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Alex Chooses Social Work

I volunteered in Nepal with the Nepal Orphans Home in Ramechhap for three weeks, from 6th March to 28th March earlier this year. Since then, I feel that I have had a strong connection with the little remote village on the top of a mountain. In January, I will return to Ramechhap for another two weeks from 1st January to 14th January.

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"Autumn is Awesome in Nepal!" by volunteer Amanda Hill

Upon my arrival in Kathmandu I was instantly hit by the sights and sounds of the bustling street life, a characteristic that I have come to love when traveling in Asia. As I navigated around the capital, I quickly got my bearings. My senses were being heightened to the sounds of the traffic, the regular horn-toots; seeing the full spectrum of colour whilst observing Hindu and Buddhist festivals (of which the Nepalese celebrate many) and the brilliance of local dress; and to the rich aromas from the wonderful street food mixed with the notorious dust that covers Kathmandu city.

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Back to Bigu!

After spending over a year living in Kathmandu after the earthquake which destroyed their homes, the nuns have returned to Bigu! We were very happy to have our volunteers Ela Furdas and Martin Luo spend time with the nuns shortly after their return last month. They have returned to Kathmandu with news of how things are going at the monastery. 

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Blake Matich and Ryan Noble

A rambunctious bus ride out of Pokhara and into Nepal’s rural valleys found us in the beautiful town of Bhurjungkhola in the district of Kaski. We arrived to a city covered in clouds. It was only later during the clear, bright morning that we met the massive Mt. Machhapuchhre, the commander of the northern skyline. Because the morning sun tinges its face in a rosy hue, a casual observer may mistake its soft complexion for an invitation. The reality, however, is its 7000M peak is insurmountable. 

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Creative Learning at Chelsea Education Center

After several years of being camp counsellors in Kansas, we (Allison and Jana) had numerous games and activities for kids which focused on non-traditional types of learning. We had witnessed in our short time in Nepal how studious the kids of NOH were. We wanted to pair fun with education during a week long program we helped facilitate with Emma (volunteer from Melbourne). Every day focused on a different key word which we paired with fun activities and English writing tasks.

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The ground, it trembled: The story of two brave nuns from Bigu

Norzen and Nawang are nuns from the monastery in Bigu, whose smiles will bring back memories for many volunteers who have been recipients of their warmth and hospitality. 
 
Today we are sitting at the Volunteer Nepal dining room table eating masala-spiced pasta. Mid-meal they lean in to show me photos of the monastery wreckage on a mobile phone, and begin recounting events that are still raw and frightening. 
 

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Sascha's Experience in Baglung: "It's Real. And it's Amazing."

Baglung itself is a 10-12 hour bus ride into the mountains, but the Jaidi District is another two-hour hike from the Polybus in Baglung. I was able to see so much of Nepal just from the window of the polybus. It passes through Pokhara, rides past the tallest bridge in the world, and speeds through rice fields and forests. Once the bus starts to ascend into the mountains, it can get bumpy and slightly dangerous. I just shut my eyes and hoped for the best, and before I knew it I was in Baglung.

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