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VOLUNTEERING IN NEPAL

Volunteering in Nepal is a deeply rewarding experience. Take on Nepal have been proudly arranging Nepali volunteering trips and placements, since 2012. One of our founders, Som Tamang, was born and raised in Nepal. While he now resides in Australia, with his Irish wife and three young children, he’s passionate about helping the people living in remote Himalayan villages. He is particularly focused on improving the life and education of village children, whilst providing volunteers with an enriching and enlightening experience in Nepal. Take on Nepal can co-ordinate and place adults and students on volunteering trips, manage and host high school expeditions and combine volunteering with trekking, for a truly unforgettable journey. For more information, contact Susan or Som at Take on Nepal today.

VOLUNTEERING IN NEPAL

Volunteering in Nepal will change lives, yours and those of the people you help. You don’t need to be a doctor or engineer to volunteer, Take on Nepal welcome anyone who wants to give their time, to assist in rural and remote mountain villages. Live like a local, volunteer at the village school and help around the community with daily chores. Your location is awe inspiringly beautiful. A wide valley filled with rice fields and dotted with villages.

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EVEREST VOLUNTEER & TREK

One of our most popular packages! An amazing 21-day group placement at Batase Village, volunteering in the local school, followed by an epic trek to Everest Base Camp. This fully inclusive 33-day package provides great value for money and includes all accommodation, tours, guides, meals and much, much more.

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POKHARA VOLUNTEER & TREK

Combining volunteering with trekking is something Take on Nepal specialise in. The 21-day Pokhara Volunteering and Trekking package combines a spectacular 6-day Poon Hill Trek, with a volunteer placement at the Himalayan Children’s Care Home. This is an amazing, inspiring adventure which will change lives forever.

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STUDENT VOLUNTEERING IN NEPAL

Student volunteering in Nepal is very popular and we have a 21-day program, designed specifically for this market. It includes spending two weeks in a remote Himalayan Village, volunteering at the local school and around the community. It also provides the time, space and place for some amazing sightseeing and cultural experiences and interactions.

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ANU PROJECT NEPAL: LIBRARY FOR BATASE

This project is the brain child of Christina Lee, a student at the Australian National University (ANU). Her goal is to build a 21st century library for Batase Village and stop human trafficking. To help achieve this, she is gathering a group of 16 ANU students, who will travel to Nepal to build the library and then trek to Everest Base Camp. Take on Nepal are proudly partnering this initiative, as are Libraries Without Borders.

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HIGH SCHOOL EXPEDITIONS TO NEPAL

Dreams are made of this. Nepal is a spectacular destination, offering high school students a diverse array of educational experiences, including trail walking, cultural interactions and visits to Buddhist Monasteries. Nepal is a safe destination and Take on Nepal have proudly arranged, co-ordinated and hosted, several very successful high school expeditions. Can also be tailored for university groups and those wanting a gap year trip. Contact us today for more information.

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NEPAL VOLUNTEERING FAQS

Volunteering in Nepal includes spending time in remote villages, living with and like locals. It’s a deeply rewarding experience, which creates life long memories for you and those in the village. At Take on Nepal, we’re pleased to arrange and assist with volunteering placements, for various locations and durations. There’s no special skills required, just a willingness to assist and make a difference. We’re pleased to provide a range of frequently asked questions (and their answers), or contact us for more information.

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WHY CHOOSE US

We are one of the few Nepal trekking and volunteering operators to be owned and operated by a Nepali born individual, Som Tamang, and his Irish life partner Susan. Som and Susan are completely committed to giving back to Nepal, ensuring each of their treks and tours makes a positive and lasting contribution to the local villages, people and places they visit. Take on Nepal was founded first and foremost to connect visitors to Nepal, with the real Nepal. Providing unique opportunities to make a real difference. We provide real experiences, create employment and offer value for money expeditions.

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Testimonials

We have always wanted to volunteer overseas and hadn’t thought to do so in Nepal until we came across the Take on Nepal website. From the moment we made contact, we knew that this was the absolute right decision to make. Take on Nepal have been with us every step of the way, from the planning stages, to airport pick-ups and drop offs and every activity in between. Volunteering in Batase village has been a highlight for each of us. Being able to work so closely with the villagers to provide positive learning and living experiences for the young children, particularly after the devastating 2015 earthquake, has been invaluable. Take on Nepal also gave us an opportunity to hike to Everest Base Camp. Our tour guides, Mane and Bir were absolutely incredible, providing us with support throughout the 2 week trek. We cannot fault their continued support, hospitality and flexibility during this time. Their willingness to share with us the local culture and language is a testament to the pride they both have for Nepal. They were definitely our Himalayan Heroes.

Nicole & Troy - Australia, July 2017

My experience volunteering and trekking with take on Nepal has exceeded all of my expectations and been extremely incredible, this would of course not have been possible without my amazing guide Mane and all of the Take on Nepal team! I have now come to feel that Nepal is like a second home to me and the friendships I’ve made will last a life time. I can’t recommend take on Nepal more and can’t wait to return in the near future.

Sharron Lau - December 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed the Take On Nepal program. It was great to experience the rural village lifestyle firsthand. All of the staff and the local people were so friendly and welcoming. Our guide in particular, Sandip, created such a fun environment and was extremely knowledgeable about the flora and fauna in Nepal. He went above and beyond to make us feel at home. As a university student completing a Bachelor of Primary Education, I found the opportunity to teach at a local school in rural Nepal to be extremely rewarding, valuable and eye-opening. It presented me with diverse challenges and experiences to what I have experienced previously in classroom settings. I feel that this experience has pushed me to become not only a better teacher, but a better person by finding ways to connect to the students in my classes in spite of the language barrier. The activities in Kathmandu and Chitwan were also great and really gave us a taste of life in different parts of Nepal. This program is unique as it gives you authentic insight into Nepalese culture and lifestyles. I highly recommend it – it is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime!

Brielle Spicer - January 2017

Take on Nepal along with Friends of Himalayan children are incredible organisations and i could not have enjoyed my experience enough. My time in Batase was some thing I’ll never forget. I enjoyed everyday whether it was trying to get warm in the sun to playing with the hostel children and teaching at the Village school. We got a view into Nepali life watching and getting involved with the hostel children’s chores and eating the best food that Norbu cooked for us. From the beginning to the end of the 21 day program we had a wonderful guide named Sandip. He was informative, confident and always happy to help. Sandip taught me and my group a lot about Nepal’s rich culture, the different religions and all the different fauna and flora of Nepal. It was also a privilege to meet such strong, smart young women who worked as our porters and training guides.

Savannah Norton - January 2017

I think it is going to be quite impossible to try and capture the brilliance of my experience with Take on Nepal in words–I visited Batase for two weeks and it was, and will continue to be, one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The Nepalese culture is perhaps the loveliest I’ve ever encountered, and I experienced nothing but warm welcomes and beautiful smiles during my time in Batase. Take on Nepal provides such a grass roots experience, you get involved in the day-to-day life of the village and there’s this rawness and authenticity about it that I never realised was missing from much of Western culture until I visited Batase. I was also so inspired by the unprecedented dedication of many of the village members towards improving the lives and education of the children who live there. I feel so lucky to have been welcomed into such a remarkable place and, like many others, I left seeing the world through a different lens. If you visit Nepal with Take on Nepal, expect to be planning your next trip back before you’ve even left Batase. There’s nothing so wonderful.

Lisa Cosgun - January 2017

Take on Nepal was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The local people are a delight to be around, and the scenery is some of the most beautiful I’ve seen. It was such a joy to teach the children of the school, as they were always eager to learn. The community of Batase was so welcoming to me and all of my fellow volunteers, and it really felt like a family from day one. I would highly recommend this program as it is truly empowering and all around a wonderful experience.

Megan Jagolinzer - August 2016

I went to Batase village in July 2016. It was an incredible experience for many reasons which are difficult to put into words here. But, I can say that I highly recommend this volunteer program and Nepal. Som and the Take on Nepal team are amazing – they deeply care about the people in their village and you as a visitor to their home. This program is authentic and real. I experienced Nepalese life on different levels than I would have with any other volunteer organisation or tourist group. The village is really special and though the trek is hard at times it is worth the journey and a must if you want to gain an understanding into village life. The children have stayed in my mind long after I have left and I am already making plans to go back.

Jaz Anderson - Australia, August 2016

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LONG TERM VOLUNTEERING IN BATASE VILLAGE

Take On Nepal is committed to supporting volunteers who choose to stay for a long period of time. The longer you stay, the more change you can make.

Extended terms of volunteering provides a great opportunity for the village children, and the volunteers themselves. We encourage qualified teachers, health professionals and individuals with valuable skills that will benefit the villagers, to consider a long-term placement in Batase Village.

For the first 2 weeks you will join the Batase Village Volunteer Program at a standard cost of $990. Subsequent weeks are charged as per below. NB: All costs cover your food and the expenses incurred by the villagers, to support and sustain your stay.

Weeks 3-6 $99 per week
Week 7-12 $45 per week
week 13-16 $30 per week

The Batase Village Volunteer Program departs from Kathmandu on a monthly basis.

LIVE AND WORK ALONGSIDE THE VILLAGERS

This is experiencing the real Nepal. You’ll be living alongside the locals, eating the same food they do and helping them with English language skills.

The villagers are very welcoming to foreigners and find themselves intrigued by all the gadgets they bring with them. iPads and cameras, lap-tops and Kindles are all foreign devices that are unfamiliar to people who still live in mud houses, without chimneys or proper furniture.

You won’t be alone during your stay here. Take on Nepal co-ordinate groups of volunteers to go together. In our experience, this leads to friendships that last a lifetime.

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.

Take on Nepal work hard, to ensure your volunteering in Nepal experience is one you will never forget. Inspire, connect and engage.

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