A learning experience in Kathmandu

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Amanda Siebert, Canada
Photojournalism Program
5th Nov. to 5th Dec. 2011


Prior to my visit to Nepal, my knowledge of the country was minimal. I made my decision to work with Internship Nepal based on the fact that a) it was a place that I knew nothing about and b) it was much more affordable than similar programs in other countries. 

I must admit that the first week and half was very difficult; it took me a while to get used to the differences in culture in comparison to Western standards that I’ve become accustomed to. One of the hardest things for me to deal with was the general lack of concern for cleanliness in the city- I first noticed this as soon as I got out of the airport in Kathmandu. I searched for the trash can to dispose of some garbage and when I asked a security guard where I can find one, my question was answered with a blank stare. 

However, once I was able to overcome culture shock. I fell in love with the country and its people. I found that it was important for me to leave Kathmandu at least once throughout the trip; places like Pokhara and Chitwan are much quieter and less dirty than the bustling capital allowed for fresh perspective.

I was able to complete not one but two projects during my stay and I am quite satisfied with how they turned out- there is definitely no shortage of topics for photo stories or documentary photography here in Nepal. Overall, I am overjoyed to have visited such a wonderful place; it has allowed me to see not only my own life in a new light but also lives of those around me.

Thank you to the team at Internship Nepal for making my time in Kathmandu absolutely wonderful.

Take a look at my projects here:

1. Slums of the Bagmati River

2. Kathmandu Boxing Association