Visit Nepal for a Gap Year of Volunteering & Adventure Travel

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Join in Holi Festival in Nepal on your Gap Year
Join in Holi Festival in Nepal on your Gap Year
Volunteers riding on elephants in Nepal
Volunteers riding on elephants in Nepal
Jump for joy on a gap year in Nepal
Jump for joy on a gap year in Nepal
Volunteer to teach English in Nepal
Volunteer to teach English in Nepal
Child at Holi
Child at Holi
Annapurna trek
Annapurna trek
Climb Everest on your gap year in Nepal
Climb Everest on your gap year in Nepal
In traditional Magar dress
In traditional Magar dress

About

Climb to the Mount Everest base camp, trek through Nepals famous national parks searching for Tigers or visit Buddha's birthplace. Whatever you love extreme sports, nature or culture, Nepal has something for everyone.

However a Gap Year shouldn't just be a chance for adventure travel, it offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV or Resume and help you stand out from the crowd when you apply for Uni or your graduate job. Our Nepal program gets the balance just right. More adventure than you can possibly imagine and the chance to live and work in a rural community where you can teach English to local children.

Cultural immersion is more than just being a tourist and seeing the sights, it's a unique opportunity to engage meaningfully with individuals and a community, to build relationships, make friends and live life as they do.

#seetheworlddifferently

All our programs are divided into three parts - orientation, cultural immersion placement and independent travel.

  • Orientation - a chance to settle in, get to know your group and make sure you're fully prepared for all aspects of your placement.
  • Immersion - you live and work (with others in your group), sharing your skills, in one of our partner communities in Besisahar or Gorkha, close to the Annapurna Conservation area. Key to the experience is the high level of independence we offer. We're always available, but we stand back and let you make the most of the experience.
  • Independent Travel - the final month of the program is free for you to explore further afield in Nepal or India. We're still here to support you whenever you need!
Highlights
  • Live in the community as they live - but never on your own
  • Be more than a traveller passing through
  • Climb to Mount Everest base camp
  • Look for Tigers in Nepals national parks
  • Travel through to India and experience all that this amazing part of the world has to offer

FREE Safari Experience when you travel to Africa with us...!!!

For a limited time we are giving anyone who applies for qualifying programs a FREE 3 day Safari experience in Africa! So hurry, hurry, hurry...!!!

Africa & Asia Venture (AV) is one of the oldest gap year providers. Since 1993 AV has been offering unique immersive programs in Africa and Asia for those aged 17-25. You live and work in the local community in a group with fellow participants from around the world.

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Questions & Answers

Reviews

96%
based on 5 reviews
  • Impact 8.2
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 9
  • Value 9.2
  • Safety 9.6
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Allison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing

I spent three amazing months with AV in Nepal, not only was everyone from AV themselves amazing but all the people that helped in Nepal were to. Going away with AV was a once in a life time chance I wish everyone would have the chance to take. AV made everything easy from organizing everything to making sure that we knew what to pack. AV has showed me a whole new side to the world and I'm so happy with the thing that AV has given me.

What would you improve about this program?
I'm not sure if they have anything that they need to improve on.
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Lennart
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Four very nice months in Nepal

In the spring of 2017 I had the pleasure to spend four very, very nice months in Nepal - Syangja. I was teaching English and Mathematics at an English boarding school on the countryside of Nepal. It truly was one of the most recommendable experiences in my life. Our host-family and almost everyone I meet there were incredibly hospital, the landscape is stunning and the work was interesting. In my opinion staying with a traditional Nepali, getting to know them and their culture, and getting a glimps of what everyday life is like there was just great!
I can only recommend. Furthermore our Nepali coordinator was a really lovely and competent guy, so I never felt unsave or not looked after, in case I would have needed help.

Lennart

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Simon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

AV Nepal 1999-2000

A fantastic experience from start to end with a group of people that no one knew before the airport.
Having also spent the Millennium in such a fantastic and magical Kingdom such as Nepal really was a memory of a lifetime.
The safari in Chitwan National Park was very well organised also with rafting and rhino stalking.
I wonderful 4 months of my life, that gave me the independent travelling bug I still massively have to this day.

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Alice
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching English in Nepal

Daily life is Nepal consisted of cooking breakfast in our flat before going to the schools to teach morning lessons, returning home for a quick lunch before heading back for the afternoon. After school we would go shopping for food and prepare traditional Nepali dinner of daal bhat before reading, playing cards and writing our diaries by candlelight. I taught 14 year olds in the mornings and 7 year olds in the junior school in the afternoon. This meant that I experienced teaching using the government text books but also have the opportunity to play games and be more creative with teaching methods in the afternoons. I loved the freedom of living in a flat with four other volunteers and sharing all our cooking disasters together, whilst also being made to feel part of the community by the school and by becoming friends with the other teachers, being taught to cook, taken to beauty salons and even attending a local wedding. From the best to the worst, the incredibly friendly Nepalis and breathtaking views of the Himalayas to the squat toilet, I couldn't recommend AV Nepal more for anyone wanting a truly authentic and stimulating experience

What would you improve about this program?
The teaching program could have been more organised so that the school knew exactly where they were going to place us before we arrived and organised sessions where we could have a formal opportunity to loads more closely with the teachers.
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Ben
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Review

It is a fantastic experience from start to finish. Richard Venning and Guarev Chhetri were great people to have with us during the early days in Kathmandu, Nagarkot and Besisahar. Richard, as well as Guarev, has a fantastic knowledge of the country, it's cultures and the language and gave us many useful pointers for interactions with the Nepalese.

The teaching stage is fantastic - be prepared to get given random lessons at a moment's notice, match your students' enthusiasm with your own and organise projects for them. It was amazing how much effort and care they put into some of the large pieces of work that we set.

Never turn down an invitation - going to colleagues' houses/weddings/day outs was always a special experience. More often than not you will meet their family, try some new Nepali dish and learn something new about their country.

But make the most of an amazing opportunity, explore your surroundings, make a real effort with the language because people will appreciate it and accept you, be prepared for cockroaches and for your gas supply to run out, go to pokhara, visit the other AVs, get involved.

What would you improve about this program?
The final month of travelling is a great option as you can rejoin the other AVs and see more of the country. I didn't pay for this section, however, as AV do not actually organise or offer any activities/trips; all the money goes towards in that final month is the support of an AV member of staff on the other end of the phone in case something goes wrong. It is great to have that security, but I felt it unnecessary at that stage. You can still travel with the other AVs, or go off an do your own thing.