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Toby’s last week in Batase

I’ve spent about a month, on and off, here in Batase village. Trips to Kathmandu, Everest, running events and other remote settlements have kept me busy otherwise but, now it has come to say goodbye, at least for a little while. Chitwan is the next stop for me and, whilst …read more

Toby’s Account of the Godavari Race

The day before the race began as any other, with a trip to the school in the morning and watching the assembly that includes, exercise, speeches and the national anthem. However, this morning one of the teachers had a special message wishing the runners at the school the best of …read more

Our November 2014 Volunteer Group

The November Volunteer Tour has just ended and it was a great success, due in no small part to the dedication and vibrancy of the volunteers. My early arrival allowed me to meet them at the airport, which I was thankful for. When we arrived at the hotel it was …read more

Searching for Volunteers at Student Fairs

A few weeks back we were at the student fair at James Cook University in Townsville. This was the first of our university visits that has since taken us to the University of Wollongong and the University of New South Wales. We should be hitting a college near you at …read more

Building a School in Nepal

A new primary school is being built in my home town in Ireland. The project looks like it’s going to take six months to complete. Five months in, the main buildings are standing, the grass has been laid, and the colourful paint has been applied. It looks like a typical …read more

Ploughing a Field by Water Buffalo in Nepal

Nepal is a foreign country. Of course it is, that goes without saying. What many volunteers and visitors fail to realise is just how foreign it is. In the West, we’re used to things being similar, if not the same, between different countries. Fast food in Australia is a little …read more

Small Volunteering Companies in Nepal

We’re a small, family run business with direct ties to Batase village in Nepal and to Cairns in Australia. Take on Nepal was founded by the husband and wife team of Som and Susan in 2013, with the express intention of creating a true village experience for western visitors to …read more

Drinking Water in Nepalese Mountain Villages

If you’re travelling to a third world country like Nepal, all the guidebooks tell you to avoid drinking the local water for fear of coming down with something that might ruin your trip. This fear of water is such that even fresh vegetables bought from street vendors or in restaurants …read more

Colourful Clothing and Village Children in Nepal

The young children in Batase Village, where most of our volunteers are sent, are not as brand aware as their western counterparts. They’ve never heard of ecco boots and they couldn’t tell Tommy Hilfiger from Calvin Klein. Abercrombie is nothing more than a long word on a sweater that keeps …read more

Western Sensitivity Meets Nepalese Reality

It’s fitting that the first post on this blog should be a personal story from Susan, one of the founders of Take on Nepal. Back in 2008, Batase was just another Himalayan village. The Friends of Himalayan Children charity was just getting started in Cairns, and the village school was …read more

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