I got a unusual email that led to a phone call.
Hello Joe,I’m a Canadian nurse and educator, planning a trip to Nepal in the spring. I have been to Nepal twice before (about 30 years ago) with my husband, we loved the culture and country very much. In 2012 and 2014 I volunteered (the second time with a 4 person teaching team) in Bangladesh at the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing. We offered some workshops to teachers in their nursing program on moving patients safely, CPR, team teaching, skills (venipuncture, etc) and while there we had an opportunity to visit local hospitals and clinics. Our visit to Nepal would be for about 2 – 3 weeks.We’ve applied for a small grant to help us come to Nepal to have a similar visit. We’ve been in touch through Nepali friends with the Nursing Dept at Tribhuvan University. We would also like to connect with a school that offers the ANM program.In Bangladesh we were able to donate some supplies and equipment through our own fundraising (venipucture arm, cpr mannequins, sliding sheets, etc). We would be prepared to do so in Nepal.I’ve read your articles before and just thought I’d get in touch to see what suggestions you might have.Thank you, Debbi Templeton
Debbi, Kim, Bev, and Daniele
and they toured a tea plantation:
How we can make this work:
First, for them to get travel funding from the Canadian Government, they need a Nepal host school that would provide them a letter of invitation. As I understand it, such a letter is legally accepted by the Nepal government to allow them to teach nursing while in Nepal.
Previous international travel
This group has volunteered in South Asia in the past, as well as central America. This is not their first trip overseas.
Next, they will happily collaborate with Nepali nurse educators while in Nepal. They will start in Kathmandu but they are intrigued by the idea of getting out of Kathmandu Valley.
Debbi Templeton is on FaceBook, send her a friend request and get the dialog going!
Her email address is: