Nestled between China and India, Nepal is small but vibrant, bursting with a fusion of Tibetan and South Asian cultures. You’ll be living and working in a landscape of mountains and colourful temples dotted among terraced paddy fields. You will become a part of rural life in Nepal, as you support young people and women to drive change for their communities.
Improving access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Nepal’s famous Gorkha region was badly affected by the 2015 earthquake and many are still rebuilding their lives. A lot of water sources and infrastructure in the region’s rural communities were damaged or already basic in set up. Here our Project Site Volunteer Managers work alongside communities to change behaviours that will positively change lives and health, whilst enabling the younger volunteers to achieve the most through their Expedition. Projects include helping to build gravity fed water systems and hand washing facilities and positively influencing access to water and sanitation facilities. Our Field base staff will also be a part of change in communities, from reporting on project’s progress as a Communications Officer to organising supplies on site visits if you’re a Logistics Officer.
Out on Trek
Our Project Volunteer Managers lead our young volunteer groups on epic treks through the Ruby Valley in Dhading as part of their Youth Leadership phase. You’ll travel up hills, through local villages, beautiful farm terraces and see stunning views of the central Himalayas. Led by our local guides, the trek will allow you to explore the incredible scenery that Nepal is famed for. Here the mountain leader experience of our Adventure Project Managers is essential. Trek requires courage to venture outside your comfort zone, and your support for the volunteers will be massively important. The friendships formed between volunteers and Volunteer Managers on trek are often some of the strongest on Expedition, and the experience of seeing the young volunteers grow and develop through this experience is hugely rewarding.
Life at Field base
Our Field base staff may make occasional project site visits to groups working in communities and on trek as mentioned. Otherwise you will be ensuring the essential day-to-day running of Expeditions from our field base in the heart of Kathmandu. Accommodation is based off site, so you will have the opportunity to walk to work through this vibrant city each morning. There is a great variety of opportunities to get involved in on your days off, from sampling local food to trips into town to visiting the city’s famed temples. Kathmandu is rich in history and culture, with Hindu and Buddhist temples dating as far back as the 12th century and teeming with vibrant streets and marketplaces. You will be reunited with the rest of the Volunteer Manager team at induction and change over periods, and finally for your final goodbyes at the end of Expedition.