WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
You will be collected upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport on the Sunday by a friendly local staff member and transported to a guest house in Kathmandu. Once you have had time to rest you will be given a local orientation and introduction to Nepal. Spending this time in Kathmandu will offer you the opportunity to purchase any last minute research supplies you may find hard to come by in the field before you head out to Western Nepal to conduct your research with your personal guide/translator.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
During this project you may be placed in a range of different accommodation options, including tea houses, local guesthouses or a clean and welcoming homestay with a carefully chosen host. Wherever you stay you'll be a member of the family, and your hosts will work hard to make you feel as such.
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
You will be provided with 2 meals a day whilst staying at the Volunteer house in Kathmandu during your orientation period. There is a wide variety of cusines available in Kathmandu, both Western and Nepalese. The most prevalent Nepali dish is daal, bhaat and tarkaari (lentils, rice and vegetable curry). This is the main course served in most Nepalese houses for both lunch and dinner. Nepali food is much less spicy than Indian food, and many dishes are Tibetan in origin. It seems that Indian influence is only confined to south-western part of Nepal. The rest of Nepal has more of Tibetan and Chinese influence in their cuisines.
Two of the most exclusive and authentic Nepalese delicacies include momos, a meat or vegetable filled dumpling and Tibetan bread and honey – a puffy fried bread with heavy raw honey. Both of these items are good for a light breakfast but are insufficient for a full meal. The Newars of Nepal are considered to be great connoisseurs, so watch out for Newari restaurants for a special Nepalese gastronomic experience!