I told you in this post from last week that I was going to have a BIG surprise for you! This summer, I am going…
Before I tell you, let’s first see what I’ve done in previous summers! You can click on the link to see the page.
- I spent last summer in Paris, France, with my sister, where we took care of a friend’s sister’s son and explored the world’s gastronomic capital.
- That summer, my family and I spent a week in the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.
- The summer before that, I spent six weeks in Montreal, Quebec, where I lived in a homestay family, did activities with our YMCA group, and learned to speak French (kind of).
As you can see, I am a firm, firm believer that summers should certainly not be “wasted”!
I am going to be a medical intern in Kathmandu, Nepal, during the month of July!
Here are some of the details:
- I will be there for four weeks. Three weeks will be volunteering all day at the hospital, and one week will be for touristing and fun!
- I will live in a group home with a Nepalese family.
- I will be leaving from Vancouver at the end of June, and coming back in August.
- The hospital is in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital.
- I have to get shots 😦
- My aunt Mimi and uncle Charles have been to Nepal a couple of times.
- I will be going with Volunteering Solutions, an organization that does trips like this one. My school’s academic advisor recommended it.
- I will definitely be blogging there (hopefully every day) to keep everyone updated, and do it in a journal form.
Have you ever done a volunteer trip? What did you think of it? If you could go back in time to a summer that you didn’t do much, would you want to travel to volunteer?
I am so excited, but nervous of course!
Check out some of the interesting information I found online 🙂
22 Cool Things About Nepal
- HALF the population of Nepal survives on $1 per person per day.
- Nepal spends $68 on each person for healthcare each year.
- 80% of the world’s highest mountains are in Nepal.
- Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, is located here. Tourists attempting to conquer the great mountain helps the Nepalese economy.
- In Nepal, Everest is called “Sagarmatha”, which means the “forehead of the sky” (see #11).
- Nepal had never been colonized, despite the many attempts. There is no independent day.
- Nepal is South Asia’s oldest country.
- Buddha was born in Nepal.
- Nepal is sandwiched between India and China. Nepalese people aren’t Indian or Chinese, but rather proud to be Nepalis!
- 45% of Nepal’s population speaks Nepali (official language).
- 81% of the population is Hindu.
- The head is considered a sacred part of the body.
- Namaste, said with hands pressed together, is a Nepalese greeting. No handshakes here!
- According to the Nepali calendar, it is now the year 2073 and Nepali New Year is celebrated in mid-April.
- Cows are the national animal of Nepal. Slaughtering cows is absolutely banned.
- Nepal has the densest concentration of World Heritage Sites.
- Touching anything with the feet is considered offensive.
- Nepal’s flag is the only national flag that is NOT a square or rectangle! On the flag, blue represents peace and red is a sign of victory in war. The triangles symbolize the Himalayan mountains, and the white symbols show the two religions (Hinduism and Buddhism).
- Momo, a type of dumpling, is the most popular Nepalese fast food.
- 75% of adult women have NEVER had alcohol!
- The left hand should not be used for eating in Nepal.
- There has never been a clash in Nepal because of a religious or ethnic riot. In other words, religion has NEVER caused war or disagreements in Nepalese history.
What do you guys think?! I am so curious about your feedback, first impressions, and ideas!