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We, Svanhild and Guri, from Western Norway are now in the Norwegian Red Cross’ Youth Delegate Exchange Program (YDEP), and are soon about to embark on a nine month long journey to the Syangja district in Nepal. We will primarily exchange knowledge with local Red Cross youth volunteers and together we will strive to do more, do better and reach further.

In addition to our work together with the youths we will also update this blog every week. We hope you will come back later and learn more about what we will do, how life is in Nepal and especially with a focus on how Nepal Red Cross works to help those in need. You can also follow us on our Facebook profiles Svanhild Ungdomsdelegat and Guri Ungdomsdelegat

Svanhild Gjeraker  Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans (Youth Delegate)

Svanhild Gjeraker

Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans (Youth Delegate)

I, Svanhild, am unbelievably humble for the opportunity to travel to Nepal and getting to know a new culture for nine months. I was nineteen years old the first time I heard about the Youth Delegate Exchange Program, and immediately realised that this is something I want to do. Today I am twenty-five, and the dream has become a reality!

I have been a volunteer for four years in Bergen Red Cross as a visitor friend for elderly people, with a focus on reducing loneliness.  Otherwise I recently finished my studies, and I am now educated as a primary school teacher. I am looking forward to share all my experiences and the already growing love for Nepal with my future pupils.

Guri Strand Karlsen  Photo: Svanhild Gjeraker (Youth Delegate)

Guri Strand Karlsen

Photo: Svanhild Gjeraker (Youth Delegate)

I, Guri, am very excited to gain this unique opportunity to work with youth in Nepal, and to make new memories and experiences together with them. Throughout my life I have been most fortunate to have had the chance to live for several years in both Pakistan and Cyprus together with my family, and these opportunities have given me wider perspectives and a curiosity to encounter new cultures.

Therefore, I am very happy to have this chance to use the knowledge obtained from my master degree in Development studies where I gained field experience in Sri Lanka. I am also bringing with me my experiences from volunteering in student organizations, such as the solidarity work with the Student Peace prize and Kria dalan, and from the Red Cross where I worked with multiculturalism, youth and social inclusion. My year in the Red Cross local youth council in Trondheim is the most relevant to my coming time in Nepal as we worked for and together with youths in the local community.

Svanhild and Guri at the Peace Corps Youth Camp in Flekke.  Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans (Youth Delegate)

Svanhild and Guri at the Peace Corps Youth Camp in Flekke.

Photo: Elfi Thrane Bemelmans (Youth Delegate)

As the typical Norwegians we are, both of us are very fond of enjoying a hike in the mountains. We are therefore really looking forward to using some of our free time to experience the beautiful Nepali nature!

 

DHANYABAD - THANK YOU - TAKK FOR OSS

SVANHILD & GURI