Nepal Volunteering Program, November 5th - November 25th
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.
Dates: November 5th - November 25th, 2017
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
Your accommodation is conveniently located on-site, in simple and basic dorm style rooms. Meals are prepared daily using, locally sourced, sustainable foods.
$2,894 per student
Please note, a $500 deposit is due 2 weeks after you have been issued a “Program Offer” letter.
Final Payment is due 60 days prior to program start date.
Please note program deposits are non-refundable.
- Accommodation: dorm-style at project site, plus 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
- Personal Expenses
- Additional Activities
Participation in volunteering programs is open to all undergraduate students. Preference will be given to students doing the program for credit.
The following units are on offer:
MWL201 - Community Based Volunteering
APE201 - Individual Professional Project
Domestic students undertaking the program for credit may be eligible to apply for an OS-Help Loan to help fund their participation in the program. The purpose of OS-Help is to assist students with a range of expenses such as airfares and program costs. For more information click here
. Please note OS-Help Loans can take up to four weeks to process and payment deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.
- Click on Apply Now, complete personal details and questionnaire
- Once you complete your application (including your personal statement with a minimum of 250 words), Deakin Abroad will contact you with the next steps
- You have to book a meeting with your course advisor to find out if you have room within your degree to take this program for credit.
- Once approved, we will forward your application to CIS Australia who will assess your application
- Once accepted by CIS Australia, we will contact you with the next steps.
Please note we are accepting rolling admissions with limited places on this program. The students who can provide course advisor approval first, will be accepted to the program first.
IMPORTANT TRAVEL GRANT INFORMATION FOR DEAKIN BUSINESS SCHOOL STUDENTS - $1000
- You must apply to Study Abroad after Feb 2017 and be participating in T1, T2 or T3 (2017).
- You must be enrolled in a Deakin unit and studying a Deakin Business School (DBS) degree (or a double degree with Business) in order to receive these funds.
- If you withdraw from your Study Abroad program you will be required to return these funds to Deakin University.
- If you have received any other funding from Deakin for your Study Abroad (not including OS-Help) you may not be eligible – please contact email@example.com to confirm.
- Grants are limited and are on a first-in, first-served basis.
**Successful applicants will receive 30 points towards their Global Citizenship Program