VSO’s food allowance is more than adequate for a balanced diet, but volunteers often become much more resourceful in supplementing their diets as they become more ‘at home’ in Nepal. An ability to catch fish by stealth and surprise is one of the many new skills learned by those working in education in Dangadhi.
Actually that’s not what Sunny Jun said when she submitted this photograph. What she said was …“Education volunteers attempting to cross a river in search of a local primary school”
But come on…educationalists…language is a powerful tool…
Sunny’s mid term report for photography might read…
“Her photographs of day to day life in Nepal are often excellent, but she needs to develop her narrative skills a little more…”
Keep ’em coming…
First response to the request for useful information comes from Sunny Jun in Dhangadhi.
The more eagle eyed of you will have noticed tag and category clouds to the right. The aim is to tag each article so that you can see what has been written about or commented on as the blog gets bigger and becomes the veritable cornucopia of information that we hope it will be….!!
So, clicking on Dhanghadhi will bring up every article that has something about Dhanghadi in it. (Apologies to those who know this already, but in true marketing fashion, it’s important to extol the virtues of a new product…)
Anyway, here’s Sunny’s ‘handy hints’
- Use your VSO card on buses to get discount. You can get as much as 50% off on your local transportation all across Nepal, including Kathmandu. I’ve taken the bus from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur and got 50% off with the VSO card. In Dhangadhi, I take my bike on the bus and they charge me for the bike and myself but I get 50% off with my VSO card so I only pay 20 rupees. Getting 20 rupees off doesn’t seem much but it all adds up when you ride the bus every day.
- Buying a stabilizer for your fridge and laptop/computer is important. It’ll make your laptop battery last longer. Without a stabilizer, your battery will be reduced to lasting only 30 min after 5-6 months in Nepal.
- If you like baking, buy a ‘miracle oven’ from Sanepa, Kathmandu for (around) 700 rupees. You can make all sorts of baked goods with it on the stove top. It’s a round pot-like metal pot that you can put on top of the gas top and it won’t burn your baked goods … ( Of course, if you live in Kathmandu, you (may) have the luxury of being able to buy an oven. But if you are outside of Kathmandu, it may be difficult to get one on a VSO allowance).
Room for a small bike on top? John Callaway 2010
…and so it goes!