Himalayan Conservation Expedition

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Coordinator | Bethany
Coordinator | Bethany
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High­lights

Work alongside experts, completing wildlife and biodiversity research, monitor camera traps and survey animal species.
Teach local communities about conservation.
Add valuable conservation experience to your CV and protect the planet at the same time.
Explore the stunning and incredibly varied landscapes of Nepal.
Take some time to see the sights in Kathmandu.
Join our Himalayan conservation project in Nepal and help with our ongoing efforts to protect the Annapurna Conservation area. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+
Singles
Couples

Environmental volunteering in Nepal is a great fit for you if you’re passionate about wildlife and want to live in and protect a unique environment like the Himalayas.

You’ll be surrounded by towering peaks and forests as you learn from conservation experts. It’s an opportunity you can’t get anywhere else. We’re the only volunteer organisation running a Wildlife Conservation Project in the area.

In Nepal, you’ll add conservation work experience to your CV with each day you spend at the project. You’ll also learn about the animals that live in the Himalayas. This can help your future career and enhance your studies. Or it can be a chance for you to do something different and exciting!

You don’t need any specific qualifications or experience for conservation volunteering abroad. Our staff will teach you everything you need to know, and you can reach out to them for help at any time. Please note that this project does involve a lot of walking and hiking, so you need to be reasonably fit.

Typical day

Your work can be divided into three main categories:

Wildlife research

You’ll participate in several of our wildlife research programmes throughout your stay. Through these initiatives, we’re able to monitor the population of different wild animals in the area. This enables us to keep an eye on the balance of ecosystems, and create a strong database to use when creating conservation strategies. We do this through:

  • Bird surveys and inventory
  • Butterfly surveys and inventory
  • Reptile and amphibian studies
  • Remote sensor camera surveys
  • Indicator species surveys
  • Assembly and monitoring of camera traps

Environmental studies

It’s likely that you’ll participate in the Rhododendron Regeneration Survey during your time in Nepal. The aim of the study is to discover whether the Annapurna area is home to the largest rhododendron forest in the world. You’ll help by measuring trees and recording data.

Raise awareness about the need to protect the environment

Raising awareness in local communities is part of our ongoing conservation work in Nepal. You’ll help with this by running workshops and events in the community. During these workshops, you’ll teach local people about their surrounding natural environment and the importance of preserving it. You’ll also discuss recycling, and how litter and pollution harm the environment. We also do regular rubbish clean-ups.

Free-time activities

When you think of Nepal, the first thing that comes to mind is the majestic Himalayan Mountain Range. This is just one example of the country’s extraordinary natural beauty. Combined with rich cultures, this makes it a unique country to volunteer in and explore.

There are a whole host of ways you can explore the stunning and incredibly varied landscapes of Nepal. You can drive off-road through Chitwan National Park, go biking through Kathmandu Valley, or trek in the foothills of Annapurna.

In the evenings and over weekends, it’s worth taking some time to see the sights in Kathmandu. This includes Durbar Square, where you can stand in the midst of an ancient palace. The towering spectacle of the Boudhanath Stupa is also a must-see.

Nepal is one of our most popular destinations, so there will be many other volunteers in the country with you during your trip. This gives you the freedom to spend your leisure time either exploring alone or in a group. 

Sightseeing
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
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 Projects Abroad
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Certification of project completion

  • A cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

Airport Pickup at Tribhuvan International Airport

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu, a Projects Abroad staff member will be there to welcome you. They will then drive you to your accommodation in the city, where you’ll be able to relax and settle in. It’s about a thirty-minute drive from the airport to the city centre.

Conservation volunteers will generally spend one night in Kathmandu, before travelling to Pokhara the next day. You can travel by bus to Pokhara, which is between six to eight hours, depending on traffic and road conditions. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

The cost of your airport transfers are included in your project fee.  

Accommodation
You’ll stay in a family-run hostel alongside other volunteers, located in the village of Ghandruk. 

This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and interns, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together.

The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. 

Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages
Your programme fees include three meals a day.
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

This project runs year-round, and you can join at any time from a minimum of one week. We strongly recommend that you stay for a minimum of four weeks if possible, to avoid spending too much of your time travelling.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$1,664
2 weeks
$1,919
3 weeks
$2,175
4 weeks
$2,430
8 weeks
$3,452
16 weeks
$5,495
50 weeks (max. stay)
$14,181
Average fees
$974 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Projects Abroad 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 Projects Abroad during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Himalayan Conservation Expedition

Join our Himalayan conservation project in Nepal and help with our ongoing efforts to protect the Annapurna Conservation area.

$743/week

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