Obies Over the Summer


What happens when you take five Oberlin students into the middle of a Nepali jungle. Sweat, smiles, friendship, laughter, tears and, most importantly, lots of memories.

Over the spring semester of 2017, I had recruited five students to join my work at Maya Universe Academy, a rural Nepali private school, for three months. The school welcomed volunteers from all over the world to be involved in agriculture, construction, and teaching. This involvement allowed the volunteers to learn the different environmental, social and economic aspects of Nepali life.

The five students, who were the second group to join me, had interests ranging from medicine to art to agriculture. So, they taught science, computer, and art, and were involved in agricultural labor. We would also go on weekend trips to visit the different cultural and geographical sites. The many emotions the group went through was very inspiring: everything from the difficulty adjusting to rural Nepali life to tears on their last day at the school. The magical smiles of students at Maya always cheered everyone.

As usual, I was teaching Math from third grade to sixth grade. Furthermore, this was my third time at the school. This experience meant that I had to take up the Volunteer Coordinator position. The work involved identifying the daily needs of the school and the volunteers and creating a proper work schedule for everyone. All these involvement, including the Maya Country Chicken, were an immense learning experience.