Nepal

"Volunteering in Helambu is like taking a holiday for the soul. Completely isolated from commercial greed and the vanity of material possessions, the Yolmo culture has welcomed me with open arms and treated me as one of their own from day one. Not having any other English speakers around, I've done a lot of soul-searching in this stunningly beautiful and tranquil mountain village. Not only do I feel that I made an invaluable impact on the futures of 82 young souls, but I also feel that I have rediscovered the true treasures of life - family, sense of community and cooperation. The Yolmo volunteering experience will humble the fast-spirited, soothe the laid-back and fascinate the open-minded"

Elena Gorianova
 

Nepal is a small, peaceful country known as “the land of spirituality” located between two large countries, China and India. The two majority religions of Nepal are Hinduism and Buddhism. These two religions share a special relationship with one another as Lord Buddha, one of the greatest Peace Messengers was born in the southern part of Nepal to a Hindu family.

Although a small landmass, Nepal's topography is amazingly diverse climbing from as low as 60 m to 8,848 m above sea level. Nepal’s cultural and linguistic diversity, landscape, beauty and spiritual vibrancy make it one of the world's most desired travelled destinations.

Nepal is not only home to countless monasteries, beautiful temples and magnificent mountain peaks such as Mount Everest, better known as “the roof of the world,” but also to ten of the world’s heritage sites. These include a sacred place in Lumbini where Gautam Buddha was born and Sagarmatha and Chitwan National Parks. Seven of the world’s heritage sites are found inside the Kathmandu valley close to the Helambu Region where our COE Chapter and Volunteer Program are located. This beautiful Valley lies at the crossroads of ancient civilizations of Asia and has at least 130 important monuments, including several places of pilgrimage for the Hindus and the Buddhists. The warm and friendly hospitality offered by the Nepalese people makes the experience of visiting Nepal an unforgettable one. Jimmy Lama, COE Chapter Leader and COE Nepal Coordinator, is the head of the volunteer program in Nepal. He is an advisor to the Youth Society for Peace, who practices and promotes peace through spirituality. He is a passionate peace worker, helping to improve the overall environment of schools and the quality of education in some of the poorest communities often forgotten by the government. Through his selfless service by building classrooms, toilettes, setting up libraries, supplementing schools with additional teachers and water supply, he has touched and changed the lives of over 1,000 children across 11 different local community-run schools.

This Volunteer Program is designed for passionate, enthusiastic and spiritually motivated young people who would like to help Jimmy Lama enrich the lives of some of the poorest children and communities in Nepal. If you respect new cultures, have a caring spirit, positive attitude and willingness to live in a modest way, you could have the opportunity to embark in a life changing experience that will allow you to grow spiritually, expand your cultural knowledge and world vision.