June 26, 2017 | The NextGen Leadership Series, GU Impacts Profile: Showroop Pokhrel
Interview by Ali Walton, Beeck Communications Analyst
Meet Showroop Pokhrel! He’s a freshman in the College. He will be combining his interests in tourism’s role in economic development and the sustainability of scale at his fellowship at El Nido Resorts, in Palawan, Philippines.
What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
I have been assigned to work at El Nido Resorts in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.
I am looking forward to learning more about environmental economic valuation, and driving sustainability in large scale through this internship. Of course, I am also excited to meet new people, get a taste of the Filipino culture, and spend my summer of ‘17 in one of the most beautiful places on Earth!
What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
Social impact is being able to create positive and meaningful changes in the lives of people through your work to an extent such that, you motivate those people to help uplift less privileged members of the society. The process repeats itself, creating a ripple of positive change that resonates throughout the society. This is my understanding of social impact.
How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
I come from Nepal, a country that has huge prospects for tourism, but hasn’t been able to flourish due to inefficient policies and lack of community engagement. In this regard, getting a better perspective about El Nido’s take in managing its tourism by promoting sustainable and community based tourism, I think would be a very valuable learning opportunity for me, that will help me acquire the necessary skills and motivation to pursue a study on problems plaguing tourism in Nepal.
Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
There are two things in life that I care the most – learning, and putting into practice what I have learnt for the welfare of society. I think there is nothing much satisfying than being able to make difference in the lives of people through the work that you do. GU Impacts was an opportunity that would allow me to practice what I have learnt in class and in life, in order to implement community development in scale. For this reason, I applied to GU Impacts.
What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
GU Impacts targets sectors ranging from technology literacy to women’s empowerment to sustainable tourism. Development in these sectors promotes and sustains long term growth of the society and economy and GU Impacts fellows are driven and motivated to make it happen. This vision is what I think separates GU Impacts from other service programs here at Georgetown.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration.” – Thomas Edison
What are you currently reading?
Harvest of Empire by Juan Gonzalez