Summer Program Start Date: 10 June -July 8, 15 July 2013, 13 Auguest, 25 July – 23 August,
Language Requirements: No local language required; but basic knowledge of spoken of written English is necessary to communicate with local project and staffs.
Skills Required: No specific qualification or experiences required. All levels of skills and experiences are accommodated in our project except medical project.
Food and lodging: Minimal types of accommodation. Volunteers should not expect any luxury accommodation. You may stay with a host family or in a Guest House in a single or shared room with a fan base on the itinerary.
Basic Eligibility: The applicants must be at least 18 years of age or above. If you are less than 18 years old, you can also join Helping Abroad volunteer program but you need to submit a letter of permission signed by your parents or guardians.
A country with ancient history along beautiful big Himalayas can make your free time more worthy, as you will be living with the respectful people. Nepal is a perfect place for those, who want to have a break from their job and hectic lifestyle. From the attractive view of the Himalayan Mountains to the village life of the rural communities, Nepal will surely make your life happier and excited. You can enjoy the beautiful safari park, big and large mountains with the charming landscapes, architectural wonders and seemingly uncountable monuments. Besides traveling, you also have the chance to explore the fascinating and ancient culture of the Nepal, which can take you thousands of years back. If you are looking for all these and many more, then the Global Volunteer Solutions (VOLUNTEER NEPAL TRAVEL (VNT)) Summer Adventure Travel Program in Nepal is perfect for you!
You will be exploring the beauty and cultural greatness of Nepal, at the same time; you will be taking part in making a difference in the lives of the local people by helping them in different sectors. Through the VOLUNTEER NEPAL TRAVEL (VNT) Summer Adventure Travel Program, you can easily achieve your goals and make the worldbetter, while learning more about another land and culture. You will have many choices in this program; you can work for the community building programs, teaching, care for orphans and much more. Being a part of the VOLUNTEER NEPAL TRAVEL (VNT) Summer Adventure Travel Program, you will be able to experience the Nepalese culture and local traditions, not as a tourist, but as a part of their community.
The VOLUNTEER NEPAL TRAVEL (VNT) Summer Adventure Travel Program aims to give you a life changing experience in one of the most spectacular places on the planet that is Nepal. Join VOLUNTEER NEPAL TRAVEL (VNT) and help the local people of Nepal by training and educating them.
VOLUNTEER NEPAL TRAVEL (VNT) main purpose in ILCP 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 can 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.
VOLUNTEER NEPAL TRAVEL (VNT) orientation program include attending Nepalese language classes, staying at the village 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, youwill also enjoy and visit the spiritual temples, monasteries and various places of cultural significance. In the evening, you can walk to the colorful bazaars of Katmandu. Thus VOLUNTEER NEPAL TRAVEL(VNT) is providing you a platform to learn and understand the Nepal.
You will be welcomed into the VOLUNTEER NEPAL TRAVEL(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.
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, some time will be allotted to walk around places such as commercial centers and local markets.
Language training continues and becomes little more advanced. Time will also be allotted for more leisurely exploration of the area.
Culture immersion commences. Visit Katmandu – Explore the captivating tourist attractions of Katmandu, such as tourist bazaars and different shrines and temples.
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.
Stay at Lamatar, a rural village near Katmandu and mingle with the locals. Taste their food, know about their cultures and traditions and practice your language skills.
Final phase of language training, where there is a final evaluation and refinement. To relax, you may either visit a village or see a movie, depending upon your preferences.
|Note: The itinerary may be changed anytime due to local, social and weather conditions. All changes will be made with volunteer group’s knowledge and participation.|
Phase II is the heart and soul of the Volunteer Group Program. This is where you will be able to interact with the underprivileged people of Nepal and give them a helping hand. For two to three weeks, you’ll spend much of your time with the local community not only to help them, but actually living among them and learning and growing along with them. There will be a lot of challenges that you will face, but at the same time you’ll find that these challenges are nothing compared to the love and camaraderie that you will receive from the locals!
The VOLUNTEER NEPAL TRAVEL (VNT) staff will work to be able to match your skills to the program where you will excel the most. Global Volunteer Solutions offers a multitude of projects that can bridge your interests, skills, talents, adventurous spirit and personal goals with the panoply of world humanitarian needs. Listed below are various projects offered by the VOLUNTEER NEPAL TRAVEL (VNT) program:
|Work in orphan homes: This is one of the volunteering programs you should definitely consider if you have a caring heart. There are many children who are orphans, who do not have anyone to look after them. Your participation may give them a completely new life they desire.|
|Teaching English: This volunteering program has been made to provide education to the deprived children. If you have a kind heart and desire to serve humanity then this is the golden opportunity for you to take part and bring happiness to many.|
|Work at local conservation project: The program is ideal for those who are passionate about the conservation of forests and environment. Your interest and participation in this project can really make a great difference to the environment of Nepal.|
As a volunteer, it will be your personal touch that will make all the difference for the local people you will encounter. Your skills and time will be the way for these people to get a better hold on life. Likewise, it’s also your love and compassion that can give them hopes.
After completion of volunteer service program, this will be your time to relax and explore the historical and dynamic places of Chitwan, Kathmandu, Pokhara and other areas in Nepal. You will have the chance to view the TrishuliRiver where you join 3-4 hours White Water Rafting (this is not available in July). After the rafting, you will continuously proceed to visit Chitwan National park where you will stay 3 nights at the hotel. Here you can enjoy national safari in the jungle as well as see the crocodiles, flesh eater Marsh Mugger, Gharial, other animals and birds on Rapati River. You will also have an opportunity to visit Tharu ethnic village where you can enjoy cultural dance program in the evening.
You will also travel to SuikhetPhedi from where you will go to the village of Damphusthrough paddy fields. You will also visit Deurali, villages of Tolka, BeriKharka, and Landrung. You will also have the chance to view snow-capped mountains, Gangapura, and Machapuchhre (Fishtail). Moreover you will be doing trekking through some rough and rugged terrain in Pokhara, while being shadowed by the beauty and majesty of the Kilimanjaro Mountains! You’ll also be spending time in Annapurna, where you will learn about Tibet’s ancient traditions and its cultures. You can also spend some time with the natives, which is always a great way to learn the most intimate secrets of your host country! Thus this phase of VOLUNTEER NEPAL TRAVEL(VNT) program is your time to get back to your inner self and have some fun.
Day 1: Drive to Chitwan (3hrs rafting on the way)
Take an early morning tourist bus to Chitwan. Experience the rapids of Trishuli as you raft through Trishuli River. The river is fed by the snow of the Himalayas and flows through the middle hills of the Mahabharata range. It is joined by Marsyandi at Mugling and flows into the Narayaniriver, which flows through the Chitwan National Park in the Terai and mixes with the Ganges.
Your raft ‘put-in-point’ is Fishling, along the Prithivi Highway. The crew prepares the raft and you are on your way hitting the first rapid immediately. Seven sets of fun filled rapid are aligned with in the track. This trip lasts for 3 hrs maximum.
You’ll end your trip in Mungling and continue our journey to Chitwan National Park. It is about an hour and half drive. Arrive at Chitwan and check-in at a Lodge.
Day 2: Chitwan National Park Jungle activities
Receive an early morning wake-up call. After tea/coffee, we go for a jungle walk for bird watching. Return to the camp for breakfast. Leave for canoe/boat ride on Rapti/Narayani River to witness crocodiles, Gharial and flesh eater Marsh Mugger, animals and birds. Return to the camp for lunch. Visit to Tharu ethnic village for cultural tour. Dinner & overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 3: Enjoying elephant safari
Enjoy elephant safari in the jungle to witness wild animals in their natural habitat in the morning from 8 am – 11 am. Return back to the camp for Lunch. After lunch, you can visit our elephant stables where the senior naturalists will give a talk about the habits of the elephants. Also get a chance to see the elephants bathing. In the evening enjoy Tharu cultural dance program.
Day 4: Drive to Pokhara
From Chitwan it’s about 150KM drive to Pokhara and takes 6 hrs due to the road condition. Arrive in Pokhara and Check-in at the recommended hotel.
Day 5 :Pokhara/Dhamphus
Leave Pokhara and travel by road to SuikhetPhedi, 30 minutes away. From here, the trail ascends steeply through forest and later through paddy fields to the village of Damphus where you stay overnight in a tent camp.
Day 6 :Dhamphus/Landrung
(5100 feet and 5/6 hours walking) Today the trail goes along the ridge to Deurali. Descend through forest again for some time to the small villages of Tolka and BeriKharka. The trail then descends through scattered forests and villages to reach Landrung for overnight camping.
Day 7 :Landrung/Ghandrung
(6400 feet and 3 to 4 hours walking) The trail goes steeply down towards the river for an hour then there is a steep ascent for about 2-3 hours through scattered villages with beautiful views of the Himalayas. Eventually, reach Ghandrung, one of the largest Gurung settlements in Western Nepal.
You can have good views of Gangapura, Machapuchhre (Fishtail), Mount Annapurna and other snow-capped mountains. If time permits, visit the Annapurna Mountain Conservation Area Project headquarters, the local museum and the village.
Day 8: Ghandrung/Birethanti
(3 hours walking) Today the trail descends to Seuli Bazaar for about two hours and then an easy walk for another hour to reach Birethani for overnight camping.
Day 9: Birethanti/NayaPul/Pokhara
After breakfast, you can do an easy walk for about 45 minutes to NayaPul. From here, drive to Pokhara, about one hour away.
Day 10: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Breakfast will be served in the morning after that you’ll be driven to the airport. The plane takes 25 minutes to get you to Kathmandu. The tour will end on arrival in Kathmandu
Once the group has finished their volunteer program, it will be up to the VOLUNTEER NEPAL TRAVEL(VNT) Staff to make sure that the climax of their experience is every bit as memorable and meaningful as their volunteering duration. To this end, the VOLUNTEER NEPAL TRAVEL(VNT) staff will throw each volunteer group a “farewell program”, not only to give time to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons, but also as a way for the VOLUNTEER NEPAL TRAVEL(VNT) family to show how important each of you are to us.
The farewell program will compose to a short program of certificate distribution. During the program a short speech will be given by the VOLUNTEER NEPAL TRAVEL(VNT) country coordinator, and then each member of the group will be welcome to share whatever insights, lessons or experiences they wish to share with the whole group. After a short farewell program, an ample time will be given for picture taking and goodbyes. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers will be driven back to the airport..
The below given project fact file gives you quick and general overview of the volunteer program in Cambodia. In case you are confuse or have any question as regard the given program, then feel free to write us through email@example.com and let us know about the issue. We will solve your problem and our customer care center will respond to you within 24 to 48 hours.
The Locations: VNT projects are situated in rural and urban areas of Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara District.
The Project Starting Dates: Project starts on every 2nd and 4th Monday of every month. If you are not able to schedule your flight date in the above mentioned date, then please write us: firstname.lastname@example.org for other alternative dates so that we could arrange alternatives Dates for our volunteers.
Who Can Apply: You should be at least 18 years old. Meanwhile, if a volunteer is less than 18, then he/she has to take permission letter from their parents or from their guardians.
Requirements and Other Skills: Requirements and Other Skills: Our project does not need any specific qualification or special experience, all you need is lots of enthusiasm, flexibility, self-motivation, full confidence and open mind to learn from new cultures. A volunteer must have at least medium level of English communication skills for this project, as you will need English to exchange your views with others.
Project Duration: We have both short-term and long-term projects. However, it will depend on the volunteer’s demand and flexibility. Projects are available from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks.
Required Donation: You pay $ for 2 weeks, US$250 for every week thereafter $75 except registration and application processing fee.
Donation Contribution: Almost 70% – 80% weekly program fee directly goes to your food and accommodation plus project support. Remaining 20% – 30% donations goes to field management, coordinators and other general expenses in the host country.
Arrival/Departure Point: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
Accommodation: You will get minimal types of accommodation. Volunteer should not expect any luxurious accommodation while stay and work in the project site. Our accommodation depends on your project locations. You may stay with a host family or in a Guest House in single or shared room with a fan, with a shared bathroom with cold water and half board.
Food: Host family provide 2 – 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch or dinner) or as per the itinerary. You will receive normal and same types of food that local family prepares for themselves. Volunteers do not expect special food from the host family. Some volunteers have lunch at the orphanage or as per the itinerary.
Project Hours: Working Hours are flexible; 5-6 days a week, approximately 3 to 4 hours per day, all other time is free. The project coordinator or staff will provide you all the working hours and activities that you will need to prepare in the project.
Cost of Getting to the Project from Host Family: Depending on location; up to 1 hour bus ride or other types of transportation (Budget approximately US$10 to 15 per week): NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR WEEKLY FEE.
Support Group: VNT has an effective and sound support system which is always present to route and guide you whenever you need any kind of help. You can contact our local coordinator 24/7 for any help or assistance.
Dates: To be determined by country coordinator (Most likely at the end or middle of the volunteer program)
Q: What’s the best time to apply for a Nepalese volunteer program?
A: The best time to apply for the Nepalese program is during the 2nd and 4th Monday each month. Also, please submit an application at least 2 months before the target volunteer period so that your application is given enough time to be processed, however, you may try to expedite your request by directly contacting the VNT offices. You can, however, apply for these programs year-round, as Nepal offers programs anytime of the year.
Q: How long will it take for VNT to process my application?
A: Generally, it will take VNT around 1-3 weeks to process a volunteer application, depending on the host country in question, the program desired and the number of volunteers applying for the program.
Q: What are the documents required from me during the application period?
A: Please refer to the website to find out which documents you are required to send to make the application run smoother. Depending on the host country and/or volunteer program desired, you could be required to submit special documents.
Q: Are there necessary qualifications for volunteers in the Nepal program?
A: VNT requires all Nepalese based volunteers to be in good health, 18 years and above (if younger, please obtain written permission from a parent or a guardian). No specific qualifications are required, only you have to be creative and willing to explore new places, and of course, have a passion and dedication for service to others.
Volunteer Nepal Travel advices all volunteers to be ready with your visa and other important documents in your country before you travel to Nepal. We do not want our volunteers to be under any difficult situations like rush, or standing in long queues when you arrive at Nepal.
Volunteer Nepal Travel advices all volunteer tourists to get your visas in your own country before you travel to Nepal. You can obtain your visa from any of the Nepal embassies or consulate office in your own country. To enter Nepal you need a tourist visa. However, Nepal government issues the tourist visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal. Visas are valid for up to six months from date of issue. Single entry tourist visa costs US $30 for 60 days period. You will have to pay extra fees if you have to leave or re-enter the country, US $25 for Single Re-entry, US $40 for Double Re-entry and US $60 for Multiple Re-entries. You have to pay US $50 if you want to extend your stay by 30 days, in Nepal. You may visit http://www.immi.gov.np/visa/provisional-visa-arrangement-fee for further details. For tourists and foreign visitors, the visa service is available at the airports. Getting visa is easier and comfortable now. If you have any questions, please feel free to mail us at email@example.com
Q: What in-country support do I have, when in Nepal?
A: VNT will have an in-country office with both country coordinator and staff that you can contact anytime regarding questions, problems or inquiries.
Q: Can I get a daily schedule of programs in Nepal?
A: Please refer to the website to get a general idea of both programs and daily itineraries in the Nepalese programs. Please take note, that the listed programs and itineraries are merely samples, and are subject to change depending on conditions such as weather, social and political climate, country health status, etc.
Q: Where are the Nepalese programs situated?
A: The Nepalese programs will take place in Katmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara and many other places; the country’s centers for government, finance, culture and religion. You may be placed in small villages near or around Katmandu, but you will never be beyond 2 hours travel from the main city.
Q: What is the official language of Nepal? A: The o
fficial language of Nepal is called Nepali or Khaskura Bhasha (Standard Nepalese). Nepali is a very simple and beautiful language.
Q: How long does the Nepal volunteer program last?
A: The VNT program will last anywhere from 2-12 weeks, however, you have the option of extending your stay. Just contact the VNT office at least 5 days before your program duration is finished so that further arrangements can be made.
Q: Will VNT arrange my flight to Nepal?
A: No, your flight going to Nepal is your responsibility. It will be up to you to make necessary arrangements regarding your transportation to Nepal.
Q: Is there a particular airport that I must contact and book my flight with?
A: Yes, the Tribhuvan International Airport in Katmandu is Nepal’s major international airport, and they handle all international flights. Once there, the VNT representative will meet up with you, and take you to your host family. Detailed information is available in the pre-departure book that will be given to all volunteers before they start their program.
Q: When should I arrive in Nepal?
A: The VNT Nepal programs usually start on every 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month so it is advisable to come on a Sunday in order to get a bit of rest and orientation before your program begins. However, you can come earlier to get yourself more familiar with the surroundings; for this, you will be required to find a temporary place to stay.
Q: How will I recognize the VNT country coordinator?
A: The VNT country coordinator will be waiting for you at the “Arrival” gate. Please look for a person who is bearing both the Global Volunteer Solution’s company logo and your name on a sign card. In case your contact person is not there yet, please contact the VNT office and we will immediately follow up on your contact person whereabouts. Coordinators’ contact details are available in the pre-departure handbook.
Q: What should I do if my flight to Nepal is delayed?
A: Immediately contact VNT so that we can make adjustments to your program. VNT will be responsible for creating the necessary changes in your program.
Q: What happens if my in-country contact fails to show up?
A: In the event that the country coordinator does not meet you at the airport, please take a taxi and go immediately to one of the hotels listed on your pre-departure booklet in order to ensure safety and communication with VNT. Please take a receipt from the taxi so that VNT may reimburse any fees that you have spent.
Q: Is there anything I need to prepare before leaving for Nepal?
A: Please make sure that you have travel documents and some extra money on hand, in case of emergencies or unseen expenditures. More importantly, you should have all necessary contact information such as phone numbers or address of country coordinators, host family, hotel etc, on hand. You can find all the information details in the pre-departure-handboo
Q: How do I travel back to the airport after my volunteer program?
A: Your program fee does not cover a return trip to the airport. It is your own responsibility to hire a taxi or a bus; however, the local country coordinator would be more than happy to assist you in making transportation arrangements.
Board and Lodging Information
Q: Where, how and with Whom Will I be staying with in Nepal?
A: VNT will be placing all volunteers with host families, or hostel or orphanage. Your board and lodging will be dependent on the type of project you have chosen. However, each host family or orphanage is thoroughly inspected to ensure volunteer safety and comfort during the volunteer duration. You will eat, sleep and stay with the family during your resting hours. You will be provided same accommodation facilities prepared by family, your bathroom and laundry facilities will be the same as the host family you are staying with. You should not expect luxurious accommodations, as you will be living in-house with the host family or orphanage, because we want that, you create a truly deep relationship with these people.
Q: What room will I be staying in? A: Your room arrangements will be dependent on your project and the number of the volunteers that are placed in the same or near by projects. If there are a small number of volunteers in the same program with you, you will stay in a single room with the host family. Otherwise you will need to share the same room with more than two volunteers, but the situation will still be dependent on the room size and bed number availability; however you will be given privacy and your own sleeping space.
Q: Can I stay with my girlfriend/boyfriend or female/male friend at the same room?
A: VNT safety polices will not allow you to have someone of the opposite sex stay in your room with you, unless you are married couple. Please discuss with site coordinator, project director and host family to get their permission. Because of the cultural matters, most of developing counties do not allow to stay with girlfriend/boyfriend or male and female in the same room.
Q. Can I bring my local villager friend in my room?
A: No, you are not allowed to bring any friends unless you get the permission from both host family and coordinator. There have been reports of thefts and damaged belongings, when volunteers bring locals into their rooms, and VNT wishes to avoid the same incidents with their volunteers.
Q: Can I bring electrical appliances? A: Yes, but please make sure to bring your own required adaptors.
Q: What about my meals?
A: Three times a day, you will be provided with local meals prepared by your host family. If you have a special diet or you want other food, you are more than welcome to go out and eat at international restaurants. VNT does not reimburse the volunteers for outdoor dining expenses. You will pay for outdoor meal expenses.
Q. What are the dos and don’ts during the project duration and the stay with the host family?
A: All details regarding proper behavior and decorum will be given in the pre-departure booklet of the host country given to you by VNT. Please make sure to read it thoroughly before your departure.
Q: What happens, if I am unhappy with my project or hosting facilities?
A: Changes of placement and hosting facilities can be made only for very special reasons, but not before, the participant will be asked to try to adjust in the first placement. We kindly ask all participants to stay in their assigned placement for a minimum of one month before changing to a new placement. We consider that it is the time required to adapt and contribute to a long-term project.
Please note that, we work very hard to try to place you in the project you are interested in, but we cannot fulfill everyone’s wishes. We always try to provide the best possibilities for our volunteers, but there is no guarantee that you get the project you have applied for as a first choice. Therefore we request all participants to make a minimum of 3 choices on their application form.
Q: May I decide how long I want to stay once I get there?
A: No. You must make a final decision once you fill in the application form. Both project coordinator and host family must know in advance the date of your departure. You may stay in the country longer, of course, but you must leave the project site and host family home on the date agreed before.
Q: What do I do in my free time when I am not working in the project?
A: Weekends are free, and you can plan accordingly any travel or leisure time activities. Holidays or days off during your voluntary service are not allowed.
Q: What about drinking water?
A: Please do not drink running tap water. Bottled mineral water is safer, easily available and very cheap. You can obtain them from local supermarkets or convenience stores.
Health and Safety Questions
Q: Is it safe in Nepal?
A: VNT has taken all health and safety precautions to ensure the most safety for all its volunteers. All project sites and host families are completely researched and studied about to minimize all risks. However, it will ultimately rely on your judgment and common sense to ensure the safety of your person and belongings.
Details on safety procedures are given in the pre-departure handbook.
Q: What are the principle health risks in Nepal?
A: There are several health risks that you have to keep in mind when you are in Nepal. Most medical services in Nepal are not up to Western standards, and the rest are few and far between and very expensive. Please make sure that you have adequate health insurance, when you opt for the Nepalese program.
AIDS: There are some health risks in Nepal. Please protect yourself and your loved ones from unfamiliar situations involving drugs, blood or needles.
Hepatitis A and B: You can get this from improperly cooked or handled food, however, VNT will ensure the safety of your food as much as possible. You are also discouraged from buying and consuming foods from local markets or street stalls/vendors.
Malaria and Dengue: Both diseases are very common, so please bring mosquito repellents.
Rabies: You should remain aware of and away from non-domestic or freely roaming dogs in Nepal.
Typhoid: Volunteers should consider a vaccination if they are aiming for long stays and if you are an adventurous eater. Numerous other health concerns exist, but not in abnormally high or epidemic proportions.
Q: Do I need to get health insurance?
A: VNT will be responsible for getting you comprehensive medical insurance. All you have to do is pay the insurance fees required.
Q: Who do I contact in case of a health-related emergency?
A: You will have the option of contacting the following people during a medical emergency: Global Volunteer Solution’s In-Country Coordinator; Head of your Host family; or your country’s embassy in Nepal.
Q: What are the sanitary conditions in Nepal?
A: Being a developing country, please remember to be prepared and never expect a clean or western-style toilet 100% of the time. Carry some tissue, should you need to use the public toilet. In the case of hotel lobby toilets, they are usually clean and can be found nearly everywhere, however, they may not carry tissue paper.
Q: Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
A: You can use major credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, JCB, Master and Visa. These are usually accepted at the local large hotels or tourist stores. In Katmandu, Chitwan, there are numerous ATMs available for our convenience. You can also opt to withdraw cash from most international banks from ATM machines, but $2-4 USD surcharges apply for each transaction. Most banks also accept foreign currency exchange, and the amount will depend on the daily exchange rate.
Q: What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
A: The Nepalese rupee NPR is the official currency of the country. The exchange rate is generally around 72 rupee to one US dollar.
Q: How much money should I bring with me?
A: Since VNT will manage accommodations for volunteers from the first to the last day of each program, so it is not necessary to carry large sums of money. Please just carry enough pocket money (around $50 will get you through the day well enough) in case of sudden expenditures.
Q: Is it safe to carry cash with me?
A: Carrying cash is not safe – therefore, don’t carry a large surplus of cash with you. Like mentioned above, please do not make yourself a target for unsafe situations.
Q: How do I make contact with the VNT in-country coordinator?
A: When your application is received, we will begin working on your placement. Once those details are finalized, you will receive a packet that includes information like how to contact the In-Country Coordinator.
Q: How can my family members contact me?
A: Once you settle down at the host family, you may use whatever method of communication is available to contact your family.
Local Culture Information
Q: Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Nepal?
A: Nepal is quite a conservative country. Volunteers are expected to respect the local custom, their traditional rules and maintain a proper dress code. Women should not wear shorts, mini-skirts, strap shirts or any item of clothing that is very revealing or scandalous. Suitable dresses are T-shirts, cotton shirts, long skirts or pants. It’s also necessary to cover the shoulder and your knees. The most practical clothing items for men are T-shirts and long pants.
Q: What should I know about Nepal religious conduct?
A: Nepal is very tolerant and respective towards other religions and beliefs. You will be allowed practice according to your own beliefs; volunteers will not face any problems.
Q: How do I respect the Nepalese people?
A: Volunteers need to adhere to a moral code and social conduct at all times. Please do not act in any scandalous or offensive manner. Always be polite and friendly at all times. Before entering a house or a temple you have to take off your shoes, and remember that to point your finger or to point with the naked sole of your foot to somebody is extremely impolite.
Smoking is not prohibited in most outdoor places but as a volunteer you are considered as a role model for students and children. Therefore, you should show good and well-mannered behavior. For those who smoke, they may do it in a way that does not disturb anybody. It is assumed that smoking is prohibited in the house of your host family and in your office. It is the same with drinking alcohol. Do not do it in public areas or in the community with students or children, please go to a pub or a bar.
Volunteer Nepal Travel does not offer any kind of insurance facility to its volunteers. It will be purely volunteers responsibility to acquire insurance to cover events of injury, sickness etc. the insurance must be valid from the date of starting the program until the end of their project. In case of no insurance policy Volunteer Nepal Travel will not be liable to any medical or health fees incurred due to accident or sickness during the project. VNT also reserves the right to reject volunteers based on any possible health-related issues as we do not want to take any kind of risk.
Local medical facilities across developing countries are often unable to provide the full range of medical services that are available in developed countries, making evacuation a requirement in many non-life threatening medical emergencies. The costs of evacuation as well as international standard care are extremely high. In the most serious emergencies, travelers may not be positioned to authorize payment for an appropriate medical response that is urgently required. This may delay or prevent the provision of critical and possibly life-saving medical attention.
It is a condition of travel on Nepal Volunteer Travel that all volunteers are adequately covered by travel insurance prior to arrival. Insurance should cover personal accident and medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, baggage loss, and cancellation or curtailment of holiday.
We urge you read your entire insurance policy carefully before you leave. Volunteers must send complete set of copies 15 days before the business days, the documents will include copy of insurance policy and health related issues. Volunteer Nepal Travel reserves the right to refuse the acceptance of a participant for any volunteer program if there is any error or problem with the insurance policy.
we recommend you to ask your medical doctor for advice about vaccinations. Ideally, you should get immunizations for Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and Tetanus, medication to prevent Malaria as well as yellow fever are very important when travelling to abroad. If you have any sort of allergy please let us know in the beginning of the program so that we can manage the appropriate setting according to your health condition. Always remember your health and comfort is of the utmost importance to the VNT family.
Malaria is a definite problem in some part of the Nepal. You will need to take anti-malaria tablets. There are several types of medication you can carry including atovaquone/proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine or primaquine (in special circumstances). Please make sure that you are properly protected against malaria before visiting abroad.
You must discuss with your doctor which type of medication is suitable for you. Aside from the tablets, you should avoid being bitten as much as possible by using topical mosquito repellent and sleeping under a mosquito net. Avoiding mosquito bites will also prevent dengue fever, another mosquito-borne illness for which there is no vaccine.
Standard-sized bags (preferably soft bags), backpacks or soft cases only are permitted on our journeys. Your baggage should be clearly labeled and kept to a reasonable minimum. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles and trains is limited. Many flights booked through Travel Indochina (domestic and international) have a luggage limit of 20 kilograms (44 pounds) per person. You may be required to carry your own luggage at times where porters are not available – you should be capable of carrying your own bags on and off trains, and up and down stairs. If you are doing lots of shopping during your travels, it may be necessary for you to forward any excess to the city where your tour concludes, or ship purchases directly home. Keeping the amount of luggage you carry in check will ensure your safety and comfort, and the safety and comfort of your fellow travelers. Porterage is not included in the cost of your journey; please ensure you pay porters around $1USD per person for carrying your luggage. Should you wish to avoid such payments, please carry and take responsibility for your luggage Comfortable, casual clothing made of cotton is best in tropical and semi-tropical climates, and packing one set of smart casual clothes is advisable. Laundry services are available throughout Nepal, although laundry costs in some city hotels can be expensive. We suggest you bring:
Please note that the medicine if you are under medication, please do not forget to pack enough medicine for your entire trip; your brands of medicines may not be available in abroad.
Nepal Visa and Customs – You don’t need to get a visa in advance, Nepal visas are issued upon arrival. But there are a few things you need to know when filling out the customs form.
One issue that I have always been concerned about is this: If you came to “volunteer” in Nepal, it is considered “work” technically and you would need some type of pre-arranged work visa for that. So, most (all) volunteer agencies tell you to list tourist “other” or “trekking” or some type of activity to fulfill the requirement of actually being a tourist when entering on a tourist visa. The volunteers who would actually list that would be someone maybe with the Peace Corps, or a large INGO, who would be staying more than the 5 month maximum.
This is easy and straight forward. You simply fill out the form in the customs hall upon arrival, walk up to the counter and they will issue you a visa for 30, 60 or 90 days. You may legally stay in Nepal for up to 5 months on a tourist visa in one calendar year, but you will have to renew at the Nepal immigration office in Kathmandu. It is not particularly friendly, and I warn you, don’t be late or they will find all kinds of ways to charge you penalty fees, but if you bring your money, photos and passport, you can extend your visa fairly easily.
After you get your Nepal Tourist Visa, you will go down stairs to the baggage area of Tribhuvan airport. There are only a few carousels, but they are sometimes not well marked. Grab a trolley, find your baggage carousel and then proceed to the customs check where you bags will go through a scanner. Once you get scanned, you proceed to the exit and ENJOY Nepal!
We will meet you for pick-up on arrival, so if you have arranged this with us, please be sure to look for our guides in Medical Trek Nepal t-shirts.
Our guides will happily help you with your bags, so please keep them with you and don’t let others carry them for you.
Just FYI – many taxi drivers may try to approach you and get you to ride with them, at the same time people will insist on carrying your bags. If someone (other than our guide) does carry your bag, they will expect a tip, and may tell you $5-$10 is normal. It’s not. $1-2 is normal.
Don’t get ripped off in your first minutes, for more on this, read this post – How to Avoid Scams and Jams in Shangi-La. This post was written by our Medical Trek Nepal director, Sandra Krasa BK in 2009. It is the page that gets read the most out of all of our pages for family of Himalayan travel companies.
If you are a volunteer your stay will be arranged in a host family or with other volunteers and you are also permitted to stay in the orphanage. If you opt to stay in the orphanage, then you will need to know about the Nepali culture, society where you will be in touch with the Nepali people, you are supposed to eat same food that the locals eat or prepare. Volunteers are encouraged to learn and speak their local language i.e. Hindi, involve in Indian customs and traditions and you also need to get close to children at the orphanage and be friendly with them. The lifestyle of the Nepali is quite simple when compared to the lifestyle of the Western countries.
Volunteer should not expect the luxurious accommodation. You will be provided same accommodation facilities prepared by family. The Nepali bathrooms have a sit on your heels toilet, a shower area and running cold water and in the bedroom, you may either sleep alone or with another volunteer on a woven mattress or an a hard mattress. If you stay in the orphanage, you are supposed to do the household activities like cleaning the house, cooking food, taking care of children, taking care of elder people. According to the Nepali culture, Nepali people do not send the elderly people to old age homes like other countries do. It is against their culture.
During lunch and dinner the entire family sits together to have their meal and though you are a guest in their house you are considered as a part of their family which is a part of the lifestyle of Nepal. The food in Nepal has an appealing blend of strong and vibrant taste. You will be provided with three meals a day which includes white rice, noodle, drinks, salad, and vegetables, which is delicious. And if you want to have your own food, you are welcome to have it and you can get it from anywhere. There are many restaurants in Nepal that would suit your tastes and budget. Nepali food is much cheaper when compared to other places and your hometown. During your volunteer service you are supposed to live with your group of people or family, and share the same experience that they face. You will be given the local fare twice a day, but things that you can enjoy throughout the day and till your service is the love, kindness, hospitality and welcome of Nepali which is extraordinary!
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.
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