So I chose the GVI programme to Nepal primarily because of the volunteering aspect as well as the trek. I have really enjoyed the opportunities on this programme. For instance, meeting like-minded young people from all over the globe that I know I will now be friends with for life. We also enjoyed the cultural immersion. My personal highlight of the cultural side of the trip was visiting the Tibetan refugee camp. We had the chance to attend evening prayers at a Buddhist temple and talk to a young Buddhist monk. As well as this, we had many chances to experience things such as traditional Nepali food like dal baht. For me though the primary purpose of this trip was the opportunity to volunteer as an under 18, although the work was tiring and strenuous, it was a truly rewarding experience. In addition the trek was an amazing bonding experience, despite the unique challenges (primarily the vast plethora of steps) we faced during the trek I would do it again in a heartbeat. My personal highlight of the trek was on the penultimate evening dancing with our guides and porters to traditional Nepali music, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. All in all I’m always going to treasure my time spent in Nepal. The combination of the volunteer project, trekking, cultural experience, the opportunity to meet other young people from across the globe, as well as the globalist view the GVI programme provided made my time in Nepal a one-off amazing adventure.