Government Regd. No. 61/2010
Social Welfare Council No. 42377

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FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions (in the website ,answer should come while clicking question  and another click will hide answer )

1.When should I arrive?
You are welcome to  arrive to  Nepal  any time of the year. We are very flexible to start your training .

2.How do I get from the airport to the guest house/training facility?
There is nothing to worry about. One of our representative will be waiting for you at the airport terminal. He will be holding a sign with your name  on it. Please do not forget to send your detailed flight itinerary. In case of emergency  contact to HHRD office.

3.What is the selection process?

  • At first ,Volunteers need to fill up the online application form.  
  • If you are eligible you will get the acceptance e-mail form HHRD  Nepal.
  • Volunteers need to send the confirmation e-mail including their Starting date of the programme and
  • Finaly, Volunteers need to send flight details, after getting the flight details your seat in programme will be reserved.

4.Who is a Volunteer ?
Any individual who is sympathetic and kind enough to work for the benefit of the people around us without expecting any material reward is rightly called a volunteer. Every person has been a volunteer once in a while in his/her daily life. You certainly are a volunteer when you help some old women cross the busy road or when you try to save a drowning person. Now, when you participate in the program of Volunteering India, you are going to do the same with a wider purview and with a more meaningful purpose.

5.What is volunteer work?
Volunteer work is working without payment, or working for minimum expenses, for a not-for-profit organisation.
 
6.Why be a volunteer?
Different people give different reasons for wanting to do voluntary work. For some the desire to help the causes they believe in or feel passionate about is the main reason. Others do it because they would like more excitement and adventure in their lives. For others it is a good way of gaining valuable work experience to help them get a job.Voluntary work can give people the chance to travel, meet new people and accumulate life and career enhancing experiences and skills.
 
7.Why volunteer in HHRD-nepal.
Your participation as a volunteer can also make an indirect impact. Firstly, by means of the revenue generated by volunteers entering the local economy. Local community involvement is a priority of the project. In this way, reminiscent of ecotourism, volunteers provide an economic incentive to local communities to continue to conserve the area . Secondly, as an international volunteer you may have the chance to participate in environmental education efforts with community members and local school children. There are many advantages to volunteering in Nepal. Below are some of the main points to consider. Some of them only relate to projects available through Volunteer HHRD-NEPAl.
    

  • You will learn new and useful skills
  • You will acquire knowledge and gain practical experience in the field
  • You will have the opportunity to develop leadership and teamwork skills
  • Voluntary work experience will impress future employers. Your CV will demonstrate that you are flexible and committed to a cause or belief
  • You will have the opportunity to work in countries you may not otherwise have a chance to visit
  • You will feel personal satisfaction from helping others
  • Volunteering will keep you fit and improve your overall health    
  • Volunteering often leads to greater culture sensitivity and cross-cultural learning experiences    
  • You will make new friends and meet other likeminded individuals    
  • You may learn a new language or improve your current language skills
  • You will experience unspoilt nature and see great wildlife spectacles
  • Volunteering for the environment increases the emotional bond between us and nature
  • Volunteering encourages personal development
  • There are few travel experiences that are cheaper than volunteering overseas

8.Who can volunteer?
Our service and the projects we offer are for people of all nationalities, ages and backgrounds.

9.What kind of volunteer work is available ?
You can choose from the different options depending on your taste and preference. However, volunteer programs are generally designed to bring about awareness in rural people and to conserve environment. Hence all works are closely related with nature, environment and people, especially children. Teaching English in a village school, Caring the orphans, promoting Health and Environment Education, Home stay / Cultural Exchange are some of our regular programs.

10.What skills do I need?
Our volunteer guides give details of those projects which require formal and/or personal skills. They vary according to specific assignments. if you have a friendly personality, enjoy helping others, and can work as part of a team, then you already posses the most useful skills needed.
 
11.What experience do I need?
Some voluntary organisations require you to have previous experience in a similar type of work (i.e. veterinary experience). However, the majority of organisations included in our volunteer guides require no previous work experience. A keen interest in teaching , conservation or development issues is the main thing.
 
12.Are there any age limits?
Most organisations seek volunteers who are aged 18 or over. If you are under the age of 18 the choices are limited but there are still some opportunities to get involved. We offer a volunteer guide especially for you and this has details of all the organisations/projects that accept volunteers under the age of 18 (children, teenagers and families). The main point to note if you request this information pack is that you will have to choose from the projects available rather than stipulate any preferences (preferred countries, type of work etc).. s2WEW2

13.What about languages?
It is always useful to have some knowledge of  English if you are planning to volunteer in nepal.But English is not our first language. When you arrive in Nepal you will be provided with an intensive language course on basic Nepali phrases that you may need while volunteering here.

14.How long can I volunteer for?
This might be a number of weeks or months. Most of the projects we offer are from one month to three months; however, there are opportunities to volunteer for shorter periods of time (1 - 3 weeks) and much longer (6 - 12 months or more). As there are a limited number of long term projects you might need to volunteer on more than one project if you want to stay away for a considerable length of time.

15.Can we volunteer as a couple or with a friend?
You are welcome to apply with a spouse, partner or friend. However, HHRD can  guarantee that homestay or host project placements will be at the same location.

16.How can I pay for the program fees?
 We prefer payment in Euros, Dollars and pounds  but can accept Nepalese Rupees as well. If you wish to extend your volunteering program you must discuss this with HHRD  and pay the  fee accordingly.

17.Why do I have to pay programme fee?
This is the question arise when you are going for volunteer work but There are certain things that volunteer need to pay for , Like :  materials and supplies, professional support staff assigned to your program and other administrative costs food and accommodation during the volunteering , language training and finding placement .

18. What are the living arrangements when volunteering?
Your living accommodation during the duration of your volunteer placement is arranged by HHRD , and is included within your volunteer program fee. During your volunteer induction / training, you will stay in a guest house or host family in Kathmandu , and thereafter you will be placed in accommodation either in the community (with a host family); at an orphanage or at a Monastery or  depending on your selected volunteer program.
Please be prepared that your accommodation will be of a Nepali standard, and will not have the same facilities and utilities as you may be used to, such as a western style toilet or a hot shower. Although your accommodation will be basic, it will be clean.

19. Is there a Training program?
Yes, Depending on your volunteer program and how long you are volunteering for, the training can vary in length from just a few days up to two weeks. Typically it is divided into two parts, the first of which is based in Kathmandu and the second part is based at your volunteer program site.

The majority of the training is dedicated to learning basic Nepali. You also will receive an introduction to the Nepali culture, including cultural tips.

20.Where will my placement be?  
Currently, we are sending volunteers to villages within the Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan ,pokhara and its surrounding villages.

21. Do I need travel and Medical insurance?
Yes, we strongly recommended that you must have travel and medical or health insurance. HHRD doesn’t provide any Medical and Travel insurance. In our past experience it shows that volunteer have to purchase medical and other Insurance for their financial safety.

22.  What kind immunizations/vaccines do I need before coming Nepal?

  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies
  • Japanese B
  • Tuberculosis
  •  A course of malarial tablets but consult with doctor may be some you already have some vaccination.

23.What should I bring to Nepal for myself?
This will vary depending on the time of year in which you visit Nepal and what additional activities you intend to participate in during your stay in Nepal.  
With the exception of some medicines and high-tech trekking gear, you can buy everything that you would need for your placement in Kathmandu (and it is likely to be cheaper than in your home country).   Here are a few suggestions on what to bring:

Recommended:

  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • A full supply of any medication which you require for the duration of your stay, along with the prescription.
  • Torch / Flashlight (a head torch is especially useful during power cuts)
  • Sleeping Bag / sleeping bag liner (depending on season)
  • Hiking boots
  • Flip flops
  • Waterproof jacket (a lightweight fold-away jacket is fine)
  • Fleece jacket (during winter months)
  • Light-weight cotton clothing
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Water purification tablets and/or high quality water purifier
  • Face mask (depending on the time of year, Kathmandu can become very polluted and dusty).

Optional:

  • Photos of your family / friends / home
  • Souvenirs from your country for your host family etc
  • A few examples of your local currency
  • Basic Learner's English/Nepali dictionary
  • Coloured pencils and pens, drawing books, stickers
  • Books on teaching English/English Grammar for your reference
  • It is also a good idea to bring with you a photocopy of your passport and visa, and keep this in a separate location to the original documents. If possible you should also e-mail yourself a scanned copy of important documents before departing for Nepal, as this will facilitate things in the event of loss or theft of the original documents.
  • If you wish to get a Nepali SIM card for use during your stay in Nepal, then you can bring an unlocked mobile with you from your home country.

24. How much money should I bring with me?  
It's difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring.  Costs will vary according to how much time you spend traveling on your own, whether or not you go trekking/traveling, if you drink beer (!), how often you phone home / use the internet etc.

That said, living in the village is very cheap as you will not have to pay for your main food or accommodation and there is very little for you to spend your money on! During your training and placement you are responsible for any incidentals (sodas, snacks, etc.) that you may accrue.

We recommend purchasing one of the travel guides, such as the Lonely Planet for Nepal to help you estimate how much money you may need.
Don't forget that you also need to budget for HHRD 's program fees, visa fees and your flight and any extra activities, extra transportation and extra food.

25 . What should I bring for my host family?
The Nepali people are very friendly and generous, and giving gifts to volunteers on their day of their departure is common. If you would like to bring gifts from your home country for your host family, below are some suggestions (but this is not compulsory):

  • A small photo album with pictures of you and your family/friends from home
  • A 'coffee table' book of your home town or country
  • Posters, stickers or magazine pictures from your country
  • Children's books from your home country
  • T-shirts (new) from your country
  • Flags
  • Alternatively many volunteers choose to take and print photos of their host family as a gift at the end of their stay

26.What is the weather like in Nepal?
The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on average, but within this short distance the altitude of the land rises from lowly 60m to all the way up to above 8000m.  Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general Nepal has four climatic seasons: Summer, Monsoon, Autumn and Winter.
Summer is from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20 °C to 30 °C (68 °F to 86°F). Monsoon lasts from June to August. These are also the pre-monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20 °C to 30 °C (68 °F to 86 °F). Winter starts from December to February. The morning and evening are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 15 °C to 20 °C (59 °F to 68 °F).
 
27. What Makes a Good Volunteer?
It is not essential for volunteers to have formal qualifications, but we do ask that all volunteers have a genuine desire to help people, and a commitment to seeing work through to completion. A positive and flexible attitude will also help you to get the most out of your volunteer work.
If you are applying to teach English or train teachers, a strong command of the English language is a necessity.    Similarly, if you are interested in volunteering at the Health Post, prior medical experience is needed.  For some specific programs such as teaching computer skills, environmental awareness programme etc you should possess the skills and knowledge necessary to work within these programs.

The following attributes are essential for volunteer work, regardless of the program:

  • Independence
  • Patience
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Sense of humour / ability to laugh at yourself
  • Tolerance
  • Willingness to share
  • Flexibility
  • Self-motivation
  • Open-mindedness
  • Enthusiasm to learn about new cultures With regards to volunteer work in general, it is useful to come with an open mind, and be realistic in your expectations of volunteering, as it is impossible for the projects and work here to be as structured as what people are used to in the west. It helps to be flexible and adaptable in how you work, and understand some of the constraints in terms of language, resources etc.