Our experience at Kavya School
When we first travelled to Nepal together in 2011 we were very excited. From the plane we could see the Himalaya rising up in the distance. We had a very long flight with two very long stops behind us, but our nerves and the warm, dusty air pushing into our faces, when we stepped out of the plane, kept us awake. After successfully finding our luggage, the first hurdle we had to take was to search in a big crowd in front of the airport for Nawaraj, who we had never seen before.
In the beginning it all seemed very chaotic. Everywhere people, cars, motorbikes, scooters and bikes and to us it felt like they were all honking. After an exciting and a bit scary first drive through Kathmandu, we finally arrived at Kavya and the school felt like a safe, clean and welcoming place in this chaotic and loud town.
As the first voluntary teachers at Kavya School ever, neither us nor Nawaraj had an idea how we could actually help. We started giving classes in Maths and German and tried to work on the cultural exchange. Most children don't have the chance to leave Nepal, let alone visit Europe, so we wanted to bring Europe a little bit closer to them, to tell them how it is to live and to go to school in Germany and in exchange we learned how life was in Nepal.
During our stay we felt like we had found a new home and a new family. The children were eager to show us the pictures they had drawn and the dances they had learned in class. They were curious and asked thousands of questions about ourselves and Germany, some of which we had never thought about before. This welcoming feeling accompanied us during the whole stay and we felt that everyone in Nepal still has time to smile and drink chiya – something that in the busy world of Germany is often lost. We travelled so far not only to experience Nepal but to actually learn so much about ourselves and our home.
Of course, in between we felt a little bit home sick, missed the organized and clean streets of Germany, and felt like we could not eat one more piece of rice. But we had found people, who made us forget those feelings, who laughed at us for being scared of a really big spider, but then came and freed the room from this monstrosity.
The lovely and welcoming people and an environment, which is so different from Europe, made this a wonderful experience that we can recommend to everyone! The school stuff and ever one else we met, made it easy to feel at home. We hope that everyone could learn as much from us, as we learned from them. Since then I, Silja, travelled twice more to Nepal and I will always come back to meet these wonderful friends I have made again.
I, Daria, just travelled to Nepal once, but I definitely want to go back in the future, just like Silja has. The experience above describes everything!
Daria Herchner & Silja Gassmann
From Krefeld & Munich, Germany