Parbatipur, Chitwan - 4 weeks (July 2007)
in Nepal at the beginning of July 2007. The first week in
Nepal consisted of mainly training and sightseeing. All
volunteers had to undergo Nepal language lessons to assist
in the language barrier and culture difference. This also
included spending two days in a village called Dhulikhel,
which is located just outside Kathmandu (also known as the
"training village"). I stayed with a local "host family" in
Dhulikhel and was treated with the greatest kindness. The
time I spent in Dhulikhel (although it was only two days)
was memorable by the kindness of all the people that lived
in the village. I was welcomed with open arms and made part
of the village community as soon as I arrived. The children
in the village were adorable.
second week in Nepal was spent on two different activities.
The first activity was a visit to Chitwan Jungle Safari for
three days. This meant a long 5-hour bus ride from
Kathmandu to Chitwan. The second activity was four days
trekking in Pokhara, again, a long 5-hour bus journey from
Chitwan to Pokhara. Both activities were worthwhile.
of placement, I did not have a preference in location. As a
result, I was placed at a Resource Centre (alternatively
known as a Library/Community Centre) in Parbatipur,
Chitwan. This is where I spent the remainder of my time in
Nepal. I stayed with a host family located right next door
to the Resource Centre! The host family were very kind and
welcoming. I spent a considerable amount of time playing
cards with the children at the host family and managed to
teach them a few new games to remember!
Resource Centre is simply a place where the children can go
before and after school as they wish. It is not compulsory
and extremely laid back! I was able to teach them more or
less anything I wanted! This is because the Resource Centre
is not a school, hence there was no need to follow a rigid
Resource Centre was open from 7-9am and 4-6pm everyday
(except Saturday). Since my placement was in July, the
majority of the children were off on school holidays, hence
the Resource Centre was open longer each day. I also wanted
to teach English at a local school, but due to the school
holidays, this was not possible. The children that attended
the Resource Centre aged from as little as 3 years old to 13
years old. Some children even came twice each day!
Activities in the Resource Centre included reading, drawing,
colouring, playing number and word games, singing and
the placement in Parbatipur was a great experience. In
addition, the two days spent in Dhulikhel was a memorable
experience. I am very grateful for the warm welcome I
received from both host families and will always remember
the people I met.