The projects and programs offered on this page are ones that we are deeply committed to. Some are programs we've started ourselves, such as Her Farm that is the dream of co-founder Sunita Subedi Sharma (see the about page) and is a direct response to her own life challenges of living with domestic abuse in Nepal. Learn more about Her Farm at www.herfarmnepal.org.
The Kathmandu Hospital, where our pre-med program takes place has been a partner of ours for years and years and provides an unparaleled opportunity to learn about health care in a developing country. Our Global Health Internship takes place at both the Kathmandu hospital and a rural health post near Her Farm.
We've selected these programs for the superior experiences they offer you and because we personally believe in them and are deeply committed to them.
You can change programs and dates later if you want. You can even change programs once you arrive in Nepal. Look, we want this to be a great experience for you and our NGO partners in Nepal so we don't have fixed ways of operating that tie you down to one choice.
Please also take a minute to read our FAQ page to gain a better understanding of how we work in Nepal before making up your mind. You'll understand us better and why we are the very best place for you to volunteer in Nepal. We aren't a "placement company" that merely sends people to Nepal. You will live in our home, work alongside us on our projects and have a life-changing experience while doing so, we guarantee that.
Our medical education programs build on a decade of experience providiing healthcare in Nepal. If you really want to understand and learn about the challenges of healthcare systems in developing countries, this is the very best place to do that.
This program takes place in both our Kathmandu city hospital and a rural clinic about two hours outside of Kathmandu. In Kathmandu you will have the opportunity to spend time at a very busy hospital and observe surgeries.
The rural clinic is located in Goganpani in the Dhading District near Her Farm where you'll live. There are no surgeries taking place here. You will learn from the clinic staff and are under their supervision at all times. You will have the opportunity to be involved in treatments as supervised and allowed by the person in charge.
An incredible opportunity to observe all facets of medicine in a Kathmandu Hospital with English-speaking doctors. You will get experience in x-ray, laboratory, dental, eye-care, emergency, pre and post-operative, OB/GYN and the surgical theatre. Make daily rounds with doctors who will engage you in the diagnostic process and treatments. This will look great on your medical school application.
Nepal is a rural, agrarian society with 85% of the population residing in small villages and working family farms. This is the "real" Nepal and we provide an experience of it that is unmatched. You'll live and work in a community and immerse yourself completely in village life. Please watch this short video to get a sense of where you will be and how much fun it is to live and work in the real Nepal http://youtu.be/mnlELmO04B4 and see our volunteer run before and after school program HERE.
Her Farm iwas built to provide poor, landless and homeless women and their children a sustainable home and livelihood. It's much more than that however. Her Farm is grass-roots community development that impacts the entire rural village where the farm is located. Here's a partial list of what goes on daily at Her Farm.
1) Safe home for women and children. Some women have left abuse to seek refuge and new life here. Some women are younger and seek an education, employment and to avoid being forced into arranged marriage by families.
2) Education for village children and youth in English, computers and agriculture. (see also our program for teaching at the school at Her Farm. If you want to live here and teach, as opposed to paint, milk the cow and so forth, choose that program)
3) A demonstration farm where new farming ideas can be tested for the community to consider.
4) The cultural hub of the community where people gather to learn, to share ideas and sometimes just to dance.
Her Farm touches every aspect of life in this village.
At The Mountain Fund farm in rural Nepal we have projects that are wonderful experiences and contributions for groups. Located in a small hilltop village our farm is home to women who are alone and have no means of support for themselve or their children.
There are unlimited community development projects at the farm. We welcome the opportunity to talk about the goals and desires of your group or oganization and plan out the perfect community development trip to Nepal.
Executive Director Scott MacLennan is awarded the
Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal.