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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. 
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Location of the Project:  Chuchepati, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Project length:  Min 2 weeks - Max 12 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Tribhuvan International airport
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Volunteer Work:  Teaching English and health and promoting self-sufficiency among Nepali women
Age:  18 - 75. Age Exception: this project accepts volunteers who are younger than 18 years old with a letter of consent from a parent or guardian.
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 4 international volunteers

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared room in volunteer house
Food:  Three meals a day
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Airport Transfers:  Airport transfers are provided on both arrival and departure days
Orientation:  On Day 2 of the program and throughout the rest of the week, enjoy culture classes, trips to local shops and markets, yoga and meditation and sightseeing.
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Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, personal expenses
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.

Some of 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 
A typical day: After breakfast at 9:00 am, you'll begin your morning English teaching placement. After a break for lunch, you will spend the afternoon teaching, running self-empowerment workshops or activities, and/or preparing your lessons for the next day. At around 7:00 pm, you will have dinner followed by free time to rest and relax. You will volunteer an average of 5 hours per day from Sunday to Friday. Due to the flexibility of the classes, you can expect to partake in different tasks each day. 

Holiudays: There are holidays throughout the year that might affect the program schedule. Please contact us for further details.

 
Internet
Internet:  Free WiFi is available at the volunteer house.
Laundry
Laundry:  Free laundry facilities are available.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  You will stay in a shared room with 4 to 6 other participants at the volunteer house of the same gender. Each room has a Western-style bathroom with hot water. There several other facilities which you are also free to use, including a recreation lounge with a satellite TV and fridge, travel desk and mini library. If there is no space in this accommodation then alternative arrangements such as another guest house are available.
Food:  Three meals a day are provided and consist of mostly Nepali cuisine.
Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:
  • Intermediate level of English
  • Police clearance
  • Interest in women's rights
  • Flexible and self-motivated 
  • Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
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: One of the most popular excursion in Nepal along with Pokhara is Chitwan. A 2-day weekend excursion to Chitwan, around 5 to 6 hours drive from Kathmandu. Visit Nature walk or jungle walks, Dugout canoe ride and Enjoy Tharu culture show.

One Week Nepal Venture (Add-On)
For an additional fee, volunteers can spend one more week exploring the Himalayas in this beautiful country! Activities include jungle exploration, hiking, white wate rafting and other blood-pumping adventures!
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