Local Nepal Experience

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High­lights

Spend time with the warm, friendly & resilient Nepalese people
Get stuck into some life-enhancing volunteering with a range of projects
Gorge on authentic, super tasty Nepalese cuisine with your new friends
White-water raft down the Trisuli river with your team
Explore the adventure capital of Pokhara, blessed with spectacular scenery
This epic adventure includes 28 days exploring colourful Kathmandu, trekking the Himalayas, bicycle tours in Chitwan and volunteering in Pokhara. Phew! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups

The Real Nepal Experience offers ambitious individuals the opportunity to join together and embark on a thrilling adventure across Nepal. Our local team provides a structured, face-paced and thrilling group itinerary across a number of amazing sites around the country. Your group will also dedicate time to volunteering projects to give back to local communities, developing and showcasing your skills. On the gap year Nepal experience, you will arrive in Nepal on a set date, joining your group before travelling and volunteering across a 4 week period. 

Individuals on this experience trip have the unique chance to explore different aspects of this vibrant country, from exploring the wildlife on safari in Chitwan, hiking through the Himalayas to visiting ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples. Your adventure will pan across the best sites in the entire country, before dedicating your time to meaningful volunteer projects. Across this 28-day itinerary, be prepared for breathtaking sites, friends for life and complete cultural immersion. The gap year Nepal experience is perfect for anyone looking to travel within a safe, structured and social environment.

From one destination to the next, you won’t need to worry about a thing. All your in-country transport and accommodation will be arranged by our local teams on the gap year Nepal experience. This helps to ensure that your experience abroad is as smooth as possible. Our team will arrange numerous activities for you to enjoy and engage in during your trip. For any spare time, our local experts will be able to help you discover the impressive range of activities you can get involved in during your trip to Nepal. A portion of your time will also be dedicated to making a difference within a community in Nepal. This will allow you to put your skills and enthusiasm into practice to make a meaningful difference to local communities overseas.

The trip’s group set-up makes the gap year Nepal experience an exceptional social occasion. You have the chance to meet individuals from across the globe, forming friendships that will last a lifetime. You will stay together for your entire adventure, sharing moments and memories that will stay with you forever. You will also have the chance to immerse yourself with members of the local community, making your gap year programs in Nepal even more special.


EXPLORING NEPAL

Nepal is simply sublime. From the colourful, fluttering prayer flags to the ever-present dramatic mountainous backdrop, this awe-inspiring country beguiles travellers. It has been a hotspot for intrepid travellers for decades. Whilst the world has changed, Nepal is still catching up – one of the many reasons that make it such a fascinating country. The landscape is diverse and harsh yet beautiful beyond belief 

Many of the Nepalese people live in poverty, yet remain as proud and welcoming as ever. You may leave the country at the end of your gap year Nepal experience, but you are certain never to forget it. The huge earthquake that struck on 25th April 2015 had a devastating effect. Nevertheless, Nepal has slowly bounced back with a strong, determined spirit. It is now considered very safe to travel to Nepal and as you travel the breadth of the country, you will probably not be aware there was a recent earthquake.

The gap year Nepal experience starts in the bustling capital of Kathmandu. Meanwhile, we will prepare you for the upcoming weeks through a combination of cultural briefings, language lessons and sightseeing. The trip continues onto Pokhara for a 5 day trek through the spectacular Himalayan mountain scenery, stopping on the way for a full day of white-water rafting.

After that, we then move onto Chitwan National Park where we will take a walk through the jungle and a bicycle tour around 20,000 lakes (a.k.a Bishazari Tal) and indigenous villages, followed by a 10 day volunteering placement, before returning to Kathmandu to complete the gap year Nepal Experience. Phew!

Your group will travel together by private and public transport, visiting some of the best destinations Nepal has to offer, as well as some of the hidden gems most visitors never see. A PMGY coordinator will accompany you throughout your gap year Nepal experience, so you’ll get the chance to learn so much about the local culture and history throughout your travels.


VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT

The group will spend two weeks engaging in community volunteer opportunities within the Nepal volunteer program. This may be at one of the English teaching or childcare placements that we support. Depending on the size of the group, you may all work together or be divided into smaller groups. Meanwhile, the volunteering work will largely depend on the community needs at the time. For example, this may involve teaching English and childcare opportunities or a renovation and building project at these project sites.

In addition, each volunteer in Nepal is advised to note and be flexible when it comes to the volunteering aspect of the trip. The type of volunteering experience and location can differ as it is often dependent on factors such as the size of the group, the need at the time and volunteers’ project preference. Therefore, the volunteering program is finalised when in Nepal and our local team will run through the options for this accordingly.

No experience is required for the volunteer placements and you will always be placed with another member of your group. Also, our local team will provide you with guidance, so that you understand what your role is at the project. In addition, we request that volunteers spend an hour or two each evening preparing for the next day. Your role will range from renovating and painting local schools or children's homes, to organising games and activities for the children.

If you don’t have any teaching experience then there is no need to worry! You’ll be working alongside other members of your group, and our local team will assist you in planning activities and lessons. However, we expect every volunteer to spend time preparing activities and lessons for the following day. There may also be the chance to support some renovation and building work, depending on the needs at the time.

You will volunteer for around 3-5 hours each day on the gap year Nepal experience. During this time, your accommodation will be close to the project. Therefore, you will be able to walk to your placement site each day.

Typical day

Almost every day you will be doing something different on this adventure, but here is an example of what a day on this trip will look like:

After a refreshing breakfast, your day will kick off with a 2 hour Nepalese language lesson. Learning Nepalese is not only a great cultural experience but also an important preparation for your volunteer placement. Being able to readily communicate with the locals will make your experience all the more enriching on the gap year Nepal experience.

Your orientation will continue with an introduction to the transport system, safety advice and all the projects we support in the community. You will also have the chance to change money, buy a local phone or SIM Card and visit the supermarket.

The orientation is based in the heart of the tourist centre in Kathmandu so there is plenty of options and variety on offer for lunch.

After lunch, our local team will take you sightseeing around Kathmandu where you will have the chance to check out the famous Monkey Temple, Boudha Stupa and Pashupati Temple. You will be accompanied by a member of our local team who will teach you all about Kathmandu’s rich and diverse history.

The next morning sees the orientation continue as we return for the final part of the theoretical section of the orientation which is the cultural lesson. Our local team will teach you about life in Nepal, the do’s and don’ts, the local culture and religion.

Volunteers will then have the chance to try somewhere new for lunch in the bustling Thamel area and begin to pick an eye for some early souvenirs.

The afternoon is free for you to engage in more sightseeing and tick off some of the places you did not get to see in the previous day.

Entrance fees to the tourist sites we will visit during the orientation are not included in the Program Fee for your gap year Nepal experience.

Depending on which project you choose to do on your online application will influence the daily timings you join us at the project.

The final weekend in between your volunteering is free for you to explore how you wish too.

You’ll be in personal contact with our local coordinators every day across your two weeks volunteering with us so if you need anything we are there for you 24/7.

Free-time activities

  • Stroll through the medieval city squares of Kathmandu
  • Take in the fabulous panoramic city views from monkey temple
  • White-water raft down the Trisuli river with your team
  • Enjoy five days trekking in the Annapurna region of the Himalayan mountains
  • Explore the adventure capital of Pokhara, blessed with spectacular scenery
  • Spot rhinos on your group jungle safari through Chitwan national park
  • Gorge on authentic, super tasty Nepalese cuisine with your new friends
  • Get stuck into some life-enhancing volunteering with a range of projects
  • Spend time with the warm, friendly & resilient Nepalese people
Hiking
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Swimming
Water Sports

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)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- be physically fit
- medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas must be declared to us during your online application
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Plan My Gap Year
Accommodation
  • Meals (indicated in the itinerary)
  • Airport pick up & drop off (24h)
  • Public transport across nepal
  • In-country orientation
  • Language lessons
  • 5 day Annapurna trek
  • White-water rafting – Trisuli river
  • Chitwan bicycle tour
  • 24 hour in-country support
Registration fee
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • Dedicated PMGY travel mentor
  • Email & telephone support
  • Volunteer handbook
  • Live pre-departure webinars
  • 100% financial protection
  • Regular program inspection
  • Certificate of completion
Airport Pickup at Tribhuvan International Airport

For your trip to Nepal, you should book your flights to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on the selected Sunday. The airport code is KTM. You will be met at the airport by a member of the local team or an appointed driver, who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Accommodation
All your accommodation is organised by PMGY on your gap year Nepal experience. The type of accommodation will vary depending on your itinerary each day. There may be intermittent Wi-Fi available at some accommodation, however, volunteers in Nepal can purchase a local SIM card in-country to use with an unlocked mobile phone.

Guesthouse – For the majority of your time on the gap year Nepal you will stay in a guesthouse. You will be sharing a room with fellow members of the group, with up to 6 people per room. The rooms will be basic but comfortable, with a Western-style toilet and sometimes a hot water shower.

Camping – After your day of white-water rafting, your group has the option to camp out by the bank of the river on your gap year Nepal experience. Tents will be shared, usually 2 volunteers per tent. Alternatively, it may be a guest house or hotel accommodation format.

Teahouse – Over the course of the Annapurna trek you will stay at teahouses. The teahouses are extremely basic, especially during the third night of the trek. Generally, they have a communal room downstairs, and you may have an ensuite or a shared bathroom. The bedrooms are unheated but you will be provided with adequate bedding. Usually, there will be two people staying in each room on the gap year Nepal experience.

Volunteering

Project Residence - During your last two weeks when you volunteer in Nepal, the accommodation will depend on your specific project type and location that you join us on. This could be anything from living in a monastery, next door to the children’s home or with a host family.

It is important to note that for your volunteer work in Nepal, the accommodation will be comfortable but generally very basic, particularly in rural locations. Most accommodation will have western-style toilets, however, some options only have Nepali style squat toilets so be prepared! More rural placements have bucket showers.

Most accommodation does not have Wi-Fi access and electricity is intermittent so it’s a good idea to bring a torch and plenty of books! It’s a wonderfully rustic way to live and a million miles away from today’s hectic, hi-tech lifestyle. So enjoy every peaceful second on your gap year Nepal experience!
Camping Guest Family Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

All the meals that are provided on the gap year Nepal experience will be traditional Nepalese cuisine. Certainly, this will mainly be Dhal Bhat (rice, lentils and potato curry), which is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are numerous western restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara where you can get some home comforts. Please see the itinerary for specific details on what meals are included in the Program Fee during your gap year Nepal experience.

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

For your trip to Nepal, you should book your flights to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on the selected Sunday. The airport code is KTM. You will be met at the airport by a member of the local team or an appointed driver, who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure.
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)
$1,374
4 weeks (max. stay)
$1,374
Average fees
$344 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Plan My Gap Year 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 Plan My Gap Year during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Local Nepal Experience

This epic adventure includes 28 days exploring colourful Kathmandu, trekking the Himalayas, bicycle tours in Chitwan and volunteering in Pokhara. Phew!

$344/week

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