Teaching in Pokhara

I spent two and a half weeks volunteering at Shree Machhapuchhre Higher Secondary School in Bhujrungkhola, Pokhara. It was an amazing experience! Located within the Annapurna Conservation Area, the village and surrounding area are beautiful. Every morning as I walked to the school, I was greeted by the stunning Himalayan peak of Machhapuchhre. My host family was very kind and hospitable. Every morning, my host mother would make tea, usually with fresh milk from the family cow. Meals were delicious, and generally consisted of rice, lentils, and vegetables. At the school, I was warmly greeted by teachers and students alike. I had been assigned three classes a day to teach, though the headmaster was flexible and told me he could reassign a class if something was not working out, or add more classes if I wanted. I found the Nepali teachers to be friendly and helpful, and the students to be curious and enthusiastic learners. Even on the way to school, I would often be asked by one student or another, “What is your name?” and “Where are you from?” The children loved playing games and singing songs and were thrilled when volunteers incorporated such methods into their teaching. The students also loved teaching me, and I often received impromptu lessons in Nepali. Finally, there was such an amazing sense of community in Bhujrungkhola. Between my kindhearted host family, and the staff and students at the school, I felt incredibly welcomed and included. In fact, during my short stay, I was invited to multiple events, including a picnic and a wedding. All in all, my time in Bhujrungkhola proved to be an incredible experience.