In the final session, students relocated across the island to implement their Independent Study projects. After four weeks of researching in the field, the students returned to Kandy to prepare papers and presentations about their experiences.
In the final week, students presented their Independent Study projects at the ISLE Center. Each student was assigned to read and comment on a peer's paper.
Maja's study was entitled The Nadaswaram and Carnatic Music in Jaffna. As a part of her presentation, she played the nagaswaram.
Andrew (pictured at far right) responds to Maja's presentation and paper. Andrew conducted his own Independent Study entitled Tourism and Development in Galle.
Robin's project was entitled Buddhist Extremism and Politics.
Hannah presents her project, Tamil Identity and Culture in Batticaloa.
Derek's Independent Study project was entitled, The Human Rights Debate: Sri Lankan Perspectives
Eli talks about his project, Buddhism, Altruism, and Social Service: Nilambe and Sarvodaya
Sam's project was entitled The Tea Tourism Industry
As a part of his presentation, Sam offered tea samples for each student.
After the academic portion of the program was complete, the students celebrated with their host families at the ISLE Center. Many of the students dressed up in saris and sarongs for the Final Tea ceremony.
The students posed outside the ISLE Center with Faculty Resident Director, Professor Schmalz (back right) and Program Assistant, Malik (far left).
Hannah, Eli and Maja pose for a photo together. All three wore traditional Sri Lankan clothing. Hannah and Maja wear their saris in the Kandyan style.
Andrew poses with his host parents and nangi (little sister).
Sam with his host parents.
Derek poses with his host parents. He wears a traditional Sri Lankan sarong.
Eli smiles with his host parents.
Maja poses with her host parents and ayya (elder brother).
Robin and his host mother pose alongside his nangi (little sister) and malli (little brother).
Hannah smiles with her host parents.
Before departing Sri Lanka, the students took a hike up the famous Sri Pada mountain, also known as Adam's Peak. They hiked to the top in the early morning hours, before the sun rose. As they waited for the sun to rise they took a brief nap and did their best to stay warm.
Soon the sun rose as the students enjoyed the view from the top.
The students pose at the top of Sri Pada as the sun rises behind them.
After daylight hit, the students descended back down Adam's Peak.
That concludes our Fall 2013 photo album! Congratulations to our Fall 2013 students on a wonderful semester!