Where I’m Spending My Summer

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…

Wait.

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.

As you can see, I am a firm, firm believer that summers should certainly not be “wasted”!

Anyways…

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.

I know.

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

  1. HALF the population of Nepal survives on $1 per person per day.
  2. Nepal spends $68 on each person for healthcare each year.
  3. 80% of the world’s highest mountains are in Nepal.
  4. Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, is located here. Tourists attempting to conquer the great mountain helps the Nepalese economy.
  5. In Nepal, Everest is called “Sagarmatha”, which means the “forehead of the sky” (see #11).
  6. Nepal had never been colonized, despite the many attempts. There is no independent day.
  7. Nepal is South Asia’s oldest country.
  8. Buddha was born in Nepal.
  9. Nepal is sandwiched between India and China. Nepalese people aren’t Indian or Chinese, but rather proud to be Nepalis!
  10. 45% of Nepal’s population speaks Nepali (official language).
  11. 81% of the population is Hindu.
  12. The head is considered a sacred part of the body.
  13. Namaste, said with hands pressed together, is a Nepalese greeting. No handshakes here!
  14. According to the Nepali calendar, it is now the year 2073 and Nepali New Year is celebrated in mid-April.
  15. Cows are the national animal of Nepal. Slaughtering cows is absolutely banned.
  16. Nepal has the densest concentration of World Heritage Sites.
  17. Touching anything with the feet is considered offensive.
  18. 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).
  19. Momo, a type of dumpling, is the most popular Nepalese fast food.
  20. 75% of adult women have NEVER had alcohol!
  21. The left hand should not be used for eating in Nepal.
  22. 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!