- What is Nepal's geography like?
- How is the weather?
- When will I choose my placement?
- What immunizations are needed for Nepal?
- What medicines are available in Nepal?
- How safe is Nepal?
The country is small but very geographically diverse. Eight of the world's tallest mountains are in Nepal's Himalayan range, and they continue to grow at a rate of three feet per year. At the other end of the spectrum is Nepal's jungle area, tropical and teeming with hippos, elephants, tigers, crocodiles, and all the rest of the flora and fauna you might expect to find.
This is dependent upon where you are in Nepal. There is a monsoon season that runs roughly from June through September. A few rare rains may fall in early October, but by and large that is the start of the dry season. October is one of the best months of the year, with deep blue skies and cooler days and nights.
In Kathmandu the mercury can soar to 30°C or 86°F, in the valley to 40°C or 104°F in lower elevations. In the winter, daytime temperatures can still reach 20°C or 68°F, but temperatures fall to freezing after nightfall.
You might have some preferences after reading our descriptions; however, we feel that it is best to wait until you are well into the training before making any final choices. Often, you will meet another volunteer who you would like to be placed with, and that alone may change your thinking. Once you have locked into a program, all the specifics of that program will be explained to you by one of our Volunteer Coordinators.
Please check with your local travel health departments. The general list is as follows:
Hepatitis A and B
Some of these are placement-specific and seasonal, so again refer to your health professional for guidance.
Most larger towns will have a pharmacy. Essentially this is a minimally trained independent that disperses both diagnosis and treatment plans. So "buyer beware." If you know how to self-medicate for simple things, you will find most of the proper medicines available.
As it is with developing countries going through the birthing pains of democracy, there is a prevailing uncertainty in the politics of Nepal, best illustrated by occasional street protests. However, the Hindu culture lives by the deeply ingrained philosophy that “guest is God,” and our volunteers will always be treated with very humbling respect and kindness. The gentle smiles of the Nepalese people touch one’s soul deeply with the most pleasant sensation. The Volunteer Nepal staff and volunteers have become like family, being welcomed home at all our placements.
This said, things can and do change on a dime. We urge you to apply and we promise to keep you abreast of the safety issues as your time approaches. Your experience while in Nepal is paramount to our success, and we are dedicated to making it all good.
If you have any question that was not covered here please contact us. We will have your answer to you with in 24 hours.