It’s only been a week and three days since our return from our ventures overseas but it feels like much longer because for every moment we’ve been away, I’ve had a desire to be back in Nepal. You see Nepal wasn’t like any ordinary trip for me. I went there with intentions to volunteer but came home with a greater appreciation for another culture and understanding of myself. Before and after the trip, I’ve had numerous people ask me, “why Nepal?” Aside from the fact that Eric had already spearheaded the project in this country, I can now respond with, “well, why not Nepal?” From the views of the landscapes seen from above on a mountain, to being in the middle of crowded streets hearing the friendly locals speak, “Namaste!” (translation: hi) as you walk by, it’s every traveler’s dream to feel so welcomed in a place that is so foreign.
I’m not much of a risk taker. In fact, I was one of the last members to become officially on board with the trip before the fundraising commenced. There were a lot of considerations I had to make and personal questioning as to whether I could handle being away from home for so long. Despite the planning, the trip was like a risk in itself for me! I came to the realization that living in fear will hold me back from the world’s greatest experiences that I would never want to miss out on. I was lucky to be traveling with my classmates and some of my dearest friends.
It has truly been an experience of a lifetime. I am very fortunate and grateful to have been able to see all that I have and make friendships out of the people I met in Nepal. From collaborating with the extremely knowledgeable doctors, students and nurses at Bir Hospital to us singing while sitting on a mountain in Pokhara, Nepal has opened the gates to wonders that I could’ve only imagined until now. Oddly enough, my whole perspective has changed because three weeks was definitely not long enough.
I remain inspired to help others and hope to be a part of something as special as this in the future. A very warm thank you to our supporters in both Canada and Nepal and to our readers from around the world! To Team Nepal: You are an incredible group of focused, driven, and hard-working individuals to work with. Thank you for the everlasting memories.
To be continued…