A Schoolies perspective of Nerpal and Dream Cricket

07-Mar-2018

This reflection was written by a School Leaver from 2017, who travelled to Nepal with Rotary on a volunteer visit. Part of the visit was to introduce Dream Cricket

The concept of humanity is sparse, broad and indefinite. Perspectives of the meaning of humanity can differ; people believe in the ideal, people don’t believe in the ideal, people believe humanity as a doctrine has been lost or people believe that humanity as a doctrine can be recovered or pursued. For me, humanity was just another word injected with countless meanings and definitions. This created a vague, dimly lit understanding of a concept which, given certain circumstances can be unearthed to people, allowing them to see such an ideal’s ability to transform and improve the world we inhabit. Travelling to Nepal prompted my personal journey of engaging in a deep and true understanding of the concept of humanity. From the very first day in Kathmandu until the last day in Chitwan, I underwent a process of not only change, but empowerment, understanding and renewal. Through my experiences in Nepal I have realised the extent to which volunteering is dual process. Winston Churchill once said “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give,” thus, whilst the effects of volunteering are desired to be felt by those less fortunate than ourselves there is no doubt that volunteering enlightens those who give, just as much as those who receive. Rotary’s Dream Cricket captured this perspective of the effects of volunteering for me. The smiles and joy on all of the children’s faces unquestionably exposed the positive effects of volunteering in a local community, however the new understanding and appreciation that I acquired for people with disabilities was of equal importance and gratitude. Nepal has not only allowed me to push myself further than I ever thought was possible and inspired me to have a new sense of understanding in regards to the concept of humanity, but I have now uncovered a fresh motto through which I can attempt to live my life quoted perfectly by Andros “human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.”


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