Nepal calls for ardent teacher
ST ANDREW’S Lutheran College teacher Vicki Stehn began an epic Nepalese journey at the weekend.
Year 5 teacher Ms Stehn headed deep into Nepal on Sunday, January 9, to volunteer for 12 months teaching children in one of the world’s poorest nations.
St Andrew’s deputy principal and head of junior school Stephen McGrath said the school wished Ms Stehn every blessing for her travels.
Ms Stehn said she would be working with underprivileged children in a position with the Himalayan Trust in a village called Khumjung, which sits at 3845 metres above sea level and is a week-long walk from the nearest motorised transport.
“The school I am teaching in was the first school built in the Himalayas, by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Himalayan Trust,” she said.
“The students come from the surrounding villages and walk for up to three hours each day to get to school.
“As part of their commitment to the continued development of their community the school is implementing an English-version curriculum and I will be teaching English and various other subjects.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve the Sherpa people of Khumjung, learn from them and become part of the local community.”
Ms Stehn said she took long-service leave more than two years ago to teach in India and decided “I need to do more of this”. “I asked the principal for 12 months leave and he said that’s fine,” she said.
“He thought it was a wonderful thing for me to be doing.
I loved India but it’s too hard to live there as a single woman and Nepal is a very peaceful, happy country.
She said her dad and family could not believe she would give up being paid for 12 months.
“But they’ve been very supportive,” she said.