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Nepal Environmental Conservation

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Nepal Environmental Conservation

Gain practical conservation experience as you establish and implement your own community-focused initiatives in the heart of Nepali communities

Prices from US$695

With its dramatic landscape and ancient traditions, Nepal is truly a world wonder. The world's highest mountain ranges plunge into lush valleys teeming with exotic wildlife, alongside remote monasteries and villages which scatter the landscape. From the savannah plains, tropical jungles, temperate coniferous forests, and the remote plateaus of the Himalayas, Nepal is one of the most geographically diverse countries on earth. 

Here, you'll find over 800 species of bird, bear, monkey, elephant and even royal Bengal Tigers. Nepal's human population is just as fascinating and comprises a mix of Hindu and Buddhist cultures where the mix of ancient tradition and nomadic lifestyles create vibrant and lively communities. The spectacular capital city, Kathmandu, is home to magnificent and overpowering ancient temples, which are sure to fascinate you and leave you wanting to discover more about this alluring city and country!

This project will provide you with the exciting opportunity to learn the ancient Nepali language and embrace the Nepalese culture and way of life, before embarking on a unique community focussed environmental conservation adventure which will see you developing relationships with the local community and supporting environmental conservation efforts. 

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain practical conservation experience as you establish and implement your own community-focused initiatives  
  • Experience and explore the rich Nepali culture 
  • Make lifelong friends

FAST FACTS

Location Kathmandu, Dhulikhel, Godawari, Chitwan & Pokhara
Activities Language and cultural orientation
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Raising local environmental awareness
Design and build your own green, community spaces
Maintain public areas
Transport Airport pick-up and drop-off
Accommodation Volunteer house & homestay
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food (3 meals a day)
Accommodation
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Language and cultural orientation
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up
 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

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. 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be picked up from Kathmandu airport on the Sunday by a friendly local Frontier representative and transported to the volunteer house in Kathmandu to receive your initial training. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in-country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise, and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant country.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During your initial training period you will be staying in a local volunteer hostel in Kathmandu before being transferred to a home-stay, where you will spend the remaining duration of your project with a friendly Nepali host family. This is the perfect way to truly experience Nepalese culture and cement your recent learning. The home-stay will usually have a bathroom, living room with TV, kitchen with a fridge and will be close to local transport links and shops. You will be made to feel part of the family from the moment you arrive and you will soon find yourself immersed in home and community life. Your host family will live no further than half an hour from the location of your project.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Your host family will provide you with 3 filling meals a day. Breakfast usually consists of tea or coffee, biscuits, bread, vegetables and eggs, while lunch and dinner are usually dal/bhat (rice, lentils and vegetables), so you will have plenty of opportunity to sample the local cuisine! 

Nepalese food is often said to have spiritual as well as nutritional attributes; the cuisine is as nourishing to the soul as it is to the body! You are sure to enjoy the experience of sharing delicious home-cooked meals with your local family.

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You are sure to want to discover more of Nepal’s breathtaking natural environment so make the most of your spare time and explore your local surroundings. Visit the traditional style restaurants tucked away in the winding back streets of the city for a real taste of Nepalese food and customs. For adrenaline seekers there is a wealth of opportunities available through local tour operators such as bungee jumping, paragliding, canoeing, motor biking and rock climbing.  Alternatively you may wish to take a short hike through the serene countryside, or indulge in your more spiritual side through meditation, spa therapy and yoga.

COSTS

2 weeks US$695

Extra week US$245

DATES

Weekly, please arrive on a Sunday.

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food (3 meals a day) 
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up and drop off  
  • In-country transfers
  • Language and cultural orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ  and in country back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Kathmandu (KTM)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

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