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Discover Nepal

Majestic and spiritual.

Nepal is so much more than Mount Everest and the snow capped Himalayas. Majestic temples, prayer flags, paddy fields, jungles and the kindest nation of people you will ever meet - all coming together to create an amazing, historically spiritual country.

It is also in a transitional stage from royal autocracy, to a form of democracy, promoting a dynamic and more modern metropolis. Western influences mean that you'll witness monks chatting on mobile phones and slick looking businessmen wandering about the ancient sites.

Struggling back from the earthquakes of 2015, their resilience is notable and their appreciation for help tangible. Whatever you choose to do, you will be helping this country get back onto its feet in some shape or form.

You will become fully immersed to help some of the most vulnerable groups in Nepalese society, whilst travelling and exploring this dramatic country.


Program Itinerary

This is a fully immersive and dedicated opportunity to combine helping some of the most vulnerable with travel and cultural exchange. Located in Chitwan or Kathmandu providing exceptional weekend travel opportunities.

Overview

Kathmandu to Chitwan

Into the heart of Nepal

You will be picked up from Kathmandu airport and driven into the heart of this ancient city - weaving your way through traffic-jammed alleyways, peering up at medieval temples and dodging the glances of the trekking touts. Welcome to Kathmandu, an intoxicating place to be.

You will overnight here in the buzzing tourist area of Thamal to find your feet and meet your project co-ordinator before getting up early to move to your host family in either the Katmandu Valley or in Chitwan, which is about 6 hours away down the valley and beyond. Chitwan is a thriving area and best known for the Royal Chitwan National Park, a listed reserve which protects more than 932 sq km of forests, marshland and grassland homing a long list of wildlife from the elephants, sloths and the (rather elusive) tiger – one to visit at the weekends so take your binoculars...

Accommodation

English speaking host family. Rooms are clean and comfy, but don’t expect any hot water!

Expect 2 - 6 volunteers per family

Food

3 meals a day provided.
Expect Dal bhat for most meals (roughly translated as rice and lentil soup)!


Weekdays

Projects in Care Make a valuable contribution

Challenging but Rewarding

While rich in culture, history and geographical wonders, Nepal is also one of the world’s poorest countries, suffering from many of the issues associated with poverty, such as malnourishment and a lack of resources. The country has become very dependent on outside aid to help tackle the problems and volunteers are hugely valued to support ongoing programs in the following areas in Kathmandu, the valley and Chitwan.

Helping with preschool children, teaching basic life skills focused on health and hygiene, including washing hands and brushing teeth, basic literacy and numeracy skills or in the Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre, which was set up for children suffering from malnutrition or in the special needs centers which work with children who have physical and mental disabilities.

Workshops and your role
Whichever project you choose to work in, your Care Coordinator will organise regular workshops aimed to provide you with tools and tips on how to get the most out of your time. Obviously your role will vary based on where you are but all roles involve aspects of the following for about 4-6 hours per day.

Education
Reading, basic conversational English, games, homework, sport, arts and crafts.

Hygiene
Teaching the importance of hand hygiene and brushing of teeth. Ensuring children wash hands before each meal and after going to the bathroom. Cleaning the playroom and toys once a week.

Program Details & Costs

Very flexible - you can depart on the first Monday of any month and stay from 2 weeks up to 10. We highly recommend you consider going for longer than 3 weeks as it takes time to bed in and the longer you are there the more impact you can make.

Departs 1st Monday of the month

2018: 7 May, 4 Jun, 6 Aug, 3 Sep, 1 Oct, 5 Nov, 3 Dec

2019: 7 Jan, 4 Feb, 4 Mar, 1 Apr, 6 May, 3 Jun, 5 Aug, 2 Sep, 7 Oct, 4 Nov, 2 Dec

Costs

2 weeks
1 week induction + 1 week care
2018: £11152018: £1115

4 weeks
1 week induction + 3 weeks care
2018: £13552019: £1355

6 weeks
1 week induction + 5 weeks care
2018: £15952019: £1595

8 weeks
1 week induction + 7 weeks care
2018: £18352019: £1835

Depart any Monday during July

2018: 2 Jul, 9 Jul, 16 Jul, 23 Jul

2019: 1 Jul, 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 29 Jul

Costs

2 weeks
1 week induction + 1 week care
2018: £11152018: £1115

4 weeks
1 week induction + 3 weeks care
2018: £13552019: £1355

6 weeks
1 week induction + 5 weeks care
2018: £15952019: £1595

8 weeks
1 week induction + 7 weeks care
2018: £18352019: £1835

Dates Don't Suit?

Don't worry - we can work around this, just get in touch and we'll chat through options more suited to you.

Independence

With flexible departure dates and no minimum numbers you can pretty much go whenever suits you.

Fixed Base

You will stay with a local family for the whole time, so you will have that 'home from home' feeling.

Immersive

By spending your time in one role, you will build great relationships and make a focused contribution.

Exploring

An adventurers dream, with the Himalayas and Chitwan National Park right on your door step.

Monday to Friday

Expect to be busy working 5 days per week for about 6 hours a day

Weekends

Weekends will be your free time and there's always something going on. Kathmandu attracts pilgrims as well as tourists, so there are plenty of religious festivals and temples to visit and the adventurous will be easily satisfied.

Getting around is fairly easy but always use the tourist buses and not the local ones.

Backpacker favourites:

  • Trekking in the Kathmandu valley.
  • Safari in Chitwan National Park - 5 hours from Kathmandu.
  • Pokhara is another favourite which is around 6 hours from Kathmandu.
  • Trekking the Annapurna circuit and around Lukla - 10-14 days needed to do it properly.
  • Everest base camp trek – requires 3 weeks.

Development Assistance

In 2006, Nepal emerged from a decade-long conflict that crippled its economy and took the lives of 14,000 people, 3% of which were children. A further 8,000 children were orphaned and 40,000 displaced.

Nepal has made significant progress since the conflict ended, but is still in great need of development assistance, which is where we step in. The Leap have partnered with more than 20 development organisations in the Kathmandu Valley and Bharatpur (Chitwan), which include a variety of day care centres for poor labourers’ children (e.g. Amarapur Child Care Centre), boarding schools who educate children from disadvantaged rural communities (e.g. Clark Memorial School) and The Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH), launched in 1998 to tackle malnourishment.

Our volunteer goals:

1. Increase literacy
Only 47% of females are literate compared to 71% of men. Children often do not have access to reading materials at home so our volunteers help by creating libraries and reading clubs.

2. Improve English
Knowledge of basic English can greatly increase people’s employment prospects especially in tourism.

3. Improve hygiene
Poor sanitation can lead to a host of diseases and infections. Teaching good hygienic practices such as regularly washing hands will make a significant impact.

4. Increase emotional support and care to children
Many of the children grow up in institutions with little stimulation. We intend to have a positive impact on children’s lives by serving as positive role models.

5. Improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities
People with disabilities in Nepal are marginalised due to a lack of awareness and the non-existent disabled friendly public conveniences. Many local initiatives have however dedicated themselves to disabled rights who we are proud to support.

Leaper's Highlights

Have a read of what our current volunteers are doing from around the world to give you a flavour of Leap life...

Alpacas and Exploring Arequipa Aela Morris

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been in Peru for a week. It feels like only yesterday that we were jet-laggedly meeting at the hostel in Arequipa for the first time. We’ve done a lot of exploring of the area around the square, and eaten lots of yummy food. We visited Santa Catalina monastery, which was built during the Spanish colonization of Peru, and where nuns still live in cloisters (and, according to pictures, play volleyball in habits). Our guide Arlich took us to an alpaca farm, where they process wool and make products using the same traditional methods that Peruvians have been using for generations. We also went white water rafting, which was insanely fun, even though the water was freezing and we all got soaked. While staying at the hostel, we’ve had four days of Spanish lessons in Arequipa, which we all completed with varying degrees of success. I think that the experience of being in the communities will be the best teacher.

On Wednesday, we took a 6 hour bus ride through the mountains to Cabanaconde, where we played soccer in the street with some local kids and then stayed overnight at a hostel before setting off the next morning for the long trek into Colca Canyon.

3 hours, all downhill, while breathtakingly scenic, stops being fun after a while. Eventually though, we made it to the oasis, albeit in a sweaty, dusty heap. We spent the rest of Thursday and all of Friday hanging out, swimming in the pool, and playing like 1,000 rounds of Go Fish in the bottom of the canyon. We also celebrated one of our group member Yasmin’s 18th birthday. Saturday morning, we rose at the extremely ungodly hour of 4:30 am to start hiking back up in order to beat the scorching afternoon heat. Well, some of us trekked, and some of us, like myself, were too sore from going down and had to get horses to take us up. I’m excited to explore more of Peru and begin our homestay!

Settling into Madagascan Life Ellie Harland

Tomorrow is Wednesday which means it will shortly have been a week since many of us met for the first time either in Heathrow or Paris Airport. It’s quite a bizarre phenomenon to put faces to the names of relative strangers whom you have only met previously through a phone or computer screen – of course this was a little daunting for us all.

Then ensued the multi-flight to Madagascar where we found ourselves plunged into humidity and heat of 30 degrees when we touched down in our final destination.

We clambered into 2 mini buses while our drivers did a fantastic job of hoisting our bags onto the roof, some of which were particularly heavy. The bus ride was a sweaty one although we were preoccupied with taking in the surroundings of what would be our home for the next 10 weeks or so.

Thick forests lined the narrow, sometimes bumpy road from the airport to the port, young Malagasy children walked barefoot on the verge carrying school bags and battered vehicles beeped to indicate they were overtaking. We reached the port after stopping at an ATM in what I later learned was the town of Hell-Ville on Nosy Be, pronounced ‘Nosy Bay’.

We climbed aboard two boats and began a 45 minute journey to our new home, Camp on Nosy Komba. Our little island is 25km squared, covered in thick forest and is home to the residents of Angpangorina (Angpang) which we would visit on Friday for pizza, drinks and music.

Camp is fronted by Main House, an open common area with a thatched roof and wood and stone structures, it is furnished with hammocks, tables, benches and bean bags (which are my favourite) and is graced with a fantastic view of the sea and the land across from us.

I’m currently on Marine with Alex, Sophie, Ben, Hettie, Harry and Cressie with Arthur and Brinley ahead of us in our training while the rest of us establish the basic principles of diving. It has been an exciting first week settling in and breaking misconceptions of one another and I am intrigued to see what we will experience next.

Getting to the Heart of the Rural Community in Mentu Ellie Walton

So it’s the first week of our south eastern adventure. First port of call: Kuching. After a long commute to the island from different parts of the world, we all came together in the city where we were able to get to know one another from the leap group.

On our way we stopped off at semengoh wildlife centre, where came face to face with Borneo’s most endangered yet treasured species: the orangutan.

Two hours and one extremely bumpy road later, we arrived at our home for the next ten days. We received nothing less than the warmest of welcomes from “Aunty” and her family. Malaysian culture treats every visitor as a guest by which they care for like they would a relative or close friend. From start to finish, we’ve felt right at home, despite the contrast in cultural context. Before we started the working week, Seth took us down to a local river which was also a destination of leisure and relaxation for locals.

The community project for the leapers this time around was to complete a concrete path to enable villagers to walk with ease and safety over the water drainage systems which we also helped to finish. Not bad for first timers!

To finish off a hard working week, we had a fulfilled weekend. We trekked to a local waterfall in the nearby jungle, had tucked into several BBQs. A personal highlight was the traditional dancing and music with some of the local villagers. Despite the struggle of keeping up with the villagers, it was really insightful and enjoyable to see more of Malaysian culture from a local perspective. This was invaluable, I can speak for all of us when I say it is something that we wouldn’t have been able to do had we not stayed with a local family right in the centre of such a rural community.

That’s it for now from your April 2018 Leapers

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