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Care work with Children in Nepal with Projects Abroad

Care work with Children in Nepal with Projects Abroad

Care work with Children in Nepal with Projects Abroad

Evangelina Fozard joined a Care Project at a Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre in Nepal through Year Our Group founder member Projects Abroad in December 2013.

Volunteering in another country was an experience I will never forget. Up until then I felt I had not really had a chance to see the world or learn about other cultures. During December 2013, I volunteered to work with malnourished children in Nepal.

Care in Nepal

The main goal at my placement was to rehabilitate the children and to educate the caregivers on a healthier lifestyle for them, making it a lot less likely for the child to become malnourished again. Seeing the children was completely different to how I had imagined it would be. All of them were eager to learn new things, such as colouring, a little bit of English and even some dance moves.

At the time I was unsure of what career path I wanted to pursue, being stuck between medicine and nutrition. My placement allowed me to gain work experience in both fields to help me decide which path was most suited to my interests; which I later found out that it was in fact medicine that I want to study at university.

The children loved having their picture taken, constantly tugging on my arm chanting ‘picture, picture, picture’. Especially two brothers named Sandip and Sandesh. This however, seemed to be the only English they understood, so using your hands to illustrate the words seemed the best way to communicate not only with the children, but with their mothers and fathers too. Luckily the staff at Projects Abroad and the nurses at the care centre were more than happy to help me learn phrases and words that would help me talk to the children and the locals outside of the centre.

My Host Family

Although I was only in Nepal for two weeks, I already felt at home with my host family after a few days. The two weeks flashed by and when I got to the airport I just didn’t want to get on that plane back to England. The other volunteers and the host family felt like my second family and it was a pleasure to be spending my Christmas with them.

The volunteers all agreed to do a Secret Santa between us, spending around 500 rupees each on little novelty gifts that would remind us of our time in Nepal together. The family also made us a special Christmas meal, opposed to the traditional Dal Bhat. Usually when you go abroad adjusting to the food seems almost impossible, but this dish was delicious! The range of spices and flavours seemed endless and there was quite a lot of rice but it definitely filled you up for the most of the day.

Free time in Nepal

On my first weekend I went to Thamel, an area of Kathmandu, to purchase some Christmas gifts for my family back home and souvenirs of the trip; this was a short taxi ride away from my host house. The final weekend of my trip I decided to visit Chitwan and visit the national park. I saw elephants, monkeys, a deer, birds and a one horned rhino.

Leaving Nepal

Since I have been home from Nepal, I have not gone one day without thinking about the other volunteers, the host family and especially the children. I especially remember when another volunteer, named Sarah and I gave the children some Christmas presents we had brought in. Their faces beaming back up at us, holding their new possessions.

I strongly recommend volunteering with Projects Abroad if you want to feel more independent, it is the best way to experience the culture of that country and of course who wouldn’t want some of these amazing memories?

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