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Volunteer & Trek Experience – 3 Weeks

Trip Overview

Overview:
Embark on a thrilling 3-week journey with VCD Nepal's Volunteer & Trek package. Immerse yourself in impactful community volunteering and traverse the majestic Himalayas through a tailored trekking experience. The adventure unfolds with volunteering at a community project, followed by a trekking expedition in the enchanting Annapurna region. The package is available year-round, offering flexibility to suit your schedule.

Highlights

Flexibility: Your adventure, your way! Tailor your experience to match your dreams.


Volunteering Opportunities: Ever thought about making a difference? Here's your chance!


Trekking in the Himalayas: Feel the exhilaration of trekking through stunning landscapes. Are you up for the challenge?


Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the vibrant Nepali culture. Are you ready to connect with locals and create lasting memories?


Join us on this epic journey, where every moment is a new adventure waiting to unfold!

Requirement

Basic English proficiency
A criminal background check certificate
Travel insurance for your safety
Recommended vaccinations (Consult your GP or seek medical advice before volunteering and traveling in Nepal).

Safety and Support

Curious about safety? Your well-being is our top priority. At VCD Nepal, we value the safety of our volunteers above all else. Our local coordinator and VCD team are dedicated to looking after you and ensuring that you stay safe, comfortable, and healthy throughout your time in Nepal. From the moment you arrive at the airport, our coordinator will be available to assist you with anything you may need. We provide a detailed orientation process as soon as you arrive in the country, ensuring that you are well-prepared for your volunteer experience.

Arrival Information:

Upon your program start date, arrive at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Look for a VCD Nepal coordinator holding a sign with your name, making it easy for you to spot them. They'll guide you to your accommodation, ensuring a smooth transition to your volunteer experience in Nepal.

Accommodation and meals

During your first few days in Kathmandu for orientation, you'll stay with a local host family or at a nearby guest house/hotel. The rooms are basic but comfortable, equipped with Western-style toilets, hot water, and free WiFi. Once your volunteer placement begins, you'll stay with local families in villages or cities, enjoying private rooms with basic furnishings. Meals, featuring Dal Bhat Tarkari, are served three times daily, with breakfast around 7 am, and lunch and dinner around 9 am and 7 pm, respectively.

In city areas, hosts provide amenities like Wi-Fi, western toilets, and hot showers. However, village hosting families may have limited facilities such as internet access, hot showers, or western toilets. Nonetheless, the village stay offers a unique, rustic experience. Participants can purchase bottled water or request filtered/boiled water.

During the adventure program, your accommodation and meals will be arranged at local guest houses or tea houses. You can buy bottled water or request filtered or boiled water from your host family.

Upon Arrival Orientation

Upon arrival, you'll undergo orientation to familiarize yourself with daily life in Nepal. You'll spend a couple of days at a host family or local hotel, meeting fellow volunteers, and adjusting after your flight. You'll have the chance to try local food and get ready for your placement. During orientation, you'll receive:

Language lessons
Information about cultural and gender issues in Nepal
Details about your placement
Insights into volunteering in Nepal
Introduction to Nepalese cuisine
A Kathmandu city tour, including famous sites like Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple.

This orientation ensures you're well-prepared to begin your volunteer work and immerse yourself in Nepali culture.

Itinerary

This journey is all about you. Tell us what you love, and our experts will create a personalized itinerary just for you!

01 day: Arrival in Kathmandu
Your arrival in Kathmandu will be met with a warm welcome from our team at the airport, ensuring a smooth start to your journey. We'll be there to greet you, address any initial questions you may have, and promptly transfer you to your hotel for a comfortable stay.

Day 2: Explore Kathmandu!
Discover the magic of Kathmandu with a day of sightseeing and cultural wonders.

Day 3:Language and Cultural Orientation!
Immerse yourself in the local language and cultural information as you continue exploring Kathmandu. We'll share cultural insights and teach you some Nepali language, helping you adapt quickly to the vibrant local environment.

Day 4: Volunteering Journey Begins!
Hit the road to your volunteering placement, where you'll make a difference for the next few weeks.

Days 5-12:  Impactful Volunteer Journey!
Get ready for an exciting week of volunteering, dedicated to creating positive change and unforgettable memories. It's time to make a difference!

Day 13: Return to Kathmandu!
Your volunteering journey end here and head back to Kathmandu.

Day 14: Prepare for Trekking!
Take a day to relax and get ready for the upcoming trekking adventure.

Day 15: Off to Pokhara!
Travel to Pokhara, stay in a local hotel, and get ready for the trek ahead.

Days 16-18: Trekking Excitement!
Embark on an unforgettable trekking journey, surrounded by breathtaking views.

Day 19: Back to Kathmandu!
Return to Kathmandu, reflecting on the trekking adventure.

Day 20: Explore and Relax!
Enjoy a leisurely day in Kathmandu – explore, shop, and relax. End the day with a farewell dinner.

Day 21: Departure Day!
Your trip ends here as you prepare to leave. Our representative will assist with your airport transfer. See you on another volunteer journey with VCD Nepal soon. Safe travels!

Included

  • Airport transfers

  • Accommodation and meals
  • Public transport to and from the project
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • * Basic Nepali language and cultural orientation
  • 24/7 Emergency support
  • Program orientation
  • Personalized project
  • Certificate of completion

Excluded

  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal expenses

Questions & Answers

How do I get back to the airport after I complete my 3 weeks of volunteer trek program?

After completing your 3-week program, our representative will arrange your airport transfer for a smooth departure. Safe travels!

How do I get to Pokhara for trekking?

We will arrange a tourist bus, departing at 7:00 AM, for a 7-hour journey. Upon arrival, a VCD Nepal trekking guide will greet you and transfer you to the hotel. The guide will provide a briefing the evening before the trek.

What is the daily schedule during volunteering?

Depending on your chosen project, your day usually starts at 7 am with morning tea. The main meal is around 9:30 am, followed by work at the project site. The standard workweek is six days, with Saturdays off.

Can I choose my volunteering project?

Yes, you have the flexibility to choose from a variety of projects based on your interests and skills.

What language is spoken during the cultural orientation?

The orientation is conducted in English, ensuring effective communication for all participants.

What happens when I arrive at Kathmandu airport? Will someone from VCD Nepal pick me up and take me to my accommodation?

Absolutely! Your exciting volunteer and adventure journey begin in Kathmandu. Upon arrival, our VCD Nepal coordinator extends a warm meet and greet and smoothly transfers you to your comfortable accommodation. Get ready for an unforgettable experience!

Do I need any special trekking gear?

A good runner and warm jacket should be sufficient for this low-altitude trek. The need may vary by season, so please inform us in advance for tailored advice.

Where is my trekking route?

The 3-week volunteer trek package includes trekking around the Annapurna region. The route can be customized based on your preferences.

How do I get back to Kathmandu after trekking?

Upon completing the trek, your guide will drop you off at a hotel in Lakeside, Pokhara. The next morning, our local coordinator will pick you up around 7 am and transfer you to the bus to Kathmandu. The journey takes 7-8 hours, and upon arrival in Kathmandu, our volunteer coordinator will guide you to your Thamel accommodation. Remember, this adventure is yours to customize, so feel free to share your preferences, and let our experts tailor your journey accordingly!

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VCD Nepal is a non-profit volunteer organization based in Nepal that connects local communities with international volunteers to provide education, healthcare, sanitation, and environmental services.

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Thamel Kathmandu, Nepal

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+977 9851034934

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