Newsletter Issue 2, April 2008

Namaste and welcome to the second issue of The Responsible Travellers newsletter. We are delighted to bring you news of our volunteer activities this spring.

Individual volunteer programme working for CHANCE (UK based charity)

Helping villagers on a volunteer programmeJulie gets stuck in collecting data from families to help set up an education support system for deprived children living in slums and squats. As a direct result of this volunteer work, CHANCE has been able to provide support to 15 families and 1 school in the Pokhara area. With our ethical background, strong charity links and an approach that embraces sustainable development, we aim to provide practical volunteer opportunities that have positive impacts.

“It is great that visitors get a chance to see the workings of the charity and are able to get a real insight into life in Nepal.” Charity Trustee.

“This has been the most culturally enriching trip I have ever been on, with professional staff who are especially informative. Thank you for allowing me to immerse myself in Nepal. I have been moved by the Nepali people.” Volunteer.

University study tour

Lecture programmeGlasgow University with Nepalese community representativesGlasgow University have completed a superb experience with conference, community work and classic Himalayan Trek! An enviable combination which has allowed the students to see all of Nepal and engage with local communities. Whilst in Kathmandu they had a full packed two day conference with senior representatives from the development agency community, before going to a school building project funded by The Responsible Travellers and CHANCE (UK based education charity). With family home stay they were able to experience the real life in Nepal, before then heading off to the hills for a trek in the Himalaya to mountain gaze and reflect on their experiences.

“We are humbled by the people who we’ve met and are sincerely thankful for the effort that has been made to make this event successful.” University Lecturer.

And now for some of our trips

Autumn in the Annapurnas?

We have the world famous Annapurna Circuit starting on September 27th, acclaimed as one of the most fascinating treks in the world. Or for those wanting to go off the beaten track, on October 17th you can join a trek to the restricted valley of Naar & Phu with an extension to climb Chulu East, the second highest trekking peak in Nepal!

See the Annapurnas like never before

Annapurna Circuit, October 2008

Naar & Phu with Chulu East extension, October 2008

In the Manang Valley, Annapurnas

Christmas & Easter volunteering specials

If you fancy a change and want to get more involved in your destination, then try one of our volunteering experiences. You can join a group, come alone and work with a charity, enjoy traditional Nepali homestays and really immerse yourself in Nepal.

Combine volunteering with a trek, tour or homestay

Tailor made volunteer holidays for individuals or groups. This is definitely the way to get the most from your holiday and the perfect itinerary to suit your needs.

Independent and tailor made trips

Nepali family with volunteer

Traditional Nepali homestays

Our exclusive Tamang Heritage Trail itinerary gives you the opportunity to stay with Nepali families and have an authentic and culturally enriching experience. Really get to know the people as you explore the remote culture of the Tamang and Tibetan borderland area.

Inside a Tamang homestay

This year we are also trekking in the Dolpa Wilderness and Annapurna Sanctuary, climbing Mera Peak, and much more.

Click here for a full list of departure dates.

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