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VOLUNTEERING FAQs

About Volunteering

How do I apply to become a volunteer?

You can apply by clicking this link.

How much spending money will I need as a volunteer?

You will have access to ATMs in Kathmandu. We recommend that you carry a minimum of $100 cash with you, make sure this is in $10s and $20s, as you will be paying for your visa at the airport and it safeguards against any issues when you have the correct money.

Some people have asked how much extra money they should take with them. Most of your expenses are covered by the money you have paid, but if you enjoy shopping (and the shopping in Kathmandu is fantastic!), we recommend that you budget around $350 for your stay.

All volunteers should have access to an emergency fund, in the event they decide volunteer life is not for them, or they decide to take a break from village life for a few days. In circumstances such as these, the volunteer would need to cover the costs of transport when departing the village early, and the costs of any extra stays in hotels. For this reason, we recommend that volunteers carry an ATM card so that they can access emergency funds from home if required.

Where will I be staying during my volunteer program?

Your accommodation in Kathmandu and Chitwan will be in a hotel with ensuite facilities. You will share your room with someone of the same sex. In the village you will be housed in hostel type accommodation. You will share your room with a maximum of 3 other people and the facilities are shared. Village accommodation is basic but comfortable, and the rooms are clean.

I want to volunteer with my friends? Can we work and stay together?

We are very happy for you to share the experience with your friends and we will work with you to ensure that you can be accommodated together during your time in Nepal.

I’m only 17, can I still volunteer?

You must be 18 by the date of departure. We do provide the option for a parent/guardian to sign paperwork that grants permission for you to join the program if you are under 18. We would also encourage you to consider inviting an older family member to accompany you on the program to Nepal.

I’m not a university student. Can I still volunteer?

Yes! As long as you are willing to volunteer and improve the lives of the villagers in Nepal, we are more than happy for you to join the program.

I’m ready to go but my parents are worried!

We strongly encourage your parents to contact us, as we welcome parental involvement. We will answer any questions your parents may have through email or telephone contact.

What if I need to cancel?

Once we have accepted your application, we begin to incur costs for you, as we book accommodation, internal travel, reserve your spot in the game park and so on. So your deposit is non-refundable.

Trekking and Volunteering

How do I book or reserve a place on one of your treks?

You can make a booking by clicking this link.

When do your treks depart?

Treks depart each month, throughout the year. Dates vary depending on the arrival date of a particular group. We can accommodate different departure dates in the same month if required.

When trekking, do we have to travel as part of a group?

No. If you are a couple or small group, and you wish to travel alone, we can accommodate you. We try to bring trekkers together into groups as we find it’s a more enjoyable experience for all, but if you wish a more individual trek for yourself or your companions, we’d be happy to arrange this.

About Nepal

Is it safe to travel in Nepal?

The short answer is yes. Nepal is safer than most countries around the world, possibly due to the religious nature of the people and their natural kindness. Over the past 10 years Nepal has enjoyed a growth in visitors, from all over the world. The people are very hospitable. The Nepalese accept that tourism is a mainstay of the economy and are very welcoming.

Will I need a visa?

Yes. You can obtain your visa prior to departure through the General Consulate of Nepal. Please visit their website to download the details and relevant form Nepal Australian Consulute

Alternatively, you can obtain the visa upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu. You will be applying for a tourist visa. If you choose this option, we advise you should have 4 passport sized photos ready and AUD or US dollars in cash to pay for the visa. The cost for a 30-day visa is between $30 and $50. There is an EFTPOS facility at the airport, but this is unreliable and we recommend you have cash ready to avoid any issues that could arise. The process at the airport is straightforward and easy. Please download the visa application form, fill it in and take it with you in your hand luggage, this will save you some time at the airport.

Please see attached a scanned copy of the visa application form, this form gives you an idea of the information they require upon arrival. We recommend that when you disembark from the airplane that you don’t dilly dally, head straight for the visa applications, fill it out and get in line! Sometimes there can be quite a line up (I’ve been caught out a few times!) but that may not be the case as you are travelling in the off season.

Do I need insurance or vaccinations?

Travel Insurance is compulsory if you wish to participate in the program. We will require a copy of the insurance certificate and you must also bring a hard copy of your insurance certificate with you to Nepal. Nepal does not require any vaccinations in order to enter the country. However, we strongly recommend that participants consult with a doctor before departing for Nepal for information about immunisations and advice on how to stay healthy while traveling.

What will the weather be like?

Nepal has four distinct seasons. Spring lasts from March to May and is warm with rain showers; temperatures around 22°C. Summer, from June to August, is the monsoon season when the hills turn lush and green. Temperatures can get quite warm, up to 30°C. Autumn, from September to November, is cool with clear skies and is the most popular season for trekking. Temperatures are not too warm, with daily maximum about 25°C and cool nights with minimum of 10°C. It usually does not rain for more than one or two days during the autumn and the winter season. In winter, from December to February, it is cold at night with temperatures sometimes below zero. However, the maximum temperatures can still reach up to 20°C. Then the mountains are covered with snow.

Will I need to speak the local language?

You do not need to learn Nepali. Prior to departure, we will provide you with a document of key words and phrases in Nepali, in order for you to be prepared. On your first day in the village, you will be given a lesson in Basic Nepali. We are encouraging the village children to learn English, as this is the key to better opportunities for them in the future. The children are keen to learn and to practice their English with you.

Will I be able to phone home?

You will have access to the internet and telephones in Kathmandu and in Chitwan. We encourage you to open a Skype account, to reduce the costs of calling from Nepal to Australia.

In the village your team leader will have a reliable phone connection, you will be provided with his number prior to departure, to leave with family members who may wish to contact you during your time in the village. We encourage volunteers to distance themselves from internet and technology, as this allows for a more authentic village experience.

How do I book my flight?

You will need to book your own flight and travel insurance. You’ll be met at the airport and transported from there to your accommodation in Kathmandu.

What should I bring?

Upon acceptance into the program you will be sent a comprehensive Preparation Pack, this will outline all that is required to be fully prepared for your exciting experience. It will include a list of items that we encourage you to take with you to Nepal.

Will I have clean drinking water?

The water in Kathmandu and Chitwan is unsafe to drink, we will provide you with free bottled water. In the village, the water is clean and safe to drink but it will be treated to ensure your protection against any water borne issues.

Testimonials

There is no better way to see Nepal for the first time than doing a joint Volunteering program and Everest Base Camp trek with this incredible team. To see the work and incredible effort Som and his organisation put in all year round to create what they have, is just wonderful and the sense of involvement from this experience is like no other. I felt as though I found another family in everyone I shared my time with there. I don’t think there are many programs anywhere else in the world that give you a feeling as strong as this. It really sets fire to something in you that makes you want to start doing things, helping, changing, continue to see the children grow and keep in contact with everyone who was a part of the journey. Six weeks in Nepal could not have been spent any better, apart from staying longer. From running with incredible athletes through the Nepalese hills and witnessing the most beautiful smiles I’ve ever seen every day I spent there, to trekking to the base of the highest mountain in the world with people I could trust from spending the past few weeks with, I am over the moon I chose to go with Take on Nepal. I’ll be back very soon!

Alex Aves - February 2017

Take on Nepal was a life changing experience. Som and his awesome team of guides took us to some epic places but, more than this they showed us the real nepal. From spending time with local farmers, to hanging out with the village children from Batase. It was so much more than a trail running experience. Still, the Langtang area which, is less travelled, provided days and days of challenging trails and jaw dropping scenery. If theres anything worth doing in 2018, it is going to Nepal with the 'Take on Nepal' team. Lived it. Loved it.

Joel Fitzgerald - Australia, November 2017

Our time in Nepal has been truly special. Teaming up with Take on Nepal was invaluable as Mane and Prem guided us through so many aspects of this country, of which we have only just scratched the surface! We trekked to Annapurna Base Camp sharing many stories, laughs and songs along the way. Mane and Prem were awesome throughout, including when we needed to change some plans due to illness, and even helped us to fit in a visit to Chitwan National Park in our already tight itinerary, which was incredible! We came to Nepal wanting to trek with a company that provides opportunities to locals - they know their environment and culture best after all. We are so pleased to have experienced this adventure under the wing of Take and Nepal and support all the work they do.

Jessie Anne McMath and Grace Elizabeth Manners Wood

We chose Take On Nepal after hearing about them through family. What a fantastic choice it was for our family. There has been a personal touch in all aspects of our dealing with them from early conversations, booking and then throughout our time in Nepal. We were met at the airport and efficiently taken to our Hotel. We were taken around Kathmandu and assisted with all our needs. Once we started our Everest View trekking, we were looked after brilliantly. Take On Nepal ensure that their staff get to know you, provide support and encouragement and maintain a sense of humour too. I cannot speak highly enough about the guides and porters, they are wonderful young people, eager to assist and very supportive. It was such a delight to not have to worry about bookings, meals or rest stops. Everything was organised for us and around our needs. Thank you so much for everything. We can hardly wait to join Take On Nepal again in the future and catch up with you all again.

Jeannette Albert - Australia, January 2018

What an absolutely amazing experience trekking to Everest Base Camp with Take on Nepal! It was challenging and tough – without the support, expertise and assuredness of the TON staff, our group’s trek would not have been such a success. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to get to know all the staff (guides, training guides and porters) as friends even before our trek began. After my time with TON, I would definitely return to Nepal in a heartbeat to trek more of this wonderfully beautiful country.

Jeremy Chan - Australia, March 2017

I can honestly say that trekking to Everest Base Camp was one of the most incredible things I have ever done. Before commencing the trek we were told that a successful trek to EBC is reliant on ones mental and emotional resilience. As we trekked it became increasingly obvious to me that the mental side of the Everest game was something that could only be managed through the help of the people around me. The Take On Nepal team was there for myself and the group every step of the way and the relationship and bond we shared with them was something that went above and beyond what we saw amongst other trekkers and there guides. I plan on returning to Nepal in the near future and will definitely be trekking with the TON team again.

Bree Phillips - Australia, March 2017

What can we say except WOW- what a trip!! Thank you all for organising, it was truly amazing and not a trip I will easily forget. A country whose awe inspiring landscape is as humbling as its incredible people; sure to set fire to even the most experienced adventurers’ heart. Take On Nepal offered us an in-depth look at the culture and people and were integral in making sure our experience was truly once in a lifetime. Their passion for what they do and the smiles they wear everyday left as much an impression as the striking scenery. Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park was one of the most challenging experiences and one that will stay with me always. Speaking of which, the team were absolutely amazing and have left such a special place in both mine and Gui’s hearts- their smiles are firmly imprinted in our memory’s, so again, from the bottom of my heart – Dhanyabad/ThankYou!

Danny Crutchley - UK, June 2017

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