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Projects Abroad in Nepal - Arrival Procedures

Arrival Procedures
  • Arrival Airport: Kathmandu (KTM)

Projects Abroad staff waits for volunteers to arrive at the airport in Nepal

After flying all the way to the other side of the world, you deserve a good rest. Upon arrival, a friendly Projects Abroad driver will be waiting for you. They will be looking out for you holding a Projects Abroad sign. They will then drive you to a hotel, which is in the center of Kathmandu in an area called Thamel, or take you directly to the host family you will be living with. Once you have arrived at your accommodation, you will have time to relax and settle in.

If you are volunteering on the Conservation Project, you will need to spend one night in Kathmandu when you arrive (unless you arrive very early in the morning and can fly immediately from Kathmandu to Pokhara). When you arrive in Pokhara, you will spend a night in a hotel. After your induction, you will travel for 3.5 hours to a jeep station, where you will trek for another hour to Ghandrukh and the Conservation Project.

Volunteering in Nepal - Induction and Orientation

The same or next day (depending on your arrival time), a member of staff from Projects Abroad will meet you and take you on a tour of Kathmandu. They will show you banks, the post office, the best place to cash traveler’s checks, and internet cafés. After a general introduction to the area, you'll then be taken to your accommodation.

"The whole placement was just magical! The beauty of the country, the friendliness and spirit of the people, the friends I made and the amazing children made the whole experience memorable."

Olivia Porteous
Teaching Volunteer in Nepal

Most of our accommodation in Nepal is with families. We have been working with most of our families for a long time and they will treat you as one of their own. They are interested in what you are doing and get worried if you come home late. Always be sure to tell them where you're going and when you’ll be back. Depending on your placement, you may be staying in Kathmandu itself or in the rural Kathmandu Valley.

Projects Abroad Care volunteer from Australia with her host family in Kathmandu, Nepal You’ll visit your placement either the same day or on the following day, depending on where you are based. Some volunteers can walk to work while others may need to take a local bus. If you need to take public transportation you'll be shown the route to work and where to catch the bus.

If you are volunteering on a Standard Project, all necessary work-related transportation costs will be covered by Projects Abroad.

The most popular dish in Nepal is dhal bhat: it’s a meal that consists of rice and lentil soup (vegetarians will be absolutely fine). If you want to have a taste of back home, Nepal has adapted famously to Western style restaurants. In Thamel you will find Italian Pizza, Mexican tacos, Japanese sukiyaki, Thai chocolate, Chinese marshmallows, onion and minestrone soup, borscht, quiche, soy burgers and some of the best desserts - apple and lemon pies, almond layer cakes, and fruit cakes. To wash any (or all) of these offerings down, try a lassi (a refreshing mixture of curd and water), the locally produced beer or chang, a Himalayan home brew made from barley.

Once at your placement, you'll sit down with the supervisor and discuss a work schedule and what your interests are. If you have any questions or problems our staff are available 24 hours a day by phone.

"Although Projects Abroad do not force you to meet other volunteers the option is available. The volunteers themselves create a community and pass on tips to the next group. There will always be someone there who you will get on with. By Projects Abroad allowing people to choose their own travel dates there are always new people coming and going."

Deborah Pitman
Teaching Volunteer in Nepal.

When travelling to Nepal, always bring your hiking boots and a camera. Nepal is famous for all its treks and the local people and scenery are sure to provide you with some great memories!

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