Students Without Borders is a WUSC and CECI program that enables Canadian university and college students to participate in exciting, volunteer learning opportunities in South America, Africa, and Asia.

Summer in NEPAL

March 17, 2014

Namaste!

My name is Katherine Potter, but I prefer to go by Katey.

I am currently residing in Ottawa, Ontario as I finish my university degree.  I am a student in the Human Rights and Conflict studies honours program in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa. I will be volunteering with the Lalitpur Dairy Milk Producer’s Cooperation; in the Lalitpur region of Nepal, as a communication intern. I decided to volunteer with Uniterra to put my degree into action and apply the knowledge I have gained at school in a practical setting. I also have a desire to explore the world and meet new people.  I am very excited to discover a culture different from my own, share the skills I possess and create new connections.

As the communications intern for the LDMPC I will be documenting the best inclusionary and milk production practises of the milk producers in the coop. From there I will create a video, which will be disseminated to the other farmers as a learning tool to increase social inclusion, and drive economic output. It is my aim to become familiar with the Nepali language so I can communicate with the milk producers and create meaningful relationships with my colleagues. On a personal note, I hope to become much more familiar with the practise of Buddhism, a religious order which has always been a source of intrigue and exploration.

I am trying to keep my expectations of Nepal fairly neutral because I do not want to false expectations of the country. I am simply hoping to fall in love with Nepal as it is, not what my ideal of it is.  My project is based in Patan, just outside of Kathmandu. It is my belief that being located in Patan will allow me to experience a more Nepali version of Nepal rather than the tourist version sold in Kathmandu. Overall I am very excited to embark on this adventure and share my experience with the Uniterra community.

Best,

Katey

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