A day in the life of a Raleigh volunteer

24th March 2016

6am– Community wakes up.
7am– We wake up, walk outside and get greeted by the whole community. Aama, our host mother, gives us tea and biscuits.
7.30/8am– Team meeting. Weekly leaders tell us what everyone is doing.
9/10am– Meal time.
10.30am– Work begins. Work can range from planning an event, holding focus group discussions, hosting community action days, sitting in on meetings or helping with day to day life of the community.  Our days really vary as we participate in many different activities both within our community and others close by, some days we walk 3 hours to visit other villages to wider the scope of our surveys. This also changes every day depending on power and water which are both intermittent.

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Sukant taking phone numbers during a meeting with a community based organisation.

3-4.30pm– Afternoon tea and snack which can be boiled egg, beaten rice, noodles or pancake if you’re lucky.
5pm– Daily team review.
6.30pm– Meal time with our host families.
8pm– Team meeting to discuss the next day and either movie night (depending on power), star gazing or other team bonding activities.

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Team monopoly with Deputy Operations Manager Paul and Medic Rachel after a days work.

Yvette’s perspective:
“It’s different from the home I know, but it’s our new home. Waking up in the morning and leaving the house straight away is something of a habit now and saying hello to about 20 people with bed head is considered normal too. Eating outside makes you feel at one with nature… or at least the flies. Food at 10am is called “curry at 10” because we have no clue whether it’s breakfast, brunch or lunch. Our community include us in their lives so much it really is like family. Helping the women take corn off the cob has become therapeutic to me and they really appreciate it even if it does take us twice as long as it would for them.”

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Samikshya’s perspective:
“The time here has come across like a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and all the problems that you face being there. Along with that this has been an opportunity for me to get a sense of independence and explore my own abilities. Nimti is a package of freshness I always desire: fresh air to breathe, fresh food to eat, relaxing spot for ‘me’ time and to watch sunsets with the team. As well, I have been given a homely environment with the ability to observe different sides of my own culture even though coming from the same caste and religion. The food is the same as back home so for me, the biggest difference has been working with a diverse team in the community where I feel a slight bit of intimidation by their physical strength and will power!”

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It really doesn’t matter where you are from or what your background is, everyone is family here. There is always something new to learn and opportunities to be taken, all we have to do is to step out of our own world and grab it!

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November Charlie 3 together

Written by UK Volunteer Yvette Griffiths and Nepali Volunteer Samikshya Bhattarai


Youth In Civil Society Nepal