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Situated amidst the highest mountain range in the world, take part in an exciting Health Promotion volunteering program to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged communities.
Nepal is a beautiful country, surrounded by the mighty Himalayas, it is situated in South Asia with India to the east, south and west and China to north. Despite its beauty, Nepal faces many development challenges including the poor healthcare and health education offered to children, youth and women.
There are many schools in Nepal but they have limited resources and there is generally no curriculum for health education. Through our program we aim to address the increasing health disparities among children and adolescents of marginalised communities.
We work collaboratively with our local partners to develop programs, which take a long term and holistic view of improving the health of disadvantaged communities. Through this challenge volunteers will provide health education to the youth of Nepal as well as the wider community and at the same time improve spoken English.
We promise an authentic experience. We’ll show you “our” Nepal, a unique and rich culture that will have an impact on your life… forever!
The challenge starts in Kathmandu airport where you will be met by one of our team and transferred to your accommodation. Once you are all settled in you will be invited out for your welcome meal and to meet our Nepalese team.
On the second day you will have your orientation and visit the project you’ll be working on. We’ll brief you on your schedule for the week and any other information to get you prepared for the two weeks ahead.
As a volunteer on our Health Promotion Challenge in Nepal you will be working in and around the Kathmandu Valley, on education initiatives that build the capacity of local organisation’s and schools by providing health education to the poorest children and adolescents within the community who have experienced multiple levels of disadvantage. Volunteers are encouraged to use their enthusiasm and creativity to develop an engaging and fun program for the children utilising games, activities, sports and any other interactive activities.
Volunteers can teach children about a range of subjects such as how to eat a balanced diet, the importance of physical activity, general hygiene, dental hygiene, sexual and reproductive health, gender equality and why it’s important to go to the doctor! There is even an opportunity to promote pre- natal health for midwifery students.
The daily schedule and focus of this Health Promotion Challenge will depend on the groups own interests and abilities. This would suit a range of students including Nursing, Nutrition, Exercise Science, Midwifery and Pharmacy. All you need is a passion to improve the health of communities abroad and the enthusiasm to work with children. You’ll find out more information on your project details nearer to your departure.
On day 14, you will be transferred back to Kathmandu airport for a safe journey home! Or you can continue on the fantastic extension trek!
Extend your trip and take part in an amazing trek into the Annapurna for just $800.
See the natural beauty of Nepal by taking part in this 5 day trek (2 travel days) in the highest mountain range in the world – The Himalaya. The climax to your trek is Poon Hill where you will experience a 360-degree vista of the giant Annapurna Mountain range
After an early morning wake up, a guide will pick up you and transfer you to the tourist bus station at 6.30am. Departing at 7am you will drive for approximately six hours with breaks through the beautiful Nepalese countryside to reach the Pokhara lakeside.
Upon reaching the enchanting city of Pokhara, which offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others, we will check in to the hotel. Pokhara has numerous lakes, known as ‘Taal’ in Nepali which offer fishing, boating and swimming. You can stroll around the Lakeside city and explore Devi’sWaterfalls and Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave in the evening.
Drive 1.30hrs to Nayapul by bus and start trekking on foot. Follow for half an hour Modikhola, cross the river in Birethati, then follow the Bhurung Khola valley and pass three settlements Ram Ghari, Sudame and Hille. Just a short walk beyond is Tikhedunga (1575m).
The steepest climb so far up to picturesque Ulleri (2073m), a Magar village. This will take approx. 2 hrs. Enter lush oak forest and cross numerous small streams. Ii’s a great place for bird watching. The trek continues up to Banthati (2307m), Nayathati (2680m) then you will reach Ghorepani (2875m), meaning ‘horse water”.
The day begins with an early morning for sunrise walk to Poon-Hill (1hour).
Poon-Hill is the one of the best panoramic view points in Nepal and it is truly breathtaking. We can see the Dhauligiri range to the Manaslu range including the famous Mountain peak Machhapurche “Fishtail”. After Breakfast we will proceed to climb 2hrs to reach Deurali (3097m). We will pass a water fall within a rhododendron forest before reaching Benthati (2664m). After a ½ hour descent an then a 45 minute climb we will reach Tadapani (2680m).
The trek to Ghandruk a shorter trek that follows the rhododendrons forest. Within 3 hours walking, you will be Ghanduk, the Gurung village. After lunch, we will visit the Museum, the Monastery, and the ACAP head office. Take time exploring the village, view and culture. You will even see the Mother’s Group dance program after dinner.
Sunrise view from village will start the day followed by a breakfast, trek to down Saulibazar. Follow Modi Khola to Nayapool and finish in Birethati where we spend the last day. After a ½ hour walk to Nayapul, you will be transferred to Pokhara. Here you can explore the lake side for local shopping or visit Fewa Lake.
After a 6am wake up call, we will travel to Kathmandu by tourist bus. After a six hour drive you will have time on arrival in Kathmandu for some last minute shopping.
Today you will be transferred to the airport in plenty of time for your flight home.
|Victorian Students (Hannah Littler)||30th June – 14th July 2018
(Ext. 21st July)
|Federation Students (Eilysh Websdale)||14th July – 28th July 2018
(Ext. 04th August)
|Federation Students (Bree Ford)||3rd November – 17th November 2018
(Ext. 23rd November)
|Queensland Students||1st – 15th December 2018
(Ext. 21st December)
Please note that dates are subject to minor changes and these will be broadcast well in advance to your departure.