Nepal

Stories from Nepal

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Nepal.

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I was raised in Japan in a bicultural household. My father is Japanese and my mother is Caucasian-American. I knew that my cultural and ethnic identity would play a big part in my service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal.

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In line with the Government of Nepal’s Curriculum Development Center, the Peace Corps Education Volunteers have begun collaborating with Nepali counterpart teachers to make and use instructional materials and activities that lead students to practice and apply language skills in meaningful, real-life contexts. Below are some examples of locally available low-cost and no-cost materials that Volunteers have designed and used in their classrooms.

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With support from USAID Small Project Assistance (SPA), the Peace Corps Volunteer and community launched a nutrition and economic development program to increase the production, consumption, and sale of kiwi as well as other fruits and nuts.

A Nepali mother and her children in the courtyard of their home.

I remember her smiling up at me one evening. The light was fading in the sky, and the Dhorpatan hills out beyond the village were turning blue in the gathering dark. The stars would be out soon, and maybe a moon. She laughed as she swatted the ox with a short stick, urging him into the barn for the night. “He is my husband,” she joked, slapping the black haunches again, “Isn’t he handsome?”

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The Peace Corps offers a wide variety of service opportunities abroad.

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Everywhere, food brings people together. Participating in the daily rituals around food—whether growing, preparing, cooking, or eating it—is an essential part of the Volunteer experience in communities abroad. Here, Volunteers share the food traditions that made their service special.

A Peace Corps Volunteer sits with her visiting father in her village home.

My father’s story is one of those that defy the adage “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” He fell off his family tree in a small town in Michigan and then rolled. He rolled into the Navy at 17.

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This is the first in a series of Q&As with returned Peace Corps Volunteers who identify as first-generation college students and/or new Americans. Learn how they navigated the challenges of the decision-making process and service abroad.

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I was brought into the world destined for disadvantage and lifelong discrimination.

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One Small Himalayan Village secures their future through investment in fruit tree diversification and Orchard Establishment.

Green hills in Nepal

In a sweltering training hall, Sarita wanders among rows of women bent over the colorful kurtas that she is teaching them to sew.

An American woman digs in the dirt with her fellow Senegalese friends

Agriculture Volunteers lead grassroots efforts to fight hunger.

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Rice planting in rural Nepal is perhaps the most significant agricultural event of the year.

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I met my didi early on in my service at the 7 a.m. weekly Saturday meetings held in the center of my village. 

Participants of the Intensive Management and Improved Genetics in Goats workshop gather outside for a photo.

As a Peace Corps Volunteer, there are myriad challenges to overcome.

Peace Corps Volunteers help Feed the Future

Imagine a world without hunger...

Kiwi Plantation Training

The District of Lamjung is suffering from what the local agricultural technicians term "citrus decline." According to local residents, the area used to have healthy citrus orchards, from which many farmers obtained both improved nutrition from eating and income from selling fruit. 

Doing a handwashing demonstration with Jhabindra

36 years ago, in the Nepali year of 2038 and Gregorian year of 1981, a man named David walked into Jhabindra Neupane’s 5th grade classroom.

Mushroom Project in Nepal

Volunteer Sarah Anderson’s village development committee (VDC) is located in the Far West of Nepal and is very large with 37 mothers groups and 13,500 people. 

Bio-Intensive Gardening in Nepal

Watch this 18-minute video on living and working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal. Currently, we have 55 PCVs working as Food Security Volunteers, spread across eight districts in Nepal

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