The last three weeks of training in Nepal has absolutely flown by. I've learnt so much and got to know everybody really well in a short space of time; it's a shame that I'm not going to be working with them during the next two months.
I've been allocated to the Man Pakadi community in the Rupandehi district bordering India. I'm going to be working with Shreedhar, a Nepali volunteer, but there's also tons of support available from Restless Development and its partner Nepali NGO (non-governmental organisation) NAMUNA.
So far, I've been very lucky regarding sickness in the previous weeks and, as of yet, haven't felt homesick. I've only fallen ill once and that was only a 12-hour bug which everybody apart from one very fortunate person got. Many others have had minor illnesses on top of this, but this has been my only problem.
The weather is great: it's very warm during the day and cold at night which providing you wrap up is no problem. The training provided so far has taught me basic Nepali to a decent standard; an understanding of Nepalese culture; how to teach basic English as a foreign language; and a lot of information which I will need in placement.
The rest will be available through the continued support given by Restless Development or its partners as the weeks go on.