Lucia Gasser Hidalgo
These two weeks have truly been an amazing experience! I loved going to Pame to play wth the kids and to help out. I feel like I made so many great friends I would never meet at home and I had a blast with them. The trek was a challenge and not easy but I’m happy I did it every single morning when I woke up to incredible landscapes. I am very sad to be leaving but I don’t feel like I’m going to regret not doing something because we had the chance to volunteer, go on a trek and visited Pokhara and a bit of Kathmandu. I really enjoyed the day when we visited Pokhara, the Peace Pagoda and the suspension bridge etc and went to the Tibetan refugee camp and to the outdoor cinema. Overall it has been an amazing and unique experience I will always remember.
The volunteering was an eye opening experience because I got to see how the people of Pame lived with only the basic resources and how happy they were with just that and I was introduced to a completely different culture. I loved my time here in Nepal because I got to explore Nepal and get to improve a school and have fun at the same time.
I went on the under 18s trip to Nepal, Pokhara and it has been one of the most amazing experiences! The volunteering was also a completely amazing experience where we painted classrooms in a Nepalese rural school giving a great sense of accomplishment.
It’s inspired me to look at further ways of helping in similar situations, and talking to the staff showed me that it is possible to get in to a similar and just as rewarding field of work.
I have spent two weeks here in Phang Nga and they have been some of the best weeks of my life; my time here has been really inspirational and life changing. There have been many many highlights on this trip. To name a few, the Thai culture and people: the Thai culture is so different when compared to what I am used to at home, the people are so friendly and welcoming. For example, we visited a care centre during our trip and before we had even said hello the kids came running and smiling and laughing. Also, the locals around Ban Nam Khem, the place I was staying at, were so friendly, you just met them with a simple "sawatdee-krap" (hello) and they would instantly smile back and do the same. The other thing about this GVI trip was the staff involved; they were extremely accommodating and very friendly, definitely some of the nicest staff members I have ever met. The reason I booked this project was I wanted to experience a new culture and help the community at the same time; GVI has more than fulfilled my expectations. I have learnt about Thai language and culture from GVI staff members and have also lived in a real Thai village and helped at a local Thai school, which I can successfully say had given me more than enough experience. Overall I would definitely recommend a trip like this to anyone interested; as I have said before, it has been a great experience and I have met some great people who I will hopefully stay in contact with through years to come.
The happiness of the children really touched my heart and after the experience at the care centre I really appreciate how blessed I am for what I have.
This trip has allowed me to gain another perspective on how to do things and the importance of the smallest actions. From GVI and the communities inviting us into their homes and places of work, I genuinely feel appreciated.
I’ve met so many interesting people who have opened my eyes to ideas and places I hadn’t even thought about before. It seems ages ago that I saw my first hatchling waddle out to sea under the equally spellbinding night sky with the Milky Way as their roof and the moon leading them. I have really enjoyed working for the turtles and it feels so good to being doing something for the world no matter how small my actions, every bit counts! I feel like a better person for this special experience. This has been a highlight of my life.