As one of the poorest countries in the world, Nepal faces many social and economic challenges, with rural areas often being the most affected. On this Challenge you will spend two weeks working on a variety of projects aimed at protecting the natural environment in and around the Kathmandu Valley.
You will be working with local community members including school children, teachers and parents to deliver workshops focusing on important topics relating to environmental sustainability. The aim of these workshops is to improve awareness in the community of environmental issues, and teach practical things that can be done to protect their natural environment. Topics might include recycling, safe waste management, water use, climate change and sustainability. You'll also have the chance to work on some more practical projects. These could include creating a community garden, organising a community clean-up, establishing an environment club at a local school and more!
Following an induction and orientation when you arrive, your project days will be Monday-Friday with the weekend free to travel and explore. We recommend heading to Kathmandu to explore the densest concentration of UNESCO World Heritage sites and get lost in the city’s winding streets full of delicious food and wonderful culture.
After your Challenge you can join our optional extension trip, 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 learnt so much more in this short time than I thought possible. While it will challenge you in many different ways, the sense of accomplishment and the amazing people you’ll meet along the way, make it one of the best experiences you’ll have.Maggie Campbell-Jones - La Trobe University student
By the end of our time spent at the school we all felt we had made strong connections with the students and they had understood the importance of keeping their school and environment clean and to stop littering. Overall, my challenges abroad experience is one I will never forget. I learnt so much and I will carry it with me for the rest of my life.Shannon Scullion - University of Queensland student
I'm going to miss the people, the views and the relaxed culture of Nepal. I've had an amazing time here and I know it won't be my last visit. In Nepal you don't say goodbye, but rather see you soon.Hannah Littler - Monash University student
*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!