Volunteering in Nepal an unforgettable Asian Travel experience

by : Moe Tamani

Nestled in the heart of theHimalayas, the mountain kingdom of Nepal with its beautycan hold anyone spellbound but if you look deeper, you will instantly see thatthe country needs some of the basic necessities like education, health andfinancial aid. Volunteering in Nepalis popular among the youth mostly because people get attracted to the idea ofvisiting the “Mt. Everest Country" and learning about a new alien culture. Nepal, for a long time has, enchanted andfascinated tourists and trekkers, mountaineers and scholars with the sheerbeauty, mysteriousness and the mystical chants that arise from the monasteriesin the deeper realms of the Himalayas.

In the recent past, Nepal has seenan increase in environmentally destructive activities and hence needs more andmore volunteers to come forward and help in reducing the negative impact thattourism has left in its wake in this Asian country. The higher regions closerto the Everest base camp and other base camps and glaciers have also beennegatively affected by such rampant growth in tourism.

Volunteering in Nepal to spreadawareness on the environmental issues is gathering momentum. Overseas volunteerwork is being seen by many people, as an opportunity to satisfy their need to participatefor a good cause while gaining an invaluable experience.

One such organization isKEEP or The Katmandu Environmental Education Project. From time to time, KEEPlooks out for volunteering in Nepaland is considered as one of the leading non profit organizations in South East Asia. There are many similar organizations whoare not only focused on the impending issue of creating a safe and healthyenvironment but also help in providing medical aid, creating infrastructure,imparting education in village schools, enabling communication through the Internetand other modes of communication between far off villages, teaching the localsand tourists about damages caused to the environment and about global warming,and many more.

You can choose from avariety of volunteer programs that are aimed at different subject fromprotecting environment to eradicating poverty. Volunteering in Nepal is an interesting option because of thefact that you will get to travel to places, which are nestled deep in the heartof the mighty Himalayas, places which can becompared to paradise, places which are so remote that people there don’t haveany educational facilities, water & electricity or better schools.

Volunteering in Nepal is agreat experience and most non profit organizations requiring volunteers providethe following programs:

Restoration -- of old buildings,cleaning up local villages and high altitude camps and protecting thebiodiversity. As a part of this overseas volunteer work, you will be workingwith the existing staff in construction of local schools and restoration of theenvironment.

Teaching English overseas-- includes volunteering in Nepaland other backward countries in Asia and Africa.Far off villages and small towns in Nepal don’t have the properfacilities to support the educational infrastructure. As a volunteer, you willget to teach different subjects including English so that it can empower thelocals. You will be teaching English so that the locals are able to make aliving by talking to trekkers, mountaineers and acting as tour guides withinthe tourism industry. Another section of teaching as a part of volunteering in Nepal includeslearning how to provide first aid, information on health care, managementskills and information related to conservation of forests and wildlife.

Another non profitorganization that offers plenty of opportunities for volunteering in Nepal is UnitedPlanet. They have around 20 to 25 opportunities that vary from working withorphansComputer Technology Articles, street children and disabled to working with women and empowering themso that they are able to earn a decent living. They generally have programsthat range from 12 weeks to 12 months.

If you love traveling andwant to help the people of the plant then volunteering in Nepal is a goodplace to start.