Equality is a contentious issue in Nepal as women have less access than men to various resources and employment opportunities. This discrimination is largely due to the country’s patriarchal system and a woman's dependency on her father or husband for her livelihood.
This project collaborates with an organization that aims to remove some of the barriers Nepali women face by providing them with access to education through funding and flexible class schedules. About 25-35 women are enrolled in classes throughout the year, studying at different times in the day (there are three classes in the morning and two classes in the evening). This organization also organizes a variety of educational and confidence-building activities to further empower this often neglected population.
What's not Included
Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, is the urban center of the Kathmandu Valley in the Himalayas. It has more than 900,000 inhabitants and welcomes a few thousand tourists each year. The city stands at an elevation of approximately 4,600 ft. surrounded by four major mountains – Shivapuri, Phulchowki, Nagarjun and Chandragiri.
In addition to Kathmandu, the Valley contains two sister cities (Patan and Bhaktapur) and a number of smaller towns. The three cities together encompass seven UNESCO World Heritage shrines that have become one official World Heritage Site. It also houses several other magnificent temples, monuments and sculptures – tokens of the golden era in Nepal’s architecture.
As a volunteer, you'll be assigned to teach either or both morning or afternoon classes depending on the number of students and your personal preference (all classes are about 2 hours long). Each day, you will also help plan lessons for the following day. Your tasks may include:
- Teaching English and basic computer skills
- Encouraging women to become more self-reliant through learning activities, creative workshops or vocational training
- Running a health, hygiene and reproductive health workshop
- Organizing fun activities once a week with the women
- Educating young girls about their rights
- Helping with cleaning or maintenance tasks in the schools
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
- Intermediate level of English
- Interest in women's rights
- Flexible and self-motivated
- Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
- Police clearance
Orientation Week (Included):
The first week of the program is an immersive orientation and the first step towards a great stay in Nepal. It is designed to expose you to the country’s unique culture and customs with activities that include a henna workshop, morning yoga classes, a tutorial on Nepali attire, and a Bollywood dance class. Before the week’s end, you will be invited to an authentic Nepali dinner at a homestay – a chance to spend quality time with a local family and enjoy an authentic homecooked meal.
Travel Extras (Not Included):
You can extend your stay with one of these great adventures for an additional fee:
Pokhara Excursion: A 2-day weekend excursion to Pokhara, 280 km west of Kathmandu. The city is truly spectacular with its ancient lakes, gushing waterfalls and stunning views of the Himalayan Mountains. You will no doubt have the chance to experience the best of Pokhara with a visit to Phewa Lake, Lord Brahma’s temple and more!
Chitwan Excursion: A 2-day weekend excursion to Chitwan (“Heart of the Jungle”), 120 km southwest of Kathmandu. One of the many highlights of this trip is the national park, which is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also the best wildlife-viewing park in Asia. The park houses a diverse range of wildlife, from the famous Indian rhinoceros to the elusive Royal Bengal tiger. It is open all year round, except during the monsoon season (June-August).