Category Volunteering

Ke Garne? What To Do?

If you have spent any time with local Nepalese, you will have heard the phrase “Ke Garne.”  It literally translates to “what to do?”   It is said when life presents you with a difficult situation or a frustrating situation or really anything challenging. The first time I heard ‘Ke Garne’ was from a patient […]

Reflections on Nepal

This is the first article in a short series reflecting upon my clinical experience  with the Acupuncture Relief Project in Nepal.  When you treat a high volume of patients five and a half days a week, the poignant stories start to stack up.  Writing weekly does not begin to overcome the stack. I am home […]

Laughter in the heart of Nepal

Every now and then, the strain of working six days a week in a different culture, in a different language starts to wear on my spirits. I find myself a little less jovial, a little tense, and sometimes even morose. Usually on those days, my patients arrive with an excellent sense of humor. Call it […]

Rooftop Clinics and Motorbikes

Ramesh kickstarts his motorbike and looks at me expectantly. “How should I get on?” I ask, thinking about Nikki, our clinic director, instructing us not to wrap our arms around our interpreter when riding the motorbike. “Don’t grip with your knees,” Nikki said with a grin. I look at her blankly, thinking that you ride […]

Getting Ready for Nepal- Part Two

Today, I am trying to finish packing for Nepal.  The Acupuncture Relief Project dropped off my two heavy duty, rubber-fortified duffle bags and about fifty pounds of medical supplies for me to carry into Nepal.  The medical supplies are mostly Chinese herbal formulas in pill form, since I am replenishing the herbal pharmacy in Chapagoan. […]

Getting Ready For Nepal – Part One

A couple weeks ago I received an email from my team leader.  She jovially introduced herself and offered to field any questions about packing, travel, and anything else that might help prepare us to provide medical care in Nepal.  She reminded us of the suggested packing list provided on the Acupuncture Relief Project’s website.  And […]

Compassion Connects: Volunteering in Nepal

In just three weeks, I will be boarding a plane at the SeaTac International airport loaded down with clinical supplies and warm clothing.   My destination– Nepal.  Once in country, I will spend the next two months volunteering for the Acupuncture Relief Project at a high-volume, non-profit acupuncture clinic based in the Kathmandu valley.  The […]