Volunteer in Nepal

School renovation and teaching in Daman
Daman, Makwanpur       2 projects of 2 wks in January and February

Volunteer project: Daman is a small village situated at an altitude of 2320 meters and 100 kilometers southwest of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. The village provides a beautiful view of the Himalayas with Mt. Everest in the east. The village lies on the Tribhuvan Highway, one of the adventurous highways in Nepal.

We have been operating in Daman since 2012. Daman is quite isolated and most people are farmers, living a traditional life, as they have done for generations. However, times are changing and the community has a severe lack of funds to keep up with the rapid changes that Nepal is undergoing. Knowledge of other cultures and the ability to speak English are vital skills for young Nepalese people. Many look forward to a future in the tourism business, and therefore the ability to communicate effectively with foreigners will increase their chances of having a better life once they leave the village.

We also believe that our volunteers benefit a lot from staying in Daman. Living in a completely different culture with local hosts and adjusting to their conditions is an unforgettable experience. Teaching locals to think in new and different ways is to their benefit, learning from their unique way of life is yours.

Our main aim is therefore to make life easier and more enjoyable particularly for the youth in Daman by giving them better prospects for the future through improving the facilities and the teaching at the local high school, where volunteers will mainly build up sport facilities.
Moreover, volunteers will help with the construction of a community house. It is meant to provide space for events, like marriages and community meetings. But the space can be used in a variety of ways.

Language: English

Free time activities: Daman offers beautiful nature, inviting you to take a hike for some spectacular views. While trekking the Daman Hill (about 2500 m), you can see more than 10 peaks of the Himalayan range.

Accommodation: In Daman, the volunteers have the unique opportunity to stay with a local family. This is great way to gain an insight into the Nepalese culture and enjoy the friendliness of the people here. Please bring your own camping pad and sleeping bag. Volunteers will have three traditional meals a day, mostly the Nepalese national dish Dhal Bhat. Showers with cold water are available. You can enjoy probably the finest view of the Himalayas extending on a good day from Dhaulagiri in the west to Everest in the east.

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers are requested to participate in an orientation meeting in Thamel, Kathmandu on the day before the project starts. Details about the local host, the project and the travel arrangements will be provided. All volunteers will travel together from Kathmandu to the project site in Daman. A public bus takes between 5-7 hours to get to Daman.

Location: Daman, Makwanpur District. Daman is a small village situated at an altitude of 2,320 meters, 100 km southwest of Kathmandu.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
Airport pick-up and transportation from Kathmandu to the project site by bus is included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
January 5 - January 19, 2018
February 5 - February 19, 2018

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Building a children's playground and a protective wall for the school in Siru Bari
Siru Bari, Lamjung       4 projects of 2 wks from November to February

Volunteer project: Siru Bari is a remote village in the hilly regions of Nepal where the locals still live off the land. However, the community suffers from severe lack of funds and knowledge needed for improving the living standards and facilities. The youth in the village are highly impacted. Our main goal with this project is to bring better education for the youth and improve their school facilities. We will therefore engage in both construction and educational work at the school.

During the monsoon, when the ground is soft, the school is often affected by land- and mudslides and by domestic cattle entering the area around the school. Therefore, our first task will be to build a fence around the school to protect against these issues. Our second task will be to dig out and construct a playground for the children and an area for the community to hold gatherings.
The volunteers can also teach English, Math, Sports and/or Music at the school. Interaction with the kids and involving them in cultural exchange activities is encouraged.

Language: English

Free time activities: You can explore the local area and go for a hike to the Bharte village on the top of the mountain. Here you can see the great views of the valley and the whole Annapurna mountain range while getting some exercise.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay with a local family. Each family can host up to three volunteers. You will experience their huge hospitality, friendliness and generosity and it is easily noticeable, that they truly enjoy having people staying with them. They are proud of their culture and will give you a good insight into Nepali life. Please bring your own sleeping bag and mattress. Showers with cold water are available. You will be served Dal Bhat (a soup of lentil or beans with boiled rice) and Tarkari (cooked vegetables) by your host family. All vegetables are grown by the families.

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers are requested to participate in an orientation meeting in Kathmandu on the day before the project starts. Details about the local host, the project and the travel arrangements will be provided. All volunteers will travel together from Kathmandu to the project site by bus.

Location: Siru Bari is in Lamjung district, about 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu, in central Nepal. It is a small village with a population of approximately 500 people, all living in very traditional ways. It is situated on a hillside with beautiful views of the valley. For the volunteers, this will be a unique opportunity to experience rural Nepal and the traditional ways of living that unfortunately are becoming more and more uncommon.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
Airport pick-up and transportation from Kathmandu to the project site by bus is included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
November 16 - November 30, 2017
December 20, 2017 - January 4, 2018
January 16 - January 30, 2018
February 16 - February 28, 2018

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Education and construction activities with the local people of Banepa
Banepa, Kavre       3 projects of 2 wks from December to February

Volunteer project: The project activities take place around Banepa - a beautiful town at 1800m altitude, surrounded by the green hills and panoramic views of the Himalayan range, just an hour bus ride away from Kathmandu. Our volunteers live all together in a camp house, which is located in the hills, close to the town. Nature is all around and the air here is far better than in the buzzing capital. Still Banepa offers amenities like restaurants with Wi-Fi, pharmacies, grocery stores and to top it all off, a beautiful old town.
From here, field trips to a variety of places are possible. For example, ancient Hindu temples, various trekking opportunities and all the sights of the Kathmandu valley are not far away.

This project tries to have a social impact, while giving a valuable life lesson to the volunteers. There are many different fields of activity.

Community house: A short hike from the camp house further up the hill brings us to the construction site of a multi-purpose community house. Here, the local villagers will be able to gather and hold meetings and ceremonies. The house will also serve as emergency accommodation. The upper floor will be home to new lodging for volunteers, a local youth club and a public medical examination room, where locals will be able to consult with a health professional for their medical issues on a regular basis.

Infrastructure projects: We already built a firewall through the forest near the camp house that is also used by locals from more remote locations to get to Banepa. Volunteers will also work on building a water runoff for this firewall, needed to manage large quantities of water during monsoon season.

Education: We are planning to write and perform plays that raise local people’s awareness on environmental issues, hygiene and emergency behavior during earthquakes. Furthermore, we are working in a local school to enhance the infrastructure there.

Volunteers in this project will work with children, women and local community people. They will be providing help in many different aspects of life in the community: gardening (in April and January), making a fire line (in May and June), planting (in June and July), women empowerment (in August, September and December), forest conservation (in February). The volunteers will have the opportunity to develop construction, presentation, communication and many other skills, and get an insight into the rich and welcoming local culture.

Language: English

Free time activities: There are many ways to explore the surrounding area during your free days. You can visit the temples in Panauti city that is listed as one of the World Cultural Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Or visit Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel and many other surrounding places. Another opportunity is to take a two day trekking trip to Namobuddha or Nagarkot.

Accommodation: Simple accommodation in a camp house. Volunteers will have three traditional meals a day, mostly the Nepalese national dish Dhal Bhat. A camping pad and sleeping bag are required. Showers with cold water are available.

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers are requested to participate in an orientation meeting in Kathmandu on the day before the project starts. Details about the local host, the project and the travel arrangements will be provided. All volunteers will travel together from Kathmandu to Banepa and the project site. Banepa is reached by a one hour journey by bus and then half an hour walk to reach the camp house in the mountain.

Location: Banepa is located in the Kavre district at 1800 m altitude, about 30km east of Kathmandu.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
Airport pick-up and transportation from Kathmandu to the project site by bus is included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
December 1 - December 14, 2017
January 1 - January 14, 2018
February 1 - February 14, 2018

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Educational activities and renovation of classrooms in Lumbini
Punarbass, Lumbini       2 projects of 2 wks in January and February

Volunteer project: The project takes place in the village of Punarbass, 200 km south-west of Kathmandu, not far from the Indian border in the flatlands of the Terrai, and 50 km east of Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.

Volunteers will work at the local secondary school which has 18 teachers and 750 students. The focus of our work is on the renovation of classrooms. Furthermore, educational activities based on the individual skills of each volunteer are possible. Such activities could include teaching a subject, like English or Sports to the students or sharing information about environmental awareness with the villagers. The local school and the villagers are the main beneficiaries of this project.

Language: English

Free time activities: In the leisure time volunteers can do field trips, for example they can go to Lumbini.

Accommodation: Simple accommodation in a local family. Volunteers will have three traditional meals a day, mostly the Nepalese national dish Dhal Bhat. A camping pad and sleeping bag are needed. Showers with cold water are available.

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers are requested to participate in an orientation meeting in Kathmandu on the day before the project starts. Details about the local host, the project and the travel arrangements will be provided. All volunteers will travel together from Kathmandu to the project site by bus.

Location: Punarbass, Lumbini

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
Airport pick-up and transportation from Kathmandu to the project site by bus is included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
January 10 - January 25, 2018
February 10 - February 25, 2018

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Long-term projects in Nepal