Volunteer in Nepal

Construction and community development with the local people of Banepa
Banepa, Kavre       8 projects of 2 wks from August to March

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 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 bustling 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.

In this project, we are helping the forest community and the Senagal village of Kavre district nearby Banepa. After the earthquake, a lot of buildings were destroyed, and the local population needs help in rebuilding the village. We'll be assisting in developing effective agricultural methods; we will do environmental awareness and forest conservation work; we'll work together with local people to build a multi-purpose community house that can be used for various activities or for shelter in case of emergency.

Volunteers will have different construction, renovation and educational tasks:
- Building a water tank and a well for clean water access
- Construction of a seniors home, organization of daily activities for seniors, creating a garden near the community house
- Help with the empowerment of women, to prepare them for the job market
- Further development of the community house, with the creation of a rooftop space to be used as a meeting space
- Construction of a firebreak in the surrounding forest
- Rebuilding of a Hindu temple in the Banepa village
- Construction of a wall around the local primary school
- Repair of wooden shelters for the local community

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 which 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 a 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: 225 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:
August 1 - August 14, 2022
September 1 - September 14, 2022
October 1 - October 14, 2022
November 1 - November 14, 2022
December 1 - December 14, 2022
January 1 - January 14, 2023
February 1 - February 14, 2023
March 1 - March 14, 2023

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School renovation and teaching in Daman
Daman, Makwanpur       6 projects of 2 wks from July to December

Volunteer project: 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. Volunteers can go hiking to the local hilltop Patal or to Markhu to enjoy the Himalayan panorama. They can visit neighboring villages and temples, the historical Chitlang palace, or Chitwan national park (150 km from Palung).

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. Volunteers will travel together from Kathmandu to the project site in Daman by bus (it takes a bit over 4 hours).

Location: Daman is a small village in the Thaha Municipality, Makwanpur District, in central Nepal. It lies about 100 km southwest of Kathmandu, at an elevation of 2320 meters. The village provides a beautiful view of the Himalayas with Mt. Everest in the east.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 225 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:
July 6 - July 19, 2022
August 6 - August 19, 2022
September 6 - September 19, 2022
October 6 - October 20, 2022
November 1 - November 14, 2022
December 1 - December 14, 2022

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Promote organic agriculture in rural Nepal
Kathmandu       4 projects of 2 wks from November to February

Volunteer project: The project will take place in a small village in Kathmandu district, 7 km from Thamel, the center of Kathmandu. Most local people live off agriculture. The issue is with the chemicals that are used in agriculture and their harmful effect on public health. The goal is to provide the local population with an alternative way of sustaining themselves while involving the whole family in organic agriculture and providing healthier food options.

The volunteers will be involved in agriculture, working in a nursery to grow new and improved varieties of vegetables and crops. We will teach the local population how to plant and grow healthy produce. We will also provide a variety of different seeds which will be distributed to local families so that they can be used effectively to provide sustenance.
In the evening, we will be discussing different topics, such as freedom of expression, women empowerment, peace, etc. with the local people.

Language: English

Free time activities: There are many places you can visit in the free time: a national park for hiking, many temples, a government school.

Accommodation: Simple accommodation with a local family is provided. Volunteers will have three traditional meals a day, mostly the Nepalese national dish Dhal Bhat. A camping pad and a 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 the project site by bus.

Location: The village is located 13 km from the airport and 7 km from Thamel, the tourist center of Kathmandu. Also known as the City of Temples, Kathmandu is home to many UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites. The city offers all amenities (restaurants with Wi-Fi, pharmacies, grocery stores, etc.).

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 225 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 29, 2022
December 10 - December 24, 2022
January 16 - January 29, 2023
February 16 - February 28, 2023

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Long-term projects in Nepal