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Break From Sightseeing and Volunteer at Jamyang School in Ladakh, IndiaI came to Ladakh, in northern India, to explore the 20,000-foot peaks and ancient monasteries the area is known for. A two-day detour to volunteer at the Jamyang School, which the Dalai Lama founded to provide free education to local children, turned into a couple of weeks. What I took away from my interactions with the Ladakhi people—from the small moments teaching students computer skills to the monks dangling a white scarf around my neck in a simple blessing of gratitude my final day—left a far greater impression on me than any peak I climbed. —Kitt Doucette
Photo of a Ladkah monastery courtesy of Flickr user kkoshy. This appeared in the August/September 2014 issue.