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Summer 2014 - 2015 Volunteer Program - Kathmandu - Nepal

Summer Volunteers Group in Kathmandu, Nepal with Volunteering SolutionsSummer Volunteer Travel during summer 2014 and immerse in the cultural journey in the heart of Nepal in the capital of Kathmandu.  The journey will start in Kathmandu with an orientation followed by volunteering work with a mix of orphanage, teaching English and mentally – physically disabled children for 3 weeks. Volunteers work in orphanage placements where they spend time with disadvantaged children. You would work 5 days a week volunteering at an orphanage to help the children in need.
 
The Summer Program also includes a weekend tour to some of the most popular tourist attractions in and around Kathmandu. The Tour includes visit to Bhaktapur, Patan and Nagarkot with an overnight stay on Saturday during first weekend.  This tour is of 2 days that is Friday and Saturday. On Sunday volunteers would return to their accommodation.
 
During second weekend trip, we will take you to Pokhara, which is second largest city in Nepal and within 200 Km’s west to capital city Kathmandu. Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. From Pokhara one can have a closer view of Himalayas. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world, namely, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu or Lamjung himal are situated within 30 miles from Pokhara which means Pokhara has lot to offer for those who love nature.
 
The project is highly recommended for volunteers looking to make a difference in Nepal as well as exploring the different sights that the country has to offer. Friends and families are welcome to join this program together.

Volunteer Summer Program 2014 - 2015 Program Description

Start Dates: 23 June 2014, 07 July 2014, 28 July 2014 and 11 August 2014 - 3 weeks

 

Detailed Program itinerary is given below: -
 
DAY 1: Arrival in Kathmandu - One day before the program start date  
Arrival at Kathmandu airport.
Pickup and transfer to accommodation.  
Rest and Welcome Dinner in the Evening.
 
Day 2: Basic orientation in the morning which will include safety guidelines, transportation in Kathmandu, local markets and more about your stay in Nepal.
 
Day 2 to Day 21: Volunteers work in either Orphanage,Teaching Project or with mentally – physically disabled children for 3 weeks. You can render invaluable help by doing volunteer work at an orphanage in Nepal by giving them love and affection, teaching them basic conversational English, helping them in their school subjects, guiding them about personal hygiene and sanitation, taking them out on small excursions and engaging them in extra – curricular activities. It would be an unforgettable and soul enriching experience for you which may compel you to return again and again to these orphans. 
 
Sightseeing Tours included on the Weekends 

Weekend – 1 

Volunteers will leave in the morning for sightseeing of capital city Kathmandu and then ‘sister' cities like Patan and Bhaktapur. Later in the afternoon or evening travel to 
Nagarkot by private car for fantastic Himalayan mountain views. Overnight stay at hotel accommodation included.

Weekend – 2 

Volunteers will leave early morning to visit Pokhara by air conditioned deluxe bus. Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal and around 200 Km west of the capital city Kathmandu.You will reach Pokhara by afternoon.On Friday and Saturday volunteers will stay at hotel accommodations in Pokhara. Volunteers will leave from Pokhara on Sunday to return to Kathmandu. 
 
Accommodation & Food  
 
Volunteers will be staying in the volunteer house or host families during the program. The accommodation is shared with other volunteers. During the weekend trips accommodation will be provided in hotel or guest house. During the Volunteer Program, volunteers are provided with 2- 3 meals a day. 
  
Program Cost for a single person – USD 899 / £629 per person 
 
Program Cost for a person traveling with 2 – 4 people– USD 870 / £609 per person 
 
Please note: An application fee of $200 / £140 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.

 

Start Dates

The Summer Program in Kathmandu, Nepal has the following start dates are 23 June 2014, 07 July 2014, 28 July 2014 and 11 August 2014. Volunteers need to arrive one day prior to the program start date.

Program Costs

Volunteering Solutions strives hard to keep costs low and offers one of the most affordable volunteer abroad programs. Compare our prices and services to other organizations and you would be surprised to see the difference. 
 

Program Costs

3 WeeksExtra Weeks
$899$100
Please Note: -An application fee of $200 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.
3 WeeksExtra Weeks
£630£70
Please Note: -An application fee of £140 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.
3 WeeksExtra Weeks
€747€83
Please Note: -An application fee of €170 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.

What are you Paying For ?

    •  24 hrs Assistance and support from staff
    •  Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
    •  Pick up from the airport
    •  Orientation 
    •  Food (2-3 times a day)
    •  Accommodation 
    •  Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)

What's NOT Included ?

    • Airfare
    • Return Trip to Airport (Can be arranged at extra cost)
    • Local Transportation
    • Visa Fees
    • Vaccinations

  • Anneruth Verhoef (Netherlands)

    Testimonial - Volunteer Orphanage Program in Nepal with Volunteering Solutions
    It was really nice to stay with locals which really made me get to know the local culture. These children are very special and I hope to come and visit them again...... read more
  • Patrick DeMarsico (USA)

    Volunteering Solutions Reviews - Volunteer Orphanage Program in Nepal
    This was the best experience I have ever gone through. The kids/people are the most respectful people I have ever met and Nepal is one of the most peaceful places I have ever been...... read more
  • Taylor Horton (USA)

    Volunteer Summer Program in Nepal with Volunteering Solutions Reviews
    The highlight of my volunteering experience and trip was meeting so many nice people. I enjoyed working at my project and placement very much...... read more
  • Ridhima Kad (Malaysia)

    Volunteering Solutions Reviews Volunteer Orphanage Program in Nepal
    The placement was comfortable and I had fun helping around the orphanage. The experience was great.The highlight of my program was to help the kids out and play with them...... read more
  • Max Ulloa (USA)

    Volunteering Solutions Reviews - Summer Volunteer Abroad Program in Nepal
    I really enjoyed teaching kids at my placement. The students were eager to learn and already well prepared. The highlight of my trip was living with a Nepalese family with loads of kids. ..... read more
  • Pey Yoon Yu (Singapore)

    Nepal Summer Program with Volunteering Solutions - Reviews
    I enjoyed working at my placement very much. The children are awesome and they always made my day with their smiles. The time spent with them is my highlight from my trip to Nepal...... read more
  • Krupa Patel (USA)

    Volunteering Solutions Reviews - Volunteer Summer Program, Nepal
    I absolutely loved my program placement. The new friends I made, other volunteers and the kids. The kids were just so sweet to work with...... read more
  • Louise Jonasson (Sweden)

    Volunteering Solutions Reviews - Volunteer Summer Program 2013 in Nepal
    I enjoyed my program placement very much, it was a great experience. I am very satisfied that i did good and something meaningful for the kids, that i get to know other volunteers and that i get new experience and knowledge about the Nepalese country and culture...... read more
  • Sarah Allen (USA)

    Volunteer Summer Program Nepal - Volunteering Solutions Reviews
    Working with the kids and the other volunteers was my favorite part of the trip. I am going to miss them a lot. The accommodation were beyond my expectations...... read more
What are the Program locations in Nepal?

Volunteering Solutions Volunteer programs in Nepal are located in and around the capital city of Kathmandu.

Does Volunteering Solutions help with Visa?

Receiving a tourist visa for tourism purpose is the volunteer's responsibility. Volunteering Solutions strongly recommends all volunteers to apply and get a tourist visa before departing for Nepal, although a visa on arrival could also be obtained at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. If needed, Volunteering Solutions do provide with written document which would help volunteers in getting the Visa.

When should I apply for the volunteer programs in Nepal?

We are able to offer placements from any Monday of each month year round. Because of the increasing volume of applications, participants are requested to apply in advance to secure their spots.

How long does it take to process my application?

Once you have applied, we will send you details of your placement usually within 4-7 working days.

When do I need to arrive in Nepal for my program? What will happen once I arrive in Nepal?

All volunteers need to arrive one day before their program start date. Volunteers are picked up from the Tribhuvan International Airport by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Nepal will be picked up from the bus station or at a meeting point decided beforehand.

How do I get to the program location?

Your country coordinator will take you to your placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc.

I want to know more about accommodation arrangements?

Accommodation is provided on a shared basis in a local Nepali family home. The home stay accommodations are neat and provide a comfortable stay during your volunteering period in Nepal. All accommodations have running water, electricity and all basic amenities available.

Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Nepal-based volunteer programs?

The only qualifications are: -
 
-- Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the beginning of the program
-- Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
-- The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
-- Be in good health.

What immunizations/vaccinations will I need?

We recommend you speak to your doctor before coming. The following are recommended vaccinations: -
  1. Tetanus
  2. Hepatitis A and B
  3. Typhoid

Are there more expenses once I arrive in Nepal?

Your program fee covers you for food, accommodation, airport pick up, Orientation, Pre departure information and in country staff support. You will need to cover yourself for your personal expenses, such as traveling, telephone, internet, shopping, sightseeing etc. Traveling within Nepal is cheap; however, you should carry around $50 per week for your basic personal expenses, such as water, local transport, phone etc.

Is there phone and internet available on projects?

Yes there is usually a phone at every placement we provide. However you will have to use Internet café’s to use Internet. It is strongly recommended that you carry a mobile phone while travelling to Nepal. You can get international roaming or can simply buy a local sim-card from the airport when you arrive. You would be assisted by your coordinator.

What hours will I volunteer every day?

Volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day depending on their program. You will have weekend off so you can go to travel on weekends. However some organizations will need you to work on some Saturdaysas well.

Where can I change my money in Nepal? Are there ATM’s in Nepal?

You can change money in any bank or at the airport by showing your passport. Money changers are available in plenty in Kathmandu as well. There are ATM's located all around the capital city, Kathmandu.

Can couples or families join the volunteer program?

Yes, couples and families are welcome to join our programs. We make special provisions for families joining our volunteering programs; we will be able to provide them with program placements and accommodations together.

What will be the food arrangement?

The host family provides two or three meals per day. Typical meals provided include Dal (Lentils), Rice, Vegetables, Chicken and meat etc.

Do I need to buy health insurance?

Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To buy insurance from Volunteering Solutions, please click here

What sorts of clothes are required for Nepal?

Lightweight clothing and rainwear is recommended as well as warmer clothing for the evenings (light jacket and/or light sweaters). A pair of walking shoes is highly recommended as well.

Do you recommend any cheap airlines flying into Nepal?

Cheap airline flying into Nepal is: - 

  • Qatar Airways
  • Gulf Airways
  • Air India
from USA and Canada
 
Kingfisher Airlines from London
 
Jet Airways from USA, Canada and UK