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This journey has truly opened my eyes
Submitted by Alyssa Wheeler - United States | August 21, 2017
My name is Alyssa Wheeler, I am nineteen years old and I’m from America. I have spent the past two
weeks in Silana and have already began to think about my return. As a volunteer in the community
expedition team I have been provided with many rigorous yet rewarding experiences. Between
repairing homes that had been lost to cyclone Winston, constructing new recycling points, and
creating healthy food sources with home gardens. On top of this volunteers are given a Fijian family
to connect with and create a home away home. My family has been very kind and supportive and I
know that I would not have had the same experience without them.
This journey has truly opened my eyes and I could not be more thankful for this opportunity.
Thank you GVI, Silana and my Fijian family for an amazing experience
A chaperone's experience
Submitted by Thomas - United States | August 17, 2017
My name is Thomas and I’m 27 years old. Coming to Nepal has been an enriching experience for which I am incredibly grateful. Having the opportunity to volunteer with the Tibetan refugee community has served as a valuable reminder of the importance of service to others. It has been particularly inspiring to witness the impact that this time has had on the other members of our group. I hope that everyone can carry the lessons of this experience with them as they return to their communities in the United States.
The trek was a definite Highlight, as it provided a chance to glimpse the natural beauty and cultural depth of this amazing country. (Chaperone)
Experiencing this helped widen my perspective
Submitted by Willow - United States | August 17, 2017
My name is Willow and I’m participating in the GVI Nepal program. The third world country experience helped widen my perspective from a small town life in America, I feel like witnessing that was one of the most important parts of the trip. Working with and for the Tibetan kids in their hostel furthered that contrast between lives. As far as tourist attraction go, the peace pagoda was by far my favourite, the views were breathtaking. The feeling when we were there was so calming and peaceful, it’s one of the places I would definitely come back to and strongly recommend. Lastly, the trek was my favourite part of the trip. The weather was moderate for us, we were allowed to go at our own pace in the different parts and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of each day was worth all the sweat. Mountain views were indescribable and probably the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen.
My AFS/GVI trip to Nepal has been amazing
Submitted by Saleia - United States | August 17, 2017
My name is Saleia. I’m 16 years old and my AFS/GVI trip to Nepal has been amazing. The highlight of my trip was going to the Tibetan refugee school and painting the study/dining room. To see the impact and progress you make each day and as the kids get more comfortable around you was such a rewarding feeling. This trip has taught me so much about who I want to be. You’re surrounded by these inspiring adults and teenagers and you all go through this amazing experience and grow together. I got to see what I want to do with my life. GVI gave me a platform to firsthand see the issues or planet faces, from education to poverty, to human-trafficking. I got to learn and work towards making a difference. That feeling of bonding with the school children and the positive impact you leave behind is an indescribable warmth. You get to learn so much culturally but also about yourself. It’s an experience I would encourage every teenager to take advantage of this opportunity and see where it takes them. Who knows, you may have a hidden passion for Dahl-baht waiting to be discovered.
Checked off another item from my bucket list
Submitted by Luke - United States | August 17, 2017
My name is Luke. What Nepal meant to me was a chance to go explore another culture and to share my experiences with my family and friends. What I enjoyed the most about this trip was meeting up with an old friend. I also enjoyed seeing the beautiful mountains and getting to check off another item from my bucket list. Another fantastic moment form Nepal was waking up early in the morning with a cup of hot tea and a great book, watching the sunrise over the Himalayas. The food was also a great experience, to be able to taste authentic food and enjoy a healthy portion of Dhal-Baht.