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Nepal, a land of unparalleled natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, offers a unique and transformative experience for under 18 students interested in volunteer work and cultural immersion. These programs are designed to provide young participants with the opportunity to make a positive impact on local communities, learn about a different culture, and foster personal growth. Here's a detailed overview of what you can expect from Under 18 Students Group Volunteering Programs in Nepal:

Program Highlights:

  1. Duration: Typically ranging from 1 to 4 weeks, these programs are designed to fit within the academic breaks or summer vacations of under 18 students.
  2. Group Size: These programs often consist of small groups of students, creating a close-knit and supportive environment for learning and collaboration.
  3. Age Requirements: Participants are usually between the ages of 15 and 18, ensuring that the program is tailored to the needs and interests of teenagers.
  4. Volunteering Opportunities: Under the guidance of experienced mentors, students engage in various volunteer activities, such as teaching English to local children, assisting with community development projects, or contributing to environmental conservation efforts.
  5. Cultural Immersion: Immersing in Nepali culture is a central component of these programs. Participants have the chance to explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, learn about Nepali traditions, and interact with local families.
  6. Adventure and Exploration: The programs often include adventure activities like trekking in the Himalayas, visiting picturesque lakes, and experiencing the natural beauty of Nepal.
  7. Education and Personal Growth: Under 18 students gain valuable life skills, cross-cultural understanding, and a broader perspective on global issues through hands-on experiences and guided reflection.

Check out the news from our Under 18 Volunteer Group from the Corlaer College, Netherlands.- A Memorable Journey: Students from Corlaer College Embark on an Unforgettable Visit to Nepal

  • Exposure to different cultures fosters cross-cultural understanding and global awareness.
  • Participants develop leadership skills, resilience, and a sense of social responsibility through volunteering and adventure experiences.
  • Young volunteers make a tangible difference by contributing to local communities and environmental conservation efforts.
  • Exploring Nepal's natural beauty, historic sites, and vibrant culture creates lasting memories.
  • Interactions with like-minded peers from around the world often lead to lasting friendships and a global network.

Tour Plan

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Day 1: Arrival and Introduction

You will be met at the airport by one of our staff (Gelu Sherpa, Bishal Shrestha or Anjila Joshi). Together with our driver, Bimal, you will be taken to either the Real Journey Nepal office or a hotel. Here you can drop your bags and relax. The Real Journey director, Tej Shrestha, will come to meet you to clarify you program for the first days. Depending on when you arrive, you will begin Nepali language class or a sightseeing tour of some of the world heritage sights of the Kathmandu valley. In the evening you will enjoy your first Nepali dinner.

Day 2: Nepali lessons and local amenities and sightseeing

After a leisurely start and breakfast, so you can recover properly from your journey, you will start your Nepali language course at the Real Journey office. After meeting the entire Real Journey team you will have 2 lessons from around 10.30 to 12.45 with our highly experienced language teachers. This will also give you a chance to meet any other volunteers joining at the same time. In the afternoon, one of our staff will take you round the local area of Pepsi-Cola where the office and homestays are for the induction period. Later that afternoon, you will be driven round being shown where all relevant amenities are: the nearest bank, shopping centre, internet café, food shops, post office. You will also be shown the local buses to that can take you to Kathmandu or to Bhaktapur and also where you can catch a taxi. You will also be told where to keep your valuables and general information about life in Nepal. In the end of afternoon, you will be driven with our guide to see some of Kathmandu’s famous UNESCO world heritage sites. One of our guides, Gelu Sherpa, has over 15 years experience taking foreigners round the ancient city and can answer any questions you have on ancient and contemporary Nepal. During your introduction, you can visit the famous Buddhist Boudanath and Swayambhunath stupas as well as the Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath. The Durbar squares on Patan and Kathmandu are also essential visits. If you have other sites you are particularly interested in then this may be integrated as well.

Day 3: Nepali lessons and project visit

In the morning we will continue the Nepali language training. Be aware we are aiming for a basic understanding. For example to say ‘yes and no’ and to introduce yourself. We do not expect you to speak the language fluent after the training. After the lesson, you are driven round some of RJN’s projects in the Kathmandu Valley. This may include the new CBIA school, our women centre, our orphanage in the Pepsi-Cola suburb, or a visit to the village of Sunakoti where you will see new toilets, drinking water systems and environmental projects that have all been recently implemented by volunteers and fundraising efforts. In the afternoon, you can do more sightseeing with our guide in Kathmandu, or if you desire to take some time for yourself that’s even so possible. This afternoon, it’s also a good opportunity to stock up with anything you may have forgotten before heading up to a rural placement. The tourist hub of Thamel will be able to furnish you with anything from Marmite to an extra pair of Merino socks.

Day 4-7: Volunteer Project in Kathmandu Valley

Begin volunteering, focusing on education, community development, or environmental initiatives.

Day 8-14: Trek to Ghorepani Poonhill
  • Drive to the trailhead and commence the trek.
  • Trek through lush forests, picturesque villages, and terraced fields.
  • Reach Ghorepani, a charming village, and prepare for the sunrise trek to Poonhill.
  • Witness a breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
Day 15-17: Return to Kathmandu, Farewell, and Departure
  • Drive back to Kathmandu for a farewell dinner with cultural performances.
  • Share reflections on the program's experiences and growth.
  • Departure from Nepal, carrying cherished memories and newfound perspectives.
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