Volunteering holiday in Nepal
It is a huge pleasure and honor to write this message as president of Friendships Society Nepal (FSN). We have prepared this report for informing our people of the works done by FSN so far,sometimes in collaboration with or for other organisations, such as Beyond the Smile, xxx,xxx and xx. The report also includes achievements and future plans. The report highlights the organization’s commitment to its service and transparency.
It’s been only Seven years since the establishment of FSN and there has been outstanding growth within just a few years. The main aim of FSN is to aid on environment conservation, drinking water, monastery construction, old heritage construction, and sustainable development, education for poor children, helping poor families, small community infrastructure and community health.
Our overall aim is to create a better society for the minority and suppressed groups in our community. Our service has reached to majorities of rural places in Nepal like Solukhumbhu, Kavre, Dhading and many more. FSN projects ranges from Hydro Electricity Projects, Drinking water Projects, School education Projects, Women Community Program Projects, Forestry Community Projects to Women Community Program projects, Earthquake rebuilding and green house projects.
I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate our extremely efficient management team and staff who contributed greatly to the continuous growth and success of FSN. We are also equally grateful to the various government and non-government organizations and local and international donors for their immense support, which has contributed to the success of the organization and without whom our mission would have been only a dream.
FSN journey over the past five years has taken us into creating a community that we had always dreamt of. You are always invited to join our programs and you can also come out with your support and contribution if you feel for the cause.
Looking forward to your invaluable help and support!
Founder President FSN
Friendship Society Nepal (FSN) is born with a vision that all humans have a fundamental right to ecological, economic and social security, to the protection and defense of their resources and their livelihoods. We therefore view the conservation of environment and protection of all forms of culture and heritage which will eventually lead to sustainability and development of minority group.
Considering this as a fundamental human duty and a social responsibility, FSN is engaged in environment conservation, drinking water, monastery construction, old heritage construction, and sustainable development, education for poor children, helping poor family, small community infrastructure and community health.
We believe that the campaigns and programs we carry lead to improvement of livelihoods of the marginalized community and education of poor children and ultimately overcome poverty and powerlessness.
Established in 2010 FSN is a legal entity registered (Regd. No. 613) with Kathmandu District Administrative Office of Nepal Government under the Organization Registration Act of 1977. The Nepali name of the organization is Mitrata Samaj Nepal (Friendship Society Nepal). Friendship Society Nepal (FSN) is affiliated (Affiliation No. 41452) to the Social Welfare Council, a coordinating and umbrella body of NGOs in Nepal.
FSN is a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), working together with partners and local communities in Nepal to improve environment and human well-Being. Our major objective is to work on the welfare of social groups such as women, children, deprived communities and elderly people and help eradicate their poverty and disease by creating awareness and educating them. We strongly believe that our country still needs to work on the uplifting marginalized community such as women and ethnic groups.
If we sum up our objectives in few points, those would be:
FSN’s mission is to:
We envision improving the livelihood of rural communities, thus combining the conservation of environment which should also enrich the lives by sustaining cultural heritages.
Our vision is to accomplish such development by creating primary support and platform for minority groups in society that will ensure their adequate living and well-being including their food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.
Staff strength: A team of 12 staff headed by Executive Director is engaged in implementing projects and holding day-to-day administrative functions.
Mr. Nima Dorjee Tamang President
Mr. Singa Bahadur Tamang Vice President
Mr. Anish Bal General Member
Mrs. KalpanaTamang Member
Mr. SudarTamang Treasurer
Mr. SomChhring Member
Mrs. DomaTamang Member
Mr. NgimaDorjeeTamang Member
Mr. LakpaTamang Member
Mr. Furi Maya Tamang Member
Mrs. Chang Helen Advisor (Taiwan)
Mr. SukabirTamang General Member
Mr. LakpaTamang General Member
Ms. Brigitte Muir OAM Advisor (Director of Beyond the Smile, Australia)
Mr. Eric Renz Advisor (SEED Alliances, USA) and More….
volunteer program (1 Week to 3 Months)
The Friendship Society Nepal work with free volunteer program in Nepal without any extra perfect cost, we ask for volunteer just paying for their Lodging and Food cost. This free volunteer program provides safe, reasonable and significant volunteer opportunities in Nepal. We offer cosmic multiplicity of volunteering programs in Nepal, where volunteers can decide to work around Nepal. Our most fashionable programs are working with Orphans children, Women Empowerment Programs, Teaching English, Health programs, Summer Volunteer Programs, Street Children volunteer programs etc. It is hard to find a more reasonable and dependable, we provide volunteer work in Nepal to worldwide students, gap year travelers and career breakers from around the world to come and help by doing volunteering in Nepal. You get wide verity of volunteer opportunities with us. There is some organization volunteering program detail information given below. You can find your chosen program easily. We organize the volunteer Opportunities package all over Nepal. We are society based local NGO, who manage volunteer program as your requirement too. Feel free to contact us.
Volunteers must be:
• At least 16 years or older at the start of the program
• Have an open mind and flexible attitude towards working in new and different environments
• Prepared to do some manual work in their placement
What we provide?
Airport Pickup/ Transportation:
•Volunteers are picked up from the Nepal International Airport in Kathmandu by the manager or a representative of work in a volunteer program our organization
• Those volunteers who will already be in Kathmandu will be met by a staff member at a decided meeting point
Orientation Week in Kathmandu and Language:
All volunteers are provided with an orientation by our manager covering topics such as Safety and Security, Transportation, Nepali Language, Nepali Local Culture 2 day guided city tour around Kathmandu Valley too. All the activities which will be done during the period of stay.
Accommodation is provided at supervision while you work in a volunteer program. You will stay either our own orphanage Home or You will stay either with a host family, in a project hostel or in a Home Stay with Nepali Family’s. In the Home Stay, which provides an authentic local Nepali family environment? Volunteers are provided with their own room and bathroom which is usually shared with other volunteers though a private room can be provided by previous arrangement. Staying with a host family will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to experience Nepali lifestyle and live with a warm and welcoming family. You can even learn to cook Nepali food. While volunteering, our staffs will visit you every two weeks. During the visit, we will check on your progress and make sure you are satisfied and happy.
Volunteers are provided with two meals a day and a mid-day snack sourced from local ingredients. Meals are served at the orphanage home or Home stay and include rice, curry and vegetables (a traditional Nepali dish known as (Dal,Bhat, Tarkali and Achar).
The project placements are located in all over Nepal according to your interest and chosen program. Mainly Kathmandu, Solukhumbu, Dhading, Chitwan, Pokhara, Kavre and Other destinations . Most of the volunteer placements are located within 2-4 km. from their accommodation and volunteers use local transportation such as mini bus or taxis for their commuting.
24 hours support is provided by our staff members. Once you arrive in the country you will be provided with the contact details of our local coordinator who you will be able to contact at anytime during your stay.
After we receive full and final payment, all participants are provided with a pre-departure information booklet by e-mail which will contain all the vital information about your program such as details of the country, project location, Visa requirements, Immunization requirements, details of accommodation, contact information and a suggestion of things to pack.
Program Fees Expenses:
Friendship Society Nepal strives to keep costs low while providing you with a professional service to fully prepare you for volunteering in Nepal. Compare our prices and services to other organizations.
Length of program
Program Fee $USD
What you are paying for?
The program fee is used to provide both a professional and welcoming volunteer service program and at helps fund work at helps fund work the orphanage and the Friendship Society Nepal sponsor program for underprivileged children in the community.
Services included in program fee
• Pickup from the airport, transport to your placement.
• Food during placement with a host family / hostel- Nepali standard 2 to 3 meals a day.
• Provisions for the children at our orphanage.
• Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
• Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information.
• 24 hrs Assistance and support from Friendship Society Nepal Staff.
• NGO government tax.
• Free wireless internet at our office and Orphanage Home in Kathmandu and home stay
What is not included?
Apart from the fees, other costs that are to be met by the volunteers are:
• Airfare / travel to Nepal
• Visa and Visa extension fee (Visa (tourist) fee in US$: for 15 days, US$25 for 30 days US$40 for 90 days US$100 Per additional day:- US$2 fine maximum 90 day per year)
• Airport taxes (arrival and departure tax)
• Local Transportation
• Any personal expenses
• Any other Donations
Volunteering in Nepal can be a very fulfilling experience. You immerse yourself in the local culture which is laid back, rich in philosophy and art, and is very friendly and tolerant towards other cultures. This will lead to a very rich learning experience.
We combine the volunteer period with tailored soft adventure activities that Nepal offers like hikes, culture tours, wildlife viewing, mountain biking, rafting, trekking etc. so that the trip is complete. These can vary in length and activity depending on interests, budgets and time available.
Placements can be varied and given time, will be tailored to every field of interest. As we are based in the country, we will communicate extensively between you and the point of placement in order to tailor the placement so that it is the best fit for the organization as well as yourself.
Combining volunteer work with travel is the best way to see this country. A typical package will involve a short culture tour of the city to acquaint you with the place and the culture. Thereafter, you start on your volunteer placement in earnest (which will be tailored to your interests and will involve you staying at a guesthouse or a home stay) and will include language classes to enhance your basic Nepali skills.
The process is simple. Just fill in the short form that has also been sent to you with your details aimed at finding out what your skill levels and interests are, so that we can use the information to customize the placement for a perfect fit. This is crucial as with experience, you learn that volunteering can be sometimes not mutually beneficial and hence, customizing is very important.
We will then come back to you with a suggested placement fitting with your interests, and make a full package recommendation and cost based on your requirements.
Areas of volunteering
The areas are numerous and placements can be found for virtually any area of interest.
General areas of volunteering in Nepal are teaching (English, science, mathematics) and helping in orphanages, and other service oriented NGO's.
Most of these Non-Governmental Organizations are looking for volunteers who can revamp websites, write brochures, photo-document, improve fund raising skills etc. Openings are also always there for areas such as like psycho counseling, physiotherapy, nursing and other specialized medical skills. Private sector organizations take in interns, designers, marketing specialists, business planners, personnel managers, finance managers, and IT personnel. At the same time, placement can also be found for skill areas as varied as town planning, pest control, gardening etc.
Most placements take place in and around the capital Kathmandu, with some specific placements taking place in trekking areas and in other towns and villages of Nepal.
The period of volunteering depends entirely on the custom work which will be determined through extensive communication between organization and the volunteer. General periods start at a minimum of one week to three months. This is an entirely self paid volunteering opportunity. The placement charges cover the placement tailoring, collection from airport, country and organizational briefing (includes information on culture, language etc) welcome dinner and one introductory city tour.
Stay can be arranged in home-stays or hotel stays depending on cultural immersion interests and budgets.
The rest of the Holiday experience
Once you are done with the volunteer placement, we then recommend that you reward yourself with a well earned holiday in Nepal.
Nepal is famous for its trekking, which can be done from as small as a two day hike up to over 30 days of trekking into high altitudes in the Himalayas. Standard hikes/treks cost USD 40 day, except in areas like the Everest Region where the cost is USD 45 per day (guide, porters, meals, stay, and permit) not including transportation.
Rafting and Kayaking are the most popular action sports, with Nepal boasting some of the top rivers in the world for white water. Trips last between a days splash to a twelve day expedition, costing USD 40 a day, all inclusive
A trip to the Jungles of Chitwan is considered one of the most popular leisure activities in Nepal, with standard two night packages costing USD 180.- including an elephant safari, meals, stay in a resort, culture walks and other jungle activities.
Mountain Biking is an excellent way to explore Nepal, as you pedal through the myriad trails that Nepal offers. These trips cost USD 55 a day all inclusive and last from a day to 24 days of expedition biking right to Mt. Kailash in Tibet.
For the more adventurous, Nepal has incredible opportunities for Canyoning (USD 50 per day), has the second highest Bungee in the world (USD 70), is the second best location in the world for paragliding (USD 75 tandems).
Whatever activity you choose, it will be an excellent way to end a memorable trip to Nepal, full of exposure and complete fun
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