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Arupokhari School Volunteer Program (ASVP)

Arupokhari School Volunteer Program (ASVP)

15 Days
  • Trip Detail at-a-Glance

  • Moderate

    Paths can be rough, steep and have many ups and downs with some exposure to altitude. Early in the season expect snow patches at higher altitudes. Good health conditions and level of fitness are essential. Generally we attain the altitude between 900m to 3,000m.

    Moderate

  • Trip Code: ATH290
  • Best Season: Janaury to June, September to December.
  • Country Visited: Nepal
  • Trip Start: Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends: Kathmandu
  • Destination: Gorkha/Arupokhari
  • Trip Style: Remote Village stay/camp
  • Activity: Volunteering/Day Hike
  • Group Size: Min. 1 pax pax
  • Activity Per Day: Approximately 3-4 hrs teaching per day and recreational activities such as hiking, visits to the temple and witch-doctor etc.
  • Trip Category: Volunteering Program
  • Trip Highlight

    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu’s most popular and important cultural heritage
    • Scenic road drive
    • Combines philanthropy and adventure in a remote village where not many venture into.
    • A unique opportunity for volunteers to live and work in remote Nepal.
    • Enough opportunities to witness the traditional lifestyle and culture of the common Nepalese people.
    • Fishing in the Budi Gandaki and oter Stull Rivers
    • Hike to the neighboring villages, or to the nearby hills to get a great glimpse of the sunrise and the sunset.

This trip combines philanthropy and adventure in a remote village where not many venture into. Arupokhari Volunteer Program (ASVP) is primarily designed to bring forth coordinated efforts of all the experts and interested individuals in different areas under one platform and thereon work towards achieving its common goal and mission. It provides a unique opportunity for volunteers to live and work in remote Nepal. In this volunteering program trip, an individual gets a chance to make a contribution for the sustainable development of Nepal especially in Gorkha.

A secluded village like Arupokhari is deprived of a sufficient number of qualified and educated individuals who could otherwise contribute significantly for the wellbeing of the community. Brain drain and a lack of opportunity for education has left the region bereft of the crucial human capital. Whether in the education, health or other technical sectors, the problem has become rampant. Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal have assessed the need of qualified volunteers to fill that gap.

The itinerary is very flexible and can be modified as required. You’ll get enough opportunities to witness the traditional lifestyle and culture of the common Nepalese people. You can indulge in farming methods, using bulls and other beasts of burden, during your free time. Besides the fun and mud in the field, you get a sense of how deprived the Nepalese farmers are of the modern technologies. Further, you could do some fishing in the Budi Gandaki and Stull Rivers, both of which are very popular among fishermen. Bathing in the rivers and rivulets as well as the spring water will be very relaxing. Maybe a hike to the neighboring villages, or to the nearby hills to get a great glimpse of the sunrise and the sunset. Nepal is culturally rich and in the pre-monsoon seasons, there will be multiple festivals held in the village and in the markets. These rituals are very lively, colorful and involve a lot of folk dancing and singing. There will be plenty to do in the village to experience a new way of life in this secluded region.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 01- Arrive at Tribhuvan International airport (1345meters). Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 02- Meeting in the Ace official, language tutoring and half day sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 03- Half-day guided sightseeing tour. Preparations for village departure. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 4- Early morning departure to Ratmaté (a small village of Arupokhari located in Gorkha district) on private 4WD SUV and trek for one hour to Bhairabi Primary School. Same day we will have initial meeting with local. 7 hours drive and 1.5 hours trek.
  • Day 5 to 12- Welcome Ceremony on day 05 and volunteer teaching activities. Overnight at local houses or volunteer house.
  • Day 13- Farewell Program and a day of reflection and exploration. Overnight at local houses or volunteer house.
  • Day 14- Trek to Arughat Bazar and drive back to Kathmandu, one hour trek and 7 hours drive. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 15- Transfer to the international airport for your final departure

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. 

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.


Important Note
Transportation in the region may not always be reliable because even in 4WD vehicles, stranded trucks and buses, car accidents, heavy rain and landslides may ground all vehicles for hours on end. You must always be prepared to trek to the destination (accompanied by our staff guides) during such unforeseen circumstances. In an event that the 4WD SUV cannot take you to the final destination, there will be no refund of the transportation cost incurred because the above will already be accounted for in advance. If trekking is necessary, you can be assured that the route trails through the most pristine and traditional villages, exposing you to the traditional Nepalese culture and lifestyle up-close. Manaslu and the Ganesh mountain ranges as well as parts of the Annapurna range are visible from the path, and will make the trek well worth it.


Culture Shock
The lifestyle and way of the people in these small villages are authentic displays of traditional culture in Nepal, with very little influence of westernization unlike the cities. Because of this, Volunteers should be aware that they may experience a little culture shock on their arrival.

  • Villagers speak louder and more aggressively than volunteers may be used to, although this is simply normal conversation.
  • Physical disciplining (such as hitting and using the strap) are common and old practice in Government schools, and although the Government is working on phasing this out, it will take some time.
  • Some traditional cultural practices involved animal cruelty. Animals are sacrificed in traditional Hindu festivals and in other cultural activities such as visits to the witch doctor.
  • Many people in the village smoke cigarettes.
  • Hygiene levels are often much lower in the villages, as local people have a much higher capacity for infection. It is helpful for volunteers to be aware of this when interacting with children and accepting food from villagers, so that they may reduce chances of getting sick.

What makes this trip different ?

Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal Foundation, a non-political and non-profit social organization. We contribute our support to the remote village of Arupokhari (Gorkha, Nepal) through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.

Donation
Ace the Himalaya donates a percentage of business profits to the foundation on a yearly basis, which supports the ongoing maintenance cost required for Bhairabi Primary school, a community-based school in Arupokhari (plus few other schools in the region).

Sponsorship
One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya.

Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in  Arupokhari village of Gorkha district, western Nepal.

For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org