Opportunities in Nepal for Volunteers and Digital Nomads

Of all the places in the world to volunteer, I don’t think you can find a better one than Nepal. Notice these benefits compared to other countries:

1. A tolerant populace.
2. The local people genuinely want to know you. Nepal has recently been added to the ‘World’s friendliest countries.
3. The government, including police, are kind to tourists.
4. Violent crime toward tourists is almost non-existant in most places in Nepal.
5. Nepal is one of the least expensive countries to travel to.
6. There is a genuine need just about anywhere you look for help. You should not pay a private company  (or NGO) for a volunteer placement in Nepal. However, you should be prepared to pay from $5-10 per day for food.
7. The weather in the Kathmandu Valley, outside Kathmandu City, is mild and with fresh air. Chitwan makes an excellent volunteer experience in the winter time, otherwise, you’ll need to worry about things like it being too hot and malaria.

Posted in kaygarnayfornepal.blogspot.com

Sunday, May 6, 2018

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How Medically Dangerous is Nepal?

Travel Warnings and Concerns

One of the most discouraging things you will need to consider prior to taking a trip to Asia is the health issue. It’s downright scary. ‘Should I take vaccines?‘ ‘If so, which ones?’ My doctor wanted me to take just about everything, for any contingency. I highly doubted I would get into too much trouble and promptly ignored most of his advice, but everyone is different. Consider this topic well. This is not America or Europe. You will eat things that you have no idea where they’ve been. I was riding by Changu Narayan when I happened to see people preparing snacks to package and sell. They were sitting outside and the man was literally sitting on bags of rice he would place into the package. I just had to stop to capture it for you:

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One Last Thing to Do Before Leaving Nepal

Parasites! I can tell you stories, for sure.One young man came to volunteer after the earthquakes and came down with a stomach bacteria. I asked him if he wanted someone to take a specimen to the lab for him. He insisted it was getting better. In a few days, the bug would be back. About the fourth round of him insisting it was getting better, he finally consented to have someone take a specimen to the lab.

When it came back ‘nomal’ I inquired to the person who took the specimen to the lab. As it turned out, the lab personnel asked Krishna, “What is it, urine?” Krishna wasn’t sure, so he did what every well-meaning Nepali does, he agreed with the man. So it was tested as if it were urine and had nothing associated with unhealthy urine.

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How to Find Good Health Care in Nepal

One of the biggest mistakes tourists make is taking care of such things as dental and medical care prior to leaving their country, well that is if you are from somewhere like the US. Health care and dental are quite good in Nepal if you know where to go. I had a bad root canal from the US fixed and the dentist saved the tooth next to it at the same time. It was pretty painless, excellent sanitation, amazing price at a little less than $250 for both teeth that included 3 procedures that lasted 30-45 minutes each. The filament was actually growing into my jaw bone. I wouldn’t even know which teeth he fixed, they came out so well.

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Tummy-safe foods in Nepal?

 

I’m not a big fan of food, so I’m not so keen on Nepali foods. So, because I know I’m not alone in this I’m going to tell what to order to avoid problematic local food. The food is almost all heavily spiced. It can cause every kind of intestinal issue from various degrees of heart-burn, or your body might just not know what to do with it, which can last throughout most of the night.

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