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FAQs

 

Where do I stay during the training period?

When the volunteers arrive, they will be staying in a hotel at Kathmandu and then to go to their placement.

Who will do the language & culture training?

Our staff have got 5 years of Nepali language teaching experience. All of our staff had worked with international organizations before.

Transport to and from the village placement to Kathmandu - what transport will be used? Is this every day?

To go to the placement for safety reasons we use tourist buses on the highway, but in the local areas, we use local buses. Please do not expect a car or ac or four-wheel drive...

Accommodation and main meals during the training period and placement - what meals will be included per day? What meals won't be included?

In Kathmandu during the training period, we will provide different Nepali food to help adapt to the change in diet. Ex: Newari food, dal/roti, dal/bhat, and in the

Village with the host family the normal food is dal bhat two times a day and two cups of tea and a snack in the afternoon.

Supervision by PVN staff to placement and volunteer - how will volunteers get in contact with staff?

Our staff will travel to the volunteer in the placements and also make regular phone calls from the office. Any time via phone they can contact any of our staff.

All of our placements are 10 minutes walkable distance to a phone place and some of our host families also have a phone at the house.

What can I do?

teaching in a local school: - Chitwan, Kathmandu, Pokhara

teaching in the monastery and learning Buddhism - Kathmandu, and Pokhara

teaching at orphanage homes - Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan

working at the health post or hospital - Chitwan, Pokhara and Kathmandu

cultural exchange program - (to PVN Nepal ) - Kathmandu + Chitwan + Pokhara ,lamjung

Where do I live during these projects?

All the volunteers live with the host family but a hotel can also be arranged upon the volunteer's request but the cost for the hotel needs to paid by volunteers.

 

What will I be doing on a typical day?

In a typical placement, volunteers stay in a family where they eat Nepali food with the family twice a day (around 9 o' clock in the morning and 7 o' clock in the evening). Tea is served in the morning and in the afternoon. Volunteers will be working between 3 to 5 hours in a day on the projects. The rest of the time volunteers are free to do more sightseeing or have the opportunity to get together with other volunteers and share their experiences. You will be able to travel to nearby towns to purchase things for daily use and could travel to other areas on longer vacation periods.

Will an English speaking guide be available for me for the time I am in Nepal?

We have a local co-coordinator to support our volunteers in their projects. Our co-coordinator has good English to assist to our volunteer's needs. Our staff will be visiting our volunteers once in two weeks with regular phone calls from the office. If you bring your mobile, we will provide you with a sim-card which helps us to contact you any time we want.

What can I do in my free time?

In free time we can organize, trekking, rafting, jungle safari, mountain flight and other sightseeing programs. In the village our co-coordinator can arrange (but this is not cover the program fee) activities like attending Nepali marriage ceremonies, festivals, visiting off the beaten track places, participating in a village development projects, painting temples, plantation, making the green garden etc.. It all depends how busy the volunteers want to be.

Two phone calls in a week - is this you phoning the volunteers or our volunteers using the phone?

We give phone calls to volunteers two times a week, and if more is needed they can phone us any time, they just need to give us a missed call at the office or our cell phone and we can call them back immediately. We can also provide cell phone sim-card to volunteers if they want and have a mobile phone.

Chitwan national park visit for - elephant ride to see the one-horned rhinoceros and royal Bengal tiger, canoeing, elephant baby centre, Tharu cultural dance, Tharu village tour, jungle walk etc.

- are these all included in the cost you have given on the site?

No, it does not it includes but we can arrange for volunteer price.

What will volunteers need to bring as spending money? What are the extra costs volunteers will incur?

In the placement you need money to go to the city and make phone calls and use the internet and maybe buy any western food or drink they need, 15 pounds extra each week, will be more than enough.

Do volunteers accommodation with the host family have a flush toilet?

Not many of the families have a flushing toilet, it is a simple toilet. But we will inform the family to make it nice and clean.

Volunteers need to learn to use water. If they use paper then it needs to be collected in a plastic bag and burnt later on every week in the night time. We will inform all of these things during the cultural training sessions.

Can I please have an outline of the orientation? What is covered day by day etc?

2 hours Nepali language lesson

1-hour cultural information/gender issues in Nepal

1 hour - talk about the placement and family issues / teaching English

3 hours sightseeing

Are any meals not included?

If volunteers eat out of our program. For example today they have a Newari food program and if they say they would rather go somewhere else by themselves we do not pay for it.

How do I meet my host families?

Our staff will take you to the placement and stay there one night with volunteers until they are introduced to the family and the project people. We will be very

Careful in this regards. This is the main concern for volunteers. But we will help them and make sure that our volunteers are ok before we leave them.

What supervision do volunteers have whilst on the program?

We keep in touch with volunteers and find out if there is any problem with the teaching or with the host family. We go and assist our volunteers whenever they need us.

Are there any extra costs that we should be aware of?

Yes, there are a few extra costs and I think we have already answered it. Actually, if the volunteers take 100 pounds extra then it will cover all the extra expenses but it also depends on the volunteers. Visas: first two months 30 us$ and each month another that is an additional 30 us$. Airport tax is 30 Euros on leaving the country.

Can volunteers choose their volunteer placement? Are they guaranteed to get it?

We definitely prefer to select the placement according to our volunteer's needs and interests but at the same time, we need to make a balance for our host families and the projects. We make sure that our volunteers are happy with the placements that they are going on.

Are there any special requirements volunteers should have? Qualifications etc?

Yes, if the volunteer who wants to teach English, if they have a good bit of knowledge of grammar this would be nice. Likewise, if the volunteers want to join the orphanage home program than if they have some experience working with children, or dancing skills, or painting, or drawing skills this would be great. For the health and sanitation program or health post program, if the volunteers have some knowledge of medicine and are maybe medical students this would be perfect.

What is the cultural exchange?

Actually, all the programs are a kind of cultural exchange. However the cultural exchange programs, volunteers will be staying in two different placements with host families and doing more sightseeing. We will take them to visit a lot of cultural festivals.

What will volunteers do in the medical placement?

It depends on their experience.

If the volunteers are medical students then they will have a lot of opportunities to learn and see a different countries health association, if the volunteers have some experience with medicine than they can work at the health post or attend the health camps. We will also arrange a few days placement at the orphanage homes to check up the children and provide any treatment necessary as long as they have previous medical experience.

Which season is the best to arrive in Nepal?

Any time of the year is a fabulous season in Nepal. However, it is important to know that monsoon season (early or late June/July) may vary on the degree of rain that may sometimes create a problem for hiking trekking &travel around Nepal.

How do I know that I have been in the right organization?

Depending on your flight information, the organization staffs or representatives will be waiting to receive you in the airport. You will be organized properly once you arrived.

What happens if I decide to return home before the placement is completed?

As volunteers know that they are required to pay before commence of their training program. Terms and condition apply. Pvn- Nepal does not have the policy to refund program fees. However, if due to unavoidable circumstances, for instance, serious illness or family grief, PVN- Nepal will consider a refund of 25% of the host family costs if they are registered for more than 30 days.

Can I change my volunteer placement if I get dissatisfied?

It may possible if the reason is authentic. However, the terms and conditions apply.

How do I communicate with people?

There is a number of ways to communicate with people such as e-mail, telephone, and post office. The cyber facility is the most adventitious and convenient in many places in Nepal, especially for email, chat and telephone. However, you can make your life easy by using a cell phone as well. Pvn staff will guide you which sim card is cost effective.

What are the living conditions of my placement?

The living conditions can vary a great deal according to where you are placed in Nepal. You will generally be placed in a host family. These homes may belong to teachers or have students at the school where you are volunteering. Most of the family members educated and you will be well respected in the family as well as the community. If you are volunteering in one of our orphans home /monastery placements you may stay in the orphans/monastery with the children and staffs. You will have your own room and can enjoy your meals with children.

What kind of volunteers does work with PVN-NEPAL?

There is no specific skill & knowledge required for you to join in PVN program. As PVN- Nepal is working with universities, colleges, organizations, clubs, medical groups, youth groups and individuals we will provide you with an appropriate training for your interest program. However, your experience in teaching, health worker or environmental project can be more adventitious for you..

What should I bring for myself?

You are advised to have a very light journey as many things are available in Kathmandu at a cheaper price than in your country. However, if you already have those things which are essential for travellers and can bring, we would suggest you save money.

 

Is there any specific medical treatment provided to volunteers in Nepal?

In fact, we do have some immunization program running by the government such as tetanus; diphtheria; polio; hepatitis a & b; typhoid; rabies; tuberculosis; malaria. We would advise you to consult your doctor if any of you need to immunize prior to coming to Nepal.

 

Our commitment:

PVN NEPAL Volunteering program Customized program our special focus lies on the benefit of the people of Nepal. Therefore we will:

hire well trusted and personally known local staff and companies for our programs.

pay them fare prizes and wages and create effective employment.

take care of the environment as much as possible.

carefully select the schools, orphanages and communities for our programs to make sure that a real benefit for both sides is given.

use the profits from our programs for carefully selected projects within the network of our organization.

give as much room as possible for real cultural exchange and learning from each other.

 

 

Hope all is well and you are excited to come to Nepal. Here are some trips. Once you are at the airport, for the Visa form, please mention you are on a holiday. After the Visa, you will come out from arrival

 

long and we will be holding a nameplate written – PVN-NEPAL and your name on it. If you could not see it or we are late somehow or your flight landed earlier, please contact to us, or go to the ATM
and Cafe shop and make a call to us from a local phone. Do not let anyone touch your baggies. Please make a phone call from a Local phone, not from your Country phone. You can easily connection free wifi at the airport

 

A warm welcome to PVN Nepal and thank-you for choosing our program.  By now you will have had a wealth of information made available to you from the organization including various links on our website, our A-Z advice document, and other documents about what to expect with PVN NEPAL and in Nepal.

However, to make absolutely sure you are comfortable and have answers to your questions or concerns, some of our former volunteers have put together this information pack to help you feel more comfortable and fill any gaps from the organization's point of view.  The topics are chosen because they reflect what seem to be the main ones that spring to mind on arrival.  Hopefully, some of it will help you settle in!


Placement Location

Most of us will come to Nepal with some pre-conceived ideas about how things will be in the country and in your placement.  Many volunteers admit that they expected to be in the most rural of placements with no
amenities and working with the absolute poorest people.  Unfortunately, things are not so simple in Nepal and there are some important circumstances that may limit the location of your placement.  Firstly,
Nepal’s political system is fairly corrupt and filled with bureaucracy, which often means it is difficult to get approval and/or access to certain parts of the country.  Second, the security situation, while not at all aimed at foreign guests, has to be given serious consideration.  This also limits where and who you can access.
 Lastly, through experience, the staff knows that most foreigners will become sick at some point and need assistance and may not cope well in an area with little modern medical access.


Culture

If this is your first foray into Asia you will experience culture shock immediately.  The different environment and way of life is something you can’t really be informed about.  Some of us can be
warned about cultural and environmental differences many times yet still be overawed by them.  There are many differences, too many to describe here, so the best advice is to do some research before coming
and come with an open mind.


Getting Around

making your way around Kathmandu can be confusing.  It is a very congested city and not particularly well planned.  But don’t worry. People are friendly and will help you if they can.  Plus, PVN-NEPAL staff can help give you directions to various places, or you can buy a map of Kathmandu in Thamel (the tourist area).   and
they can also provide you with written directions in Nepali which you can show taxi drivers.  It is also important to keep a copy of all the phone numbers we’ve given you – just in case!

Pvn Nepal Office :   Tel: 4418731:

Saroj  Cell: 9851148519

Prince: 9851197051

Tours and Holidaying

Many volunteers arrive in Nepal for only a month with plans to do some sightseeing.  It’s your trip and ultimately you will decide what you want to do with your time. If you know you won't do other things be
upfront and clear about what and when.  If you change your mind during your placement, send us an email so that we know when to expect you back in Kathmandu and so that we can organize another volunteer at
your placement.  Furthermore, PVN –Saroj can help organize any activities you may want to do. Please talk to Saroj at the beginning so he can make a perfect plan for you. But remember that if you booked your place for two weeks and you want to do some days Tourist activities during your two weeks, you can't cut these days from your two weeks volunteering.. so if you can make your flights few days after two weeks will be good.


Nepali Lessons

You will be given a number of Nepali language lessons depending on the length of your stay.  The format of the lessons will depend on the availability of certain teachers and the number of volunteers being
taught.  If you arrive alone, there’s every chance you will receive one on one lessons with a Nepali.  Consider this a privilege rather than intimidating.  But if you do find that it is difficult to concentrate with so much attention just ask for more breaks.  Jet Lag and environmental changes will also affect your concentration so while it is important to get through the program in the short time you might have, make it clear that you need time to digest what is being taught and take a break if you need it.


Touts

Touts are prevalent in Thamel but you may come across them in other places.  They seem to want to sell you everything they own.  They can be a little pushy at times but most of them are friendly and just
trying to make some money.  Nepali people are generally honest and away from Thamel, anyone who approaches you to talk will just want to talk and be friendly.  With a firm but friendly ‘I’m not interested’
the tout’s interest will soon waver and they’ll move onto the next tourist.


Animals

There are a couple of things to know about animals in Nepal.  Firstly, the cow is a sacred animal and revered by Nepalese so you should not harm and avoid touching a cow.  In fact, killing a cow in Nepal can
land a person in jail!
Generally, most farm animals are considered working commodities and are fairly firmly treated.  Other animals have been raised specifically for food stocks and while in a rural placement you may come across an animal being butchered for food.  This may shock some but it does not shock the locals.  It’s part of their lifestyle.  If this offends you it is best to just be elsewhere for that time. Dogs in Kathmandu deserve a mention also.  During the day their dogs are very lazy and do not bother people.  At night, however, dogs rule, and you should exercise caution during this time.  The Nepalese will throw rocks at them and shout loudly if they fight each other or are acting aggressively to people.  You can do so as well if you feel
comfortable.  Otherwise, consider walking in groups or taking a cab.


Social Etiquette

The Nepalese have a different expectation when it comes to what is
considered rude and acceptable in public.  Spitting tops most
foreigners list, with Nepalese people (men and women) loudly and
laboriously clearing their throat then spitting any conjured phlegm
onto the road.  It is ingrained so you can only try to get used to it!
 Nose picking in public is common, often accompanied by a detailed
inspection of the result.  Men stopping to urinate in view of others
is also common.  Socially, Nepalese will often ask very forward
questions that might catch you by surprise such as; ‘How much money do
you have in your bank account?’ or ‘Why aren’t you married yet, do you
have something wrong with you?’  There are other differences and if
you find yourself wondering what someone is doing don’t be afraid to
ask another volunteer or the staff.


Traffic

There’s only one way to describe Nepali traffic - organized chaos.  I
say this because although no one adheres to rules (if rules even
exist), people still seem to get around without too many traffic
accidents.  It seems animals have right of way then traffic operates
on a ‘biggest goes first’ scheme.  The important things to know is
that everyone will stop, avoid or slow to prevent a collision.  Try to
walk at a constant pace without any abrupt movements.  Don’t make last
second decisions.


Noise

When you first arrive you will undoubtedly notice how noisy the place
is.   Kathmandu is in a constant state of construction with seemingly
no noise pollution laws.  If one dog barks at night it seems to set
off the whole valley.  Bus and car drivers seem unable to resist
leaning uninterrupted on their horns.  It can all be a bit much,
especially with jetlag.  Some suggest earplugs get by ‘cause it is
hard to get used to!


Waste Disposal

Nepal, like other Asian countries, has a major problem with waste
disposal.  It is clear to the foreign visitor almost immediately from
the amount of rubbish and waste lining the roadways.  For many, it is a
shocking state of affairs but the locals are used to it.  Although it
doesn’t appear to be a priority here, please consider treating rubbish
here the same as you would at home.