What is required of an Ecoreach volunteer?
You must be willing to donate your time and skills. As an Ecoreach volunteer, you will be representing the organization and your activities reflect the core values of Ecoreach. Therefore you must be flexible, patient, willing to learn about other cultures and respectful of others.
Where will my placement be?
Most of our project sites are around Kathmandu Valley.
What kind of accommodation will be arranged during my placement?
If you are staying in a home-stay, your accommodation will be in a local village. This will be a typical Nepalese household where there is usually a shared Indian style toilet and solar dependent hot water. If you would prefer alternative facilities, we can arrange separate accommodation in a hotel but there will be some additional cost. Please let us know early in the process as this will help determine placement location.
Do I need to speak the local language?
No. Most hosts speak English or have someone available who speaks English. Members of our team will be on hand in situations where there are no English speakers at project sites. We will provide you with a list of some useful words and phrases which you can learn if you choose. The locals enjoy interacting and appreciate any efforts you may make to speak their language.
Can I bring a friend with me or come in a group?
We welcome volunteers with their partners or in a group. We will create a special program for such volunteers if they want to work together.
How long do assignments last?
Volunteer assignments typically range from one week to three months. A small number of assignments are longer than this. Assignment time can be flexible according to the need of the volunteer.
What will be my working hours?
Volunteers are required to work 6-8 hours a day (Mon-Fri). Schedules may vary depending upon the requirement of the project.
Are you looking only for experience in agriculture, environment and natural resource management only?
No. We have had volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds. They may be professionals or students with specific skill sets that match a particular program such as healthcare, education or farming who want to extend their experience in a different country. Alternatively, they may want to try something completely new and see how they can adapt their skills to a different area.
As long as you are keen to make a difference, there will be a project we can tailor for you!