…𝑩𝒉𝒖𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒆 𝒀𝒐𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒔 𝒕𝒂𝒑 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒄𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒎𝒊𝒄 𝒄𝒐𝒍𝒍𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒖𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒗𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒐𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒖𝒄𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒂𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒂𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒐𝒕𝒔 𝒂𝒃𝒓𝒐𝒂𝒅
In a remarkable display of academic collaboration and financial resilience, groups of Bhutanese youth in Bhutan have found a unique way to earn their living expenses by providing homework and assignment assistance to their fellow Bhutanese students studying in Australia. This enterprising endeavor not only helps the youth sustain themselves but also fosters academic success among Bhutanese students abroad.
Highlighting this initiative, Karma Tenzin, one of the Bhutanese youths involved in this venture, shared, “We noticed that many Bhutanese students pursuing education in Australia were facing challenges with their coursework and assignments. Recognizing an opportunity, I decided to lend a helping hand by completing their homework and assignments for a reasonable fee. In this way, I can cover my own living expenses while supporting our compatriots abroad.”
The initiative has proven to be a lifeline for Bhutanese students studying in Australia who face challenges such as language barriers, unfamiliar teaching methods, and adapting to a new educational system. By providing personalized academic support, the Bhutanese youth in Bhutan have effectively bridged the gap and alleviated the academic burden on their fellow students.
Kelzang Wangdi, a graduate of Sherubtse College, stated, “I consider myself fortunate to receive assignments from my friends studying abroad. I heavily rely on this work as a means of sustenance. Typically, I charge around four to five thousand ngultrum per assignment, but the amount may vary depending on the complexity of the topic and the word limit. At times, I receive a workload of five to six assignments per week, while there are periods when it becomes challenging to secure even a single assignment.”
However, some individuals like Kinga Yoezer, who is working in one of the private companies, emphasize the need for diverse income sources. “I earn money by undertaking assignments, but relying solely on this income source is precarious since there are instances when assignments are scarce. It is preferable to engage in diverse small jobs and dedicate leisure time to completing assignments,” Kinga Yoezer said.
Sangay Rinzin, a recent graduate, expressed his desire to stay in Bhutan due to the anticipated abundance of assignments. “Considering the significant number of Bhutanese individuals residing abroad, I prefer staying here because I believe there would be a greater abundance of assignments available to me.”
Leki Yangden, expressing her gratitude, stated, “I am immensely grateful to my friends who place their trust in me and entrust me with their assignments. Whenever I find myself in a financially tight spot, I can always count on receiving at least one assignment, enabling me to earn some pocket money.”
Tshering Dorji, a Bhutanese student studying abroad, expressed his appreciation for the assistance received. “I was finding it difficult to keep up with the coursework and meet the academic expectations. The support provided by these Bhutanese youth has been invaluable. They not only help me understand the subjects better but also ensure that my assignments are well-prepared and submitted on time. I am truly thankful for their dedication and assistance.”
While there may be debates about the ethics surrounding this form of academic support, the Bhutanese youth engaged in this initiative emphasize that their intention is to offer aid and facilitate academic success for their fellow students. They assert that their assistance goes beyond simply completing assignments, as they also provide guidance and explanations to enhance understanding.
On the other hand, Bhutanese individuals residing abroad affirm their commitment to independently completing their assignments, questioning the rationale behind seeking assistance for their assignments as they believe their purpose is to acquire knowledge on their own.