Practice of ethical volunteerism can establish a culture of cooperation and spirit of team work promoting the socioeconomic development of needy communities. Volunteers play a vital role in bringing about social change. Volunteering with us can be a life changing experience, as you would not only help and teach others, but also learn and grow yourself. You would get the opportunity to be part of a new culture, tradition and lifestyle, while making new friends from across the globe.
Whether you are skilled or unskilled, we have placements for you according to your interest and potential. If there is any voluntary help, you think you can provide, that is of value to our project and also to your own personal development, then please write to us. We love hearing new ideas and discussing them.
The facilities at project site are basic. You should not expect any luxury.
Stay during your placements: You will be sharing the accommodation with other volunteers in our ”volunteer house”. The second day you will be given chance to live with a native family who will host you for a day and a night. It’s all up to you to choose whether you want to come back to the volunteer house or stay with the host family. You can reach out to officials at the project site for the arrangements of your stay according to your choice at any time.
Meals: You will be provided 2 typical meals a day.
Water: We provide boiled water at the project site. Mineral water can be purchased at the shops around the village.
Working Hours: The volunteers must commitment to work for at least 5 days (6 hours a day)
Sanitary/ Shower: There is a shared toilet and a hot/cold water shower.
Transportation: Transportation from and to Kathmandu on the local bus will cost approximately NRS 300 ($3) each way. The bus leaves at 7:00 am from Old Bus Park in Kathmandu. Most of the time the bus will bring you directly to Bangthali but sometimes it only takes you up to Laure Deurali, in which case you will have to hike for about an hour to reach Bangthali. During the hike we will pass by magnificent panoramic views of the Himalayas and the native jungle.
For the return trip to Kathmandu the bus leaves at 6:00 am from Bangthali or Laure Deurali.
Of course volunteers can also come on their own, there is no compulsion to use the local bus. The preferred vehicles are off-road bikes or Four Wheel drives.
Fees: There are no fees to join our program. However, we request volunteers to contribute small fee of $ 5 per day to cover their meals, accommodation and sustain the project. Volunteers may donate or raise funds to support the project. The funds are essential to buy required materials, food and to operate the project.
Security and support: We work closely with the local community and live in the community. Bangthali is a very safe place to be. There have not been any issues regarding the security of our volunteers in the past. Nonetheless, we provide 24X7 support.