Exchange for Change

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About

Volunteer in Nepal after the earthquake, take your trip off the beaten path with a one-month cultural exchange and volunteering experience.  

The Exchange for Change program is a unique volunteer program that enables participants to integrate into community activities for a month while familiarizing themselves with Nepalese culture.
During the program, the volunteers get to live with Nepali families, experience Nepalese culture and become part of the local community. The volunteers are integrated into the organization’s work in the village in the fields of agriculture, the youth movement, education in schools and in the women’s groups.
The program is designed for travelers, professionals and anyone interested in contributing their time to experience a unique cultural experience.
Tevel b’Tzedek is an organization that works and plans with the local communities, and therefore the work in the village is done over several years; the volunteers are part of this ongoing and sustainable process.

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What's included

The program’s duration is about a month, and includes 3-5 days of orientation in Kathmandu, where volunteers participate in language lessons, familiarity with Nepalese culture, and deepening their knowledge of globalization, developing countries, community work, and the Jewish world.
At the end of the orientation, the volunteers will move to the village. At this stage, the volunteers will be divided into families’ homes and will integrate into various volunteer activities together with the local team: empowerment of women, work with youth, agriculture, and education.
Towards the end of the month, the volunteers will return to a seminar in Kathmandu to document their work in order to transfer their knowledge and experience to the next group, thus creating a continuum of work in the village.
The cost of the program is between $12-15 per day, a sum that covers the expenses of the host families in the villages, food, travel and the study seminar. The cost does not cover flights, medical insurance and visas.

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When/Where

When?

The program takes place during the the tourist seasons in Nepal (September-November and February-June).

Upcoming sessions

February 4th- 28th, 2018

March 4th- 29th, 2018

April 22nd- May 16th, 2018

We are unable to run the program during the summer months (June-August) due to the weather conditions during the monsoon season. 

Where?

The program operates in the District of Kavre in an area called Dhunkharka, which is about a five-hour drive from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The work is carried out in two different villages of about 200 families. Most of the families are from the ethnic Tamang group. The group of volunteers will be divided between the two villages, which are a 30-minute walk from each other.

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Applying

In order to register for the program, please fill in the registration form!
After that, a representative from the organization will contact you and set up a personal interview according to the program date you wish to register for.

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Quotes
“A member of the women’s empowerment group that I was working with once told me “thank you for what you are doing here.” I really thought that I had to thank her in return, not to be polite, but because I felt I had gained and learned so much with all those women. While teaching empowerment, I got empowered myself. I felt the same way while teaching journalism to children. Those kids are so strong and courageous that one can learn a lot from them. Some of them work before and after school and have hard living conditions, and yet they are always very optimistic and see the future with confidence. I came to Nepal because I wanted to give, but I feel that I received much more than I could dream of.”
Roni, volunteered in Nepal

 

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