Life here in Nepal is not completely basic, but it lacks some of the comforts of my own home. Aside from the obvious luxuries such as internet or a sofa, trivial things make it very different also. For example, I shower under a tarp shelter with a bucket and the electricity sometimes cuts out because of the monsoon. However, the joys here make the challenges so worth it. It’s the intangible connections you make and other aspects that make it an overwhelmingly positive experience.
The first has to be the views. We are based in Makwanpur and so, unlike the Gorkha teams, we don’t get see glimpses of the Himalayas. Nevertheless, the views are spectacular with rolling mountains as far as the eye can see, all covered in thousands of trees. You can see where nature has carved away rock and streams dot the landscape. I will miss doing mundane tasks with such a spectacular view.
Another thing, is the joy of being away from some of the infrastructure of home. Although sometimes a hindrance, the lack of big roads and internet means there’s much less light and noise pollution, while allowing a respite from the world of social media. As I write this all I can hear is the constant whirr of insects and the odd shout of Nepali! The lack of infrastructure means we have to walk, including up some very steep slopes, and this has led to another joy – I have got a lot fitter and healthier!
The biggest joy is the people here; both the team I work with and the locals. The local community always have a smile, paired with a ‘Namaste’ when you meet them anywhere. They have an admirable work ethic and inspiring stories. Each of their characters have made this trip for me. Secondly, the team. I have met people I will no doubt keep in contact with for many years to come. We have all learnt from each other and spending so much time together means we have become very close.
I will miss all these joys, I will miss our community, and I will definitely miss Nepal when we fly home. The home comforts will be great, but I will never forget those intangible connections.
Written By Charlotte
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