Like all of the November Charlie groups in Gorkha, November Charlie 4 are also the first Raleigh International ICS volunteers in Kaudi, and whilst starting the process of development is an exciting concept, it certainly comes with its own set of challenges for our Knights of Kaudi.March 23, 2017
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Thinking of volunteering with Raleigh International Nepal for its International Citizens Service (ICS) Programme? Jasper, the UK team leader for November Charlie 2 has prepared a guide for those considering/coming to Nepal with Raleigh International on ICS.March 22, 2017
Community mapping is one of the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) techniques that kills two birds with one stone. Where it helps our volunteers to identify the location of resources available in the community, it also serves as a good opportunity to integrate with the local people. Thomas, a UK volunteers from November Charlie 6 shares his experience of how they became the centre of attraction, despite the initial lack of participation by the locals, when they decided to hold a community mapping event in Dumrekuna.
In rural communities of Nepal, options are few and limited, and it is easy to pass judgement on the simplicity of the people existent. But, how many chances do we miss? How many opportunities do we pass up? And how quickly do we judge others for settling, whilst failing to take the leap of faith into courage ourselves? Midway through the project, UK team leader for November Charlie 1, Sophia, takes time to reflect on the nature of choices and opportunities.March 20, 2017
What comes to your mind when you think of kids? For Jonathan, one of our International Citizens Service (ICS) volunteers from November Charlie 1, they are the active citizens that act as agents of change, and here is why...March 18, 2017
At phase review, November Charlie 3 set themselves several challenging and realistic goals which they intend to achieve during their second month in Patpati. The aims included: facilitating the formation of the village’s first youth group, organising talks with trained experts and curious community members, and to increase their integration with the people outside of formal project work. has well and truly been maintained.March 17, 2017
Four weeks in and a lot of things have changed for the volunteers of November Charlie 5. Fourteen strangers have become a strong, close-knit team with a collective drive towards their goals. Rachel, a UK volunteer for NC5, shares her experience of how they have adapted to the lifestyle of Kaliban community.March 16, 2017
Nepal has a wide range of cultural diversity, with people from 123 different castes living in the country. It is always a different experience to witness a cultural ceremony for all those castes, as each of them have their own way of celebration. November Charlie 6 in Dumrekuna recently had the opportunity to attend a Tamang wedding ceremony, which was a unique experience not just for our UK volunteers, but our in-country volunteers as well.March 15, 2017
With the end of the first phase, our volunteers from November Charlie 3 decided to present the community of Patpati with a report of all the work they have done so far before they stepped into phase 2. This not only allowed the community to have an overall insight on our volunteer's involvement in the community, but also provided our volunteers with an opportunity to collect feedback from the Patpati locals.March 14, 2017
For November Charlie 4 in Kaudi, this week was spent between the end of Phase 1 and the beginning of Phase 2. The first phase review was a good opportunity to reconnect with the other volunteers from other communities, and share each other’s successes and problems they had encountered in their first month in the community.March 13, 2017