In this first episode of our Nepali podcast, Utar Chadav, we tackle the issue of culture shock. When we leave everything we are familiar with to move abroad (or even within the country), we are mostly excited, but also unprepared to fully handle the loss of comfort food, family time, and extensive social support networks, which we will have taken for granted in our own country.
In this episode, we talk about our own experience studying for a Bachelors’ in a foreign country, and the stories of two people who went abroad for a second Masters, discussing the many forms that culture shock can take, and how to care for ourselves when taking on the enormous challenge of living, studying and working in an unfamiliar environment.
Raji Manjari Pokhrel is a mental health worker living and working in Kathmandu, Nepal. Her background lies in community organising and mental health and her passion is to integrate the two at the intersection of gender. She provides therapy online and in person. She completed her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work, 2013. You can get in touch with her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Courtesy: Sanjog Rai
Author: Mamata Pokharel
Mamata Pokharel is a communications professional and mental health counselor based in Kathmandu. She is also the Founding Editor of Sujhaab Chautaari.