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Nepal ICS

We in the November Charlie 5 team, having arrived in the beautiful and welcoming community of Kaliban, Makwanpur, spent our first week planning our schedule and conducting house to house visits. This was so as to get the necessary details to begin work on the water distribution tank which once installed, will be of benefit to all of the community. At the end of that week we assembled at the construction site with great anticipation and excitement to start our work.

July 20, 2017
Nepal ICS

On arrival in Khadka Gaun, November Charlie 2 adjusted to life in community at different paces, but in just over a week everyone has settled in well. A lot of time has been spent integrating with locals & exchanging our very different cultures - the Nepalese music has proven particularly popular amongst the UK volunteers! Most evenings we gather outside the local shop, which seems to be the village hub, where the locals share their impressive dancing and some UK volunteers throw in some questionable dance moves.

July 20, 2017
Nepal ICS

Having been in Nepal for two weeks now it is a fair assumption to make that music is a big part of life here. From Nepali folk songs to English classics, they know every word. We learnt this on our first Thursday evening together when the Nepali volunteers knew all our songs and also knew more than just the chorus. It was a great unifier to sing along with the Nepali volunteers to Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. It was a true insight into their culture and how much music is a part of their lives. It was also interesting to know how widespread English songs had become.

July 19, 2017
Nepal ICS

On 2nd July, it marked 10 days since we arrived at training and this experience began. For us, November Charlie 8, we used half of the day to get to know each other a bit better and took the time to reflect on what we have done so far. We went down to the river, and sat on the rocks and chatted about our experiences so far. We played water frisbee and Pete spent 2 and a half hours cleaning all his clothes in the river!

July 19, 2017
Nepal ICS

November Charlie 9 consists of nine volunteers: Tim, Harriet, Hussien, Pratikshya, Imogen, Hester, Jack, Sajan and Ayush and two team leaders Baibhav and Hattie.
We arrived in Adamar on 23rd August 2017 at around 1500 hours. We had to walk about 25 minutes to get to our homes. The view from our host homes seems to get more and more beautiful as we go up the hill.

July 17, 2017
Nepal ICS

Hello and welcome to November Charlie 6’s first post from the beautiful village of Dumrekuna! Fred and Sudeep, the team leaders from the previous phase earlier this year set a tough act to follow, but we have already got off well on a variety of fronts in our first week here.

July 14, 2017
Nepal ICS

After hours of windy, narrow roads that lorries attempt to pass each other on, we finally arrived in Kaliban. We were greeted with luscious scenery, smiling faces and the Nepalese greeting, “Namaste.” Throughout the team’s first week in Kaliban, we have found that everyone is so welcoming and the children of the community are especially enthusiastic to chat to these foreign faces walking through their village. Around the village, we found plenty of children wanting to play with us, along with the stuff we were carrying. So, what better way to introduce ourselves to them and the community than a Youth Olympics?

July 13, 2017
Nepal ICS

23rd June, 8AM: that time in life replete with anxiety yet excitement of doing something new for an unknown place; yes, the time all of us were departing to our assigned destination. As we left the training place, after travelling for around 8 hours, we- team November Charlie 4, reached our desitination: Koudi, Gorkha.

July 12, 2017
Nepal ICS

With the help of the Nepali volunteers, the UK volunteers have learnt ‘ali ali’ (a little bit of) Nepali. Enough to get by, but not enough to avoid some confusing and stilted conversations. However, in the first week we have found that there are some things that we can share together, that hold no language barriers.

July 10, 2017