All the generous initiatives aim to develop and promote a sustainable “Community Development Model” in Nepal. HELP initiates the following major activities;
- Placement of volunteer in creative social works
- Organize thematic tours and eco adventures
- Implement sustainable humanitarian projects
- Economic development activities – skill and technology intervention for income generation
- Social development activities – education, health care and social welfare
- Environment protection activities – eco farming and eco friendly infrastructure
- Volunteering in creative social works
HELP offers volunteering opportunities in various community-based projects throughout Nepal. Our aim is to invite and facilitate the responsible national/international volunteers to support the community-based projects. The local communities are in the best position to determine their needs, and we provide volunteers to help them achieve their goals.
Volunteering is a great way to contribute to the community and gain experience, and also fosters personal growth. Whether you would like to take a short volunteer vacation or a prolonged gap year, we provide challenging and affordable programs.
Creative active social services through the placement of volunteers
- Teaching in schools:
In this program volunteers are placed in local schools to teach conversational English and reading classes to Nepali children. This will advance their practical written and verbal English language skills. In Nepal, English is becoming more and more of a required skill for job placement, educational advancement and future success. To teach English at a Nepali school you don’t need to have formal teaching qualifications. You will need a good command of written and spoken English, plenty of enthusiasm and a lot of patience. Festivals, exams, holidays and strikes disrupt the teaching schedule at various times throughout the year. We ask that volunteers in the teaching program have a second choice of program for these times. You may also like to consider teaching in an informal setting within the orphanage program where many children need additional assistance with school work.
Schools in Nepal often lack in funding and resources. Class size can range from 10 to 80 students. School runs from Sunday to Friday with Saturday off, students are between 4 and 16 years of age.
- Health and related services:
In Nepal, there is an average of one doctor for every 12,612 Nepalese. Because of lack of health care education, medical services and resources, Nepal leads one of the highest maternity and infant death rates in the world. Many health centers located in remote rural areas are inadequately staffed and hardly any medicines and equipments available. Most of the time there are no doctors in the hospital in rural areas.
HELP assembles health care volunteers to help alleviate this problem. This will help to boost the quality of health care for disadvantaged Nepali people. One can contribute this mission in two ways;
– Organize/join the health clinic camp in the remote villages for few days
– Work for longer time as a volunteer in the existing health institution
What can volunteers experience?
- Volunteers gain challenging experiences during the consultations of patients in the village.
- Volunteers get a deep insight into the modes of operation in a hospital of the remote areas.
- Volunteers support the poorest people by providing health service and widen its perspectives and enjoy holidays.
Interested volunteers must have certification or proof of experience in a medical field, medical student ID, paramedic certification, nursing or physician’s credentials to join in this mission.
- Construction and conservation services:
This is an opportunity to help in a wide range of practical village-based projects. These community infrastructure maintenance and environmental protection could be as basic as painting or plastering, however, those with additional skills may be able to help in more advanced work. Projects are usually decided upon in consultation with local communities, but you can use your own wisdom to support projects as you desire. It is vital to be sensitive to the needs and wishes of the local community. Projects are usually partly funded by the communities and partly by our partner organization and/or volunteer contributions. Example projects include school repair and decoration; toilet building; drinking water projects; trail maintenance; eco-friendly recycling and improved stove building projects etc.
Homestay accommodation with Nepalese family
This program is a fantastic way to know more about Nepal in depth. In this program you will be placed with a Nepali family in a small rural village or within a city for the duration of your stay. You’ll learn about all aspects of Nepali culture, lifestyle, language, food and people – an unforgettable experience. You should remember that this is a cultural exchange, so you should try and offer some knowledge of your own home culture and customs to your host family. You can spend the day by any of your own scheduled activities or exploring the local area, observing the peoples livelihood, etc. You will also have the opportunity to join any of the creative active social works.
Homestay programs can be arranged for one week to several months for the whole year around. August to December is the best time for the Homestay as most large local festivals take place resulting in an overall more exciting experience. We offer Homestay both in the capital city Kathmandu and in the countryside villages.
– Homestay in Kathmandu: While you are staying in Kathmandu, we offer you an option to stay whole time or just for few days with Nepalese family to experience Nepalese hospitality. You will not only have the glimpse of experience of Nepalese tradition and culture with some modernization but also save some money staying with the family. The family offers a separate room with common toilet/bath. You can either eat together with the host family or just stay for overnight. Homestay is out from the tourist crowd but not so far from the market.
– Homestay in the farm house in the villages: During the tours in the countryside or volunteering long time in the village, we offer homestay in the farm house with the Nepalese family. You will have separate guest room. Toilet and water is outside the house. You will eat locally grown fresh cooked food with them.
Volunteering to HELP from own work place
If you have time or budget restriction and any physical problem for volunteering in Nepal you can contribute your time voluntarily from your work place for HELP mission. You can promote the HELP by any initiatives you desired.
- Thematic tour and eco adventure
Nepal is one of the world’s leading trekking destinations, attracting thousands of foreign tourists each year. However, very few rural people benefit from this business. Uncontrolled tourism has damaged the environment and induced unwanted social change along Nepal’s most popular trekking routes. Thus HELP offers some thematic tour and eco adventure out from the tourist’s crowd as well as the popular destinations in Nepal.
- Community Trek
Community tourism is a group activity managed by the active participation of local community people who host tourists in their community and benefit are share among villages and individuals as much as possible. Its main goal is to attract tourists to rural areas and use the revenue for local development. It is base on the mobilization of locally available resources through participation of the community. The community directly involves in construction, operation, and maintenance of tourist facilities and services, which are directly used by the local people as major stockholder.
Not only the communities benefit from community tourism, however the tourists benefit as well. They get the opportunity to share and experience the traditional lifestyle of village people from all sectors of Nepali culture. It enhances inter-cultural relationships while offering economic development to the disadvantaged in remote village areas. In addition simply interesting, discussing and experiencing different cultures, forming friendships, and sharing experiences and wealth promotes peace and helps create a sense of a global family.
How community tours are organized?
Community Tours are organized in coordination with a local community organization. Several communities that are socially and ecologically friendly are chosen as tourism villages through the active participation if community members. Different ethnic groups of people having natural and cultural beauties attract tourists in the villages. Tourists are received with warm hospitality in traditional manner and invited to stay in home of one of the family. Accommodation is simple with basic facilities. Locally prepared food is served according to the native culture that you will be eating as a family member. Community will entertain with traditional dance and music and normally they offer requests to join them.
Local attractions both scenic and cultural are shown by guides who always do their best to make guests stay a lifetime memorable. You can have first hand experience of village peoples daily life like how people survive on growing food on hill terraces, how ox/buffalo plough the fields, how a women spends her time early morning to late night and many more…… that you can never find of your own. Tourists who would like to take interest in community activities like teaching in schools, working in health post, agricultural center, different functional groups etc will be guided and carried out by community members.
- Learn about herbs and ayurveda
- Meditation and yoga in the mountain
- Study on religion and culture
- Himalayan Adventures
Since early times, Nepal has the reputation of being a remote and magical kingdom. Although no longer so remote, Nepal’s natural beauty continues to attract travelers all over the world, who comes to experience for them Nepal’s uniqueness as a trekking destination. The prime attraction of trekking is the Himalayan ranges. Of the 14 peaks in the world above 8000 meters, 8 are in Nepal and beneath the backdrop of these majestic peaks lie Nepal’s hill country where most of the major trekking routes are located. Similarly the cultural scenery that represents the many ethnic groups in these trekking routes and the fact that the natural beauty, still untouched by modern civilization are still isolated from the few roads that Nepal has, trekking in Nepal has further increased its popularity.
How Himalayan treks are organized
We coordinate with reliable and professional trekking agency that follows the principal of HELP to offer some of the best treks in the famous Himalayan region in Nepal. Except some new destinations, most popular areas offer excellent Tea-House treks. We can organize camping treks in all areas as well.
We serve challenging to family adventures with tailor made suits according your desire in the most popular areas as well as unbeaten areas.
- Socio-economy enriching schemes
We execute various projects to support the community in the remote Himalaya. Projects are implemented after accessing socio-economy, cultural and environmental impacts. Resources for the project implementation are generated from free labor of the beneficiary people, HELPs initiatives and cash/kind donations from people all over the world.
- Social Development
- Quality education
- Sponsor scholarship for school children
We sponsor scholarship for the student to allow more children from the poorest families’ access to education. Normally, US $10 per month covers school fees, books and medicine for one child studying in the Government schools. We encourage everybody for the novel contribution to share smile with someone. HELP takes care that the help goes directly to “needy” student.
- Material and technical support
We help the school going children from the poorest families and children in the orphanage centers with stationary supplies, books, clothes, medicine, various equipments etc. We support the schools and community-based organizations with computers, renewable energy technology and other equipment and expertise. We accept brand new as well as second-hand and off sale materials. Sending such materials to the non profit organization is all tax free in Nepal.
- Health care
Water supply, sanitation
iii. Social welfare
- Economic Development
- Skill and technology intervention for income generation
- Modern organic farming
- Tourist services
- Promote handicrafts
Nepalese handicrafts are famous all over the world because of its uniqueness. Community people living in the villages and countryside are rich in traditional handicrafts producing skill and the indigenous knowledge. Because of the remoteness and lack of appropriate marketing skills, people are not able to get significant benefit and promote it in a professional way. We support the community people by selling or promoting their handicraft products nationally and internationally.
Looking at the present market demand and the existing skills of the community people; woolen and cotton hand woven materials like cap, hat, gloves, scarf, bags etc, Nepali handmade paper products like greeting cards, paper bags, envelopes, calendar etc and wooden and/or bamboo products (though these are fragile) are the typical handicrafts producing in the village.
- Environment protection activities
- Eco farming
- Cultivation of medicinal plants
Eco friendly infrastructure
- Comfort housing
- Public infrastructure
We generate funds by the various activities; like offering tours, selling handicrafts and various donations from the individual people and institution from all over the world.
We encourage our well-wishers to support any of our projects by any means to spread the benefits and bring hope into the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people of Nepal. One can either support to any specific activities s/he desire or help to generate/donate funds for HELP to implement various projects.