Global Gap Year: Stage 4 - Choice of Project in Nepal
Nepal is a small yet stunning land of snow-capped mountains, majestic Buddhist temples, and the ancient capital city of Kathmandu. Although Nepal is known for the Himalayas and Mount Everest, it is actually one of the most bio-diverse countries on the planet. Aside from mountains you will also find windswept deserts, green paddy fields, and jungles teeming with exotic wildlife.
Our office is based in the labyrinthine city of Kathmandu - a city full of jostling crowds, rickety ox carts, and noisy auto-rickshaws. Kathmandu is slowly transforming into a vibrant, modern metropolis with western-looking businessmen or even monks chatting on cell phones. However, there is still plenty of evidence of traditional life, with countless religious festivals and temples to visit.
Participants can choose one of several projects during their one month in Nepal. The projects available are teaching English in schools, helping out in care centers or orphanages, or observing doctors on a Medical internship. You can also choose to get involved on the Disaster Relief program, where a great deal of assistance is needed to help the Nepalese people recover from the devastating earthquake of April 2015. Most of these volunteer placements are located in Kathmandu itself of the wider Kathmandu valley. However there are also some medical projects available in the lowlands area of Chitwan, about eight hours away from Kathmandu. Participants can also choose to work at our stunning Conservation site in the Annapurna mountains – a few hours away from Nepal’s second city, Pokhara.
Similar to the other destinations, Global Gap participants will go on a weekend trip with staff to explore sites like the foothills of Mount Everest or Chitwan National Park.