City Population: 250,000
Currency: NEPALESE RUPEE
Nepal is an incredible land of contrasts. Despite being tiny in terms of area, it is actually the "tallest" country in the world, due to the variation in height between the southern plains and the giddy heights of Mount Everest. In terms of a "typical" Nepali backdrop you might think of a peaceful mountain scene, harking back to ancient legends about the birthplace of Buddha, but you might just as easily picture a colorful bustling street scene in hectic downtown Kathmandu.
For those lucky few who have visited Nepal they will know the locals as both polite and welcoming, while at the same time having a fierce pride and inner toughness, which is typical of the struggles they have come through in creating one of the world's newest republics.
Work the World is based in Pokhara, Nepal's second city. It is a perfect compromise between the frenetic pace of Kathmandu and the spiritual allure of the country's more remote destinations. It's also a great base from which to access all that Nepal has to offer, from mountain treks to secluded temples to the adrenaline rush of white-water rafting. Plan your next move while enjoying a meal of traditional dal bhat, as the heady scent of incense drifts through the local marketplace!
Work the World’s helpful and capable staff will provide their full support during your time in Nepal.
Our Program Manager Sunil Gurung and his assistant Renu will be there with advice and guidance whenever needed. Sunil is a former radio presenter and children's organization volunteer, and Renu is studying for her master’s in Anthropology.
Renu will pick you up when you arrive at Pokhara Airport and bring you to the Pokhara house. Later she’ll give you a full tour of the local area, accompany you on the first day of your placement, and introduce you to your new work colleagues. Our housekeeper Padma keeps the Pokhara house clean and tidy. Warm and welcoming, Padma is eager to practice her English with all who come to stay. Our caterer Deepak, a big football fan, has worked as a head chef for the Lakeside restaurant, Lemongrass.
All our staff are there to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible for you during your stay.Read more about Our Staff
Accommodation & free time
Our Nepal house is in the safe, quiet, secure lakeside area of Old Pokhara, at the base of the Annapurna mountain range. The house offers comfortable rooms shared among two or three people, and spacious living area and balcony for relaxing or taking weekly Nepalese lessons. The large terrace is great for evening drinks and our famous weekly barbecues.
In their free time students often row across Phewa Tal in a wooden doonga (rowboat) to enjoy spectacular scenery, or explore caves, waterfalls and neighboring Tibetan villages.
On weekends, pastimes include mountain hiking, paragliding, white-water rafting, biking, horseback riding, and tracking tigers in the wild. A short flight will take you to hectic capital city of Kathmandu, and the Buddhist temples of Kathmandu Valley.what else is included?
Village Healthcare Experience
Hundreds of Nepalese still live in rural communities on mountain slopes accessible only by foot. This simple and spiritual way of life has been honored and preserved in Nepal for thousands of years.
In this program, you’ll live in a village with a local family and work in a small health post for a week, delivering primary healthcare to the local people. As resources and treatment are limited in the mountains, this setting will provide an excellent contrast to a hospital placement in Pokhara.
During the journey on foot to the village, you’ll have plenty of time to talk with your guide, meet locals, ask questions about mountain life, and see spectacular views. Your guide will also introduce you to a local healer and involve you in local farming. You’ll quickly understand the importance of integrating traditional and modern medicine, and how practitioners deal with wide-ranging cases with minimal resources.
This valuable experience will distinguish you professionally, and be a lasting and meaningful personal experience.Read more about the Village Healthcare Experience
Steeped in culture and set upon the majestic background of the Himalayas, Nepal is an extraordinary country.
Yi Wei, University of Queensland 2012Read More
Volunteering as a young dentist was a great opportunity for professional development and I have come back feeling inspired and overwhelmed.
Avan Mohammed, BDS (Hons) MJDF RCS 2012Read More
I think working in the health post really brought on our clinical abilities – having a limited set of tools our skills in clinical examination and deduction were really tested and they improved greatly.
Isla Young, University of Manchester 2012Read More