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My daughter’s community project in the mountains of Nepal

My 16 year old daughter, Sophie-Anne has just returned from a school trip to Nepal and in this second article she talks about the community work that her group did in a local school and her impressions of the children and local people that she met.

During our trip we had organised a community project, which would prove to be an amazing experience and culture shock. Upon arrival we were all giving a red mark on our head and a flower garland made by the villagers, despite the villagers’ stares (they had rarely seen westerners) we were made welcome immediately.

Sophie-Anne with a child from the school in Nepal

Sophie-Anne with a child from the school in Nepal

We were told the villagers were very upset that the electricity would not work, assuming we would be annoyed. This of course was not the case and despite the occasional girly scream when a leech was found, we all settled in happily to our tents. Our sherpas woke us up in the morning with a cup of tea and bowl of hot water each, which at the time felt like considerable luxury!

Camping beside the School in Nepal

Camping beside the School in Nepal

We soon got to work building a much-needed fence for the school and everyone, no matter how feeble and weak, got stuck in to the job. For a group of female teenagers building a fence, swing set and steps is a hard job and everyone in the group realised why builders have so many tea breaks.

Parents at the school in Nepal

Parents at the school in Nepal

We also got a chance to interact with the children, it is amazing how simple it is to form a bond despite the language barrier between us. At first the children were shy but soon they became increasingly lively, absorbing all the activities we had arranged for them.

Children trying the ipod in Nepal

Children trying the ipod in Nepal

Trying on the Raybans in Nepal

Trying on the Raybans in Nepal

They all seemed fascinated with our cameras, ipods and even the balloons we brought for them. I specifically remember one boy looking at some bubbles like Christmas had come early, and then spending the rest of the day in hysterics popping all the bubbles that was humanly possible.

Children playing with balloons in Nepal

Children playing with balloons in Nepal

One evening the villagers arranged a traditional evening where they sang and danced for us, it was wonderful to see a glimpse of their culture. Everyone got up and danced, although its safe to say our Bollywood style dance moves needed a little work.

Despite the huge culture difference (us in walking boots and them in flip flops for example) we were able to really connect with all of the villagers, finding things we had in common like dancing or singing.

This is best summed up by when we all heard Justin Bieber’s ‘baby’ playing somehow somewhere in the village. We all went back to our tents that night forgetting about the rain and leeches to ponder whether even Justin knew his songs had reached a remote area in the Himalayas.

Read about the other parts of Sophie-Anne’s trip

My teenage daughter’s trek in Nepal
My daughter’s elephant safari in Nepal

Other adventures in India and Nepal

 Exploring the ‘Abode of Snow’ in the Indian Himalayas
My Indian Sponsor Child
Kolkata in India – City of Joy

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    A teenage trek in Nepal | Heather on her travels
    August 11, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    […] My daughter’s community project in the mountains of Nepal […]

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    Arlequin
    August 12, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Wow. What an incredible experience. I hope to see Nepal for myself one of these days.

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    Sherry Ott
    August 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    What a lovely story and project! Balloons were a great idea! The little school looks so much like the one I taught at…what great memories this evokes!

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    Barbara Weibel
    August 16, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Sophie-Anne, I’m so proud of you for doing this. You will undoubtedly remember the experience for the rest of your life and it will likely impress upon here how lucky we are to have been born as citizens of first world countries. I live part time in Nepal and love the country like no other place on earth. Your gorgeous photos show a bit of that beauty. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    DD
    August 16, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    What a great place to go! High in the mountains, great scenery and culture. How was this trip set up?

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