I haven't started up my project yet, but here are some of the potential problems I'm noticing:
- Location of TCV. I think it might be far-ish away, and I can't easily afford daily transportation. I am planning to take a rickshaw there tomorrow and see if it will be feasible
- Language barriers. These I definitely underestimated--I was confident because of Norbu, Phuntsok, and some other contacts that English wouldn't usually be a problem, but I've had some communication problems with my host uncle who speaks English really well. The best course of action may be to read through my interview question with a bilingual, like my host uncle or Norbu, and see if they would make sense to the average TCV employee. Or maybe I'll just pilot an interview with Nobu and test both the time it takes and the clarity of the questions. (I don't want to overburden Norbu, either--I think I'll do a pilot interview with him and then give him some time off from heavy-duty helping me)
- Survey language barriers. I was always planning to translate the survey into Tibetan, backtranslate, and then distribute (which could be a really time-consuming process, especially considering that the survey is still incomplete), but I'm now concerned about translating the answers the students write. That's something I hadn't thought of before, oddly enough
- Having time for everything. It's my second day in McLeod and I'm already feeling pressed for time. It probably has to do with the Honors thesis proposal, which I should have had ready by now, and the fact that my course work is entirely independent from my project.