Stages of Cultural Adjustment

I was flipping through our photos and stumbled upon interesting shots of diagrams and charts that I took from our last days of ICT at CLP (early January). These charts visualize the “Stages of Cultural Adjustment” as well as the symptoms of what someone typically feels during each stage. The above diagram shows the following […]

The half-year mark

Not sure where the time went, but last month marked our half-year in Nepal (May 14, 2009). Amazing. When I look back at my previous posts (especially the “Getting used to” post), I am often amazed about what I wrote (and didn’t publish). Most of the entries that reflect my time here are “spur of […]

The Gathering of Volunteers

Last week we kicked off a 2 week break from our daily work schedule with the annual VSO Volunteer Conference. This year, the conference was held at the swanky historic Shanker Hotel located just the down the road from our place. Considering that it is ironic that large amounts of donor money was spent to […]

New Volunteers Arrive

Last week, the March 2009 cycle of new volunteers arrived in Nepal. This time were no Canadians unfortunately but a record of 4 volunteers from Africa (2 from Uganda and 2 from Kenya) and then 1 from the Philippines, 1 from Ireland, and the rest from the U.K. The 12 fresh, eager, and ready-to-go volunteers […]

Finally, Our Dhera

Our home in Kathmandu

Aside from posting a back log of blog posts, current posts have been rare these days since we have mainly been focusing our efforts on finding a dhera to live in. Dhera’s are residential places for rent here in Nepal. Last weekend, after days of searching and looking at several dhera’s in the greater Kathmandu […]