An interview with Hannah Karas
What are you doing in Nepal? I am an operations officer for the British Gurkhas Nepal. I coordinate visits, plan against crisis (eg earthquake, pandemic), and support Gurkha recruiting.
What made you move there? I was offered the two-year job and jumped at the opportunity; it sounded like an adventure I couldn’t decline.
How long will you be there for? I will be returning in the summer. I will certainly miss Nepal however I will be glad to be in the same time zone as friends and family.
What's the culture like in Nepal?
A shock! But a really good one. Beautiful landscape, exciting climate, and truly interesting people. It’s a really exciting place to live and work.
Where are you living? I live in accommodation with other unaccompanied colleagues on a beautiful camp with a view of the Annapurna range almost daily.
What's been the most surreal experience you've encountered since you've been there? Having to carry a slingshot around like Denice the Menace after being attacked by monkeys living on camp.
What's the best thing about living in Nepal? A nice holiday from British politics! Plus running silly distances around the Himalayas.
What do you miss most about living outside of the UK? Undoubtedly seeing family and friends (and nice wine and fish and chips).
Why did you decide to become a Builder at Makor Hayim? To connect with my heritage and be part of a community, serving others.
What's been your most meaningful experience at Makor Hayim? During the High Holy Days when, after so long just online, hearing people singing together. Even though I was connected virtually.