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Volunteer and Travel – 4 Weeks

Trip Overview

Get ready for an exciting 4-week journey!  Immerse yourself in the beauty of Nepal with our Volunteer and Adventure Travel package. Picture a trip that includes volunteering, wildlife safari, white water rafting, and trekking. Imagine making a real impact in local communities while exploring the Himalayan trails. Does this sound like the adventure you've been waiting for? It sure is!

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!


Wildlife Safari Adventures: Get up close with Nepal's incredible wildlife. Ready for some thrills?


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: Remember, this adventure is yours to customize, so feel free to share your preferences, and let our experts tailor your journey accordingly!

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.

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!
We'll show you around Kathmandu, sharing cool facts about the culture and history. Get ready to dive into the heart of the city!

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.

Days 4-18: Volunteering Journey Begins!
Hit the road to your volunteering placement, where you'll make a difference for the next few weeks. Get ready for an exciting week of volunteering, dedicated to creating positive change and unforgettable memories. It's time to make a difference!

Day 19: Back to Kathmandu!
Say goodbye to your volunteering spot and head back to Kathmandu. Reflect on your experiences as you journey back.

Day 20: Safari Adventure!
Time for a safari in Chitwan National Park! Get ready for exciting jungle activities and encounters with Nepal's amazing wildlife.

Day 21: Jungle Fun Continues!
A whole day dedicated to exploring the jungle. It's like being in a real-life nature adventure!

Day 22: Trekking Prep!
Start the day with a tasty breakfast, then off to Pokhara for trekking. The mountains are waiting, and we're ready for the trekking journey!

Days 23-25: Trekking Time!
Put on your trekking shoes – we're off to the Annapurna region! Enjoy the stunning views and the thrill of trekking.

Day 26: Back to Kathmandu!
Finish the trek and return to Kathmandu. Remember the amazing moments and stories from the trekking adventure.

Day 27: Your Day to Relax!
A day for you to do whatever you like in Kathmandu – explore, rest, or maybe do some more sightseeing.

Day 28: 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!

Destination

Kathamandu, Chitwan, Dhading and Pokhara

Included

  • Airport transfers

  • Food and accommodation in a local family while volunteering
  • 4 Sightseeing tours within Kathmandu valley
  • Cultural and language orientation
  • Public transport to and from the placement
  • 3 days Jungle safari (Chitwan Jungle Safari package): 2 nights accommodation in a jungle resort, 6 Meals (2 breakfast, 2 lunch & 2 dinner), Elephant back safari, Jungle walk, Tharu cultural dance, Tharu village walk, Bird watching, Canoe ride, Elephant breeding center visit
  • Half-day white water rafting
  • 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara
  • 4 days trekking (Pokhara Trekking Package): 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara, A professional trekking guide, 2 nights accommodation in the mountain, Food provided during the trek, Trekking permit, TIMS permit, Public transportation, 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while trekking, Public transport back to Kathmandu.

Excluded

  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • personal Expenses

Questions & Answers

How do I get to Chitwan after I finish my volunteering placement?

We will arrange a tourist bus for you, departing in the morning at 7:00 AM. The journey takes approximately 5 hours to your jungle safari resort.

How will I find a hotel upon arrival in Chitwan?

A VCD Nepal representative will pick you up from the bus stop. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be welcomed warmly by the staff, and they will provide you with the activities itinerary for the next 3 days.

Do I need any special clothing or gear for the jungle safari?

Not really, but I advise you to bring mosquito repellent and sun protection.

How do I get back to Kathmandu after the safari?

Our local coordinator will arrange transportation for you to return to Kathmandu.

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.

Can I extend my stay in Chitwan after the safari?

Yes, you can customize your itinerary to extend your stay in Chitwan or any other destination.

What language is spoken during the cultural orientation?

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

Are there medical facilities available during the safari?

Yes, the safari resort and local areas have access to medical facilities in case of emergencies.

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!

How do I get back to the airport after I complete my 4 weeks of volunteer and travel program?

After completing your 4 weeks of volunteer and travel program, our representative will arrange your airport transfer for a smooth departure. Safe travels!

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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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