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So, first week back from senior PDW’s is always fun, seeing your friends wearing the typical outfits from whichever exotic place they recently visited and chatting about all our experiences. NAG the first time I ever did volunteer work other than a couple of bake sales, was really eye-opening.

The group of 20 students and 4 teachers couldn’t have been better. We all arrived at Zurich airport after a day off school, excited for what was to come. We landed in Nepal after a long and very sweaty journey (thanks to the suffocating heat in Qatar). We were welcomed by the hotel busses with lovely flower necklaces and we were already sold. We drove through all of Kathmandu and witnessed its chaotic but somewhat charming nature. A quick bite and freshen up in the hotel and we were off!

Arriving at NAG for the first time was such a heartwarming experience. NAG is a boarding and day school in Kathmandu which ISZL has sponsored for over 20 years. We were lucky enough to have experienced it’s family-like atmosphere first hand. Upon arrival, the more open kids ran up to the “Edelweiss” NAG school bus to greet us with smiles and typical Nepalese scarves typically used to honour someone. We walked down the path to Nicole’s house (the founder), whilst observing the more shy kids and really just getting a feel for the place.

 

We spent the following two days playing with the kids and older students at NAG. Just getting to know them and hear about what their life is like at NAG was so rewarding. Seeing what a big difference things like the climbing wall and laptops made was really surprising, they are so eager to learn and keen to develop new hobbies it made our fundraising feel really worthwhile.

The rest of our time in Nepal we spent teaching the kids at NAG and working at a much less fortunate state school. Their mission was to give women a second chance at education, as it is something so disregarded in Nepal. The language barrier was tricky but the translator made our time there as useful as could be. Seeing their desperation to learn was honestly so overwhelming I didn’t really know how to handle it. We did our best and at the end of the “lesson”, you could say they seemed really thankful and we all agreed it was a successful day.

When the trip came to an end, we were all undeniably sad to leave, however, the teachers cheered us up by sitting us down in a circle and giving mini-speeches about every one of us. It was all very cute and we each got a bracelet to always be reminded of the life-changing experience that was NAG.

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