Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal with around 4 million inhabitants. In addition to seeing the historic and cultural sites from the comfortable and homely base of the Lighthouse (where all VCD volunteers stay whilst in Kathmandu). We also place volunteers in the rural areas around the Kathmandu valley; all of the villages are located within an hour of the centre of Kathmandu. The villages combine a developed infrastructure, with water readily available and the peace and quiet of the countryside. Most have a few shops, where you can get bottled water, stationery, local phone services and any additional treats you require. For international calls and internet access, you can go to the city at the weekend.
Placement in Kathmandu
Godawari – about one and haif hour drive from the office. Tiny village. You can get bottled water and phone calls in 2 minute walk. Major Sightseeing in Godawari: Phulchowki hill, Botanical Garden, Budha Park.
Dhulikhel – an Hour and Half drive from Office, an old town, In 10/15 minutes walk from host family you will have access to internet and telephones. Major sightseeing: Gokureswor temple, Old dhulikhel city, Dhulikhel Hospital and Kathmandu University.
City Area – Balaju, Nayabazar, Mehpi, Khusibu- All the city placement are 15 to 20 minutes walk from Thamel.
Chitwan is located 146km to the South West of Kathmandu you can travel there in approximately five hours by bus or it is only 20 minutes by plane, the Chitwan region is very famous for its National Park, which is part of Nepal’s Unesco World Heritage Sites. Thousands of tourists visit the Chitwan National Park every year for jungle safaris and wildlife research. There is telephone, fax and internet access available and a post office. It is in the warm and tropical Terai region with a fascinatingly diverse collection of local cultures. Your placement can be arranged at a school, health centre, community library, youth club or in an orphanage .Your place of work will be a maximum of 15-20 minutes’ walk from the host family accommodation.
Placement in Chitwan
Torikhet – Small village with clean air. It is about 30 minutes by drive and 7 kilometers and far from the main city Narayanghat. In Narayanghat you can use internet and phones. In the weekend this place can be meeting point for the volunteers.
Indrapuri – This placement is next to Torikhet.
Bharatpur – Bharatpur is headquarter of Chitwan. All the government office is in Bharatpur. Our placement in Bharatpur is 10/15 minutes away from Narayanghat.
Sauraha – Sauarah is very famous for jungle activities. It is a little town with some nice resorts, hotels and a lot of jungle activities. Your placement is 10/15 minutes far from the down town. You can easily get an access of internet, telephones and bottle water is available almost everywhere around your placement.
Pokhara is a beautiful city on the banks of the Phewa Lake, it is set against the panoramic backdrop of the Annapurna range and the Fishtail Mountain. It is the gateway to numerous treks in the Annapurna Sanctuary Area. The city is well developed with excellent phone and internet access, all kinds of restaurant and a myriad of gift shops. It is 200km away from Kathmandu in the mid-western region of Nepal and sits at an altitude of 900m, meaning a warmer climate than in Kathmandu. To get there takes 6 hours by bus or around 20 minutes by air. We can place volunteers in the mountain areas around the Pokhara valley. The distance from your host family’s home to the project site will be no more than 15-20 minutes.Placement in Pokhara
Lakeside – It’s a touristic place. We place volunteer around Lake side. In 15/20 minutes walk from the Host family there is an access of telephone calls, Internet and supermarkets.
David’s Fall – It is next to Lake Side.
Seti Dovan – It is 21 Kilometer from Pokhara about 45 by drive. It is small village on the bank of Seti River and Aadhi Khola River. Telephone and bottled water available. In the weekend volunteer can go to Pokhara to use internet and purchase things.
The Langtang region is very famous for Mountain Views, and is a popular trekking destination. It is about 10 hours and 156 kilometer from Kathmandu. The Langtang region includes the Chinese / Tibet border, and is one of the most remote areas in Nepal. Volunteers here will have very limited access to telephone, mail and internet access.
Placement in Langtang
Syabrubesi – It is about 156 kilometer far from north of Kathmandu. It’s about 11 hour’s bus journey from Kathmandu. Syabrubeshi is a little town with some western facilities. It is also starting and ending point of Langtang Trek. There is an access of internet and telephone calls. You can easily get bottled water. This place is little bit expensive then other placement.
Gatlang – It’s about 5 hours walk from Syabrubesi. This is Tamang heritage village. They have telephones but there is not internet.