volunteering with children in Nepal

Well it’s a bit hard to write about my experience as a volunteer here because I just got back from Annapurna Base Camp trekking. I went to Annapurna Base Camp trek and Poon Hill trek, did it in 10 days with my friend and saw the REAL Nepal. I am about to leave Nepal tomorrow. But I am thankful to Nepali Host Family; you really made me feel like home. I volunteered in two placements during my stay in Nepal. In the school, I was during the exams, so I helped the kids with some info and ask them a lot of questions to think about. In the Orphanage, I went after school to help the kids to prepare for their exams.

I am impressed how bright and kind are the Nepali children. I learned to be honest and to observe because this way I can help even when they don’t know how to ask for help. I taught some things which I teach back at home in Bulgaria, some Leadership training skills. The volunteering work at the orphanage gave meaning to my Nepal stay.

I will miss you all
Marieta
Gabrovo, Bulgaria.

My Nepal Experience

When I arrived to Nepal in April I had no set plans for my 5 week visit. I began researching volunteer opportunities and I stumbled upon Nepali Host Family website. I was thrilled to find a program that offered affordable local volunteer options (which is becoming rare these days). I signed up to stay with the program for 1 week. The staff from Nepali Host Family suggested that I volunteer in Kathmandu at a School to help students practice conversational English.

The kids blew me away! I wasn’t sure what to expect not knowing their level of conversational English. They were so curious and full of energy! The first day I brought in my computer and shared my travel adventures with them introducing them to different cultures. They are eager to know about everything especially where I was from. I spent time researching everything I could think of about American culture from our holidays, to sports, plants and animals. They LOVE animals! The principal of the school was so welcoming and even prepared lunch for us each day at her house up the road. I had a pronominal experience even if it was only a week.

From Kathmandu I headed towards Pokhara to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. I spent a few weeks in the area where I went on 2 kayaking trips with Paddle Nepal. I met up with a friend and trekked the lower Annapurna Region with a 5 day loop to Poon Hill. The scenery is absolutely stunning in Nepal! I finished my journey at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu. They offer a 10 day into Buddhism and Meditation course which I felt was a great way to finish my trip, opening my mind to new experiences.

Cheers!
Erika
Colorado, USA
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