Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages No
  • Persons per room 2-4
  • Wifi in public areas No
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box Yes
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower No
  • Private bathroom No
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Air conditioning No
  • Fan No
  • Mosquito protection Yes

Program & Schedule

The participants get opportunity to work at an organic farm in a typical Nepal village Banepa. During the service project the participants will stay with the local people at the farm where they will encounter a truly different and special lifestyle of the farmers while staying in the simple and peaceful surrounding. It will be an authentic experience for the participants.

Participants shall be assigned to do several tasks and activities during the stay at the farm. Such as planting, weeding, harvesting and digging. Sometime participants can also be involved in making different products with seasonal fruits.

Aims & Objectives

To support the organic farms functioning in Nepal and promote to reduce the use of pesticides and maintain the hygienic food and increase awareness among the community people to use organic fertilizer.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

Your weekly working hours at the farm shall be Monday to Friday- 9:30 am to 4 pm (Normally

5 hrs per day) Sometimes working hour may differ. Participants shall be assigned to do several tasks and activities during the stay at the farm. Such as

•        Planting

•        Weeding

•        Harvesting

•        Digging

•        Sometimes participants can also be involved in making different products with seasonal fruits.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        -

Additional Requirements

There are no specific requirement.

Living & Location

Kavre is a place of mesmerizing nature with historical and cultural attractions.

In Kavre, you will find places like Dhulikhel, Panauti, and Banepa. Famous with its Buddhist rituals, ceremonies and events, Kavre has been a tourist hotspot for a long time. It is also famous for its trekking and cycling activities.

The lifestyle in Kavre is basic so the bedroom and dining are very simple too.

Food Arrangements

You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals consist mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can choose to eat out at any of the local restaurants. It takes a half an hour of walk to reach the nearest restaurant.

Facilities

The house is located 35 kilometers from Kathmandu and 3 kilometers away from the city of Banepa, where you can find anything you might need. The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 20 minute walk away from our accommodation.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

You can visit Banepa which is a historical town. In Chandeni Mandan you can see the lowest point in the district, the Indrawati River and Thamdanda point which is the highest point with a panoramic view of the mountains. Dhulikhel is an interesting place to visit where you can see the Long Himalayan Gaurishankar range. Other places of interest include, Panauti, Namobuddha, Nagarkot, Palancok Bhagwati, Gaukhureshwar, Hajar Sidhi Temple, and many more.

Apart from sightseeing, Kavre would make you to trek along the trails around the area to refresh your body and mind with the clean air and the eye soothing views. And Kavre is also a great place for cycling.

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Kathmandu

Quick Facts

Name:                Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal        

Population:        26 million

Capital:        Kathmandu

Language:        Nepali

Currency:        Nepalese rupee (NPR)

Time zone:        UTC +5:45

Country Information

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.

Climate

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.

Culture

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

  • 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

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.

Clothes

  • 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.

Gastronomy

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.