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Cultural Exchange volunteer opportunities Nepal

Cultural Exchange volunteer: (Minimum 1 Week to 5 Months)

Cultural volunteer opportunities

HFN has organized a cultural exchange volunteer opportunity in Nepal. Nepal is rich in culture, natural resources and landscape. The country is an eclectic mix of ethnic groups and sub-groups who speak over 100 languages. There are numerous festivals that are celebrated throughout the year in traditional style, highlighting enduring customs and beliefs.

The culture exchange program is designed for anyone who has a keen interest in Nepali culture. After the completion of intensive Nepali language training, volunteers and will stay with a Nepali family in a village and participate in village life. Volunteers will experience the different local culture while sharing their own culture and customs. The core objective of the culture stay is to ensure volunteers gain cross-cultural experience.

The home stay program is suitable for an entire family, an individual or a group. There is no age barrier. This is a unique opportunity to experience Nepal differently will leave a lasting impression. The home stay program is best organized from August to December. This is a great time of year for festivals in Nepal that you can take part in celebrating. You will have an opportunity to learn more about the varying socio-economic status of various groups, social psychology, sociology, and anthropology of the Nepali people.

HFN provides a unique opportunity to make a real contribution to Nepali society, while simultaneously experiencing the rich culture of Nepal. Placements are available across Nepal. Nepal is a landlocked and very diverse country. We can place you with a family in the mountains, the valley, the jungle, the desert region, or in Kathmandu. Each region has its own standards when it comes to religious practices and cultural norms. You will live with a family in your chosen location and adopt the lifestyle practiced there.

It will be incumbent upon you as a volunteer to personalize the experience and share your own life lessons and practices with your host family and community while maintaining an obvious respect for theirs. You will also have the opportunity to visit and help out at the local school.

Nepali culture is distinctively open and friendly and participants are made to feel as though they are part of the family. Since there are different ethnic groups living in Nepal, we can find a host family for you based on your interests and religious views. There are four predominant religious groups in Nepal: Hinduism, Buddhism, Muslim, and Christianity. We are happy to place you in any of these families.

Program Requirements

Volunteers must be:

  • At least 16 years or older at the start of the program.
  • Have an open mind and flexible attitude towards working in new and different environments.
  • Prepared to do some manual work in their placement.

What we provide?

Airport Pickup/ Transportation:

  • Volunteers are picked up from the Nepal International Airport in Kathmandu by the manager or a representative of work in a volunteer program our organization
  • Those volunteers who will already be in Kathmandu will be met by a staff member at a decided meeting point

Orientation Week in Kathmandu and Language:

All volunteers are provided with an orientation by our manager covering topics such as Safety and Security, Transportation, Nepali Language, Nepali Local Culture 2 day guided city tour around Kathmandu Valley too. All the activities which will be done during the period of stay.

Lodging:

Accommodation is provided at supervision while you work in a volunteer program . You will stay either Our own orphanage Home You will stay either with a host family, in a project hostel or in a Home base. In the Home base, which provides an authentic local Nepali family environment. Volunteers are provided with their own room and bathroom which is usually shared with other volunteers though a private room can be provided by previous arrangement. Staying with a host family will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to experience Nepali lifestyle and live with a warm and welcoming family. You can even learn to cook Nepali food. While volunteering, our staffs will visit you every two weeks. During the visit, we will check on your progress and make sure youre satisfied and happy.

Food:

Volunteers are provided with two meals a day and a mid-day snack sourced from local ingredients. Meals are served at the orphanage home and include rice, curry and vegetables (a traditional Nepali dish known as (Dal,Bhat, Tarkali and Achar).

Project Location:

The project placements are located in all over Nepal according to your interest and chosen program . Mainly Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara, Hetauda and Nawlprasi . Most of the volunteer placements are located within 2-4 km. from their accommodation and volunteers use local transportation such as mini bus or taxis for their commuting.

Languages:

English

In-country support:

24 hours support is provided by our staff members. Once you arrive in the country you will be provided with the contact details of our local coordinator who you will be able to contact at anytime during your stay.

Pre-departure information:

After we receive a deposit, all participants are provided with a pre-departure information booklet by e-mail which will contain all the vital information about your program such as details of the country, project location, Visa requirements, Immunization requirements, details of accommodation, contact information and a suggestion of things to pack.

Program Fees Expenses:

HFN strives to keep costs low while providing you with a professional service to fully prepare you for volunteering in Nepal . Compare our prices and services to other organizations .
One week US$ 150
Two weeks US$ 225
Three weeks US$ 300
Four weeks (a month) US$ 350
For each additional month US$ 325

What you are paying for?

The program fee is used to provide both a professional and welcoming volunteer service program and at helps fund work at helps fund work the orphanage and the HFN sponsor program for underprivileged children in the community.
Services included in program fee

  • Pickup from the airport, transport to your placement.
  • Accommodation.
  • Food during placement with a host family / hostel- Nepali standard 2 to 3 meals a day.
  • Orientation.
  • Provisions for the children at our orphanage.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
  • Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information.
  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from HFN Staff.
  • NGO government tax.
  • Free wireless internet at our office and Orphanage Home in Kathmandu

What is NOT included?

Apart from the fees, other costs that are to be met by the volunteers are:

  • Airfare / travel to Nepal
  • Visa and Visa extension fee (Visa (tourist) fee in US$: for 15 days, US$25 for 30 days US$40 for 90 days US$100 Per additional day:- US$2 fine maximum 90 day per year)
  • Airport taxes (arrival and departure tax)
  • Local Transportation
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any other Donations
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