Students from John XXIII College, Australia

 

20In the month of December four students from John XXIII College, Australian National University, Canberra travelled to Nepal to volunteer at the Loreto Educational Centre in Dharan. Jack, James, Hannah and Maneka undertook a number of tasks during their one month stay.

In the month of December four students from John XXIII College, Australian National University, Canberra travelled to Nepal to volunteer at the Loreto Educational Centre in Dharan. Jack, James, Hannah and Maneka undertook a number of tasks during their one month stay.      

Hannah and Maneka, with the help of some hostel girls, completed a colourful display of the alphabet around the walls of the classroom. This contribution served to brighten the room, providing greater stimulation to both Bal-Bikash and hostel students.

Jack and James cleared the land in the yard, to assist the building of a recreational area for the children. They also helped redecorate a variety of small aspects around the hostel grounds.

Every morning the group taught at the Sukumbasi Tuition Centre, with occasional lessons in crafts and football for the boys. Towards the end of the trip an exhibition day was held in order to showcase the students’ art work and skills on the soccer field. At night they helped the hostel girls improve their English skills, all the while building relationships and breaking down cultural barriers.

 

“We all enjoyed our time immensely in Dharan. While our tasks seemed relatively simple to us, they appeared to have a greater than expected impact upon both students and teachers. It was great to see an obvious improvement in their English skills and confidence over the duration of our stay. We are very grateful to Darjeeling Mary Ward Social Centre who facilitated our insertion, and hope that volunteers in the future manage to continue improving the program in Dharan”, said one of the young volunteers.