A Beard in Nepal by Fiona Roberts
(2012, John Hunt)
This is the story of five months the author and her husband spent in a remote village in the Himalayas attempting to teach English to the village children. The book is an often humorous account of the challenges they faced – trying to teach the children in a small wooden hut, high up in the middle of a forest, without the benefit of water, electricity or toilet.
They faced a constant struggle with the debilitating effects of altitude sickness; the always present threat from wild tigers; a severely restricted diet; and journeys along some of the highest, most dangerous roads in the world. The book highlights a number of interesting areas, not least the immense difference between the lives of the village children in Nepal and those of the children growing up in the West.
“Beautifully written – both humorous and poignant. They certainly have the hearts of the tigers they so nearly came into contact with to endure so much to help the people of Salle.” – Carmel