From Skype to Nepal (part 2)

Dhaulagiri mountain range.  (Photo public domain)


Photos courtesy Kaz.      Traditional dancing


Nangi school


A variation of hopscotch


Art class making clay models


Grade 4

The following special story is a continuing travel journal from one of InterestEng.’s loved tutors who affectionately goes by the name, Kaz. While living in Spain, Kaz had been teaching children in the mountains of Nepal. But she has now left Skype for Nepal itself where she’s hiked high up into the mountains to reach the village of Nangi to live and work with the children she had been tutoring by Skype. Kaz kindly agreed to send us reports and photos along the way.  

You can read Part One HERE

MY journey through Nepal over the last seven weeks has taken me trekking around the Annapurna Circuit to see wild animals in Chitwan National Park in the south and to enjoy the festival of Tihar (the Festival of Lights) in Pokhara. Now my journey has taken the most exciting twist as the schools have opened again after the holiday and I arrived in Nangi.  The school in Nangi is overlooked by the Dhaulagiri snow-capped mountain range.

I have been teaching some of the grade 6 students in this school for the last year over Skype so to get to meet them and teach them face to face has been AMAZING!

To get to Nangi, I took the bus from Pokhara to a town called Beni. Here I met Raman, the headmaster, and with him took a jeep to Nangi. It’s a five hour jeep journey on a bumpy road and we arrived just as the sun was setting. I stayed in Raman and his wife’s house on my first night and subsequently moved into the community lodge, which is where trekkers stay as Nangi is on a community trekking route. In the evenings after school, I have been helping out in the kitchen at the lodge and learning how to cook Nepali food, learning a little Nepali and meeting a wide range of interesting people.

The hospitality in Nangi is phenomenal. On the first evening staying at the lodge the village put on a traditional dance show for a group of trekkers but it felt like a welcome party for me!

Classes start at 10am every day, except Saturday, which is a day off. The school day begins at 9.45am with assembly outside. The students do exercises or dances to the beat of a drum and then sing the Nepali National Anthem before marching to class.

On my first day I taught grade 6 first and these were the students who I had been teaching on Skype - so it was an incredible first class to have. Toya, who I have been in contact with through the Skype classes, introduced me to the students. He said when he told them I was going to be teaching them they didn’t believe him! We spent the first class doing ice breakers and getting to know each other. It felt really special to be in the same room. They are incredible children, very happy and enthusiastic about learning.

I am also teaching grades 3, 4 and 5. I have been co-teaching with the Nepali teachers who teach the children in grades 3, 4 and 6.  The last class of the day is a mix of grades 4 and 5 and we have a conversation class, play games, sing, or read a story. This week we have learned “If you’re happy and you know it”. The children love singing and picked the song up quickly and we had a lot of fun.

Everyone in Nangi has been really welcoming to me. Toya has gone above and beyond in helping me get here and settle in. The first week has flown by and been incredibly enjoyable!

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