While you volunteer with Vision Nepal you will be staying with a Nepali host family. This unique insight into the culture of Nepal is a key part of why volunteers come back again and again. Staying with them gives you a far deeper understanding of Nepali culture than if you were staying in a guest-house with only other tourists for company.
Home stay Families
All our host families have lots of experience of hosting volunteers and receive special training to deal with the unique demands that volunteers can have. When you arrive in Nepal you will be introduced to your host family by the Vision Nepal representative and given full tours of the premises. Many of the host families have children. We find many of our volunteers enjoy helping them with their English, learning to cook Nepali food and mixing in with their life. Our host families can also cook vegan or vegetarian and can take allergies or diets into account.
Do not expect luxury on your stay in Nepal. It is a developing country and it is different from what you are used to at home. You may have your own room, but you may also have to share a room with other volunteers working in the same area. The rooms are always clean and comfortable.
Toilet and Washing Facilities
The quality of toilet and washing facilities very significantly between placements. If you are based in Kathmandu you may find you have a hot shower and a Western style toilet in your home stay. However, if you are in a rural placement then it is more likely that you will have a traditional squat toilet and a cold shower of some description. If you feel like having a hot shower and flushing toilet is a priority then make this clear when you are applying and we will see if it is possible to find you one of our better equipped host families. We cannot promise it, but we will do what we can. Sometimes the power can go off for a couple of hrs. A head-torch is a very useful thing to bring.
On placement you will eat with the family and share the same food as them. At least two meals a day are provided for you while volunteering. The usual meal times are between 9 and 11 am and 6/8pm. The family serves you the national staple of Dal Bhat Tarkari which is a tasty and filling plate of rice, vegetable curry, lentils and pickles. It sometimes has some meat on the side such as a small bowl of chicken or mutton. So if you are vegetarian it is not a problem. The Dal Bhat may be supplemented occasionally by noodles, eggs and other snacks dependent on your host family and placement.