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Volunteer & Road Trip – 6 weeks

Trip Overview

Ever dreamt of making a difference while embarking on an epic road trip through Nepal? Well, now's your chance! Join our volunteer and road trip package, where impactful volunteering meets thrilling adventures. After your volunteer placement, get ready to hit the road for an unforgettable journey across Nepal. This incredible experience is available year-round, so are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime?

Trip Highlights

Flexible: Tailor your journey to match your dreams. Your adventure, your way!


Volunteering Opportunities: Ever thought about making a difference? Now's your chance! Immerse yourself in impactful volunteer work, creating lasting memories and connections with local communities.


Wildlife Safari Activities: Get ready for thrilling encounters with Nepal's incredible wildlife. From elephant back safaris to jungle walks, your adventure is packed with exciting activities.


Trekking in the Himalayas: Feel the exhilaration of trekking through stunning landscapes around the Annapurna region. Challenge yourself with a trekking adventure guided by experienced professionals.


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!

Requirements

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

Safety and support

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.

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 teaching English 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.

Trip Itinerary

This itinerary is customizable according to your travel plans and preferences, Please share your thoughts and our tour expert will help you to plan your trip.

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.

02 day: Sightseeing + Language + Cultural Information
Explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu, taking in its rich cultural heritage. Engage in a language and cultural orientation session to familiarize yourself with local customs and traditions.

03 day: Sightseeing + Language + Cultural Information
Continue your exploration of Kathmandu, visiting iconic landmarks and immersing yourself in the local way of life. Language and cultural sessions will deepen your understanding of Nepalese customs.

04 days: Travel to Godawari for Home Stay and Cultural Exchange
Embark on a journey to Godawari for a unique home-stay experience. Immerse yourself in the daily life of a typical village, fostering cultural exchange and building connections with the local community.

05 day: Family Stay and Cultural Immersion in a Typical Village
Experience the warmth of Nepalese hospitality during a family stay. Engage in cultural activities, share meals, and participate in daily routines, gaining a deeper understanding of local traditions.

06 day: Travel back to Kathmandu
Return to Kathmandu, reflecting on your village experience. Take the evening to relax and prepare for the next phase of your journey.

07 – 20 day: 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!

20 day: Back to Kathmandu and Rest
Return to Kathmandu for a well-deserved break. Rest and recharge before continuing your volunteer efforts.

21 – 31 day: Volunteering Round 2: Resume your chosen program, make lasting connections, and witness the impact of your efforts. The journey begins—hit the road for an exciting week of positive change and unforgettable memories. It's time to make a difference!

32 day: Travel back to Kathmandu
Conclude your volunteer work and return to Kathmandu. Reflect on your experiences and the positive changes you've contributed to.

33 day: Rafting + Travel to Chitwan National Park for Wildlife Safari
Embark on an exciting rafting adventure before heading to Chitwan National Park. Prepare for a wildlife safari to encounter diverse flora and fauna.

34 day: Chitwan Safari
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Chitwan National Park, witnessing wildlife in their natural habitat. Learn about conservation efforts and enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings.

35 day: Breakfast and Travel to Pokhara for the Trek
Fuel up with a hearty breakfast before traveling to Pokhara. Prepare for an upcoming trek amidst the stunning landscapes of the Annapurna region.

36 – 37 day: Trekking
Embark on a memorable trekking adventure, surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery. Experience the camaraderie of fellow trekkers and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Himalayas.

38 day: Travel back from the Trekking
Conclude your trekking adventure and return to Pokhara. Reflect on the challenges and triumphs of your journey.

39 day: Sightseeing around Pokhara
Explore the enchanting city of Pokhara, known for its lakes and mountain views. Visit local attractions and unwind after the trek.

40 day: Travel back to Kathmandu
Return to Kathmandu, reminiscing about your diverse experiences in Nepal. Take the day to rest and reflect.

41 day: Choose Your Own Adventure!
It's your day to be the boss of your own journey. Whether you want to explore, shop, relax, or try something new – today is all about you! Enjoy the freedom to make your day as exciting as you want it to be.

42 day: 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

Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara, and Dhading

Included

  • Airport transfers

  • Accommodation and meals
  • 25 days volunteering placement
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Language and cultural orientation
  • public transportation
  • Half-day white water rafting
  • 4 days accommodation in Pokhara
  • 3 days trekking around Annapurna region(Professional trekking guide, Trekking permit, TIMS permit, Public transportation, 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while trekking, Public transport back to Kathmandu)
  • 3 days Chitwan wildlife safari (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)

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!

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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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