VOLUNTEERING IN NEPAL
Nepal is a country in South Asia bordering the Republic of India, the Republic of South Korea and the People’s Republic of China. The capital of Nepal is Kathmandu, which has a population of more than two million. Nepal’s second largest city is Pokhara, one of Nepal’s main tourist attractions.
Since 1951 Nepal entered the modern era, and remains a country rich in natural beauty. One of its main economic activities is agriculture, which is very important for the country’s economy.
Its cultural heritage has evolved over the years. This multidimensional heritage is manifested in music, dance, art, handicrafts, folklore and folktales. It is also reflected in their languages, literature, religion, festivals and celebrations.
Their culture is mainly influenced by Indian, Mongolian and Tibetan culture. Nepal’s festivals have their roots in Hinduism, where 82% of the country’s population is Hindu.
Tourism is Nepal’s largest industry and its largest source of foreign exchange and income. Holder of eight of the ten highest mountains in the world, Nepal is a privileged destination for mountaineers, climbers and people seeking adventure. Nepal’s Hindu and Buddhist heritage and cool climate are also strong attractions.
The programs currently available in Nepal are: Teaching with monks, tribes and schools, empowerment of women and youth, care centre, development of libraries and nursery school.
PROGRAMS IN NEPALI
The teaching and empowerment programmes for young people work from Monday to Friday, approximately 6 hours a day.
Work in the care centres is from Monday to Wednesday and on Fridays. They work between 4 and 6 hours a day.
Teaching projects in Nepal are closed during holidays and public holidays.
The accommodations are different depending on the location of the project. If you participate in the childcare project, you stay in the centre’s facilities or with host families. The rooms are usually medium sized, but comfortable enough to accommodate 2 to 3 people.
The accommodation includes the 3 typical Nepalese meals during your stay in the volunteer program. There are also laundry areas for hand washing.
Wi-Fi is available in hostels. Volunteers can have their own Internet by buying a SIM card at the market.
The distance from accommodation to projects is no more than 1 to 2 kms. Approximately 10 to 15 minutes walking.
To be part of some of the volunteer programs in Nepal, no specific training is necessary, it is only required:
- Being of legal age
- Intermediate level English
- To be a participative and committed person.
- Be respectful of the people you work with and the community.
- You must be aware of the culture and customs of the country.
- To be able to work in a team.
In addition you must provide the following documentation:
- A passport-size photo
- Copy of passport information sheet
- Criminal record sheet (police check)
We understand that you are dedicating your time and skills to the less fortunate, so naturally it seems strange that you should pay to volunteer. But the program you collaborate with includes a variety of services.
In addition, we have a professional staff that is responsible for finding and selecting volunteer accommodations and at the same time providing 24/7 on-site service to all of our volunteers. Both the local staff and everything included in the program requires the cost you pay. It is also necessary to raise funds to contribute materials and other resources to the projects and communities in which we work. The cost to be paid from 2 weeks is 565€. Each additional week costs 150€.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- Welcome at the airport
- Accommodation and meals
- Orientation and induction to the program and country.
- 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team.
- Monitoring and evaluation of the program.
- Certificate of participation.
- Nepali language classes during the induction.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED ?
- Flight to Nepal
- Medical Insurance
- Internal transportation or excursions
- Return to the airport on the last day
- Trips inside or outside the country
- Visa fees: the volunteer will be responsible for the visa fees. (check with the embassy for the latest fee structure): €40 for the first two months (to be paid at the airport on arrival). 40€ per month thereafter.
- Departure tax (payable at the airport on departure).
- Personal travel and sightseeing
ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION
Logistics for projects in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan
- Pick up at Kathmandu Airport (KTM).
- Transfer to the host or hostel depending on availability.
The next day you are inducted into the project and taken to the place where it takes place.
For Gorkha projects
Pick up from Kathmandu Airport (KTM). Transfer to the host or hostel according to availability. The next day transfer to the town of Gorkha by bus and then 45 minutes trekking to the project in the village.
Orientation and training of the country and the project includes:
- About Nepal
- About the program
- Cultural responsibility
- Basic concepts of Nepali (indigenous language)
- Code of Conduct
- Visit to the project
- Information on possible excursions
Throughout the year the temperature in Nepal generally ranges from 3 °C to 29 °C. The best times of the year to visit Nepal and have good weather is from early April to July and late September to October. For the months December to February you find cooler temperatures.
The official currency of Nepal is the Nepalese rupee. You find Nepalese banknotes from 1 to 1,000,000 rupees. Usually coins are not uncommon. You can withdraw money from different ATMs in Nepal. These can be found at various points in the main cities Kathmandu and Pokhara, as well as in other cities not very large as mentioned. ATMs generally accept visa and mastercard, it may be the case that some do not accept debit mastercard.
Approximately 400 rupees may be charged for each withdrawal of money from a cashier plus your bank’s commission.
Your flights must be to Kathmandu Airport (KTM), where one of the coordinators of the volunteer programs in Nepal will be waiting for you and will take you to the location of the accommodation where you will sleep during your stay in Nepal as a volunteer.
Flights to Nepal start at 570€.
One of the largest cities and the capital of Nepal. It is now an increasingly broad vacation spot. Also as a result of considerable growth is the gateway to tourism in Nepal. It has the most advanced infrastructure of all urban areas in Nepal, and its economy focuses on tourism.
The city has a rich history, spanning almost 2000 years. Religious and cultural festivities are an important part of the lives of people living in the country. Most people in Kathmandu follow Hinduism and many others follow Buddhism. There are also people of other religious beliefs, which gives Kathmandu a cosmopolitan culture.
Nepali is the most widely spoken language in the city. The educated residents of Kathmandu understand English. The sister cities of Kathmandu (Lalitpur Patan) and Bhaktapur are an integral part of Kathmandu’s cultural heritage, tourism industry and economy; therefore, the UNESCO World Heritage site includes monuments and attractions from all three cities under the same heading, “Kathmandu Valley – UNESCO World Heritage Site”.
The tourism industry is seen as a way to alleviate poverty and achieve greater social equity in the country. According to statistics from the Nepal Tourist Board (NTB) in 2012, a total of 598,204 foreign tourists entered the country by air. However, in 2015, tourism was severely affected, at least temporarily, by the series of earthquakes that affected the country.
Nepal’s second largest city. It is a city where you can see that the Annapurna mountain range is reflected in the protected lake. It is located approximately 200 km west of Kathmandu and can be reached in 5 hours by bus. This area is full of lush green mountains decorated by rice fields on terraces. This area has a relaxed city atmosphere, by the sea, with much less traffic than Kathmandu. In addition to being the starting point for major trekking routes such as the Annapurna Circuit, Sanctuary and Jomsom, in which you can make several day walks in the surrounding hills.
It is the region adjacent to the Indian border. Considered a vast flat and fertile area extending across southern Nepal. It is a place recognized by the Royal Chitwan National Park, a large ecological and environmental reserve.
The people who live in this region are mainly Tharu people. Known for its agricultural skills, industrial nature and intelligence. Despite their low incomes, they are mostly self-sufficient due to their agricultural skills.
Historically connected with the creation of modern Nepal and the name of the legendary Gurkha soldiers. It is the location of the Temple of Manakamana. In addition, the temples of the great sage Gorakh Nath and the goddess Gorakh Kali are found there. They find four of the great rivers of Nepal like: Chepe, Daraudi, Marsyangdi and Budhi Gandaki.
- Kingdom of Gorkha
About 1700 steps take you to the top of the hill at a height of 3281 feet. Where the Newar-style Gorkha Palace stands firm along with the fortresses and temple that boast of its rich history. It is 40-50 minutes walking distance away from the Gorkha Bazaar. You can see Manaslu the eighth highest mountain in the world, the Dhaulagiri and Ganesh mountains from the Palace Complex.
The main tourist activities you can do in Nepal are:
- Mountain biking
- Bungee jumping
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Climbing
- Hot air balloons over the Himalayan mountains
- Exploring waterways on a raft
- Kayak or canoe
- Safaris in the jungle
In November the New Year of the Nepal Sambat Lunar Calendar takes place. Other important festivals are the Purnima Buddha (the celebration of the birth of Buddha) Maha Shivaratri (a festival of Lord Shiva). The Sherpas, mostly located at higher altitudes and in the Mount Everest region, celebrate Mani Rimdu, for the sake of the world.
Most festivals include dance and music, and a variety of foods typical of Nepal. The Sagan ceremony is the ritualized presentation of five foods (boiled egg, smoked fish, meat, lentil cake and rice wine) to a person who is made to bring a good fortune according to Tantric tradition.
The Pashupatinath Temple
It is the largest in the world of Shiva, located in Kathmandu. It attracts many pilgrims and tourists. Other Hindu pilgrimage sites include the temple complex at Swargadwari in Pyuthan district; Janaki Mandir in Janakpurdham in Mithila Gosainkunda near Dhunche; Devghat temples; Manakamana temple in Gorkha District region; Pathibhara near Phungling; and Mahamrityunjaya Shivasan Nepal in Palpa District where the largest metal idol of Lord Shiva is located.
Another prominent Buddhist site is Swayambhunath, the Temple of the Monkey, in Kathmandu. Dang Valley is a sacred place for Hindus as well as for other religions. Kalika and Malika Devi on the hill of Chhillikot.
Krishna temple, Dharapani temple are among the sacred places in Dang.
Chillikot Hill is also a good place for sightseeing and an old palace. There is also Muktinath, a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. The site is located in Muktinath Valley, Mustang district. Therefore, being a great tourist destination.
- Fill in the registration form. Your place will be reserved for 7 days.
- Confirm your place definitively. You must pay a deposit of 150€. Once the deposit has been paid, your place will be guaranteed and you will be formally part of the Adventure Volunteer family.
- As soon as you pay the program deposit, we will send you an email to confirm that your place is safe.
- After that, you will receive another email with more additional information on the website, to explain absolutely everything you need to know to prepare your trip correctly.
- Final payment of the program is made one month before your incorporation to the project.