Welcome to the VSO Nepal country office

Starting Monday August 4th, the VSO Nepal ‘In Country Orientation’ week-long training begins in earnest…

#1 First of all it’s time to head to the VSO Nepal country office in the area of Sanepa, Lalitpur, the local HQ and meet the 20+ staff employed locally;

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#2 Being shown to our personal post boxes where we can receive mail to the office (the surest way of getting something through the postal system apparently) and there’s already a surprise waiting for us; a beautiful local purse (complete with something small and tasty inside) and a handmade card signed by the local VSO office staff – the wonderfully warm welcome continues!

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#3 Starting our formal volunteer placements with the partner organisations requires obtaining the correct visa – not a simple process in any country. But not to fear, in the meantime the team have lots to keep us busy; this week saw us getting to grips with the details of VSO Nepal’s country strategy, current programmes and lesson #1 of the Nepali language, Namaste (hello)!

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#4 Luckily the office includes a handy library where we can study and try to get our heads around everything there is to learn about VSO Nepal, Nepal, Nepali etc etc etc…

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#5 After each morning, encompassing several hours of discussion, debate and intense learning, I am very pleased that an excellent chef is on hand to create a masterpiece of the traditional local dish daal bhaat. Yum mmm mmm, she’s a star!;

Quoting Wikipedia; “Dal bhat (Nepali: दालभात) refers to a traditional meal which is popular in many areas of Nepal, Bangladesh and India . It consists of steamed rice and a cooked lentil soup called dal. It is a staple food in these countries.”

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#6 There’s even a handy, shady outside area in which to enjoy the daal bhaat before the afternoon sessions begin – which from next week will also include Nepali language homework to be done; back to school we go!

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#7 Then a slightly different Thursday afternoon; joined a wonderfully inspiring presentation and Q&A session with Hans Rosling organised by UNICEF in Kathmandu. Talking all about the last 60+ years of statistics for Nepal, some of the great achievements in development already attained and suggestions for the future;

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4 comments

  1. Jan-Maria

    All sounding really positive and exciting Jessica! The lunch looks yummy!! 🙂

  2. Miriam

    Namaste ! Well done you for doing a blog. Lovely welcome you got. That’s a very nice beginning :

  3. Daaaal looks njami 🙂 I’m sure you will be having one of the greatest adventures of your life. Now… We want to see some people in the photos. Go force youtself and make some portraits. I know it is hard in the beginning but most of the time you realise that people like to be photographed. They like to have that priviledge to be chosen ones. Try it and don’t be afraid of rejection.

    Hugs from Slovenia!

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