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James Vincent

James Vincent

From 01/06/2009 to 28/06/2009

Coming to Nepal for the first time, I was unsure what to expect of the country. On my first day I was completely bewildered by the crazy roads, the poverty and the new sounds and sights. However, I was soon introduced to the country by VIN’s friendly and helpful staff – showing me the main tourist areas of Kathmandu and helping me to find my feet culturally.

I think VIN’s program introduction service was essential to the enjoyment of my stay; not only showing me the major sights of Kathmandu but also by teaching me some basics of the language. Although it may seem like it’s impossible to learn enough to get by, even a couple of phrases and words will help you massively in interacting with locals.

My placement itself, teaching English at a Buddhist monastery, was fantastic – a challenge and a joy. VIN was especially helpful in moving me from one monastery to another when I found out I would not be teaching so much in the first. VIN gave me regular checkups and were always ready to help out if I needed it. I would recommend to this organization to anyone wanting to volunteer in local communities or to simply explore a new country.

June 1 to 28, 2009

Buddhist Monastery Placement

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