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Nepal Field Research Study Opportunities

Nepal Field Research Study Opportunities

The aim of this project is to enable participants to carry out their own field research project in their chosen discipline in the beautiful and far-flung West of Nepal.

Prices from $1,395

The landscapes of Nepal are some of the most spectacular and geologically significant in the world. The world's highest mountain ranges plunge into lush, green valleys teeming with exotic wildlife and throughout, remote monasteries and villages adorn the landscape. Here, you'll meet some of the friendliest and most generous people. With its mix of Hindu and Buddhist cultures, Nepal thrives on ancient traditions and practices. Discover the clothing, handicrafts, and customs that bring colour and history to everyday life.

Western Nepal is a remote and relatively unknown region, rarely explored by tourists due to its distance from Kathmandu. There is the presumption that the area is unpopulated and inaccessible, the truth is the countryside is crisscrossed by trails in all directions leading to thriving villages of Nepalese Hindu’s and Tibetan Buddhist immigrants. In fact, the area is one of the only places in Nepal to see Hindu’s adopting many traditionally Tibetan practices. This country has endless research opportunities spanning a plethora of disciplines so is the perfect place to base your dissertation or in fact any research project.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gather your data first hand
  • Gain local expertise for your research project
  • Create unforgettable memories

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Participants should be studying for a university degree
  • Participants should develop their own research project, with specific aims, methods and goals upon arrival
  • Participants should bring any specialist equipment required for field work

FAST FACTS

Location Western Nepal
Activities Being guided around your chosen field research location
Gathering field data
Researching
Meeting local people
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Homestay, hostel, tea houses


 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Personal guide and translator
Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Country orientation
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The aim of this project is to enable participants to carry out their own field research project in their chosen discipline in the beautiful and far-flung West of Nepal. Western Nepal has much to offer any researcher, from geographers to anthropologists. The area has an amazing and unusual mix of cultures and this is reflected in the traditions and practices of its local populations. There is a mix of characteristically Nepalese Hindu traditions with influences from immigrants from Tibet who have brought Chinese and Buddhist customs across the border. There are many topics of research that could be conducted around these unique communities.

Western Nepal is also stunningly beautiful and the physical landscape has been little studied, offering an abundance of research opportunities. The steep valleys, snow capped mountains, clear lakes and rivers make for a handsome backdrop for your field research project.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

This is dependant on you and the aims of your research project, but your personal guide will be on hand to help you find suitable field locations and to able to act as translator where needed.

Potential projects available include “a study into the impacts of annual flood displacement on local communities”

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!

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

On this project your time is your own to manage, but after you have finished gathering your data there are an abundance of opportunities to exploit in Nepal. You could head back to the capital and explore the amazing city of Kathmandu, visiting its many spiritual temples and palaces. Frequent the many markets and shops or even try some of the local delicacies sold throughout the city. As well as traditional Nepalese foods, the city also offers modern bakeries and upmarket restaurants.

For the adrenaline seekers there is a wealth of opportunities available through local tour operators such as bungee jumping, paragliding, canoeing, white water rafting and rock climbing. Nepal is also home to some of the most breathtaking trekking opportunities in the world including Mount Everest and the infamous Annapurna circuit. The latter trek may also mean you could spend some time in the enchanting city of Pokhara. Should you wish to relax after all your hard work why not head down to Chitwan National Park for some wildlife spotting and relaxation in the sun drenched foothills of the Himalayas.

COSTS

2 weeks $1,395

Extra week $445

DATES

Please aim to arrive on the Sunday before the first Monday of the month.

DURATION

2 weeks +

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Kathmandu (KTM)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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