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Volunteer Nepal

1, 2 & 4 week summer projects
Overview
Key Info
FAQ

Overview

Immerse yourself in historic and fascinating culture when you travel to Nepal to join an international team of volunteers working to improve the lives of the local communities after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake by building and renovating essential basic infrastructure and educational facilities. Discover the wonder of this mountainous country in your free time. Depending on the needs on the ground at any given time, you will work alongside community members to build facilities and resources or renovate schools and centres to establish improved living and learning environments. You can chose between 1, 2 and 4 week project options.

Who is it for
Adventurers
Engineers
Outdoor Education
All Students

Key Info

Accommodation
Project training
24 hour support
Volunteer fee
Airport transfers

Additional information

Discover the culture, traditions and spectacular landscape of Nepal; immerse yourself in Nepalese culture through living with a host family; work with an international team of volunteers; experience life amongst some of the highest mountains and most incredible landscapes in the world; feel safe in the knowledge you will be making a serious and measurable impact in the community.

Location

Nepal is a majestic country full of cultural diversity and chances to enjoy a range of outdoor adventures. Volunteers will have a chance to explore Pokhara and its many temples, trekking and white water rafting whilst being placed at one of the various projects in and around beautiful Pokhara, gaining a personal insight into the Nepali people and culture during your stay.

Project

Schools throughout Nepal are often extremely basic, and you will help make them more effective as learning environments. You may be getting out the paint brushes and brightening the place up with a splash of paint, or you could lend a hand in helping to reconstruct, build or rebuild school’s facilities.

No previous experience is required for this project. Training will be given and you will work with local masons and other locals who can guide you. There will also be field staff at hand. If you have special training that may be an asset to the project, please let us know when applying.

FAQ

What are the project dates and costs?

Durations

1 week - £800

2 weeks - £900

4 weeks - £1,150

Dates twice monthly throughout 2017.

 

What's included?

What's Included?

  • Airport pick up
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • Project training
  • Accommodation
  • 24 hour in country support
  • Volunteer project fee

What's Not Included?

  • Flights (approx. bewteen £400-£700)
  • Insurance
  • Visa costs (approx. between £18-£28) - these can be issued at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport or pre-arrival
  • Extra local excursions
  • Additional drinks & gratuities
What's life like on the project?

Project Life

So what does Life on the Project actually involve? See below for an idea of what to expect on a day to day basis…

Monday to Friday

Upon arrival, you will receive a welcome orientation covering health and safety and cultural awareness that will fully prepare you for life on the project and in the community.

Your time on the project, Monday through Friday, will be spent assisting ineither surrounding villages or in local schools. Depending on the project you are involved in you will be assisting in repairing or refurbishing orphanages, improving and painting educational facilities of the school or, basic landscaping and repairs.

Such is the nature of the work involved, this project can be physically demanding, which you should be prepared for.

Saturday and Sunday

Weekends are yours to spend as you wish. Nepal is an outdoor and adventure enthusiasts dream, with world class hiking trails, paragliding and mountain biking among the many activities possible. For more information on your time off project and side trip details, see the Free Time section above.

Field conditions

Your accommodation will be based in a homestay with a Nepali family and the volunteer group in shared bedrooms and bathrooms in the heart of Pokhara, giving you the rare opportunity to truly experience life inside a Nepalese community. Typical food will include a mix of Nepali and western food such as vegetable curry, beans, rice and pasta which are provided for you.

 

What can I do in my free time?

Free Time

Volunteering on this program not only allows you to participate on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program.

Included Side Trips

During your orientation you will visit the Tal Bahari temple which is situated in the middle of the beautiful Fewa Tal Lake surrounded by the Annapurna Himal. You will also get the opportunity to learn about the local culture with local Nepali language lessons and cooking classes.

Optional Side Trips

In Nepal, you are in a true adventure region. Don’t worry if you forget to pack your adrenalin, with these options, there are ample opportunities to top it up!

From a two day rafting or kayaking trip on the white-water of the Trisuli or Seti Rivers, to paragliding over incredible scenery to mountain biking, canyoning and bungee jumping, you could spend weeks here and still not do everything.

But if the adventure side of things becomes too much, Nepal will continue to provide and surprise you. Besides sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you could try a three-day/two-night safari in the Chitwan National Park staying at the Royal Park Hotel, chancing upon tigers and rhinos out on drives. Also, if throwing yourself off of high places attached to a kite is not your thing, Nepal boasts some of the best hiking trails in the world. Embark on a four-day trek in the Annapurna Mountains, where you will immerse with the villages and communities of the High Himal.

Further Travelling Opportunities

There are a wealth of opportunities in Nepal for further travel and exploration of the rest of the country. This can include the foothills of the Himalayas in Langtang National Park, the ancient temples and villages of Tansen, Newari architecture in Bandipur, the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, Everest Base Camp, the ancient Hindu center of Janakpur, and so many other options that will leave you wondering why you didn’t give yourself more time…

 

Are meals provided?

All of your meals during the week are provided for you and will consist of a mixture of Nepali and Western food. You'll eat things like vegetable curry, beans, rice and pasta and all of the food will be provided and prepared for you.

What is the accommodation like?

You'll be based in Pokhara, Nepal for the duration of your time on the project. Your accommodation will be based in a homestay with a Nepali family which will allow you the rare opportunity to truly experience life inside a Nepalese community.