The rural communities that we work with in and around the Kathmandu Valley face a range of health issues. There is limited knowledge about basic first aid, hygiene and sanitation, disease transmission, non-communicable diseases, diet and nutrition. What this means is that children are missing out on school and parents are missing out on work because they are falling ill from preventable illnesses. On top of this, there is low mental health awareness and bullying remains a significant problem in Nepali schools, contributing to high drop out rates.
We work with the community on a range of projects that aim to improve community health, and you will get to work on these hands-on when you volunteer with us. The projects you could be working on include:
Basic first aid training for students and teachers
Educational workshops at local schools and in the community focusing on key health issues
Delivering a bullying awareness campaign in local schools
When you arrive in Nepal you’ll be met by our team at the airport. Over the next few days you’ll have a thorough induction and orientation where you’ll learn about Nepalese customs and culture, get your bearings around town, meet community partners and gain a better understanding of the context of the projects you’re working on
Over two weeks, you’ll work in the community Monday - Friday with your weekend free to travel and explore. Your day will usually be structured with a morning session (approx. 3 hours) after breakfast and then a session of the same length after lunch. Your afternoons and evenings will be free for you to relax or do any required planning for the next day.
On the last day, you’ll either be transported back to the airport or you can join our extension trip trek!
After your Challenge you can join our optional extension trip for $800, where you’ll embark on the epic 5-day Poon Hill trek! Beginning in Pokhara, you'll have an afternoon to stroll around the lakeside city before getting ready to start your trek the following day. You'll pass through picturesque mountain villages, lush forests and small streams as you make your way to the Poon Hill summit - 3200m above sea level. The Poon Hill lookout has the most incredible panoramic views of the Annapurna ranges that you'll be lucky enough to see at sunrise before beginning your descent, fresh on the knowledge you just trekked into the highest mountain range in the world!
I can't believe that in my 19 years and 4 months of living I would ever do something like this. I am one of the luckiest girls in the world and this country really opened my eyes up to that.Melanie Picone - Federation University
It's been a truly amazing experience and I am so grateful that I took myself out of my comfort zone to come here and give back to this community. I have been blessed with meeting, teaching and learning from a beautiful group of children and teachers. The people I've met and the memories I've made will last a lifetime.Hannah Littler - Monash University
Thank you Nepal for teaching me to give more, complain less and to simply appreciate the small things in life.Georgia Kosecki - Griffith University
I loved getting to know the kids and seeing how intelligent and appreciative they were of every learning opportunity. Being in country, learning from the teachers, custodians, principals and kids I found to be the most rewarding part of this experience.Julia Silvestri
*Note: if you have other dates in mind or would like to travel as an individual, email us at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to help!
In Nepal, we are working towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Your volunteer work will help us make progress towards achieving a number of these goals including: