Four Seasons In Nepal: Inside stories of hope and empowerment in a developing nation

Four Seasons In Nepal: Inside stories of hope and empowerment in a developing nation

by Nicola McGunnigle


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It’s not your everyday family adventure, packing up to live in one of the world’s poorest nations. But in the wake of the devastating 2015 earthquake, Nicola McGunnigle took a leap of faith, heading to Nepal to work with NGO International Nepal Fellowship, her family in tow.

Not letting challenges get in the way of contentment, she shares everyday moments of living life with restricted electricity and unclean water, in the midst of political instability, which resulted in country-wide fuel and gas shortages. Moved by the resilience of the nation, the family were welcomed into Nepali culture and generous hospitality, despite the obvious additional hardships around them.

Through her eyes as a volunteer, Nicola paints uplifting scenes of committed Nepali staff who work to empower the poorest and most marginalised in Nepal. Through work, travel and everyday encounters, the reader journeys through each season of learning, challenges, hardship and reward.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648084518
Publisher: Initiate Media Pty Ltd
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Nicola was born and raised in New Zealand to English parents and worked in rural Tasmania and outback Australia as a geologist before setting off to explore South East Asia in the late 1990s. With a passion for supporting clean water, sanitation and education projects she has volunteered plentiful hours assessing funding applications for Water for Survival and TEAR Australia before returning to her beloved Nepal with her family in 2015. Nicola now works in the environmental sector in Adelaide, Australia, where she lives with her husband, two sons, three chickens and four fish.

Table of Contents


Prologue ix

Pre Season 1

‘Go To Nepal, Go To Nepal!’ 1

On Shaky Ground 4

Counting Down 7

Singing In The Rain 11

Landing In A Puddle 11

Delighting In The Deluge 16

The First Drops 18

Splashing In The Valley 21

A New Puddle 25

Finding Our Feet 32

Morning Glory And Mayhem 34

A Small Drop In A Big Puddle 38

Greener Pastures 42

Testing The Depths 47

Swimming Along 51

Famine, Feasting And Festivals 55

A New Season 55

Holidays And Hill Climbs 59

New Heights 65

New Depths 70

The Sounds Of Celebration 75

New Steps 82

Under The Haze 85

Dark Winter Nights 85

Celebrations And Commiserations 90

In The Bleak Mid-Winter 94

A Holy Holiday 99

Birthday Banter 103

New Beginnings 106

Out And About 112

Change And New Challenges 115

The Road To Raptipari 119

Hand Up, Not Hand Out 123

No Man’s Land 128

Excursions 131

Sowing & Reaping 139

A Letter And A Parcel 139

Return To The Terai 143

Courting Kapilvastu 150

The Birth Of Buddhism 155

Visitors And Visas 160

Not Officially Working 170

Return To The Hills 176

Pheri Betaula 181

The Fifth Season 185

Acknowledgements 191

About The Author 193

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You'll think you're in Nepal! Like Nicola, my love affair with Nepal began many years ago and continues today - currently planning my 4th visit. Reading her book took me right back to the people and places I have come to love. She tells stories of everyday events with her family, neighbours and coworkers and will have you laughing and crying with her as you meet extraordinary people doing extraordinary things with limited resources. If you're thinking about travelling to Nepal, this book will take you on adventures well beyond the reach of the average tourist and into the lives and homes of some of the most hospitable people you'll ever meet. And you'll pick up a smattering of Nepali along the way. If you're thinking of volunteering in a similar role this book will help prepare you for some of the challenges you could never begin to imagine, but may well face on a daily basis. You'll learn how Nicola and her family (and almost the whole country) adapted and learnt to cope when strikes and road blocks cut of fuel and gas supplies, how they adapted when the hours of limited electricity ran into days and weeks without power and you'll share in some delightful moments as some of the poorest and most ostracised members of the community find help, healing and worth through the work of International Nepal Fellowship. I can't recommend this book highly enough, but it comes with a warning. Reading this book could change your life!