Himalaya Trek & Nepali Immersion for Teens

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High­lights

Contribute to the UN Goal #4, Quality Education, but also other goals like #3, Health and Wellbeing.
Make lifelong friends from all around the world.
Learn about Buddhist and Hindu spiritual traditions in Nepal.
Earn your GVI Young Leaders award, a qualification recognised by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).
Make an impact by improving the health and safety standards of educational facilities in Pokhara and hike the Himalayas with other teen volunteers. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 15+
Singles
Couples
Join other volunteers between the ages of 15 and 17 to make an impact in Nepal’s city of Pokhara, known as the gateway to the Himalayas, before going on to trek this famous mountain range. Teens volunteering with GVI in Nepal will focus on improving the health and safety standards of educational facilities in Pokhara. Projects might include building desks for classrooms or installing water tanks for drinking water. This will allow you to directly contribute not only to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #4, Quality Education, but also other goals like #3, Health and Wellbeing. You will also learn about the ethical best practices used to set up international developments like these, including the importance of ensuring these projects are lead by the local community. 

During this time you will get the chance to visit some of the Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries in the region, including Bahari temple, a sacred site located on a tiny island on Phewa Lake dedicated the goddess Durga, and the World Peace Pagoda, a hilltop Buddhist monument dedicated to inspiring kindness and consideration throughout the global community. 

GVI teen volunteers in Nepal will also visit the SASANE, Samrakshak Samuha Nepal, an organisation committed to spreading awareness about the prevalence of human trafficking. The women of SASANE will guide volunteers in a cooking class, teaching them how to make a popular dish in Nepal, Nepali dumplings, also known as momos.

After the volunteering part, teens will be guided on a trek through the foothills of the Himalayas. You will be hiking through lush forests in bloom leading up to panoramic views of some of the tallest mountains on earth. During the trekking portion of this trip, overnight accommodation will be provided by the many Nepali teahouses along the trail, allowing for an authentic Himalayan trekking experience. This is a very active program. Physical fitness is a requirement.

Although all teen participants are greeted by GVI staff at their arrival destination, flight chaperoning services are also available upon request. Chaperones provide on-flight accompaniment and in-airport assistance. To book this service please contact one of our enrollment managers. 

Typical day

Itinerary 

Day 1: Saturday
Touchdown in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. A GVI staff member will be waiting for you at the airport. Travel with them to where you’ll stay overnight, and meet your fellow teen volunteers.

Day 2: Sunday
Board a flight to Pokhara, known as the gateway to the Himalayan mountains. Get an introduction to Hindu culture by visiting a small temple in the centre of a lake.

Day 3: Monday
Help to renovate local schools by painting, building, and completing other construction work. In the evenings, learn about Nepali culture by attending dancing and cooking lessons.

Day 4: Tuesday
Help to renovate local schools by painting, building, and completing other construction work. In the evenings, learn about Nepali culture by attending dancing and cooking lessons.

Day 5: Wednesday
Help to renovate local schools by painting, building, and completing other construction work. In the evenings, learn about Nepali culture by attending dancing and cooking lessons.

Day 6: Thursday
Help to renovate local schools by painting, building, and completing other construction work. In the evenings, learn about Nepali culture by attending dancing and cooking lessons.

Day 7: Friday
Help to renovate local schools by painting, building, and completing other construction work. In the evenings, learn about Nepali culture by attending dancing and cooking lessons.

Day 8: Saturday
Visit the World Peace Pagoda and the Tibetan Refugee Camp. Learn how to make momos, Nepali dumplings, from the women of SASANE, an anti-human trafficking organisation.

Day 9: Sunday
Visit the World Peace Pagoda and the Tibetan Refugee Camp. Learn how to make momos, Nepali dumplings, from the women of SASANE, an anti-human trafficking organisation.

Day 10: Monday
Your Himalayan mountain trek starts today. The day starts with a drive and you’ll spend most of your time trekking. You’ll be sleeping in a traditional Himalayan teahouse.

Day 11: Tuesday
Today the goal is to reach the village of Tolkha. Along the way you’ll stop at the town of Landruk where you’ll be able to see beautiful views of the Modi Kola river valley below.

Day 12: Wednesday 
Today you reach your highest point, Hyenjakot, which is 1530 metres above sea level. This area is legendary for its forests of bright pink and purple rhododendron flowers.

Day 13: Thursday
Hop on a jeep and take a drive down to Pokhara. The journey affords many breath-taking views of the surrounding Annapurna mountain peaks.

Day 14: Friday
Join other volunteers and GVI staff on a flight back to Kathmandu. Spend some time in the Thamel market area, where you’ll have your final taste of Nepali cuisine.

Day 15: Saturday 
Return to the airport with GVI staff for your flight home. Watch the Himalayas retreat below as you reflect on your life-changing experience of Nepal.

Free-time activities

At the weekend and during your adventure week, GVI will organise side trips, which will give you the opportunity to travel in the local area and visit sites of interest.
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Sports

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 15 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Global Vision International (GVI)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Adventure and cultural activities
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Dedicated GVI leaders
  • Extensive pre-departure service including packing lists, fundraising advice, advice on travel arrangements, a thorough pre-departure orientationAdventure and cultural activities
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Airport Pickup at Tribhuvan International Airport
GVI's staff leader will meet volunteers arriving at the airport (Tribhuvan International Airport KTM). Staff leaders will meet you outside the arrival terminal across the roadway. This is a short walk away from the baggage collection point. You will see a staff leaders holding a GVI sign. 

GVI has a list of recommended flights from the UK and USA. Travelling on the recommended flight ensures you will arrive within the pick up and departure windows and also means you may be travelling on the same flight as another GVI participant. 
Accommodation
You will be sharing a room with other volunteers. Conditions will be simple yet comfortable.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Food will be a mixture of traditional Nepali food and western style meals. We can cater for vegetarians and gluten free options.
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

  • 2020
  • 04 Apr 2020
    11 Apr 2020
    04 Jul 2020
    18 Jul 2020
    01 Aug 2020
  • 2021
  • 03 Jul 2021
  • 17 Jul 2021
Due to the current situation you have the flexibility of changing the destination and start dates for this program at no extra cost. This added flexibility can be utilised until 31 December 2020.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 2 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$1,965
2 weeks (max. stay)
$2,965
Average fees
$1,724 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Global Vision International (GVI) 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 Global Vision International (GVI) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Himalaya Trek & Nepali Immersion for Teens

Make an impact by improving the health and safety standards of educational facilities in Pokhara and hike the Himalayas with other teen volunteers.

$1724/week

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