The last two days have been spent teaching First Aid to a group of Nepali Guides. This adventure was hatched when I stayed with my friend Dipak in Adelaide, very early in my cycle. I offered to teach his guides. By the time I got to Kathmandu, the idea had grown, expanded, and now TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal) was involved. The course had become "official".
After a few minor hiccups, mainly to do with technology, we had over 300 applicants, in 24 hours, for the 30 spots on the course. We ditched the offer of an empty classroom in a Thamel Hotel, and opted for Balaju Park in central Kathmandu, after all this was an Outdoor First Aid Course, run for Trekking Guides.
TAAN and the participants were enthralled with the course. Never before had any of them seen a course that was so practical, with very very little paperwork, with no sitting around being lectured to. Us instructors were also enthralled. Never before had we run a course that had been invaded by a troop of monkeys, had two Hindu weddings pass
through the teaching area, with all their music and splendor, had so many casual passerbys mingling with the students, had two dogs that wanted to be part of every scenario.
A huge thank you to First Training (NZ) for their support. They had certificates prepared and ready for presentation at the end of the course, after only 12 hours, and they designed this amazing course, that we now know is transferable internationally.
Also huge thanks to Ju and Pricey for helping out as Instructors, and Tessa, Belinda and Zoe, who volunteered as patients. Having female patients was a huge challenge to these, mainly Hindu or Buddhist guides, leaping huge cultural chasms, learning to administer first aid to western women.
An amazing two days, where all participants, students and instructors, learnt so much, was culminated in a presentation of certificates, and gifts from TAAN to us very priveledged westerners.
In between times, we've been exploring Thamel. The restaurants, especially those selling Mexican food (and cocktails for Ju and Tessa ), and outdoor gear shops, where Pricey has been learning about how cheap good gear is in Nepal,
and that Nepali have small feet.
Today Dipak arrives, and we confirm our plans for our trip to Pokara and Annapurna, and we search out gear so as we pass the dress code for the Anzac ceremonies at the Australian Embassy tomorrow. No shorts or jandals, so I guess it's barefoot and budgie smugglers....