The Return to Kathmandu

41 days later in Nepal… After our long and unexpected good byes to our Nepali families, we began to make our way back to the Pacific Guest House in Kathmandu. The sun was starting to set and small conversations of reflection (and rejoice) helped set the background during the hour long drive. Emotionally and physically […]

My Village Stay – Day 5

As I mentioned before, Tlell and I are living in different Nepali host family which I have heard is the talk of the village since it is quite strange to have a married couple living separately. However, this was mutually agreed upon in order to enhance both of our cultural immersion experiences living in a […]

My Village Stay – Day 3

Highlights of my day… Finally used the charpi. Got it over with and it went pretty well. Immediately after that I had my first cold winter outdoor bath at the community water tap. I’m sure the entire mountain side heard me scream. It was quite refreshing actually. Oddly enough, I majorly bumped my head on […]

My Village Stay – Day 1

On December 16th, the VSO Volunteer November ’08 group embarked on a 9-day Village Stay in Chankhu Besi thaau near Dhulikhel.  As part of VSO’s In-Country-Training (ICT) programme, the 12 volunteers and their guru’s will eat, sleep, and live all that is traditionally Nepali. Here is one volunteer’s story… Day 1 – The Arrival Tuesday […]

Danyabaad Chetena Kendra

  It wasn’t easy at first but after a while I got used to it and now I can fondly say that I will miss Chetena Kendra (CK) and the town of Banepa. During our 3-week stay, we have battled nagging colds (which turned out for some to be allergies), stomach viruses/diarrhea (welcome to Nepal), […]