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Amanda’s Volunteer Story!!
March 2017, Volunteered building schools in Kavre.
The week I spent in Nepal was one of the most memorable and fulfilling weeks of my life. Along with an amazing group of people, headed up by Bhushan Dahal, Matt McKown, Eric Socia and Kids of Kathmandu. I traveled to a mountain village in the Kavre district – a 4 hour (very bumpy!) drive from Kathmandu. I painted classrooms, built steps for a school and taught English to many of the children. I ate some of the best food I’ve ever had, met many incredible people (everywhere), and learned so much about myself and what truly matters in life.
The most important thing this experience and the Nepali culture taught me was that we really do create our own happiness.
As cliche as that sounds, it really hit home for me this trip. Many of us are so fortunate to have what we have, and yet we don’t stop for even a second to be grateful for it. We think that if we just get that one thing we really want, or lose 10 pounds to look a certain way, then we’ll be happy. If this is how you live your life, then you’ll never have true happiness. The people in these villages have “nothing” by our standards, and yet they have everything. They are so genuinely HAPPY! Everyday I saw so many smiles, heard so much laughter, and felt their excitement just because we were there. Take a minute to think about and appreciate all that you have, and smile! 🙂
I’m already looking forward to returning next year!
Eric Socia + Matt McKown
June 2016, Volunteered building schools in Kavre.
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“Before the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, when I thought of the country I pictured hikers making their way up snowcapped mountains in the Himalayas and a select few trekking to the peak of Mount Everest. When I first heard news of the first earthquake, followed by the subsequent aftershocks, I had no frame of reference for the severity of the damage they had caused. Then photos started to appear on the news and across social media sites showing catastrophic destruction throughout the nation.
Perhaps even more significant was the fact that we were able to truly connect with locals in a way I don’t believe the average tourist could.