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Nepal Environmental Conservation

Nepal Environmental Conservation

Gain practical conservation experience as you establish and implement your own community-focused initiatives in the heart of Nepali communities

Prices from $695

With its dramatic landscape and ancient traditions, Nepal is truly a world wonder. The world's highest mountain ranges plunge into lush valleys teeming with exotic wildlife, alongside remote monasteries and villages which scatter the landscape. From the savannah plains, tropical jungles, temperate coniferous forests, and the remote plateaus of the Himalayas, Nepal is one of the most geographically diverse countries on earth. 

Here, you'll find over 800 species of bird, bear, monkey, elephant and even royal Bengal Tigers. Nepal's human population is just as fascinating and comprises a mix of Hindu and Buddhist cultures where the mix of ancient tradition and nomadic lifestyles create vibrant and lively communities. The spectacular capital city, Kathmandu, is home to magnificent and overpowering ancient temples, which are sure to fascinate you and leave you wanting to discover more about this alluring city and country!

This project will provide you with the exciting opportunity to learn the ancient Nepali language and embrace the Nepalese culture and way of life, before embarking on a unique community focussed environmental conservation adventure which will see you developing relationships with the local community and supporting environmental conservation efforts. 

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain practical conservation experience as you establish and implement your own community-focused initiatives  
  • Experience and explore the rich Nepali culture 
  • Make lifelong friends

FAST FACTS

Location Kathmandu, Dhulikhel, Godawari, Chitwan & Pokhara
Activities Language and cultural orientation
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Raising local environmental awareness
Design and build your own green, community spaces
Maintain public areas
Transport Airport pick-up and drop-off
Accommodation Volunteer house & homestay
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food (3 meals a day)
Accommodation
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Language and cultural 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 WILL I BE DOING?

Upon arrival in Nepal you will first receive training in the Nepali language and common cultural practices before being placed in a local home-stay where you will spend the duration of your project. Your overall goal is to help promote environmental awareness issues to the local children and community to ensure the protection of their local, natural resources. The project you undertake during your stay will be defined by your interests and areas of expertise, taking into account the specific needs of the village at that time. You may be helping in a variety of initiatives, such as creating ‘green’ clubs, or planting a flower garden, establishing recycling programs or helping to better manage waste, building a toilet pit or promoting smokeless stoves for domestic use. Whether you wish to educate local communities in environmental practices or enhance areas by creating beautiful green spots, you’re bound to find this project both satisfying and fun.  

Please note that your work programme and schedule may vary depending on the time of your visit and any personal interest or experience, but with a little flexibility and enthusiasm you can be sure to make a positive contribution. All volunteers are encouraged to leave their own personal mark on their project. 

The range of activities available to you may include:

Environment awareness work

You may have the opportunity to teach environmental awareness at a local school and/or environmental post for 2 to 4 hours each day between Sunday and Friday. Use your creativity to make these sessions fun and interactive to really help the message sink in! You may also be able to share your knowledge with local youth groups and women’s groups.

Building parks and garden work

Help enhance a local Nepali school, community, monastery or orphanage by working alongside your fellow volunteers to design and build your very own green space for the community. You are bound to feel a sense of reward knowing that the garden or park you helped build will be used by the community for generations to come!

Conservation and community work

You may also have the chance to make a positive contribution to the maintenance of local public areas such as streets, heritage sites, trekking routes and schools by planting trees and issuing rubbish bins. If you have any of your own ideas about ways to raise environmental awareness within the community then these would be warmly welcomed. 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be picked up from Kathmandu airport on the Sunday by a friendly local Frontier representative and transported to the volunteer house in Kathmandu to receive your initial training. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in-country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise, and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant country.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During your initial training period you will be staying in a local volunteer hostel in Kathmandu before being transferred to a home-stay, where you will spend the remaining duration of your project with a friendly Nepali host family. This is the perfect way to truly experience Nepalese culture and cement your recent learning. The home-stay will usually have a bathroom, living room with TV, kitchen with a fridge and will be close to local transport links and shops. You will be made to feel part of the family from the moment you arrive and you will soon find yourself immersed in home and community life. Your host family will live no further than half an hour from the location of your project.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Your host family will provide you with 3 filling meals a day. Breakfast usually consists of tea or coffee, biscuits, bread, vegetables and eggs, while lunch and dinner are usually dal/bhat (rice, lentils and vegetables), so you will have plenty of opportunity to sample the local cuisine! 

Nepalese food is often said to have spiritual as well as nutritional attributes; the cuisine is as nourishing to the soul as it is to the body! You are sure to enjoy the experience of sharing delicious home-cooked meals with your local family.

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You are sure to want to discover more of Nepal’s breathtaking natural environment so make the most of your spare time and explore your local surroundings. Visit the traditional style restaurants tucked away in the winding back streets of the city for a real taste of Nepalese food and customs. For adrenaline seekers there is a wealth of opportunities available through local tour operators such as bungee jumping, paragliding, canoeing, motor biking and rock climbing.  Alternatively you may wish to take a short hike through the serene countryside, or indulge in your more spiritual side through meditation, spa therapy and yoga.

COSTS

2 weeks $695

Extra week $245

DATES

Weekly, please arrive on a Sunday.

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food (3 meals a day) 
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up and drop off  
  • In-country transfers
  • Language and cultural orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ  and in country back-up

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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