FAQ

Q: what kind of volunteer is SCIF-NEPAL looking for?

A: SCIF –NEPAL has worked at Disabled Home, Rehabilitation Centre, Orphanage, Hospital, Monastery and etc. According to your academic field and knowledge we will provide appropriate hints for your program, although experience in teaching health based on spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities. Also environment project can be advantages.

Q: Why do I have to pay registration fee?

A: The registration fee goes towards the running of the organization (house rent , staff, computers , internet and stationery ) . we are sponsoring patients who have spinal cord injured and the children those parents have spinal cord injured and other physical disabilities.

Q: when should I arrive to Nepal?

A: we are very flexible and as such you can arrive at a date which is best suited for you. You are welcome arrive few days earlier than the start of your program. Our representative /staff will meet you at the airport holding a sign with your name. He will receive you. We can arrange your accommodation if you arrive couple of days earlier. In some cases the date of your program can be adjusted if you contact us.

Q: where will I placed? What is the weather like in the placement areas?

A: The climate of Nepal is seasonally changeable and different regions. Geographically Nepal is deviated into three parts. The mountain region of Nepal is very cold in winter season while the mid –hill region (Kathmandu and pokhara) and mid terai region (Chitawan) have different climate in different seasons. The weather is cold from December to march but humid quite hot in summer. The spring and fall are cool pleasant. Please bring your winter cloths if you are coming in November, December and January, and summer cloths for rest of the months.

Q. What are the volunteer Program locations in Nepal?

A: Our volunteering programs are located all over Nepal as Your choice.

Q. When do I need to arrive in Nepal for my program?

A: All volunteers need to arrive one day before their program start date.

Q. When do I have to apply for the program?

A: Basically volunteers need to apply 2 month before of their starting date but in few programs like Village/home stay and cultural exchange volunteers may apply a month before of their starting date.

Q. What will happen once I arrive in Nepal?

A: Volunteers are picked up from the Nepal International Airport in Kathmandu by the local staff or coordinator. Those volunteers who will be already in Nepal will be met by the staff at a designated meeting point decided beforehand. After you have been picked up you will be transferred to your accommodations.

Q. When will I know specific details of my placement?

A: Once you have applied, we will send you details of your placement usually within 7 working days.

Q. How do I get to the program location?

A: Our staff / representative will take you to your placement the first day and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc. In subsequent days, you would need to commute between the placement and accommodation. In some cases, the placement would be located at a walking distance from the place of stay.

Q. I want to know more about accommodation arrangements?

A: We provide you with accommodation from your start date to the end of the program. Accommodation is provided on a shared and separate basis in a local Nepali family home. The home stay accommodations are neat and provide a comfortable stay during the period of volunteering in Nepal. All accommodations have running water, electricity and all basic amenities available. You should bring along things like, mosquito repellent and your own soaps and shampoos.

Q. What will be the food arrangement?

A: All volunteers are provided with 2 or 3 Nepali meals depending on their work schedule. Typical meals provided include Dal (Lentils), Rice, Vegetables, Chicken and meat etc.

Q. Do you make provision for vegetarians?

A: Yes, provisions for vegetarians can be made easily. Please make sure to inform our Admin team in advance about your requirements.

Q. What is the age range to volunteer?

A: Volunteers must be 16 years or older at the beginning of the program. There is no upper age limit. You must be fit to travel and work.

Q. Can couple or families join the volunteer program?

A: Yes, couples and families are welcome to join our programs. We make special provisions for families joining our volunteering programs.

Q. What immunizations/vaccinations will I need?

A: We recommend you speak to your doctor before coming. A list of vaccinations would be provided in the Pre departure kit provided to volunteers before their departure.

Q. Are there more expenses once I arrive in Nepal?

A: Your program fee covers you for food, accommodation, airport pick up and drop you have to do travel and medical insurance yourself in your own country and home town. There is not any special insurance company in Nepal. You will need to cover yourself for your personal expenses, such as traveling, telephone, internet, shopping, sightseeing etc. Traveling within Nepal is cheap; however, you should carry around $20 per week for your basic personal expenses.

Q. Where can I exchange my money in Nepal?

A: You can exchange money in any bank or at the airport by showing your passport .Money exchangers are available in plenty in Kathmandu as well.

Q. Are there ATM’s in Nepal?

A: There are plenty of ATM’s in Kathmandu especially in the Tourist areas.

Q. Is there phone and internet available on projects?

A: You will have to use Internet cafes to use Internet. To make phone calls you can use the phone booths. It is strongly recommended that you carry a mobile phone while traveling to Nepal. You can get international roaming or you can simply buy a local SIM card in the city. You would be assisted by your coordinator.

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Q. What hours will I volunteer every day?

A: Volunteers usually work for 4-5 hours a day depending on their program. You will be working from Sunday to Thursday and sometimes on Friday too. Saturday is the official day off in Nepal.

Q. Are we able to do any sightseeing or traveling in weekends?

A: You will usually have 2 free days per week, you can utilize this time for anything you like. All costs are at the volunteer’s expense. Volunteers go for short trips Like Pokhara , Chitwan Lumbini or Nagarkot to view the magnificent views of sunrise and sunset from the Himalayan range.

Q. What will be the food arrangement?

A: All volunteers are provided with 2 or 3 Nepali meals depending on their work schedule. Typical meals provided include Dal (Lentils), Rice, Vegetables, Chicken and meat etc.

Q. Do you make provision for vegetarians?

A: Yes, provisions for vegetarians can be made easily. Please make sure to inform our Admin team in advance about your requirements.

Q. What is the age range to volunteer?

A: Volunteers must be 16 years or older at the beginning of the program. There is no upper age limit. You must be fit to travel and work.

Q. Can couple or families join the volunteer program?

A: Yes, couples and families are welcome to join our programs. We make special provisions for families joining our volunteering programs.

Q. What immunizations/vaccinations will I need?

A: We recommend you speak to your doctor before coming. A list of vaccinations would be provided in the Pre departure kit provided to volunteers before their departure.

Q. Are there more expenses once I arrive in Nepal?

A: Your program fee covers you for food, accommodation, airport pick up and drop you have to do travel and medical insurance yourself in your own country and home town. There is not any special insurance company in Nepal. You will need to cover yourself for your personal expenses, such as traveling, telephone, internet, shopping, sightseeing etc. Traveling within Nepal is cheap; however, you should carry around $20 per week for your basic personal expenses.

Q. Where can I exchange my money in Nepal?

A: You can exchange money in any bank or at the airport by showing your passport .Money exchangers are available in plenty in Kathmandu as well.

Q. Are there ATM’s in Nepal?

A: There are plenty of ATM’s in Kathmandu especially in the Tourist areas.

Q. Is there phone and internet available on projects?

A: You will have to use Internet cafes to use Internet. To make phone calls you can use the phone booths. It is strongly recommended that you carry a mobile phone while traveling to Nepal. You can get international roaming or you can simply buy a local SIM card in the city. You would be assisted by your coordinator.

Q. What hours will I volunteer every day?

A: Volunteers usually work for 4-5 hours a day depending on their program. You will be working from Sunday to Thursday and sometimes on Friday too. Saturday is the official day off in Nepal.

Q. Are we able to do any sightseeing or traveling in weekends?

A: You will usually have 2 free days per week, you can utilize this time for anything you like. All costs are at the volunteer’s expense. Volunteers go for short trips Like Pokhara , Chitwan Lumbini or Nagarkot to view the magnificent views of sunrise and sunset from the Himalayan range.

Q. What visa do I need to get, will I get any help?

A: You need to apply for a tourist visa. You can easily get tourist visa for Nepal in your home country. It usually takes about 7 working days to get a visa for Nepal. However you can get visa on arrival at Kathmandu International Airport as well. It is much easier to obtain.

Q. Do I need travel Insurance?

A: Yes, we strongly recommended that you must have travel and medical or health insurance. we don’t provide any Medical and Travel insurance. In our past experience it shows that volunteer have to purchase medical and other Insurance for their financial safety.

Q. How can I ensure my place in your program?

A: After getting your flight details your place will be ensure in our program. We will send you an-email. Which makes you sure that your place is reserved?

Q. Who choose my Host family?

A: SCIF Nepal chooses the host family. According to your e-mails responds we will try to find appropriate host family for you.

Q. What kinds of thing do I need to bring with me?

A: Sleeping Bag , Hiking Boots, flip-flops , Fleece Jacket (during Winter months), Light-weight cotton clothing, Water-proof jacket ( a fold away wind-cheater is fine) , Sarong ( or you can buy lunge in Nepal) for women , Mosquito repellent/net , Suns cream , Water purification tablets and/or water filter, Flashlight , Penknife , Photos of you family/friends/home (essential), A few Examples of your local currency , Musical instrument, English/Nepali/English Dictionary- for simple definitions (buy a Nepali dictionary on arrival in KTM) , Colored pencils and pens, drawing-books, stickers Grammar book. If have any more question frequently comes in mind fell free to contact us we will try to answer best.

Q. What will be the food arrangement?

A: All volunteers are provided with 2 or 3 Nepali meals depending on their work schedule. Typical meals provided include Dal (Lentils), Rice, Vegetables, Chicken and meat etc.

Q. Do you make provision for vegetarians?

A: Yes, provisions for vegetarians can be made easily. Please make sure to inform our Admin team in advance about your requirements.

Q. What is the age range to volunteer?

A: Volunteers must be 16 years or older at the beginning of the program. There is no upper age limit. You must be fit to travel and work.

Q. Can couple or families join the volunteer program?

A: Yes, couples and families are welcome to join our programs. We make special provisions for families joining our volunteering programs.

Q. What immunizations/vaccinations will I need?

A: We recommend you speak to your doctor before coming. A list of vaccinations would be provided in the Pre departure kit provided to volunteers before their departure.

Q. Are there more expenses once I arrive in Nepal?

A: Your program fee covers you for food, accommodation, airport pick up and drop you have to do travel and medical insurance yourself in your own country and home town. There is not any special insurance company in Nepal. You will need to cover yourself for your personal expenses, such as traveling, telephone, internet, shopping, sightseeing etc. Traveling within Nepal is cheap; however, you should carry around $20 per week for your basic personal expenses.

Q. Where can I exchange my money in Nepal?

A: You can exchange money in any bank or at the airport by showing your passport .Money exchangers are available in plenty in Kathmandu as well.

Q. Are there ATM’s in Nepal?

A: There are plenty of ATM’s in Kathmandu especially in the Tourist areas.

Q. Is there phone and internet available on projects?

A: You will have to use Internet cafes to use Internet. To make phone calls you can use the phone booths. It is strongly recommended that you carry a mobile phone while traveling to Nepal. You can get international roaming or you can simply buy a local SIM card in the city. You would be assisted by your coordinator.

Q. What hours will I volunteer every day?

A: Volunteers usually work for 4-5 hours a day depending on their program. You will be working from Sunday to Thursday and sometimes on Friday too. Saturday is the official day off in Nepal.

Q. Are we able to do any sightseeing or traveling in weekends?

A: You will usually have 2 free days per week, you can utilize this time for anything you like. All costs are at the volunteer’s expense. Volunteers go for short trips Like Pokhara , Chitwan Lumbini or Nagarkot to view the magnificent views of sunrise and sunset from the Himalayan ran

SCIF is charity organization based on spinal cord injury and Disability has been concentrating is uplifting the socio economic of spinal cord injury and disabilities.

SCIF is charity organization based on spinal cord injury and Disability has been concentrating is uplifting the socio economic of spinal cord injury and disabilities.

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