This poem was written and performed by Carole and Tom on the eve of their departure from Nepal.
When you reflect back, its incredible to note what an impact communities and experiences have had on you as individuals, its not always about what I am bringing.
On the eve of our last day
It is sad for us to say
That it’s time to say good-bye
To the staff of GVI.
A few words of thanks for GVI and all of you
For making this experience so meaningful and true
We couldn’t have guessed how lucky we’d be
To volunteer with a group so full of congeniality.
Thank you to Chetra and Pashupati
For your delicious meals and hospitality
Thank you Sita, Rhythm, Sarah and Bibek
For expertly managing our projects
You brought us on board and showed us the ropes
And our experiences exceeded our highest hopes.
Thank you Cheryl and Hannah for welcoming us warmly
You managed the team ever so skillfully
And always addressed our queries so promptly
We felt cared for and attended to, unquestionably.
To Bianca, Issie, Ashleigh,
Hellie, Rachel and Cindy,
So youthful and smart
Your attitudes truly set you apart
We both learned from you
That there’s always more you can do
When you open your heart
To those in need of a jump start.
So, until we meet again
May your futures be a perfect ‘10’
We are off to Kathmandu
Far better for having known all of you!
~ Carole & Tom
GVI volunteers, February 2019
Burlington, Vermont, USA