Volunteer in Nepal
With over two millennia worth of incredible history and an abundance of stunning temples, the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is an interesting place to visit. On top of being the capital, it is also the largest city in Nepal and serves as the hub for the economy, politics and commercial life of the country.
While Kathmandu is a popular choice for volunteering abroad in Nepal , many volunteers choose to immerse themselves in the rural and spiritual life of communities outside of the urban centre. The majority of the 27 million inhabitants of the country live in small villages and poverty is unfortunately a common denominator. Despite basic living conditions, volunteering in these communities will give volunteers a true taste of Nepalese life and an accurate reflection of the people who live there.
With the high rate of poverty one can find spread throughout Nepal, there is a great need for volunteers willing to work in community development, providing aid in the fields of education and teaching, child welfare and healthcare.
All volunteer abroad opportunities, especially in Nepal, require volunteers to have an open mind and willingness to help wherever they can. When electing to give back to the children of the communities located both in and out of the city centre you may very well need to wear a variety of different hats. These can include reading and or playing sports with children, but it may also include preparing meals or helping to clean up facilities.
If education and teaching is a vocation you are particularly interested in and you are open to stepping out of your comfort zone, working as a teaching assistant in schools in Nepal is an incredibly rewarding experience. Rural village schools in Nepal will often be lacking in some of the most basic of teaching material and students in your class may come to school hungry or cold without much focus. At the same time, the children will undeniably welcome the opportunity to learn with open arms and the appreciation you will feel will make the entire experience worth it.
Volunteering in Nepal will be challenging - but in the best possible way. The personal growth and experience you will encounter should outweigh any doubts you may have. The majestic land and beautiful people, along with the unique and personally fulfilling time you will undeniably have, ensure that your experience in Nepal will certainly be an adventure. read more close
A truly memorable experience was refereeing two days of soccer. The monks truly love the sport and had a 2 day schoolhouse tournament, which I was requested to referee. The youngest monks were the spectators and cheerleaders, beating plastic bottles and plastic drums, cheering their houses on.They played on a small pitch dug out of the side of (literally) a mountain, the ground was dirt and the goals made out of metal poles. In two hours of soccer, I think I only had to give a single foul, which to me exemplifies the spirit of comradeship and gregarious nature of these incredible people.
In addition to the teaching, I got to work at an orphanage in Kathmandu. I cannot explain the affect of those astoundingly beautiful children. Just to hold a child in need of a hug. To feel a hand slip so readily into yours simply to feel love and affection freely given. To feel special to someone. It bursts your heart. Their delight in each other and what little they have is truly inspiring and I will never forget them.
Teaching women through the Women’s Empowerment program, I was able to deeply connect with the Nepali women I worked with, even considering the huge language barrier between us. It was a joy and honor to teach them. I We spent the lessons laughing and actively interacting with each other, ensuring that they were learning as much as possible. It was very hard to leave them after three weeks. In such a short time, they embraced me into their world.
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