My Favorite Memory: My project. Everything from the kids to the staff and the cooks, it greatly exceeded my expectations of “volunteering in Nepal”.
I was surprised that I became so attached to the people at Koseli, specifically a few kids and a few staff members.
The most difficult thing I experienced was saying goodbye to the project and Nepal. I cried when we had to bid farewell to the program, and our host family cried when we left for the airport.
My best received lesson was don’t take things for granted. This could range from having traffic laws and street lights to having pure drinking water.
Tip for future volunteers: Bring bug spray, we couldn’t find anywhere to buy it. Also, do some trekking outside of Kathmandu: I found those areas to be much more interesting and beautiful than the big city. Unfortunately, only two of us got around to doing real trekking.
Personal Paragraph (Testimonial): By far the most memorable month of my life. Aside from taking 11,000 pictures over the course of 4 weeks, I will have memories and relationships which will last a lifetime. On our plane ride back home, Alan, Kevin, and I already began discussing when we want to go back. I would love to go back to Koseli in a few years to check up on the kids and see how they have progressed. I am sure I will remember each one I worked with personally, and that they will remember us as well.
How would you rate your experience working with the ABV staff, both in the USA, and in-country? Very good. ABV staff was very flexible and understanding to any requests we had. I loved getting the reminders as well, just in case an important date was approaching.
Michael Volunteer in Kathmandu, Nepal
Volunteer Name: Michael Devlin
Project Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Program Dates: July 2, 2011 - July 28, 2011
Volunteered At: Street Kids Center
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