TESTIMONIALS

“[I rated today’s session as “Excellent because] I like how he went on to teach us at first about the basic science things we already knew about. And going back to the same topics, he explained all the contents. And how he had experiments to show us and describe what he just talked to us about. And the vocabs he used to explain it. And his body language.’

– S.C.
US Embassy Bookbus Instructor
Sept. 2019

‘[I rated today’s session as being “Very Good” because] [n]ot only did we learn about how to interact, treat children in and outside of a classroom, we also learned how we can make the experience for children inside a classroom engaging.

We learnt about all of this in the context of science and conducted some scientific experiments ourselves in a much engaging way than what we are taught in a real classroom. The applications of the things we learnt today were important and a lot of the times, very subtle.’

– Neeti Shrestha
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
Sept. 2019

“[I rated today’s session as “Very Good” because] I have always found myself dumbfounded in science classes during school days. Today, I not just understood what was happening in the class despite not studying science for 9 years of my life, but also didn’t felt bored for even a bit.”

– Rownika Shrestha
US Embassy Bookbus Instructor
Sept. 2019

“[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.”

– S.C.
US Embassy Bookbus Instructor
Sept. 2019

‘[I rated today’s session as “Very Good”] because it taught us to be a good teacher, how to motivate the students, how to make the class interesting, how to make students more curious.’

– Teacher
Geeta Maata Secondary School
April 2019

“Before [today’s] session , I used to explain but after participating in this class. I know that explanation is not right way of teaching of any subject. It is better to throw different creative question to the students related to subjects and try to make them think.”

– Teacher
Geeta Maata Secondary School
April 2019

“[I rated today’s session as “Satisfactory” because] [i]t was very engaging, informative, and thought provoking.”

– Participant
US Embassy Bookbus Teacher Empowerment Program
Jan-Feb. 2018

“[I rated today’s session as “Excellent” because it included] [a] lot of engagements and interactions. Loved it.”

– Participant
US Embassy Bookbus Teacher Empowerment Program
Jan-Feb. 2018

“[I rated today’s session as “Very Good” as I] [f]elt empowered at the end of the session!”

– Participant
US Embassy Bookbus Teacher Empowerment Program
Jan-Feb. 2018

‘[I rated today’s session as “Excellent” because I] [l]learned how to make our children critical thinkers.’

– Participant
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.’

– Participant
US Embassy Bookbus Teacher Empowerment Program
Jan-Feb. 2018

‘[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.’

– Participant
US Embassy Bookbus Teacher Empowerment Program
Jan-Feb. 2018

‘[I rated today’s session as “Excellent”] [b]ecause I came to know how simple things can be of such great use as far as teaching and learning are concerned.’

– Participant
US Embassy Bookbus Teacher Empowerment Program
Jan-Feb. 2018

“… 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

“Your story was a touching one since it can be related to most of the people in our country.

“My students got motivated and inspired at the same time towards their dreams in life. I personally felt that the presentation showed the students that it is possible to create your own identity in the world.

“Thank you so much for your time and effort. It actually makes a difference in the mindset of students.”

– Anisha Singh
Science Teacher at YHBS
Aug. 2016

‘[H]e has indeed inspired many students to never give up on their dreams. … I personally felt moved by what Mr. Dorje Gurung had conveyed in his seminar and am sure he has left a message with all the students that, “What’s impossible can become possible if you are determined enough.”

– Mark Arthur James Badger
Academic Consultant
Young Hearts Boarding High School
Aug. 2016

‘I was privileged with an opportunity to attend your presentation in Young Hearts Boarding High School.

“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
Grade 10, YHBS
Aug. 2016

“I GOT the chance to attend the impressive program of Mr Dorje Gurung…. He was one who struggled many more times for his future.

“Your class touched my heart. I was lucky to meet a great person like Dorje Gurung. …”

– Lhakpa Dhondup Gurung
Student, Crystal Mountain School, Dolpo
July 2016

“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
Presentation Organizer
July 2016

“…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, Dolpo
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, Dolpo
July 2016

“I AM really inspired by your presentation. I learnt so many new things about the education in Nepal compared to the United States of America. I also learnt how education can change one’s life. I have got a feeling that I can also do something in my life through education. Thank you so much for your presentation in SMD. It was very interesting.”

– Karma Dolma
Grade ten, SMD Boarding School
July 2016

“I loved your presentation and my eyes were glued to you till the end. I held on to your every word and I think now, you have become my biggest source of inspiration. I just want you to know that we really appreciate what you are doing and hope that we can follow your steps by making difference in people’s lives.”

– Dolma Tsering
Student, SMD Boarding School
July 2016

“YOUR PRESENTATION was really interesting and inspiring. What inspired me the most was that through education we all can grow wings and realize our potential to develop the country or to help other human beings.

“Thank-you for the wonderful and meaningful presentation. It meant a lot to me.”

– Tsomo Lama B23a
Class 10, SMD Boarding School
July 2016

“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

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