This week of this adventure in Nepal has been nothing LESS than that-an adventure. We spent the majority of it in a rural village located in the foothills of the Himalayas called Kumari. We had to leave our humble abode here at 5 AM Monday morning for a three hour bus ride and then we begun our 10 mile hike to the health clinic that we were to stay at. Though the hike was quite rigorous, the air was heavy with humidity and the sun was our most consistent companion, the views of this hike were absolutely breathtaking.
The highlight of our stay in Kumari for me was teaching Kumari’s children in the small village school which was on a cliff right above the clinic. We taught a variety of classes including health, English, science, computer, physical fitness and it seemed as if the kids couldn’t absorb enough of what we were teaching. Even with a translator, I felt like I was making a huge impact in these students’ lives and education experience just by being present, showing belief in their success and seeing the lights go off in their brains when they learned and understood something new.
These kids have an incredible amount of potential and can and will go far as long as they keep their passion to learn and achieve great things. Being a HELP volunteer there was humbling and made me appreciate my own education even more. There are hundreds of other rural villages that need more help and support from those that have the means to help them, so I definitely hope to be able to visit more in the future during this amazing adventure in Nepal!