The staff team in BaseCamp Nepal is a fantastic group of people who are dedicated to finding opportunities for volunteers that have significant impact and ensuring that our volunteers have the training and support to be effective in these positions.
The General Manager Puran, enjoys working with BaseCamo volunteers and can readily empathize with the challenges that volunteers often face when thrust outside of their cultural context.
The House Services team provide an excellent meal plan that represents diverse meals that are common in Nepali homes. This is particularly important in Nepal as so many of the local customs regarding food are radically different from that to which most westerners are accustomed. By serving authentic food in an authentic setting, our staff can help our volunteers become comfortable with meal etiquette before making the transition to a homestay family.
The night desk staff help to manage many of the challenges that come with running a center in Kathmandu. Given the regularly scheduled power outages throughout the year, volunteers are often grateful for the staff keeping candles lit and making sure that someone is available in the center throughout the night.
We were fortunate to have Erin Wyllie in Nepal for the summer to assist Bikash with program development. We have found that having a western staff involved in program development can often help our team to develop work plans that match well with emerging interests and talents in the west.
Bikash MaharjanProgram Coordinator
Bikash is the Program Coordinator at BaseCamp Nepal, and is finishing his bachelor’s degree in Development Studies at the University of Kathmandu.
He is passionate about volunteering and getting involved in remedying local social welfare issues. Bikash loves to interact with foreigners because it gives him a chance to learn about different cultures. He hopes to one day visit Canada and fulfill his dream of seeing an igloo.
Bikash constantly yearns for adventure; he loves spending time in the mountains, rafting, trekking, and biking. On a day off, Bikash can be found exploring the jungle on his motorcycle.
Renu ThakuriHouse Services
Renu works in house services at Basecamp Nepal. In addition, she is studying to earn her high school diploma, with hopes to later attend college and pursue social work. She is highly motivated in her studies largely because she wants to improve her English and better communicate with foreigners, especially international volunteers.
In her spare time she loves to read, listen to music, play with her 11 year-old son, and volunteer at the local elderly care center. Renu’s enthusiasm and bubbly personality adds an irreplaceable charm to the house.
Lok BasnatNight Desk
Born in Solukhumbu, home to the tallest peak in the world, Babu, at an age of 13, descended to the Capital city seeking a better future. Due to poverty, he could not afford to study but has a dream to provide the best education possible for his children. Currently on three different jobs, he toils hard for his wife and future generation. In his spare time Babu enjoys surfing the internet, watching TV and loves listening to his FM radios. Babu thoroughly enjoys helping people. Eventually he wishes to develop the skills required to become a social worker.
Sita KhatriHouse Services
"Discarded by her husband, Sita has seen much hardship in life at her young age. Now 22, She was smuggled to Kuwait to work as a house maid by her own husband on a forged passport when she was 18 In Kuwait, the four corner of the wall where she worked was all the freedom she had. Required to cover herself from head to toe all the time, her life was strictly dictated by the owner she worked for. She hated it but her husband continued to force her to send money back home. She was deported back to Nepal after three years and she feels extremely happy to have been freed from that cage. She feels proud that she is in her own country and now independent.
With no formal education, she aspires to become literate and learn English from volunteers. She already speaks Hindi and Arabi fluently. She also knows how to do 'Mehendi' (temporary form of skin decoration applying 'henna' paste) and has already shown her talent to our previous volunteers. One fact she loves about her job is that she gets three days off in a week, allowing enough time for herself."