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Review for Alliance Nepal, Pokhara, , Nepal

Rating: 5 stars  

Not much more to tell than I spent 8 exceptional months working with Alliance Nepal in Pokhara, with a lot of other volunteers from England, Denmark, China, Germany, Australia... Krishna, its President, masters every aspects of our placements, kindly smoothes every kind of issues we may encounter or even generate, kindly supervises our accommodation with Nepali families, and takes care of our well being at all time.

Krishna was there as well as his family and friends to support me with the language, culture issues, and... everything in fact. I never felt alone nor homesick but always cared and loved. And as for reckless people like me, he always keeps an eye on me to keep me safe.

When there I taught in a primary school in Lamagaun, where, as a professional teacher, I had to adapt myself to Nepali educational system and to the poverty the children live in :
I was supposed to teach... They taught me more.
I also worked during my free time in a children center from the Child Labour Eradication Program as well as in a small orphanage.
In these 3 places I found more love, care and fun than in my whole life. And we, volunteers, do so little but nevertheless so much to lighten the situations we are dealing with.
Just be aware that one smile you share is a whole sunny day for these children. And a smile you receive is a sunny life for you as you will cherish it in your heart as a dear and precious souvenir.

I just can say I now have a loving Nepali family, many friends and many, many, many grandchildren that I will soon live again with as I plan to go back there next year.
Nepali people are such a humanly rich people that us, westerners who have it all, can only learn from their kindness, their smiles which hide their misery, their courage and their generosity.

I left Nepal just after the earthquake and from France I followed up all the work Krishna and his team did on the field, with the far but steady and loving help from his former foreign volunteers who were all eager to support in one way or another. No better proof of the deep and sincere links that were created between them and Nepal, thanks to Alliance Nepal.

To conclude, I will also say that living with a Nepali family is the best way to see and understand Nepal from the inside. But (yes, there is a "but") Nepali language is SO difficult!!! (as to make full understandable sentences) but every try of speaking it is worth for the wonderful smile you will get in return!

Thank you Alliance Nepal for the awesome experience you've allowed me to live. I'm longing for working again with you next year.

Role:  Volunteer