Traditional Forms of Volunteerism in Bhutan

Traditional Forms of Volunteerism in Bhutan by Tashi Choden

Traditional Forms of Volunteerism in Bhutan is a brief introduction to some of the various forms of volunteerism, social engagement and responsibility that we find in the country. The premise here is that volunteerism in Bhutan is rooted in its traditional beliefs and practices, and that emerging trends are a continuation of these traditions of community participation.

This theme is perpetuated in brief presentations on Community Benefaction of Anim Jitsem and The Choethuen Tshogpa. These associations serve as examples that further the notion of volunteerism and social consciousness, as illustrated by the growth of various tshogpas and associations, which, while modern in organization and structure, are nonetheless a continuation of the traditional Bhutanese ways of helping each other.