Saturday, 20 October 2012

Volunteering in Kathmandu

 It was such an incredible experience - mentally, emotionally and physically. Some may think it's easy but it was most certainly not. After volunteering in a girls home, boys home and nursery in Nepal, you come to the realisation of how good us Australians have it. The one thing that shocked me the most was how happy the kids were, all the time. Then it hit me... There was no need for them to be sad because they are given 3 proper meals a day, they were given education, they were given shelter and they were given love. That is all they needed. During one whole week, stories were shared, amusement was shared and enlightenment was shared between all of us. 40 consumed 'momos' later, it was hard saying goodbye, even harder when they were giving us something of theirs they held dearest to remember them by. When I came back and still to this day, the people who knew me before my trip, said I came back a different person. I truly recommend this experience, for anyone at any age. It is never too late. 

During our stay, we also explored Nepal's city. I found this a great way to end our trip. We went to the Monkey Temple, otherwise called Swayambhunath, which is an ancient religious complex consisting of a variety of Buddhist shrines and temples. It is a safe environment, the monkey's are just really cheeky. One stole my fairy floss from behind me.. It is a great place to visit for the history, the views from the top of the hill and to see the monkeys. The good thing about it is that it doesn't cost anything. 

We also washed, swam and rode elephants through the jungle in Chitwan. Not only was it cool because of the fact it was an elephant, but through the jungle we spotted all types of other amazing animals such as hippos and rhinos. I also volunteered to feed the homeless in Kathmandu village which consisted of preparing the food, delivering the food and serving it. After the long bus journey from Chitwan, we then went para-glyding over Pokhara city, canoed the crocodile lake, visited local markets and villages and watched sunrise over the Himalayas. 

Nepal was a great country to do all of these things in and the experience is something I will cherish forever. If you are thinking of volunteering in Nepal, click here and it will take you to Nepal Orphans Home - the site we signed up on and you can learn all about it. To get the best of both worlds, make sure you explore too; you might be surprised with how inexpensive it can be.


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