A Day at Maya

 ‘As the sun enters the volunteers’ house through the plastic parts of the rooftop and falls directly on our faces, we leave our sleeping bag sluggishly like a butterfly coming out of its cocoon. Stepping out of the volunteers’ house, we would find ourselves brushing our teeth and washing our faces in the dense fog….

A snapshot into Maya

If I have to pick a favourite day at the school, it will have to be first Friday we arrived. We held a picnic for the students by donating funds for the catering menu which comprised of chicken curry – bear in the mind that these children and villagers alike don’t get to eat meat…

Musings on the misty mountains

Walking up and up a mountain path through lichen-festooned forests and sitting down on grassy slopes surveying vermillion sunsets… Beyond these incredible sights, one of the things I miss most is the hospitality of the villagers and kids at Maya school. They would go the extra mile to lend you a hand always. It was…

Sagarmatha Nights

After a hard day’s work, the jubilant nights in Maya were always an event to look forward to. Despite being limited in choice in what we could eat and drink, the headmaster Ashis always made sure we lived it up as much as possible with what we had! Preparations for the night began early, as…

From Farming to Teaching

Maya Sagarmatha school has 6 classes: A, B, C, D, E and N; children with similar ages and capacities to learn are grouped into the same class, with A class having the brightest children, who also tend to be the oldest.   The school employs only 3 permanent teachers to teach the children Nepali, English…

The Maya Trip 2K17; Introduction

This summer myself, Lily, Htet, Maria, Natalie, Adi, Johannes, Matthew, Oscar, Flowra embarked on adventure that we would never forget. From stepping off the plane into the bustling city of Kathmandu to the tranquility of the hills at the school in Sagarmatha, every experience widely opened our perspective of the world. Although our time in…

A Journey to the East (School), Malbase, Udayapur

As dusk approached over the hills surrounding Kathmandu, our bus boisterously waddled up to Baba’s gas station at Kalanki bus stop. RAMBO DELUXE was its name, and boy did it live up to expectations. A thousand rupees poorer and we were off to visit Maya’s faraway sister school near the town of Gaighat. The 11…

A Local’s Perspective

At first glance, I was impressed with what Manjil and his team at Maya Universe Academy had accomplished in 6 short years. Considering the slow pace at which the Nepalese governmental offices and construction teams work at, the school has grown by leaps and bounds. The school now has registered classes up to Grade 6…

Art and Design Lessons

After expressing an interest in teaching either Maths or Art, I found myself teaching Art/Design classes the next day as there was a demand for an Art teacher. The children hadn’t been taught Design previously so it was a perfect opportunity to start teaching the basics.   From years 2 to 5, we learnt how to communicate our ideas…

Construction: Rock Breaking

There are currently two ongoing building projects here at Maya. The first is for a set of new toilets and the second for new goat house. We have decided to help start the new goat house where our help is more urgently needed as the toilets are already almost finished. The daily schedule of the…