What kind of volunteers is VCD Nepal looking for?
VCD Nepal has worked with universities and colleges, organizations,
clubs, church groups, youth groups and individuals. You do not need any
specialized training to work with us. We will provide you with
appropriate training for your program, although experience in teaching,
health work or environmental project can be advantage.
When should I arrive in Nepal?
We are very flexible and as such you can arrive at a date which is best
suited to your needs. You are welcome to arrive a few days earlier than
the start of your program. Our representative will meet you at the
airport holding a sign with your name. He will take you to the hotel. We
can arrange your accommodation if you arrive a couple of days earlier,
but you will need to pay the costs for the extra time yourself, and for
any non-VCD Nepal activities. In some cases, the dates of your program
can be adapted if you contact us.
I meet any VCD Nepal staff at the airport?
Yes, one of our representatives will meet you at the airport to pick you up holding a sign with your name.
Where will I be staying during my training period?
During the first phase, you will be in Guest House in Thamel, Kathmandu;
for the second phase you will move to either Godawari or Dhulikhel
where you will stay with a Nepali family.
How much money do I need?
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu you can get a room for $5- $8 a night, regular food for about $4 to $8 a day, internet access for about 40 cents per hour, laundry for about $3 for a medium-sized of load (they charge by the item). Transportation is relatively inexpensive too. We recommend that you purchase the Lonely Planet guide to Nepal. The travel guide for Nepal will help you estimate how much money you may need. (Remember that you need money for your visa and your flight tickets as well.)
Where will I be placed?
After we receive your flight confirmation we will find suitable placement for you.
What kinds of thing do I need to bring with me?
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking boots
- Fleece jacket (during winter months)
- Sun cream
- Mosquito net/repellent
- Water purification tablets and water filter
- Photos of your family/ friends
- A few examples of your local currency
- National flag
- Colored pencils, pens, drawing books, grammar books, charity donation t-shirts
- First aid kit
Is there age limit in program?
What types of immunization/ vaccines do I need before coming to Nepal?
- Hepatitis A & B
(But first consult with doctor)
Do I need any travel medical insurance?
Yes, we highly recommend that you have travel and medical insurance.
Does VCD Nepal pay for my trekking and other activities?
No, these are non-VCD Nepal activities so you need to pay for them
yourself. However, we can organize and recommend some trekking, rafting,
travel agencies who will help you to arrange these activities.
Is Nepal safe?
Nepal is the land of Buddha. A couple of years ago it was one of the
most peaceful places on the earth but these days because of political
unbalance crime is increasing and there is some violence but, unlike
many developing countries, Nepal is quite safe. Every year thousands of
tourist visit Nepal. These days the situation is getting better.
What\'s the weather like in the placement areas?
Nepal\'s climate is seasonally changeable and different in different
regions. Geographically Nepal is divided into three parts. The mountain
region of Nepal is very cold in winter while the mid-hill region
(Kathmandu and Pokhara) and mid-terai region (Chitwan) have different
climate in different seasons. The weather is cold from December to
March, humid and quite hot in the summer. The spring and fall are cool
and pleasant. Please bring your winter clothes if you are coming in
November, December, January, February and summer clothes for the rest of
the months. We advise female volunteers not to wear short skirts in
villages, and male volunteers not to wear shorts. It is traditional for
Nepali people dress modestly and for girls to cover most of their body.
In case you miss our representative at the airport or if your flight
schedule changes suddenly, please give us a call on +977-9851017902.