My six week internship with the Mountain Trust was extremely valuable both personally and professionally. Professionally it gave me an opportunity to utilise the skills I had developed during my degree, seeing how things work on the ground and helping to crystallise my commitment to international development.
As monitoring and evaluation intern I was in constant contact with community groups; so satisfying after one year spent theorising in a classroom. I was now fully exposed to the practice of development on the field, learning valuable lessons which were the perfect complement to a year of academic study.
Personally the experience in Nepal opened my eyes to an entirely new culture. The people, the scenery, the food, all these combined to paint a particularly impressive picture. Nepal surpassed all expectations. The warmth of the people, the richness of its nature and the sheer quantity of its momos surmounted to a sensory overload which I feel extremely lucky to have experienced.
The Mountain Trust team were professional and considerate. I felt I was in very good hands from our first spell of communication. I can only encourage those currently debating with the idea of whether or not to get involved to do so and experience something of true value.