A HEADTEACHER who has never previously left his village in Nepal, was the special guest of a local school last week.
Arjun Maharjan visited as part of a joint project between Staverton Primary School and Peace Garden School in Khokana, just outside the capital of Katmandu.
Children were able to find out more about life in the Asian country and talked about Nepalese culture.
During his stay Mr Maharjan said: “It was a huge change to come over. My first impression is that I thought it was cold but I found the people here at the school to be very warm and friendly.
“The standard of teaching is really high and Staverton is a lovely school.”
He spent last week at the school before leaving to return home on Friday.
Mr Maharjan added: “Nepal is landlocked so it was great to see the seaside on my travels during my stay. I stayed at a place by the Grand Union Canal. I had seen nothing like this in Nepal.”
He taught a maths lesson to Year Five pupils, cooked some Nepalese food and talked about the language and religion in Nepal.
Mr Maharjan said: “For my school, it was a chance to work with another school on other projects.
“I have had a really wonderful time here. All of the pupils have been very curious, asking me lots of questions.”
His arrival made a huge impression on the pupils.
Teacher Kerry Emery who organised the trip said: “Pupils have been really excited at having Arjun here.
“It has been a great week.”