Our May volunteers have arrived to the project site safe and sound and are ready to build!
To give you a sense for the past few days, volunteers typically depart the U.S. on Friday evening and arrive into Kathmandu early on Sunday. Jet-lagged and exhausted from 30+ hours of travel, we give everyone a few hours to unwind. Then, we head out to eat traditional Nepali dal bhat and do a bit of sightseeing.
Monday marks the 1st full day of the program and time is divided between orientation and visiting the beautiful and historic temples of Kathmandu. During orientation, our Nepali leaders (Karma and Sonam) teach volunteers language basics and key cultural differences since they will be living with host families in a remote area. Then, we visit the three major temples in the Kathmandu Valley: Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Pashupatinath. After a day of soaking in Nepali culture, we have our final dinner in the city before flying to the Everest Region on Tuesday morning. Since we always stay in Thamel, the tourist block of Kathmandu, volunteers have an hour or two to visit an ATM, buy souvenirs, or stock up on gummy bears before leaving civilization.