Take a Volunteer Vacation in Nepal

By: David Stevens

To Volunteer in Nepal is an experience of a lifetime! Volunteering in Nepal at projects such as orphanages and schools will not only be helping the people of Nepal but you will also get to know the country and its wonderful people in a much more meaningful way.

Nepal is bordering by China to the north and India to the south, east and west. For a relatively small country, the Nepali landscape is uncommonly diverse, ranging from the humid Terai in the south to the lofty Himalayas in the north. Nepal boasts eight of the worlds ten highest mountains, including Mount Everest. Kathmandu is the capital and largest city.

The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, its rich cultural heritage and its friendly people. A small country wedged between India and China, it contains 8 of the worlds 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest. It is the worlds only official Hindu state and is dotted with both Hindu and Buddhist temples and sites of pilgrimage.

Nepal is also poor and underdeveloped country, with most of its population relying on small-scale agriculture. Volunteers can work in a range of projects with local people. Volunteers will experience the traditional way of life, the culture and the beauty of Nepal, while engaging in an exchange of ideas and work practices in the poorest communities.

Working as a volunteer in Nepal is a great way to contribute to one of the worlds most beautiful countries. As a volunteer in Nepal you also gain a unique insight in to Nepalese culture and daily life as well as getting to know both local people and other volunteers. In order to volunteer it is not necessary to have specific skills just a desire to give something back on your gap year.

You will be teaching and providing disadvantaged Nepalese children with a better start in life. You will be teaching English teaching assistants, often in villages few other travellers venture too. If you have never taught before you can still volunteer on your Nepal travel as full training is provided when you arrive, as well as lessons in speaking basic Nepali.

Here are some typical volunteer opportunities in Nepal.

Teaching English : Volunteers teach for a few hours each day. The age range of the students will vary, but generally will be between 10 to 14 years of age. Students have a basic level of English. Volunteers are encouraged to work with local teachers as well to develop new teaching practices and help with their conversational English to enable them to teach English in the future.

Working in an Orphanage : Volunteers are placed in orphanages where they will assist the children in their day to day routine. There are several orphanages in Nepal where you can be placed in near Kathmandu. The children are mostly between the ages of four and fifteen, and have a basic level of English. The general role of the volunteer will be to care, look after and encourage the children. Volunteers will teach the children general life skills, including health and sanitation, as well as arts, crafts and music.

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