Home Away From Home: Matt's Perspective

This post is part of a series of anecdotes by people who have visited and given time to CYF during their travels in Nepal. 

I travelled to Nepal a couple of months after I finished university. My aunt and uncle, Dora and Max, reached out to me and asked if I was interested in visiting CYF. This opportunity changed my life.

I had no idea what to expect from the city of Kathmandu, it was very different from a lot of the countries I had visited prior to Nepal. A month into my trip, I was able to meet Haushala and truly see what CYF was all about.

My first experience entering the school was overwhelmingly positive. I was greeted by the entire school and it instantly made me feel welcomed into their home. The kids were excited to meet someone new, and I could see it in their enthusiasm. I was able to teach mathematics to classes 6, 7, and 8 as well as some of the science classes over the course of 4 months. The kids helped me fall in love with teaching. I only had some experience from university as a tutor, but never to this extent. I was able to hit the ground running when I got there and it went smoothly. The best part about it was that there were always students willing to put in the extra hours to go the distance and improve themselves. This made me want to invest more and more time into our classes, and the children reciprocated. All in all, I had a wonderful time learning about everything at CYF and about myself.

Visiting CYF was an amazing experience, and I was able to capture my entire time there. I took a lot of photos throughout my stay, and hope that future visitors are encouraged to do the same to archive progress and growth. I fell in love with the kids, the culture, and everything else about the place. I can't wait to return and hope to help in the future.