This July, St Mary’s Catholic Academy and Baines Secondary School took a group of students to visit the beautiful country of Nepal for 12 days for an unbelievable and once in a lifetime experience.
Students stayed in the wonderful Kathmandu Guest House which is surrounded by beautiful gardens in the heart of Thamel, here students have time to relax and explore the local area, visiting all of the different shops, trying the local cuisine and speaking with the local community. During the visit, students embrace the culture of Nepal with visits to various different Hindu and Buddhist Temples, including Swayambhunath, the infamous Buddhist monkey Temple where they climbed a few hundred steps to see the incredible views of Kathmandu from the top and Pashupatinath Temple which is located on the banks of the Bagmati River where the students received Hindu blessings and rubbed shoulders with the local Holy Men. They also visited the Eco-Project Foundation which is an incredible organisation helping families by farming their own foods, building their own homes out of glass bottles and providing mothers and fathers with work to support their children.
Whilst out in Nepal, the students spent 4 days at Shubhakamana Academy where they completed a Teaching Project within the school. This was a really exciting opportunity for students to get involved with the community by providing exciting lessons for children of varying ages. This opportunity allowed the students to plan lessons of their choice; with a focus around conversational English and key words and terminology, allowed them to work with students from different schools and teach exciting and engaging lessons to the children in Nepal. On our final day of the School visit, Shubhakamana Academy put together a celebration event of dancing, singing, speeches and a lunch cooked by the school of local delicacies for us to sample together. The visit to the school really does make the trip very special and the St Mary’s and Baine’s students make lasting friendships with the Nepali children.
Towards the end of the Nepal trip, we travelled down to Chitwan National Park where the students went on an amazing adventure involving a jeep safari where we saw various different animals including crocodiles, spotted deer, monkeys and a very rare sloth bear, a canoe ride with crocodiles (one of which jumped out of the water at us), washing and feeding the elephants, a walk through the jungle trying to spot wild animals, an elephant safari ride and a visit to the elephant orphanage.
The students had the most incredible time, and if you would like to join the next Nepal group for summer 2019, or are interested in going out to Nepal in the future, please come and find either Mr Mannino or Miss Anderton for any more information or detail about this really special trip.