Vicky Vigo, audio-visual student
“Apart from being enormously enriching, this incredible experience with Nómadas Solidarios has inspired me to continue with audio-visuals while travelling the world, discovering and connecting with all different kinds of people everywhere while making a living from what I love to do most, which is photography and video.”
Eva Vidal, lawyer
“The most important thing I have taken from the Nómadas Solidarios trip is the feeling of having belonged to the village of Nangi and having formed a part of the community. Being a volunteer here allowed me to get to know the village from within and not, as is the case for tourists in general, looking in from the outside.
It has been a very enriching experience and a chance worth grabbing if it comes your way.
On the other hand, I believe that what we offer the village with the volunteering is more than we might think as they open their lives and hearts to us and end up being very engaged with us, wanting to get to know us and find out about our experiences. Thank you Heather for giving me the chance to accompany you to Nangi this year. A big hug.”
Ilde Llanes, journalist
“The trip to Nepal with Nómadas Solidarios has given me the chance to get to know the people of Nepal, living together with them in the entertaining village of Nangi; having breakfast every morning, looking at the Annapurna; chatting to the women while they make paper or weave with wool in the traditional manner; learning their history and traditions while enjoying a tea or eating momos; trekking off the beaten track and sharing vertiginous paths with buffalo and yak; and enjoying impressive sunsets over Hindu and Buddhist temples in Pokhora and Kathmandu. What more could you ask for?”
Jacobo Fraile, student of international commerce
“There are an infinite number of ways to explain the essence of Nangi. The surroundings are completely different from what I found in my earlier travels to Indonesia and Thailand. The village people and those around are wonderful. The limitations of language are no obstacle to the pure of heart and friendly locals who make any encounter fun.
I will also never forget the delicious buffalo milk full of proteins and testosterone and rice pudding.
The characters who run the Nangi Community Lodge, the girls and boys and teachers at the school and my travelling companions have been my real gift and personal and spiritual growth. Make the experience yours.”
Ana Vidal Madrid, interior designer
“The adventure begins as soon as you leave Madrid. It’s really an experience you should have at least once in a lifetime, because getting to know the people of Nepal is very enriching. You come as a volunteer to offer what you know and help in what you can but in fact you get more out of it with what you learn. The surroundings are spectacular – nature in every sense of the word.”
Sara McGovern, ballet student
“The experience was a real eye opener. But at the same time, it wasn’t difficult to adapt. There was so much I loved about it – walking back from school surrounded by the children, having dinner with the workers from the Omwaana Tugende children’s home in Igayaza and the welcome we got from the children in Kibingo every time we walked through the school gate.
“I was surprised and pleased by my capacity to adapt and get so much out of a situation that I might have thought was too much for me. It’s very different, but it’ s good. The people are so generous.”
Ana León, marketing student
“It was incredible! Unforgettable!… I really think it has changed me and even if I’m not all that different today or tomorrow, it will alter the way I see things. Everything is so different than it is at home – the food, the people and the way they live. You are made to feel so welcome and are immediately absorbed into the culture.”
Rosa Gil Sanz, gardener
These holidays have been very special for me – to have been able to go to Uganda and learn about their culture, customs and daily lives. In short, it was a very enriching experience on a personal level, thanks also in part to the generosity of my travelling companions who translated everything that was said, since my English is very basic.
I was unsure before going whether I had anything to contribute but realized that simply the presence of people who had come from so far away who had come to share in their classes, games and songs made them happy. Unfortunately the school I was at doesn’t get many visitors and anything that breaks up the monotony is welcome. It’s a shame, really because they are lovely people, both the children and the teachers who do their jobs with so few resources to hand.
It is not a comfortable trip. There are no home comforts there, but you forget about that. I am not someone who needs a lot and anyway, you know that soon you’ll be going back to your comfort zone.
What really touched me was the amazing welcome we received from Ednah, an extraordinary woman who has a number of huts for tourists in order to fund the school.
Unfortunately, not many stay there and it’s not as comfortable as it could be which is a shame because it is really a wonderful place which should be better. But of course, money talks and if there’s one thing that’s lacking there, it’s money. I would say that it is the only thing lacking. They have everything else: generosity, hope and the strength to work at something they hope will develop with love and always a smile on their faces.
I think about them a lot and the fact that I have been able to get to know them makes me smile. I don’t think it will be the last time we will be seeing each other either.