Volunteer in Nepal

Elephant care program in Nepal
Chitwan National Park       1 - 5 months

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will be working with elephants at Chitwan National Park in Nepal. In the early morning and late evening, the volunteers would assist in the direct care of the elephants. In the hours between they may be asked to assist with numerous other tasks involving the care and maintenance of the elephants. Elephants eat around 250 kilograms of food each day and drink about 200 liters of water. An elephant has to eat most of the day because of its poor digestive system. Elephants also need to provide moisture to their hard, rough exterior at least once a day and therefore they are taken for a bath daily. This is truly an enjoyable time for all, as elephants love water and swimming. The duties of an animal sanctuary assistant volunteer at Chitwan may involve assisting the "Mautes" (elephant drivers) in the care for baby elephants, helping to bathe the elephants, as well as feed them (grass is the main food of elephants and they also eat leaves, twigs, bamboo, bark, roots, fruit, seeds and flowers). Volunteers may also be asked to assist with duties at the bee hives. Volunteers don't need any specialized training for this placement but should have educated themselves about the care and conditions prevalent in elephants prior to arriving in Nepal.

Chitwan National Park is an exciting and diverse wildlife haven. Chitwan National Park is located 175 km south-west of Kathmandu. It provides excellent opportunities to view rare species such as the sloth bear, bison, leopard and the elusive tiger. The common species such as deer, rhinoceros and wild boar are in abundance. A serene float down Rapti river in dugout canoe offer the chance to view many of the more than 450 species of exotic birds including Giant Hornbill, Lesser Florican and Paradise flycatcher. The area is covered with lots of tourist hotel and Tharu lodges, Tourist information centre, restaurant etc. This is a small tourist spot.

Volunteer tasks:
- Prepare Food for the Elephants: An animal sanctuary assistant volunteer would be expected to help to prepare food for the elephants. This may involve gathering logs for the fire, as well as assisting in the cooking of the food. Basically their food is a mixture of grains and cover grass.
- Elephant Bath: This is a very exciting and fun time for an animal sanctuary assistant volunteer. An elephant's skin is very rough and hard so with the help of small stones, dirt is cleaned from their bodies.
- Elephant Diseases: An animal sanctuary assistant volunteer may be asked to teach (with the help of a translator) the "Maute" elephant rider about the signs and symptoms of different kinds of elephant diseases and when it is necessary to call a veterinarian. The volunteer may be able to point out ways and means on how some of these diseases can be prevented. Please research about care and treatment of elephants prior to your placement.
- Teach English to Mautes: Since "Mautes" are always around tourists who are wanting elephant rides, an animal sanctuary assistant volunteer may be asked to teach the "Mautes" basic English language skills. By improving their English this would enhance the experience of the tourist, as well as themselves.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1-5 months. The program starts on the first Friday of every month.

Accommodation: Host Family / Lodge. Volunteers will get their own single room with hot and cold shower. Three meals a day are provided. Free Wi-Fi available.

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers are requested to participate in a training in Kathmandu. 3-night accommodation (hotel/guest house/training center), breakfast and dinner are provided. Full day culture and heritage tour in Kathmandu to see a UNESCO World Heritage Site is included.

Location: Chitwan National Park, Sauraha

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: Euro 650 for the first month + Euro 400 for every next month (3 day orientation seminar in Kathmandu and airport pick-up are included)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching English in schools in Nepal
Nepal       2 - 5 months

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be teaching basic English in schools in different regions of Nepal: Kathmandu valley, Kaski (Pokhara), Tanhun, Lamjung, Chitwan, Makwanpur, Nawalparasi district. One or two volunteers can be placed in a school at a time. Saturday is holiday and Friday is half holiday in Nepal. Nepalese schools start at 10:00 am and close at 4:00 pm. The volunteers will be teaching 3 to 5 classes a day. Each class is 45 minutes long.

The volunteers will get an opportunity to participate in a 3 days orientation seminar at our training center in Kathmandu. The seminar aims to provide volunteers with basic knowledge about the education system of Nepal, detailed information about the project school, Do and Don’t issues, Nepali language, culture, dress, food, etc. The orientation seminar will start on the first Monday of each month.

Special requirements: Relevant training and skills are appreciated. Good motivation, flexibility and cooperative spirit are expected.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-5 months. The volunteer placements start on the first Monday of each month.

Accommodation: Most of the long term volunteers will stay with Nepali families near to the school. Staying with a Nepali family is very interesting - you will be welcomed as a member of the family and as a member of the local community as well. Nepali houses are simple, using very basic facilities. Most families do not have a hot shower, but most of them have bathroom and toilet. Please, do not expect facilities like in your country! However, volunteers will get their own single room and enough Nepali food Dalbhat. There is a two time food system in Nepal: heavy breakfast around 9am and dinner around 7pm. Tea is very common - when you visit a family, they will welcome you by serving tea!

Location: In or around the Kathmandu valley, Kaski (Pokhara), Tanhun, Lamjung, Chitwan, Makwanpur, Nawalparasi district of Nepal

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: Euro 400 for the first month + Euro 150 for every next month (3 day orientation seminar in Kathmandu and transportation to the placement are included)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching computer science in schools in Nepal
Nepal       2 - 5 months

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be teaching Computer Science in schools in different regions of Nepal: Kathmandu valley, Kaski (Pokhara), Tanhun, Lamjung, Chitwan, Makwanpur, Nawalparasi district. One volunteer can be placed in a school at a time. Saturday is holiday and Friday is half holiday in Nepal. Nepalese schools start at 10:00 am and close at 4:00 pm. The volunteers will be teaching 3 to 5 classes a day. Each class is 45 minutes long.

The volunteers will get an opportunity to participate in a 3 days orientation seminar at our training center in Kathmandu. The seminar aims to provide volunteers with basic knowledge about the education system of Nepal, detailed information about the project school, Do and Don’t issues, Nepali language, culture, dress, food, etc. The orientation seminar will start on the first Monday of each month.

Special requirements: Good knowledge in computers, relevant training and skills are appreciated. Good motivation, flexibility and cooperative spirit are expected.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-5 months. The volunteer placements start on the first Monday of each month.

Accommodation: Most of the long term volunteers will stay with Nepali families near to the school. Staying with a Nepali family is very interesting - you will be welcomed as a member of the family and as a member of the local community as well. Nepali houses are simple, using very basic facilities. Most families do not have a hot shower, but most of them have bathroom and toilet. Please, do not expect facilities like in your country! However, volunteers will get their own single room and enough Nepali food Dalbhat. There is a two time food system in Nepal: heavy breakfast around 9am and dinner around 7pm. Tea is very common - when you visit a family, they will welcome you by serving tea!

Location: In or around the Kathmandu valley, Kaski (Pokhara), Tanhun, Lamjung, Chitwan, Makwanpur, Nawalparasi district of Nepal

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: Euro 400 for the first month + Euro 150 for every next month (3 day orientation seminar in Kathmandu and transportation to the placement are included)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Care and support program for orphans in Nepal
Nepal       1 - 5 months

Volunteer project: The volunteers will work in Orphanage houses in or around Kathmandu valley, Chitwan and Kaski (Pokhara) district of Nepal, taking care and organising activities for the children. One or two volunteers can be placed in an orphanage at a time.

The volunteers will get an opportunity to participate in a 3 days orientation seminar at our training center in Kathmandu. The seminar aims to give basic knowledge and understanding about the problem of street children, Do and Don’t issues, Nepali language, culture, dresses, food etc. The orientation seminar will start on first Monday of each month.

Special requirements: Relevant training and skills are appreciated. Good motivation, interest to work with children, flexibility and cooperative spirit are expected.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-5 months. The volunteer placements start on the first Monday of each month.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be arranged in or near the Orphanage house. Most orphanage centers do not have hot shower, but most of them have bathrooms and toilets. Please do not except facilities like in your country! The volunteers will get their own single room and enough Nepali food Dalbhat. There is a two time food system in Nepal: heavy breakfast around 9am and dinner around 7pm. Tea is very common - when you visit a family, they will welcome you by serving tea!

Location: In or around Kathmandu valley, Chitwan and Kaski (Pokhara) district of Nepal

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: Euro 400 for the first month + Euro 150 for every next month (3 day orientation seminar in Kathmandu and transportation to the placement are included)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Short-term projects in Nepal