Finding Similarities in a Sea of Differences

3rd November 2017

Each of us have experienced getting to know new people, whether in school, university or just our communities at home. But being selected into a team, with whom you will spend the next 10 weeks in an alien environment is incomparable. This is nerve-wracking initially, because of the ever-so common personality clashes and feelings of isolation that can come with a poorly matched team.
Savvas lifts the Doko, while Yuvraaz looks on.
As November Charlie 8 we cover all corners of the UK and Nepal, with an equal balance of ages, educational background and individual talents- from recent graduates, to shop workers and self-confessed travel bugs! Yet regardless of the discrepancy in our individual views of the world, our personalities (particularly our senses of humour) have merged seamlessly. As part of our group contract we have vowed to learn something from each member of the team during our time here- for example language, chess and workout motivation. It is examples such as this, which support the notion that difference should not be feared, rather embraced and shared, so we never stop growing as individuals and as a team.
The making of our shower area.
Being part of a Raleigh project provides the privilege of living in a host home. This brings with it a different scope of coping with a cross-cultural environment. Firstly, the language barrier was one of the biggest concerns before arriving in community, but it has been amazing to see how simple sign language and efforts to learn the beautiful Nepali language can make this completely manageable when bonding with our new second families. The most frequently used word so far has been ‘Pugyo’, which translates to ‘enough’ and is essential during meal times to prevent seconds of the generous helpings of rice.  We have also had to adjust to contrasting daily routines and it is safe to say it is clear who are the early risers and who is struggling with the 6am wake up calls- but where there is sweet tea there is hope!   Written By Rebecca November Charlie 8 Adamar, Makwanpur

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