WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Nepal holds a strong appeal for travellers who wish to visit a culture that contrasts significantly with Western society. Buddhist and Hindu beliefs pervade every aspect of Nepalese culture, and influence the manner in which its people carry out their daily lives. The amalgamation of these two peace loving religions with their shared deities and colourful joint festivals result in communities where religion is highly significant and strongly apparent. As one of the least developed nations in the world Nepal has retained an ancient and mystical aura that has captivated visitors from all over the globe. This project gives you the chance to observe the Nepali social customs and etiquette; for example, affection between men and women is seldom expressed in public and is viewed as offensive, clothing is very conservative, and eating is only done with the right hand. Embrace this opportunity to visit an incredible and unusual destination, and have a gap year or year out that you will never forget!
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
You will arrive into Kathmandu, the heart of Nepal, where you will gain an insight into a society unique in today’s world. Throughout your time on this programme you will be bringing your own strengths and skills to the table whilst learning new ones helping to support local communities and children through your voluntary work at local schools and orphanages. Undoubtedly throughout your time on the project you will draw creative inspiration and ideas from the landscapes and livelihoods of the local communities that surround you. Your time on this exciting project will be split into three different phases:
Orientation and Culture
Upon arrival into the spiritual city of Kathmandu, you will spend the first phase of the programme exploring this vibrant and atmospheric city. You will learn basic Nepali which should help you make friends throughout the rest of your stay here and which will immerse you further into this spiritual culture. There will also be plenty of time for sightseeing, shopping and relaxing in local cafes.
After spending some time in the bustling city of Kathmandu you will enjoy a 3 day trek through some of Nepals beautiful and diverse landscapes, giving you a chance to get to know your fellow travellers better.
The final phase of the programme sees you escaping from Kathmandu to the rural area of Chitwan, five and a half hours south of the capital where the heat is turned up. Chitwan is a haven for wildlife, and is home to the famous one horned rhinoceros. The jungle adventure may involve wildlife spotting elephant rides, canoeing trips and jungle treks, as well as visiting baby elephants.
For those of you joining the 4 week programme you will then go on to visit Nepal’s wonderful second city, Pokhara, the city that wins a thousand hearts. From here you can enjoy an extended trek into the Himalayas, staying in local Tea Houses en route, and join a breathtaking white water rafting expedition down the majestic Trishuli River.
Finally you will end your adventure by making your way back to Kathmandu to spend your last few days enjoying the city and having a farewell dinner with the countless friends that you will have made on your travels.