Nepal ICS

Nepal ICS

Volunteers often ask – “what do you do in field base all day while we are on project?”
Most of the time we are busy with the day to day work of, amongst other things, managing ongoing projects, providing medical support, recruiting new volunteers and planning ongoing programme activities. However, today the Raleigh Nepal Field Base was also the first place in Nepal to mark Restart a Heart Day (as far as we know!).

October 16, 2017
Nepal ICS

The teams have set off for Makwanpur this morning! A day after Group 1 deployed. the Makwanpur Team arrived here in the training grounds in Bhaktapur on the 9th of October. The teams had similar session on Culture, Development and First Aid. Since, group 2 will be working on Livelihoods, they were also briefed on what Livelihoods is. The teams were trained on Soil Testing and how to do Baseline Surveys and work on Team Planning Tools. They had a great time bonding with each other, finding similarities between Nepalese and British culture, competing in the Raleigh Olympics and Raleigh Quiz. Without further delay, lets find out  who were allocated to the Four Teams.

October 12, 2017
Nepal ICS

We started out in Raleigh country office, Khumaltar in a group of eight. It was not hard getting to know the Nepali team leaders because we had numerous similarities. We became friends before the crack of dusk.

October 11, 2017
Nepal ICS

After the Gorkha team were deployed, it was time for Team Makwanpur to start their induction and get ready to for their placement. But before they deploy, here is a small introduction of our amazing team leaders and what is it that they are hoping to achieve this cycle.

October 10, 2017
Nepal ICS

The team is now complete! After some days of integrated induction in Kathmandu, Group 1 has left for Gorkha district this morning to start their once in a lifetime experience of ICS.

October 8, 2017
Nepal ICS

As we approach the end of our time in Ripthok, we are encouraged to reflect upon our experiences and the changes we have observed within ourselves and the community, which has now hosted and supported two cycles of Raleigh volunteers. Since it is the people of this community that have had the most powerful and positive impact on us, we wanted to share in this process with them and gain a better understanding of the personal and community development they have observed. In order to this we asked the following questions and received some interesting answers.

October 7, 2017
Nepal ICS

As the team leaders have been super busy with their 14 days of training, project planning visits, celebrating the auspicious festival of Dashain, the past week and welcoming their Uk volunteers last evening to the training center here in Bhaktapur, we took some time off to know the them a little better before they embark on their exciting journey their respected communities in Gorkha on the 7th of October 2017. We asked them about their life before joining ICS and what their expectations and hopes of gaining from the project are, here is what they had to say.

October 5, 2017
Nepal ICS

When we first arrived in Ripthok we conducted baseline surveys of the 5 settlements that we operated within. We collated all the inform we had gathered we realized that there was an abundance of youth in the community which we believed was an untapped resource.

September 21, 2017
Nepal ICS

I’m writing this blog on our last day in Adamar, it’s still not hit home that in 3 days we’ll all be back in our respective homes in the UK/Kathmandu and our 10 week adventure will be over. The past week has been a mad flurry of gift giving, goodbyes and parties, where there is enough food to feed a small army and “I’m too full to have another roti” doesn’t seem to translate very well. Our families have taken turns to make us mountains of deep fried roti’s and puris that require 6 people the whole day to make, and about 20 minutes for us all to demolish.

September 20, 2017
Nepal ICS

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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