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Nepal Community Painting

Trip Overview

Our Community Painting initiative collaborates with local schools, hospitals, community centers, and libraries in need of a vibrant makeover. Often constrained by limited funds and manpower, these institutions require assistance in revitalizing their spaces. As a volunteer, you'll leverage your artistic skills to paint murals and inspirational messages, with the community actively participating in this creative transformation.

Projects primarily take place in rural Nepalese communities where financial constraints hinder efforts to paint and enhance local educational and health facilities. Urban painting projects, involving community schools and hospitals, are also available. This program accommodates both individual and group participation, operating throughout the year, with project durations ranging from 1 to 12 weeks.

We encourage volunteers to bring educational painting and drawing ideas, particularly those with painting and art skills.

Trip Highlights

- Community Collaboration: Collaborate with local institutions like schools and hospitals for vibrant makeovers.
- Artistic Contribution: Utilize your artistic skills to paint murals and inspirational messages, engaging the community in creative transformation.
- Rural and Urban Projects: Work in both rural communities and urban areas, addressing financial constraints in rural areas and enhancing local facilities.
- Flexible Participation: Join as an individual or group, with projects running year-round for 1 to 12 weeks, allowing for flexible engagement.

Requirements

Basic English
A criminal background check certificate
Travel insurance for your safety
Vaccination (Please consult with you your GP first)
Fundraising: Volunteers are encouraged to raise funds for the project, including the purchase of colors and other necessary equipment.

Safety and Support

Your well-being is our top priority. At VCD Nepal, we value the safety of our participants above all else. Our local coordinator and VCD staff 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 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.

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
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 cultural exchange program and immerse yourself in Nepali culture.

Getting to the site

We offer painting projects across Nepal, ranging from subtropical weather to cold weather, and from the flat Terai belt to hilly and mountainous regions. Our popular destinations include Chitwan, Kathmandu, and Pokhara. As a participant, you can choose where you want to go or seek recommendations from our experts. Your community painting journey begins with a scenic public bus ride, providing a glimpse into local life. Upon arrival, you'll be guided to your assigned family.

Typical Day

Your day typically begins around 7 am, starting with a cup of morning tea. The main meal is served at approximately 9:30 am, after which you head to the painting project. Expect to engage in painting activities 5 to 6 days a week, with Saturdays designated as a day off, though flexibility exists in project hours.

During your free time before and after the project, support your host family with household and agricultural tasks. Immersing yourself in these activities is an excellent way to understand Nepali culture and language. Playing and engaging in educational activities with community children is both enjoyable and appreciated.

Weekends & Free Time Activities

Nepal offers breathtaking adventure activities year-round, including trekking, hiking, paragliding, white water rafting, bungee jumping, jungle safaris, and more. VCD Nepal also offers combined packages with tourist activities, allowing for a tailor-made itinerary.

Program Fee

The program fee varies depending on the project site and duration of your stay. We will sort this out based on your chosen project site and the length of your stay.

Destination

All over Nepal. Popular destination: Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara

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

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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.

Address

Thamel Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone

+977 9851034934

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