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Volunteer Nepal 2020

Our newest program, NEPAL will change your life! If you want to volunteer and change the lives of others in a beautiful setting, this program is for you! This experience is everything you could ask for in a raw, beautiful setting where conveniences such as wifi, modern facilities, stores and even clean water are at a bare minimum. Designed for the volunteer who really wants to engage in the lowest levels of poverty and work hands on with the community in a rural environment. Nepal will change you for the better! We promise!

“After returning home from Color My World, I have reflected a lot on what has changed within me. Whilst at first I expected to be shocked by the poverty and living conditions of some areas, I instead have come home with a sense of gratitude for the opportunity to have been around such amazing people. One example is a young lady I met who had never painted in her life, but when given a paintbrush and canvas, she painted a masterpiece. Over the two weeks, I learned more from the people than I felt I was able to give. What an experience”. –Dan Taylor, England

Optional extension to Mount Everest not included and offered separately.  More details to follow with pricing.

Please do not book your flights until we have sent out the email that the trip is progressing. Color My World will not be responsible for air bookings in any situation.

About the Volunteer Program Director: Angela Hughes

A humanitarian, Angela Hughes is the director and co-founder of her family foundation, Color My World (501c3) and personally arranges and escorts each group that travels with the foundation. She is engaged with each project from start to finish.

A mother of four children, ages 15-24, Hughes has been in the travel business both as a travel agency owner of Trips Inc. for over 30 years and as a former adjunct professor at both Brigham Young University in the Geography/Travel &Tourism Department and The New Hampshire Community College system teaching Travel & Tourism.

Angela’s expertise include a masters degree in geography and hobbies include third world development humanities, photography and the Renaissance. She has taught her children on location throughout the world bringing to life art, history and science through travel education. Her and her Husband, Brian started the organization as a way to give back to those in need.

Hughes plans and escorts groups around the world and specializes in Europe, Asia and 3rd world humanitarian Trips.

Nepal

Tucked away in the Himalayan Mountains, this enchanting nation’s natural landscape is dominated by eight of the world’s tallest peaks, including the iconic Mount Everest. In addition to the numerous ambitious climbers who flock here to face the challenge of climbing this majestic peak, Nepal attracts large numbers of eco-tourists eager to experience this intriguing country’s virtually untouched natural wonders including lush subtropical forests home to a range of exotic wildlife. Nepal’s cultural landscape is just as diverse as its natural one, playing host to an array of distinct ethnic groups. Other popular tourist highlights include: the capital city of Kathmandu with its exquisite temples and palaces; the sheer magnificence of Patan’s Golden Temple; Chitwan National Park, for its impressive scenery; and, of course, Bodnath, the nation’s most sacred Buddhist monument.

Day 1: Kathmandu (Sat, 6 June)

Kathmandu

Nepal’s capital city serves as the departure point for treks into the Himalayas, including Mount Everest and Annapurna, and as a result is a major travel and tourism hub. Besides its proximity to these world-class hiking trails, the city also features many charms of its own, including an exquisite setting amidst snow-covered mountain peaks, friendly locals, several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a series of ornate stone temples dating back hundreds of years. Don’t miss a visit to the sacred Boudhanath Stupa, the ancient tree-swathed site of Swayambhunath, or Kathmandu Durbar Square with its 12th-century temples.

Day Itinerary

Arrival Kathmandu.

Upon arrival, met by our Color My World representative and get transferred to  your hotel.  Day at leisure.

 Day 2: Pokhara (Sun, 7 June)

Pokhara

The second-largest city in Nepal, Pokhara sits on the shores of Phewa Lake in the central region of the country. Often called the ‘Adventure and Leisure Capital of Nepal’, and known as the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, Pokhara is a popular hub offering plenty to see and do. The range of activities on offer is almost overwhelming, with lakes and waterfalls to admire; yoga, reiki and meditation classes to attend; caves (such as Mahendra) to explore; boating, canoeing and whitewater rafting on the waterways surrounding the Lake to enjoy; and a number of challenging hikes to test your fitness, with the viewpoint of Sarangkot being particularly rewarding. Meanwhile, serious trekkers can access the Annapurna Base Camp from Pokhara, the first stop for a number of impressive trails through the spectacular mountain range.

Day Itinerary

Take a short tour of Kathmandu visiting Swayambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Swayambhunath Stupa, dedicated to Buddhism is situated in a hillock 80 m above the ground level and is claimed to be 2000 years old. There are numerous Buddhist monasteries (Gumba) around. The view of the valley is spectacular from here. Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley is worth visiting. It was the center of ancient and medieval Kathmandu. You will visit the Hanumandhoka Palace of Malla Kings. 

Kathmandu- Pokhra drive (205 kms/ 5.5 hrs). 

Later drive to Pokhra and check in at your hotel.  Pokhara valley is the second largest tourist attraction after Kathmandu and regarded as one of the most beautiful place in Nepal. Pollution free and less crowded, Pokhra has a lot to offer to the visitors. You may stroll along the lakeside. The reflection of Fishtail on the tranquil surface of Phewa Lake is an unforgettable sight.

Activities

Swayambhunath Stupa

Durbar Square 

Swayambhunath Stupa

Later a Buddhist monk from China who was an emanation of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri drained the lake and thus made the crystal stupa accessible for people. Nowadays it is protected against robbery by the dome-shaped structure. Throughout the centuries countless Buddhist masters from India, Sri Lanka, Tibet and China have visited the stupa. Swayambhu means Self-Manifested or Self-Sprung.

The stupa represents Buddha’s mind. To visit a stupa is said to be the same as meeting a Buddha in person. It offers peace, freedom and joy to the whole world and ultimately helps us to obtain perfect enlightenment. Just seeing, hearing about, reflecting upon, or touching a stupa fosters peace and even spiritual release. The stupa pacifies physical and mental difficulties such as sicknesses, famine and conflicts in all areas and directions.

Spiritual practices bring stronger results when performed close to stupas than in other powerful places. Visitors and pilgrims walk around the stupa in a clockwise direction and recite mantras, make offerings, turn prayer-wheels and make wishes for the benefit of all beings.

Durbar Square 

Durbar Square is the generic name used to describe plazas and areas opposite the old royal palaces in Nepal. It consists of temples, idols, open courts, water fountains and more. Before the Unification of Nepal, Nepal consisted of small kingdoms, and Durbar Squares are most prominent remnants of those old kingdoms in Nepal. In particular, three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, belonging to the three Newar kingdoms situated there before unification, are most famous: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. All three are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Day 3: Pokhara (Mon, 8 June)

Day Itinerary

Early morning drive to Sarangkot for sunrise trip, enjoy the views over the Annapurna Massif. Return hotel for breakfast.

Later visit Bindyabasini Temple. Legend relates this temple to the famous temple of Bindhyabasini in India. It is believed that King Siddhi Narayan Shah of Kaski brought the deity to Pokhara before Nepal’s unification. See The Seti river gorge. The river has carved a deep, narrow chasm through the middle of town, turning the water milky white in the process.  Later see the Davis Falls. Also known as Patale Chhango, this waterfall marks the point where the Pardi Khola stream vanishes underground. When the stream is at full bore after monsoon rains, the sound of the water plunging over the falls is deafening.

Activities

The Seti river gorge, Pokhara

The Davis Falls, Pokhara

The Seti river gorge, Pokhara

The river has carved a deep, narrow chasm through the middle of town, turning the water milky white in the process.

Day 4: Balthali Village (Tue, 9 June)

Balthali

Located in the Kavrepalanchok District in central Nepal, the village of Balathali lies southeast of Kathmandu. This scenic village boasts a rural tranquillity, tradition and culture untouched by modernity. Balthali serves as a base from which to explore the surrounding region featuring pine forests, orange plantations and lush green terraced farms dotted with traditional Tibetan Tamang villages. Nature lovers can delight in the sheer breathtaking beauty of the area and enjoy its network of endless walking trails, bird watchers can look forward to spotting an array of exotic birdlife, while culture enthusiasts can discover the enchanting local heritage of the indigenous ethnic groups. Enjoy a sunrise morning hike and watch the mist lift over the valley or discover the Namo Buddha, a famous landmark. Don’t miss the opportunity to hike the Balthali Trek – described to be among the ‘world’s best short hikes without altitude’ by Lonely Planet. Other popular activities include: fishing, mountain biking and horse riding.

Day Itinerary

Pokhra – Balthali drive (244 kms/ 6 hrs)

You will be leaving Pokhara & be transferred to your hotel in the Balthali village.  

Enroute visit a primary school .  At the very beginning, the school didn’t have a proper building and the learning activity was started in a shrine like house and there used to be merely 15-18 students. Even after a decade of its establishment, it has to wander here and there in order to get a proper land. It was like a mobile school.  Here you will take up task of making its garden/premise more beautiful by weeding off dead plants, gathering dry leaves and watering etc.

Just beyond Panauti town and Khopasi  lies one of the rich cultural and natural destination of Balthali, where upon sits on top of a hill – Balthali Village Resort – a small, cozy retreat with bird’s eye view of green terrace fields dotted with painted houses and faint hue of Himalayan peaks in the north horizon. It offers a sunrise in the east, speculating Himalayan range of Manaslu, Langtang & Everest in the north, innumerable rice terraces in the west & huge bodied green forest of Mahabharata range in the South. One of the most important factors of this spot is that it is warm in the winter & cool in the summer. The area of Balthali is covered of various flora, colorful rhododendron forest, magnolia & sal trees.

After lunch at resort ,  you will go to see the village of Balthali . 

Day 5: Balthali Village (Wed, 10 June)

Day Itinerary

Today is dedicated for volunteer work! You will be divided into groups for a noble cause of Teaching. The word ‘teaching’ means the work of a teacher to provide knowledge and guidance. It is one of the oldest and noblest services to the society in any culture. Teaching not only shows the right path that the students should follow but also prepares the human resource for the further development of the nation. 

Group 1 will teach at the  lower Secondary  (Balthali )

Group 2 will  teach  at  Kamala Secondary School ( Khyaku). Note group 2 has to walk 20 minutes to reach the High school from Resort

Later in the evening, return back to your resort.

Teaching, Balthali, Nepal

The word ‘teaching’ means the work of a teacher to provide knowledge and guidance. It is one of the oldest and noblest services to the society in any culture. Teaching not only shows the right path that the students should follow but also prepares the human resource for the further development of the nation.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6: Kathmandu (Thu, 11 June)

Kathmandu

As previously described

Day Itinerary

Drive to Kathmandu and visit the Blind home.  This school is helping in making life better for blinds. Your task today is to do the gardening here. Start with uprooting the dead plants and weeds, cleaning the ground, ploughing, sowing nurseries and watering the plants. Definitely a team work and of course a noble work!

Later in the day, sing and dance with the children. Let them learn some popular songs of your country. Encourage them to fight against their blindness and motivate them. Let them know how important they are to the society. Say goodbye and return to your hotel.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7: Nepali Ghar Hotel, Kathmandu (Fri, 12 June)

Day Itinerary

Drive  to the Buddhist Monastery (Nunnery)  for another session of volunteering. Activities include:

Teaching English to Monks /Nuns

Help to prepare meal for the Monastery

Gardening &

Wall painting

Located in the village of Syuchatar in western Swayambhu, the nunnery is home to more than 100 nuns who are given the opportunity to study in practice. The building features four stories and 70 rooms and was built from the charitable efforts of global followers and supporters.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8: End of Itinerary (Sat, 13 June)

Day Itinerary

Day at leisure. 

Check out time is 12 noon.  Later get transferred to the airport to board onward flight.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Required Forms & Links

  1. Download CMW Adult Agreement Form Adults CMW Agreements Participants 2018 word
  2. Download CMW Youth Agreement Form Youth CMW Participants 2018 word
  3. Apply for a passport or make sure your passport is current
  4. Register with Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
  5. Download Fundraising Guidelines
  6. Health & Vaccination Info from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention
  7. Download Packing List – (Packing list will not be available until notified)
  8. Buy required Travel Insurance from the link below

Deposit and Payments

A nonrefundable donation of $600.00 is due at the time of  registration.

How do I make a payment?

Payments Online

Make a credit/debit payment through PayPal.

We will send you a Paypal invoice upon acceptance

PaylPal charges a 2.9% transaction fee, which will be added as a “tax”

Payments are considered donations and are non-refundable

Payment by Check

Make certified/personal checks/money orders payable to Color My World.

Include your name and payment description on your check or money order memo line.

Note that it may take 7 business days for Color My World to receive your check or money order.

Mail your payment payable to Color My World and mail to: 

Color My World ℅ of Angela Hughes

15795 Turkey Island Circle

Winter Garden, FL 34787

All payments made to Color My World are non-refundable as we are a non-profit and not a travel business. 

Contributions that you have solicited from others on behalf of CMW are general unfettered contributions to CMW and cannot be refunded regardless of your participation in a CMW expedition. (If this was not the case these contributions would not be tax deductible.)

If you are cancelled by CMW from an expedition for failure to meet the payment or document submission deadlines all payments made directly by you will be non-refundable.

A participant with a scheduling conflict may be allowed to transfer their credit to a new participant for the same trip or if their place can be filled by another person from the waiting list.

Future Nepal Key Due Dates

Jan 15, 2019

Passport photo copy must be emailed to CMW angela@colormyworldkids.org

Payment for optional excursion to Mount Everest will be due to 

Trips Inc.  More info will follow regarding this excursion.

Remaining Balance Due

March  1, 2019 

Remaining Balance due to CMW

April 1, 2019

Flight Itinerary Due

Application Process

Click on the tab apply for the program you are interested in. You will fill out the application and make the deposit

You do not have to be a student to be a Color My World volunteer. In fact, Color My World welcomes all volunteers no matter their educational backgrounds. We encourage all volunteers to travel and share this experience with their families. Anyone can volunteer as long as they are over the age of 16 by the departure date and are prepared to serve with an open mind! If you are under the age of 16, you must travel with a responsible adult party or be approved by Color My World. We have accepted mature 14 and 15 years old without adult supervision but you must be prepared to fly and the airline you select must allow it.

Definitely! Color My World welcomes all eager volunteers. Just make sure to provide the Color My World office with your friends’ names and emails. You can invite your friends or email us names of people that you would like to recommend to volunteer with us at hillary@colormyworldkids.org

All ages are welcome on our program. Every age group can fit into this program.
Color My World requires all volunteers to be 16 years old by their departure date. We welcome everyone over the age of 16 years to apply (with a parent or guardians signature). Youth under the age of 16 are welcome when accompanied by an adult or approved by Color My World’s director, Angela Hughes. If you are under the age of 16, you must travel with a responsible adult party or be approved by Color My World. We have accepted mature 14 and 15 years old without adult supervision but you must be prepared to fly and the airline you select must allow it.

Absolutely! You will receive a packet to complete once you are accepted into the program.

Being a volunteer overseas is not a thrifty endeavor, and oftentimes to cultivate real growth and development, more than just time and effort are needed. A proportion of the money paid will also be donated towards sustainable projects carried out in the areas that you will be volunteering in.

Yes! Hygiene kits, school supplies, dental kits, newborn kits etc. are always needed in the countries that we travel to. Please visit our home page and click on create a kit to see some examples. Computers and iPads are always needed but some countries have restrictions on what can be brought into the country.

Important Notes

Yes, we will refund the deposit.

Volunteers can withdraw their applications or agreements by notifying Color My World via email to angela@colormyworldkids.org

Please do not book your air until the trip is finalized. We will send you an email letting you know when the trip is “a go” and you can begin to shop for air. Color My World is not responsible for air travel–under any condition.

Absolutely not! There is plenty of time to enjoy the laid back feeling of Central America. This is a great combination of WORK HARD & PLAY HARD.

Yes. You can learn more about a passport here
Passports must be valid for 6 months after departure.

Currently there are no immunizations or vaccinations required for entry/travel. This information is subject to change, so please consult with your physician at least two months prior to your departure. Please consult with the Center for Disease Control.

Yes. We require medical, air and evacuation insurance for every participant in the program.
We will send you more information to purchase travel insurance based on your individual needs. Most personal medical insurances are not valid outside of the United States.

Currently there are no immunizations or vaccinations required for entry/travel. This information is subject to change, so please consult with your physician at least two months prior to your departure. Please consult with the Center for Disease Control.

You do not need to know the language to volunteer with Color My World. The Color My World Team Leaders will assist you to communicate with the locals. Also, our local guides speak English. You will probably pick up some of the Spanish language during your trip – children love to teach volunteers new words! Come prepared with some basic Spanish greetings. The Color My World Team Leaders can also teach you a few greetings so you can greet the locals.

Yes! Color My World encourages all volunteers to fundraise to offset the program cost. Upon acceptance to the program and receipt of volunteer deposit, Color My World will provide fundraising information and materials for you to use to raise money to pay for the program.

 

We will provide you with a packing list closer to your departure date.

Don’t! We will send you a packing list. Pack light and use the rest of your suitcase to bring school supplies, medical supplies, small toys for the kids or sports equipment.
Color My World provides a t-shirt that you will wear twice during the week.

That is no problem. We can work with most food requests! Just inform us on your application if you are a vegetarian or have any other dietary requirements. We will do our best to accommodate volunteers’ individual needs. However, we do recommend that you bring snacks.

Itinerary

Of course! We have access to the Internet so volunteers can email friends and family on one computer provided in the area. When we are in the city there will be wi-fi with free access. Remember this is the 3rd world…..the net will be slower than at home. International phone service is each individual participant’s choice.

There will be approximately 15-25 volunteers on each international volunteer program. Color My World maintains a manageable group size to ensure you have a unique, personalized experience.

Yes, you will have roommates in same-sex rooms so be prepared to share. Rooms for couples and families are organized upon request. If you and a friend are on the same program, we will do our best to put you in the same room, please indicate that you are traveling together. Shared same-sex bathrooms are the norm throughout the lodge we will be staying at.
Bring your own pillow if you wish. Light blankets are provided, but we ask you to bring your own sheets.

 

Money Matters in Nepal

Currency

Nepalese Rupee (NPR)

Order currency at your bank two weeks prior or exchange at the higher rate at the airport.  There is also an ATM at the airport.

A question we always get is “How much money to bring”?  That is entirely up to you and your spending habits but here are the guidelines for what is not included to budget for.

What is not included

1.  Meals on travel days

2,  Dinner last day $15-20.00 at Fire & Ice in local currency

This is super yummy Italian pizza and pasta…and yes they have salad and healthier options too!

3.  Visa upon arrival at airport $25.00 Cash Only

4.  Tips 

$52.00 Total per person

$4.00 guide per person per day =    $28.00

$1.00 Porters per hotel daily   = $8.00

$2.00 Bus driver per day = $16.00

$1.00 Helper on Bus per day  = $8.00

We will collect all of the tips and entrance fees at the beginning of the trip and distribute for you to avoid a daily collection.  US dollars are fine.  Please have the exact amount as we will not have change.

5.  Entrance Fees [not optional] to World Heritage Sites on our program

$65.00 per person

Note: Color My World cannot pay entrance fees into World Heritage Sites as it does not meet IRS nonprofit guidelines and is considered tourism…of course!

We will collect all of the tips and entrance fees at the beginning of the trip and distribute for you to avoid a daily collection.  US dollars are fine.  Please have the exact amount as we will not have change.

6.  Mountain Tour to view Mt. Everest [Optional]

The cost is $285.00 per person and we will collect the money on the first day of the tour.  Please have the exact mount in USD as we won’t have change.  This is not a Color My World sponsored event and is an optional extension.  

The tour is 1 hour and a is a fly by.  You do not visit the basecamp as that is a $6000.00 helicopter ride for a 15 minute touchdown. Mt. Everest is quite far from Kathmandu.   This airplane ride flies over the Himalayas and weather permitting you will have a gorgeous view of Mt. Everest.  This is not a small plane but it isn’t large either…. it probably has 25 rows of passengers.  The ride is taken early in the morning and we will do it on the day that the weather is best.

We need to know by March 1, 2020 if you are planning on doing mountain tour

7.  Personal Spending and Souvenirs

8.  Extra bottle of waters, drinks and snacks

Hotels usually provide 1 bottle for guest but additional bottle water would be at your expense at each hotel.  We do not drink the local water for health safety.

Load up on snacks from home.  I don’t think the food is that amazing here and you will be off schedule with jet lag and hungry at different times of the day than normal.  Be prepared.  If you have an eating issue [gluten, allergy etc. ] please be prepared as foreign countries struggle to accommodate.

Ideas to donate to our programs in Nepal

Hygiene Supplies for Monk School

Art Supplies for Mountain Schools

Braille books or walking sticks for Blind Home

**Remember airlines will have a charge for extra luggage*** please consult your airline for prices

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank