My Favorite Memory: Observing a woman giving birth to a beautiful baby girl. At the end of the delivery, another hospital volunteer who was with me in the labor room suddenly fainted, so a doctor, a paramedic, and I had to carry her on to a bed. It was a frightening experience, but as an aspiring doctor, it’s a memory that I will never forget.
I was surprised that…. many people in Nepal, especially in Kathmandu, could speak English so well.
The most difficult thing I experienced was…. when one of the volunteers had an emergency psychotic episode at the house and another volunteer and I escorted her to the international hospital.
My best received lesson… do not expect too much before you go. Just relax and adapt to their slower pace of life when you’re in Nepal.
Tip for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc)
If you’re staying in Kathmandu, bring some masks to wear when you’re walking outside by the streets. If you’re volunteering at the hospital, you don’t really need to bring scrubs, gloves, or gowns like I was told. You would most likely never use them. I suggest that you spend the weekends out of the city and go to the villages or tourist destinations like Pokhara, Bhatapur, or Chitwan National Park.
Personal Paragraph (Testimonial)
When I arrived in Nepal, I felt as if I had traveled back in time. This country has many political and social injustices that are the main reasons for the state of this country, but the Nepali people are some of the kindest people I’ve ever met. I split up my day schedule so that I could go to the children’s center and interact with the kids in the morning, and then go to the hospital after lunch time. The teachers and staff at the children’s center are truly heroes for what they do for the children. I’m not sure if I had made a significant impact to the patients or the children whom I met, but the local staff and the hospital professionals have sincerely made an impact in my life. If I could have the chance to go back to Nepal in the future, I’d go in a heartbeat.
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Joo Hyun Volunteer in Kathmandu, Nepal