BY: Amanda Green, Former RVCC Rotaract club member
The Asha Project’s GAP program started sending Rotaract students to Nepal to have them gain a lifetime experience. Visit http://www.theashaproject.org to learn more about the GAP program.
Travelling to Nepal was an incredible opportunity that I stumbled upon as a result of being a member of the RVCC Rotaract club. It was a really unique experience that I’m so thankful I got the privilege to be a part of.
The highlight of my trip was getting to meet the amazing members of the Newroad Pokhara Rotaract club, who were so welcoming, friendly, and amazing tour guides! We built strong friendships and developed a fantastic bond between our twin Rotaract clubs. I was really impressed by was the fact that most of the Rotaractors we met were entrepreneurs of some sort, having started at least one business or company and were already running it successfully. I was so impressed that many of them were starting off their business careers at a young age, and I found that inspiring!
Another memorable part of the trip was getting to experience the beautiful country and culture of Nepal. I was absolutely amazed at the beauty that was all around us wherever we went. It was inspiring to witness the vibrant and beautiful culture of Nepal, which is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. It was remarkable to be welcomed into so many different homes and get to see little parts of life in Nepal, all the people we interacted with were so hospitable and friendly.
We assisted with several service projects while in Nepal, such as distributing school supplies, painting walls and benches, and doing construction work in Kathmandu. This provided credibility to the missions the various groups are accomplishing and supported what they were already doing. This opportunity to come alongside these groups and support them was very encouraging and inspiring to me, as well as beneficial to the community. It was impressive to see how the Asha Project is helping people in Nepal, and to be a part of that.
I was so thankful for this opportunity to travel to Nepal, and really grateful to all the people we met for coordinating it and organizing everything so wonderfully. I look forward to when I can return.