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    Placement

    Volunteer Venture Nepal has selected the following underdeveloped, though beautiful working place, volunteers can choose one of these locations. 

    Pokhara
    It is Tourism capital of Nepal. It is 200km west from Kathmandu city. Our head office also located in Pokhara. It is renowned for being one of the most beautiful areas of Nepal with its stunning mountain range and many gorgeous lakes. Kaski district is a strange mix of both urban and rural communities. On the one hand it is the district and regional headquarter town of pokhara. On the other hand, not far from pokhara, many of the villages are extremely remote and underdeveloped 

    Pokhara is in Mid-Western part of Nepal which is about 200km west of Kathmandu and can be reached in 5 hours by bus. It is a good tourist destination where you can enjoy the beautiful Annapurna Range and close look of Fish Tail Mountain. Pokhara itself lies on the banks of Lake Phewa, a huge, beautiful lake. Your placement can be in School, Social Work, Environment. Pokhara starting point for major trekking routes such as the Annapurna Circuit, Sanctuary and Jomsom treks, a number of short day treks in the surrounding hills may be taken. 

    Pokhara is situated on the edge of the Pokhara Valley which is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in Nepal. Here the Seti River has dug incredible canyons in the floor of the Seti Gandaki Valley. Most of these canyons are only visible from higher viewpoints but they are stunning to behold. If you wish to see what they look like, getting a little higher off the ground shouldn't be too difficult. The mountains here rise from 1000 m to over 8000 m over the short distance of only 30 kilometers. This astonishing fact makes them one of a kind! The Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu ranges can all be seen from Pokhara and make for a stunning backdrop. There is a fantastic waterfall known as David’s Falls where the water from nearby Phewa Lake thunders into a large hole and disappears mysteriously.

    Summers in Pokhara are relatively hot and winters are mild. The region is sub-tropical because of the elevation and this means you can expect lots of beautiful green shrubbery all year around. 

    Pokhara has changed much since the 1960’s. Back then it was a quiet little town which could only be reached by foot. Many considered it to be even more mystical than Kathmandu. The completion of the first road in 1968 soon brought a change to this. Tourism quickly became a major industry and the city grew rapidly. Though Pokhara is considerably bigger than it was only a few years ago, there are still a lot of green spaces which make the place feel peaceful and spacious. Most of the town’s traffic is made up of tourists traveling to the Annapurna Base Camp. 

    Since most of the city’s growth has occurred in recent years, Pokhara is relatively modern. However, the old center, known as Purano Bazaar, is quite interesting and reminiscent of days gone by as are the mule caravans which arrive regularly from Mustang. There are lots of temples to visit in the region and lots of hiking trails to do. The lakes are generally not very good for swimming though boating is popular. There are a great number of natural attractions in the area which are well worth visiting. 

    Many tourists enjoy Pokhara as it is not as cramped as Kathmandu, but it does not house as many cultural attractions as Nepal's capital. While it does have some great cultural sights, the focus tends more towards the many natural wonders around the city. Pokhara should definitely not be missed.


    Chitwan

    Chitwan is about 150km from Kathmandu city, which is very good destination for the tourist. Chitwan is in the middle of the Terrai, a vast, flat and fertile area that borders India and stretches right across Southern Nepal. Our projects are based around the small city of Narayangadh. Volunteers live with Nepali families in villages around Narayangadh and usually travel into the town to socialize with each other on weekends, eat western food and use facilities such as the internet which are unavailable in the home stay villages. Your placement can be in a school, hospital, Community forest, Community Adult Education and some type of social work.

    People in the Chitwan region are primarily Tharu although the area is much more multi cultural than most of Nepal as people continue to migrate to the area from all over the country. The Tharu traditional dance and songs are performed in resorts and lodge entertainment. The Tharu people are known for their farming skills, industrious nature and intelligence. Although they have a low income, the Tharu are mostly self sufficient due to their farming abilities.

    Chitwan's National Park is the main attraction in the region. This park is regarded as the best national park of Nepal, and is also the most developed one. Elephant Breeding Centre, Crocodile Farm are two other must see locations in the park.

    Main activities in Chitwan include Jungle Safari, Bird Watching and Boat Tour. Jungle Safari is the most popular one. You will journey into the deep forest riding on elephant back, you will witness the preserved natural assets of Nepal, birds, flora and fauna. World's one of the most endangered species, Bengal Tigers are found abundant in Nepal, many in Chitwan national park. If it's your day, you might see them too. The other major animal you will see is the one-horned rhinos whose famous place to live on earth is none other than Nepal. The park is also famous for bird watching, and boat tours. A walk to nearby villages is also a recommended thing to do.
    General Chitwan Information

    Accommodation
    Volunteers in the Chitwan area either home stay with traditional Nepali families or have their own room in their orphanage. The accommodation is typically Nepali and basic by Western standards, often with traditional Nepali toilets and showers and in many places electricity supply can be erratic.

    Due to the numbers of volunteers that have worked in Chitwan most of the families have lots of experience looking after volunteers and our volunteers will be very well looked after. Nepali people are extremely welcoming and you will treated like a member of their family. During your time in the house you will be encouraged to participate in activities around the home such as cooking, washing and generally caring for the house and family as if you where a member of the family. We believe this is best way to experience real Nepali life.

    Weather
    The Terrai is the lowest and therefore usually warmest part of Nepal, although like the rest of Nepal it has 2 main seasons, the dry season from October to May and the wet/monsoon season from June to September. The Terrai can get very hot especially between April and July when temperatures can rise above 35 degrees.

    Food
    The staple food for people in Nepal is "Dal Bhat" which most families will eat at least once a day and consists of rice (Bhat), lentil soup (dal) and vegetables in curry (Tarkari) and/or meat (Masu) and a small amount of pickle /sauce (Achar). This usually eaten without cutlery the right hand which can be extremely messy for those not used to it. Many younger Nepali's have started using cutlery though and this is also perfectly acceptable for volunteers if they don't like covering their hands (and possibly arms, clothes and faces) in curry. Other foods in the Terrai region tend to be very Indian influenced and based around potatoes, rice and curries. Volunteers usually eat with there home stay families during the week but travel into surrounding towns for more continental food on weekends.

    Activities
    The main attractions in the area is Chitwan National Park, a wildlife reserve for rhinos, elephants, tigers and 50 other species of animals, and over 400 types of birds. Volunteers can enjoy elephant safari, canoeing, animal watching, animal breeding projects, animal rehabilitation centers, cycling, and 4WD safaris here. 

    Sarangkot 

    It 10 km west from pokhara. It is world famous place to see panaromic view of mountains Sunrise, and Sunset. There are beautiful village with view of pokhara city.

    Kaskikot

    It is near Pokhara with full of cultural heritage & beautiful scene. 

    Lamachaur

    It is rich for natural beauty. It is small city near of Pokhara.

    Nawalparasi

    It is flat area of Terai, It is west south part of Nepal. With unique cultural heritage.


    Enjoying such opportunities as taking part in local festivals, weddings, farming, and visiting different areas in local village.

    Host Families

    Family Head 
    Cherenjeebi Timilsina
    Family Members = 7
    Location = Sarangkot-3
    One English Teacher age - 27
    One Nepali Language Teacher age 26
    Three little kids age 9, 7, 3
    Two great parents 
    place = Sarangkot Host Family = 2
    Head Jhapat Timilsina 
    Family member s = 4
    Two teachers 
    No kids 
    Location - Sarangkot, Mulabari 

    Host family = 3
    Bishonitra Timilsina 
    Family members = 10
    Kids = 2
    Teachers = 4
    Location - Sarangkot, Toripani Host Family = 4
    Chudamani Timilsina 
    Family member = 8
    Teacher = 1
    Student = 5
    Farmers = 2
    Location - Aahalee


    Host Family -5
    Krishna Tripathi 
    Family member = 8
    Teacher = 1
    Student = 4
    Male = 4
    Female = 4
    Location = Kaskikot Host Family = 6
    Head = Shyam Sundar Acharya
    Family = 7
    One doctor 
    One Teacher
    Kids- student
    Location = Lamachour 

    Host Family = 7
    Head = Maheswor Gautam
    Family = 4
    Teacher =1
    Students = 2
    House wife = 1
    Location = Lamachour Host Family = 8 
    Virab Subedi
    Family = 5
    Office Worker =1
    House Wife = 2
    Location = Pokhara


    Host Family = 9
    Trilochan Timilsina 
    Family member = 7
    Teachers = 2
    Students = 1 Host Family = 10
    Devilal Timilsina 
    Family Member = 2
    Farmers 


    Host Family = 11
    Govinda Timilisa
    Family Member = 3
    Farmers = 2
    Students = 1 Host Family = 12
    Moti Rizal
    Family Member = 5
    Farmers = 1
    Students = 2
    Officer =2
    Location = Nawalparasi 

    Host Family = 13
    Ranganath Timilsina
    Family Member = 7
    Farmers = 2
    Students = 2
    Officer = 2
    Teacher = 1 Host Family = 13
    Tika Ram Sharma
    Family Member = 7
    Farmers = 2
    Students = 4
    Teacher = 1 

    Besides this we have 200 different host family you can choose before placement.