Richard | Unbound: Global Challenges in Nepal

Photo of Richard standing on a suspension bridge in a forest

Richard is studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) (Honours). He answered some questions for us:


Why did you go?
Something which was not offered in Australia. It got me out of my comfort zone, gave me the opportunity to meet new people with similar skills, see new places and have the opportunity to experience an entirely new culture. 

It got me out of my comfort zone, gave me the opportunity to meet new people with similar skills, see new places and have the opportunity to experience an entirely new culture.

What was your most memorable cultural component of your experience? 
There was an evening where the locals played instruments for us and we danced to their cultural music and then we played and sang some cultural music for them. They also conduct a ceremony which was very special for both the participants and the locals. Great experiences!
 

Favourite dish or meal on your experience?
Momo buff. I ate so many of these during the trip! We also got to cook some of the local Momo dish was delicious.
 

What was your favourite event/weekend trip or activity you participated in?
The 7 women visit where we met some incredibly inspiring women who were gaining momentum in a male dominated culture and get an understanding from a different perspective: Females in Nepal. 

Would you go back?
Absolutely. There is much more of Nepal to experience, the food and the people are incredible, and it would be good to return some money back into their economy at some stage. I would love the opportunity to work or participate with Unbound at some time in the future as well if that were a chance.
 

Any advice to future students? 
There is nothing to lose from this experience and so much to gain. Such a rewarding way to spend your mid-year break! The staff are great and you'll learn so much about yourself. With funding mostly provided, a unit of credit given, skills developed, lifelong friends made, an opportunity to see another country of the world you likely wouldn't have visited with locals showing you different cultures, and the chance to present your learnings, there's no reason not to go!
 

Describe your experience in three words:
Developmental, rewarding, unforgettable.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.