Our first impressions of Nepal are overwhelmingly positive, with its lovely people and a strong Red Cross Society supporting us. A Nepali welcome has to us been warm, kind and patient (especially when teaching how to eat with our hand – that was a long and funny process). We have an ongoing learning process with people who are most willing to share, such as Prava teaching us Nepali every morning in Kathmandu, and Suraj our coordinator guiding us at the Red Cross Headquarter from meeting to meeting. We have also been welcomed with open arms by Red Cross youth volunteers at their campus with Youth Circles.
This openness to share not only knowledge but also time and culture from people of all corners of society is something we cherish and are very grateful for – it is not difficult to enjoy being in such an open country! While we spent our first week in Kathmandu gaining knowledge from many departments at the Headquarter, we have now arrived in the village where we will live and work for the next 9 months.
Check out the video below to see our journey to our new hometown Putalibazar!
We travelled together with our national coordinator Suraj, Head of Youth Department Sudarshan and finance account officer Hari. They stayed two days in Putalibazar to support us in our first working days as well as helping us to settle in our new home. We felt truly taken care of and therefore we want to give an extra big thanks to them!
In the end of every blogpost we will like to share with you a new Nepali word, so hopefully you can learn some Nepali to :)