Language & Cultural Immersion

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Two Week Language, Orientation, Cultural& Recreational Program (LORP)

Volunteer Nepal Travel main purpose in LORP program is to introduce you to the basics of Nepali language, culture, and their traditions. When you will learn the basic sentences and words of Nepali Language, you will be able to communicate easily with the local people. It will build your confidence as well as allows you to feel more comfortable before starting your other volunteering programs in Nepal. The volunteers will find the below itinerary an interesting and extremely useful experience.

VNT orientation program include attending Nepalese language classes, staying at the village, white water rafting, jungle safari, elephant riding, stay in chitwan national park and experiencing the simple lifestyle. You will also visit Lamatar; a beautiful village for three days, where you can meet and learn a lot from the local people. You also have the chance to make friends all around the world as you will be staying with the other participants came from different parts of the world. Thus knowing the thoughts and culture of these people is another worthwhile experience. Besides this, you will also enjoy and visit the spiritual temples, white water rafting, visit chitwan National part, monasteries and various places of cultural significance. In the evening, you can walk to the colorful bazaars of Katmandu. Thus VNT is providing you a platform to learn and understand the Nepal.



Detail Itinerary

DAY 1:

You will be welcomed into the VNT Nepal Office, where you will be given short orientation about the program mission-vision. You will be introduced about local language and culture. You can also learn about Nepalese geography, politics, and other social issues. During the program you can ask a lot of questions fromVNT instructor about Nepal and he would love to answer your questions. In the afternoon, you can walk out to discover Kathmandu – a beautiful and bustling city.

DAY 2:

You will begin to converse in the local language by learning the basics such as greetings, affirmatives and negatives, local expression and short common phrases. To be able to exercise your new knowledge, sometime will be allotted to walk around places such as commercial centers and local markets.

  Note: Your classes run for about 3-4 hours per day.
DAY 3:

Language training continues and becomes little more advanced. Time will be allotted for more leisurely exploration of the area. You will walk around to see the beautiful sceneries of Kathmandu and Chovar Valleys, as well as the highest peak south of Chovar – the Champadevi hill.

DAY 4:

Culture immersion commences. Visit Katmandu – Explore the captivating tourist attractions of Katmandu, such as tourist bazaars and different shrines and temples.

DAY 5:

Further language training. More complex phrases and Nepalese words are taught to you. Again, leisure time will be given for you to explore commercial areas where you can exercise your new language skills.

The other areas that you will visit include Bouddhato see a thriving Buddhist culture of Kathmandu and Tibetan people. From Bouddha you will move to Pashupatinath – a Holiest Hindu shrine. From here, you will go towards Swayumbhunath from where you can climb a small hill to enjoy the spectacular views of Kathmandu.

DAY 6:

Continue your Nepalese language and cultural classes. You will spend about 3-4 hours learning Nepalese culture and then in the remaining time you will visitthe nearby areas to meet with the locals and practice your new language skills.

DAY 7:

Final phase of language training, where there is a final evaluation and refinement. You will revise everything that you have learned so far. To relax, you may either visit a village or see a movie, depending upon your preferences.

Second Week Program

DAY 8: Depart for the project site. After reaching the village, our group leader will introduce you to the village and its residents, briefly explaining Nepal’s religion, culture, people, and the way of life. Later, you will enjoy an evening village walk.
DAY 9: Village Hike: After lunch, depart for an invigorating hike, where you will see lush and magnificent landscapes. Visit “LaakuriBhanjyang” where you will get a fascinating view of Katmandu Valley from the top of the hill
DAY 10: Enjoy an early morning visit to the temple called Bindebaasini. After lunch, visit the villages of Sisneri, Bhaltaar, ThakuriGau, and finally to Laamaatar. In the evening, villagers will present a local ethnic dance performed by a local cultural dance group. Learn about music and dance and how it’s being sung. You can join in and shake your body also to the tune of the music.
DAY 11: Return to Kathmandu after lunch. Stay overnight in the hotel in Thamel.

Recreational phase includes White Water Rafting and a visit to Chitwan National Park (3 nights, 4 days)

Recreational Phase (Day 5-7)

 
White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting in Nepal is as exciting as a roller coaster trip. It’s full with excitement and amazement. The rafting also provides you with a different way to discover Nepal. You’ll raft on the rapids of Trishuli River and experience adventure to the fullest. The rafting trip starts from Charudi and ends at the Kuringhat village. It’s a picturesque journey.

(Note: This program may not be available during July and August, the monsoon season, due to high and dangerous level of water. After rafting, you will then arrive at Chitwan National Park.)

Chitwan National Park Visit

Visit Chitwan National Park and enjoy a jungle safari (3 nights, 4 days)

Visit Chitwan National Park (CPN), located in the sub-tropical lowlands of the inner Terai. You’ll ride on the back of an elephant through dense jungle foliage in search of exotic birds, antelope, rhinos, crocodiles, and Bengal tigers. You’ll also learn more about the local Tharu people through a visit to the Tharu village, local museum, and watch Tharu cultural dance program.

Details of Chitwan National Park Visit

Arrive at Chitwan National Park. Welcome drinks and introductory talk by the program manager.

DAY 12:

Wake up with refreshing tea and breakfast. Cycle to the elephant breeding center. Visit Tharu village and then return to camp for lunch and rest. Later, enjoy a museum visit and a sunset view from the camp. At night, Tharu youngsters will perform cultural program with a famous Tharu Stick Dance. Dinner will follow dance.

DAY 13:

Start your day with tea and breakfast. Go for a Canoe ride and jungle walk before returning to camp for lunch and rest. Take an afternoon elephant ride and rafting trip. Return at sunset for dinner

DAY 14:

Start your day with bird watching which begins just before dawn

After completing the 2-week Language and Culture/Village Stay Program, you will be placed at your project site or venture for trekking.

Please Note: This is a suggested, sample itinerary which might be changed by the country coordinator anytime due to social and weather conditions. However, all the changes will be made with the volunteer group’s knowledge and participation.

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To help the under privileged people of Nepal through various volunteering programs to help them attain sustainability, basic health care, education and a dignified life marked with equality that’s sans any cast, creed, religion and territorial borders.

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To help the under privileged people of Nepal through various volunteering programs to help them attain sustainability, basic health care, education and a dignified life marked with equality that’s sans any cast, creed, religion and territorial borders

Aaron Hank

Volunteer