We spent two weeks teaching English in the village school in Yaphu, located in the North-East of Nepal and we can honestly say that it was an eye-opening and highly rewarding experience! The trek to the village was tough and after flying into Kathmandu we travelled by bus for 16 hours to Hile, followed by a 7 hour jeep ride to Khandbari. After a good night’s sleep there, our local guide arrived to take us to Yaphu itself; it took a good ten hour trek to get there but the scenery was simply breathtaking and we had the chance to meet plenty of friendly locals along the way.
The family we stayed with were so welcoming and despite the language barrier we had lots of laughs. Our home for the duration was very basic with just a hole in the ground for the loo and a tap outside for the shower. However the lack of home comforts didn’t matter as we were looked after extremely well – eating huge amounts of dhal, rice and delicious curry twice a day and enjoying their sweet tea. We enjoyed our evenings with the family playing the Nepali board game “Karam Board” and we introduced them to “Uno” which went down well. The teaching itself was a bit daunting to begin with as we were left to our own devices as to what we wanted to teach them, however we soon got into the swing of things and the children were really enthusiastic, particularly when we were teaching them some English songs! They also thoroughly enjoyed the football tournament Connor organised for them on one of our last days and the kids found it hilarious trying to teach us volleyball.
To top off our experience, the headmaster organised a leaving ceremony for us, where we were presented with beautiful flower garlands and every teacher added a stripe of red paint on our faces for good luck and in return we presented the school with some gifts. The students also performed some traditional Nepali dance routines which was a lovely way to end our time in Yaphu.
We all gained a lot from this experience and found it incredibly rewarding to teach English to the locals and to be part of such a good cause. We all hope we will have the opportunity to go back in the near future!
By Chloe, Maddie and Connor.