A programme called Reach Out to Aisa (Rota) has collaborated with Qatar University (QU) to accompany a group of students on a service learning trip to Nepal.
It was a part of International Volunteer Trips Programme, which aims to help the volunteers see the reality faced by Rota beneficiaries and build their capacity.
About 18 female students travelled to the Dolakha, Nepal on an eight-day service trip. Working in partnership with Action Aid Nepal, volunteers assisted daily workshops and participated in activities with 72 students from the Shree Janajyoti Higher Secondary School and Shree Tripura Sundary Basic School.
Fatma al-Mulla, one of the volunteers, said the experience has helped her to better understand some of the educational challenges facing students and teachers in Nepal. “I would like to thank EAA for giving me this incredible opportunity – it has really opened my eyes to some of the educational obstacles youth across Asia are faced with and underscored the importance of Rota’s work.”
“This trip has boosted my confidence and inspired me to get involved in more volunteer initiatives both abroad and back home in Qatar,” Ameena al-Jarman added.
The workshops covered various topics that were meant to enhance the English language skills, leadership skills and social entrepreneurship along with cross-cultural understanding.
Mohamed al-Saleh, national programmes director at EAA’s Rota, said, “Our International Volunteer Trips programme gives university students in Qatar the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and play an active role in contributing to Rota’s educational initiatives while learning about and experiencing different cultures.”
“By focusing on project-based learning in the volunteer-led workshops, these trips aim to make an impact in a meaningful, tangible and sustainable way. Volunteers gain valuable life experiences and skills that they can use to shape their local communities back home in Qatar,” al-Saleh added.
Education Above All (EAA)’s Rota Volunteer Programme focuses on promoting culture of volunteerism in Qatar and help create a link between national and international initiatives.