Nepal is so much more than Mount Everest and the snow capped Himalayas. Majestic temples, prayer flags, paddy fields, jungles and the kindest nation of people you will ever meet come together to create an amazing, historically spiritual country.
Struggling back from the earthquakes of 2015, their resilience is notable and their appreciation for help tangible. Whether your intention is to help on one of our care, medical or relief disaster projects or maybe you just want to trek amongst the snowy peaks, you will be helping this country get back onto its feet in some shape or form.
Nepal has historically been a shrewd trader with both India to the South and China to the North. It is also in a transitional stage from royal autocracy to a form of democracy, promoting a dynamic and more modern metropolis. Western influences mean that you'll witness monks chatting on mobile phones and slick looking businessmen wandering about briefcase in hand.
Many communities across Nepal are still struggling to recover from the devastating earthquake that struck the country in April 2015. Overseas volunteers are the best and most useful resource for Nepal at the moment as they rebuild communities both in structure and spirit.
Through our in-country team based in Nepal we can now provide constructive and life changing disaster relief opportunities in the Kathmandu Valley. Currently, we are working in the villages of Bunkmate, Lalitpur.
We are primarily focusing on the children of the area, especially on making sure they have access to safe learning environments and washing facilities. Over 50,000 classrooms were damaged or destroyed in the earthquake and together we can make a difference.
Your role as a disaster relief volunteer in Nepal will include:
The type of work depends on what stage of the construction the project is at when you arrive.
You will be under the supervision of a professional mason, a qualified construction engineer and a Western coordinator.
You’ll find the construction techniques, equipment, team structures and materials in Nepal completely different to what you may have experienced at home – so go with it.Costs:
The Disaster Relief placement fee will cover your food, accommodation, health and travel insurance, airport transfers, support from local and overseas staff, administration and information before you go and during your time away, as well as all project materials.
Once all these standard costs have been covered we make sure that any money left is donated to the Nepal disaster relief work.Please Note:
This project is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
The main office is in the centre of Kathmandu where the Country Director and all members of staff base themselves. The office acts as a general meeting point for all the volunteers in and around Kathmandu and everyone is welcome to come in, hang out and use the wi-fi.
All our staff are trained in the UK and in-country to follow best practice procedures, including monitoring, security, and emergency procedures. They are responsible for organizing the projects and accommodation to ensure everything runs smoothly.
They are there to assist with any concerns, problems, advice, and general administration that may arise during your time away - available during the day at the office and directly contactable 24 hours a day by phone.On arrival
On arrival you will appointed with a project supervisor who will go through your ‘induction’, work schedule and will be your first point of contact.
Your induction will include:
Project Details: One month before you go you will be allocated your project details. These include addresses and phone numbers of your host family, project and supervisor.
We will help organise your flights to Nepal.
You will need to fly into Kathmandu International airport where you will be met by a member of staff who will accompany you to your host accommodation, by taxi.
You will be given an International Embarkation/Disembarkation Card on the flight - please mark status as 'Tourist'.
A taxi will be organised for you at the end to take you back to the airport.
All relief volunteers are accommodated in a guesthouse close to the project site and will be supported by our full-time local staff.
The guesthouse accommodation offers single sex dormitory style rooms. It is not possible to offer single rooms, or for couples to share.
You will be provided with 3 meals a day of local style food – expect to eat Dal bhat for most meals (rice and lentil soup).
Smoking and drinking will not be permitted in the accommodation.
You will need to bring your own cleaning products and toilet paper, as Nepalese are used to using just water.
At the weekends most volunteers head to Thamel (Kathmandu centre) or away for the weekends so they can do touristy activities and/or go out for a drink/meal.
Their currency is the Nepali Rupee, where 100 rupees = US$1. There are plenty of ATM’s in the city so it is easy to get money out, little and often.
An average weekly allowance would be about US$30 depending on how often you go out etc. and more will be needed for the weekends if you do some adventure activities.Typical costs are:
On your days off there's always something going on. Kathmandu attracts pilgrims as well as tourists, so there are plenty of religious festivals and temples to visit and the adventurous will be easily satisfied.
Taxis, buses, tempos (three wheeled buses), auto-rickshaws, bicycle rickshaws and bicycles are the tried and tested ways to get around the Kathmandu and the Kathmandu Valley. But please always use the tourist buses and not the local ones.
Top adventures would include:
Independent travel is easily arranged in Kathmandu. Many trips/activities can be organised through our trusted hotels and reputable agencies. Our in country staff will advise on arrival.
The information below relates to Kathmandu. The weather is milder in the mountains and warmer/more humid in the lowlands (e.g. Chitwan).
April-Aug expect warm daytime temperatures, up to 30-35°C, going down to about 20°C at night (still as low as 11°C at night in April).
June-mid September, which is also the warmest and most humid period. Do not expect to trek during this time or to have good views of the mountains.
Oct - Dec, the start of the dry season. This is one of the best times to travel - clear skies with good visibility of the mountains and the country is lush following the monsoon.
Nov - Feb are the coldest months, with temperatures no higher than 19°C and down as low as 2°C at night. There is no indoor heating, so be prepared with coats and other warm clothes, especially when indoors.
Head off to Nepal to make a difference to the lives of others.
We have flexible departures (every Monday) for a flexible duration (min 2 weeks) making it easy for you to include an experience such as this in your gap year plans.
Whilst you will be busy during the week you will have plenty of time to explore this amazing country at the weekends
When you arrive you will hook up with other volunteers so your social life is taken care of.
Just get in touch if you have any questions.
Over the last 12 years we've taken thousands of young people overseas to experience the trip of a lifetime.
That success has drawn industry-wide recognition. We're an accredited member of both the Year Out Group, an association designed to promote the benefits of well-structured gap year programs, and The American Gap Association.
We're big on safety too; everywhere we work is carefully researched, audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Industry Standards for organising and managing adventurous activities outside the UK.