Disaster Relief & Everest Trekking Experience

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Highlights

Disover the Himalayas
Rebuild homes destroyed by the 2015 earthquake
Embark on a whitewater rafting journey
Explore the ancient city of Bhaktapur
Nowhere else on the planet can you climb higher, dream bigger and better witness the resilience of humanity than amongst these Himalayan giants and the mosaic of cultures This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
Immerse yourself in an ancient Hindu Kingdom at the doorstep of the Himalayas, where you will help families rebuild their homes following a devastating earthquake and teach fundamental English lessons to local children. After volunteering, paraglide through the Himalayan foothills and embark on a whitewater rafting journey down the Trishuli River. Extend your trip with a 13-day trek to Everest Base Camp and stand face-to-face with the tallest mountain in the world!

Earthquake Reconstruction:
Paslang is a small village of 35 households located 2 kilometers from the city of Gorkha. Over the past several years, the community has developed ambitions of becoming a homestay tourism destination for travelers visiting the nearby Gorkha Palace, a famous pilgrimage site in Nepal. In fact, local families had already begun investing in the infrastructure and hospitality training necessary to develop their homestays, when Mother Nature tragically intervened. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the region on April 25, 2015, destroying 33 of 35 homes in Paslang, killing 3 members of the community and halting their plans to further develop tourism. Nearly three years later, 29 of those homes are yet to be rebuilt, as many families are struggling to secure adequate funding to complete their homes, while those who are securing loans are incurring unsustainable amounts of debt. In response, GIVE has partnered with local community leaders and the Gorkha Municipal Government to initiate a dynamic funding model that curbs dependency on outside agencies and incentivizes local families and institutions to take ownership of the rebuilding process.  As a GIVE Volunteer, you will have the opportunity to work alongside these families, empowering them to reclaim their homes and lay the foundation for a brighter socio-economic future. A few facts:

  • 20 miles to the epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on April 25, 2015
  • 33 of 35 homes in the village of Paslang destroyed during the earthquake
  • We are partnering with the Gorkha Municipal Government and local families to rebuild homes.

Typical day

Wake up each morning for rooftop yoga while the sun rises over the Himalayas. After breakfast, we’ll begin work on our earthquake reconstruction projects around 8:30 am. Volunteer alongside the community until lunchtime and enjoy a delicious Nepali lunch. After lunch you can relax in the home of the highest mountains before returning to the project site for the rest of the afternoon. The later afternoons are for adventure and cultural immersion activities: explore the largest cave in Asia, join Nepali cooking and language lessons, playing sports make local handicrafts, and explore nearby temples and museums.

You'll be working alongside community members and your fellow volunteers on the worksite. We have GIVE staff overseeing all projects and each morning you'll meet as a group to go over the action plan for the day. Close-toed shoes and culturally appropriate clothing is required but no special equipment is needed. GIVE provides all building materials.



Free-time activities

In your free time during the volunteer portion, embrace the local culture, sights and sounds on a number of different activities: explore the largest cave in Asia, join Nepali cooking and language lessons, playing sports with locals, make local handicrafts, and explore nearby temples and museums. Towards the end of your trip you'll head down the might Trishuli River for an epic day of whitewater rafting. After a full day on the river, we’ll camp on the riverbanks and gather around the bonfire for a Nepali drum circle with our local guides! Without a doubt, your adrenaline will be at an all time high by the end of our Nepal program, especially after taking a leap of faith paragliding.
Sightseeing
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Program 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
We do not require that our volunteers come with any specific set of skills - all are welcome! Our GIVE Guides will provide all necessary instructions and orientations.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 08:30 - 16:30

Included Services

Services by GIVE Volunteers
What's Included?
Inclusions:
    • All accommodations within your host country, which have basic amenities and security.
      • You'll be staying at a guesthouse right on the beach. Each room is equip with individual beds, access to a shared bathroom and basic amenities
    • All adventure activities except where indicated in program details
    • All ground transportation within your host country
    • All meals throughout your stay 
    • All volunteer projects and materials
    • Drinking water 24/7

    Exclusions:

      • Flights to and from your host country with all other associated air taxes, ticket fees, and any country entry and departure taxes
      • International Medical/Travel Insurance
      • Passport and Visa (specific to your host country)
      • Spending money (approximately $150-300)
      Airport Pickup at Tribhuvan International Airport
      You are responsible for booking your own flights to and from Nepal. GIVE arranges group itineraries with dedicated flight agents so you can book all your flights with ease. ​Our group flight itineraries allow for smooth travel to your host country with your fellow volunteers, and your guides will be there to greet you when you arrive!

      Special Booking Circumstances:
      GIVE volunteers have a spark for adventure, so we understand if you'd like to arrive early or extend your flights to continue traveling. We also know that some volunteers prefer to book with miles. If you'd like to book your flights outside of our booking agents, then we require you to email us your preferred itinerary prior to booking for approval. Note that if you arrive or depart outside of our suggested itinerary times, you will be responsible for your own airport transportation and any additional accommodation fees outside of your GIVE excursion dates. 
      Accommodation

      Bungalows looking out to the tallest mountains in the world. Wake up each morning feeling alive at the foothills of the Himalayas!

      Guesthouse Bungalow
      Food & Beverages

      GIVE provides 3-meals per day aside from arrival and departure day. All of your meals are delicious homemade meals from our accommodations staff. The food is true to Nepali Culture and can accommodate most dietary restrictions. Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Lactose Free, Diabetic all welcome! Upon registration for your program you will have the opportunity to notify GIVE of your dietary needs.

      Internet Access
      Limited 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

      Join us on our two week volunteer trips offered May - June each year OR join us on your winter break for one of our December - January excursions!

      Spaces are limited and trips are first come first served. You can reserve your spot by placing a deposit which is deducted from your total trip cost. Dates are listed below:

      May 5th - May 29th, 2019

      May 13th - June 6th, 2019

      May 21st - June 14th, 2019

      December 15th - December 26th, 2019 (Add Everest Base Camp and extend your trip through Jan 7th, 2020)

      December 27th - January 7th, 2019 (Add Everest Base Camp and extend your trip through Jan 19th, 2020)

      January 8th - January 19th, 2020
      Availability
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
      Duration
      2 - 4 weeks

      Program fees

      Costs: Prices in USD
      2 weeks (min. stay)
      $ 1,995
      3 weeks
      $ 2,893
      4 weeks (max. stay)
      $ 3,790
      Average fees
      $ 973 /week

      Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GIVE Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
      Deposit (15%)
      The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
      Final Payment (85%)
      Your final payment will be agreed with GIVE Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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