The Nepali homestay experience
One of the most valuable experiences a volunteer placement with VSN offers, is the opportunity to stay in a Nepali homestay. Many of our volunteers have reported how special the experience is, how it allows them to understand Nepali culture better and feel at home in Nepal.
Host families working with VSN have a desire to interact with people from other cultures and to share their own. Volunteers are welcomed with open arms and are immediately treated like a family member. The volunteers receive two meals a day – breakfast and dinner, as lunch is quite uncommon – and these meals are often shared together with the family. Volunteers get the opportunity to practice the Nepali they have learned during the VSN language course, and the family members will also take the chance to improve their English. Many families have young children with whom the volunteers can learn from and teach English to in a playful way. Volunteers are often invited to social events with the family such as special pujas (religious ceremonies), festivals and weddings, allowing the volunteers to experience Nepal in a truly unforgettable way.
In the video below, we ask Junee, one of our family mothers living in Pepsi Cola Kathmandu, why she chose to welcome volunteers in her home and what she gains from this cultural exchange. Ludivine, one of our volunteers from Belgium who stayed with Junee and her family also joins in the conversation to share her experience.