Global Prep — 2018
Application deadline: February 1, 2018
If your ideal vacation involves challenging yourself and helping others, then this program could be right for you. By spending two weeks volunteering in scenic Nepal, you can make a genuine difference in the world. You’ll have the chance to learn about Nepali culture as you build educational facilities or assist refugees from Tibet. Along with a group of dedicated international volunteers, you’ll grow close with members of the community and take part in efforts to provide essential resources to people in need. At the end of your two week adventure, you’re bound to return home with stunning photos, life-long friendships, and new cultural insights.
Your journey will begin in New York City, where you’ll meet the other members of your group. Then you’ll fly together with your group leader to Kathmandu, Nepal. You’ll be welcomed at the airport by local staff or volunteers, and then brought to a hostel in nearby Thamel for a traditional meal and orientation activity. The following day you’ll make your way to Pokhara and settle into your new home for the next couple of weeks. As you adjust to your surroundings, be sure to try some delicious local food like momo (dumplings)!
During your time in Nepal, you’ll help make an impact in local communities while gaining international volunteer experience. Your work could include building tanks for drinking water, renovating schools, or improving sanitation facilities. Or you and your group could help provide resources to Tibetan refugees crossing through Nepal on their way to India. You’ll be broken up into groups according to task, and each group will set specific goals to meet over the course of the program. No matter what you do, you’ll be taking essential steps to improve people’s lives and help bring about a healthier, happier community.
For two weeks, you’ll live and work alongside international volunteers committed to making a difference in the world. You’ll stay in a shared same-sex bedroom with access to shared bathroom facilities. The conditions will be rustic, but you’ll get to really appreciate the beautiful natural landscape.
In addition to your volunteer project, you’ll also have the chance to explore the temples, mountains, and rivers of Pokhara. You’ll visit small towns and villages like Chisapani, which is home to a charming Buddhist monastery. Your recreational activities may include hiking along a trail in the Annapurna mountain range (home of some of the tallest peaks in the world!) and taking in the spectacular views. You can also expect to do some souvenir shopping as you visit bustling markets and bazaars. Best of all, your two weeks abroad will offer you the opportunity to meet locals and learn first-hand about Nepali culture.
"Life-changing" is hard to describe, yet it’s nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience abroad.
"Transformed" is another one. When you return home, if you’re like most AFSers, you’ll bring with you a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. You’ll have gained maturity and independence, discovered new passions, and feel like you can do anything you set your mind to. That transformation isn’t visible only to you, though - others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for college and careers, ranging from language fluency to intercultural competence and critical reasoning. "Life-changing" means it’s only the beginning.
Please Note: Travel date ranges are meant to help with general scheduling and are subject to change; please don’t book any travel based on these dates until you’ve received confirmation from AFS. All programs, prices, and travel dates are subject to change without notice.