Projects Abroad in Nepal - Arrival Procedures
- Arrival Airport: Kathmandu (KTM)
After flying all the way to the other side of the world, you deserve a good rest. Upon arrival, a friendly staff member from Hotel Prince will meet you at the airport. They will be looking out for you holding a Projects Abroad sign. They will then drive you to the hotel, which is in the center of Kathmandu in an area called Thamel to relax and have some food.
If you are volunteering on the Conservation Project, you will need to spend one night in Kathmandu when you arrive (unless you arrive very early in the morning and can fly immediately from Kathmandu to Pokhara). When you arrive in Pokhara, you will spend a night in a hotel. After your induction, you will travel for 3.5 hours to a jeep station, where you will trek for another hour to Ghandrukh and the Conservation Project.
Volunteering in Nepal - Induction and Orientation
The same or next day (depending on your arrival time), a member of staff from Projects Abroad will meet you and take you on a tour of Kathmandu. They will show you banks, the post office, the best place to cash traveler’s checks, and internet cafés. After a general introduction to the area, you'll then be taken to your accommodation.
"The whole placement was just magical! The beauty of the country, the friendliness and spirit of the people, the friends I made and the amazing children made the whole experience memorable."
Teaching Volunteer in Nepal
Most of our accommodation in Nepal is with families. We have been working with most of our families for a long time and they will treat you as one of their own. They are interested in what you are doing and get worried if you come home late. Always be sure to tell them where you're going and when you’ll be back. Depending on the placement you’re on, you may be staying in Kathmandu itself or in the rural Kathmandu Valley.
You’ll visit your placement either the same day or on the following day, depending on where you are based. Some volunteers can walk to work while others may need to take a local bus. If you need to take public transportation you'll be shown the route to work and where to catch the bus.
If you are volunteering on a Standard Project, all necessary work-related transportation costs will be covered by Projects Abroad.
The most popular dish in Nepal is dhal bhat: it’s a meal that consists of rice and lentil soup (vegetarians will be absolutely fine). If you want to have a taste of back home, Nepal has adapted famously to Western style restaurants. In Thamel you will find Italian Pizza, Mexican tacos, Japanese sukiyaki, Thai chocolate, Chinese marshmallows, onion and minestrone soup, borscht, quiche, soy burgers and some of the best desserts - apple and lemon pies, almond layer cakes, and fruit cakes. To wash any (or all) of these offerings down, try a lassi (a refreshing mixture of curd and water), the locally produced beer or chang, a Himalayan home brew made from barley.
Once at your placement, you'll sit down with the supervisor and discuss a work schedule and what your interests are. If you have any questions or problems our staff are available 24 hours a day by phone.
"Although Projects Abroad do not force you to meet other volunteers the option is available. The volunteers themselves create a community and pass on tips to the next group. There will always be someone there who you will get on with. By Projects Abroad allowing people to choose their own travel dates there are always new people coming and going."
Teaching Volunteer in Nepal.
When traveling to Nepal, always bring your hiking boots and a camera. Nepal is famous for all its treks and the local people and scenery are sure to provide you with some great memories!