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GAP Year Nepal

About

At GAP Year Nepal, we pride ourselves on providing an enriching and memorable travel experience to each and every guest who comes to visit us.

Established in 2011, we have always been and will continue to be driven by the concepts of sustainability and responsible operating practices, as we share in Nepal’s natural and cultural beauty.

Through our tours, our goal is to promote Nepal’s tourism sector, while preserving the environmental and ethical values she has to offer. We accomplish this by connecting main-stream tourism with community-based tourism, ensuring the local regions get equitable profit from our visits. The volunteer component of our trips goes a long way in achieving this goal.

Each member of our GAPYear Nepal team has many years of experience in the tourism industry of Nepal. The security and enjoyment of our guests is the top priority of our entire team, including our management, travel experts and group leaders.

Founded
2011
Headquarters

Nirmal Lama Marga Nayabazar
Nayabazar 44600
Nepal

Reviews

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Karina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This summer I interned with Himalayan Circuit, a travel company located in Nepal. This experience was unlike any other previous ones that I have held. I am an avid volunteer in my community, whether it be helping children or packaging foods. This role had me strategizing with two key players: Shiva and Anish. These two individuals led me to my success by assigning me work and checking in with me. I am grateful for this experience due to the fact that I was able to build connections with people and gain a better understanding of Nepal.

Within this internship, I focused on the social media for the Instagram and Facebook pages. Other elements include correcting the English language for the travel and trekking descriptions. Some other projects included working on cover stories for raising awareness and why choosing Nepal after COVID-19. All of these projects utilized my grammatical and syntax skills. These skills allowed me to become a better writer and focus on a different type of writing.

What would you improve about this program?
The only difficulty that I encountered was the difference in time zones, at times the calls became too late. This is not an issue with my experience and changes could be made. I believe that this was the only time that worked the best for everyone. Having the experience being remote was beneficial due to the fact that I would not be able to travel to Nepal. I prefer working in a remote location and enjoyed my experience.
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Ria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This summer I interned with Accessible Nepal, a company focused on bringing people with reduced mobility closer to the beauties of Nepal. As someone who loves volunteering in my own community, it was an amazing experience to step into an unfamiliar place and learn about their lifestyles and customs while completing this internship. This past month, I worked with both Anish and Shiva. They both helped me successfully complete my assignments by checking in with me twice a week and giving me feedback on the work I had completed. With their guidance, I was able to build connections and immerse myself in the Nepali culture.
Within this internship, I worked on the social media posts and stories for the Accessible Nepal Instagram page. By doing this, I learned more about marketing and how to address different audiences via social media. I also have created lesson plans for the ages 7-16 on topics such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having good behavior. Through these tasks, I learned how to adapt to an online working environment and work collaboratively with the challenges of time zone differences.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience with the Accessible Nepal team thoroughly and hope to have the opportunity to visit Nepal soon.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I wish I could have seen and experienced the Nepali culture in real life, especially after learning so much about its customs and landmarks. Unfortunately, due to COVID 19, I was unable to but I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with the Accessible Nepal team and I hope to get the opportunity to visit soon!
Eulàlia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Yes, you're right, I have a lot of stories from Nepal, and I think I have shared all of them, so it's hard to choose.

Overall, I especially remark my superlovely rice killers family, my new friends in Pokhara and Chitwan, my visits to the GapNepal office in Kathmandu, the incredible views of Himalayas and Everest, the dirtyness of Kathmandu, the beauty of Pashupatinah, the festival in Bakthapur.

And of course, the local people there: teachers, friends, tourist guides and the amazing children of Nabin English School.

A life experience!

Response from GAP Year Nepal

Thank you very much, Eulalia Millaret Lores.

Zuzanna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have learned so much in those few weeks that I don't even know where to start! The kindness of local people, the culture, the food and all the daily travels and weekly adventure.
Wow! I have spent time in local villages. Climbed steep mountain, watched the most amazing views ever...
I have gained so many life skills while on a program. If you want to learn how to become independent and have lots of fun this is it!

You have to come and experience for yourself!

What would you improve about this program?
I guess things could be done more western way sometimes, but learning how people think and how the get things done is great too!
Response from GAP Year Nepal

Zuzanna Thank you so much for your review.

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Lisa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My trip to Nepal was amazing thanks to this program, Anish was extremely helpful, knowledgable and I felt safe at all times. The group was fun, like minded and I made some long life friends.
Nepal is definitely a trip I will never forget. Loved every single moment. The traditions, food and culture are also a wonderful experience.
The accomodation was also lovely and clean.

Thank you Gap year Nepal!!!!!

What would you improve about this program?
I thought it was fantastic.
Response from GAP Year Nepal

Lisa thank you.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Santosh Dhakal

Job Title
Chief Program Coordinator
Santosh is well known amongst the volunteers for his pleasant and charming personality. He integrates quickly with the volunteers and starts making their experiences rewarding from the very first day.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Bangkok has always been my favorite travel destination. From the very first time when I rode the speedy motor cycle taxi, it has remained with me as a fun and memorable experience.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

When I first started working for my current company I was involved in basic assisting roles helping volunteers in their day-to-day activities. The training, motivation from my seniors, and team building efforts inside the organization have transformed me fully, and today I am working as a Chief Program Coordinator.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Every participant has their own unique stories which have been helpful in their career transformation. If I have to pick from one of them, he is a graduate in landscape architecture, who turned himself as an international humanitarian development expert. He took part in our two week community building program and explored his future career.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I keep participating in most of the program however, I would always love to join our Teach and Trek four week program, as this program takes participants to the Everest region.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

My company focuses in the community integration programs and is concerned about the sustainability of the projects. Both hosts and participants find our community programs meaningful and rewarding.

After the 2015 earthquake one of our school buildings was completely demolished and the team coordinated very well with the community, school management, and volunteers to raise the building in just fifteen days.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Any company that helps the local community to grow through knowledge, employment generation, and active participation in any projects can the biggest factor in being a successful company. Also, the in-house management which supports the individual growth and personality development as a part of team building is very vital.

As my company focuses on these matters, today I can proudly say that we are a leading company in Gap Year programs in Nepal.