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FACE Nepal: Host Families and Cultural Exchange

Live, eat, and interact with a welcoming host family Experience daily life in your home away from home. Volunteers are unlikely to leave Nepal without having made many new friends. Volunteers will experience festivals and local events from an inside view.

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Introduction

From the time volunteers arrive in Nepal until they complete their volunteer programme they will live with a host family. The host family will provide Nepali food to the volunteer with the family members twice a day (around 9 o' clock in the morning and 7 o' clock in the evening). Tea (chiya) is served in the morning and in the afternoon. In the house volunteers will live as part of the family. By living with a Nepalese family volunteers have the unique opportunity to connect on a personal level with Nepal's people and culture. The host family stay also provides an excellent opportunity for volunteers to use new language skills and to actually experience Nepali culture.

Volunteers will have their own private bedroom and an internal power supply but all other facilities will be shared. Rural areas of Nepal often have fickle power supplies as well as often being weather dependent, so volunteers are encouraged to bring a flashlight. As essentially all host families are in rural areas, these homes typically have squat toilets and pump washing facilities. All washing is done by hand, from dishware to clothing and bedding. Most of our host families are able to provide a phone, and some also have computer access, though this is not guaranteed. If computers/the internet or phones are unavailable in the home, these will be available to volunteers in the schools where they work or the adjacent village.

Whenever possible, FACE Nepal tries to provide opportunities for volunteers to get together. Many times volunteers will overlap and be in the same village or nearby, and it is important to us that you have the opportunity in those cases to share your experiences. Volunteers will also be able to travel to larger nearby towns to purchase items for daily use and many prior volunteers have travelled to other parts of Nepal for longer visits with other volunteers or for sightseeing.

The above text and photos are a simple overview of a typical homestay through FACE Nepal. For a more in-depth look please see our brochure here.

Experience the daily life of a Nepalese community. Volunteers will live with and experience the life of an ordinary Nepalese family. Experience living in a whole new environement and culture in your homestay. Volunteers should be prepared for the delicious food of Nepal - especially the National Dish: Dhal Bhat.
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