Volunteer at Shamrock School Nepal
My name is Sue Bohane...
I am a volunteer at Shamrock School and a co-founder of the Shamrock Education Trust… I would like to support you in your trip to Nepal with any help/advice I can give. Two years ago my nephew had a life-changing experience while helping out at Shamrock School. A year later my son and his girlfriend went and this year I have already been twice! Giving the most precious thing we have today’s society – YOUR TIME – brings with it so many rewards. How often do volunteers return saying that if only the kids knew how much they teach us about life. Please contact me using the message box above if you would like to know more. I can help coordinate logistics and needs with our Principal Michael Newton.
Come to Nepal to volunteer
Arrival airport: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (code KTM) Transfer to Pokhara, 125-miles west of the capital: Travel about 40-minutes by local ‘plane from Kathmandu airport to Pokhara airport, followed by a taxi journey of 5 minutes to the accommodation. Accommodation: Tibetan Garden Hotel is only 3 minutes walk from Shamrock School. The accommodation has 10 rooms and has hot & cold running water and en-suite bathroom facilities, electricity, although supply is erratic and is usually only available 12-hours per day, (times vary depending on the season). The accommodation is simple but clean. Food: Dal Bhat is the national dish and is usually served for breakfast and evening meal every day. It is a dish comprised of rice, lentils and seasoned vegetables. Although because Lakeside is a hotspot for trekkers to rest after the 21 day Annapurna trail – there are plenty or restaurants selling western fare. (burger and pizzas – if you really can’t live without them) Telephone services & Internet services are widespread – we also have Wifi at the school.
Example of Volunteer roles
- Volunteer role 1: Teach English and play games with the children.
- Volunteer role 2: e.g. DIY work.
- Working hours: e.g. Flexible. Duration: 2-4 weeks. Start Date: Varies.
Example of costs
- Accommodation at Tibetan Garden boarding house – £6 per day including breakfast.Meals – c. £10 per day.
- Return flights / transport to Nepall – £550-£750.
- Travel Insurance – Varies. Policies that cover theft, loss and medical treatment are recommended. Make sure the insurance also cover the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking, river rafting, wildlife safaris, climbing and such other activities.
- Visa Fees – $25.00 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days, the $2 per day thereafter, obtained at the airport in Nepal. Currently tourists are limited to 5-months in a calendar year.
- Spending money – c. £30 per week.
Example of Itinerary
Day 1 – Travel & Arrival
Namaste! You will travel from the UK to your accommodation near The Shamrock School in Nepal with your volunteer co-ordinator. This will involve an 15-hour flight from Heathrow to Kathmandu and then a local flight of approximately 40-minutes to Pokhara airport. A taxi journey of approximately 5-minutes will complete the journey. The total journey time is approximately a day.
Day 2 – Orientation
This will be your first day of orientation. Your volunteer co-ordinator / local team will teach you about Nepalese culture, do’s and don’ts and how to stay safe in Nepal. You will also have a Nepalese language class and learn more about The Shamrock School.
Day 3 – Volunteering begins!
Now you are ready to go! Your volunteer co-ordinator will introduce you to key contacts at the School, arrange your schedule and generally show you the ropes.
Day 5 & 6 – Volunteering
The real work commences. You have had your preparation, it’s time to start making a difference! Remember that your volunteer co-ordinator will generally be on-site and available to assist.
Day 7 & 8 – It’s the weekend!
There is so much to do in Nepal it is hard to know where to start. The options around Shamrock School include:
-Trekking of course (The Annapurna Range is world famous)
The following week
Your next week will follow a similar pattern as you will be volunteering Monday to Friday.
Your last day
Unfortunately it is time to say goodbye. Spend your last day packing, buying any last minute gifts and bidding farewell to the friends you have made along the way.