Homestays and volunteering
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The team is back in Kathmandu for one night tonight before heading out to the village
This week was interesting for all of us. We got to experience life in Nepal while living with locals in Kathmandu. We also volunteered at the local public school, building 3 benches, painting and plastering classrooms, and helping with the school children.
Overall, the week was very enjoyable and brought us all closer together. There were ups and downs of course, but even doing laundry by hand on the roof turned out to be a Great experience!
We all felt very welcomed by our host families and the young students we interacted with at the school.
We played hacky sack and taught them games like "duck, duck, goose" (although it took some time to get the kids to adopt the game)
Volunteering was challenging but felt highly rewarding. The physical work that was involved, really forced everyone to cooperate while creating a very positive atmosphere.
However, not only hard work was involved. Our leaders, Tim and Bradford took us on cultural excursions to a Buddhist monastery where a monk gave us a small introduction to the history of Buddhism.
We also made momos together in the school kitchen!
After only a few days, we already feel like we are beginning to understand Nepal and hope to keep digging further into this culture on the rest of our journey.
For the next week, we will be in a small village, living with locals and volunteering. It will be hard for students to access wifi or phones but we are looking forward to our first real chance to 'disconnect' (at least, some of us are).
Until next week!
Oriana, and the Youth International team