Your work can be divided into three main categories:
You’ll participate in several of our wildlife research programmes throughout your stay. Through these initiatives, we’re able to monitor the population of different wild animals in the area. This enables us to keep an eye on the balance of ecosystems, and create a strong database to use when creating conservation strategies. We do this through:
- Bird surveys and inventory
- Butterfly surveys and inventory
- Reptile and amphibian studies
- Remote sensor camera surveys
- Indicator species surveys
- Assembly and monitoring of camera traps
It’s likely that you’ll participate in the Rhododendron Regeneration Survey during your time in Nepal. The aim of the study is to discover whether the Annapurna area is home to the largest rhododendron forest in the world. You’ll help by measuring trees and recording data.
Raise awareness about the need to protect the environment
Raising awareness in local communities is part of our ongoing conservation work in Nepal. You’ll help with this by running workshops and events in the community. During these workshops, you’ll teach local people about their surrounding natural environment and the importance of preserving it. You’ll also discuss recycling, and how litter and pollution harm the environment. We also do regular rubbish clean-ups.
Himalayan Mountain Conservation Project Partners
In Nepal, we work with the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) at our Conservation Project.
ACAP is a government organisation that works to preserve and enhance biodiversity in the area. We are helping them create baseline data that show the need for conservation strategies. We then assist them with implementing these strategies successfully. ACAP also uses this data to measure the progress of the region, and the impact of our joint efforts.
Where will I be working?
You will live and work in Ghandruk. This picturesque rural village is located in the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal. Ghandruk is home to truly spectacular views of the Himalayan mountains as well as plenty of friendly people. You will stay at a guesthouse.
Pokhara, one of the largest cities in Nepal, is the closest city. Simultaneously vibrant and laid-back, Pokhara is home to plenty of attractions and restaurants, making it an ideal weekend getaway spot.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
When you think of Nepal, the first thing that comes to mind is the majestic Himalayan Mountain Range. This is just one example of the country’s extraordinary natural beauty. Combined with rich cultures, this makes it a unique country to volunteer in and explore.
There are a whole host of ways you can explore the stunning and incredibly varied landscapes of Nepal. You can drive off-road through Chitwan National Park, go biking through Kathmandu Valley, or trek in the foothills of Annapurna.
In the evenings and over weekends, it’s worth taking some time to see the sights in Kathmandu. This includes Durbar Square, where you can stand in the midst of an ancient palace. The towering spectacle of the Boudhanath Stupa is also a must-see.
Nepal is one of our most popular destinations, so there will be many other volunteers in the country with you during your trip. This gives you the freedom to spend your leisure time either exploring alone or in a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Nepal
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