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Career opportunity on Nepalese buses

-Tired of Gap years helping children in Africa? Volunteering getting you down? Want something with a real challenge?

-Want to be a bus conductor on the world famous Kathmandu Public Transport System?

If so, here are a few handy hints. Make sure you can fulfill them before you make that life changing career move!

-Nepali roads are, to say the least, fraught with obstacles; moving and non-moving, animal and human, pothole and barricade. Your driver (best to have someone you trust) will take every available action to avoid these, sometimes at high speed. Needless to say a firm stance and grip are of utmost importance. Even when pushed to capacity (20+ people/boxes/livestock), a good conductor will still manage to find a secure perch at minimum inconvenience to paying passengers and keep a winning smile on his face. This comes with experience, and is rarely found in a novice.

-A broken or cracked voice is absolutely essential. No-one is going to hop on a vehicle if it’s destinations are advertised in a weedy, pre-pubescent whisper. A strong, clear, confident tone carried over the assorted noises of the street will bring customers of all ages and sexes flocking in, all assured that the vehicle is in sound working order, driven by a straight and true driver and provided with impeccable on-board service. Any conductor worth his salt will look after his voice. Some conductors swear by daily doses of menthol sweets, but each transport worker will come up with his own method of keeping his voice as clean as a whistle.

-Possession of a large lung capacity is also a definite benefit. Destinations need to be reeled off quickly and clearly under pressure, and gulping down large volumes of air in between shouting place names is inadvisable in Kathmandu. Good pronunciation is necessary for district names extending to more than four syllables (common)-a crash course in spoken Nepali before the commencement of employment can be a good idea.      

 Other qualities needed-
    Small stature preferred -space is very limited in rush hours.

    Basic English is an advantage. The phrase ‘sorry, no change madam’ has earned many a bus boy’s fortune.

Pay- Shite.

Applicants should apply in person to:
      The Old Bus Station,
      Ratna Park, Kantipath

 When to visit Nepal-Monsoon finishes middle-late September, and once the air is clear, views from Kathmandu are stunning and this is when the trekking season starts. The monsoon (starts June) can be a difficult season to travel within the country due to poor road conditions and landslides, much preferable is the autumn/early winter with it’s crisp mornings and clear skies.

Watch out for-Holdups on night busses, strikes (frequent). Touts, but these can also be good fun if they are willing to speak and will liven up the journey to wherever you’re walking to.

What not to miss-Any trek in the Himalayas in autumn/winter. There’s nothing like waking early in the morning when the starts are still out, cradling a cup of hot chocolate and slurping down hot sweet porridge in front of a tea hut’s stove before stepping out into the cold air of the hills. Similar to the feeling you might get in Scotland or the Lake District…but better, heaps better. And it doesn’t rain….

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