There are 8 people joining me for our fifth The Trek of Your Life voluntourism trip to Nepal. We’ll spend 3-4 days working in Dadagaun Village School and orphanage in the foothills surrounding Kathmandu. I raised enough money with crowdrise to buy Nepalese instruments and pay the salary for a music teacher to teach the children to enhance the school curriculum, improve academic success and attendance.
When I was in Nepal last year the children in Dadagaun Village were practicing Justin Bieber songs and dancing like him. It occurred to me that they may start to devalue Nepalese culture as they are exposed to more international traveler. There is a video of the children, a grandmother and some musicians in Nepal on my website.
Every year, I meet more interesting people while I’m there. This year I hope to meet Donatella Lorch who is a friend of one of my old friends. Check out her blog!
On another note, just in case you need travel insurance, I came across this company:
I’ll keep you posted on my facebook page while we are in Nepal-that is if I don’t get totally immersed in the culture like I usually do!