Students and Faculty of the NCHU Uniting Efforts with the Young Nepalese Cycling Around the World to Promote Health and Environmental Protection
Three Nepalese young men hope to raise more awareness of HIV/AIDS and environmental protection through their cycle journey around the world. They reached Taiwan on March 29, 2016, and worked their way from Taipei heading south, finally arriving the National Chung Hsing University on April 6, 2016. They were joined by ten students and faculty and traversed through Wang Gao Liao Lookout Point, rainbow military community and Taiwan Boulevard in Taichung as united efforts to promote health and environment.
The three Nepalese young men, averaged 26 years old, quitted their jobs to cycle around the world. Taiwan was their 13th destination. The world cycle journey took them through India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore and Malaysia. Their next destinations include Japan and South Korea. They plan to work through the world in 5 years.
The three young men made efforts to cycle for at least 8 hours regardless of wind or rain. They would usually take a rest on the roadside and fix bike repairs themselves. There were also numerous challenges such as road hazards and losing the way. They recalled a time when they were lost in the forest and had to stay without food for two days. Despite the difficult journey, Shankar Poudel said, “the body is tired but the mind is happy.” They introduced the culture heritage of Nepal, while spending time communicating and promoting health and environmental concerns to the people they have met.
Ten Chung Hsing University students and faculty participated in this event. The three faculty members included Mumin Chen (Professor and Chairman of the Graduate Institute of International Politics), Jiunn-Ren Roan and Kai-Jung Chi (Professors of the Department of Physics) and seven International Volunteer Association members. They started their cycling journey in the afternoon of April 6 and met with other International Volunteer Association students to share their experiences after completing the cycling event at 5pm.
The students were hoping to gain better understanding of Nepal culture heritage through the experience exchange. The International Volunteer Association students have volunteered service in Nepal for four consecutive years. The 16-days Nepal volunteering expedition this year is anticipated to begin on July 13. Volunteer services include health education for adolescent girls, English teaching, artwork and painting and etc.