Program costs relate to direct costs on site while you volunteer. These costs are INCLUDED in your volunteer fees.
You will be provided with 2 meals per day (morning and evening), as per Nepali tradition. The staple dish is called dal bhat, which consists of rice and seasoned lentil soup, and often served with vegetable tarkari - a mix of curried seasonal vegetables.
It is the Nepali culture to eat Dal Bhat every day, for every meal. They believe that this dish has all of the essential nutrients to give them power for the day. Each meal is very substantial and will leave your stomach happily satisfied!
In case you do get hungry during the day though, it is recommended to bring your own snacks. There are also small local shops in the village where you will be able to buy snacksif need be.
Because the villages in which you will volunteer have been affected by the recent earthquake, most homes have been damaged, therefore not much living arrangements might be available. In this case, you will be provided with ample space inside an earthquake-proof bamboo shelter, where you will be able to set up your own tent, along with other volunteers.
This trip will allow you to really engage in a true local experience, as you will "rough it up" and live like the Nepali people do.
Advantages of having a set up like such is that you are able to have your personal space, as well as alone time -- something you will look forward to after a long day of work. Also, it allows for bonding time with your team of volunteers during off-work hours.
It is recommended that you bring your own tent and sleeping bag, but you can rent gear through CASD-Nepal. You can also buy almost anything you may need in Kathmandu, the capital city.
The villages in which we will volunteer are located a few hours by car from Kathmandu -- around 3-4 hours depending on the weather and traffic. An off-road jeep ride will be provided from Kathmandu to the village and back with a greatly reliable, and experienced driver from CASD-Nepal. However, because we will be volunteering in a very remote area, the road may not always be easily accessible. For this reason, there is always a possibility that you will have to walk a certain stretch of the drive. Expect the unexpected, as they say.
As a volunteer in the remote village, you will be taken under the care of a host family who will prepare your meals and provide you with accommodation. Your chosen host will be a "leader" in the village, one who is well regarded and whom other villagers have respect for.
This means that you will be safe, well-respected, and looked after every waking hour of the day by the family, and most importantly, you will be welcomed into their every day life.
Program inspection & supervision
The Travelling Movement works directly with the Nepalese NGO, CASD-Nepal, who is behind the creation and development of these projects. The implications of initial program inspection such as cost evaluation, measurements, as well as agreements in the village require financing before the project can come to life.
The on-site supervision of a CASD-Nepal member is essential to improving our projects and allowing us to make a bigger difference in these villages.
Besides the costs associated to you being on the field as a volunteer, administrative costs are essential to supporting the sustainability of The Travelling Movement. These costs are what allow this movement to exist, and how such volunteer projects are able to come to life. These essential costs include:
- communication with volunteers prior to their departure;
- ongoing support while in Nepal;
- advice and tips on travel;
- a breakfast orientation, information packs and fundraising guides;
- a happiness pledge
What does that mean? It means that we need to make sure that your experience is genuinely meaningful, that your purpose is fulfilled and that your trip leaves you feeling truly content, grateful and inspired.
We hope to improve the lives of others around the world through your passion for giving back, and to inspire ongoing change from one traveller to another.
Additional costs are extra expenses that you may incur on your trip. These costs are NOT INCLUDED in your volunteer fees.
- Flights to and from Nepal
- Nepal Tourist Visa
- 15-day: $25 USD
- 30-day: $40 USD
- 60-day: $100 USD
- Travel Insurance
- Touring expenses (sight seeing tours, entry ticket fees, transportation within Kathmandu)
- Personal expenses (food & accommodation on off-days, laundry, souvenirs, outings, etc.)
How much would you spend in total?
Here is a sample itinerary and budget for your trip to Nepal.