Family volunteering and adventure holiday, Nepal
Description of Family volunteering and adventure holiday, Nepal
This week long family volunteering program in Nepal is made up of a few daysí volunteering and also a few days of adventures in these dramatic and beautiful landscapes. You will be staying within a Nepalese village community, in a local homestay, enabling full cultural immersion and exchange.
Although volunteering while on holiday is often see as a student gap year or empty nester activity, we believe that volunteering as a family reaps huge benefits for hosts and guests alike. Working within a Nepalese community, with adults volunteering with local teachers and children taking classes alongside local young people, is an incredibly bonding experience for adventurous family travellers. While experiencing life in Kathmandu, you will also get a chance to visit the wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Sites that the city has to offer. And of course, after your volunteering time, you will get to explore further with a few days in the stunning Chitwan National Park.
After two nights in a hotel in Kathmandu on Saturday and Sunday, and a cultural orientation session with our local support team, you will begin your volunteering activities on Monday, working through until Thursday. You will be working on volunteering projects in Kathmandu schools, teaching English and giving your children a chance to learn alongside Nepalese children, enabling a wonderful opportunity for real cultural exchange. You will be working alongside local teaching staff, supporting their work as best you can according to your skills and experience. You will of course be free in the evenings to explore all the cultural highlights of this great city.
Head to Chitwan National Park between Friday and Sunday for three days of adventures which includes going on a wildlife safari to see elephants and other wildlife in the jungles here.
Extending your stay
Following this, many of our guests extend their trip to enjoy further adventures in Nepal. Some choose to come back and volunteer for another few days, and others go off on other adventures. We recommend the following four day itinerary if you choose the latter:
Fly or be driven to Pokhara, the activity hub in the Annapurna Mountains, where wonderful sites include Phewa Lake that reflects the enveloping range, Daviís Fall and Mahendra Cave. The more active adventurers have plenty of opportunities to get out there, mountain biking, paragliding or going on a 140km/hour zipline, considered to be the worldís most extreme one. After this, hike up to Sarangkot village overlooking the lake, a wonderful activity to do in time for sunrise, with views across the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and Ganesh Himal on a clear day.
Please note: Visas are available on arrival in Nepal. All accommodation is in standard, shared rooms, although upgrades are possible. Flights to Pokhara are not included. We are happy to help arrange any activities you are interested in, and some of our guests even choose to extend their stay in order to trek up to Everest Base Camp.
PlanetOur volunteer placements in Nepal are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. Thereís plenty to gain personally from this. But we make sure that local people benefit too by choosing projects that bring tangible improvements to their lives. Our local partners are leaders in sustainable tourism. All activities and itineraries are designed in collaboration with the villagers themselves, based around the principles of community-based tourism. We are committed to providing local people with a complimentary source of income while still continuing their traditional way of life.
All of our participants receive pre-departure guides. This covers topics on how to be culturally sensitive, how to best look after the environment when in the country and how to stay safe as well as up to date information on the political situation. They are also briefed on how to dispose of waste properly and where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles as these are not easy to dispose of environmentally.
Our Volunteer programs are lasting and meaningful and have a long term impact on the communities we work with. These children†have little access to quality education.This is where the volunteers come in. For the children, a good understanding of English opens up many more opportunities in the future particularly in Tourism.
We have a strong child protection policy and require police checks and DBS from all our participants. Staff who take photos are required to ensure they are up to a standard approved by our local partners or schools. We have strict expectations of volunteers as far as how they interact with the children. We also give no information to the volunteers about the childrenís backgrounds.
We send out comprehensive pre-departure briefing, which includes a section on protecting the local environment. In particular we advise participants to take care with water, which is an issue in many of our destinations. We recommend they avoid unnecessary washing, using hand wash gel where they can. We also instruct them on how to dispose of waste properly, not to litter and, where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles which are not easy to dispose of environmentally.
PeopleAll our volunteer programs are designed in collaboration with the community and based around the principles of community-based tourism. We are committed to providing local people with support while still continuing their traditional way of life. All our volunteers are housed locally in homestays that support the local community.
Volunteer and Service Placements:
Volunteer time, effort, and attention are of great value to our local partners such as NGOs, schools, and childrenís homes that we serve. We make sure that whoever we are tied up with are operating with our values in mind and are for the improvement of life on ground.
We have fantastic local teams on ground including our local homestays and hotels where you would be staying. This generates income for them.
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in Nepal. Our policy is to send people to the developing world in small groups or individually. This minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community.
Popular similar holidays
From US $679 7 days excluding flights
Unforgettable Volunteering in Nepal in the land of Himalayas