Julia Lindsay
Prabatipur - March to May - 2007

Only two weeks in Parbatipur but it doesn't take long to feel at home there. Host family were fantastic, wake up to fresh chiya and daal bhaat is on tap from about 9am to 9pm. With Rama, your 'ama' you can learn to cook and generally have a girlie gossip about the other villagers. She is extremely generous, especially with her rice portions so just keep saying 'Pugyo!'Anything you need is just a 45minute bus ride away in Narangat.
 Riding top-deck with the luggage is pretty normal, top up your tan and avoid the goats and sweaty men coming back from the market.  "Munchtime Café' is a friendly place to go get some lunch with some Other volunteers; bring along your own CDS to help them build up their  music collection.
With the kids, do not worry about having no experience.they've been at school all day and they are not expecting a structured lesson on English grammar. The most important thing is that you divide the kids up, vaguely by ability. What worked well for us was 7am and 8am classes of about 10 children in each who are intermediate level. Then my 4 o' clock class were the ones with really limited English so that class tended to be more art based and 5pm are the practically fluent boys, a small group so we can race ahead.including my host brother, Sagar, 13 - very good English (very useful as an interpreter..he also brings you tea in bed in the morning so lots of reasons to get along with him.)
 Amelia and I also threw a huge party for the kids on a Saturday. Making the food and the 'pinatas' took up a couple of classes and of course the kids love getting messy.papier mache, balloons, glue.all allowed as long as they clean up. We organized a sort of British style sports day with 'egg and spoon', 'sack', 'three-legged' races and had a fantastic day, divided into teams and taking over the local field. You also have the challenge of shopping for all the stuff in Narangat.try explaining brush cleaner, food colouring, blue tack, sack, even string.to a shopkeeper in broken Nepali. Bringing a sample and then asking 'Tyo chha??" generally was the best
 This was the scramble for the sweets that came out the 'pinata'.we weren't sure whether this game was fun or a little dangerous, but the amas and baas were quite happy to watch their kids wrestling eachother- in the style of their greatest heroes "Triple X", "John Cena" and "The Rock". Stock up on WWF stickers for prizes in class and you'll win a few hearts.
 Lisa and Amelia must take credit for this fantastic sign that we painted with the older kids. Some of the adults gate crashed the painting sessions  and we found a secret artistic talent in a deaf villager, Manoj, who became a great friend. Oh I do miss them all. It is a great place to be.a few words of warning: get used to going to bed early because the music shop starts pumping Nepali hits at 5 50am.also, beware of the switch in the shower (a little shock to wake you up in the morning). Lastly get your dancing shoes on as there's not one person in the village who won't ask you to dance for them.it seems to be the universal language.a personal favourite - "chiya barimaa"!
 Enjoy and enjoy and any questions, queries please give me an email - giulialindsay@hotmail.com
 Great success - mix up some salt dough
 2 cups of flour (atta)
1 cup of salt (nune)
 1 cup of water (pani)
 Drop of food colouring (which I left in the cupboard in the room)   Everyone loves it! And whatever happens on your placement, it's always a fun to get back to the
 Happy Home kids, for more daal bhaat and a good dance with Bicky and the
 Miss them all already!