Two Week Village Volunteer Program 2015 and 2016 — What’s Involved?
You don’t need to be a doctor or an engineer to join one of our volunteer groups in Batase Village. Previous groups who have visited and worked in the village include teenagers from Australian schools and the elderly. While you won’t be staying in a 5 star hotel or receiving 24 hour news channels, a trip to Batase Village is not an extreme adventure holiday.
One of our people would meet your group at Kathmandu airport. The trek to the village from the city is spread over two days, and includes a first-night stay at a trekking lodge with stunning views of the Himalayas. For those less fit or able, transport will be provided, but where possible, volunteers should walk to the village.
You would typically stay in our purpose built hostel in the village, where you would prepare and eat your meals. The only transportation within the village and surrounding area is your own feet, so a pair of comfortable walking boots is a requirement. Though many of the villagers go barefoot, we don’t expect that from our volunteers.
While in the village, you would be working each day at various jobs, such as helping out at the local school, cooking meals for some of the orphans housed in the village, participating in ongoing light construction work—if you’re energetic and fit enough, of course!
You would never be expected to perform any work that you felt you were unsuited to, and you could expect a wide variety of tasks to be presented to you, working alongside villagers as they go about their lives.
Our Village Volunteer Program is tailored to groups and individuals. We can cater for a group of friends, a college class, a single person or a couple. Your program will be custom built to suit your experience, wishes and departure date.
What Should You Bring With You?
A sleeping bag, a comfortable pair of boots that have been worn in before you get on the plane, a warm fleece jacket, any medications you might require, basic pain killers such as Panadol, toilet paper, some energy bars or chocolate for those times that you tire of the local food, your mobile phone (there is mobile reception in the village thanks to a new mast on a nearby peak). A head torch (Petzel or Black Diamond) is essential in the village as the electricity supply is unreliable. The head torch makes it easier to do washing, use the toilet, brushing teeth, reading, etc. at night).
Don’t weigh yourself down with too many electronic devices. While we all love our Kindles, there’s no Wi-Fi in the village, so you won’t have the opportunity to watch any YouTube videos—but isn’t that the whole point of the trip, to experience real life in rural Nepal?
There isn’t much to spend money on in the village, so lots of cash is not a requirement. Your food and lodgings are all taken care of by Take On Nepal. If you bring travellers cheques, you won’t have anywhere to cash them. They’ll only be of use to you if you plan to spend time in Kathmandu independently after your stay in the village.
Cost: AUS $990 pp
What’s Included in your Volunteering Trip?
- All accommodation
- A professional English speaking guide
- All meals
- Entry into all cultural sites and National Parks on the trip
- Food and accommodation on 2 day trek to Batase Village
- All transportation within Nepal
- All government fees and taxes
What’s Not Included?
- Nepal Visa fee
- Your international airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Cost of extra porters if required
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills and bottled water. Though we don’t cover these costs, our guide will be able to assist you in locating anything you need