Program & Schedule
As part of this unique Nepalese experience, you will work with local communities on teaching projects. You will visit really interesting places, such as the Boudhanath Buddhist temple and the vast Royal Chitwan National Park. Enjoy a rafting adventure down the Trisuli River, a village hike in rural Kathmandu, a rewarding 5 day trek up Poon Hill from which you will see some of the most breathtaking mountain ranges in the world, body and mind sessions with Yoga and Meditation, Not to mention visits to the local markets and some great cultural introduction sessions.
What is included in the program
- Airport transfers as per the policy - Airport Pickup in Kathmandu - Tribhuvan International Airport
- Presence of a dedicated program coordinator throughout your travel, at the projects and facilities- Logistical management support in case of emergencies
- Authentic Nepali meals and European (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for the duration of the entire program as per the meal plan
- Accommodation at hotels, tea houses, and at our accommodation facility - Shared accommodation
- Local transportation to all venues
- Entry fees to all places
- Extensive pre departure information
- Overland public local transportation
What is excluded in the program
- Personal expenses such as table drinks, room service items, laundry, telephone calls, tips, portage at hotels or airport, bottles of water during your road travel etc.
- Any additional expenses caused by or liability for disturbance in the program due to circumstances, weather conditions, sickness, natural disasters, riots etc.
- Liability for or insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents or loss of goods.
- Our program does not cover any liability and does not insure participants. Participants must have appropriate insurance before joining the program.
- Any camera fee where applicable.
- Any service not specified above.
Few things to consider when you are with us!
- Returning to the accommodation after your personal trips before 22.00 everyday
- You will not be allowed to hire any vehicle on your own
- Consumption of alcohol inside the accommodation is strictly prohibited
- Respect and adhere to our code of conduct
- Our staff is there to support you, guide you and make your trip memorable. We kindly request you to follow their instructions at all times
- You will not be allowed to bring outsiders inside our centers/ guest houses or hotels
Aims & Objectives
The aim of this program is to bring you closer to the authentic Nepal. Through different projects and activities, you will get to truly immerse yourself in the culture, customs and lifestyle.
Monday to Friday
Arrive in Kathmandu and relax at our centre. During this week, you will learn about Nepalese culture through a series of introductory culture classes which are designed to help you develop your Nepalese language skills and deepen your understanding of the Nepalese way of life complete with details on rituals and customs. You will learn about Nepal's history and the religious inﬂuences which have shaped it. Moreover, we will pay a visit the local shops and markets that will get you learning as you go with the local culture and how to become a part of it. As part of your city tour and orientation, you will also visit some amazing sites such as the temple of Boudhanath: one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu whose ancient spherical stupa dominates the skyline and is one of the largest in the world. You also be introduced to yoga and meditation during this week.
Free time for you to relax.
Monday to Friday
Royal Chitwan National Park and Pokhara: Take part in an exhilarating village hike where you can see rural day to day life (at its own relaxed pace) and the many rice paddy ﬁelds and mountains. Then, enjoy some adventurous whitewater rafting on the scenic Trisuli River, a place where you will spend one night and two invigorating days.
Then to the Royal Chitwan National Park which covers an impressive 360 square miles of land and is home to Bengal tigers and around 543 species of birds. Experience the exotic wildlife of Nepal for two nights and three days. Spend some time sightseeing in the charming town of Pokhara, the second largest city in Nepal, which is home to three of the largest mountains in the world. There is a stunning view of the Himalayas from the northern skyline here.
Free time for you to relax.
Monday to Friday
Annapurna Trek: Begin your adventure trek up the Poon Hill (3,190m, 10,465 ft.), which is the viewpoint for two of the largest mountains in the world: Annapurna (8,091m, 26,545 ft.) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m, 26,794 ft.).
This fulﬁlling quest will take ﬁve days and reward you with views of priceless beauty. You will receive a relaxing massage on the way back to soothe those tired muscles with ample time set aside especially for some moments of profound quietness which will enable you to reﬂect upon on the vast and beautiful sights you have encountered and those that are yet to come.
Free time for you to relax.
Monday to Friday
Community Work in Kathmandu: You will get the chance to give back to Nepal by helping out in some of our projects. Your options to choose from:
Teaching in Local Schools
Teach at small local village schools and foster good relationships with the children as you assist with extracurricular activities and inspire them to achieve their full potential and broaden their perspectives through creatively structured lessons.
Help local communities by building infrastructure alongside local people and other internationals.
Organic Farm/Community Development
Work alongside local people on an Organic Farm as part of this authentic experience during which you will stay with a local family.
We prefer it if, once your placement on one of these projects has been conﬁrmed, that you commit to it but we may be ﬂexible in accommodating your changing desires dependent on circumstances and availability. We will try to accommodate as best as we can but nothing is guaranteed as availability and circumstances may aﬀect the options open to us at any given time. Usually, your ﬁrst choice of social work option on your application form is guaranteed. For medical options, relevant qualiﬁcations will be required and for teaching options we require you to possess a basic knowledge of English and comment that it is advisable to have a qualiﬁcation in English to an intermediate level at least.This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: 18
Maximum age: 65
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: On Signup
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
Due to the nature of the program, a decent level of fitness is required.
Living & Location
A route takes you from Kathmandu to Chitwan and then into beautiful Pokhara and then further to Poon Hill and we are back to Kathmandu.
Along the route you will have overnight stays in hotels/guest houses and busses. More information can be found inside the schedule.
Mostly Nepalese style dishes (vegetarian and chicken) will be served during the trip.
Along the route - but not at all times - there are ATMs and small local stores. Please make sure you have enough money with you before starting the trip.
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
You’ll be on a busy schedule.
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.
Name: Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
Population: 26 million
Currency: Nepalese rupee (NPR)
Time zone: UTC +5:45
Namaste and welcome to Nepal, a country of high Himalayan Mountains, artistic monuments, exotic wildlife, and diverse cultures. Located between 80 12' east longitude and between 26 22' and 30 27' north latitude, the kingdom of Nepal extends along the south slopes of the Himalayas in central Asia.
Although Nepal is small, it has the greatest latitudinal variation of any country. The land rises from the southern plains of the Terai, barely above sea level at 70 meters, to the top of the Mt. Everest, the highest peak on Earth at 8848 meters above sea level, in a distance of less than 200 km.
Weather conditions in Nepal vary from region to region. Summer and late spring temperatures range from about 28C in the hill region of the country to more than 40C in the Terai. In the winter, average maximum and minimum temperatures in the Terai range from a brisk 7C to mild 23C. The central valleys experience a minimum temperature often falling below the freezing point and a chilly 12C maximum. Much colder temperatures prevail at higher elevations. The Kathmandu Valley has a mild climate, ranging from 19 to 27C in the summer and 2 to 20C in the winter. In the winter, it only snows in the high elevations, around 9,000 feet. In the highest elevations, it snows year-round. The monsoon can last from mid-June to mid-August although the majority of the rain arrives in July.
Winter: From December to February, the mornings and evenings will be cold; in the daytime, you will be fine with a sweater or thin jacket.
Spring: From March to May is the best time to be in Nepal as it is neither hot nor cold. However, it does get quite windy.
Summer: June to August. Hot, humid and monsoon season.
Fall: Very pleasant and mild weather. It gets a bit windy but you will be fine with a sweater or a jacket.
Nepal's many ethnic groups are as varied as its land with their own languages and cultures. A wide variety of ethnic groups occupy the mid-hills. In the Kathmandu Valley the major population that we find is Newars, whose culture and artistry have earned them an international reputation. The Sherpas are known as tough mountain climbers. Brahmins and Chhetris are scattered over the hills and valleys, and Tamangs are found in the districts around the Kathmandu Valley. The Rais, Limbu, Gurung, Magars of the mid-hills have earned fame as Gurkha soldiers. Lowland ethnic groups such as Maithili, Bhojpuri, and Tharu enhance the colorful mosaic. The population of Nepal is about 23 million.
Do’s & Dont’s
- Namaste to those older than you in age, rank or position. Only once on the first meeting each day. You may also shake hands with people of same sex. Don't shake hands with a person of the opposite sex.
At the table
- If someone offers you something to eat, do not say “no” directly. If you do not want to eat, you can say, "I have just had….." or "I do not feel like eating now " or "I never eat/drink…."
- Brush your teeth, wash your face before eating breakfast.
- Wash and rinse your hands before and after eating food
Public displays of affection
- Affection between men and women is seldom expressed. Public kissing, hugging, or hand holding (different sex) is offensive to Nepalese.
- However, you will often see men holding hands with other men, and women holding hands with other women. This is acceptable and is not indication of homosexuality.
Shoes, feet & legs
The Nepalese believe the feet are the most polluted, profane part of the body. That is why
- Before entering a temple always take your shoes off
- Most Nepalese take off their shoes before entering the inner rooms of the house
- Don't point the soles of your feet at another person
- Don't step over any portion of another person, food, utensils, books, stationary, etc
- Accidentally touching someone else with your feet should be apologized for immediately by touching your hand (or making a motion) to the other person’s feet and then touching your head while repeating Vishnu's name, in essence saying "Your feet are higher than my head"
- Crossing your legs in front of someone senior to you is considered offensive
Left hand - right hand
Your right hand is your more sacred and pure hand, and your left hand is the less sacred and pure. That is why..
- Don't give or receive things with your left hand
- Eat with your right hand only. If you are left handed its considerable
- Your left hand is generally reserved for cleaning yourself in the toilet
The head is the most sacred and pure part of the body. That is why..
- Avoid patting people, even children, on the head.
- Don't ever take a man's hat from his head, even in jest.
- The Nepalese are conservative people; try to respect their local dress, even if many tourists do not. Women should not wear short-cut shorts, halter-tops, or tank tops. Knee length shorts and T-shirts are acceptable.
- Women: Long skirts and conservative pants are best. Anything that is not tight or revealing is acceptable. Men: Long pants and shirts are most preferable. Shorts can be all right if they are relatively conservative. Going bare-chested is unacceptable.
- Wearing traditional clothes is greatly encouraged by Nepalese. It shows that your respect and are interested in their culture.
Much of Nepali cuisine is a variation of Asian themes, with a lot of roots from Tibet, India and Thai food. The national dish is daal bhaat tarkaari, which is spiced lentils over rice served with tarkari and cooked with spices.
Cow meat is forbidden because Hindus consider cattle to be sacred. In fact, many tribes and communities in Nepal are strict vegetarians.