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Volunteer and Escape Adventure, Nepal
Mix volunteering with adventure travel in Nepal and get involved in a truly unique Gap Year: teach English, work in conservation, and enjoy a heap of exciting leisure activities.
You will be volunteering with local people on sustainable development projects in Nepal and you'll have the choice of three different volunteer placements: ecotourism & environment work, school & community work and working with children in an orphanage - each providing you with exciting challenges and new experiences.
Volunteer in Nepal and give yourself the chance to make the most of your trip with an exciting variety of travel options and tours.
- Pre-departure briefing in London
- Pre-departure information and advice
- In-country assistance and support
- 24-hour emergency contacts
- Sightseeing activities
- In-country induction or training
- Donation to the project
- Transportation: airport pick-up
- Accommodation: volunteer or on-project residence or homestay or hostel/lodge
- Food: all meals included during work days and provided by staff or host family
What's NOT included?
- Monthly stipend
- Transportation: airport drop-off
Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur together form what is known as the `Kathmandu Valley'. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is the hub of Nepal's traditional culture and arts. It is an amazing place to rest and relax with a breathtaking mountain backdrop. There is also great sightseeing featuring beautiful temples and monuments. Chitwan is one of the best-known tourism districts in Nepal.
You can enjoy the abundance of nature by travelling to the World Heritage Listed, Chitwan National Park. Nepal's first, and most famous national park is situated in the subtropical lowlands of the inner Terai, at the foothills of the Himalayas. You're likely to come across an array of wildlife including elephants, one horned rhinos and crocodiles. The city offers a combination of nature and culture as well as a great setting to relax.
Project life and Photos
Below is a sample itinerary for those taking the 6-week volunteer in Nepal programme. If you have chosen to volunteer for less than 6 weeks in Nepal, the change in the itinerary below will be fewer days volunteering at your chosen placement (days 8-21 below):
- Day 1: As soon as you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport by the placement officer and taken back to our partner's office, which is also where you will be staying during the first few days of your training period.
- Day 2 - 3: Training period - Cultural orientation, basic language lesson & sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
- Day 4 - 7: Depart to Chitwan. Here you will receive a village immersion and basic Nepali language lessons. You will also take part in further sightseeing as well as a Jungle Safari.
- Day 8 - 21: These 14 days will be spent volunteering at your chosen placement . You have a choice of 3 volunteer placements: (1) Eco-Tourism & Environmental Conservation, (2) volunteering at a Child Orphanage and (3) Teaching English in a school or Buddhist Monastery. Each of these placements are also offered as full WAVA programmes in Nepal.
- Day 22: Depart to Kathmandu and transfer to a hotel accommodation.
- Day 22-37: Depart to Lukla starting point of the trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp.
- Day 38: Back to Kathmandu.
- Day 39: Free day for you to explore Kathmandu.
- Day 40: Return Home.
Your three volunteering placement options for this programme:
Option 1: ECOTOURISM & ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION VOLUNTEER (based in Chitwan)
This volunteer in Nepal programme aims mainly to raise awareness of Eco-Tourism and environmental conservation by teaching environmental topics in village schools, youth clubs and woman's groups. Volunteers get to work on rewarding Environmental & Conservation projects in Chitwan and Pokhara.
Your duties as an Ecotourism and Environmental Action Volunteer:
- Help the local community to create programmes and projects for responsible Eco-tourism.
- Work in Nepal's Safari Camps or Eco-Tourism camps
- Work in the local wildlife conservation centre and help document indigenous wildlife animals, plants & herbs
- Create and improve guide trails through Gurkha district and the Himalayas.
- Provide locals with tools and knowledge needed to conduct effective waste management and sanitation, building smokeless stoves, pit latrines, paper recycling, and the the creation of gardens.
- Work in implementing a campaign to stop animal poaching in a community Buffer zone park.
- Work with the community forest development committee and promote the equitable and proper management of meagre forest resources.
- Get involved in collecting elephant dung used in the 'Elephant Dung Paper Project'- a scheme that works to produce much of the areas paper products.
- Work in the elephant-breeding centre.
This placement is also available as a full programme: Environmental Action Volunteer.
Option 2: TEACH ENGLISH IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS (based in Chitwan/Kathmandu) OR IN BUDDHIST MONASTERIES (based in Kathmandu)
Thousands of children are deprived of educational opportunities in Nepal because of many social issues and the lack of schooling opportunities. In this programme volunteers are placed in government, community and semi-private/boarding or Buddhist schools to teach English to Nepali children.
As a Volunteer in this programme you will be assisting teachers and their class, and you can choose to either work in schools for Tibetan monks or in government schools. In some schools Nepali teachers will step down in order for you to take their classes, we do not encourage this and strongly recommend that volunteers work in partnership with Nepali teachers to introduce new practical teaching methods to the classroom that can be carried on after your placement.
Your duties as a Teaching Volunteer:
- Teach English as well as art & crafts.
- Teach children and youngsters about basic hygiene.
- Play or take part in sport coaching at the Government school or in the community centre.
- You may also be involved in painting and plastering old orphanages, homes and schools.
This placement is also available as full WAVA programmes: Teaching English in a Buddhist Monastery, and Teaching English in a school.
Option 3: CHILD CARE ORPHANAGE IN NEPAL (based in Chitwan/Kathmandu)
Volunteering at an orphanage in Nepal will give you a unique opportunity to make a real contribution to Nepali society, while simultaneously experiencing the rich culture and different aspects of urban and rural life in Nepal. The work will vary in each orphanage as some may require you to teach, whilst others may not.
When you arrive at your assigned orphanage, the onsite staff will run through your particular responsibilities. Often there will be a volunteer at your placement who has started in a previous month and they are an excellent source of information and direction.
Your duties as a volunteer:
It is necessary that volunteers are flexible and willing to adapt to situations as they happen. Volunteers cannot predict what each day may bring. Those volunteers that are placed where they will teach should expect to do so for a full day. There may be a lot more planning required of them compared to those volunteers where the orphaned children attend local schools.
Volunteers work 6 days a week and from 4 to 6 hours a day.
This placement is also available as a full WAVA programme: Orphanage Nepal.
Flights, transportation and visas
- Flights are not included.
- You need to book your flight to the international airport of Kathmandu, where you will be met and taken to start your induction.
- A visa is necessary to enter Nepal. You can obtain your visa from Royal Nepalese Embassies or consulates as well as at entry ports into Nepal.
CIBT Visa advice...
For expert visa advice we advise our volunteer, work placement, and internship participants to get in touch with CIBT - a company that we work in partnership with. Our UK, Canadian, and US travellers can use CIBT for visa advice and to get their visa applications processed - with visas returned within a week.
Dates and duration
Please confirm dates and duration with your travel advisor.
- Min 2 weeks - Max 20 weeks (5 months)
- Placements with 3+ weeks of duration will include a 1 week training period
Safety and insurance
- All of Twin Work & Volunteer's placements are in partnership with recognised and established local organisations, run by or employing local people. These organisations, depending on the nature of what they do, might be small-scale NGOs, family projects, schools or orphanages, or local initiatives with environmental or social goals.
- We often use local businesses to provide logistical and support services to volunteers such as transfers, pick-ups, accommodation and so on. In this way, we support the local economy through helping independent local businesses to thrive. We take our partnerships very seriously and work extremely closely with all our partners.
- We provide 24-hour emergency support from the UK and our partners provides support locally.
- We have an agreement with the crisis management service Tranquillico, should the very worst situations arise.
- If any wider safety concerns arise in the destination, such as civil disturbances or natural disasters, we seek advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and implement their recommendations where appropriate.
Comprehensive insurance is available for all programmes. You have no obligation to take up insurance with any of these companies, but insurance of a suitable sort is mandatory on all our programmes.
- You do not need any formal training or experience to participate, but whatever experience you do have will be taken into account when arranging your day-to-day activities.
- Volunteers need to be independent, enthusiastic and adaptable, hard working with an open-minded attitude.
- Please be aware that this project is physically demanding but the rewards are worth it!
- International volunteers are welcome.
Accommodation and Food
- Shared accommodation is provided either with a host family, in a shared house, or in a hostel in the community.
- To keep things comfy volunteers are required to bring their own sleeping bag.
- Two meals a day (lunch and dinner) will be provided - except during the induction period!
- Cups of tea are served every morning and afternoon.
- Food will be healthy, nutritious, and locally sourced. One of the staple parts of most Nepalese meals is Dal Bhat (rice), which you will have to eat with your hands – it is uncommon to use cutlery in Nepal.