A Day in the Life of a Fellow – Nepal

A Day in the Life of a Fellow – Nepal


My name is Miriam Corneli and I’m
an English Language Fellow living in Kathmandu, Nepal. The most surprising thing for me about
living in Nepal is the fact that I was here thirty-five years ago, so in that interval, Kathmandu has gone from a
small town of 350,000 people to this gigantic metropolis of three million people. But, the other surprising thing here is how flexible and how relaxed people are in spite of having to drive their motorcycles through the smog or deal with all kinds of infrastructure
problems. They maintain a really good sense of humor about it all . They’re actually optimistic, so I feel like
I’m learning a lot from that. It’s good. Well, I was really lucky to find this place because it’s a 5-minute taxi ride from my school and it’s 25 minutes on foot, and it’s just such a beautiful space. I can come here and really relax and just
feel like it’s a retreat from the hustle and bustle and dust. So, the fact that we don’t always have
electricity, hot water’s not working right now, you know, those are side challenges, but I just enjoy the balance of urban with
this kind of garden atmosphere. So, I teach at Tribhuvan University and Tribhuvan is the National University and it’s in sort of a transition zone,
but the students are all education majors. They’re all going to be
teachers of English or Nepali or geography or population studies,
so my students are English students who are in their second year and then sometimes
I work with the Master’s students but right now I am teaching a class on English for communications, which is
great because I like to communicate with English and
I’m also responsible for working with the
Speakers’ Club, and the Speakers’ Club is the Master’s students and they get together once a week and really work
on their presentation skills. So that’s also exciting. It’s a really interesting job because it’s full of potential for me to find out what
kind of things I can do as a teacher and what kinds of effects I can add to the mix here where they’ve come from this very strict lecture format and really
how people think about a new way of teaching and learning. One of the things I really feel grateful about is living so close to the Monkey Temple, because in my free time I like to go walking around the Monkey Temple. It’s an amazing Buddhist shrine and has a
lot of history and just amazing local color. It’s very
pleasant to walk around the base or to stroll up there and look at the
actual stupa itself and I love to walk around
through the small alleys and small streets of Kathmandu. That’s really cool because every alley has its own unique new view that’s far away from the busy traffic and
I find that the best thing is if people are looking at me, I just say, “Namaste,” and smile and everybody’s happy to meet me so, that’s a pleasant thing here. The best part of being a Fellow is that it’s really an amazing way for me to meet a lot of local people and to really
feel like I’m making some kind of difference in their lives. And, also, it’s making a huge difference in
my life that I’ve gotten to learn so much about Nepal and living here and just meeting amazing people on a daily basis. So I think the best part about being a Fellow is being a Fellow. It’s awesome.

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