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Voluntourism Spotlight: Community Development in Nepal

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Each week at we add to our listings of volunteer travel (a.k.a voluntourism) opportunities. Check back every Thursday for our voluntourism spotlight and tune into Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio to hear even more about these opportunities.

Cultural Destination Nepal is a volunteer program that works towards community development throughout the country. Volunteer activities range from teaching, or being placed in non-profit organizations that work with women’s issues, the environment or disabled children.  Participants learn about Nepalese culture and customs through living with a host family.

Groups start five times a year (February, April, June, August, October) and trips run from two to four months with two weeks for orientation. In addition to community building work, the program also includes three days of jungle safari at the Chitawan National  Park and one day of whitewater rafting down the Trishuli River.

To qualify you must be between 18 and 65, be an English speaker who holds a high school diploma. Applications fees are $65 and program fees start around $980 and don’t include airfare.

By Tara Ekmekci for Peter