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Thanks again, for everything!
I'm a pharmacy student from South Australia and I first thought of doing medical volunteer work in Nepal when my friend shared his experience in Nepal. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect in the beginning and I was a little scared because I didn't know what was waiting for me. I was sent to Chitwan for my volunteer work and I stayed with the host family for a week. I'm so glad I was arranged to go to Chitwan because I had the most amazing time there. The host family provided me the most comforting environment and did their best to let me experience Nepali culture. Homemade foods were always delicious and if you are open to experience anything and everything Nepali, you will love it. Whenever I visit a house, they will always bring out foods for you and they are very friendly. I made amazing friends that I will keep in contact for life and I will definitely go back to see them again. Regarding my volunteer experience, there were a lot of limitations because as a pharmacy student, we get taught on how to counsel patients but not actual hands-on/practical stuffs. So when I can't speak much Nepali, there weren't so much pharmacy-related work that I could do. So when we figured out that I can't do much volunteer work, my health coordinator tried his best to show me variety of health posts in Chitwan, how the system works and how some free drugs are given at health posts etc. My coordinator and I went out for Dengue fever campaign once, giving out papers and informing the public and it was fun. The nature of the job as a pharmacist has its limitation in a non-English speaking country, so when I come next time, I would rather volunteer at orphanages and teach English etc. Although volunteering experience wasn't the way I expected, I have learned so many things while living with the locals. People in Nepal don't stop smiling no matter how hard things are. It was a great chance for me to learn that I take so many things for granted. It was one of those experience that can be gained only in Nepal and I'm very glad that decided to go to Nepal. Buffalo pooping right in front of you while you are having breakfast was funny, no toilet paper but just water and your hands available in the toilet was more than just a shock but they were all fun times. No air conditioner in such a humid weather made me to appreciate the breeze of nature, no electricity at night made me pay attention to the sound of the night. On my last day in Nepal, I randomly hung out with homeless kids in Thamel, and because I was able to speak little Nepali from the time in Chitwan, I was able to communicate a little and we felt very close. They brought me into tears at the end when I had to say bye, but those kids taught me valuable elements that would help me continue on with my life, and I'm looking forward to see them again. Thank you for having me FlyNepal team, and Namaste!
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