Our next trip to Nepal is in April 2018, come and join us for the trip of a lifetime.
We are looking for our next volunteers and travel dates have been confirmed- leaving on the 11th April 2018 through to the second week of the school holidays to the 24/25th April.
We would love you to join us and if you would like to find out how you can get involved and further details of itinerary and costs please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Nepal trip is suitable for adults and families ( children 5 years of age and over ) and includes sustainability projects ( painting, orchard planting etc… all very easy for children and adults to participate in) as well as cultural trips and hiking trips as additional inclusions.
This is what the volunteer children Maia, Koby and Sage had to say on the four days they spent at the orphanage on the last trip in 2015.
When we arrived at the orphanage, all the boys embraced us with smiles.
7 boys from the orphanage are in year 11 and 12 and are going to graduate with the help of FBBF donations so they can get a job in tourism or hotel management to earn the money they need to live a good life. We visited their school and noticed in the classrooms they have lots of quotes from famous people in their country, and lots of ‘helpful tips’ and ‘golden rules’ for students in the classroom. Maia used the Zentangle kits Gill sent for the boys to lead a Zentangle session for everyone.
Our work included painting the buildings with the local painter, installation of large and effective solar panels and a hot water system. All the boys were really enthusiastic about helping us paint. An electrician and his crew from Kathmandu came and put in some solar panels with Daniel and 2 volunteer electricians, who travelled with us from Perth. The boys were so pleased that throughout the night they had electricity, and their first hot showers!
We also went out with some of the local girls and bought Nepalese watermelon chewing gum and doughnuts.
After lunch we put sport items, including cricket sets and soccer balls that had been donated for the boys on a big table. They were all very appreciative. We played a great game of cricket, and a very competitive game of “Australia vs Nepal” soccer, now tied at 1 all over our 2 visits.
Two years ago when we visited the orphanage we planted fruit trees and they were named after ourselves. This year we planted a further 51 trees to extend the orchard so the boys can live sustainably off the land.
On our last day we were all feeling sad that we had to leave. We all exchanged contact details and gave each other cards and drawings. The girls were also given some educational gifts for school. We sang songs together, and taught them an Australian song, “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gumtree”. Carla sang “Amazing Grace” to Armitab who is the oldest man at the home at the age of 54. It then came time to say our emotional goodbyes. As our small van left the orphanage the boys chased the van out to the main road….