For the entirety of May this year, I spent a month living, eating, and teaching in an all girls orphanage in a small, extremely rural part of Nepal. When I first arrived there, with only one other English person, I wondered what I had signed myself up for. What struck me the most as the weeks progressed, and I know this sounds cliche, was how content, if not happy everyone was with their lives. I wouldn't be surprised if the things I had brought with me were worth more than the 18 girls collective wealth in terms of material possessions.

And yet, over the 4 weeks, I came to love these girls like they were my own sisters (no doubt helped by the fact that I was known as 'brother' to them), and saying goodbye to them was harder than I first thought. I was told not to get too attached to the kids so that the goodbye wouldn't be hard, but those are some high expectations to meet.

For the entirety of May this year, I spent a month living, eating, and teaching in an all girls orphanage in a small, extremely rural part of Nepal. When I first arrived there, with only one other English person, I wondered what I had signed myself up for. What struck me the most as the weeks progressed, and I know this sounds cliche, was how content, if not happy everyone was with their lives. I wouldn't be surprised if the things I had brought with me were worth more than the 18 girls collective wealth in terms of material possessions. And yet, over the 4 weeks, I came to love these girls like they were my own sisters (no doubt helped by the fact that I was known as 'brother' to them), and saying goodbye to them was harder than I first thought. I was told not to get too attached to the kids so that the goodbye wouldn't be hard, but those are some high expectations to meet.

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Stock photo: For the entirety of May this year, I spent a month living, eating, and teaching in an all girls orphanage in a small, extremely rural part of Nepal. When I first arrived there, with only one other English person, I wondered what I had signed myself up for. What struck me the most as the weeks progressed, and I know this sounds cliche, was how content, if not happy everyone was with their lives. I wouldn't be surprised if the things I had brought with me were worth more than the 18 girls collective wealth in terms of material possessions. And yet, over the 4 weeks, I came to love these girls like they were my own sisters (no doubt helped by the fact that I was known as 'brother' to them), and saying goodbye to them was harder than I first thought. I was told not to get too attached to the kids so that the goodbye wouldn't be hard, but those are some high expectations to meet. was taken by cornylius_ . DPI width: 72.0, height 72.0 .