WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Upon arrival in Nepal you will first receive training in the Nepali language and common cultural practices before being placed in a local home-stay where you will spend the duration of your project. Your overall goal is to help promote environmental awareness issues to the local children and community to ensure the protection of their local, natural resources. The project you undertake during your stay will be defined by your interests and areas of expertise, taking into account the specific needs of the village at that time. You may be helping in a variety of initiatives, such as creating ‘green’ clubs, or planting a flower garden, establishing recycling programs or helping to better manage waste, building a toilet pit or promoting smokeless stoves for domestic use. Whether you wish to educate local communities in environmental practices or enhance areas by creating beautiful green spots, you’re bound to find this project both satisfying and fun.
Please note that your work programme and schedule may vary depending on the time of your visit and any personal interest or experience, but with a little flexibility and enthusiasm you can be sure to make a positive contribution. All volunteers are encouraged to leave their own personal mark on their project.
The range of activities available to you may include:
Environment awareness work
You may have the opportunity to teach environmental awareness at a local school and/or environmental post for 2 to 4 hours each day between Sunday and Friday. Use your creativity to make these sessions fun and interactive to really help the message sink in! You may also be able to share your knowledge with local youth groups and women’s groups.
Building parks and garden work
Help enhance a local Nepali school, community, monastery or orphanage by working alongside your fellow volunteers to design and build your very own green space for the community. You are bound to feel a sense of reward knowing that the garden or park you helped build will be used by the community for generations to come!
Conservation and community work
You may also have the chance to make a positive contribution to the maintenance of local public areas such as streets, heritage sites, trekking routes and schools by planting trees and issuing rubbish bins. If you have any of your own ideas about ways to raise environmental awareness within the community then these would be warmly welcomed.