From the moment I landed, my time in Nepal has been an incredibly fun and exciting learning experience. After navigating the hectic Tribhuvan airport, I was greeted by my VSN correspondent Umesh and our driver who had been patiently waiting for me for over two hours. After presenting me with a Khada scarf as a welcoming present, we began our short journey to my homestay in Pepsicola, during which I combed through the welcoming packet of a “Survival Nepali language” booklet and a tentative schedule for my internship. Once we arrived home, I got to know my surrogate family for the next 2 months over some delicious chicken gravy, pickles, and rice (a staple meal and my absolute favourite). I then unpacked, showered and rested for the day.
During the first week with Volunteer Society Nepal, I had Nepali lessons and a couple of tours to familiarise myself with the city. Next, I was on to my internship at the Hospital. Although it was quite intimidating, as it was my first practical physiotherapy experience in a hospital, all of the hospital staff were so friendly and welcomed me with smiles. For the first two weeks, I shadowed the Physiotherapists, taking notes as they diagnosed and treated the ailments of their patients (I really cannot stress how enthusiastic the team are as teachers, and obviously passionate about their jobs!), as well as administering a lot of TENS and ultrasound therapy. Soon, I was assisting with the treatment process by performing mobilization techniques, some massage therapy and instructing exercises. I was allowed to become as independent within the clinic as I was comfortable with, creating opportunities for an incredible amount of learning in a short period of time. While here, I have made an effort to encourage the patients coming in soley for TENS or Ultrasound therapy to consider learning the exercises and stretches that would improve their condition. Almost all are eager, so I take the opportunity to also advise on some good lifestyle choices and changes where necessary.
My favourite part of this whole experience has been meeting everyone along the way. The team at Volunteer Society Nepal are extremely invested in making your time here memorable and gratifying, as well as making it count. Their passion for creating a difference within their community is contagious and inspiring. If you are looking for a reliable and trustworthy organization to help you volunteer or trek, you will find it here with Volunteer Society Nepal!