Trips @ Volunteering
Volunteer Program in Nepal
Volunteering is one of the most enjoyable and amiable things that you can do, not only for yourself but for the people you are helping along the way. In Nepal, partaking in a volunteer program gives you a wonderful and unique opportunity to live and interact with a local family, gaining a firsthand insight into the culture and customs of this unique Himalayan country. You will also get to play an important role in aiding a small community in gaining an edge in education. It's often the case in rural areas that education is under-funded and poor. By volunteering in one of the many schools in our programs, you are offering your teaching experience and your ability as an English speaker to help educate not only the children, but the teachers as well. Along your journey you will form many life-long friends and memories that you will be able to tell your grandchildren about.
By donating your time and experience you are giving more than money or words can express; you will experience the joy in the children's faces and this will communicate to you more thanks than a thousand words could ever express.
First Week: When you arrive in Kathmandu we will put you up in hotel with bed and breakfast. Your first week will be spent taking basic language and cultural education classes to prepare you for your home stay. You will also be taken sightseeing around the valley.
2nd to 4th Week: We will take you to the area of your placement and introduce you to the family you will be staying with and to the school and its teachers. You will be given a teaching schedule to follow during this period.
5th Week: Bid farewell to the school and your host family and return to Kathmandu. You will now enjoy a 5-day program: 2 days rafting and 3 days in the Chitwan national park. You be able to relax after your experience and share your experiences with other volunteers.
You can expect
The placement will be in a remote area. You will have your own room but you will have an outside squatter style toilet. You will need to supply your own toilet paper, and you should be able to purchase it from the local store. You will be living with a traditional family and should respect their culture. This means that you should dress appropriately and not drink or smoke unless offered. Houses are communal places so don't expect your room to be a private zone; other family members will be coming in and out a lot. It's not common for rural houses to have shower or bathing facilities. There will be places to wash in a river or at the local water pump. It's helpful if you bring along a sarong for bathing in. And don't worry - the lady of the house will show you how it's done. Also there will be no laundry service. You will be shown where and how to wash your clothes. The schools or villages may require you to walk some distance to reach them; you should have good basic fitness. The food will be simple, but you will not go hungry. Be prepared to eat rice and plenty of it. It's not common for most families to eat meat regularly so the food is mostly vegetarian. It's all fresh and healthy. Water for drinking can be purchased in local villages; if it’s not available in yours, we will make sure you have a good supply. In some cases the water may be drinkable, or you can take tablets to treat it. In most cases you will be able to contact us any time by phone. We will check up on you regularly anyway, but don't expect to find internet facilities.
The facilities may be basic and limited, but you should look upon this as the experience of a lifetime, to be able to live with and experience how other people have lived for generations. Not only are you offering your services as a teacher to the students, but this will also be a learning experience for yourself.
- During your placement you will live with a host family, where all your meals will be included.
- In Kathmandu you will stay in a hotel with bed and breakfast
- Sightseeing around Kathmandu
- Basic language course and cultural education about Nepal
- All road transfers
- Two days rafting at Trishuli Rivers
- Visit Tharu Village and Jungle safari in Chitwan
- Airport pickup and transfers
What to bring?
- Teaching aids and books are always useful.
- Pens, Pencils and paper
- First aid kit
- Clothing: Ladies should wear clothes that cover the shoulders and knees. In Nepal, and especially in rural areas, it’s not considered appropriate to wear revealing clothing - belly buttons, cleavage and low fitting jeans are definitely not appropriate. In schools most Nepalese women wear either a kurta or a sari. A kurta is loose, comfortable pants with a dress-like top. It's very easy and cheap to get them made in Nepal or you can buy them readymade. Men should wear shirts and slacks, but not shorts. As the weather in Nepal can be quite hot you should wear light, loose cotton clothing so you will be comfortable. Men- men should wear shirts and slacks, no shorts above the knees.
As the weather in Nepal can be quite hot you should wear light, loose cotton clothing so you will be comfortable.
- Copies of important documents-passport, insurance policy, birth certificate etc.
- Sturdy day pack and back pack
- Personal items-walkman, ipod, diary
- Sturdy foot wear, one pair and light sandals or thongs
- Digital Camera
We recommend you have basic teaching skills or are a student teacher but it's not necessary. You must have a visa valid for your length of stay in Nepal. (We can assist you with extensions.)
Please feel free to write us an email if you have any question about above information.
Contact us at,
Marker Stone Travels & Tours Pvt. Ltd.
Suryabinayak, Gapali-14 Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone : 977-1-6619255