Nepal Spring 2023 Program
Nepal is a very special country, with one of the most friendly, welcoming and exotic cultures on the planet. And, it is home to the “roof of the world”, the spectacular Himalayan Mountains.
Members of the spring 2023 Youth International team will live and travel with local Nepalis, learning about their real life by living it and traveling it in a real way themselves. And, they will give back to the communities in which they live by volunteering on projects such as helping to build and renovate local schools, and teaching English and running educational workshops for the children.
They will also trek for eight days in the Himalayan Mountains, through lush valleys and small Nepalese villages, taking in spectacular views on route up to Annapurna Base Camp, which is surrounded by some of the world’s highest mountain peaks.
And, there will also be time to explore the bustling and colorful streets, markets and temples that make up the living museum of the country’s capital city, Kathmandu. There will also be time to relax in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. Overall it is a rugged, real, and intense trip. At the end of it each participant will have a first hand understanding of life in Nepal, and will be a much more worldly and self aware savvy international traveler.
Dates: April 26 to May 25, 2023. Program Fee: $4,950 US (+ flights, est. $1,100 US) *NOTE: Program fee can be paid using 529 College funds and AmeriCorp Education Awards.
Detailed Itinerary: April 26 to May 25
April 26 to 27: New York: Team members meet up in New York City for one day and one night. They take part in a series of orientation workshops on topics including health, safety, cultural sensitivity, and team building, in preparation for their Nepal adventure. On April 27, the team flies from New York to Nepal, arriving in Kathmandu on April 28.
April 28 to 30: Kathmandu: The team has three days to begin exploring the colorful capital city of Nepal. Exploration will include: the UNESCO world heritage sites of Swayambhunath (“Monkey”) Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Durbar Square, and the living open-air museum of Kathmandu itself.
April 30 to May 6: City Home Stay: During this week, team members learn first-hand about city life, while living with a Nepalese family in a suburb of Kathmandu. They will help the community by volunteering on renovation and construction projects at the local school, as well as teaching and running educational workshops for the children. There will also be experiential introductions to Buddhism and Hinduism, the two biggest religions in Nepal. On May 6, travel by bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara, with a segment of the journey done by whitewater rafting on the Trishuli River.
May 6 to 8: Pokhara: Time to begin exploring this beautiful city at the base of the Annapurna Mountain range and to prepare for the upcoming trek in the Himalayan Mountains. Exploration includes boating across scenic Phewa Lake and hiking up to the World Peace Pagoda, wandering through Old Pokhara, and visiting the International Mountain Museum.
May 8 to 15: Himalayan Mountain Trek: Eight-day trek in the Himalayan Mountains, through lush valleys and small Nepalese villages, taking in spectacular views on route up to Annapurna Base Camp, which is surrounded by some of the world’s highest mountain peaks. Return to Pokhara on May 15.
May 15 to 17: Pokhara: Rest and recovery from the trek, and more time to explore Pokhara. On the morning of May 17, the team flies from Pokhara back to Kathmandu, with great Himalayan Mountain views on route.
May 17 to 18: Kathmandu: Time for further exploration of Kathmandu, including a visit to the Royal Palace. On May 18, the team travels by bus to a nearby village and moves in with home stay families.
May 18 to 24: Village Home Stay: During this week, the team lives with families in a rural village in the Himalayan foothills near Kathmandu. They learn about Nepalese village life by living it themselves. They also help the community by doing renovation and construction work at the local school and teaching and running educational workshops for the children at the school. The team will also take part in a variety of other activities to learn firsthand about Nepalese village life. Travel by bus back to Kathmandu on the morning of May 24.
May 24 to 25: Kathmandu: Time for final exploration of Kathmandu, group reflection, and final team celebrations.
May 25: The team flies from Kathmandu back to New York, and then onwards individually to each team member’s final home destination.
*Although unlikely, it is possible that the starting and ending point in the USA could change due to flight schedules and availability.