Danica's Internship Blog 2#
An Internship with GVI Nepal – Part Two
I originally planned to write a second blog for March but it is nearly the end of April now. That should give you some idea of how much there is to fill your time here at GVI Nepal! I have been very busy but loving every moment of it.
In my last blog I said that I was spending a lot of time at Sewa Kendra with the occasional workshop for the Women’s Empowerment project. Those presentations evolved a bit and, moving away from healthcare, I created a presentation on women’s rights. It is fascinating to see how women in different countries view their own rights and freedom and very rewarding to tell them about all of the very influential women of Asia.
On the Construction project, I have begun painting the logo of Little Daffodil’s School on the side of the building. It is nearly complete and I am very excited to finish it. It can be a bit of a challenge as the summer has officially rolled in and days working outside and being physical are quite tiring and very hot but there’s plenty of opportunity for drinking water and spending a few minutes hiding in the shade!
My main focus during the last couple of months has been Healthcare with different groups of children. It is a much different experience from teaching the adult women and requires a bit more patience and creativity. With the Conversation Club, the children range in age from around 8 to 15 and so none of the presentations and activities I prepare can be 100% suitable for everyone. That’s why it helps to have other volunteers along to assist the children who are struggling and help to maintain order! We have done a lot of workshops with CC ranging from First Aid with an activity practising the practical skills with bandages and ketchup blood to a workshop on the senses which was a fun treat including puzzles and games.
In the last two weeks, I have taken my health workshops over to Little Daffodil’s School that was an unexpected surprise and has so far been my absolute favourite experience here. The children are a lot of fun, very inquisitive and eager to learn. We also added a workshop on Recycling and the Environment to teach them about using the recycling bins at the school and the effects on the environment and their health if they don’t. Nepali schools are very exam-based, there isn’t a lot of room for fun and creativity and they lack subjects such as health, geography, history and art. The best part of teaching them is being able to let them do some of the things they’re missing out on, from making posters on the subjects we have covered, which they were very excited to see up on the bare classroom walls, to taking them outside for games and obstacle courses.
In my internship, I have now completed most of my assignments and all that remains is my team-leading day. I originally planned to do this with the Sewa Kendra students and had almost everything planned but things have changed. Fortunately, I have a few ideas and a lot of different options so I am sure I can come up with something, which is both educational and enjoyable for whichever group I choose to do it with.
I have finished all of the internship presentations and recently had my Primary and Secondary First Responder training which will be official once I have taken the test. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn a new skill that is recognised all over the world.
I have only 2 weeks left here at GVI Nepal and I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone. I will be doing one final blog just before I leave on the 28th May to let you know my final thoughts on my time here. Look out for it!
Dental Health Workshop
Leading Causes of Death in Nepal and Methods of Prevention Workshop
Breast and Cervical Cancer Workshop
Women’s Rights Workshop
Regularly Adding New Learning Activities to the Workbooks for the Street Children
Making New Toothbrush Holders for the Male Patan Daycare
Painting a Mural at Little Daffodil’s School
Making a Table Tennis Table at Little Daffodil’s School
Painting Flowerpots and Gardening at HART (Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust)
Painting the School Logo at Little Daffodil’s School
Healthy Living Workshop with Conversation Club
Dental Health Workshop with CC
Blood, Bones and Organs Workshop with CC
Heart Health Workshop with CC
Germs and Hygiene Workshop with CC
First Aid Workshop with CC
Five Senses Workshop with CC
Healthy Living Workshop at Little Daffodil’s School (Grade 3 and 4)
Recycling and Environment Workshop at LDS (Grade 1 – 6)
First Aid Workshop at LDS (Grade 5 and 6)
Germs and Hygiene Workshop at LDS (Grade 1 – 6)
Dental Health Workshop at LDS (Grade 1 and 2)