My experiences in Nepal were simply breath-taking and unbelievable. Never before in my life had I been able to go to a country and fully be able to offer my efficiencies as I was able to do in Nepal. I had spent a little over a month in Nepal; I had spent the first two weeks of my trip travelling and trekking in the Himalayas. We had went to see Bhaktapur and Patan, two famous all cities filled with temples and architecture, the cities had left you feeling as if you had stepped back in time. In addition, we had travelled through the main city of Kathmandu to see Swayambhu (monkey temple), Pashupati Nath, Boudha, and Durbar Square, each location revealing a little more about the city’s rich history of tradition and culture in both Hinduism, Buddhism and other local religions. Being able to all these places and take part in Nepal’s rich culture really opens one’s eyes to the diversity out there. Furthermore, there is a sign in Nepal’s main city of Kathmandu that calls it a Land of Contrast, and that can definitely be seen when traveling from the main city to the Himalaya region. The Himalayas are majestic, overpowering, and full of peace and wonder—while the city remains vibrant, full of colors and noise.
The most wondrous part of my trip was my volunteer experience with Nepali Host Family, a Non-profit organization in Nepal. I was placed at a local private Hospital in Baneshwor, Kathmandu. The hospital staff and emergency department that I worked in was extremely friendly. They taught me so much about the Nepali Healthcare system and the overall health condition in Nepal. The doctors and health assistants there had also taught me new and different techniques such as how to draw blood, give injection and sutures. Furthermore, the hospital surgeons and physicians had allowed me to sit in on OPD and surgeries. During their free time, the doctors had also taken me out to visit the public general hospital and the teaching hospital in Kathmandu, so that I could understand and see the differences between the types of care provided. The overall experience at the hospital was a wonderful learning experience and had opened my eyes to a whole new side of health care. The part of my volunteer experience that made Nepal, touch my heart was when I was allowed to applied what I had learned in the hospital and through training.
During my volunteer stay in Nepal, a few of the other volunteers had been volunteering at a school for orphan kids located somewhere in North Kathmandu; the volunteers cared so much about the kids there and told me about some of the medical issues the school was having, such as no checkups in 8-9 months, etc. Therefore, we were all able to work together, the doctors from my Hospital, the other volunteers, Nepali Host Family staff and I to help put together a clinic for all the 151 children at the school. The Clinic was a success, as all the children were able to get checkups and referrals and medicines as needed. We had also found out the most the children had not received a dose of Albendazole in over 6 months, so we were able to administer a dose to them the next day. Furthermore, I was also able to give a class on public health to the children on my last day in Nepal, and making medical reference sheets for the school. The experience of being able to offer my efficiencies to the Nepali children, who needed help, really touched my heart and taught me so much about the importance of community care.