After porridge was added to the steaming cups of tea, we were finally ready to leave our sleeping village to visit a neighbouring community of Bardeu. Our village leader Babu dai lead us on our way up the mountains, along with our Team Leader Aaron’s dai (host father). They were happy to accompany us, the last they saw of the village was a dust cloud after last year’s devastating earthquake.

March 31, 2016

Arriving in February, we found ourselves stumbling across the hillside path of Nibuwatar, a small village of Makwanpur district. The scope of our work for this, our International Citizenship Service programme with Raleigh International is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Each UK volunteer was paired with their Nepali counterpart and the host homes were allocated. At first, we were just a bunch of enthusiastic people in a beautiful community. We want to now share our understanding of the community and how we have integrating into the village, through the local school.

March 30, 2016

With my host family in the idyllic valley of Bhalu Khola, I take a look at some of the culinary delights keeping myself and my co-volunteers sustained. The food of Nepal is tied inextricably to its diverse inhabitants, a meeting point of the Indo-Aryan people of India and the Mongoloid people of the Himalaya. Furthermore, the topography of Nepal is split into three cultural zones running west to east: the north including the ‘Himal’; the middle hills known as ‘Bhadhad’; and the plains of the ‘Terai’ in the South, together conjuring up eclectic tastes that imbue the vitality of Nepal.

March 29, 2016

Nepal is renowned for various festivals, with more than three hundred festivals celebrated a year. On Tuesday, we had the pleasure of celebrating Holi, the most colourful festival from the Nepalese calendar which welcomes spring & summer. Primarily observed in India and Nepal, the festival of colours, also known as the festival for sharing love, is becoming more widely celebrated by other Hindu communities and increasing further afield. We were all eager to find out more about this day and of course get stuck in to the traditions of getting messy!

March 28, 2016

Our Expeditions in Nepal will focus on making communities more resilient. The word ‘resilient’ is a word we use a lot here at Raleigh. It simply means being able to withstand difficult conditions, and being able to respond to unforeseen stress and challenges. In terms of remote communities, the ‘difficult conditions’ they face are social, economic and environmental. We aim to bring communities together with young people to plan and address these challenges.

March 24, 2016

In our community, every day is different so it is hard to determine an ‘average’ day by any means. Here is an outline of what life is like for us in Basuki, and our perspectives from different cultures.

March 24, 2016

Yesterday, Tuesday 22nd March played host to two noteworthy events for us, the Hindu festival of colours, Holi, and World Water Day. November Charlie 1 have been busy instigating a lively debate with some fun-filled frolics thrown in to deliver a positive message.

March 23, 2016

The biggest personality in our village of Bhalu Khola, is distinctly duplicitous. Delightful yet devastating, the river is a source of both life and fear to its human neighbours and even gives the village its name. I decided to dip my toes into a little research: the historical undercurrents of this two-faced khola.

March 22, 2016

Water is central to our existence. We wash with it, cook with it, drink it and are essentially made of it. It keeps us safe, it keeps us alive. Yet and yes, sadly most of us are guilty, water is wasted every single day and its importance taken for granted. Water scarcity however is a very real and scary problem, in countries like Nepal as we have seen on our International Citizenship Service placement here with Raleigh International.

March 22, 2016

Today marks the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In caste-based countries such as India and Nepal, this day is celebrated by the marginalised Dalit community who campaign for an end to the discrimination they face. We took a look into the Hindu caste system, to see how our village, Bhalu Khola, is faring in the nationwide relaxation of attitudes surrounding this contentious issue.

March 21, 2016