Just wondering if anyone has done any volunteering work in India or Nepal. I have been checking out sites on the internet - (i heard travel agents can't help with this) - and they are pretty costly.
Therefore i was wondering if people think there is a likelihood of just rocking up to a town in India and making a few contacts, and just organising to do some volunteer work when you get there. And hoping this would be a lot cheaper.
What do you guys and girls think about this? Do you think it is realistic?
And on a side note- people who have been to India or Nepal - generally speaking is it a great place to backpack around?
It is happy to know that you are intrested volunteering work in or Nepal.If you need any help from my side plz tell me directly for that.I am from Nepal and work in tourism feild.
Youth for Nepal might be able to help you with your quest.
It is a kind effort from you... best wishes.
I think it's very possible to just go to the country, although it may help to do some study before you go. Even in my old Lonely Planet guide for Nepal had at least 10 organisations you could volunteer for (most with price tags at around $100/week, which is cheap compared to the multinationals). If you go there, perhaps go to the touristy areas (where people speak English, and where they know people have money) and try asking some people you meet, in shops, tourist offices, etc. I remember sometimes in Nepal I saw posters advertising to visit orphanages and so forth. Hotels/hostels may also help with info, but just watch incase they try get money out of it.
I volunteered myself in Nepal and it was an amazing experience, not only the work but the scenery and culture of the country as a whole - I want to go back one day! Even if you don't work I strongly suggest it for backpacking and trekking - to me it's been like no other place. I was never into trekking that much but doing a trek in the Himalayas I consider one of the best things I've ever done so far on my travels!
Here's some details I copied from an older post which could provide you with some links:
I did my work with www.infonepal.org which is mainly focused on teaching English, children's resource centres and orphanages. It does have a price tag attached, but not as high as most of the large organisations - had a great experience though.
I also met a guy called Declan in a pub in Kathmandu who's been living there for 4 years- it happens he ran a very small, but local organisation that is free and focuses on getting Nepali street kids off the streets and back with families/education systems. website was www.just-one.org - it seems very interesting.
As for India - many people go backpacking tehre for like 6 months - it's a hugely diverse country I only saw for a week, but it (especially the cities) is a very intense experience so if you like that and a culturally rich country go for it. I'm sure if you just went with open plans backpacking you'd run into heaps of people that have volunteered or offers to volunteer.
[ Edit: Edited on May 21, 2008, at 3:39 AM by Erik85 ]