Although only 150 km and around 12 hours North of Katmandu, Langtang is one of the most remote areas of Nepal. Bordering Tibet, the mountaneous Langtang National Park is known for its its spectacular Himal Mountain Views, and is a popular
Our volunteer programs are based in mountain villages around the small town of Syabrubesi. Although all are within 3 hours of Syabrubesi, a treking start point with Western facillities, the villages can only be accessed on foot and are very remote and basic by Western standards. Volunteers have limited access to telephone, mail and the internet whilst in their villages and usually travel into Syabrubesi on weekends to socialize with other volunteers and take advantage of the facillities.
People in this region are primarily Tamang. The Tamang are known for their industrious nature and many are employed as porters for tourists visiting the area. However the recent political instability and the remoteness of the region, has reduced the level of tourism contributing to this being one of the poorest regions of Nepal.
Volunteers have the opportunity to teach in a number of primary and secondary schools in the Langtang area. Volunteers will work together with a local teacher to help improve English skills including listening and speaking, grammar,and reading for children and teachers. You will also be able to assist local teachers in a variety of other subjects including maths and history.
Travel to Teach also work with several libraries around Langtang. Volunteers conduct informal English language lessons in the mornings and late afternoons before and after school at the center and are also welcome to conduct workshops in varying subjects and skills.
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Our application process typically takes two or three weeks, but can
be speeded up if there is a need for that. When we receive the initial application from you, we will send you our
full application form.
(1) Complete the Initial Application Form:
The first stage of the application process is to fill out the brief initial application form. Upon receiving this we will send you the full application form.
(2) Complete the Full Application Form:
Fill out the application form. After receiving this we will assess your suitability and place you on one of our programs.
(3) Placement info:
We will return detailed placement information and an invoice. If you accept the placement you should clikc the link to say so. The fee can be paid with credit card through PayPal or by bank transfer.
Once you have made your traveling arrangements you should mail your time of arrival and the means of transportation and we will confirm pickup.
For the majority of our Nepal programs, you can join us for any amount of time from 2 weeks to 4 months. However, some projects have minimum time restrictions.
We recommend a trip of 2-4 months since it offers the best value. Regardless of the length of your stay, you will have time to get to know a new culture, come to know its people, and form relationships that will outlast the duration of your stay.
April: Sat 26
May: Sat 10, Sat 24
June: Sat 7, Sat 21
July: Sat 5, Sat 19
August: Sat 2, Sat 16, Sat 30
September: Sat 13, Sat 27
October: Sat 11, Sat 25
November: Sat 8, Sat 22
|December: Sat 6, Sat 20|
|January: Sat 3, Sat 17, Sat 31
February: Sat 14, Sat 28
March: Sat 14, Sat 28
April: Sat 11, Sat 25
|May: Sat 9, Sat 23
June: Sat 6, Sat 20
July: Sat 4, Sat 18
August: Sat 1, Sat 15, Sat 29
|September: Sat 12, Sat 26
October: Sat 10, Sat 24
November: Sat 7, Sat 21
December: Sat 5, Sat 19
Volunteers in the Langtang area home stay with local Tamang families. We have four different home stay families in the area all of whom have lots of previous experience with looking after volunteers. Nepali people are very hospitable and friendly and volunteers are very well looked after, however the accommodation is typically Nepali and very basic by Western standards. Toilets and showers are usually traditional Nepali and outside and electricity supplies can be unreliable.
During your time in the house you will be encouraged to participate in activities around the home such as cooking, washing and generally caring for the house and family as if you where a member of the familly. We believe this is best way to experience real Nepali life.
Located close to the Tibet border the Langtang area offers fantastic opportunities for trekking sightseeing and rafting. Volunteers can take trips to Tato Pani, a naturally heated lake only 3km from the Tibetan border. Volunteers can also join tour groups to visit Tibet.
The staple food for people in Nepal is "Dal Bhat" which most families will eat at least once a day and consists of rice (Bhat), lentil soup (dal) and vegetables in curry (Tarkari) and/or meat (Masu) and a small amount of pickle /sauce (Achar). As well as Dal Bhat and the more Indian influenced Nepali foods Tibetan influenced dishes such as Tibetan breads, thugba (noodle soup), momos and tsampa are particularly popular in mountain regions. Volunteers usually eat with there home stay families during the week but can travel into Syabrubesi on weekends which had a variety of continental foods.
The Langtang areas weather is dictated by its high elevation. The area has two basic seasons, wet between June and September and dry between October and May. We do not recommend volunteering in Langtang during the rainy season as there are often landslides which can block the roads leading into the region for 3 or 4 days at a time. The dry season can get extremely cold at night, particularly during the winter months between December and February.Langtang Weather Chart
In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct airlink with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Royal Nepal Airlines (RNAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight.
Volunteers will be met at the international airport in Kathmandu by our in country coordinators.
Asim, T2T's partner in Nepal, directs our Nepali programs. He lives with his wife Namrata and his two young sons Narawas and Nirnaya, at the Happy Home Children's Care House. Asim has nearly 20 years experience working with volunteers and managing programs for various NGO's and has travelled to the UK as part of a cultural exchange program. His interests include working in the theatre and writing plays, he has also made one series for Nepali National Television.
Bicky is our Nepal Program Director and Co-coordinator. With over 6 years experience working with volunteers, Bicky is responsible for co-coordinating our volunteers and scheduling their training programs as well as matching each volunteers to suitable programs. Bicky has travelled extensively around Nepal and also been to Holland and China as part of volunteer exchange programs. As well as travel his interests include social work, especially with orphanage projects and in the local communities surrounding our projects.
A Visa can be obtained from the Royal Nepalese Embassy or Consulate office located in your country. It is also possible to get a Visa upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. However, it is recommended that you obtain your Visa prior to arrival as the Visa lines at the airport tend to be quite long.
The fee for a Single Entry Tourist Visa to Nepal for 60 days is US $60. Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum of 150 days. The Visa extension fee for 30 days is US $30.
If you are planning to work in Cambodia then you will need to obtain a police records background check before starting your placement. For details on the application procedure in your home country please take a look at: www.travel-to-teach.org/CRB-information.php
At all other locations you will be required to abide by the Travel to Teach Child Protection Policy.
Volunteers should consider vaccines/medication for the following:
Please consult your doctor before traveling. More information is available from the WHO's (World Health Organization) Travelers health information
One of the conditions of entry onto our programs is that volunteers have travel insurance. Most importantly the insurance needs to include medical treatment and repatriation in case of unforeseen accidents or illnesses. Volunteers should purchase insurance independently and bring a copy of their insurance certificate with them for their local co-ordinator to check before starting their program. Read our terms and conditions.