About Environmental Conservation in Nepal
For many, Nepal is synonymous with breathtaking natural beauty and pristine, untouched mountain peaks. In recent decades, however, Nepal’s environment has become increasingly threatened by deforestation and subsequent soil erosion and air and water pollution. Government reforestation programs have aimed to solve the problem but have met with only moderate success. World Endeavors Environmental Conservation volunteers in Nepal work alongside local people on a project that aims to address the problem of deforestation by planting fruit trees in rural communities. The fruit trees help to address the dual challenges of poverty and deforestation: because the fruit produced by the trees provides income for local communities, the trees are worth more standing than as timber. Volunteers may also contribute to education and outreach efforts in local communities.
Section: A Typical Day in the Life of a Volunteer in Nepal
World Endeavors volunteers inNepalcan expect their days to be a combination of meaningful volunteer work, cultural experiences, and free time for relaxation and reflection. The sample schedule below represents a typical day for a volunteer inNepal. Keep in mind that when volunteering abroad, a typical day can be anything but typical!
7:00am: Wake up for black tea or milk tea with crackers.
8:30 am: Breakfast with your host family. A typical Nepali breakfast usually consists of rice, lentils, and vegetables.
9:00 am – 9:30 am: Walk to your volunteer placement.
9:30 am – 1:00 pm: Work at volunteer placement.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Break for lunch and tea. Typical lunches inNepal include beaten rice and vegetables, noodle soup, or other local snacks.
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Work at volunteer placement.
4:00 – 7:00: Free time to explore the village or city—mingle with the locals, visit an internet café, swim in the river, play soccer with neighborhood kids, or practice speaking Nepali with your host family.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Dinner with your host family. Dinners inNepal usually consist of rice, lentil soup, and vegetables.
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Relax at home, read a book, prepare for the next day’s volunteering, or plan a weekend excursion to go hiking, rafting, or on a jungle safari.
Project and class schedules, meals, and free time activities may vary depending on the details of your placement.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in Nepalese culture.
When villagers came to the nursery to get vegetable seedlings we had raised for them, their faces would often light up with happiness as they picked out different plants.
-Jill, Environmental Conservation Volunteer in Nepal
Kelly is a math and science teacher from California. She volunteered teaching children in India with World Endeavors.