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Volunteer opportunities in NEPAL

Teaching children, renovating schools and raising environmental awareness in Chitwan district
Bhorle, Chitwan          January 1 - January 14, 2015
Bhorle, Chitwan          February 1 - February 14, 2015
Bhorle, Chitwan          March 1 - March 14, 2015, 2015

Volunteer project: Bhorle village of Chitwan district is about 130 km south west from Kathmandu in the Central region of Nepal. Bhorle is a popular destination for international volunteers. We have been working there since 1995 and hundreds of volunteers have already joined the international workcamps in Bhorle.

A major attraction of Bhorle is its rich Gurung culture, the friendly attitude of local people and their active participation in the cultural exchange activities. Moreover, Bhorle is located on the foot of two high mountains and close to Trisuli river, which is very famous for rafting (you can see rafting boats from the camp house!). Chitwan is a main destination for jungle and wildlife adventures. One horned rhino, Bengal tiger, gharial crocodiles, species of birds and others, are the main attraction of Chitwan district.

 

There is a variety of activities in the Bhorle volunteer project:
1. Manual work: building more facilities in the camp house i.e. new rooms, painting, gardening, etc.
2. Educational activities in the local primary school: teaching English, sport, music, etc. This is a small school run by the government but there is a very small number of students, so we are trying to attract the local children through the involvement of international volunteers. The volunteers will have the chance to teach and play with the kids. If volunteers could bring pencils, pens, books and textbooks, it would be much appreciated.
3. Environmental awareness activities with a local women's group (how to keep their village beautiful by keeping it clean, using toilet, not throwing plastic or paper everywhere). Volunteers are welcome to present their ideas!
4. Local people want to set up a health center and a computer room for the school, so we need to help them collect stone and sand from the river.

Language: English

Free time activities: Trekking of Sinchang Gadhi (about 1500 m), Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park, rafting in the Himalayan rivers.

Accommodation: In the camp house in Bhorle. Participants need to bring their own sleeping bag and mattress. The camp house can accommodate 15-30 people. Authentic Nepali food like Dal (soup of lentil or beans), Bhat (cooked rice), Tarkari (cooked vegetables) is provided. This is the staple food of the Nepalese and it is eaten every day.

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. The volunteers travel together from Kathmandu to the project site in Bhorle. A public bus takes about 5 hours to get to Bhorle.

Location: Bhorle, Chitwan District

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee for the New Year's project (Dec.20, 2014-Jan.3, 2015 ) is 300 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                     

 

 

School renovation and teaching in Daman
Daman, Makwanpur          January 5 - January 20, 2015
Daman, Makwanpur          February 5 - February 20, 2015
Daman, Makwanpur          March 5 - March 20, 2015

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 an isolated and rural village and most people are farmers and live traditionally as they have always done. However, times are changing and because of severe lack of funds, the community struggles to keep up with the rapid change that Nepal is undergoing. Knowledge of other cultures and the ability to speak English are vital skills for young Nepalese people. Many face a future in the tourist business, and therefore the ability to communicate with foreigners will increase their chances of having a better life once they leave the village. For the international volunteers, learning about a completely different culture from the local hosts and adjusting to their unique way of living, is an unforgettable experience.

Our main aim is giving to the youth of Daman better prospects for the future through improving the facilities and the teaching at the local high school. We will mainly be working at the local high school to construct a playground, a tennis court, and a volleyball court. Besides this, the volunteers will also teach different subjects such as English, Math, Science and/or Computer Science in the school.

Language: English

Free time activities: Trekking of Daman Hill  (about 2500 m) where you can see more than 10 peaks of the Himalayan range, Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park, Hetauda industrial city tour.

Accommodation: In Daman, the volunteers have the unique opportunity to stay with a local family (volunteers will have their private room). Please bring your own sleeping bag and mattress. Authentic Nepali food like Dal Bhat (a soup of lentil or beans with boiled rice) and Tarkari (cooked vegetables) will be served. This is the staple food of the local people. 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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                     

 

 

Cadip volunteer project review:

" This is Stefan from Canada! I taught at the high school in Lamjung from October 2013 to January 2014. From the time I got off the plane in Kathmandu, the locals made me feel like I was a part of a family. I was welcomed into the local coordinator's home, fed meals with his family, and briefed on the customs and culture of Nepal; and this was before I even reached the village where I would be staying for my volunteer period. Living in the village, I could not have asked for a better cultural experience. I had the opportunity to help my family harvest rice, cut grass for the goats, and was treated like a son - not to mention the delicious food that I was fed each and every day. I developed a close relationship with each of the 90 students at my school, and learned more from them than I think they learned from me. My entire experience has been nothing but positive, in terms of both professionalism and administration, and my only regret is not staying here longer. I can’t wait to come back. "

Stefan S.,
Cadip volunteer 2012 and 2014

 

Support the development of Kavresthali village through organic farming and education
Phutung, Kathmandu          January 16 - January 30, 2015
Phutung, Kathmandu          February 16 - February 30, 2015
Phutung, Kathmandu          March 16 - March 30, 2015

Volunteer project: The project will take place in Kavresthali village of Kathmandu district, 8 km from the center of Kathmandu. The volunteers will be staying in a typical Nepali village where most people work as farmers. The local people are very friendly and welcoming. If you walk 10-15 minutes from the camphouse, you can reach a small town where amenities such as banks, shops, post office and internet cafes are available.

We have been operating in Kavresthali since 2012. It is a very poor village where many different types of work have to be done. We mainly focus on agricultural, social and educational work. This project is for those interested in rural village life and everything it includes: farming, traditional culture and a life with very scarce resources, dependent on crops and domestic animals.

Volunteers will be working to establish an organic agriculture farm in Kavresthali village near Kathmandu. The work will depend on the season but will include planting and harvesting different crops. Volunteers will also work to maintain the farm area by cleaning, weeding and watering. This also means caring for the animals (goats, cows, and chickens).

Staying in Kavresthali is a good opportunity to interact with the local community. We always stress the importance of sharing one's personal ideas and values with the locals, as the locals love hearing directly from you. We'll therefore organize an agricultural workshop and give the villagers advice on ways to improve their agricultural practice; in particular working with the local women's group. If you have any skill sets that might be useful for the locals, please be ready to share your ideas.

We will also organize workshops about women’s rights and women’s issues in rural Nepal. We believe that women of the village benefit a lot from knowing about women’s issues in other countries. The volunteers will share their knowledge with the local people to help the development of the village, as well as to improve the equality and ethical prospects of the villagers.

The group will also provide invaluable education support in the local school. For two hours every morning, the volunteers will be teaching English, Math or Computer Knowledge to the village children.

The Kavresthali community will invite the volunteers for a cultural exchange and home stay day. On this day, they will invite you to the village, serve you food, and introduce you to the Nepalese culture. This is a unique opportunity to experience true Nepali village life and interact with the local people. After the event, it is also possible to stay with a local family for the night.

Language: English

Free time activities: A one day trek of Kakani (1900+ m) and Shivapuri National Park, sightseeing of Kathmandu valley, visiting Osho Meditation center (Tapoban), etc. The village is situated close to Kathmandu and, in the free time, the volunteers will be able to visit a number of UNESCO world heritage sites including the Buddhist temples at Swayumbhunath and Boudnath. A visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square and one of the biggest Hindu temples at Pashupatinath will provide volunteers with a fascinating insight into the religious life in Nepal. Nepal also has many important religious and local festivals during the year, and it may be possible to participate in some of the celebrations.

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay together at our newly built camp house. Sleeping mats are provided but volunteers will need to bring a sleeping bag. You will be served Dal Bhat (a soup of lentil or beans with boiled rice) and Tarkari (cooked vegetables). This is the staple diet of the Nepalese and most Nepalese people eat it every day.

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 Kavresthali by public bus. It normally takes about 30 minutes to get to Kavresthali.

Location: Kavresthali, Phutung, Kathmandu District

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                     

 

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