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Himalaya Trek And Nepalese Immersion Teen Volunteer Program

Volunteer on construction projects and embark on an adventure trip on this under 18 project in Nepal


Program Information

Join a team of international under 18 volunteers in astonishing Nepal where you will assist with the construction of essential infrastructure, improving the lives and opportunities of local communities. Immerse yourself in the fascinating Nepali culture and explore sites including the Annapurna mountain range, with the tallest peaks in the world.

United Nations
Sustainable Development Goals

Overview

This project has been specially designed for those looking to volunteer, but are aged between 15 and 17 years old. Throughout this project, our younger volunteers will have greater supervision, training, and world-class leaders in the field who have been chosen for their mix of relevant experience and ability to mentor and inspire young people.



The project

Travel to Nepal, a stunning and mountainous landlocked country, home to an astonishing eight of the ten highest peaks in the world making this volunteer trip something truly unique.

Following the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, our projects adjusted focus to provide disaster relief to those in need. In conjunction with our partners, trucks of supplies and family care packages were taken to some of the most affected areas. Now our projects are focused on initiatives within our local communities, who have needs around education and improving educational facilities.

As with many of our construction projects, what you will work on is determined by the needs and requirements of our local partner communities, but will involve either building water tanks for drinking water, improving sanitation facilities or renovating schools to provide healthier learning environments.

Through your contribution and our relationships with local communities, you can be sure that your efforts are being channelled in the correct ways to meet overall aims and goals.

Please note that this program offers durations of 2 to 4 weeks. Please speak to your Country Expert for further information.

Highlight include...

Being immersed in the Nepali culture; learning about the fascinating language and culture; witness firsthand the world’s tallest mountain range, a truly stunning site; make a difference even in the short term; overall, participate in a truly unique volunteer holiday that makes a genuine difference, and top it all off with a 4-day tour and trek that take you in and around the Annapurna mountain range, consisting of some of the world’s tallest climbs.

Program Details

Program Type:
Location: Asia - Nepal - Pokhara

Project Life

Volunteering

Your two or three week cultural adventure in Nepal begins when you are picked up from Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International) airport and taken to a hostel in nearby Thamel for the night. During a traditional Nepali dinner, there will be a presentation introducing you to GVI’s work in Nepal and around the rest of the world. The next day will see us taking a short domestic flight to Pokhara, followed by a short bus journey to your new home for the next couple of weeks.

Upon arrival there will be a welcome presentation and introduction, a history and background of the projects and a health and safety debriefing. After lunch, you will be given a guided tour and orientation around the community, learning more about the local culture and language.

The Work Begins…
Your construction project kicks off the next day when we arrive at the project site for an orientation to the location, community and project work. Volunteers will then be organised into various task groups and given goals to be achieved by the end of the two weeks. After a quick lunch, the hard work will begin!

As with many of our construction projects, the exact work will depend on the needs and requirements of our partners at the time, but volunteers can typically expect to be involved in either building water tanks for drinking water, improving sanitation facilities, renovating schools or painting and brightening up the classrooms with murals or other artwork.

Over the next couple of days your group will be hard to work, keeping to tight deadlines in order to meet your project goals. By the end of your project, your last day on the site will see you putting the finishing touches to your project and presenting your lasting contribution to our partners and the children.

Cultural Weekend and Adventure Side Trip

As your final week in Nepal looms closer and with your volunteer work completed, it is now time to appreciate the rich cultural history and diversity the region has to offer. Over the course of our cultural weekend, you will take part in an array of activities, ranging from visiting beautiful temples, exploring local customs, appreciating the amazing architecture, visiting bazaars and markets, and most importantly, meeting local people and learning about the traditions and history of Nepal.

Prepare to trek to your heart’s content!
The last leg of your journey in Nepal begins with a hearty breakfast before we head off to begin your week long trekking adventure! The trail will lead us away from the bustle of urbanization and up into the foothills of the picturesque Annapurna mountain range. The higher we climb, the more spectacular the sights will get, with views all the way down to Rupatal Lake, and all the way up to Machhapuchare and the entire Annapurna range. We will spend the night in the charming village of Chisapani, home to a tiny Buddhist monastery.

The next day we continue our trek, with the mighty Annapurna II, Manaslu and Lumjung looming near. If you aren’t an experienced hiker, don’t worry, the tracks are relatively easy and the views more than make up for the occasional tough spots. The end of day two will bring us to the quaint village of Lipiyani, where we will spend the night and prepare for an early start the following morning.

An incredible view of watching the sun rising in the east awaits us as we begin the final two days of our journey. After a quick breakfast, we will begin our descent to reach the area between Rupa and Begnas Lake. As we trek down, we will make our way through rice paddies and pause for lunch at the village of Sundaridada where we will re-join our transport and make our way back to Pokhara.

On your last day in Pokhara, we will sit down and reflect on the trip, the impact you have made and review your experiences as you prepare to say your final goodbyes. After some last minute shopping and a departure dinner, you will be dropped off at the airport to make your way home with a camera full of amazing pictures, new friends and a myriad of new experiences.

Project Details

Your support and presence is vital to the continued improvement of basic standards of health and hygiene, and in the improvement of educational facilities.

As a volunteer you will be expected to serve as a community role model, promoting respect for Nepal’s heritage and environment.

Our goal is to transfer new skills and develop a foundation to improve the lives of the Nepalese people by providing volunteers to support in various construction projects through the community.

How this project makes a difference:

Nepal is a landlocked and developing nation, and its people suffer from a lack of hygiene, education and skilled labour with more than one third of the population living below the poverty line. By working to improve many basic issues you are helping to improve the lives and opportunities of the local communities with which we work.

Nepal's short, mid, and long-term objectives

All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.

Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Nepal:


1. Support students to reach learning goals appropriate to their Age (under 5s) Grade level (5-18 year olds) or Individual Need (students with Special Needs)

2.Support students to expand their English vocabulary

3. Increase the knowedge and understanding of Healthcare in the community with an emphasis on prevention

4. Develop the skills of women in the community in order to improve their potential to generate income or to become more self sufficient

5. Support the local community with improved facilities with an emphasis on educational and health and safety needs

6. To minimize our environmental impact in Lakeside and raise awareness of environmental issues amongst volunteers and the students with whom we work

Your Impact

All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or UN SDGs. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualise their contribution to the UN SDGs.


Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.


Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.


What's It like?

If you’d like to find out what the experience of joining a GVI project is really like, simply contact us and we’ll put you in touch with one of our many Alumni.

We’ll try to match you to an Alum based on your location, nationality, age, stage of academic career, gender, and program interests. This allows you to gain insights into the experience that is most relevant to you.

Depending on your location you might be able to speak to an Alum over the phone or online, or meet up with them face-to-face at a coffee shop nearby. We also run a series of small events around the world where you can speak to GVI Alumni, Ambassadors and staff members.

Our Ethics

Below is a list of core ethics and best practices we believe are essential to the operation of high quality, ethical volunteer and sustainable development programs. We believe that all responsible volunteer and sustainable development operations should focus upon these principles. If you are considering volunteering, these are some of the key considerations you should question, to ensure that your time and money contributes towards positive change.


Our 10 Ethical Commitments

 

Locally Driven, Collaborative Projects

We aim to design all our projects in collaboration with local organizations and communities and ensure that they are locally driven.


 

Clear Objectives & Sustainable Outcomes

We aim to clearly define short-, mid-, and long-term objectives with sustainable outcomes for all our projects.


 

Impact Reporting

We aim to track, record, and publish the impact of each of our projects.


 

Working Against Dependency

We aim to build in-country capacity by assisting local organizations in becoming self-sustaining.


 

Responsible Exit Strategies

For each local organization we work with, we aim to have a plan in place for withdrawing support responsibly.


 

Clear Roles & Specialized Training

We aim to ensure that ever participant is assigned a clear role and that they are fully trained and supported to carry out their work by specialized staff.


 

Respect for all

In all our actions we aim to respect the skills and efforts of all and seek to protect the rights, culture and dignity of everyone who engages with GVI.


 

Local Ownership

We work to ensure that credit for the results of any project, along with any data collected, research conduct, or Intellectual Property developed, remains the property of local organizations.


 

Transitioning from the Orphanage Model

We do not condone and aim to withdraw support of orphanages and residential care centers.


 

Child and Vulnerable adult policies

We will live by our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult policies.


Continual Development

As an organization, GVI is committed to striving toward best practice, and to educating both our potential participants, our partners, and the world at large about them. Both the volunteering and sustainable development sectors are increasingly, and rightly, under scrutiny. Many recent local and global articles highlight poor practices and questionable ethics GVI is widely recognized for striving to apply global best practice in the volunteering, education and sustainable development sectors throughout our operations by reputable organizations such as ChildSafe.


However, global best practice is always evolving and we dedicate both time and resources to engage with internationally respected experts and learn from the latest research to ensure our programs both fulfil their potential to create maximum positive impact, and minimise their potential to create unintentional negative impact. Along with and as part of the sustainable development and volunteering community, we are constantly learning and applying this learning to practice. We do not always get everything right, but we seek feedback from our community members, partners, participants and our staff, and react accordingly. We know are already doing a great job, and feedback we have received confirms this, but we aim to do even better and are continuously refining our operations to improve upon our already excellent reputation.


What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Adventure and cultural activities
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Dedicated GVI leaders
  • Extensive pre-departure service including packing lists, fundraising advice, advice on travel arrangements, a thorough pre-departure orientationAdventure and cultural activities
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Support & Safety

We won’t sugarcoat it — Traveling abroad is usually a complex process that carries an element of risk. But this is exactly why we’re passionate about providing extensive support throughout the process as well as the highest safety standards during the in-country phase. We believe that volunteering abroad should not only be impactful, but an enjoyable experience that carries as little risk as possible. This is exactly how we’ve been able to maintain our reputation as the most highly respected volunteering organisations in the sector over the past two decades.


Support

Once a participant books, they will be assigned a personal support coordinator who will oversee their pre-departure journey. The support coordinator helps to bridge the gap between program enrolment and arrival at one of our field bases. Your personal support coordinator will ensure that you are provided with all the necessary information required to apply for visas, background checks, and any other documentation.


Safety

Upon arrival at the airport participants will be greeted by a GVI staff member. All GVI staff are our own and all our programs around the world are run by our staff. All GVI field staff are background checked, Emergency First Response and safety trained. Our minimum staff to participant ratio is one to six, although on several bases we have a ratio of one to three. When finishing the experience, participants will provide feedback on all aspects of their program.


Health & Safety Case Studies

19 Nov

HOW GVI UPHOLDS HEALTH AND SAFETY

It takes courage to book a GVI program, get on a flight, and head off to somewhere new. Volunteering offers a level of cultural immersion that typical backpacking or holidays just can’t achieve. This is why thousands of people around the world participate in paid GVI programs.


1 Nov

GVI’S COMMITMENT TO SAFETY AND SECURITY

As the saying goes: ‘Expect the best, plan for the worst’. Cliched or not, we take it to heart. This tenet is at the core of how GVI operates when it comes to promoting the health and safety of our participants, staff, and local community members at all of our 20+ bases around the world.


6 Nov

HOW GVI REMAINS PREPARED FOR NATURAL DISASTERS

The weather isn’t just a topic for polite small-talk here at GVI. We have emergency action plans in place for all scenarios. So when the weather, or other natural forces, takes a nasty turn, we are prepared to respond to stormy situations.


5 Nov

HOW GVI MANAGES PARTICIPANTS EXPECTATIONS

Once GVI has matched a participant to a program that suits their passions and goals, our team aims to set the right expectations for them. In the event that false expectations around a program are created, the GVI team takes immediate action to ensure that the situation rectified.


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Parent Info

‘If only every student could do this. It changes your life in all the right ways,’ says Chris Heritage, parent of Luke Herritage, one of our teen volunteers who has participated on two GVI programs, one in Costa Rica and another in South Africa.

We are a parent-run organisation that is incredibly serious about health and safety, and increasing the impact, as well as the long-term career benefits of our programs. Our programs help young people develop the skills to select a career path that is personally fulfilling, and live a life aligned to the well-being of our planet and the global community.

Ken and Linda Jeffrey, whose son Sam volunteered with GVI in Thailand, talk about how the experience affected Sam. He also went on to volunteer with GVI again in South Africa. ‘I know it sounds like a cliche but in a sense, he did go away as a boy and he came back as a young man. Both of us could recommend GVI without any hesitation to any other parent thinking about exploring an opportunity for their children to explore the world and to see different parts of it.’

Parent Info Pack

Download the Parent Pack and learn more about:

Our staff: All our projects are run by staff, selected, vetted, trained, and managed by our central office.
Health and safety: Our safety practices include a child and vulnerable adult protection policy.
Staying in touch: See what’s happening on base, by following a hub’s dedicated Facebook page.
Free parent consultations: We would love to talk to you about exciting opportunities available for your child.

live base updates

Follow GVI Pokhara's Facebook page for live updates straight from the field. Get an idea of the types of projects you might be involved in, meet our staff and participants, experience life on this GVI base, hear about free time activities, and learn about the local culture and environment.
 
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