St. Mary's

The Nepal 2022 Team

Nepal 2022

Namaste, after three years of fundraising, planning and two postponed trips, the team that signed up in 2019 finally set off on the incredible adventure and journey that is our annual visit to Nepal. A group of 16 students and 3 members of staff travelled over 4,600 miles to the other side of the world to take part in the most unforgettable adventure and experience. When we first arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal we went straight out on a walk through Thamel the main heart of Kathmandu and where our hotel, the Kathmandu Guest House is located and made our way to Swayambhunath otherwise known as the ‘monkey temple’. Here the group had to climb the 365 steps to enlightenment before reaching the stupa at the top, here the group took part in their first kora around the temple before spending some time buying Nepalese prayer flags, speaking to the local community and looking out at the incredible views of Kathmandu valley. Our second day took us to Pashupatinath which is a world heritage site and a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, after a long day taking in the sites, the group went on a walking tour of the area around Thamel where they carried out a spot of shopping and bargaining. The group also visited Boudhanath, the largest stupa in the world, here the group saw many Tibetan Buddhists meditating and on pilgrimage.

The next four days were the main reason for our visit and journey to Nepal. The group completed their teaching project at a local school called Shubhakamana Academy. Here the group taught conversational English based around a range of different subjects and topics, some of which included; sport, music, science, religion, nutrition and geography. The group had planned and resourced all of their lessons back in England and were well equipped for the job. Every single member of the group had a huge impact on the students they taught and spoke to at Shubhakamana, they made memories that will last a lifetime and the school took away a lot of valuable skills, lessons and resources.

Whilst completing our teaching project at Shubhakamana the group visited some of the children’s houses, these are the children who are supported by the Impact Foundation. This is a Foundation that helps to support children with their education at Shubhakamana by having sponsors who pay for a child to attend school, this money covers all school fees, uniforms, examination fees, equipment and resources for the children in the Impact Foundation. The group also visited a local eco project where they looked at sustainable living and giving back to the community and we also went for lunch at Hum’s house. Hum is our tour guide for the trip and has been the guide for all Nepal trips St Mary’s has previously run.

After completing our four day teaching project at Shubhakamana Academy the group then travelled down to Chitwan National Park. Here students went on jeep safari and spotted wild rhino, monkeys, deer, boar and many different birds, they also had the chance to wash elephants and went on a morning canoe ride on the East Rapti River to spot lots of wild crocodile.

After returning to Kathmandu for our last evening in Nepal, we finished our final bits of shopping before sitting down for our evening gala meal together feasting on some incredible Nepalese and Indian food.

It was the most wonderful trip with an absolutely incredible group of people who created memories to last a lifetime.

We have already recruited our team for 2023 and have 17 students who are already fundraising and in the initial planning stages for next year. Year 10 – you will have the opportunity to apply for Nepal 2024 in May next year.