Where will I be living?
The majority of our volunteers are placed in the Kathmandu Valley, though there are some placements in Chitwan (approximately 150 km south of Kathmandu) and Pokhara (approximately 200 km west of Kathmandu).
During the arrival orientation you will stay in the volunteer house in the Bhaktapur area of Kathmandu. You have the option of continuing at the volunteer house for the duration of your programme, or to live with host family (sometimes with another volunteer) giving you the chance to become fully immersed in the local culture. Houses can be basic and electricity and water supplies may be intermittent. Enjoying home-cooked food, sharing stories and life experiences and learning the local language gives volunteers a unique and truly memorable experience, and families do all they can to help make them feel part of the family and the local community. In most cases homestays are just a short walk from project locations.
Who will I be working with on my project?
Volunteers on the programme work alongside local people and other international volunteers.
What’s the local area like?
Nepal offers plenty to keep travellers busy. These are just a few top tips:
Trekking: Whether you are an enthusiast or simply looking for a gentle walk in the foothills, Nepal has some breath taking scenery to explore. Whether it’s a trek to Everest Base Camp or a jungle safari there really is something for everyone.
Festivals: Nepal buzzes with festivals and not a month will pass without a colourful celebration of some kind.
World Heritage Sites: The Kathmandu Valley includes seven individual World Heritage sites, from the ancient birthplace of the Buddha at Lumbini to the stunning mountain scenery of Sagarmatha National Park.
Outdoor activities: Nepal is fast becoming the new epicentre for outdoor adventuring. It hosts excellent white water rafting, bungee jumps, paragliding and mountain biking to name just a few.