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Nepal Cultural Exchange

Trip Overview

The Cultural exchange program offers a wholesome experience to understand the real lifestyle of Nepali people. You will get an opportunity to stay with locals and live like locals. Nepal cultural exchange programs are available in urban modern cities to typical rural village. They all are unique in their own way. As a participant you will stay with a local family which is an excellent way to immerse yourselves in the depth of all aspects of Nepali culture, lifestyle, language, food and people.

Nepali people are known for their kindness, humility, and warmth. This transformative opportunity has the potential to positively change your life forever. The Cultural Exchange program runs year-round, with durations ranging from 1 to 20 weeks. VCD Nepal boasts an extensive network of 100+ host families throughout Nepal.

Trip Highlights

Stay with locals: Immerse yourself in Nepali culture by living with local families, experiencing their lifestyle firsthand.
Cultural immersion: Engage deeply with Nepali traditions, language, and daily life for a comprehensive cultural experience.
Learn Nepali cooking: Gain practical skills in Nepali cuisine through hands-on cooking experiences and culinary exploration.
Organic farming involvement: Participate in organic agricultural activities, learning about traditional farming methods and sustainability practices.

Requirements

Basic English, open-mindedness.
A criminal background check certificate
Travel insurance for your safety
Vaccination (Please consult with you your GP first)

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

Our cultural exchange placement is very diverse. We offer placements 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 cultural exchange 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

You will wake up around 7 am. A cup of morning tea is served around 7:30am. Main meal is ready around 9:30am. A cup of tea and light socks is provided around 3pm. Dinner is served about 7pm. But this can slightly be different one family to another.

Given the nature of cultural exchange, there's no rush, allowing participant to take it easy and savor the experience. Festivals and local events often provide exciting opportunities for exploration. We strongly suggest you to help your family in daily household and agricultural works. It is the best way to immerse in to Nepali culture, learn language and learn how to cook Nepali food. You can also organize some fun activities for family members and village kids. They absolutely love it.

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 fees

The program operates year-round. Our affordable program fee, starting at $250, covers accommodation at a local family, three local meals per day, and project support.

1 week $250
2 weeks $300
3 weeks $350
4 weeks $400
5 weeks $450
6 weeks $500
7 weeks $500
8 weeks $600
Additional week $50

Included

  • * Airport pick up and drop off
  • * Accommodation and meals at the host family
  • * Public transport to and from the project
  • * Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • * Basic Nepali language and cultural orientation
  • 24/7 Emergency support
  • Program orientation
  • Personalized project

Excluded

  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Sightseeing entrance fees

  • vaccination

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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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