I am writing this on February 6th. I still miss Nepal a lot even after a week has gone by since the trip to Nepal. We, the voluntary group, had visited Nepal from 18th to 25th of January during which a branch office opening ceremony took place. Our jobs as a voluntary group were children education, women's status promotion and regional development.
After our arrival in Nepal on 18th, we went through an extensive course of places: Anapruna for trekking, Phewa Lake for boat ride, Hindu crematorium, Boudhanath the Tibet temple, Royal palace Patan, and Badikhel for volunteer works. As I pass through various places, I could learn what the reality was like in Nepal. In Anapruna, the living conditions were generally poor; the electricity was poorly supplied and there were no heating system or hot-water supply despite the coldness of its night time. Hindu crematorium was where dead bodies were cremated and scattered onto. I understand it was their culture to practice such ceremonies there but the place was a bit too dirty and fetid. I was worried the water would not be purified before supplied to the residents. In addition, what I realized as I visited all the places mentioned before was that children were everywhere begging. Children really seemed to be deprived of many rights.
My part of education program in Badikhel Children Center were PE and music. During my first PE class, I realized that there needed some orders and systems for the children to be taught. Because there was no education system established in my class, they were simply playing rather than learning. But it was all right. Just watching the children having fun invigorated me and the next day I succeeded in making the children do jump rope in disciplined manners. In music class I was just an assistant but because there was an order, it was relatively easy to instruct the class. My last class was Taekwondo class. However, to my disappointment, the class was cancelled. I wish the education programs will soon be improved and stabilized for the children to learn more.
I had an opportunity to sleep over a Nepali child's house. The family gave me so much food to eat and showed me around their neighborhood. It was good time to learn about their lifestyle of generosity throughout the night with them, feeling envious of the humaneness and composure long lost in Korea.
I was assigned house renovation as my last task in Nepal. The house seemed so weak that I could not but ask if someone could actually live in such a place. What surprised me more was the fact that all family members were living in that one tiny room we were about to renovate. We covered the brick walls with plywood from inside to shield wind and keep the dirt from falling and spread carpet on the floor for the family living on bare feet.
I volunteered for this event out of curiosity to know about those people helping others, for I have not done much to help others till today, and out of expectation it might be an addition to my job finding. But as I finished my job in Nepal, I didn't just fulfill my original intention but also learned about people in Nepal and began to care about human rights issues in Nepal, as well as ones in Korea, which is a great gain for me.