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First Step!   (published in Nepal)

March 12, 2018 by   Comments(0)

One step closer to being in Nepal! 

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First Step!
First Step!

The last update; de laatste update   (published in Nepal)

January 7, 2018 by   Comments(0)

The last day in Kathmandu was a great day full of building! Below you can see a before and after picture of the classrooms we have worked on. I enjoyed working on this project so much, it was great to do something for other people during Christmas. It was very special. After the last working day, me and two other volunteers that also had their last day were thanked by the principal of the school in a goodbye ceremony. All three of us got a red spot on our head and a red stripe on our cheek. We also got a "scarf" with the logo of the school on it. 

Back at the guesthouse, I took a shower, had some tea, and packed my last things. The taxi came at 18.00 and drove me to the airport. I was relieved when we arrived at the airport, because I did not recognise the road from when I arrived and the taxi driver even entered a dead end street once. At the airport I quickly got through security since there was a separate one for men and women. There were many men waiting at their security, but there was no line at the women security. The gate was not announced on the screens, but there were only five gates, so I sat down at a random one and waited until they called for boarding. Without any sleep, I arrived on time in Amsterdam where my grandmother was waiting for me. When we got home I had been travelling for 27 hours, and when I went to bed I had been awake for 42,5 hours.. Turns out I'm not so good at sleeping on planes. 

This has been a great experience and something I will never forget. The country is so different from what I am used to and the living conditions too. I am happy to be back to heating, clean air, reliable electricity, and organised traffic. But it was good to experience how other people live and see with my own eyes that they need and appreciate help. ...

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The last update; de laatste update
The last update; de laatste update

Last weekend of the year; Laatste weekend van het jaar   (published in Nepal)

January 1, 2018 by   Comments(0)

The safari was great! We sat in a big jeep and drove around in the jungle for four hours. Nature was beautiful and we saw rhinos, crocodiles, deer, a big lizard, peacocks, a monkey, different types of big birds, wild pigs, and a bear! See picture below. It was amazing and made the bus trip totally worth it! Sunday morning, I left the hotel at 07.00. This time, I got a chair almost at the front of the bus, plus that I did not feel sick before the ride ven started like on Friday. So there was way less bumping and I did not get sick! On our way, the most beautiful sights appeared so I enjoyed the trip very much this time. So much in front, however, I could see hou dangerous the driver was driving, but everything went well. Back in Kathmandu I did some shoppin to get rid of my Nepalese money (good excuse huh ). And back at the house I had a relaxed evening with nice calls to family to wish them a happy new year.

2018 started with potato pancakes with tomato ketchup for breakfast... I guess the year can only get better now . The large group of young volunteers did again have some activity after lunch, so it was again a short day. With the four of other volunteers remaining, we held a small talk about tooth brushing at one of the classes in the school. The school we are building is for pour children from the area, and they do often not have very good teeth. Each of them got a tooth brush and they sang a song they learned to us about brushing teeth. 

I have started packing my bags, and am ready for my last day tomorrow! Hope this will be a full day of working so we make good progress this last day. My flight leaves at 22.45 tomorrow, so a taxi picks me up at 18.00. I should be back in The Netherlands at 12.30 on Wedneday.

De safari was geweldig! We zaten in een ...

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Last weekend of the year; Laatste weekend van het jaar
Last weekend of the year; Laatste weekend van het jaar

Work, worst busride ever, and weekend; Werk, ergste busrit ooit en weekend   (published in Nepal)

December 30, 2017 by   Comments(0)

On Wednesday, nothing particulary special happened. We continued working on the wall building, an we had now reached window height at most places. It is very nice to see such progress. On Thursday, I woke up sick. But I really wanted to go to work, since that is what I am here for! However, I was not very productive since I was very tired and my nose was constantly running. I was very lucky that it turned out that the group of youth also working on the project had afternoon activities, so they had to leave after lunch. Since we were only four volunteers without them, we could also leave after lunch, so I was back in bed at 14.00. I was very happy to get half the day off, because the next day I needed to get up at 05.00 to go on my weekend trip. During the afternoon an evening I only started feeling worse. And when I did not eat even half of the soup the lady made for dinner, she thought I did not like it. Haha, I tried to explain that I liked it but  my stomach did not want anymore, but I am not sure if she understood.. I went to sleep at 19.30 after taking a nice dose of painkillers and nasal spray.

Friday, I woke up at 05.00 to go on the weekend trip. Still unable to breathe and with a feeling of nausea, I did have enough energy to drag myself out of bed and into the taxi. I thought everything would be fine as long as I got out of bed, because I would be able to rest on the 6 hour bus drive to Chitwan. I was terribly wrong. The bus drive took 9,5 hour and all those hours I was trying to keep my stomach down where it belongs. The road was so incredibly bad and bumpy, unbelievable. I was so relieved when we finally arrived!

Since the bus was so late, I missed the first activity, which was a village tour. But I was in time for the sunset view, which was amazing. On ...

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Work, worst busride ever, and weekend; Werk, ergste busrit ooit en weekend
Work, worst busride ever, and weekend; Werk, ergste busrit ooit en weekend

The building project; het bouwproject   (published in Nepal)

December 26, 2017 by   Comments(0)


On Christmas day, it was me who was sweating, not the turkey.. At the moment, we are around 20 volunteers at the building project. We were divided into groups with different tasks. My first task was to dig sand onto a cement bag, carry it into a finished classroom, and pour it out on the floor there to make the floor even. After lunch, I helped making cement, which also involves a lot of digging, and then started laying bricks. We work from 10.30 to 15.30, so that is not too bad. But I was exhausted when we were finished! We are picked up by a small van every morning and brought back in the afternoon. When we got back, I took a shower (very necessary after work, you find dust in your nose, ears, and everywhere) and then got ready to go into town for a Western Christmas dinner with my roommate and one other volunteer. See picture below! 

Today, I started making cement and laying bricks. After lunch, I gave the bricks a bath. Haha, let me explain that. The bricks are laying in the sun for a long time, so they are very dry. Before we place them on the wall we build, they need a few minutes in water to be easier to handle. I am just not very convined that this school will survive an earthquake if that should come again.. Because, when you pick uo a brick, some may just fall apart or a piece falls off. Even then, we are instructed to use those pieces to build with. When the bricks are wet, we carry them to the classrooms we are building and start building again. Since we are 20 people, we can divide the tasks and everything goes quite quickly.

Every day ariund 12.00, we get lunch. This consists of a paper lunchbox with a hot meal, for example we got noodles on Monday and today meat and vegetables packed in dough. We also always get a banana, which makes me really happy ...

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The building project; het bouwproject
The building project; het bouwproject

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