Over Spring Break, a group of us traveled to Nepal for a ten day service learning trip. After twenty hours of flying, we landed in Kathmandu. We stayed at Hotel Himalaya Yoga in Kathmandu for two nights before flying to Dhangadi. In Dhangadi, we prepared for life with our host families by learning simple Tharu and Nepali phrases, getting to know our translators and BuildOn team, and reviewing cultural customs. We took a bus to Domalia, the village where we would be living and working on the school. The entire village greeted us with an elaborate, thoughtful welcome ceremony filled with beautiful dances, costumes, and music. Despite our limited language skills, Jada and I were quickly able to communicate and connected with our host family.
The most rewarding part of the trip was seeing how excited and proud the entire village was to have a new school. Men and women spent all day working on construction, while the children watched from the windows of the existing school. The BuildOn school will not only give more kids in Domalia a better opportunity to learn, but will make them happy and excited to go to school.