Volunteers must arrive in Kathmandu a day before DAY 1. The day before DAY 1 will be SUNDAY 2nd of SEPTEMBER 2018 – we will meet for a final briefing and information session in Kathmandu (approx three hours).
The planned itinerary may be subject to change due to factors such as weather, transportation and external reasons. Every year there have been changes due to various external factors beyond our control such as landslides and strikes; we urge applicants to come with an open mind and a willingness to go with the flow.
We strongly believe that the Tracing Nepal experience should not disrupt the ongoing education/regular classes of the children in the areas where we will visit. Team members will be able to meet and interact with students outside school hours in LEG 1 – Hamro Sano Paila.
Remember, if you are unsure or want to know more about a specific part of the itinerary – reach out to us.
Tracing Nepal 2018 – Year of Endeavour : September 3 – September 16
Team Size: 10 Maximum
Travel Period: 14 Days
LEG 1 – TN x CYF “Making Our Own Rainbows”
Photos can tell a story and since 2014, we have been using photos to tell the story of Tracing Nepal and our partners over the years. Our collaboration with Children and Youth First this year aims to recognize the photographers and painters in our team.
The first leg will involve a photographer who will be involved in giving basic photography skills to a group of six students from Class 5 and six will be picked from Class 8. The groups will work together capturing photos of Tracing Nepal 2018 x CYF journey. The group will select and project their chosen images as a story on the final night.
MON 3 SEPT – DAY 1
Tracing Nepal 2018 team members will meet at Boudhanath Stupa. The World Heritage Site is one of the most visited landmarks in the Kathmandu Valley. Team members will leave their belongings in a secure location and hike from Boudha to the hill-top village of Nagarkot. The hike will take 4-5 hours with lunch provided along the way. The hike aims to break the ice between team members and after a quick coffee at Nagarkot, the team will travel to Children and Youth First where they will meet the CYF family.
TUE 4 SEPT – DAY 2
Orientation and introduction to CYF – LVA School by Samanata Thapa / Anurag Zimba followed by a school tour by senior student Radha Sunwar.
Welcome program by students. TN18 team members will be introduced to the task for the next four days and will receive an opportunity to introduce themselves to the CYF students as well as hear the introduction from CYF students.
“COLOR ME BRICKS”
CYF will have recently shifted to the newly constructed residence and team members will help paint the bare brick walls into different colours. Tasks include painting the girls dormitory brick wall, corridor and live room as well as painting 50 WORDS that inspire.
The evening will be spent with ten TN18 team members and ten students working on a social issue drama lasting ten minutes. The performance will be shared on the last night during closing ceremony.
WED 5 SEPT – DAY 3
Continuation of brick wall painting of the kids residences building. Hike to Kot Danda with Class 6 to Class 9 students where students will share their hobbies, interest and aim with TN team members. TN team members will use this time to interact with the students. Once back on site, the teams will continue with drama practice and reflect on the day.
THU 6 SEPT – DAY 4
The fourth day tasks range from gardening to working with bamboo, wire mesh and various traditional garden tools. Under the guidance of school granny Prema Zimba, TN team members will understand the importance of self sustainability and how growing your own vegetable is important at CYF and Nepal as a whole.
After lunch, TN team members will visit HAUSHALA CREATIVES and have an interaction session with the didi’s and learn the mission behind HC.
FRI 7 SEPT – DAY 5
The final lunch will be prepared by the TN18 team with the help of didis for the students. Team members will pick the vegetables they would like to make for the day. The evening will consist of a closing program where the drama will be performed followed by the photo journey by team members and CYF students.
LEG 2 : TN x HART “PAW’S UP”
SAT 8 SEPT – DAY 6
Team members will depart CYF / LVA in the morning and make their way to Pokhara. Team members will be staying at a guest house near the Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust office.
SUN 9 SEPT – DAY 7
The day at HART begins at 9AM where TN18 team and HART team will have a short interaction programme on what HART does and why HART does what it does. This will be crucial session as it will provide the volunteers information necessary for the event next day.
Team members will start working on promotional materials required for the next day whilst another group will help in the daily activities of HART ranging from gardening, looking after the dogs, feeding and kennel cleaning. Make sure you’re ready to get dirty.
MON 10 SEPT – DAY 8
On the final day with HART, team members will be joined by HART on a walkathon from HART’s office to Lakeside. The 5KM walk will consist of leaflet distribution and awareness campaign along the way. Once in Lakeside, you will attend the free health check-up camp by HART team where dog owners can bring their dogs. Along the way you will encourage the public to participate in the free dog health camp drive as well as relay the importance of responsible pet ownership and signposting the public to places where they can get more information.
After completing the campaign with HART, team members will be driven to a picturesque village an hour away from Pokhara where they will enjoy the serenity of rural life at the Annapurna Eco Village.
TUE 11 SEPT – DAY 9
The entire day will be spent relaxing with free time given to team members. Team leaders will decide on an activity for the afternoon before returning to Pokhara for an overnight stay.
LEG 3 : MAJESTIC MUSTANG
WED 12 SEPT – DAY 10
Team members will depart early in the morning from Pokhara and make their way to Jomsom. The travel will be bumpy and uncomfortable and is expected to take the entire day.
THU 13 SEPT – DAY 11
The team will visit the stunning villages in and around Mustang. From trying out the famous fresh apples to apple crumble, Mustang will be the ultimate escape letting you explore the lakes, holy temples to ancient villages.
FRI 14 SEPT – DAY 12
The team will visit Marpha Gaun, Kagbeni, Dhumba Lake and possibly Muktinath (weather permitting).
SAT 15 SEPT – DAY 13
The team will leave majestic Mustang and head back to Pokhara where you will have your final meal as a team in Lakeside.
SUN 16 SEPT – DAY 14
The team will leave the oasis that is lakeside and head back to Kathmandu.
THE END OF TRACING NEPAL 2018.