Teaching Traveling: Interested in traveling to Nepal? Curious about starting an education nonprofit? Do I have an interview for you!
Welcome to Theresa Cashman, a science teacher in the U.S. who has started an education program in Nepal. Theresa, tell us about your background.
Theresa: I’m a Connecticut native who has traveled quite a bit in my time as a teacher. I began in 2007 right after college and used every spring and summer break to explore a new place, typically outside the U.S. In 2012, I traveled through South East Asia and Australia for about a year before settling in Sydney teaching 7th grade science. Now, I’ve moved back home and have begun a non-profit project in Nepal with SantiSchool.org to help improve the education of some amazing students I was blessed to have met!
TT: Tell us more about your Nepal travels.
T: I was lucky to join a study tour to Nepal with Seven Women on my way home from Australia. It was on this trip that I met Phurba Lama, a community activist, who shared an interest in improving education in rural Nepal. We’ve been working together ever since to spread the word and collect funds for our first project. I found this country to be truly amazing! Kathmandu is a city of seven million people and zero stoplights. The culture there feels much more communal than in America, whether you’re in the city or our on a farm. I highly recommend visiting this amazing country, and if you’re interested in visiting our school, we’d be most honored to have you!
TT: How did you find this travel opportunity?
T: I discovered Seven Women through Melbourne’s Fair Trade Faire. Their goods (all handmade) were of very high quality and I was intrigued by the thought of getting to meet the women who had made them and hear some of their stories.
TT: How did you find the money to fund this travel?