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I was born in a village of Nuwakot district. I studied in public schools from Grade 1 through the end of my Master’s degree. After completing my higher secondary from Nuwakot district, I came to the capital for further studies. Sometimes I taught as a teacher, and I worked in different private companies. At one point I was an employee at a trading company. My experiences have taught me to work hard under any conditions. I came first in my class during my school life. I was not happy being first because most of my friends failed – I think because of our teachers. I used to think that if I were a teacher I would apply methods they weren’t using. I was encouraged by my friends and I made the decision to become a good teacher at that time. This led me to Teach for Nepal, and to apply. I learned more about the values and about TFN through the selection and training period. I am proud of my struggles, courage and continuity in working hard. I have the capacity to face anything in my...

My name is Samiksha Adhikari. I was born in Hetauda, and moved to Kathmandu when I was 3 years old. I have been living here since then. My overall experience as a student was positive. Learning was always fun, and I was able to spend time with my friends. I was always allowed to make my own decisions, which meant I went through both good and bad phases. But looking back, I think who I have become today – able to stand proud despite some failures, and confident in the love I have from my familiy, friends and my precious students – is my greatest accomplishment till date. Teaching has always been a passion for me, and I wanted to take part in a challenging mission. I always wanted to do something for my people, for my society and for my country. Seeing the Fellowship vacancy was the first step to fulfilling these desires. I never had any second thoughts. I used to think of it as a teaching job, but now I can say it is more about grooming yourself and transforming other people’...

One of my favourite books says, “We can’t choose where we come from but we can choose where we go from there,” but I believe that one’s background both informs and moulds a person. Mine certainly did. I was born in a small town in Meghalaya, India but my parents’ decision to provide me with better education and exposure took me to a lot of places around India. My first stop was Rockvale Academy at Kalimpong. The hostel was initially a struggle, since I was so young, but my teachers, especially the late D.B.Chettri, provided me with care and support. School became my second home, and the hostel taught me to take care of myself and find a family wherever I went. My learning continued beyond the walls of educational institutions. My experience while running a restaurant, and then venturing into a different field – professional karaoke jockey – provided some of the learning that I cherish the most. I heard a lot about Teach For India during college and knew about the kind of dedic...

I am from Bijalpura, Mahottari. I was born in Bijalpura and my childhood passed in my village until I completed the SLC. When I reflect on my past, I am proud of my past work with youth and women. I have established an organization (Youth Network for Peace and Development) for youth and have united young people who were otherwise moving toward joining armed groups. The network now has 52 youth clubs as members, from 52 VDCs of Mahottari District. While working with women I have supported women of Mahottari and Dhanusha district in uniting and establishing their own organizations. In Suga VDC of Mahottari District, there are women involved in Mithila Painting who are earning a good amount from that. I initially asked them what skills they had, and they explored Mithila painting skills. After that, they started working in the group with the seed grant I was able to provide. I first learned about TFN through Facebook. I became very happy and excited as I looked deeper into the TFN w...

I was born in Chisapani, Khotang, which is also my mother’s birthplace. I grew up in different parts of eastern Nepal. When I was 4, my family moved from Madheli to Bala VDC, in Sankhuwasabha. I received my primary education in a school in Khandbari. After 5 years my family moved to Inaruwa, Sunsari where I completed my schooling. I did my +2 from SOS HGS, Sanothimi and my Bachelor’s in Engineering from Khwopa Engineering College. I was going through The Himalayan Times paper when I first saw the advertisement for Teach for Nepal. The numbers in the advertisement were intriguing. And I was excited about the idea. I don’t know exactly why I applied. I had just completed my Bachelor’s and I was searching for some kind of job experience before going on to do my Master’s. So I initially thought of this as another job -- but it was made clear that it was not going to be a regular job. I had a general idea of what was going to happen. But I did not know it was going to be this big...

I grew up attending both private and public schools. I have first hand experience when it comes to the issue of educational inequality between public and private schools. One year in public school, I secured the highest percentage in my class but had to repeat a year when I transferred to a private school because of my poor English. I am proud of my educational attainment. I belong to a lower middle class family and my parents had no formal education. Given my parents’ poor economic abilities, it was very difficult to get to where I am now, academically. I almost dropped out of school and worked a local job like my brothers, but I decided to continue with my education. I feel happy that I will have completed my Bachelor’s degree very soon. I came to know about Teach For Nepal from my school, Jyotidaya Cooperative Secondary School. I was certain that I wanted to be a part of this movement. Before finding out about Teach For Nepal, I felt like I was a frog trapped inside a well...

I was born and brought up in Kathmandu, where I had a great childhood. I completed my early schooling from an English medium school which was great. In many ways I’d say that I am a normal student, but I am proud that even with some difficulties I was able to be successful in the subjects I chose. I first came across Teach For Nepal when I was job hunting, through merojob.com. I knew next to nothing about TFN initially, but when I was called for the first interview I went through the website to learn more about Teach For Nepal. This inspired me, and made me more interested in the organization. My desire to be a part of the movement grew stronger than ever. Once I was selected, and I’d attended the interaction programs TFN holds for accepted fellows, I felt blessed and very fortunate that I had been chosen for this job. I feel this is the decision that will write a new road map to my life. I am excited to face all the challenges before me as I believe they will make me a new, refi...

I was born in Lamatar VDC Ward No. 2, in Lalitpur district, in a middle class family. I completed my schooling from ChetanaVidyashram, my higher secondary education from Pinnacle Academy, and my Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Nepal College of Information Technology. Till date, I have done well academically, securing above distinction in all three levels of my education –SLC, Higher Secondary, and Bachelor’s level. But the accomplishment that makes me most proud is that I was able to guide a few of my senior colleagues during my Bachelor’s. They were failing the same subjects repeatedly, but after my guidance they passed the specified subjects. They are now on a more prosperous track. I saw the advertisement for TFN on a newspaper. I had not previously seen any organizations leading this type of movement: I was really touched by the motive and mission. I went through the website, and I thought – as a citizen of this country I also have certain resp...

I am Ramesh and I was born on August 24, 1990 in Simichaur VDC of Gulmi District. Simichaur is near the district headquarters, Tamghash. I grew up there and did my schooling from Shree Bhagwati Secondary School. I passed my SLC examination with a first division score. After I passed the SLC I came to Kathmandu for my further studies. I went to Viswa Niketan Higher Secondary School and studied Science in my 10+2. The most challenging time in my life was when I had to transition from a Nepali-medium school to English-medium instruction. I still remember that I failed in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in the first term exam, when I was in grade 11. That failure led me to work harder not only on course content but also to improve my English. So I started reading English novels. My persistence allowed me to pass 10+2 with First Division. After that I joined a BSc and completed with a major in Environmental Science. I am proud of my decision to study in an English-medium school aft...

I did my schooling from Chitwan English Secondary Boarding Schooland Shanti Academy Higher School. While in school, I was selected as one of two students to represent Nepal in the Finnish Red Cross Big Pepa program, Finland. In college, I was a faculty topper and second in the district. Later, I went on to pursue my undergraduate at Asian University for Women, Bangladesh, on a full scholarship. I was a Cherie Blair Fellow and also a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow. During my undergraduate, I had an opportunity to attend a summer program at Stanford University. Thus, I consider myself among the few privileged students who had a chance to have excellent educational opportunities. A few months before my graduation, I saw a post about Teach For Nepal on Facebook. I opened the page and realized it was exactly what I wanted to do. I strongly believed in the core purpose of the movement. I applied for the fellowship and after a rigorous assessment process, I was accepted. That moment for ...

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