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About Nepal

If you’re looking for adventure, awe-inspiring views and a rewarding volunteer experience, then join us in the stunning country of Nepal. Wedged between China and India, with its iconic Himalayan peaks and colourful Buddhist temples, both the scenery and the culture are remarkable.

You’ll certainly be kept busy during your stay, with a combination of practical renovation work at a Deaf school and the opportunity to learn about the local Deaf community, as well as exciting visits in the area.

You’ll explore the highlights of Kathmandu itself, with its ancient, narrow streets, and temples adorned in multi-coloured prayer flags, before relaxing on the peaceful shores of Pokhara’s beautiful lake and hiking to watch sunrise over the Himalayan mountains.

Next trip: Sunday 31st December to Saturday 13th January.

Contact us now for information or click here to book your place for December.

Nepal, Kathmandu

2 Week Group Trip

Trip Highlights

  • Volunteer surrounded by the Himalaya mountains
  • Work with Nepali D/deaf children
  • Explore Kathmandu’s narrow streets & markets
  • Learn Nepali sign language
  • Trek to Sarangkot to watch sunrise over Machapuchare (Fish Tail Mountain)
  • Visit Pokhara and relax by the beautiful lake
  • Discover ancient Buddhist temples decorated with colourful prayer flags

Daily work & activities

  • You will work at one of our partner Deaf schools near Kathmandu.
  • Most mornings (around half your time) will be spent doing practical hands-on renovation work, for example painting murals, refurbishing classrooms or dormitories, renovating a playground.
  • Afternoons are spent doing cultural and social activities such as fun educational games with local D/deaf students, a Nepali sign language class to help communication, a cooking class, visiting local markets and ancient temples. You will also have time off to relax!

What’s Included

Food

3 meals a day served at our accommodation or in local restaurants

Accommodation

Either in a private rented house or local hotel with other volunteers and staff

BSL Communicator on every trip

Trip leader from our UK office

Airport transfers on arrival and departure

All local transport; not flights

We have a private air-conditioned mini-bus for the whole trip

Social and cultural activities

Local sign language class, cooking class, visits to Bhaktapur, local markets and temples.

Weekend trips

Visit the laid back lakeside town of Pokhara, hike to Sarangkot to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas.

Comprehensive orientation in Nepal

Pre-trip meeting in Sussex, UK

Meet other volunteers and our staff before your trip

Certificate of completion

References

Itinerary

Day 1 - Sunday

Arrive in Nepal!

We will meet you at the airport in Kathmandu and drive you to our accommodation. You can unpack, meet the other volunteers and relax. We will do the orientation this evening so you know what to expect over the next 2 weeks.

Day 2 - Monday

After breakfast we’ll drive to school and meet the Principal who will show us around so you see the differences between Deaf education at home and in Nepal. Then we’ll start our renovation work. We normally refurbish school classrooms, dormitories or playgrounds. We’ll show you exactly what to do and no previous experience is required.

After lunch we’ll discover part of Kathmandu on foot. Get ready to take in all the sights, smells, people and activity around you!

Day 3 - Tuesday

Renovation work at the school in the morning.

This afternoon we’ll learn some local sign language in a Nepali Sign Language class run by a local teacher.

Day 4 - Wednesday

Renovation work at the school in the morning.

This afternoon you will visit a huge market and discover all the local fruits and vegetables. Then you can relax at home!

Day 5 - Thursday

This morning you will visit Swayambhu, one of Kathmandu’s oldest Buddhist temples. Also known as the Monkey Temple, you will get great views of the whole city after climbing many steps to the top!

Renovation work at the school in the afternoon.

Day 6 - Friday

Renovation work at the school in the morning.

Educational games and fun activities with the local Nepalese D/deaf students in the afternoon.

Day 7 - Saturday

Pokhara! After breakfast we’ll escape Kathmandu’s bustling city and travel through the mountains to the peace and tranquillity of Pokhara.

This afternoon you can mooch around Pokhara’s many shops and then take in the sights across the shores of Pokhara’s beautiful lake.

Day 8 - Sunday

It’s the weekend so after a late breakfast we will walk along the lake and explore the World Peace Pagoda, then have a relaxing afternoon around Pokhara.

Day 9 - Monday

An early start to see the sunrise over the Himalayan mountains. It’s quite a steep but short walk and you can take your time. You will never forget the view!

After breakfast we will drive back through the mountains to Kathmandu, arriving late afternoon.

Day 10 - Tuesday

Renovation work at the school in the morning.

Educational games and fun activities with the local Nepalese D/deaf students in the afternoon.

Day 11 - Wednesday

Renovation work at the school in the morning.

Try your hand at cooking local Nepalese food in our cooking class in the afternoon!

Day 12 - Thursday

Finish the renovation work at school and present it to the school Principal and students. We hope they like it!

Visit Bhaktapur and explore the famous Durbar Square in front of the old royal palace in the afternoon.

Day 13 - Friday

There will be a variety of activities on your last day which can include an optional visit to Pashupatinath, a yoga class and time to buy your souvenirs before our farewell dinner together on your last night.

Day 14 - Saturday

Time for one last breakfast all together before packing up and heading to the airport.

We’ll drive you back to the airport and make sure you start your journey home safely. It’s been a busy 2 weeks and you won’t want to leave but you’ve got a long flight back to think about all the amazing things you did!

Dates & Prices

2017

Sunday 31 December 2017 to Saturday 13 January 2018

2018

Sunday 5th August to Saturday 18th August
Sunday 30 December to Saturday 12 January (2019)

Price: £1,295

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Don’t forget our Teaching Add-on

What is it?

VoluntEars Teaching Add-ons enable you to gain classroom-based teaching experience in a local Deaf school after completing a 2 Week Group Trip.

You will work alongside local English-speaking teachers in one of our partner Deaf schools, assisting in classes, helping with vocational training and getting involved with sports.

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Next Steps

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Complete our simple, secure online application form to secure your place today.

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Reviews

“Stunning mountain views, engaging D/deaf students, crazy Kathmandu, peaceful Pokhara!”

David Hutchinson


"I had the opportunity to help fellow D/deaf people"

Tom Gerrard

“The best thing I’ve done in years”

Blanche Coy

“Valuable, memorable, fun, productive, amazing!” 

David Hutchinson

“A specialised organisation that guarantees the right support - all my worries vanished”

Karolina Pakenaite

“Working with turtles was the best thing!”

Omar Mahmood

“Enlightening, rewarding, motivating, amazing”

Keegan Hall-Browne

“I grew in confidence and enjoyed helping people”

Jodie Winter

"I really enjoyed designing and painting the wall mural in one of the classrooms. It was a fantastic experience."

Stephan Pretorius

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Katherine O’Grady

"It's changed my way of thinking and seeing things. Join today because it's brilliant! It's a once in a lifetime opportunity"

Ashley Hill

"There was an equal balance of work, group activities and sightseeing"

Clair Murray

“I knew this was a perfect opportunity”

Saira Shabbir

“I made new friends and was able to use my sign language skills”

Stephanie Denison

“I can’t fault VoluntEars - they run everything smoothly from beginning to end”

Kimberley Bruce

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