Corinne von Burg
Thulo Bharkhu - 4 Weeks August/ September 2007

When I arrived in Nepal, I was welcomed very warmly and they tried to prepare my as good as they were able for my placement. I liked the training a lot and find it very useful, especially the language class with the lovely Rama. After six days I moved to my placement in Thulo Bharku. The busride to go there was quite long and I had to change buses two times because of landslides but the surrounding was amazing.

The village was absolutely nice and people soon accepted me and tried to support me all the time. The same with the host family, they were incredible friendly and took me to a four day pilgrimage whit the whole community which was an unforgettable memory. In my placement was another volunteer and we had a lot of fun. I think its nice to have another person with you in the placement.

The only thing Iím not going to miss are the bedbugs, their bits covered my whole body. So be prepareÖ

The children were amazing and always wanted to play. If you are going to run a resource centre, donít forget to bring a lot of stickers and especially balloons, they went crazy about that. The english in school was very basic and it was sometimes hard work to keep the attention of the kids. But Iíll never forget the happy faces of the children waiting in front of the resource centre for me every day. The gave me so much love and joy.

Obviously you receive much more than you are able to give as a volunteer.

It was the best experience I ever had and I wonít regret any minute I spent here in Nepal.