Teaching in Nepal was "a unique experience that has enriched my life"

Posted on 15th Feb 2017 in Mondo Challenge Foundation, Nepal, Teaching Abroad, My Gap-Year, Volunteering Abroad

Osamu tells us about his experience of teaching in Nepal with Mondo Challenge Foundation

My visit to Nepal, teaching with Mondo, was one of the most satisfying things I have done. Met off the plane by the local manager, I was feeling a mixture of nervousness and excitement about arriving at the school where I was to spend the next two months. I was taken to Niketan Samata School where there was quite a little welcome waiting! Scarves were put round my neck and I was introduced to the headteacher and staff. The kids were everywhere, running around to say, “Hello, good morning sir.” and then leading me by the hand into the classroom, calling “Teacher, teacher!”

Mondo had provided me with briefing material and I was well prepared, although a bit nervous and wondering how I would cope in the classroom. I need not have worried; these kids really wanted to learn. They asked me lots of questions and I soon realised I was helping just by interacting with them in English. Lessons included anything from teaching songs, reading stories and even a bit of Japanese! After school, there were games to play; they love football and badminton. What always amazed me was the enthusiasm they would pour into any activity and lesson we organised.

My placement was in the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu where I was quickly introduced into the world of my host family and really felt integrated into ‘local’ life. Riding on the side of a crammed tuk tuk to school every day was some experience! During my time there, I also had an opportunity to go to Pokhara and embark on the Annapurna trek. Words or photos really can’t do justice to the views you see in the mountains; simply breath taking.

When I left, there were a few tears shed for sure; the generosity of these lovely people, who took me into their homes and made me feel so welcome, is something I will never forget and always cherish. My placement was all the way back in 2006. Ten years on, and with the advent of social media, I was amazed that many of the students have contacted me to let me know how they are getting on. Some have even become teachers at the school where I taught! I am so grateful to Mondo Challenge for providing me with a unique experience that has enriched my life in so many ways. 

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