This rural Nepali homestay acts as both a guesthouse for travelers and trekkers, and the accommodation for volunteers living in the village and assisting with various projects. It’s the passion project of Shamser Thapa, who hopes to continue expanding the villages capacity to host foreigners, thus increasing economic opportunity in this tiny Nepali village.
The homestay was built through the help of volunteers, and volunteers continue to assist with projects expanding the homestay, as well as general projects around town and English classes at the local school.
Volunteers are warmly welcomed, and the homestay owner oversees the various volunteer projects in the village. Shamser developed the homestay with the intention of helping bring additional income and employment to the town. Shamser is focused on giving children a good start in life, educating children, parents, and grandparents about good hygiene, diet, and healthy lifestyle. Shamser hopes to improve the employment rate in the village, and to allow tourists the chance to see what life is like in rural Nepal — which is how the bulk of Nepali people live.
Volunteer opportunities include:
- Teaching English: Shamser is the principal of a local school, so native English speakers are welcome (and needed) as volunteer teachers.
- Construction (volunteers help villagers repair their homes, and may also help with necessary village projects
- Agriculture and gardening
If a volunteer has a specific skill they are welcome to reach out and discuss possibilities with Shamser.
There are no minimum stay requirements, though volunteers teaching or working with children should dedicate at least four weeks to their volunteer placement.
While there is no fee to volunteer, volunteers are asked to pay a nominal daily rate to cover the cost of food and lodging.
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