Four Week Cultural Road Trip

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founded in 1989
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High­lights

Visit fascinating places including Buddhist temples, Royal Chitwan National Park, river rafting down the Trisuli river & hiking
Volunteer in Kathmandu on farming, renovation and community development projects
Immerse yourself in local culture
A rewarding and unforgettable Nepalese experience spanning 4 weeks. You will work alongside local communities, as well as exploring the sights. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Take part in a rewarding and unforgettable Nepalese experience spanning 4 weeks. You will work alongside local communities in community development within various regions of Nepal. Visit fascinating places including Buddhist temples, Royal Chitwan National Park, river rafting down the Trisuli river, village hiking and light mountain climbing up Poon Hill. Take in the clean air and picturesque scenery with breathtaking views. Enjoy guided yoga and meditation classes and tune your body mind and spirit to this unique land. This is an active experience for those seeking real Nepalese culture combined with adventure and volunteering within authentic local communities. 

Location
Kathmandu, the capital and largest city in Nepal, is an incredible place! The contrast of decaying buildings, smell of incense, street sellers, historic temples and incredible mountain views will invigorate your senses and keep you inspired to learn more about the amazing history and culture. For several hundred years, Kathmandu was one of three rival royal cities, along with Bhaktapur and Patan. The highlight of Kathmandu has long been Durbar Square, the largest of the palace squares in the three royal cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Temples and monuments of varying shapes, sizes, styles, and faiths can be found here. This small, mountain-sheltered valley is the historical centre of Nepal, a place where kingdoms rose and fell, where palaces and temples were built and rebuilt, and where Nepali art and culture was developed and refined.

Typical day

Week 1 – Kathmandu 
Kathmandu Arrive in Kathmandu and relax at the volunteer Centre. Get to know your fellow volunteers. Learn about the Nepalese culture through a series of introductory culture classes which are designed help you to develop your Nepalese language skills and deepen your understanding of the Nepalese way of life complete with details on rituals and customs. Learn about Nepal’s history and the religious influences which have shaped it.

Visit the local shops and markets with our staff, learning as you go what the local culture is and how to become a part of it. As part of your city tour and orientation you will also visit some amazing sites of such as the temple of Bouddhanath: one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu whose ancient spherical stupa dominates the skyline and is one of the largest in the world.

Week 2 – Pokhara & Chitwan Adventure
Kathmandu Adventure Take part in a village hike where you can see rural day to day life (at its own relaxed pace) and see the many rice paddies and mountains. Then enjoy adventurous white water rafting on the scenic Trisuli River, a place where you will spend one night and two days. Then to the Royal Chiwan National Park which covers an impressive 360 square miles of land and is home to Bengal tigers and around 543 species of birds. Experience the exotic wildlife of Nepal for two nights and three days. Spend some time sight-seeing in the charming town of Pokhara, the second largest city in Nepal, which is home to three of the largest mountains in the world.

There is a stunning view of the Himalayas from the northern skyline here.

Week 3 – Mountain Trekking in Annapurna region
Head to the Annapurna region for an Adventure Trek up the Poon Hill (3,190m, 10,465 ft.) which is the viewpoint for two of the largest mountains in the world: Annapurna (8,091m, 26,545 ft.) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m, 26,794 ft.). This fulfilling quest will take five days and reward you with views of priceless beauty.

You will receive a relaxing massage on the way back.  You can then take part in a Yoga and Meditation session. With ample time set aside especially for some moments of profound quiet which will enable you to reflect upon on the vast and beautiful sights you have encountered and those that are yet to come.

Week 4 Volunteer Placement Kathmandu - 4-6 hours a day
Volunteering in Kathmandu on Renovation projects on Organic Farm/Community development. The coordinators who are specially trained will help you throughout the course of your stay in Nepal with us and provide you with reassurance and assistance when you need it. Letting you feelnot only a part of the local culture but that you also gave something back to it.  

Free-time activities

The weekends are always open for your leisure. The local team will assist you in organising additional travel plans with heaps of local knowledge. Shopping in Kathmandu is an experience all its own. Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist hotspot, is where shoppers can find Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian artifacts, woodcarvings, handicraft and an assortments of unique clothing and apparel. There are also several malls where you can find fashionable clothing and grocery stores, offering everything from wine to breakfast cereals. There are numerous dining options available throughout the city, including Italian, Indian, Thai, Korean and Chinese in addition to a variety of local cuisine.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
A good level of fitness is required.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
Arrival  airport transfer
3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
Daily ground transportation (to/from project)
Training & supervision as required
Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
Touring & excursions as per itinerary
Certificate of Completion 
Airport Pickup at Tribhuvan International Airport
Airport 
Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)

Arrival Time(s)
Sunday 06:00 to 24:00

Accommodation
All accommodation is included during your stay on our program within the schedules/ itineraries provided. Your stay will be comfortable, clean and secure with basic modern amenities.

(First & last week)

Located in the heart of Kathmandu, about 1 hours drive from the airport, the large volunteer center has 4 bedrooms which hold up to 12 people maximum, with 3 to 4 people sharing one room. They have modern bathrooms; a modern kitchen and dining room, mini library, a fully furnished living room; live-in staff on call 24/7; a garden complete with a comfortable covered area and 24/7 security.  

Centrally located, there are several gym’s nearby as well as local supermarkets, ATM’s, mobile phone shops etc.   For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodation options available for an additional cost (approx US $150 p/room p/week).  This must be booked well in advance and is subject to availability. 

Kathmandu accommodation includes 3 Meals p/day weekdays,  2 Meals p/day weekends (mostly vegetarian cuisine), 4-6 persons p/room and Wifi in public areas- quality is not the best though. You may want to purchase a local SIM data plan. There is also a T.V, DVD player, computer, Laundry facilities (at an additional fee), Lockable rooms, Hot shower, Private bathrooms, Bed Linen (no towels), Mosquito protection and Fans (no air-con).

(Second & third week)

You’ll stay in a local guest houses and/or tea houses along defined trekking routes. The rooms at the guest houses will generally accommodate 2 to 4 people on sharing basis, single gender. Single rooms are available if booked in advance and at extra cost. Hand washing your clothes will be a necessity. 
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Nepalese food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about once per week. You can chose to eat out at any of the local restaurants.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. We assist you to find cheap flights to Nepal.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Nepal provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Nepal you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Nepal.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Program starts every Monday. Arrivals on Sat/ Sun. If arriving on Sat, an extra night is charged.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,970
4 weeks (max. stay)
$1,970
Average fees
$493 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Involvement Volunteers IVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Four Week Cultural Road Trip

A rewarding and unforgettable Nepalese experience spanning 4 weeks. You will work alongside local communities, as well as exploring the sights.

$493/week

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