(Photo by Flickr user jpmatth via Creative Commons license)

5 ways to tread lightly as an international volunteer

Take it from a local Nepalese development worker: prepare, tread light and stay longer as an international volunteer.
Nov 28, 2016
Children enjoy a risky ride in a tuin, a rope and pulley system, over the Trishuli River in Nepal’s Dhading district. The government plans to replace all 155 of Nepal’s tuins with suspension bridges. (Photo by Kalpana Khanal, GPJ Nepal)

Perilous Nepal river pulley crossings to be replaced by bridges

The government of Nepal has vowed to replace the hand-operated trolleys suspended over rivers that some villages depend on for business and other needs.
Aug 9, 2016
Caption: Prisoners practice yoga at Kavre District Prison. The class, taught by prisoners with yoga experience, is held each morning.
(Photo by Kalpana Khanal for GPJ Nepal)

Inmate leaders help maintain order at Nepalese prison

Inmates organize routines and activities including yoga and singing, and have tasks such as cleaning and bookkeeping. The prison is clean and peaceful.
Jul 21, 2016
Women in Nepal adopted a sanitary kit program after ideas from the local community were incorporated into the project. (Photo by Good Neighbors International Nepal.)

The importance of the local in Global Health education

The classroom is the right place to practice the importance of local community input when it comes to international aid.
Jun 16, 2016
A still from the movie "Sherpa" shows a group of Sherpa attending meeting after the avalanche. Photo courtesy the Discovery Channel.)

Sherpa documentary examines tragedy and ethics on Mt Everest

The documentary, focusing on the 2014 avalanche that killed 16 Sherpa, takes a look at the global controversy around climbing culture on Mt. Everest.
Apr 22, 2016
Members of the Nepalese Student Association lit red and white candles on May 29, 2015 for a vigil in remembrance of those struggling and those who have already passed in Nepal. (Photo by Kelsey Hamlin.)

Nepal earthquake relief: a reality check on large donors

Want to contribute to Nepal earthquake relief? New investigations show you might be better off going grassroots and avoiding big aid organizations.
Jun 10, 2015
Bailey Meola and Sydney Schumacher, both 19, are believed to have been killed in the Nepal earthquake. (Photo via IndieGogo.)

Seattle backpackers believed dead after Nepal quakes

The families of Bailey Meola and Sydney Schumacher announced that they'd called off their search of earthquake-ravaged areas of Nepal.
May 15, 2015
SUSI students visited The Seattle Times newsroom. (Photo by Jessica Partnow)

Twitter chat on immigration, feminism and Subway sandwiches in South Asia

Join this live chat at 8am Pacific Time/11am Eastern/8:30pm India on Thursday October 30th. Tune in here or by following the Twitter hashtag #susi2014.
Oct 29, 2014
A still from "Titli" about a young man trying to escape his criminal family in Delhi, one of the flagship films of the Seattle South Asian Film Festival's 9th year.

Festival brings top-notch South Asian filmmakers to town

Now in its ninth year, the Seattle South Asian Film (SSAFF) once again brings a wide array of radical, thought-provoking films to the Puget Sound area. This year there’s narrative and documentary films from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka on everything from human rights, gender, LGBT issues, education, and the environment — and some laughs […]
Climbers in the midst of a small avalanche during an Everest ascent. (Photo by Lloyd Smith)

Seattle Sherpas weigh role at Everest after deadly avalanche

Members of the Northwest Sherpa community are collecting money to aid the families of Sherpas killed in April’s big avalanche on Mount Everest, and some are rethinking their careers as mountain guides.
Aug 22, 2014
In conversation with Matt McGarrity, Senior Lecturer in the Communication Department at the University of Washington. (Photo by Ranak Martin)

Students from the global south embrace open online courses

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC's) are hailed as democratizing higher education, especially in the developing world. Are they living up to the hype?
Aug 6, 2014
Shanta Darnal attended school in Kathmandu thanks to Western donations. (Photo by Amy Benson)

Nepalese student’s suicide reveals dark side of ‘globalization lottery’

Girls’ education is often seen as a panacea for global development. One promising Nepalese student's suicide reveals a more complicated picture.
Jul 11, 2014
Enter the Yellow Band on an Everest ascent. (Photo by Lloyd Smith)

Deadliest day on Everest echoes in the Northwest

“I was just thinking, ‘that could have been me,’” says AC Sherpa, remembering the moments after he heard of the avalanche that killed 16 people on Mount Everest late last week. He soon discovered that two guides he’d climbed with on a recent expedition were dead.
Apr 25, 2014
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New Chinese highway exposes medieval Tibetan kingdom to the modern world

Cheap denim jeans replace handwoven textiles and ancient farming techniques give way to tractors as the ancient Tibetan Kingdom of Lo gets a long-awaited taste of modernity. 
Jan 30, 2013
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Ten countries that were ahead of Washington on same-sex marriage

After a vote in the Washington state Senate last night, we’re just a few small steps away from becoming the seventh state in America to approve same-sex marriage. As a long-time bastion of gay culture and gay rights activism, many believe it’s about time. We Seattleites pride ourselves on being on the cutting edge of […]
Feb 2, 2012
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Nepali anti-human trafficking activist offers inspiration to Pacific Northwest

Portland and Kathmandu share a reputation for chilly weather and overcast skies. They also share notoriety for human trafficking. Hearing that chills me, even in the heated conference where I’m listening to Anuradha Koirala deliver this year’s keynote address at the 4th Annual Northwest Conference Against Trafficking. Koirala founded Maiti Nepal, an organization dedicated to […]
Jan 17, 2012