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Newsletters from Nepal

Up until February 2015 our staff in Nepal regularly put together a newsletter, sent to volunteers working in Nepal at the time, those signed up to join a project in Nepal, and to previous volunteers. The newsletters contain information about the country and our projects, stories written by volunteers, advice on what to expect when volunteering abroad in Nepal, and much more. These destination newsletters are now replaced by a country blog, within www.mytripblog.org. If you're considering volunteer work abroad in Nepal the newsletters and the blog are a great way to gain more information.


950KB Nepal Newsletter - February 2015
In February I! had the chance to visit Projects Abroad volunteers in all three of our Nepali regions. From the heat of the Nepali jungle, to the cool mountain air of some of the nation’s highest peaks, I am amazed by the diversity of our projects.

906KB Nepal Newsletter - January 2015
This adorable girl is from Devghat. Devghat is a picturesque little village known for its peace and quiet. Mostly elderly people who don’t have any family to take care of them live within this village and someone told me even the formal King of Nepal wished to die there, but I have no clue if this is true.

1,05MB Nepal Newsletter - December 2014
One morning I stepped through the district of Thamel to find the ground sticky with freshly laid tarmac. I rushed through the acrid air, worrying for my shoes and thought nothing more of it. Later I saw my first functioning traffic lights of Kathmandu, followed by women crouched by the roadside painting the kerb. Suddenly, everywhere I looked, Kathmandu was being given a face-lift. Just a cosmetic mind you – paint can’t hide the tangled electricity wires or crazy traffic.

22,96MB Nepal Newsletter - November 2014
That night we stayed with a local family. All six volunteers slept on mats on the floor in our comfortable room. We were fed rice pudding and tea until our stomachs were bursting. We met every cousin and neighbour in the district and they couldn't help but laugh as we tried to speak Nepalese with them. Overall I had an amazing experience. I learnt a lot professionally, as well as gaining insight into life in rural Nepal.

3,18MB Nepal Newsletter - September-October 2014
There is so much that could be said about Nepal. There is never a dull moment; whether you are with your host family or at your placement. My host family was so open, caring and considerate. It took no time to warm up them and I miss them sill! We bonded over meals, and they even taught me how to cook some traditional Nepali food. Being with a host family makes the experience so much more fulfilling and comfortable.

1,39MB Nepal Newsletter - August 2014
Harriet, Lois, and Sophie spent their free time organizing events to coincide with Beaconsfield High's charities week. First, a talent show featuring acts by students and the faculty. This was followed by a scavenger hunt around the school. At both events, they encouraged participants to pay what they could, and were happy to share information about their upcoming journey with Projects Abroad.

1,30MB Nepal Newsletter - May 2014
For a moment on the way back from school it was if my heart had stopped. For nearly 70 years I had heard tell of the famous Himalayas, the highest mountains in the world. And suddenly, there they were, lifting their giant, shining heads out of the haze as if to challenge the heavens.

1,23MB Nepal Newsletter - April 2014
For my first six months in Nepal I lived in Bharatpur, in the Chitwan Region. As I drove into Bharatpur for the first time, along the main highway, it seemed like a busy town, not unlike Kathmandu. The road is chock full of tuk-tuks, trucks, motorbikes, bicycles and the odd buffalo or goat.

1,31MB Nepal Newsletter - March 2014
Clare grew up in Sydney, Australia, and studied International Communication and Geography at university. She spent six months studying in Sweden, travelling all over Europe and parts of North Africa.

1,05MB Nepal Newsletter - February 2014
In December 2013, I journeyed to the land of the Himalayas, where I took part in a medical volunteer project. After spending fifteen hours up in the clouds, I finally arrived and was warmly greeted by the Projects Abroad staff.

985KB Nepal Newsletter - January 2014
Projects Abroad Nepal is starting a new blog series, highlighted in the monthly newsletter, #PlacesWeLove! The premise is simple: write about your experience at a Nepali location that you love, that stood out to you, that you'll travel back to while daydreaming at your school desk or office cubicle. The place can be your favorite cafe, your host family's home, or even a dusty road in the middle of Nepali nowhere.

1,24MB Nepal Newsletter - December 2013
The Proof Is in the Pudding - I don't know where this colloquialism originated, or what exactly it even means for that matter, however, it seems to fit the purpose for titling this post.

468KB Nepal Newsletter - November 2013
The foundation was established in 1990, but even before that, myself and a partner were giving scholarships to children, to orphans, to disabled kids, to blind kids, to street kids, the most disadvantaged children.

454KB Nepal Newsletter - October 2013
It’s on the cover of the brochure for the Projects Abroad conservation project, and yet not a single Red panda sighting has been confirmed in the Himalayas for three years. Despite this fact, the volunteers in Ghandruk set out to find one! We may not have actually spotted one, but it did prove to be a great trip!

644KB Nepal Newsletter - September 2013
What originally brought me to Nepal (apart from the opportunity to help out by volunteering) was how foreign it was, the pull of being one of the foreigners to visit since it had been open to tourism for the West for only around 60 years. It absolutely did not disappoint. Nepal is an incredible country, where you can see the strange effects of recent western influence.

1,01MB Nepal Newsletter - August 2013
Kathmandu city reminds me a lot of Kuta, Bali. The retailers all sell the same products, however, by contrast they don't hassle you as much. Trekking shops by the hundred line the streets along withrickshaws and taxis.

1,27MB Nepal Newsletter - July 2013
My name is Eamonn and I am 19. I am currently on a gap year between college and studying medicine in London, UK. I’d volunteered in Borneo before and I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to do more, and decided to spend 6 weeks in Nepal.

934KB Nepal Newsletter - June 2013
I had been manually assisting the breathing of a dying trauma patient for about an hour when it occurred to me; this was the kind of work I had chosen to go to Nepal to do. It was my third week at the Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital (CMCTH) and just my second day in the emergency department.

1,28MB Nepal Newsletter - May 2013
My four week placement at Patan Community Based Rehabilitation Centre was a life-changing experience that I will never forget. It is fantastic that such an organisation exists in Nepal to benefit those who suffer with disabilities. I was sad to learn that it is common for disabled individuals to not be accepted into the Nepalese society. This is why I believe Patan CBR to be such a rewarding and fulfilling placement, as you know it supports such a worthwhile cause.

1,18MB Nepal Newsletter - April 2013
When Niklas Walendy decided to do a volunteer teaching placement in Nepal with Projects Abroad he never thought he’d perform in a concert. But when the principal of Tri RatnaSchool asked him if he would sing for the students, he gladly accepted.

1,92MB Nepal Newsletter - March 2013
My name is Adam, I am 20 years old and I come from Charlottenlund, Denmark. I finished high school last summer and I am now working as a care volunteer with Projects Abroad in Nepal. I will volunteer for 3 months.

1,11MB Nepal Newsletter - February 2013
If you have an interest in conservation and looking for a project with a view – you can’t beat our Nepal Conservation project! Based in the small village of Ghandruk, at around 2000m above sea level and in the heart of the Annapurna Conservation Area, if the altitude does not take your breath away, the view certainly will.

1.002KB Nepal Newsletter - January 2013
So one of the most common questions I like to ask our volunteers when they arrive here is how they decided on Nepal as their volunteer destination. I have to admit I’m a bit disappointed that 80% of the time the answer, at least in part is “because it was the cheapest destination on the list”.

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