** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments
Preference will be given to students undertaking the program for academic credit.
Nepal Volunteering Program
This is a true immersion experience; it’s your opportunity to experience the “real” Nepal.
In partnership with CISAustralia, Deakin are again offering this program in one of the most stunning destinations on our planet.
As a volunteer you’ll live and work in a rural community and immerse yourself in the local culture. Nepal has a large rural and agricultural society, with 85% of the population residing in small villages and working on family farms. Located 35km from the capital city of Kathmandu, the project team manages a women's farm cooperative Her Farm, which also provides English classes to local children in the mornings and a medical clinic, as the surrounding village is a considerable hike from the nearest town.
During your placement you will be living on the farm and contributing to the daily functions, maintenance and improvement of the environment. There are painting, restructuring, planting and education projects to take part in, along with others. The farm is a dynamic and engaging community, originally established to provide a safe place for Nepalese females to work and provide a means to support their families all the while developing their confidence, strength and independence. On this project, you will have the privilege to work alongside these inspirational young women and learn about the realities of gender roles in Nepal, while being part of a truly progressive project within its culture.
Farming isn’t easy work by any means, but it is satisfying, rewarding and essential for the survival of the local community. By rolling up your sleeves and volunteering your time and effort, you can help local women to create a sustainable future for themselves and for their children.
Project Activities: Farm/ Community work, teaching, creative activities with children and NGO assistance
Fitness Level: high level of fitness required for physical manual work
Working Hours: 6-8 hours per day, 5 days a week
Location: Dhading District, Nepal near Kathmandu
Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator and project leaders
Dates: October 28th - November 17th 2018
Kathmandu is the captial city of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. It is the largest metropolis in Nepal, with a population of 1.5 million in the city proper. Situated at an elevation of approx. 1,400 metres above sea level.
The city was the royal capital of the Kingdom of Nepal and has an abundance of palaces and mansions.
The average summer temperature varies from 28 to 30 °C . The average winter temperature is 10.1 °C.
Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked central Himalayan country in South Asia.
The population of Nepal exceeds 26.62 million and comprised of about a 101 ethnic groups speaking over 92 languages. The Nepalese capital is Kathmandu.
Did you know:
The Nepal flag is the only national flag that is not quadrilateral in shape.
Namaste is the standard greeting in Nepal. Translates to; "I salute the God in you"
Participation in volunteering programs is open to all undergraduate students. Preference will be given to students doing the program for credit.
The following approved units are on offer: MWL201 - Community Based Volunteering APE201 - Individual Professional Project
Please note, a $500 deposit is due for payment to CIS Australia, 2 weeks after you have been issued their “Program Offer” letter.
Final Payment is due 60 days prior to program start date.
Please note program deposits are non-refundable.
The Program fee includes:
Accommodation: Your accommodation is conveniently located on-site, in simple and basic dorm style rooms. Meals are prepared daily using, locally sourced, sustainable foods. 1 night’s accommodation on arrival in the volunteer house in Kathmandu.
Food: three meals per day on the farm
Airport pick up and drop off
Bus transport to rural placement from Kathmandu
Training: pre-departure pack and call, on-site orientation and project induction provided
Support: 24hour support
Excursion planning: Staff will help organise trips and activities for your spare time, as requested (certain activities may cost extra)
Certificate of completion
Deakin Travel Insurance for duration of program plus 10 leisure days
The Program fee does not include:
OS- HELP loan
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt and can be up to $6,665.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help
Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas as long you have a full time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy
CISaustralia is dedicated to providing Australians (and international students based in Australia) innovative, high quality overseas study, intern and volunteer experiences while promoting global awareness, inspiring personal growth and developing engaged world citizens.