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Nepal

Nepal ranks among the world's poorest nations, sitting at 157 of 187 countries in the UN's Human Development Index (in comparison to Australia, at number 2). Issues hampering development progress include frequent natural disasters, poor reliability and access to power, limited road connectivity and lack of foreign investment.

Despite impressive poverty reduction efforts there remain major challenges such as increasing access to secondary education and addressing health issues including malnutrition.

Australia's aid to Nepal aims to improve access to key services such as health and education, access to clear water and sanitation, and support for rural livelihoods. AVIDs typically volunteer in the health, governance and engineering and architecture sectors. 

Find out more about Nepal by visiting the country specific Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Smart Traveller sites.

 

Nepal - location info

  • Banepa
  • Kathmandu

Banepa is located 25 kilometres east of Kathmandu. The journey takes approximately an hour by car or 90 minutes by bus. It is 12 kilometres from Bhaktapur. Banepa has a population of approximately 17,000 people and is a beautiful town surrounded by green hills with panoramic views of the Himalayas.

Kathmandu is the capital and largest city of Nepal, and is located within the Kathmandu Valley, which is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites as a result of its ancient cultural and religious history. Although Nepal is confronting elements of modernity such as pollution and infrastructure problems, it also celebrates its traditional culture through festivals and the way of life. Kathmandu has a hot and wet monsoon season, and a very cold winter. Internet is readily available and a range shops, restaurants, and nightlife options are also accessible in particular areas.

Kathmandu is the capital and largest city of Nepal, and is located within the Kathmandu Valley, which is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites as a result of its ancient cultural and religious history. Although Nepal is confronting elements of modernity such as pollution and infrastructure problems, it also celebrates its traditional culture through festivals and way of life.

Kathmandu is the gateway for travel to the Himalayas and the mountains act as a stunning backdrop to the city. Kathmandu has a hot and wet monsoon season, and also a very cold winter. Internet is readily available, and a range shops, restaurants and nightlife options are also accessible in particular areas.

Nepal has eight of the highest mountains in the world and is a beautiful country to work and live in. Any volunteer coming to Nepal would love exploring our many festivals, trekking in the mountains and going on safaris in the plains. Buddha was born in Nepal and thus, Nepal maintains values of peace and harmony. Even after two decades, working with volunteers in Nepal has never been boring but always enjoyable!

- Nepal In-Country Manager, Rajendra Khadga

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A volunteer will make a small but important contribution to the many development challenges faced by Nepal.

In Country Management

In Country Management TeamsEach and every country we work in has its own dedicated In- Country Management Team (ICM Team). These teams develop assignments in consultation with Host Organisations and provide extensive support to volunteers in country. 

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