“Take On Nepal is truly an incredible organization. Along with empowering boys and girls to provide themselves with a better future, the company also doubles as trekking consultants - providing the same young men and women whom gained an education through Take On Nepal, the opportunity to use their well earned language and social skills to guide clients and volunteers through the Himalayas.
“I had the unbelievable pleasure of participating in the July volunteer program, as well as trek through Sagarmatha National Park's Three Passes and up to Everest Base Camp for 17 days. A huge majority of my trek was spent in the company of a lovely young lady named Phulmaya Tamang, whom was born, raised, and later educated in Batase Village, the grassroots home of Take On Nepal.”
Britt Ferguson (August 2016)
Are you wary of the big, soulless multi-nationals that seem to dominate the adventure holiday scene? Are you looking to volunteer but find the corporate nature of so many volunteering companies to be at odds with what you're trying to do?
Look no further. Take on Nepal are a small Australian company founded two years ago by Nepali born Som Tamang and his Irish wife Susan Devitt. We have deep roots in the mountain communities of Nepal, and all the local knowledge required to give you the experience you crave.
If you're looking to explore any of the popular trekking routes such as Everest Base Camp, Annapurna, or the Three Passes, one of our treks is sure to appeal. Want to go off the beaten track, or don't feel quite up to Everest? Our Langtang treks are designed just for you.
Do you want to volunteer in Nepal? To work in schools and villages up in the mountains? To make a real difference to the lives of the village children? We've been placing volunteers in Som's home village of Batase for years now, and we work closely with the Friends of Himalayan Children charity founded in Cairns, Australia by Som almost 10 years ago.
If it's trekking you're looking for, we're the company for you. If you want to volunteer, then we promise you a volunteer experience that will live on in your memory for years to come. And best of all, volunteering with us, you really do make a difference.
The Lower Himalayas are dotted with small villages, each self-sufficient and self-contained, a small world unto themselves. Life carries on as it has done for centuries, almost—but not quite—untouched by modern technology.
Bengal Tigers, Red Pandas, goat herding and buffalo powered ploughs sit side-by-side with mobile phones and sons and daughters working in far off countries. It's a world at times unchanged, at others in a state of near constant flux.
Our aim is to provide visitors with a true Village Experience, and we have the resources, local knowledge and expertise to make that happen.
The earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015 devastated many Himalayan villages. Batase, where most of our volunteers spend time, was one of these villages. Houses were destroyed, school buildings need to be torn down, and a new orphanage that had yet to be opened is now uninhabitable.
There's a lot of work to do in Batase, and our volunteers have a large role to play in that work. The school will be rebuilt, but until that time, teaching will carry on in temporary structures.
If you want to make a real difference to the lives of the people of Nepal, especially the children, then come with us and help rebuild Batase.
My work with the FHC charity showed me that there was a need for a more business focused volunteer organisation in the Batase region. While the charity does great work in Nepal—building schools and hospitals, and raising many women and children out of poverty—it had difficulty coping with the number of unskilled people who wanted to visit. That was the inspiration for starting Take On Nepal in 2013. Our hope is that as well as providing a true village experience for Australian and other western visitors, it will help provide much needed employment and contact with outsiders that the village needs. Som Tamang
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There are no hotels in Batase Village, no five star resorts or modern backpacker hostels, no cable TV or Internet access. A visit of two or more weeks will find the volunteer living alongside the locals, eating the same food they do and helping them carry out many of their day to day tasks.
The villagers are very welcoming to foreigners, and often find themselves intrigued by all the gadgets they bring with them: iPads and cameras, lap-tops and Kindles—all foreign devices that are unfamiliar to people who still live in mud houses, without chimneys or proper furniture.
We have a team of people on the ground in Batase—locals who know the area inside out, as well as representatives from our Australian office who can help with any adjustment issues, and who work to ensure the experience is one you will never forget.
You won't be alone during your stay in Batase Village. Our experience has been that groups of visitors staying in the village at the same time have a more enjoyable stay, and we do our best to ensure that that happens. Groups—often made up of many individuals who did not know each other before hand—are typically comprised of ten to twenty people. We find that this is the perfect size, containing the diversity in ages and backgrounds that allows real friendships to develop.
Your group will be met at Kathmandu airport, from where you'll trek to Batase Village, with a few stops along the way. The village is not easily accessible from the road network, so a sturdy backpack is essential for the final leg. Friendships made on the hike up the mountain trail to the village can last years. While in the village, you'll be staying with your group, and working alongside them and the villagers.