]. The Freshman Scholars were able to connect personally with some of his struggles with poverty and it gave them some perspective on the opportunity they had at a school as successful as Burr and Burton Academy. Both groups...were impressed with his story and enjoyed listening to him speak. Dorje's soft demeanor allowed the students to absorb his teachings in an easy manner and with an open heart. I highly recommend that anyone who has an opportunity to engage with Dorje personally or with students take full advantage of it.

Jason Pergament
Director of Student Success, Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester, VT, USA. Dec. 2015


...I got to know that he was also from poor background like myself. His father expected him to be just literate ... but he decided to dedicate his life for inspiring and motivating others. I also got the opportunity to learn that he faced many obstacles to reach his destination. He taught me to ‘never give up’ and be strong. Lastly, I want to thank you Mr. Dorje for inspiring and giving me new hope to pick up my days to come.

Tsering Choezom
Student, Crystal Mountain School, Dolpa, July 2016

Presentation Organizer

He both began and ended his presentation with a simple argument “If I did…why not you?” to demonstrate that he shared his powerful story. ... Although the struggles he went through were not so new to the children in the class, his achievements were. That I thought was the most significant part of the presentation. Many students were moved and inspired. They were convinced indeed that one day they can also realize their dreams despite the obstacles to which many of them were born into.

Phurwa Dhondup
Dolpo students' representative in Kathmandu who arranged the presentation, July 2016


...[A] man of inspiration and motivations. ... I got many information about his long and difficult journey to success. ... I learned that we must face obstacles and tragedies in life to open door to quality and successful life. So I would like to thank him for such a wonderful time and to learn about his life which is all knitted with full of hope, tragedies and happiness.

Tsering Youdon
Student, Crystal Mountain School, Dolpa, July 2016

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