This is one placement for volunteers who are interested in getting back to nature. Most rural villages still follow the same ways of farming that they have done for hundreds of years. So be prepared for hard work at certain parts of the year and on others you will experience as easier time. The main aim though is the experience of a culture that takes a small % of the modern day lifestyle and adapts it to work in this rural environment. In some of these houses you will find that everything is recycled apart from a small bag of rubbish once a year.
From a community that makes that in a day I feel we can learn a lot from this way of life.
The main thing with this placement is the fact that the more you put in the more you will get out. So our advice is to try ploughing the buffalo, milking the cow by hand and cutting grass with the locals because they will take you to their community even more by doing so. Come and experience Traditional farming in the foothills of the Himalayas where life has changed little in the past 100 years. You will find yourself working hand in hand with local farmers and become fully involved in the local community.
Duties on this placement can be so varied because of the time of year and location of placement chosen.
You will get the chance to experience just how hard the rural Nepali women work in the fields when they plant the rice by hand or getting up early to milk the cow for morning tea. But don’t worry like with all rural placements you get the chance to relax and get to know the family you are staying with. It’s a placement where the more you try the more fun you will receive from your stay here.
At special times of the year like rice planting you really get to see the traditional Nepali at their best. But the daily routine will be work when needed then resting with the family talking drinking tea and just relaxing as it’s a must for everyone who spends their life in the rat race of today and would like to experience a completely different life.
We have a number of homestay homes across the country from the flatlands of Chitwan to the foothills of the Himalayas so please let us know what you prefer.
Education & Health Nepal supports this sort of work because more and more people are moving to the city in hope of a better job. So in a few generations some of these communities will cease to exist unless they adapt to a different way of life. If we can introduce new ideas like volunteer tourism into these areas we hope to be able to support various projects to help communities adapt to the present day. The one thing to remember is try everything at least once but you are not expected to work at the same pace as the Nepali because they are used to this.
Our advice is have fun, experience the culture and enjoy!