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Volunteer oppertunities in Nepal

Nepal is a country of extraordinary diversity, ranging from the tropical Terai lowlands at near sea level, through lush jungles, up to the towering peak of Mount Everest. Endless opportunities exist for adventure and exploration in the regions surrounding VIP's established volunteer project areas.

There are numerous volunteer opportunities, including teaching English in local schools, conservation projects near the Royal Chitwan National Park, working with orphaned children, assisting local doctors and nurses in a rural health center, or helping to renovate a local school or monastery. Volunteer in Nepal with VIP - an experience as rewarding to the volunteer as to those assisted.

Volunteer Abroad Program Overview — Nepal

Presently RCDP-Nepal offers volunteer program in 5 different areas. Volunteers can stay 2-12 weeks. Our program starts on the 1st and 16th of each month. See our sample projects page for more details about project options.

After completing 2 weeks of language and cultural immersion program, volunteers will go for 7 days of Himalayan trekking in Annapurna Trekking Trail. Volunteers will pass by the beautiful landscapes, ethnic villages, and stunning scenery of the Himalayas. Once this trek has been completed volunteers will be sent to stay with local homestay families.

Requirements

Arrival

On arrival at the airport you will be met by a representative of RCDP-Nepal and taken to your accommodation in Kathmandu.

Where you'll be staying

For the second week you will transfer to a small ethnic village where you'll live with a family and work with villagers on traditional farms. You'll continue practicing language and experience the unique culture, nature, and life of Nepali people. This week also includes white water rafting, village hiking, and learning the ethnic dances of the region. The language and cultural immersion program concludes with 3 full days of jungle safari, elephant riding, canoeing, Tharu dance, and ethnic village visit.

After completing 3 weeks of cultural orientation, language training and Himalayan trekking, your RCDP representative will introduce you to your homestay family and host project. As a volunteer with RCDP-Nepal, you will be placed within a welcoming host family setting. You will have a separate room (clean and well ventilated) and be provided 3 Nepali meals per day. Nepali meals consist of tea or milk (breakfast), rice, vegetable curry, soup (legume soup), and pickle (for breakfast and dinner). Most host families have electricity and radio (it may not be possible sometimes in village). Some of the host families have telephone facility.

Our host families are mostly educated, well-respected people, who have experience with international students. In addition, some members of host families may speak English. The family will welcome you upon your arrival, and treat you as a family member. RCDP-Nepal representative visits volunteers every 15 days to make sure that things are going well. In certain cases, a volunteer may be placed in a hostel instead of with a host family.

Orientation

Your volunteer program in Nepal starts with 2 weeks of intensive language study and cultural orientation. The first week focuses on language training (4-5 hours per day), a one-day guided cultural tour of Kathmandu, and orientation to issues of health, safety, climate, history, local issues, religion, culture and cultural shock. There is also enough free time to explore Kathmandu -- including the dazzling tourist Bazaar.

 

PROGRAM FEES 2015*

WEEKS PROGRAM COST
5 US$ 1950
6 US$ 2030
7 US$ 2115
8 US$ 2200
9 US$ 2280
10 US$ 2365
11 US$ 2445
12 US$ 2530

 

*Total volunteering of 5 weeks is required to complete 2 weeks intensive language and cultural immersion program, one week trekking, and 2 weeks of minimum volunteering commitment. Shorter programs can be developed by special request.

**The published prices remain subject to change in case of major currency fluctuations. Contact your sending office.

What the program includes:

Extras (at additional cost)

Programs are also available without trekking and white water rafting. Check with your sending office for cost details.

NEW OFFERING - 14 days Everest Trekking is now available for an additional fee of $600. Price includes food, accommodations, porters, guide, permits etc.  DOES NOT INCLUDE flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.

 

What the program doesn't include:

 

Payment Schedule

A deposit of 20% of the total program fee is required with your application. It is non-refundable upon notification of acceptance and is applied to the total program fee.

The balance of the program fee is required 30 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

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