In July 2016, Lha hosted 12 medical students from Louisiana State University. Led by Professor Neil Guidry, the group visited Tibetan medical centres in Dharamshala to get more exposure to the Tibetan medical system.
At Delek Hospital, Dr Tenzin Desel spoke to them about Tibetan medical perceptions and the prevailing common diseases in the Tibetan community. The students also visited Men-tse-khang, the Tibetan medical and Astro Institute, and spent time with Tibetan medical students, exchanging and discussing their experiences and ideas.
During their stay, the student group volunteered at an elderly people’s home in Dharamshala, Gaden Choeling nunnery and monasteries in Bir, providing assistance with dental and eye care.
On their last day, they shared their volunteering experience with Lha staff and assured Lha that the next student group from their university will continue their volunteer service in the fields in which they were unable to help this time.