Cultural Orientation Week Nepal

You'll enjoy a genuine Nepalese welcome ceremony, cultural overview, language training, cooking demonstrations, hiking/treking, yoga practice & instruction, local market tours and more....

Cultural Orientation Week Nepal

Project Type

Orientation Week | Volunteer Center shared rooms

Duration

1 Week+

Start Dates

Every Monday year round (Arrival Saturday or Sunday)

Location

Kathmandu

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Whats Included

  • Arrival  Airport Transfer
  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
  • 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 

Whats Not Included

  • Travel Insurance (Mandatory)
  • Airfares & Visa fees
  • Additional Tours, Souvenirs, Spending Money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

Application Procedure

  • Click ‘apply now’ to complete your online application.
  • Click ‘pay deposit’ to pay the US$275 fee to secure your placement.
  • A confirmation and invoice will be sent via email within 48 hours.
  • Final payment will be due 30 days prior to departure, after which a full program pack will be sent including all necessary information

Background Information

This 1 week placement is designed for all standard programs to provide an in depth insight into Nepalese culture & religion so that you can understand social practices and get the most out of your volunteering experience.

You’ll receive a welcome ceremony, cultural overview, language training, cooking demonstrations, hiking/treking, yoga practice & instruction, local market tours and more….

This week helps volunteers develop an awareness and better understanding of the cultural differences and how to best approach situations to ensure a rewarding and unforgettable volunteer experience.

Schedule

Example day to day (breakfast lunch, dinner included daily)

  • Sunday – Arrival Day.   Pick up in the airport/ Check in at the House Center
  • Monday – Welcome ceremony, safety review, code of conduct, introduction games, cultural do’s & don’ts, Nepali language training
  • Tuesday – Nepali language training, health & well being, cross cultural orientation
  • Wednesday – Yoga & meditation (7am), Napali language training, schooling and education system overview, tour to Bouddhanath temple
  • Thursday – Nepali language training, religion & culture training, local market tour and scavenger hunt
  • Friday – Hiking day trip, cooking demonstration, feedback & evaluation, preparation for volunteer placements
  • Sat/Sun – Free days at leisure

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Accommodation

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
  • Wifi in public areas (Quality is not the best though.  You may want to purchase a local SIM data plan)
  • T.V, DVD player, computer
  • Laundry facilities (at an additional fee)
  • Lockable rooms
  • Hot shower
  • Private bathrooms
  • Bed Linen (no towels)
  • Mosquito protection
  • Fans (no air-con)

Meals

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.

Weekends & Extra Tours

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.

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.