Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What can I do ?
1. Teaching in Local School: - Chitwan, Kathmandu, Pokhara
2. Teaching in Monastery and learning Buddhism - Kathmandu, Lumbini and Pokhara
3. Teaching at Orphanage Homes - Kathmandu and Pokhara
4. Working at the health post or Hospital - Chitwan and Kathmandu
5. Cultural Exchange program - (to Experience Real Nepal ) - Kathamndu + Chitwan + Pokhara
Where do I live during these projects?
All the volunteers live with the Host Family but a hotel can also be arranged upon the volunteer's request but the cost for the hotel needs to paid by volunteers.
What will I be doing on a typical day?
In a typical placement volunteers stay in a family where they eat Nepali food with the family twice a day (around 9 o' clock in the morning and 7 o' clock in the evening). Tea is served in the morning and in the afternoon. Volunteers will be working between 3 to 5 hours in a day on the projects. The rest of the time volunteers are free to do more sightseeing or have the opportunity to get together with other volunteers and share their experiences. You will be able to travel to nearby towns to purchase things for daily use and could travel to other areas on longer vacation periods.
Will an English speaking guide be available for me for the time I am in Nepal?
We have a local co-coordinator to support our volunteers in their projects. Our co-coordinator has good English to assist to our volunteer's needs. Our staff will be visiting our volunteers once in two weeks with regular phone calls from the office. If you bring your Mobile, we will provide you with a Sim-Card which helps us to contact you any time we want.
What can I do in my free time?
In free time we can organize , Trekking, Rafting, Jungle Safari, Mountain Flight and other sightseeing programs. In the village our co-coordinator can arrange activities like attending Nepali marriage ceremonies, Festivals, Visiting off the beaten track places, participating in a village development projects, Painting temples, Plantation, Making the green garden etc.. It all depends how busy the volunteers want to be.
Where do I stay during the training period?
When the volunteers arrive, they will be staying in a Hotel in Kathmandu and then will be going to the training village near by to Kathmandu to experience a village life and continue the language lessons. After a few days in the village volunteers will come back to Kathmandu to go to their placement. Or in this time if they want they can take a break and we can organize Trekking, Rafting, or Jungle Safari activities.
Who will do the language & culture training?
Our staff have got 12 years of Nepali Language Teaching experience. All of our staff had worked with International Organizations before.
Transport to and from the village placement to Kathmandu - What transport will be used? Is this everyday?
To go to the placement for safety reasons we use Tourist Buses on the Highway, but in the local areas we use local buses. Please do not expect Car or AC or four wheel drive....
Accommodation and main meals during training period and placement - What meals will be included per day? What meals won't be included?
In Kathmandu during the training period we will provide different Nepali food to help adapt to the change in diet. ex: Newari food, Dal/Roti, Dal/Bhat, and in the village with the Host Family the normal food is Dal Bhat two times in a day and two cups of tea and a snack in the afternoon.
Supervision by INFO staff to placement and volunteer - How will volunteers get in contact with staff?
Our staff will travel to the volunteer in the placements and also make regular phone calls from the office. Any time via phone they can contact to any of our staff. All of our placements are 10 minutes walk able distance to a phone place and some of our host families also have a phone at the house.
Two phone calls in a week - Is this you phoning the volunteers or our volunteers using the phone?
We give phone calls to volunteers two times a week, and if more is needed they can phone us any time, they just need to give us a missed call at the office or our cell phone and we can call them back immediately. We can also provide cell phone Sim-card to volunteers if they want and have a mobile phone.
Chitwan National Park visit for 2 days - Elephant ride to see the one horned Rhinoceros and Royal Bengal Tiger, canoeing , Elephant baby center, Tharu Cultural Dance, Tharu village tour, Jungle walk etc. - Are these all included in the cost you have given on the site?
Yes, it does it includes everything as it mentioned on the site.
Good bye dinner with a Nepali gift + last day accommodation - Where do they spend the last night?
In Kathmandu in Thamel.
What will volunteers need to bring as spending money? What are the extra costs volunteers will incur?
In the placement you need money to go to City and make phone calls and use the Internet and maybe buy any western food or drink they need, 15 pounds extra each week will be more than enough.
In Pokhara before going Trekking the night stay and after trekking the night stay and food and drinks. 30 pounds will be enough. If they want to stay few nights more in Pokhara then 10 pounds each day ...
Do volunteers accommodation with the host family have a flush toilet?
Not many of the families have a flushing toilet, it is a simple toilet. But we will inform the family to make it nice and clean.
Volunteers need to learn to use water. If they use paper then it needs to be collected in a plastic bag and burnt later on every week in the night time. We will inform all of these things during the cultural training sessions.
Can I please have an outline of the orientation? What is covered day by day etc.
2 to 3 hours language (There will be a break for half an hour in between so only 2 and half hours language)
1 hours Cultural information / Gender issues in Nepal
1 hours - talk about the placement and family issues / Teaching English
3 hours sightseeing
1 hour Different food program in the evening
Are any meals not included?
If volunteers eat out of our program. For example: today they have a Newari food program and if they say they would rather go somewhere else by themselves we do not pay for it. While traveling volunteers need to pay for their food but transport will be paid by the office. Like going to and from the placement, going to Chitwan for Jungle activities or going trekking on the way to Pokhara. However on the trekking we pay for all the food and accommodation, not drinks.
Is any transport not included?
If the volunteers require A/C car or taxi ...we do not pay . For ex: while going trekking we can go by bus up to Nayapul or walk to the bus park from Lakeside which is half an hour but if volunteers ask to go via taxi or a/c car than they need to pay for it which is 5 pounds.
How do I meet my host families?
Our staff will take you to the placement and stay there one night with volunteers until they are introduced to the family and the project people. We will be very careful in this regards. This is the main concern for volunteers. But we will help them and make sure that our volunteers are ok before we leave them.
What supervision do volunteers have whilst on the program?
We keep in touch with volunteers and find out if there is any problem about the teaching or with the host family. We go and assist our volunteers when ever they need us.
Are there any extra costs that we should be aware of?
Yes, there are a few extra costs and I think we have already answered it. Actually if the volunteers take 100 pounds extra then it will cover all the extra expenses but it also depends on the volunteers. Visas: First two months 30 US$ and each month another that is an additional 30 US$. Airport tax is 20 Pounds on leaving the country.
Can volunteers choose their volunteer placement? Are they guaranteed to get it?
We definitely prefer to select the placement according to our volunteer's needs and interests but at the same time we need to make a balance for our Host families and the projects. We make sure that our volunteers are happy with the placements that they are going on.
Are there any special requirements volunteers should have? Qualifications etc??
Yes, if the volunteer who wants to teach English, if they have a good bit of knowledge of Grammar this would be nice. Likewise if the volunteers want to join the Orphanage home program than if they have some experience working with children, or Dancing skills, or painting , or drawing skills this would be great. For the health and sanitation program or health post program, if the volunteers have some knowledge of medicine and are maybe medical students this would be perfect.
What is the cultural exchange?
Actually all the programs are a kind of Cultural Exchange. However the Cultural Exchange programs, volunteers will be staying in two different placements with two host families and doing more sightseeing. We will take them to visit a lot of cultural festivals. This is good for the two week program.
What will volunteers do in the medical placement?
It depends on their experience.
If the volunteers are medical students then they will have a lot of opportunity to learn and see a different countries health association, if the volunteers have some experience with medicine than they can work at the heath post or attending the health camps. We will also arrange a few days placement at the orphanage homes to check up the children and provide any treatment necessary as long as they have previous medical experience.
The 8 week program mentions white water rafting, is this included in the price you have given us? Do they have qualified instructors during this? Is the 7 days of trekking included in the price you have quoted us?
Yes, it will be included as part of the program fees and the 7 days trekking as well. For the rafting they will get a 2 hour class about the safety and all the instructions.
Not included are: flights, trekking equipment (can be rented in Pokhara)…
As a non-/profit-organization our special focus lies on the benefit of the people of Nepal. Therefore we will:
- hire well trusted and personally known local staff and companies for our programs.
- pay them fare prizes and wages and create effective employment.
- take care of the environment as much as possible.
- carefully select the schools, orphanages and communities for our programs to make sure that a real benefit for both sides is given.
- use the profits from our programs for carefully selected projects within the network of our organization.
- give as much room as possible for real cultural exchange and learning from each other.
If you or your group are interested in this program, please contact to us