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Nepal is a country that due to its geographical location and its great natural and cultural richness, has much to offer to the traveller: the Himalaya Mountains, its sacred temples, its wildlife, its ethnic groups, its traditions, its mysticism, etc. However, it is a country with a high level of poverty and many children end living in the streets with nobody to take care of them. Our volunteer program in Nepal has more than 50 volunteering sites in Kathmandu and surroundings, classified in 7 different categories from which you can choose the one that better suit you. Volunteering in Nepal will give you the opportunity to know the reality of the country closer and at the same time contribute with your work. Apart from volunteering, you can also travel to some tourist destinations in Nepal with some tours that our local partner organise for volunteers.
Projects & Locations:
The type of projects you can choose from are:
The location of all the projects is Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, in the Kathmandu Valley, near the Himalayas. It contains two sister cities: Lalitpur (Patan), 5 km to its South, and Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon), 12 km to its east. Kathmandu is a very touristic city with many amazing temples, stupas and other monuments.
Requirements for volunteers:
– Minimum age of 18 years.
– Be able to communicate in English.
– Criminal Background Reference check (for volunteering that involves working with children).
– Teaching certificate preferred for working in the schools, especially long-term volunteers. If not, volunteers will only work alongside with other teachers as assistants but never on their own.
– For teaching volunteers, it is required a minimum of 4 weeks availability.
– Have an interest in the project area, and some knowledge and/or experience is an advantage.
– For medical volunteering, participants are required to show their qualification, experience or background with a CV, letter and related documents.
– Flexible and adaptable to different situations.
– Good state of health.
There is a period of orientation for one day prior to volunteering that includes the following topics: Nepal & its culture, briefing on schedule and project activities, personal safety & code of conduct, cultural responsibility and role of volunteers.
Volunteer tasks at the project:
– Women empowerment project: Teach English and computers; Organise recreational and awareness activities; Enhance women self-confidence.
– Child care: Assist in midday meal; Teach songs, manual arts and games; Encourage physical activities and healthy habits; Provide emotional and social support.
– Orphanage care: Similar tasks to the child care but in an orphanage. As there have been problems with orphanages in Nepal, our local partner carefully selected the ones that are following the regulations.
– Teaching: Assist teachers during the classes; Teach English, Math and functional literacy; Games and sport activities; Community visits and tracking of school drop outs.
– Elderly care: Clean their dormitory and make their beds; Wash & dry their clothes; Take care of their health & hygiene; Move them to the different area; Help them in eating food.
– Health care & awareness: Health survey and advocacy for medical check-up; Awareness activities; Maintain case history; Medical health check-up in community; Health education in schools and orphanages.
– Beautification & renovation: Spreading awareness regarding maintenance of children’s centre; Beautification or classrooms and children’s centres; Painting walls with educational drawings; Making blackboards for children’s use.
Volunteers usually work from Monday to Friday for 5 hours each day, but during the first week there will be only three days of work. During the week some leisure activities will be offered when volunteers are not working. At the weekends volunteers that are on the volunteer + travel programme will go on the tours while the others will have free time to do their own thing.
The organisation offers a number of leisure activities to volunteers so they can experience Nepalese culture in their spare time: yoga sessions, henna workshop, visit local markets, eating with local families, Nepalese clothing workshops, local cooking demonstration, dinner with a local family, etc.
Accommodation and meals:
There is a volunteer house in Kathmandu with the next en-suite facilities available: bedrooms (usually shared with other volunteers), recreation lounge, laundry facilities, safety lockers, mini library, free internet, dining room, purified water and fridge. Meals are provided at the volunteer house but volunteers will take packed lunches with them to the projects.
Available tours: (For the volunteer + travel programme)
– Pokhara: This picturesque town 280 km West of Kathmandu has mountains, lakes, Buddhist sites and leisure outdoor activities.
– Chitwan: This is the first national park of the country and it is famous for its variety of wildlife especially the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. You can do a guided walk and a canoe trip over there.
Volunteer program: €650
Volunteer + travel program: €880
Weekly extension: €150
Special projects: €70 for medical and beautification & renovation.
Single occupancy charges: €140/ £122 additional per week per person
*Twin occupancy charges: €70/ £62 additional per week per person
*Subject to availability of companion to share a twin room
* Note: Prices might increase if there are exchange rate fluctuations/increases
This price includes:
– Transfers from/to Kathmandu airport.
– Accommodation at the volunteer house with up to 4 participants per room with same gender.
– Authentic Nepalese meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the programme. At some tours, free days and returning day to airport some of the meals might not be included (this will be specified in your final itinerary).
– Presence of a programme coordinator during your stay.
– Local transportation from accommodation to project.
– Extensive pre-departure information, post-arrival printed material, regular training and support by the Indian organisation to prepare the participants for their experience.
– Tours: For the volunteer + travel programme there will be two tours included of 2 days and 1 night each.
This price does not include:
– Flights: Everyone has to book their own flight.
– Visa: The application process and cost are responsibility of every participant.
– Insurance: Everyone is responsible for their own travel insurance and a copy of the insurance contract must be sent to us at least two weeks before the start of the trip.
– Meals: The meals that will not be mentioned in the final itinerary and drinks during tours (purified water will be always available at the volunteer houses).
Please, ask us and we will let you know the start dates for this year.
Currency: Nepalese rupee (1€ corresponds to about 100 Rps).Climate: The period of October to May is dry and June to September is characterized by rains (monsoon).Documentation: A visa is compulsory (valid for 60 days). Please contact with the Nepal embassy before going.Health: No vaccine is compulsory but some of them are recommended such as the typhoid and hepatitis A and B.
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