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Nepal Community Development Experience

Discover the beautiful country of Nepal while contributing to community development projects.


Program Information

Explore the fascinating country of Nepal, discover a new culture and contribute to earthquake relief community development projects.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Overview

Overview

GVI has been operating in Nepal for over 10 years and are well established and respected amongst the community. GVI teams work in a care centre, local schools and on a variety of women’s empowerment initiatives. GVI’s long-term involvement, capacity building and commitment to our projects, ensure that the service elements of your students’ trips are contributing to long-term sustainable projects helping to achieve our partners’ objectives. These local partnerships along with stakeholder discussions drive the service elements of our trips to ensure they are fully focussed on the most prevalent issues and produce the results required locally.

Project Aims and Objectives

Following the tragic earthquakes in April 2015 the country is trying to rebuild its badly damaged infrastructure. GVI’s teams are working closely with our local partners and disaster relief practitioners to ensure any work we do is as impactful as possible, without putting further strain on the already stretched resources of the region. GVI believes it is vital that aid continues to flow and that any travellers coming to the region are well prepared and managed by experienced professionals on the ground. As a group your team will be involved in construction and renovation projects, working along side GVI staff members and local partners we have long, established relationships with. Days are long and physically demanding in an environment quite unlike most students are used too. Expect to be challenged emotionally as well as physically!

Location

Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal and lies in the centre of Kaski District, Gandaki Zone and the Western Development Region. It is also known as the City of Seven Lakes and three out of the ten highest mountains in the world are within 30 miles of the city making it one of the adventure sports capitals of the world. It is a city of breath taking beauty.

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

 
Testimonial
All the staff and fellow volunteers I met during my time in Nepal were so friendly and supportive; you really feel part of the family.
- Carol Bromell (United Kingdom)

Program Details

Program Type Schools , University
Location Asia - Nepal - Pokhara

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Health & Safety

At GVI we take health and safety very seriously. We run comprehensive risk assessments for each of our activities, in each of our locations, and are prepared for any eventuality, no matter how unlikely.

We have over 150 expertly trained staff members who live alongside the local communities in our locations year-round. This means that we know the areas intimately, and have dedicated, experienced professionals available to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We keep in regular contact with relevant embassies and foreign offices, ensuring that we’re able to give you the most up-to-date information and travel advice regarding our locations.

Our Risk Assessments and Emergency Action Plans follow a comprehensive quarterly review process and can be provided to you upon request.

Teacher Info

Additional Teacher Info

GVI runs curriculum, CAS and experience focussed service learning opportunities around the world on multi-award winning trips. With over 25,000 travellers since inception, GVI’s know how to ensure safe, life-changing challenges that make a real difference, fostering global citizenship and intercultural understanding. Staffed and resourced by GVI all year round, our projects offer unique opportunities to engage in long-term, high impact work, whilst experiencing deep cultural immersion and some adventure.

A teacher travels free with groups of ten or more students!

GVI provides 24/7 support from our experienced staff who are based full-time on the ground, as well as support from HQ. An experienced group leader will accompany the group, taking overall responsibility for the safety of the group.

Please note prices are subject to seasonal fluctuation and will vary depending upon the needs of the group.

**Optional extras include travel insurance and flight services




 

Example Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu Airport and Orientation

There are two options for arriving into Pokhara. A short flight from Kathmandu International Airport or a bus journey. While the bus seems like a long add on to the journey it is also a great chance to see the local countryside. If budget is a concern the bus is definitely the cheaper option.

On arrival in Pokhara the group will be met and transferred to their accommodation by a GVI staff member or appointed driver. The group will have a chance to settle in and rest before meeting for an evening orientation session with our GVI field team. The week’s logistics, duties and responsibilities will be explained. This session will also include familiarisation with Emergency Action Plans and Health and Safety Risks as well as an overview on GVI and what our overall aims are globally as well as locally.

Day 2: Introduction and Orientation

The group will be met by a GVI field staff member and given an orientation tour around the local area and to the project sites where the construction material will be prepped for the weeks work. Due to the time limitations it will be important that the group starts the next day with a clear plan in mind.

Day 3-6: Service and reflection

The work begins! Depending on the need of the community and our partners at the time you will be involved in a construction or renovation project. This could include maintenance and decoration of a classroom, community centre, furniture renovation and construction, mural painting or basic construction work from scratch.

A key ingredient to this week will be the focus on teamwork and GVI are happy to work with the school to incorporate overall goals and objectives. Being immersed in the local community for a week will give the volunteers an opportunity to experience a new and fascinating culture while contributing to projects in a meaningful and genuine way.

There will be time set aside each evening for group and individual reflection. This is also a time to discuss the day’s achievements and ways in which the group can effectively prepare for the next day’s work. Days are tiring but equally rewarding with plenty of time for fun!

During the week there may also be opportunities to visit nearby local sights such as the beautiful Tal Bahari Temple or the Gurkha soldier museum. Cultural and adventurous activities can also be factored in such as Nepali language lessons and cooking classes, rafting and kayaking trips on Trisuli or Seti Rivers, or a mountain biking or hiking adventure.

Day 7: A Fond Farewell

GVI field staff transfer the team back to the airport and bid them a fond farewell! GVI will endeavour to keep the group informed of any updates there might be in the field and with particular reference to the projects volunteers contributed to during their time in Nepal, through "GVI LIve" on social media.

**Your trip can be extended to include additional side trips and / or further service work.

What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24/7 back up and support
  • A dedicated trip co-ordinator
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Access to local medical facilities
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Comprehensive health and safety procedures (Emergency Action Plans and Risk Assessments)
  • First aid equipment
  • Flight booking service on request
  • Food and drinking water
  • Group leader
  • Highly experienced and well qualified GVI field staff
  • In-country support
  • In-country transport costs
  • Insurance on request
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Pre-departure information
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Up-to-date safety and country information
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Additional spending money
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal kit
  • Police or background check (where necessary)
  • Vaccinations
  • Visa costs
  • Visas

Why Choose GVI?

There are many reasons why you should consider GVI for your group trip. Allow us to take you through some of the important points:

  • GVI has over 15 years of experience – Since we began in 1997, we have sent over 20,000 young people on trips all over the world. Most describe their experience with us as life-changing with a 95% approval rate from our customers



  • We are a ground operator – We run and staff our projects 24/7, all year round which means we understand and know the area you will be visiting enabling us to deliver a high quality level of support, safety and training at very competitive prices



  • Our variety of programs is unique and unrivalled – We offer language courses, community and conservation projects, leadership programs, cultural immersion, adventure activities and mountain trekking.



  • Peace of mind – You know that our projects make a real and positive impact on the local communities you visit. Since we started we have developed over 150 projects around the world.



  • Project ownership – We run our projects in partnership with local communities, according to the needs on the ground, so you know they are genuinely worthwhile



  • We are different from most other school providers – We already have projects and programs in place. We have been working in these countries for over 15 years and are working hand in hand with the host communities to ensure their needs are being met.



  • Teachers/Educators travel free



  • Safety is our priority – We have comprehensive safety and back up procedures in place.



  • Flexibility – Our trips are available all year round so you tell us when you want to travel.



  • The GVI Charitable Trust – Enables your school to stay involved with your program after you return home.



  • Students will automatically become GVI members, enabling them to benefit from discounts on any future GVI trips.



  • There are opportunities for students to be GVI Ambassadors – excellent for university and college applications.

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