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Childcare Volunteer Project in Nepal - Pokhara
Next start date available: Dec 19, 2022

Childcare Volunteer Project in Nepal - Pokhara

Young at heart and want to be a Childcare volunteer in Nepal? International Volunteer HQ’s Childcare project empowers volunteers to assist in early childhood education in the beautiful Nepalese city of Pokhara. Volunteers gain childcare experience while contributing to the local community by offering extra fun, educational activities and care for young children.

Highlights:
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Affordable fees from £218 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Help provide a fun, engaging and nuturing environment for children

  • Discover breathtaking mountains and stunning landscapes

  • Stay with a local family for a unique experience of life in Nepal

Key information

Provide a safe space for children to learn
Based in childcare centres
Homestay accommodation
Volunteers aged 16+ and families
Up to 5 hours volunteering a day
Fully hosted experience from £218 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 12 weeks
Go paragliding in Pokhara

This program is ideal for:

Volunteers with an interest in caring for and entertaining lively, active children. This project is well set-up and structured so is a great fit for first-time volunteers and those with no prior experience in childcare.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

The tourist city of Pokhara is popular with visitors to Nepal and has been well supported by past Childcare volunteers. This means centres are well funded and set up, which enables volunteers to continue to make a difference in an organised environment.

As a Childcare volunteer you will bring enthusiasm and creativity to the project in order to brighten up the days of the children and advance their English language skills by engaging them in fun and educational activities. You’re encouraged to arrive with your own initiatives and ideas of activities to arrange for the children. Your tasks will vary depending on your placement, but in general you can expect to assist with:

  • Teaching
  • General life skills
  • Health education
  • Games
  • Activities
  • Drawing and painting
  • Day-to-day running of the centre

Volunteers who want additional work outside the childcare centre also have the option to take part in nearby before and after school classes with local children.

To note: if you are looking to join this project for a 1 week duration, it is important to be aware that there is a 2 day orientation and you will travel to Pokhara (where this project is based) on Tuesday after the orientation. As such, your placement would run from Wednesday - Friday.

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education

More than half of all children and teens do not meet minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. Quality education provides an opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment and is key to preventing poverty, securing long-term employment and improving quality of life.

Why do Childcare volunteering in Pokhara with IVHQ?

When you volunteer with children in Nepal you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Providing care and attention to local children
  • Helping students develop life skills in a safe place
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining childcare experience
  • Immersing yourself in Nepali culture
  • Discovering the diversity of Nepal

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program
  • Volunteers aged 16-18 are required to provide IVHQ with parental consent in order to participate on the program, and may be asked to provide additional documentation to the local team
  • All volunteers aged 13+ are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure. Those aged 13-17, if unable to obtain a criminal background check, can provide two character reference letters instead
  • All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English.
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”My favorite moments were joining the other volunteers for weekend trekking & having a dinner and dance party with the teachers from the school I volunteered at. This volunteer experience taught me to be grateful of what we have & be brave for more adventures! The first step of everything is always the hardest - just do it, just take the first step, everything else afterwards can just go with the flow! Don’t worry! ”

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Volunteer Abroad in Nepal with IVHQ

Location

Land-locked in the middle of South Asia, Nepal is known for its astonishing alpine scenery and breathtaking mountainscapes. But this diverse country offers much more than its remarkable natural environment. Among Nepal’s 28 million people, there are more than 100 different ethnic groups speaking as many languages and following a large number of religious and cultural traditions. It also faces the challenges associated with a history of civil war, natural disasters, political corruption and a lack of resources and infrastructure to support its population.

Volunteers can have a meaningful impact on Nepalese communities by providing assistance with a wide range of activities that help make life, and the future, better for local people. IVHQ has a number of volunteer projects in Nepal. Some are located on the outskirts of the capital city of Kathmandu in rural and urban areas, while others are in Chitwan 150 kilometres away, in the middle of Terrai - a flat fertile plain that borders India and stretches right across Southern Nepal. Chitlang is a rural location, a two hour drive from Kathmandu and accessed through tough terrain. It is located in mid-hills along the Mahabharat range, to the south west of Kathmandu valley. Pokhara is located in mid-western Nepal and is a popular tourist destination, renowned for its amazing mountain views.

Arrival and orientation

The program orientation begins on the first and third Monday of each month, and volunteers need to arrive in Kathmandu on the Sunday before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Kathmandu. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are travelling in Nepal prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up at a prearranged destination in Kathmandu on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted by our Nepal team in Kathmandu and runs over the course of two days. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Nepal – an introduction to Nepal, Nepalese customs, language training details, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Nepal, and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to visit local temples, sample authentic Nepali food, meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socialising.

If you are placed in Pokhara or Chitwan, you will travel to your placement location on Tuesday afternoon and you will begin work on Wednesday. If you are located in Kathmandu, you will begin work on Wednesday.

Volunteer schedule example

First Day:

On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays:

While a volunteer daily schedule will vary depending on the specific placement, a typical day is as follows:

7:30 AM Breakfast at the homestay.
8:00 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. There is usually a tea break and a lunch break.
2:00 - 5:00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to the volunteer house, go sightseeing, or do some shopping.
7:00 - 9:00 PM Dinner at the homestay.

Weekends:

During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of their local town and Nepal. Known for being home to the world’s tallest mountain, Mt Everest, Nepal is an adventurer’s paradise. It has a vast selection of exceptional hikes in the Himalayas with arresting views in every direction, white-water rafting, canyon swings, paragliding and scenic flights. It also has a rich multicultural heritage and a huge collection of temples, pagodas, shrines, carvings and ancient architecture, not to mention an astonishing array of wildlife and an interesting cuisine influenced by its many ethnic groups and cultures.

Accommodation and WiFi

On arrival in Nepal, volunteers stay in a local hotel in Kathmandu for their two-day orientation.

Volunteers are then accommodated together in homestays and hosted by local families who have been approved by our program staff. We give your host family a fee for your support, food and board. It is exciting to stay with a host family, providing you with a unique opportunity to learn about the Nepalese way of life, meet local people, try traditional food and speak the local language - especially when host families in Nepal tend to have limited English.

Living is basic but comfortable and most homestays have electricity and running water, with the exception of some rural homestays which are without these conveniences during the dry season. Squat toilets are the norm in Nepal and you will not come across many western toilets. Volunteers can also expect low-pressure showers that are generally not heated, however, this is refreshing after a day in the heat.

You can expect to share a room with one to three other volunteers and bedrooms have single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided. It is recommended volunteers bring their own sleeping bag and mosquito nets for any trips away.

WiFi is available in most of the volunteer homestays, however those based in Chitwan should expect to walk to a nearby cafe for internet access. If you would like to keep connected during your stay, we recommend bringing an unlocked mobile phone and purchasing a local SIM card when you arrive in Nepal.

Meals

The staple meal for most Nepali families is dal bhat, which consists of lentil soup (dal), rice (bhat) and vegetables in curry (tarkari) and/or meat (masu) with a side of pickle/sauce (achar).

Food in Nepal is heavily influenced by the country’s Indian and Tibetan neighbours and includes plenty of curries, breads and potato-based dishes. Volunteers are served two meals per day at their homestay and can purchase additional food to supplement this if they wish.

Bottled water is readily available in Nepal and volunteers should budget approximately £4 per week for two litres a day. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but there is a need to be flexible.

Pricing

Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
1 week £217 Equivalent to £31/day
2 weeks £330 Equivalent to £24/day
3 weeks £443 Equivalent to £21/day
4 weeks £557 Equivalent to £20/day
5 weeks £670 Equivalent to £19/day
6 weeks £783 Equivalent to £19/day
8 weeks £992 Equivalent to £18/day
10 weeks £1201 Equivalent to £17/day
12 weeks £1410 Equivalent to £17/day
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Personalised preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Discounts on language lessons
  • Certificate of International Volunteering

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of £260 in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in GBP.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, lunches, public transportation to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Nepal generally find US$30 per week to be sufficient for expenses, such as lunches, and local tours and activities.

Here are just a few of the Nepal add-ons we offer:

If you want to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself with a trek of a lifetime, the 14-day Everest Base Camp Trek is an awesome option for those who enjoy adventure, nature and culture all rolled into one. This iconic expedition is the most popular trekking route in the Himalayas and is unlike any other in the world.

In addition to completing the mighty journey to Everest Base Camp, you will learn about Sherpa life and their rich culture, visit an ancient monastery in Tengboche, and have stunning views of Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, and Cho Yo. Amidst all the rugged mountains vistas, you will also see the Khumbu Glacier and ascend the famous Kala Pathar for a close, unobstructed view of Mt Everest.

The 14-day Trek costs US$1485 and includes:

  • Accommodation at a hotel in Kathmandu for 2 nights (one night prior to departure from Kathmandu and one night on arrival back to Kathmandu post trek)
  • Return transfers to airport
  • Return Flights (KTM to Lukla - Lukla to KTM)
  • Accommodation in tea houses during the trek
  • All meals
  • All required documentation and trekking permit (TIMS)
  • Guide fees and their insurance
  • National Park fee
  • Equipment of trekking guides
  • All government and local taxes

Please contact us or your IVHQ Program Manager to sign up or to get more information about this trip.

Full itinerary of the Everest Base Camp Trek:

Day 1: Arriving at The Capital – Kathmandu (1400 m), where you will spend the night in a local hotel

Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2860 m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m) Trek duration 3-3.5 hours

Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440 m) Trek duration 5.5 hours

Day 4: Acclimatization at Namche Bazar

Day 5: Trek to Tengboche (3860 m) Trek duration: 5-6 hours

Day 6: Trek to Dingboche (4350 m) Trek duration: 5 hours

Day 7: Acclimatization at Dingboche

Day 8: Trek to Lobuche (4910 m) Trek duration: 5 – 5.5 hours

Day 9: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5180 m) – Everest Base Camp (5365 m) Trek Duration: 8 hours

Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545 m) and to Pheriche (4243 m) Trek duration: 3 hours + 4 hours

Day 11: Pheriche to Namche Bazar Trek duration: 6-7 hours

Day 12: Namche Bazar to Lukla
Trek duration: 7 hours

Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and stay the night in a local hotel

Day 14: Departure Day

Expect the unexpected - The weather and health of fellow trekking members can impact the number of days it takes to complete the trek, therefore we recommend to allocate 1-2 days extra to ensure you will make your international flight home.

Accommodation - You can expect to stay in local run lodges known as tea houses which are simply furnished with a bed and occasionally a small table. Bathrooms are typically shared and are in a separate area of the teahouse or in some tea houses will be outside. Staying in a teahouse is a great way to support these local businesses and boost the local economy in the Everest Region.

Meals - You will be doing “teahouse trek,” meaning there are villages with lodges and restaurants to eat and stay in along the entire route. You are expected to eat breakfast and dinner in the same lodge where you are spending the night.

Typical food available for lunch and dinner is Nepali rice and lentils, pasta, potato dishes, soups or pizzas. Delicious pancakes, porridge, toast and eggs are the main breakfast fare, while tea, coffee and hot chocolate are always available. You will probably be pleasantly surprised at the variety of food at the lodges.

Level of fitness required - There are a lot of steep ascents and descents on the trek and a good level of fitness is required. Some days you may be required to walk up to Seven hours. Please note that the estimated walking time each day will vary according to the overall fitness of the group and weather conditions.

Footwear and clothing - Bring well broken-in hiking shoes, suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes, down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and pants, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton or polypropylene pants or jeans, shirts and T-shirts; shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, comfortable track/gym suit.

You will be responsible for:

  • Personal expenses (alcoholic beverages, laundry, tips, phone calls, hot showers, extra snacks, etc.)
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency
  • Trekking gear (available to hire)
  • Unforeseen costs due to flight cancellation, weather conditions, illness, political unrest, etc.
  • Meals in Kathmandu

The Everest Helicopter Tour is a one-day program that takes you from Kathmandu to the base of the world’s highest mountain, Everest Base Camp, at 5,346 meters.

You will discover some absolutely breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Cho Oya, Thamserku, Cholatse, and numerous other mountains as you fly above the beautiful peaks, trails, snow capped mountains and it’s many attractions.

Have breakfast at the world’s highest restaurant (Everest View Hotel) is a sure highlight with the picturesque views of the Himalayan ranges.

Itinerary:

  • Arrive at Kathmandu Airport for your helicopter pickup.
  • Stop at Lukla for a quick refueling.
  • Land at Kalapatthar for approx. 15 minutes to explore the area.
  • Fly back to Everest View Hotel for breakfast.
  • Stop at Lukla for a quick refueling.
  • Return to Kathmandu Airport.

Important information for this activity:

Weather: The temperature ranges between 15 degrees Celsius to -5 degrees Celsius in Spring and Autumn and in Winter, the temperature can fall below -17 degrees Celsius. As such, you will need to pack according to the season.

Packing list: For this one-day experience, it is recommended that you pack; windproof down jacket, base layer clothing, comfortable shoes and warm socks, sun hat, UV protection goggles, reusable water bottle, toiletries (e.g. tissues, sunscreen, lip balm, etc.), camera, passport and other essential documents.

Expect the unexpected: If there is an emergency, the weather takes a turn or there are travelers who are feeling uneasy, the tour will be revoked and the helicopter will fly travelers back to Kathmandu immediately. There may also be situations where the tour may not go ahead at the specific time you are looking to join due to weather instability, natural disasters, political disturbance, etc. without prior notice; however, this will always be relayed to travelers as soon as possible.

Timing: If your volunteer program is based in Kathmandu, you can join this tour during your weekends or before/after your volunteer program duration; however, if your volunteer program is based in Pokhara or Chitwan, you can only join the tour before or after your volunteer program duration.

You will be responsible for:

  • Breakfast (approx. US$22)
  • Personal expenses
  • Down jacket and other personal gear
  • Sagarmatha National Park entrance fee (approx. US$24)
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency

Are you looking to explore the amazing sights of Nepal before/after your duration on your IVHQ volunteer program? Then this amazing 5-day Annapurna Base Camp trek may be what you’re looking for.

You will be immersed within the most amazing views of the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna Range and the other Himalayas. Passing through the diverse terrain of Annapurna Sanctuary while exploring the lush green forest and crossing the wooden/suspension bridges over the fast-flowing white water rivers will be a sure highlight of your time on this trek. Likewise, you can enjoy conversations with the locals and other trekkers along the way.

As you ascend higher toward the Annapurna basecamp on this moderate level trek, you will be able to see the panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges, including: Himchuli (6,111m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Tent Peak, Machhapuchhre Fishtail (6,933m), Annapurna III (7,555m) and Ganga & Purna (7,454m).

Itinerary:

Day 1: Pokhara to Nayapul to Jhinu Danda, then trek to Chhomrong (2,174m / 7,146ft) [Time: 2.5 hour drive + 3 hour trek]

Day 2: Chhomrong to Himalaya (2,900m / 9,515ft) [Time: 6-7 hour trek]

Day 3: Himalaya to MBC and trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m / 13,550ft) [Time: 5-6 hour trek]

Day 4: Annapurna Base Camp morning view and trek to Sinwa (2,340m / 7,678ft) [Time: 8-9 hour trek]

Day 5: Sinwa to Jhinu (1,780m / 5,840ft) to Pokhara [Time: 2-3 hour trek + drive]

Important things to note:

Expect the unexpected - The weather, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and health of fellow trekking members can impact the number of days it takes to complete the trek; therefore, we recommend to allocate 1-2 days extra to ensure you will make your international flight home.

Accommodation - You can expect to stay in local run lodges known as tea houses which are simply furnished with a bed and occasionally a small table. Bathrooms are typically shared and are in a separate area of the teahouse or in some tea houses will be outside. Staying in a teahouse is a great way to support these local businesses and boost the local economy in the Annapurna Region.

Meals - You will be doing “teahouse trek,” meaning there are villages with lodges and restaurants to eat and stay in along the entire route. You are expected to eat breakfast and dinner in the same lodge where you are spending the night. Typical food available for lunch and dinner is Nepali rice and lentils, pasta, potato dishes, soups or pizzas. Delicious pancakes, porridge, toast and eggs are the main breakfast fare, while tea, coffee and hot chocolate are always available. You will likely be pleasantly surprised at the variety of food at the lodges.

Level of fitness required - There are a lot of steep ascents and descents on the trek and a good level of fitness is required. Some days you may be required to walk up to seven hours. Please note that the estimated walking time each day will vary according to the overall fitness of the group and weather conditions.

Footwear and clothing - Bring well broken-in hiking shoes (suitable for snow and are waterproof), thick socks, light socks, camp shoes, down or fiber filled waterproof jacket & pants, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton or polypropylene pants or jeans, shirts & t-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, comfortable track/gym suit and raincoat.

Travel insurance - Although the itinerary has been made accordingly so that the trekker’s body slowly gets used to the altitude, it is important to note that you will be at the altitude of approximately 4130m at the base camp. The risks of trekking at a high altitude are significant; therefore, it is essential to note that most standard travel insurance packages do not include high-altitude trekking. As such, please be aware of the approximate altitude of 4130m when obtaining travel insurance, as you will need to ensure you are covered for all altitude related illnesses (including helicopter rescues).

Timing - If you choose to join this program prior to your volunteer program beginning, you will need to arrive a week before your program start date (on the Sunday), just to ensure the things mentioned in the ‘Expect the unexpected’ section above don’t affect the start of your volunteer program. If you do finish the trek earlier, then you would need to book extra nights of accommodation and the local team will help arrange these.

You will be responsible for:

  • Personal expenses (beverages, laundry, tips, phone calls, hot showers, extra snacks, etc.)
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency
  • Trekking gear (available to hire)
  • Unforeseen costs due to flight cancellation, weather conditions, illness, political unrest, etc.
  • Tips
  • Porters (if required)
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara

If you’ve got your heart set on seeing the famous Himalayan Range and experiencing Nepali mountain culture, but only have limited time in Nepal or high altitudes are not for you, we would highly recommend the 5 day trek to Poon Hill!

This trek is a fastastic opportunity for those who want to experience their first taste of trekking in the Everest region and is also suitable for families with children.

The trailhead is only a 1.5 hour drive from Pokhara which is where some of our volunteer projects are based. Along the way, you’ll follow ancient trails that connect local communities, visit quaint villages, pass through rhododendron forests (full bloom in March, April and May), trek through terraced slopes, paddy fields and lush vegetation. You’ll be staying in local tea houses where you’ll get to experience the warm hospitality of the local Gurung villages.

You’ll end up at the summit viewpoint of Poon Hill itself at a final altitude of 3,200 m with views of the tallest mountains in the world including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhare, Annapurna and Lamjung.

The 5 day Trek costs US$470 and includes:

  • Private, round-trip overland transportation between Pokhara and Nayapul (start of trek)
  • Accommodation in tea houses during the trek
  • All meals during the trek
  • All required documentation and trekking permit (TIMS)
  • Guide fees
  • National Park fee
  • All government and local taxes

Please contact us or your IVHQ Program Manager to sign up or to get more information about this trip.

Full itinerary of the Poon Hill Trek:

Day 1: Pokhara to Naya Pul (Drive) and trek to Tikhe Dhunga Trek duration 6-7 hrs

Day 2: Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani Trek duration 5-6 hrs

Day 3: Ghorepani to Tadapani (Morning hike to Poon Hill) Trek duration 4-5 hrs

Day 4: Tadapani to Ghandruk Trek duration 3-4 hrs

Day 5 Ghandruk to Naya Pul and drive back to Pokhara

Expect the unexpected - The weather, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and health of fellow trekking members can impact the number of days it takes to complete the trek, therefore we recommend to allocate 1-2 days extra to ensure you will make your international flight home.

Accommodation - You can expect to stay in local run lodges known as tea houses which are simply furnished with a bed and occasionally a small table. Bathrooms are typically shared and are in a separate area of the teahouse or in some tea houses will be outside. Staying in a teahouse is a great way to support these local businesses and boost the local economy in the Annapurna Region.

Meals - You will be doing “teahouse trek,” meaning there are villages with lodges and restaurants to eat and stay in along the entire route. You are expected to eat breakfast and dinner in the same lodge where you are spending the night

Typical food available for lunch and dinner is Nepali rice and lentils, pasta, potato dishes, soups or pizzas. Delicious pancakes, porridge, toast and eggs are the main breakfast fare, while tea, coffee and hot chocolate are always available. You will likely be pleasantly surprised at the variety of food at the lodges.

Level of fitness required - There are a lot of steep ascents and descents on the trek and a good level of fitness is required. Some days you may be required to walk up to six hours. Please note that the estimated walking time each day will vary according to the overall fitness of the group and weather conditions.

Footwear and clothing - Bring well broken-in hiking shoes, suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes; down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and pants, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton or polypropylene pants or jeans, shirts and t-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit; comfortable track/gym suit.

You will be responsible for:

  • Personal expenses (alcoholic beverages, laundry, tips, phone calls, hot showers, extra snacks, etc.)
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency
  • Trekking gear (available to hire)
  • Unforeseen costs due to flight cancellation, weather conditions, illness, political unrest, etc.

Imagine: you’re traveling to Nepal for your amazing IVHQ volunteer experience AND you also have the chance to see one-horned rhinos, Bengal tigers, various species of birds and crocodiles. Well, why not add this amazing Chitwan Jungle Safari onto your IVHQ volunteer experience?

The one-horned rhinos, Bengal tigers, various species of birds and crocodiles are some of the wonderful wildlife you have the chance to see on this safari. Over the 2 night/3 day safari, you will explore the Chitwan National Park in the Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal, known for its dense forest and grassy plain lands.

The Chitwan Jungle Safari can easily be done during your weekends and as Chitwan is in the middle of Kathmandu and Pokhara, you can reach Chitwan in a 5 hour bus ride. The local team can also help arrange a 15 minute flight (for an additional cost), if you wish to skip the bus ride.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Early morning bus ride (5-6 hours) to Chitwan, starting from the bus station or airport where your volunteer placement is located. You will then freshen up after your bus ride and get a briefing on the activities.

You will then tour to the sunset point and watch the ethnic Tharu cultural show.

Day 2: This is the start of your safari. There is an early morning canoe trip at Rapti river, followed by a jungle walk. You will then return back to the hotel for lunch.

In the afternoon, there is a fantastic Jeep safari through the national park.

Day 3: Wake up with an early morning bird watching to see the wide species of birds in Nepal.

Your time on the safari then comes to an end and you will head back to Kathmandu or Pokhara, according to your schedule.

Important things to note:

Respect: It is important to keep in mind that these are wild animals that you will be viewing. As such you will need to respects the wild animals and maintain a safe distance from them at all times. You will be able to observe their activities and behavior; however, you will be required to keep your camera flash off and your mobile phone on silent.

Clothing: These wild animals can get distracted with bright colors, so it is best to dress with neutral colors while also ensuring you are comfortable. You will also need to bring clothes that enable you to cover your arms and legs to protect from insect bites while on the safari.

Timing: You can choose to join this program either before or after your volunteer program, or, you can choose to join this over the weekend. If you choose to join the safari over the weekend, you won’t volunteer on Friday; therefore, you will begin the safari on Friday morning until Sunday evening.

You will be responsible for:

  • Personal expenses (beverages, laundry, tips, phone calls, hot showers, extra snacks, etc.)
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency
  • Unforeseen costs due to flight cancellation, weather conditions, illness, political unrest, etc.
  • Tips

If you’re looking to disconnect from the hectic pace of the western world and practice meditation and yoga to clear your mind, this retreat is for you! Hatha yoga originates from the Himalayas of Nepal where gurus and saints practiced for over hundreds of years, making Nepal an ideal destination to join a meditation/yoga retreat.

This course is designed for beginner yogis and those who wish to further deepen their practice. The 7 night retreat is based in both Kathmandu and Pokhara and you will have the option on the location you wish to join this retreat.

The 7 night retreat costs US$525 and includes:

  • Morning and evening yoga and meditation classes
  • Accommodation in a Yoga Retreat Center
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Herbal tea (3 times a day)
  • Hiking, traveling around local villages and sightseeing

Full itinerary of the Hatha Yoga and Meditation Retreat:

Day 1:

  • Arrival and check in
  • Lunch at the yoga center
  • Rest/free time
  • 5.30pm - 7.30pm: Welcome evening yoga class
  • 7.30pm: Dinner
  • 8.15pm: Satsang Bhajan Kirtan (a traditional Hinduism activity)
  • 9:30 pm: Bedtime

Day 2:

  • 5.30am: Wake up
  • 6.00am - 7.30am: Morning yoga class
  • 8.00am: Breakfast
  • 9.30am - 11.30am: Karma Yoga and self-study or relax
  • 11:30am: Lunch
  • 12.15pm - 5pm: Sightseeing, hiking and exploring the local village followed by meditation in a sacred area
  • 5.30pm - 7.00pm: Pranayam Yoga and Meditation Class
  • 7.30pm: Dinner
  • 8.15pm: Satsang Kirtan
  • 9.30pm: Bedtime

The schedule of Day 3-7 will be the same as the schedule of Day 2.

Day 8:

  • 5.30am: Wake up
  • 6.00am - 7.30am: Morning yoga class
  • 8.00am: Breakfast
  • 9.30am: Check out

Please note that this itinerary can change according to the instructors preferences.

Important things to note:

Clothing - Please dress comfortably. For both females and males - long or short sleeved shirts/t-shirts covering the upper body and shoulders, yoga pants or long shorts. The organizers respectfully ask that you do not wear: attire that is see-through, skin tight, offensive language or messaging. Please no spaghetti straps, shoulder free dresses, miniskirts, tights, shorts above the knee or low cut trousers/pants. Mediation and yoga halls require you to remove your shoes.

Expect the unexpected - If you choose to join the retreat that is based in Pokhara, you will need to give yourself plenty of time to make your international flight. Due to weather conditions, your flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu may be delayed or cancelled so we recommend giving yourself an additional day after the retreat has finished.

Would you like to soar through the skies at one of the world’s best paragliding destinations? Do you want to see aerial views of Pokhara City, Phewa Lake and the Annapurna Himlayan range? If the answer is yes and you are a lover of adrenalin, this excursion is for you! With a take-off point 1500m above sea level and a short runway before you take flight, this is not for the faint hearted but you will be rewarded for your bravery with breathtaking views!

You will be flying 500m above the take-off point which is located upon Sarangkot Hill, with a professional pilot to assist you. The fly duration is approximately 25-30 minutes however you will need to allocate 2-3 hours for the whole experience.

The paragliding excursion costs US$125 dollars and includes:

  • Pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation (3-4km radius from the Lakeside)
  • Flying 25-30 min in tandem flights with a professional instructor
  • Photos and video of your flight

Please contact us or your IVHQ Program Manager to sign up or to get more information about this trip.

Important information for this activity:

Weather - Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is an adventure sport, the weather conditions can influence the timing.

Physical fitness - There is no minimum weight for a tandem flight however the maximum weight for a tandem flight is 120kg (265lbs). The pilot will be there to assist you, so he/she will balance the weight for the flight. There is no age limit however you do need to be fit enough to take several running steps upon landing.

Footwear and clothing - We recommend you to wear comfortable shoes that are secure while flying so that they do not fall off while flying. Sunglasses are also a good option as the wind and sun can be intense. We also recommend wearing a windproof jacket.

You will be responsible for:

  • Travel insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency

How to book IVHQ’s recommended add-ons:

When you apply for an IVHQ volunteer program, make a note of which tours and add-ons you’re interested in on your application form so we can check availability and prices for you.

Once you’ve paid your registration fee, your Program Manager will be able to book your place on the tour(s) you have chosen and help you organize your trip.

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Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
Safety and support with IVHQ

Protecting against COVID-19:

Volunteers tested for COVID-19 upon arrival

Volunteers tested for COVID-19 upon arrival

Health & safety information provided during orientation

Health & safety information provided during orientation

Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation

Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation

Greater physical distance between volunteers

Greater physical distance between volunteers

Essential country information

Capital Kathmandu
Population 28 million
Languages Nepali
Currency Rupee (NRs.)
Time zone UTC+05:45

Weather and climate: The climate in Nepal varies largely due to the variations in geography across the country. Spring and autumn are the most pleasant seasons with dry weather and moderate temperatures. The Kathmandu Valley and other areas of high altitude experience summer temperatures of up to 28°C (82.4°F) and in winter, temperatures range between 2°C (35.6°F) and 20°C (68°F). The summer temperatures in Chitwan can reach up to 35°C (95°F) and in winter they range between 7°C (44.6°F) and a mild 23°C (73.4°F). The climate in Pokhara is similar to that of the Kathmandu Valley, with slightly warmer temperatures.

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