Language & Cultural Orientation

It, onset of volunteer, aims to inducting Nepali culture, history, languages, food and places. It is not mandatory; you have choice to begin without it too. Our emphasis remains to be the part of it, because it helps to know people and their civilization. This program will hold in Kathmandu the capital city of Nepal by University Lecturers. On the day, you will stay at guest house arranged Volunteer for Nepal.

Orientation Week Itinerary:

Day-1
The staff or coordinator pick up you from the Airport. You will go to the office of Volunteer for Nepal and introduce to the program details, about culture, safety, food, places to visit and things to do and a week program schedule.

Day -2
You will engage on Nepali language class where basic words, welcoming, greeting, expressions and a few useful handy words are taught. Basically the learnt words will help you on your placements. On the same day you have time to explore yourself around the Kathmandu.

Day -3
On the day, there will be three hours Nepali language class to know about more words and a few sentences. And remain time you may indulge local markets at the evening.

Day -4
Kathmandu’s UNESCO World Heritage sites you will be escorted throughout the day by Guide.  

  1. Pasupati: is a sacred Hindu temple located on the bank of Bagmati river. This is famouse as Hindu spiritual powerhouse.  It is also famous for open cremation on the bank of Bagmati River. Not allowed non-Hindus people to enter into the temple.
  2. Baudha: is one of the largest stupas in Nepal where inflow thousands of pilgrims and tourists every day. It is a belief that a Tibetan King centuries ago built Baudhanath.
  3. Swayabhunath: is the oldest ancient Stupa of Nepal, also known as Monkey Temple. Kathmandu valley looks amazingly beautiful glittering in the evening you can overview sitting on the top of the sputa. The meaning of Swayambhu is a ‘self-made or arisen’ mound hill due to tectonic plate at the time, the valley was a lake.

Day -5
Useful Nepali words and vocabulary are taught to volunteers with a view to apply with people. And so the class takes place only for three hours, and then you will go to explore the local markets with tutor.

Day-6
On the day 6- our guide will take you to visit the historic sites of Kathmandu, and will enjoy the lunch at a beautiful traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Day- 7
Ends of Orientation week

Orientation

You will be picked up at the airport by VfN staff upon your arrival and taken to the Hotel. You are provided a day induction which will include basic information about your placement. This is a great chance to assimilate with other volunteers and get to know the local team. Included in orientation:

  1. History, culture and traditional insight about Nepal
  2. Learning the basics of the Nepalese language words of welcoming, greeting and expressions.
  3. Safety and health issues, as well as communication system in Nepal.
  4. Information and tour to Kathmandu’s most visited tourist spots.

Accommodation

In orientation period you will be placed at a guest house or hotel in Kathmandu. During the volunteering the living condition will be far from luxurious but you will get own single room or share with group friends. Host family are always supportive, welcoming and caring for volunteers. The accommodation have running water and electricity is sometime unreliable sometime. Squat toilet is common in Nepal and western toilets might be unavailable in Host family or hostel. WiFi is available but we recommend to get SIM card with data package to keep in touch with family. This is an excellent opportunity to stay with Nepalese family in order to learn and experience the way of life. We highly recommend in winter season to pack warm cloth and sleeping bag.

Meals

You are given Nepali meals three times in a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner in the placement. Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari (pulses, rice and curry) are staple food for most Nepalis. Tarkari is vegetables curry, pickle, and occasionally meat curry also will be provided to you. Additional foods, you should self afford. For drinking water, you are given two mineral bottles (one liter of each bottle) in a day, or you can buy self of which total cost may comes to be about US $5 dollar in a week. If any of you have special dietary habits and requirement, please let us know on the time of you do apply so that we could make arrangement for. We do our best to well taking care of volunteers. Meanwhile, you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We highly appreciate the flexibility of volunteers.

Project Location

On this program location, volunteers can make a great experience of vibrant city of Kathmandu, as well as rural life of surrounding the valley and neighbour districts. On the placement volunteers will stay with local host families or hostel in the Kathmandu Valley.

  1. Kathmandu.

Cost

The program fee listed below include the cost of accommodation and meals on volunteering duration. Also the cost cover your pick up and drop off, sightseeing of major heritage sites in the town. Though flight ticket, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, personal extra spending money and excursions are not included on this program fees.
Volunteer for Nepal always try to make its fees to be affordable.

S.N Weeks Cost €
1 1 Week 300€

 

FAQ

What kind of volunteer work will I be doing?
We offer a range of placements in such as education, child care, orphanage, monastery and healthcare. Each program its own unique challenges so your role will vary depending on the project nature you’ll be working on. For more details, please you do mail us.

Why should I volunteer with Volunteer for Nepal?
-Provides quality programs on the cheapest program fee.
-Supports participants on pre-placement, in placements and post placement phases.
-Concerns about participants’ safety 24/7 support service.
-Experienced staffed members.

What is the application process?
You can apply on clicking Apply Now or download the form and send us. It will be highly obliged for completing the form. We do response as quickly as possible.

What should be the age of volunteers?
The minimum age should be 18 years. If you are below 18 year (16 or 17) we should talk with parents or guardian. There is no age limitation for maximum age to those who are mentally and physically efficiency for the programs.

How do I get Visa for Nepal?
You can get the visa on the spot when you arrive in Nepal, either at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) of Kathmandu or at road borders.

Why do I have to pay to Volunteer?
Volunteer for Nepal is non-profitable organization. Till now no grants from any organizations or donors. So the costs are to provide food and housing for volunteers, training, supervision and safety precautions as well as certain costs included in running the projects successfully. The cost varies depending on the programs.

What is included in the cost of Volunteering?
The cost covers various things depending on the project itself. Basically, included the following in the cost:
– Accommodations on your staying.
– Food (lunch & dinner)
– Airport pickup upon arrival and drop off.
– Orientation and training to familiarize volunteers with their surroundings and the work they will be doing.
– Sightseeing the most touristy area.

When do I have to pay full payment?
You can pay the program fee on the time of arriving and meeting with program coordinator.

How long do the programs last?
The first and second days of the program will be orientation and escorted for sightseeing, you can yourself explore some places and may do shopping as well. After all of this you will go to the placement for volunteer.

Do I need travel insurance?
It is mandatory to have a travel medical insurance.

What vaccination will I need?
Consult your doctor before flying to Nepal. These basic vaccinations are Tetanus, Hepatitis and Typhoid for your safety.  If you have altitude sickness, you should ask your doctor to prescribe proper medicines.

What skill and language are required?
There is no mandatory specific skill and language to volunteer. Basic english colloquial is enough. For the english teaching program you have to have writing and speaking English.

How safe is it to volunteer in Nepal?
Nepal is one of the safest destinations in terms of traveling and volunteering. There is no any organized terror groups who involve in violence and murder. Our all placements are located in very safe location in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lamjung, all of our working location have police station.

What cost do I need to consider?
The cost you need to consider in addition to program fee, like flights, travel insurance, visa cost buying bottle of water, food during orientation, and spending money.

How can I communicate with my family back home?
Now these days Nepal also developing information and Technology quite speedily compare to other sectors. So you can communicate with your family and friends back home via mobile phone, internet, email etc.

Can I buy a Nepali sim card upon arrival?
Definitely you can buy Nepali sim card there are two cell phone companies Nepal Telecom and NCell have wide range of Network. It cost 2$ with few minutes credits. You need to have copies of passport size photos and a Xerox copy of your passport.

Can I talked to people who have volunteered before, if yes then how?
Literally as a newly established organisation we don’t have more volunteers few numbers had volunteered, however, we do encourage volunteers to contact with former volunteers participants. We will provide their contact no or email upon request. All of our previous volunteers are as an ambassadors who deliver message to other who are interested.