Volunteers

Motorbikes, Mud and Meetings – A Visit to Shree Pating School

Louisa Ingham, a recent volunteer at our projects in Nepal, talks us through her exciting adventure in the Helambu valley. At dawn on Wednesday 5th October Chiring, Mohan and I set off on motorbikes to visit Shree Pating Basic School in the Helambu province to check on the progress of the new school being built there, as well as to meet with the village committee to inform them of the amounts spent on the building work so far. As HELP’s Operations...

Volunteering at Lovebuds – Part 3: My Contribution

Jayanti, who recently volunteered at Lovebuds School near Kalimpong, talks about her contributions to the school. If you’ve missed it, catch up on Part 1 and Part 2 of her story. One of my aims was to see if I could help them improve their writing skills and so I set up a class where they produced essays on an outing to the Science Park. This introduced them to the idea of structuring their stories with a “beginning, middle...

Volunteering at Lovebuds – Part 2: Reflections on Teaching

Read about Jayanti’s impressions of teaching as a volunteer at Lovebuds School near Kalimpong. If you’ve missed it, catch up on Part 1 of her story. What struck me against this modest backdrop was the wonderful spirit of the children – they brimmed with vitality and enthusiasm for learning and were so rewardingly responsive. This along with the courtesy and good manners they showed made teaching them hugely pleasurable and more than made up for the lack of any sophisticated...

Volunteering at Lovebuds – Part 1: Exploring Lovebuds School

Jayanti, who recently volunteered at Lovebuds School near Kalimpong, tells us about her time teaching at the school and her exciting experiences as a volunteer. Here, she describes getting to know Lovebuds school. What can I say about my time in Munsong teaching at Lovebuds Nursery School except that it has been an absolute pleasure to volunteer there as an English language teacher. The village, evoking a veritable Shangri-La hidden away in the hillside an hour’s drive by shared taxi outside...

A Journey Through Helambu – Part 4: Ichowk

Emma and Patrick, two medical professionals, recently joined our country manager, Jimmy Lama, on a trek through the Helambu region in which MondoChallenge Foundation and the Helambu Education and Livelihoods Partnership are working to re-build schools following the earthquakes and enhance education. If you’ve missed it, catch up on Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of their story. Ichowk was the largest village we had visited, and we were glad to arrive at the home of our...

A Journey Through Helambu – Part 3: Dabchung to Tartong and Tartong to Ichowk

Two medical professionals recently trekked through Helambu, seeing the work our local team are doing first hand in a series of walks through the valley. If you’ve missed it, catch up on Part 1 and Part 2 of their story. Dabchung to Tartong This walk was thankfully less strenuous and mercifully less sunny than the day before. We wove around the beautiful hills, frequently crossing cooling streams and namaste-ing our way through sleepy villages! We saw the school and plunged...

A Journey Through Helambu – Part 2: Pading to Dabchung

Emma and Patrick worked their way through the Helambu valley. In this blog, they talk about their trip through the hills, from Pading Village to Dabchung Village. If you’ve missed it, catch up on Part 1 of their story. Revitalised after a bowl of deliciously spicy noodles at the home of Pading SMC chair, Ganesh Tamang, we began the next leg of our journey to Dabchung, guided by Sancha Tamang, the chairperson of the school there, whose family would be...

A Journey Through Helambu – Part 1: Kathmandu to Patang

Emma and Patrick, two medical professionals, recently joined our country manager, Jimmy Lama, on a trek through the Helambu region in which Mondo and the Helambu Education and Livelihoods Partnership are working to re-build schools following the earthquakes and enhance education.  This is the first part of a series of blogs on their journey into Helambu. We began our journey from Kathmandu by jeep, kindly being given a lift by an engineer and his family, with 7 of us all squeezed...