Área: GaunshaharHello, my name is Shamser Thapa, I am the principal of an academy of learning in Lamjung, Nepal. My family has a homestay located in a beautiful part of North-Western Nepal on the top of a hill with stunning views of Annapurna, Fishtail, Manaslu, Peak 29 and Lamjung. My village is called Gaunshahar and is the original abode of the royal family of Nepal, which later relocated to Kathmandu. The small palace and courtyard still hosts traditional festivals that attract hundreds, sometimes thousands of people from all around at many intervals during the calendar year. Besisahar is a small town in the valley below and is the starting point of the famous Annapurna Circuit trek. We have both Western and Nepali bathrooms, internet, and plenty of blankets. Our food is sourced from almost entirely local ingredients. We can accommodate vegetarian diets as well. We ask volunteers to pay a total of 550 rupees a day to stay here. This cost includes three meals, tea and coffee , free wifi and cold shower. In case if you need hot shower, we have gas hot water and is expensive so we will ask you 750 rupees. Please try to understand.We have a local shop if you want to buy snacks or other items. We ask volunteers to give four hours help a day in any way you can. The rest of the day is yours! We welcome all new volunteers with Tikka and garlands. While staying with my family, we welcome any help you can give. As the principal of our school I welcome volunteers that help the children if they can, with handwriting practise, learning english or even just playing with them or teaching them games. There are 92 students, aged 3-13, with class sizes no bigger than 12. Don't worry if you have no special skills. I will give direction with any work that needs doing. This might be painting, building work, cooking or whatever you can offer. A few volunteers started their own novel projects, which were most welcome. One volunteer helped build a clay cob oven, which we use now every day. You are welcome to use this to bake or cook (we can make pizza). You can buy some ingredients in Besisahar. One volunteer set up a very small library (children's book donations are welcome). Other volunteers helped build the house we live in, and our beautiful garden. Two recent volunteers taught some nursery rhymes and games to our school children during assembly. If you know anything about permaculture, we'd love to learn so we can grow more of our own food. The next projects I have in mind are : - building a stone gate, -assisting an elderly woman improve her house, -building a large, traditional mud round house with reed roof. I'm very excited about this; there are nearly none left in Nepal and it would be a magnificent addition. I have consulted with elders on how to build and it would include a washroom nearby and would be rented out as a unique holiday experience for local and foreign tourists to get back to nature, -the children and elders from my village have to go in Besisahar by walking to learn how to use a computer. So my project is to open a place with a laptop to teach them how to use it for the basics things in a first time. That's why I would like to request you to bring me an old laptop you are not using anymore. Right now the eighteen years old children from my village have no idea how to use a computer, -when I will get my paypal account I would like to develop a children's sponsoring, it would be just 5 to 8 dollars per months for the school fees. On weekends we can go hiking, or participate in cultural programs,or even spend one night in the jungle. During your time here you will get a strong sense of Nepali village life. There will be Nepali lessons twice a week so that the volunteers can be acquainted with Nepali culture, history and language and would be useful on subsequent treks, if you are planning. We frequently have campfires, where you can try our local wine. We recently started an orchid garden from wild orchids growing in the surrounding jungle. You may find a general schedule of your stay here at the bottom of the page. Unfortunately its only possible to post six pictures on this site, but if you would like to see more, I can send them to you. There are local, micro and tourist buses running from Kathmandu to Besisashar daily. Local buses are slower but cheaper. There are several way to come in Gaunshahar: -The quickest and easiest way to get here is by microbus from the small Gongabu bus station (next to New Bus Station) in Kathmandu to Besisahar. Give half an hour for the bus to fill up and finding the ticket booth next to the main road. This journey will take about 6 hours but will stop once for local food and a toilet break on the way. Its best to set off no later than 7am in order to catch the pink 161 bus from Besisahar to our village, Guanshahar. This runs once a day from outside the Tukuche Peak Hotel between 2 and 3pm. Watch out for it on the left as you enter Besisahar. Both bus rides are very scenic; the first costs around 500 NPR (7 dollars). -It's also possible to take a bus from Pokhara to Besisahar, it will cost 310 Rps. -Or you can also hike up to our village if you prefer which takes about one and half hour. If you like you can pick up a cheap sim card for your phone before you come so you can contact me if you need any assistance. My family hope you can stay with us for as long as you like and we look forward to meeting you! ------ General Schedule ------ First day: Settling in and introduction for volunteers to my family and current projects. General days: Breakfast and meeting on the day's activities at 7-8am, lunch at 12.30-1.30pm, dinner at 7-8pm. (Volunteering activities during the day, depending on the nature of the activity) Friday: Campfire in the evening with the volunteers Saturday (rest day): Nepali class / 4 to 5 hours trek to the forth,ruined Royal Palace and jungle and village visits etc. / free time ------ Things we can use ------ 1. Stickers 2. Pencils, erasers, markers, crayons, colour pencils, sharpeners, and etc. 3. Exercise books, drawing paper, A4-sized printer paper 4. Working gloves 5. Old laptops 6. English children's books 7. Children's clothes 8. Educational board games and toys 9. Radio/CD player 10. External hard disks 11. English educational cartoons and nursery rhymes CDs 12. First aid materials (plasters, scissors, wound disinfection) 13. Chalk and duster 14. Old photo and/or film camera 15. Overhead projector 16. Small flag of your own country 17. Light bulbs and lamp covers 18. Black board paint 19. Solar boiler or solar panel or solar cooker
Área: BrasovDo the following sound exciting for you: * 6 km from Dracula castle * surrounded by 3 mountains, waiting to be hicked * wooden house in a small village * healthy food * an available bike * an available mountain guide (me) Then would you like to help me with: * cooking healthy food * cleaning and fixing the house * beautifying the garden Then you'll have a very flexible program, your own room and a cool host.
Área: Veliko TarnovoHi, My name is Cliff. I live in Bulgaria and run and accommodation/activity center. I live on my own. I am a rock climber and teach people to climb. I have lots of Bulgarian friends and climbing friends. I support Wolverhampton Wanderers, the greatest football team in the known universe. I need lots of help throughout the year to keep the place clean and tidy and to improve the place.
Área: ArkansasWe are an organization which assists persons with disabilities to train their own assistance dog. WE work one on one mostly at their homes. We do some public event work and visitations of schools, nursing homes. We also sometimes have a dog in training at the compound. Our compound is 7 acres in the heart of the North Arkansas Ozarks. Flippin, our town has about 1,500 people and is 10 miles north of us. We are deep in the country side so at dawn and dusk you may see deer stroll down our driveway, as we drive to town a wild turkey, armadillo, quail, may cross the road. And a short hike from us is a creek with a natural rock waterslide when the water is high enough. We are 10 miles from the White River, great trout, the Twin Lakes, for bass fishing. This is a rustic, peaceful area 30 years behind the pace of the modern world. While we have satellite TV and internet, some 'hollars' lose cell phone reception, there are no nightclubs...not a party place. We are rustic still here in some ways, well water, pipes can break and freeze so have to be repaired, no water during that time, things break, need to be repaired, it is a process. So much to be done, but we live here year round. Our previous volunteer is just now moving on after 4 years. We have hosted exchange students in our years. Founder is a military brat grew up in Germany.
Área: Huay Makay Soam (Tomato Village), Mae Hong Son ProvinceOur School opened in 2004 after working to build and fund a classroom in Huay Makay Soam, Mae Hong Son province, Thailand. The School provides local children with free English classes every weekday evening. The village is quite remote. The nearest big town, Mae Hong Son town, is 41 km away. English lessons are available in Mae Hong Son town, approx 200 Baht for 2 hours. The School, however, is free to all students, making English classes accessible to all in the village. This is essential as many families can not afford to pay for English classes. Why teach English? English is now an international language and the second language for many people throughout the world. Visitors to Thailand will often speak basic English and hope to communicate using English. Tourism in Thailand offers employments to many people in Thailand. For those students living in the Mae Hong Son District, tourism is also one possible area for future employment. Working as a trekking guide, tour guide, in a bar or restaurant, running a guest house – all require some level of English to allow you to interact with customers. There are many NGOs working in the region too, most of whom are English speaking. Jobs in the city, such as office work, will require some level of English. In order for the children of the Village to gain employment, English would be of huge advantage to them. Recent reports in the Thai press (Bangkok Post July 2010) indicate that the Thai government is even looking at making English the official second language. • Unique peace of Forest! Only “Ben and Ten Trekking” go there! • We are both Hilltribe people with lifelong experience living in the Forest. We have a Tourist Guide License and speak good English. We also speak many different Hilltribe Languages. • We will learn you about surviving in the forest: how to use bamboo, how to build a camp, what plants and trees to use. • We give you a Ben and Ten Certificate after the trekking. • We can change the program to your specific wishes. This forest offers many possibilities to fit you perfectly! • We live in TomatoVillage (Huay Makay Soam), 5 different Tribes live here. A perfect place to learn about our cultures! • We run a small local school to teach English to the children. You can visit the lessons if you stay overnight with us (Home stay). Program 1 1 night 2 days trekking with tenandben Tomato village Start from M.H.S, and after an hour and thirty minute car journey start walking for 2-4 hours. Lunch on the Mountain with beautiful views all around of Tomato village and king project. After Lunch we will Walk to Makaysoam (Tomato) village, visit to hill tribes peoples staying overnight atTen and Ben’s house. Great to learn about hill tribe life < 5 tribes in one village with Hmong, Shan, Red karen, Pa dong Karen. and Pa oh> Next day A morning start from Tomato village at 09:00 am. Then walk to Rom Thai village close to Border line. After that walk to the King Palace to see the Royal Project which is grows many different kinds of flowers and some beautiful birds and animals. Finally we will enjoy our lunch at Pang Tong village and then we will send you back to MHS by car and say good bye Program 2 2 days 2 night trekking with tenandbentrekking First day start from ten and Ben house at 9 o’clock, walk to pang oum village and then walk in the forest about 4-6 hrs, during which time you will see a rice farm, cabbage farm, big bamboo, a big forest, and beautiful views of the border of Thailand and Burma with views of Mae Hong son from the top of the mountain. We will take lunch on the mountain and then we will go to Shoos where you can sleep with in a farm house or overnight in the forest with camp fire.> We will teach you how to build the camp and cook with bamboo. Then you will sleep on the bamboo shelter and under a banana leaf roof. Second days In the morning we will walk in the forest to the royal King Palace to see the Royal Project which is grows many different kinds of flowers and some beautiful birds and animals. Then we will enjoy our lunch at Pang Tong village and enjoy the beautiful views of tomato village. Our next stop is Tomato village where you can enjoy a homestay at en and Ben’s home including dinner and breakfast. After breakfast the next morning you will return to MHS by car Program 3 1 night 2 days trekking with tenandben Tomato village Firstday start from ten and Ben house at 9 o’clock, walk to pang oum village and then walk in the forest about 4-6 hrs, during which time you will see a rice farm, cabbage farm, big bamboo, a big forest, and beautiful views of the border of Thailand and Burma with views of Mae Hong son from the top of the mountain. We will take lunch on the mountain and then we will go to Shoos where you can sleep with in a farm house or overnight in the forest with camp fire.> We will teach you how to build the camp and cook with bamboo. Then you will sleep on the bamboo shelter and under a banana leaf roof. Forest number 39 Second days From Forest number 39 we will walk for 4-6 hours and then we have to cross a big forest and a banana forest. We will take lunch on the way, and walk to a Red Karen village and in the evening send you back by car to Maehongson Program 4 1 night 2 days trekking with tenandben Tomato village Firstday start from ten and Ben house at 9 o’clock, walk to pang oum village and then walk in the forest about 4-6 hrs, during which time you will see a rice farm, cabbage farm, big bamboo, a big forest, and beautiful views of the border of Thailand and Burma with views of Mae Hong son from the top of the mountain. We will take lunch on the mountain and then we will go to Shoos where you can sleep with in a farm house or overnight in the forest with camp fire.> We will teach you how to build the camp and cook with bamboo. Then you will sleep on the bamboo shelter and under a banana leaf roof. Second days From Forest number 39 we walk in the forest to the King Palace to see th Royal Project which grows many different kinds of flowers and has some beautiful birds and animals. After this we will have lunch at Pang Tong village and then we will send you by car to Maehongson. Program 5 One day trekking Tomato village with tenandbentrekking Action 1 day trekking for 3-4 hours Starting from ten and ben’s home we will walk up the mountain to see the spectacular views of Tomato Village. and walk down across a big forest. When we reach the road your car waiting to take you back to Maehongson Action 1 day trekking for 3-5 hours We shall start from Ten and Bens house when you arrive from M.H.S. First we will walk to Pang oum village followed by a walk in the forest. On the way you will see the typically thai cabbage fields or rice fields and walk across a big forest. After lunch, which we will take on the way, we will walk down to the King Palace to see the Royal Project which grows many different kinds of flowers and some beautiful birds and animals. Then we will send you by car to Maehongson. Program 1 2 days 1nights with hill tribe (Karen) Start from Maehongson at 09:00 O’clock after about a ten minute journey you will arrive at a Red Karen village and start to walk up to the mountain, with amazing views of Maehongson, and we will take Lunch on the mountain. After Lunch we will walk up to top of the mountain and walk down across the forest and to the Karen village. Overnight you will stay with Karen Hill Tribe people where you can learn all about their daily lives Next day: Start to walk at 09:00 O’clock walk down the mountain to visit The Cave. (Beautiful Cave) Then we will walk down to a Small River across a Big forest, and some rice fields. We will then arrive back at the Karen Village from the first day and Send you back to Maehongson. Program 2 3 days 2 nights With Hill Tribe (Karen) First day Start from Maehongson at 09:00 O’clock after about a ten minute journey you will arrive at a Red Karen village and start to walk up to the mountain, with amazing views of Maehongson, and we will take Lunch on the mountain. After Lunch we will walk up to top of the mountain and walk down across the forest and to the Karen village. Overnight you will stay with Karen Hill Tribe people where you can learn all about their daily lives. During this day we will walk about 4-6 Second days Start at 09:00 O’clock we will walk down the Hill to the River, which we will walk across, and then we shall cross big forest. We will take the time to visit a beautiful cave and then walk up the mountain to a Karen village where we will stay overnight. If you are interested in hunting in the night time you can go hunting with your guide and your porter to see some animals in the forest. Third days Start to walk at 09:00 O’clock, we will walk in the forest and up the mountain taking lunch on the way. During the trek you will be able to appreciate the stunning views of Maehongson and then walk down to Karen village where we will send you back to Maehongson. Program 3 One day trekking 4-6 hours start from maehongson at 09:00 O’clock After a 10 minutes journey to a Karen Village here we will start our trek. First we will walk up the mountain, in The forest and then walk down the mountain along The Small River On The way we will take lunch in the forest and take some bamboo in the forest to boil water to make some tea, coffee or some Noodle Soup. After Lunch we will walk across the forest on the Small River and Walk up The mountain. Then we will walk down to the Karen Village.(Maesakued) and send you back to MHS by car.