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Old 03-10-08, 09:45 AM   #1
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Anyone want to wrench in Nepal?

A friend sent me this........

An opp from for gear-heads like you...

Can you fix a bike? Do you like working with teenagers? Do you need to get out of the USA? We're looking for volunteers.

Wrench Nepal (www. WrenchNepal. org) runs a small bike shop here in
Kathmandu, Nepal, that is operated by bike mechanic 'interns'-- Nepali
teenagers who, for any reason, are in danger of entering adulthood
without marketable job skills, or are otherwise at a disadvantage.
There are over 400 homes in Kathmandu alone for children who have been
orphaned or abandoned by their families. At the moment, we work with
kids from a drop-in shelter and a group that supports the families of
those in prison, with a seemingly endless supply of possible new
interns: teenagers eager to learn a useful skill, to practice their
English, and to become self-sufficient. With only one person training
them, however, the shop cannot work with more than 2-3 people at a
time. That's where you come in.

We're looking for two people at a time to act as bike mechanic
instructors and program organizers. Two positions are available to be
filled immediately; the second shift will be open in May, when the
current instructor's visa expires. The requirements are:
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Old 03-10-08, 10:18 AM   #2
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A good friend sent that to me last week... Seems like a very interesting (albeit potentially difficult) opportunity.
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A very interesting place, Katmandu. My old magazine, the
Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review (now owned by
Dow Jones and no longer a weekly political and economic
news magazine) had a part-time correspondent in Katmandu
named Kadar Man Singh. Very nice guy who used to take visiting
Review staffers on wonderful treks in the mountains. Not
a great place for bikes, though. Bad roads and trails too.
Most of the bikes there are from China and India. Very
utilitarian and not top of the line utilitarian at that.
Still an interesting opportunity for a young man seeking
his first world adventure. Nepalese food is GREAT. Similar
to Indian but a whole host of variant curries, just the
thought of which are making me salivate.
Good Nepalese and Indian food in Hong Kong too, a legacy of
British colonialism. There were Napalese Gurkas stationed
in Hong Kong for more than a century. Very good soldiers and
very tough. They patrolled Hong Kong's borders with China
in colonial days, attempting to stem the tide of refugees
from China during the horror years of the 1950s and later
during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76).
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