I cannot say if I have learnt a lot about leading a group of people, but there are somethings that came to me in the 10 weeks of placement here in Adamar, all of which was inspired by my team leaders and fellow volunteers. The way they led the team during their time as, weekly leaders or as team leaders, have taught me in ways that I could never comprehend.September 19, 2017
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Lisa is a nurse practitioner in the UK who decided to join Raleigh ICS this summer. She tells us a bit about life as a medic with Raleigh ICS in Nepal.September 18, 2017
“You’re not born a leader, you become one.”
A great person once said this of leadership and it is at the heart of everything Raleigh stands for.
On Friday morning, 8 Nepalese volunteers arrived at Raleigh Headquarters carrying little but their own nervous excitement and fresh mindset. They have been selected to be team leaders on the upcoming ICS programme for Autumn 2017. They will share leadership during the 10 week project with their counterpart from Britain. But really it is the beginning of a longer journey for them, starting here in Kathmandu, that will see them become the leaders they are meant to be. Whatever skills they develop over the next few months will bind to them tightly and indivisibly.
If you had told me a year ago that I would be living in rural Nepal for 2 ½ months in 2017, I would never have believed you. Partly because I couldn’t think about being away from my family for that long, but also because I didn’t think I could cope with living in a different environment away from everyday luxuries of home.September 14, 2017
During the ICS placements, all volunteers live together with a family. These homes can vary from a separate outside in a large compound to an attached roomed shared with a family of twenty, however they have one thing in common; they enable volunteers to integrate and immerse themselves in communities no other form of accommodation could.September 8, 2017
‘What’s the food like? Are you eating enough?!” my parents ask me in panic. It’s my first phone call home since I arrived in Nepal and the conversation is mainly focused on the contents of my stomach. I chuckle to myself at my parents’ questions as I recall the daily routine of my host family forcing more rice and vegetables onto my plate despite me insisting that I am, in fact, ‘pugyo’. ‘Yes, mum I’m eating enough, and the food is great, thank you!’September 6, 2017
Being a social work student, I had visited many rural areas. However, I have never seen a place more beautiful than Dumrekuna. The village is amazing and so are the villagers. When we arrived in the village the people welcomed us with their hearts and made us an integral part of their familiesSeptember 5, 2017
It’s been another busy week for team November Charlie 8 here in Similtar Ghanti Khola! On reviewing the past seven days, it was a unanimous decision that a major highlight was carrying out cabbage and cauliflower sapling transportation training with community members from nearby villages Bhaisitar and Sirudhada. The training involved the use of the 4000 (!) successful saplings that we have been growing since phase 1 and was facilitated by Rajan, a priest and agricultural expert from Ghanti Khola.September 5, 2017
A brief respite from the monsoon rain allowed the November Charlie 5 team to gather Kaliban’s bright young talents and facilitate the formation of the long sought-after children’s club, while simultaneously running an Active Global Citizenship (AGC) session as the club’s first activity.September 4, 2017
An optimistic person and a man with a genuine heart: Dal Bahadur Gurung. My host father has been living in Lower Ripthok for several years. His day begins with a cup of tea ”chiya” and then everyday he has to work hard in the field for his livelihood. Halo, Juwa, Kutto and Kodali are the tools he uses everyday as a part of his ordinary life. What he believes is that if we have skills and enthusiasm, we can do something in our own country.September 3, 2017