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A Little Volunteering…Sweet Faces of Xela’s Children

It’s the warmth and sheer, innocent love that emanates from children that draws me back to volunteering over and over again. My first ride to the guardería, or day care center, took me 20 minutes outside of Xela and into the significantly more petite town of Llanos del Pinal, a small village nestled under the […]

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A Little Language…Learning Spanish in Xela, Guatemala

One of the stories that is most often “wow-ed” at from my round the world trip is my time volunteering teaching English at a monastery in Nepal. It’s really quite fortunate that people are so interested in stories of my young monks, because I love talking about them! Volunteering in both Cambodia and Nepal are […]

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Nepali New Year

A Little Festival… Celebrating Nepali New Year in Pharping, Nepal

The Nepali New Year dawned bright and early during my third week of living in the small village of Pharping, Nepal. Amrit, the charming man running our guesthouse, invited the volunteers staying at the guesthouse to celebrate the New Year with his family. The plan was to hike a nearby hill for views over the Kathmandu […]

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A broken down bus in Kathmandu, Nepal

A Little Culture… Traditional Nepali Food and Traditions

Pharping is a large town by Nepali standards. It’s small to be sure, but it’s bigger than the tiny villages that dot the hillside as the bus putters through the mountains for an hour before arriving at Pharping. The town has a local grocery store. Smaller than a 7-11, but it has the most basic of necessities […]

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Teaching English

A Little Routine… Tea Time, Games, and the Rhythm of Teaching

The monastery, probably like any boarding school, runs on a regimented timetable. The boys have classes everyday except Saturdays and throughout the day they have brief breaks. I came to love the daily tea-time ritual every afternoon. Nepali chiya is different than Indian chai but just as enjoyable. Nepal’s version of the drink seems to […]

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