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Volunteer programs, travel and work in Nepal

FAQ’s

Q: After I have booked my trip can I change it or extend my stay?

A: It can be hard to extend or change a trip as each trip and time table is made for you and is then balanced with room available at our centres or home stays etc. The more notice you can give use if you wish to change or extend your trip the better, however we do not guarantee we will be able to accommodate any changes to your original booking.

Q: Will you send me any information before I arrive?

A: Yes, we will send you a pre departure info pack based on the information you give use and the options that you have chosen.

Q: Will I have to arrange my own travel?

A: As soon as you tell us your travel plans (at least two weeks in advance) or how and when you are arriving into the country we will arrange where and when to meet you. This may be at the airport or if you are already traveling in the country this may be at another location and whilst you are with us we will ensure all your travel with us is taken care of.

Q: What should I bring?

A: A smile and a positive proactive attitude. You can also bring appropriate clothing, please check what the weather will be like for the time of year in the location you want to go (summer cloths in monsoon rains do not work as well). You may also wish to bring the following, but remember you can buy some items locally so don’t over pack:

  • Medicine kits (a just in case pack)
  • Toilet paper (not provided in our centers or homes as we do not use it )
  • Sun cream
  • Mosquito spray/ cream etc.
  • Sleeping bag


Q: What will I eat and drink while I am with you?

A: All of our centres serve a pure vegetarian menu and have safe filtered water. Our menus are on rotation so you will not keep having the same food over and over. Please do not drink out of the sink tap like you might do at home. We advise you drink only from bottled water whilst out of the centre unless our staff advise otherwise.

Q: What should I wear? Is there a dress code?

A: Please be aware although your dress code depends on which options you choose and what time of years it is, there are some basic points to observe. It is best to observe how local people dress and copy them, this they will take as a great complement and a sign of respect for their culture. You can know this in advance by doing a quick internet search or pack smart casual cloths as well as cloths to relax in.


Q: How old do I have to be?

A: This depends on which options you choose; we run school exchange programs, voluntary projects and adventure opportunities. So please check against the options you have asked for, however an age of 16 years and older is advised. There is no age limit however; we happily welcome the more senior members of life.

 

Q: What insurance do I need?

A: We are not able to cover your insurance so please arrange your insurance before you leave your own country.

Q: Can I come on my own or do I have to come as part of a group?

A: You can come with a group, with a friend, with family or own your own. If you are coming on your own don’t worry you will make lots of great friends while you are with us.

Q: Who will arrange my visa?

A: You will have to arrange you own visa from the embassy and it must be correct before you leave your country.

Q: What if something goes wrong? What do I do in an emergency?

A: Whilst you are with us you will be provided with full contact information for our staff, with a hot line number and staff who are on call 24/7 and always happy to help.

Q: How will I keep in contact with my friends and family?

A: Our centres have their own computers with internet and easy access (most of the time but not all the time) to local internet café and with lots of international phone boxes you will have no problem reaching loved ones. We will also show you where the post office is and advise you about sending packages overseas if you wish to do so. Our staff will also help you to get a mobile phone (as using a mobile phone from outside of the country can
become very expensive or may not work) to make it easy to keep in touch with other volunteer friends you may make……handy for those spare of the moment adventures, or for calling a taxi home.

Q: What money should I bring?

A: There are often lots of banks and ATMs around which take visa etc. But it is always best to tell your bank where you are going and to make sure your card will work when you arrive. It is also best to bring (just in case money) $50 - $100.

Q: Do the centers have washing machines?

A: No, you will be washing your cloths by hand. However in some locations there are laundry services which you can pay to use, please check in advance if you need a laundry service.

Q: Can I get drunk at the centers, guest houses or at the host family house?

A: We do not allow drinking inside our centres and ask you to respect that drinking alcohol in a host family home would be disrespectful if it is not the family offering, this also applys for guest houses. However we do want people to be able to relax and unwind or be able to get ready for a night out, so light drinking of alcohol outside centres buildings whilst in the centre compounds is aloud. Please talk with your centre staff as some centres have
restrictions on times and locations. This also applies for smoking.

Q Can I smoke cannabis?

A: No, all drugs (unless prescription) are illegal, anyone caught doing or with drugs will be asked to leave the centre and on the spot without refund.