The following post is from Kalli Bunch, a 2014 Global Gap Year Fellow. UNC’s Global Gap Year Fellowship is housed in and staffed by the Campus Y. Find out more about the fellowship on our GGYF Facebook page!Now that I’ve switched placements, I’m living with a new host family (see: “Going Up The Mountain). In my previous blog, I talked about my new family, but there was one special person I left out because I felt that they deserved their own personal post. That person is Kajal.Kajal technically isn’t a member of the family; she was taken in by Yam and Bindu (my host parents) some time ago. I don’t know much about her back story, but Kajal is originally from the Terai region in the plains. She comes from a poor family of only women and has no brothers, which is an issue in Nepal. Having a male in the family is […]
The following post is from Kalli Bunch, a 2014 Global Gap Year Fellow. UNC’s Global Gap Year Fellowship is housed in and staffed by the Campus Y. Find out more about the fellowship on our GGYF Facebook page!
Update! I’ve had to change placements. Don’t worry, nothing bad happened, my coordinator just said that a veteran volunteer was coming back to Nepal and wanted to stay at her old placement, which was where I was living, so I agreed to move placements J I left the tourist town of Pokhara to volunteer up the mountain in Padeli. Padeli is a village in the “hills” (read as “MOUNTAINS” for us foreigners) just south of Sarangkot top about an hour away from Pokhara and Lakeside.
I live with Yam and Bindu, their two children, Dhiru and U.K. (the periods are mandatory. U.K. likes his name with dots.).Yam’s neighbors are his brothers, so I’m also constantly around […]
I’ve made it to Nepal; the land of Never Ending Peace and Love!
I’ll be here for 3 months working in orphanages. I’m living in Pokhara, Nepal which is a town up in the mountains and when the weather is clear, I have an amazing view of the snow-capped mountains 🙂 I live in a small village called Maile Bhutan with the coordinator, Krishna, and his family.
Life in Nepal is very different than in Sri Lanka. There is almost never electricity; the power usually comes on around 7:00pm and is gone the next morning. There is no warm water; this didn’t bother me much in Sri Lanka because it was so hot, I was usually craving a cold shower, but the weather is much colder in Nepal, so a cold shower isn’t very enjoyable. We eat dhal bhat (rice and lentils) for every meal; literally, every single meal. I’m fine […]
The following post is from Kalli Bunch, a 2014 Global Gap Year Fellow.
As you can probably tell, working Wi-Fi is hard to come by in Sri Lanka, so I decided to save almost all posts on my volunteer work until the end of my stay here so that I could put them all together. Temple Renovations: I started my volunteer work on the temple renovations project. I worked on temples for about 4 weeks, completing 3 temples in total. Our renovations were mainly painting both the interior and exterior walls, but sometimes we did flooring or a bit of gardening as well. The #TempleTeam (yes, the hashtag is necessary) and I had a great time painting walls three different shades of green (oops) and getting to hang out with the monks. While renovating, we also got to learn a bit about Buddhism, which was really interesting.
Disabled Orphanage: I […]