Kunihiro Muto I actually was looking to do a construction project at first but since there weren't enough people I decided to teach instead.I never taught a class before and I thought it would be very difficult. Especially because I don't like handing out discipline and my spelling is horrible (I had to pull out my Nepali-English book and pretend like I was looking for the Nepali translation of the 12 months when I was actually checking the spelling). During my stay I taught English, Math and a bit of Science and basic Psychology. I also learned how to trick students into working. I was also considering switching around schools partly because I wanted to travel around a bit but I decided it would be best to stay there for the full five months. I had no teaching materials since I wasn't planning on teaching and was not entirely confident on the rules of English Grammar so I bought some books.

Getting concepts across was a bit hard however the other teachers were always supportive and sometimes translated for me. The hardest part was that the children always wanted to play and its so easy to give in. It got even harder when they found out that I am only 19 and the older students I am teaching were around 15-16. They were very respectful in the way a teacher is respected until the point where they asked about my age. On the other hand since I was around their age they always asked me to play with them during the breaks and so usually when I was free I would play football (soccer), volleyball (which was flat, but we pulled it back into a sphere every few hits) or even have a wrestling match. At one point one of the students said "You're not teacher" and I thought "Dang, I failed at teaching" but then he added "You're our brother, big brother".

I was honestly moved but I made a compromise that I was both their brother and teacher. With teaching, everyday was unpredictable which was a nice change from my "School-Work-Study-Sleep" routine. What time the students would barge into your room and wake you up is also unpredictable. Along with walking to school and finding out they forgot to tell you that there's no school today. The school teachers were always supportive and friendly and after a month they also loosened up and we joked a lot. They really liked making fun of each other and even asked for criticism. Leaving was very difficult because after five months you bond without noticing. The fact that they live in a totally different world made me felt like they were so far away. None of them had an address, never mind an email address, and were too young to have cell phones. If there's a reason I would never do it again it would be because its too painful to leave. I miss everyone at Nava Jyoti and my host family. I will never forget them. Thanks Matrika, I won't forget you too and hopefully you will see my application again in a few years.

Kunihiro Muto, USA

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