Fellows in cohort 2020

I have been privileged enough to attend the best schools growing up. I went to India for my schooling, I was a good student, attentive and curious. It made me a favorite amongst the teachers. As a child I was fascinated by wildlife and idolized Steve Irwin. In +2 I took up Science to pursue a career in veterinary science but somewhere along the way the world of hospitality intrigued me. Therefore, I completed my undergrad in hospitality and hotel administration. The biggest obstacle I had to overcome is starting over in Neal. When I decided to come back to Nepal, I had to start from scratch. I had no idea what I was doing and from where I should begin. For the first two months I felt lost as I had no one to consult with. I constantly thought of going back to the cmfort zone. But I convinced myself to stay saying that the right path is always difficult at first. As a TFN Fellow I will check every possible aspect that could make the learning process easier and efficient. My long...

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Living in a joint family, I was a happy kid. I received love, care and support. Materialistically, I been through a life where my parents were sometimes not able to afford toys for me and my sibling but I have also seen a life of a middle class family where I can fulfill all my desires as I wish. I have always been the type of a kid who talks less and listens more. I have always loved books and stories. I was a frequent visitor at my school library and saved money to buy at least one book every year. I am a homebody and enjoy doing things around my house. However, I do like traveling to new places especially surrounded by nature. I have been a student that doesn’t stand out in the crowd but hardworking and sincere. Most of the time of my school life was spent either in the library or in the classroom reading books. As I was neither talkative nor active inside the classroom, teachers found it difficult to remember my name. Most of them knew me either because I cried a lot during m...

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For most part of my life, I followed my elder sister. I liked what she liked and hated what she hated. It was not until she went to India to pursue higher studies that I discovered things about me, things that I liked and hated. My family along with my teachers have played a significant role in my student life. I always loved the subjects taught by good teachers. A good education has given me the ability to understand the thought process of people, and where they are coming from when they say or do something. It has also helped me discover creative and innovative things that people have created all around the world. These have shaped me into what I am in terms of how I think. One of the things I remember about the first meetings with Teach For Nepal is how everyone was joking with each other and how comfortable everyone made me feel. My interviewer wore a smile and was supportive in helping me understand my own answers. The thought of giving back to the society and being a mo...

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As a child I looked up to my father a lot. I wanted to be just like him: I copied the way he talked and the way he walked. At present, my father is a representative of our ward and runs a retail shop. My mother supports the family by running a poultry farm. To ensure that my siblings and I had a good education, my family moved from Shringa to Majuwa in Gulmi. My dream in life is to make my father proud. Last Dashain when I went home for the festivals, I facilitated a six-day menstrual hygiene training for the women in our community. It was done in collaboration with the local government. On the last day of training, the local dignitaries gathered to provide feedback and praised my work. My happiness knew no bounds when I saw how proud my father was. Everyday when I travel or go out, I hear people complaining about a lot of things. While I understand why they must be so frustrated, I also believe that the onus lies on all of us to look for a solution to the problems. Therefore I w...

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Being the youngest child of the family, I was pampered a lot. My parents would fulfill everything I wanted if not I’d throw tantrums and cry. So in a sense I was very spoiled as a kid. My parents didn’t believe in raising hands towards their children, instead they counseled me properly. This helped me get over the bad habits. The accomplishments I am proudest of is getting a scholarship during my undergraduate level as well as being selected for the student exchange mobility program held in Jaipur, India. The scholarship helped lessen the financial burden of my family and attending the program gave me exposure to new people, environment, and culture. During my final year research preparation, I had a talk with Bhumi Rana Magar, who is a friend from college and works as a Program Assistant in TFN. She provided me with detailed information about Teach For Nepal and encouraged me to apply for the Fellowship. The main reason I want to be a Teach For Nepal Fellow is to know what su...

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As a child I had a habit of collecting books and notebooks, thinking they’d come handy in the future. I was shy and it was difficult for me to socialize, so books became my companions. From an early age I always said I wanted to be an engineer. Often, I would get scolded by my father for breaking apart radio and watches. Science fascinated me. At school, I had few friends and devoted more time to studies than extra-curricular activities. The teachers focused on interactive activities during classes which helped us learn better. We had educational tours and the teachers made sure to give personal feedbacks to the students and parents after every examination. When I worked for Raleigh International, I led a team of Nepali and Foreign volunteers to build taps and conduct menstrual and child awareness programs. I also wrote an algorithm to solve the loop pipe network in optimized way. I am proud of having served as an engineer in a rural community. As a Teach For Nepal Fellow,...

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I was among the most outgoing students in my school. I was good in studies and always passed my examinations with distinctions. I used to participate in all kinds of extracurricular activities and sports. I’d talk to all my teachers, friends, juniors and seniors of my school and crack jokes with them, laugh around and have fun. I went to India to pursue my bachelors. The five years away from home, away from my Fellow countrymen, away from familiar language and food was a very different experience altogether. Personally, it felt a little difficult in the beginning but with time and patience I was able to spend those five years wonderfully. It took me very little time to socialize with friends, seniors and juniors and that helped me a lot to mingle with everyone. I always knew I wanted to return to Nepal and work here. So after finishing my studies I packed up my bag and came back. I signed up for the Fellowship because of my drive to do something for my country. I came to reali...

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When I was a child, I loved playing football. Every weekend, my friends and I would get together to watch movies. At home, my family was very supportive and placed a high value on education. They never stopped me from doing what I liked but always told me to study well in order to have a better future. I went to an English medium school where extra-curricular activities were equally prioritized as classroom-activities. I took inspiration from everything around me when it came to education, whether it was other people’s experiences or the nature around me. With the Teach For Nepal Fellowship, I want to learn more about the society and become a better human being. I also want to share the knowledge I have with the students. I want the students to be able to differentiate right from wrong and bring a change in not only the quality of education but also their perception. The Fellowship will give me an opportunity to learn new things and also improve my communication skills.

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When I was a child, I was very impressed with the actors in movies. Every Saturday, without fail, I’d sit in front of the TV to watch movies. I wished to be like the actors I saw in TV and at home would act like the ‘hero’ who would show up in the nick of time to save the day. One incident that taught me to stand up for myself was when I was hit by a taxi. At first I didn’t know what happened but once I gathered my thoughts, I stood up and started taking pictures of the vehicle and the driver. The driver was very apologetic and although my jacket was torn and I was hurt, I decided to pardon him. This desire to save the day led me to study journalism through which I hope to bring changes in the society. It was the same desire that compelled me to apply for Teach For Nepal. I want to be a good teacher while fulfilling my responsibility to serve the nation. My long term mission is to establish a school that nourishes the students and inspires them to contribute to the developmen...

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When I was a child, just like many others, I wanted to become a doctor. I remember we had stethoscope and blood pressure monitor at our home and my father have had taught me to check blood pressure. I often used to play a doctor –patient with my younger brother and hence, it is my favorite memory of my childhood. I am the first woman in my family to complete a master’s degree. I am proud to have fulfilled my parents’ wish of seeing me hold a graduate degree certificate. When I went to India to pursue my masters, it was the first time I stayed away from my country. I initially found it difficult to interact with the people due to language, lifestyle and cultural barriers. Slowly I adapted to the lifestyle and made friends, the two-year journey taught me a lesson in independence and confidence. The challenges and the movement to bring a change and the support of the entire TFN family encouraged me to apply for the Fellowship. Learning and gaining enough knowledge is the sole rea...

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