Education & Health Nepal
Education & Health Nepal
Education & Health Nepal (formerly Experience Himalayan Nepal) was set up by two friends to help people in Nepal by developing projects that work with the poorer members of the communities. The aim was simple and thats to build a low cost volunteering organization as a foundation to launch special projects designed to make a real and lasting difference to the people of Nepal.
18 Mar 2014
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Volunteering in rural farming placement.
Experience how farming used to be done..
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Farmer’s make up around 80% of the population in Nepal and most live on valley walls and hillsides where they terrace their land to maximise their yield. EHN are looking for people who want to help the farmer’s plant, maintain and harvest their crops throughout the year.
You don’t need any previous experience although it would be beneficial but you do need a good level of fitness for this placement. You will be expected to rise around 5:30am and help with milking and feeding the animals, normally Buffalo, Cows and Goats before breakfast.
Depending on the time of year you will help in the fields planting, weeding or harvesting the crops as well as taking animals out to graze. You may find yourself rebuilding fallen walls or repairing holes in roofs so the tasks are very varied but your host family will show you the way to get the job done.
You will live and eat with the family in their traditional mud & brick house for the duration of your volunteer period and as with all farms it’s early to bed early to rise. Meals consist of Dal Bhat which is Nepali for a curry flavour lentil soup and rice, this is the staple diet of nearly all Nepal’s and is served for breakfast around 8 to 9am and dinner about 6 to 7pm.
You will normally have curried potato, fried greens and achar (Nepali Pickle) which you mix with the Dal Bhat to add flavour so don’t worry it’s not just the two things. In one of the homes EHN has paid for a small shower cubical to be built but the other homes have a standing tap outside where you wash using a small bucket. The toilet is a squat toilet in most cases so please expect a very basic life style nestled in a beautiful location.
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