Of all the places in the world to volunteer, I don't think you can find a better one than Nepal. Notice these benefits compared to other countries:
1. A tolerant populace.
2. The local people genuinely want to know you. Nepal has recently been added to the 'World's friendliest countries.
3. The government, including police, are kind to tourists.
4. Violent crime toward tourists is almost non-existant in most places in Nepal.
5. Nepal is one of the least expensive countries to travel to.
6. There is a genuine need just about anywhere you look for help. You should not pay a private company (or NGO) for a volunteer placement in Nepal. However, you should be prepared to pay from $5-10 per day for food.
7. The weather in the Kathmandu Valley, outside Kathmandu City, is mild and with fresh air. Chitwan makes an excellent volunteer experience in the winter time, otherwise, you'll need to worry about things like it being too hot and malaria other times of the year.
I highly recommend Nepal. I'd also like to let our readers know about our need for a computer person. It's been a difficult few years getting the agency off the ground and it didn't seem like I had done enough to help. Recently things have started to change and we are moving forward with some bigger plans.
Broadband has come to Changunarayan, which has created an opportunity for one digital nomad to come stay with us. We also have WIFI boosters so you can get a good signal throughout the building. It's been providing us with excellent service so far. The internet speed has been one of the biggest obstacles to having guests stay with us long term.
Star View Guest House is offering a free stay for someone traveling in Nepal with website design skills. We can provide a room with a shared bath at no charge and 1/2 price for your daily food/utility charges (half of $7 or 350 NRs.). If this is a hardship please let us know.
We are in need of someone to help us with our new website, http://WhatAboutNepal.org . This is a project I've been wanting to do for a long time. I wrote a book to help tourists coming to Nepal back a few years ago and haven't really published it properly. I just have it as an eBook. This project is to put the book up on a website that will help tourists with anything they want to know about Nepal. We are also developing another Nepali handcraft website.
The purpose of the websites is to not only inform people about the best reasons to visit Nepal, but to promote Nepali art and handcrafts. It will have the added value to be a source of funding for our projects. Presently, we use my share of http://TraditionalArtofNepal.com for administrative fees. Without this funding I wouldn't be able to have two college-educated workers working full time with me, etc.
Sujit has been my assistant for more than a year and has improved his computer skills immensely. What we need is someone to guide Sujit in the making of our Wordpress websites. We would ask for about 2 hours per day, 5 days a week, as needed as a consultant mostly. We are also in need of someone to teach the local, young people computer skills.
Sumary of offer:
Clean/serviced room, shared with one other volunteer if we get a full house.
Meals while you are at the guesthouse, prepared for you.
Cheese and eggs, fresh produce and coconut and olive oil
Hygeinic, aluminum-free kitchen
Use of guesthouse common areas
Our volunteers' experience generally is more like a home-stay than a guesthouse stay.
What we ask:
2 hours of computer work either working on the websites or working on your own project while you guide our simi-skilled staff to upload apps, SEO site, install and arrange buttons, etc.
What we would really love in addition, but not required:
2-3 hours teaching simple Wordpress web design to local young peopl and help to create an outsourcing workspace for young people in our village who may not have been able to go to college.
Whether you come to Changunarayan and help with one of the projects here or not, I hope you'll consider one of the secular, humanitarian, agencies helping the people of Nepal.
Note: We do not support the orphanage industry, nor the begging industry, nor the exploitation of the Nepali people through sweatshops.