Student Reviews

Student Reviews

Jen Tomasso
Jen Tomasso
— University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth Going to Ladahk on the Wisdom Study Abroad Program changed my life. I have never been anywhere in my life that I have felt pulling me back, and I...
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Adam Enes
Adam Enes
— Castleton University Dear Jim, I am happy to inform you that I have recently accepted the offer to the International Studies Program at the University of Denver in the Josef Korbel School! I...
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Amber Hodgkins
Amber Hodgkins
— U. Mass. Hi Jim!!! Just wanted to say hi! I miss India like no other and cannot wait to go back someday! I’m emailing to let you know just how life changing that...
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Eliot Kersgaard
Eliot Kersgaard
— University of Colorado, Boulder Two years ago I participated on a Wisdom Study Abroad program to Tibet with Jim Hagan. From before we left JFK, it was clear that every one of Jim’s...
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Nick Bailey
Nick Bailey
— University of Colorado Hi Jim. Just checking in with you. I am preparing to return to India this month for the first time in 6 years since my 2009 Ladakh, India program with...
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Gianna Contillo
Gianna Contillo
— Rhode Island College “When I first saw the Wisdom Study Abroad flyer on my college campus that advertised the study abroad program to India 2014/2015, I immediately knew I needed to go on...
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Annie Clifford
Annie Clifford
— University of Maine This past winter break I decided to join one of Jim’s Wisdom Study Abroad programs to India. Within the first day of being in this other world, I was very...
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Alex Harcourt
Alex Harcourt
— Johnson State College Hey Jim, I Just wanted to take a second to say thanks again. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to attempt a visit to India without having...
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Ari Fishkin
Ari Fishkin
— University of Vermont Hey Jim. I hope that you still remember me. I was on one of your summer 2008 study abroad programs to India and Bhutan. I wanted to reconnect with you...
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Cynthia Stewart
Cynthia Stewart
— SUNY Purchase Hello Wisdom Study Abroad. My name is Cynthia Stewart and I travelled with Wisdom Study Abroad to Tibet in August 2011 with Jim Hagan. I just wanted to offer my warm...
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Veronica Rarn
Veronica Rarn
— University of Hartford Dear Professor Hagan – “Thank you so much for all of your efforts in helping make this trip possible for me. It was more than I had ever expected and...
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Emma Steer
Emma Steer
— Burlington College, VT “Dear Jim, I want to thank you so much for everything you did to make our trip to India and Bhutan possible and incredible. It truly was the greatest experience...
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Monica Thomas
Monica Thomas
— Saint Michael’s College “My Wisdom Study Abroad program to India was one of the most influential, fascinating, and otherworldly experiences of my life. To learn about a place in a classroom is one...
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Parrish Duncan
Parrish Duncan
— Trinity College, CT “I just wanted to say thanks for taking us all on an amazing trip! I wouldn’t want to travel throughout India, or any country for that matter, without you. I...
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Phillip Everett
Phillip Everett
— Kent State University “I began to take an interest in Buddhist art a couple of years ago. After buying a few sculptures here and there, I started to do a little research on...
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Kim Maire Glynn
Kim Maire Glynn
— Castleton State College “I took an eye opening Buddhist philosophy class with Jim more than 10 years ago at Castleton State College and for years have had unfilled dreams of going on one...
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Tyler Wansley
Tyler Wansley
— University of Vermont Hey Jim! I’m currently in a class about Buddhist cultures here at UVM and combing through pictures of when I went to Tibet with you. It reminded me of how...
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Karan Shah
Karan Shah
— Bentley University I travelled with Wisdom Study Abroad in May 2011 to India and Bhutan and it was one of the best experiences of my undergraduate stay in the US. Luckily for me,...
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Bill Belanger
Bill Belanger
— University of Vermont I am writing to tell you that I am applying to Naropa University for admission next fall. I am applying for a masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy. The major is a...
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John O’Connor
John O’Connor
— St. Michael’s College This trip to South India has opened so many doors in my life in ways that I would have never guessed. I love learning about Eastern Religion and Philosophy and...
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Chris Helali
Chris Helali
— San Diego State University “Namaste! Tashi Deleg and Yassou Professor! I have been thinking about how I would write an email to you and truly describe how my life has changed in just...
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Ian Frisch
Ian Frisch
— Champlain College “The one thing that I realized about traveling throughout India is that, no matter how hard I tried, the only thing that I could directly compare back to life in the...
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Montana Palmer
Montana Palmer
— Saint Michael’s College “This past summer I traveled to Greece with Wisdom Tours and earned academic credit while experiencing one of the most amazing places on earth. I’ve taken a semester abroad before...
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Ellie Grove
Ellie Grove
— Castleton State College “Traveling to Greece with Wisdom Tours was truly an incredible experience. I couldn’t have asked for better people to learn and travel with. At the pre-trip meeting, we were told...
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Dennis Furman
Dennis Furman
— Castleton State College “Thank you so much for the best time of my life! Words cannot truly describe what an incredible experience you shared with us. It was absolutely mind baffling! I can...
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Linna Macleod
Linna Macleod
— Castleton State College “Thank you Jim for an amazing time! This was one of the most unique, eye opening experiences of my life. This was more than just a journey to another place,...
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Ethan Rice
Ethan Rice
— University of Vermont “Traveling to Greece with Wisdom was the perfect way to end my undergraduate college career. From visiting historic sites in Athens to enjoying the beautiful waterfalls of Potami,...
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Nikki Myoraku
Nikki Myoraku
— Lewis & Clark College “My two weeks in China and Kham were absolutely eye-opening. I received an education in art, Buddhist philosophy, food, and language, and experienced the beginnings of immersion in two...
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Brent Troy
Brent Troy
— University of Iowa “Jim — Just writing to keep in touch. I spoke with a few students who were on the Greece program with your wife and it seemed like another amazing trip....
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Dustin Littleton
Dustin Littleton
— Saint Michael’s College “My experience on the Wisdom Tours study abroad program to India was the most powerful learning experience that I have ever had. In fact, I learned more during this 18...
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Casey O’Reilly
Casey O’Reilly
— University of Vermont “Jullay Jim! I cannot even express how much I loved the trip to India — there literally are no words. It was by far the most amazing thing I’ve ever...
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Elena Molokotos
Elena Molokotos
— University of Vermont “I just wanted to thank you again for the most amazing experience of my life. You put so much work into the trip; making sure we got the best treatment...
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Dan Wilf
Dan Wilf
— University of Vermont “Hey! It’s Dan Wilf. Not sure if you remember me although I think you probably do. It’s been so long since the trip and those days are still some of...
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Kristopher Crown
Kristopher Crown
— University of Vermont (now Grenada) “I know that is has been two years since we last spoke, and you most likely don’t remember who I am. But I wanted to inform you of...
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Max MacDonald
Max MacDonald
— Saint Michael’s College “People always talk about going abroad, but you never hear anyone mention Tibet. Tibet was a place I never thought I would go to. Our trip included and unforgettable visit...
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Jay Hayden
Jay Hayden
— University of Vermont “I would like to thank you for the incredible trip that you led to India. I had high hopes before setting out and all were surpassed. It was a testament...
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Hallie Boas
Hallie Boas
— University of Vermont “I would like to thank you for leading and creating such a wonderful trip to India. Not only was it a life changing experience for me, but you really made...
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Erin Huckabee
Erin Huckabee
— Castleton State College “I just wanted to write a quick thanks for such an amazing trip. I had a great time and probably will never get to experience anything like it again, unless...
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Tim Shea
Tim Shea
— University of Vermont “Traveling with Jim to India, China and Tibet were priceless experiences in every way. I can’t even describe how healthy it was to get out of the world I was...
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Betsy Sayer
Betsy Sayer
— University of Vermont “I really want to thank you for everything that you did for us on our amazing trip to India and for making it such an incredible experience. I feel so...
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Matthew Tedeschi
Matthew Tedeschi
— Saint Michael’s College “I can honestly say that I am a new person. Enlightened is too strong a word but educated is too weak. This experience has changed my life and I will...
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Kelsey Ballard
Kelsey Ballard
— University of Vermont “I cannot begin to describe the amazement and gratitude at what I was able to experience on my trip to India, whether it was walking through a Hindu temple or...
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Corrina Dobson
Corrina Dobson
— Castleton State College “I am very appreciative of the experience that you and Shelley guided me on during our trip to Nepal. It had a profound affect on my life. I am a...
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Adelaide Surette
Adelaide Surette
— The University of Vermont “Up in the Himalayas the monasteries became our classrooms where we received lectures on Buddhism from lamas, monks and locals who gave their personal view on the culture and...
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Justin Dewey
Justin Dewey
— Castleton State College “Those looking to seriously immerse themselves in a distant culture and reemerge with a new way of seeing things will be right at home in a Wisdom Tours program. I’ve...
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Noelaine Ritchie
Noelaine Ritchie
— Johnson State College “Our travel study program to Nepal & Tibet is extremely difficult to put into a few words. It was an incredible journey that touched the core of my being and...
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Rebecca Jason
Rebecca Jason
— Saint Michael’s College “The trip to Tibet was the most amazing experience of my life and I am so grateful that you allowed me the opportunity to be a part of the trip....
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Renee Santana
Renee Santana
— Champlain College “Our Study Abroad Program to India was the most intellectually stimulating as well as the most beneficial event in my entire life and I am extremely grateful.”
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Bryan Toy
Bryan Toy
— Castleton State College of Vermont “My study abroad experience in Greece was a trip of a lifetime. The things that I saw and learned were integrated into my personality and I feel have...
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Nikki Muir
Nikki Muir
— University of Vermont “The highlight of my study abroad program to Greece with Wisdom Tours was our time on Samos. The island of Samos was more beautiful than I ever imagined and was...
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Emily Simmonds
Emily Simmonds
— University of Vermont “Thank you so much for the most amazing trip through Greece. It was an eye-opening experience that allowed me to reflect on life. I cannot wait to go back to...
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Jake Sassaman
Jake Sassaman
— Champlain College “True to it’s name, Wisdom Tours provided me with a phenomenal tour of Tibet. Safety, health issues and political and social differences were not a concern in the least as our...
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Amy Sweetser
Amy Sweetser
— Saint Michael’s College “Wisdom Tours provided me with a once-in-a-lifetime experience to travel and study in a country I have always wanted to visit. It was an amazing experience; there was a perfect...
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Amanda Kissell
Amanda Kissell
— The University of Vermont “Our study abroad program to Greece was amazing. We learned all aspects of the culture, whether eating the food, meeting the people or touring museums and ruins. Shelley and...
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Phillip Seeley
Phillip Seeley
— Sayre, PA USA “My trip to Tibet was awesome! It was my first time traveling abroad and I could not have been in better hands. Experiencing Nepal and Tibet in our small group...
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Jennifer Anderson
Jennifer Anderson
— Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada “I cannot thank you enough for the trip you took us on. It was a life changing journey and one I will treasure always. Thank you for treating us like...
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