Travel to Nepal to backpack, study, intern, volunteer, work or live as a digital nomad, expat or emigrant?

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Intro: life and experiences in Nepal

Backpacking in Nepal?

  • Known for its mountains, hippie culture and delicious food - Nepal is a spot-on yet intensely beautiful country that has an enormous amount to offer with 8 climate zones.  
  • Whether you spend two weeks trekking here, or three months exploring every corner of the country, it's a trip to remember.
  • Features: from tropical zones to the highest mountain in the world in a small area, friendly people, beautiful cultural and religious sites and a paradise for spirituality.

Traveling in Nepal?

  • Besides climbing Everest, there are many other wonderful hikes of all levels.  
  • With high mountains and tropical landscape a short distance away, you can expect plenty of variety.  
  • The long history of Hinduism and Buddhism also makes for an intense, cultural experience that is a lot less intense than in India.
  • City spotting:  Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini, Bhaktapur, Sauraha.
  • Activity spotting: mountain climbing and trekking, animal spotting, yoga courses, visiting temples and delicious food.
  • Nature spotting: the several areas within the Himalayan Mountains, the jungles of Chitwan and Bardia, the harsh landscape of Upper Mustang, Rara Lake and the rolling hills of Khaptad National Park.
  • Animal spotting: from Bengal tigers, rhinos, elephants and many bird species, to snow leopards and red pandas.

Studying in Nepal?

  • Education in Nepal: Nepalese universities are of varying quality and score low in international rankings.  
  • The quality can also vary greatly within a university. Many Nepalese youth seek studies abroad which may also indicate a lower quality of education.
  • Language: the main language is Nepali, some universities also offer studies in English. 
  • Studies: in Nepal you will find several studies, from traditional to modern.  
  • For example, you can study Buddhism and studies such as business administration, IT and civil engineering are also popular.
  • Study cities: Kathmandu, Pokhara.
  • Language learning: you can learn the language in many places, including through language centers linked to universities and in these cities themselves.

Internship in Nepal?

  • Internships: there are many opportunities for internships in all fields. Popular sectors for foreigners are health care, community development, women's empowerment, conservation and education.
  • Internship cities: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Biratnagar.
  • Characteristics: Nepal is a developing country, so you can contribute a lot by doing an internship. Many internships are associated with institutions and non-profits. 

Doing volunteer work in Nepal?

  • Volunteering is a very special experience in Nepal because of the development, culture and variety of the country.  
  • Volunteering in education, women's empowerment, healthcare and sustainable agriculture (such as tea plantations) is popular.
  • Animal/nature projects: there are projects with stray animals, and forest protection and regeneration.
  • Characteristics: you can volunteer from as little as a week to several months. Your work and your possible financial contribution really help people and is highly appreciated.

Working in Nepal?

  • Jobs: most foreigners come to Nepal through foreign organizations and companies. For example, in civil engineering, charitable organizations or government agencies. 
  • Work culture: in Nepal, people work hard and have great respect for superiors and elders. In the workplace, people use formal manners.
  • Characteristics: formal, hierarchical, dedication and cooperation are important. 

Working as a digital nomad in Nepal?

  • Favorite locations: Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Characteristics: cheap, cozy, large community and adventure is close by. Do keep in mind power outages and volatile internet.

Living in Nepal?

  • Language: people in Nepal speak Nepali, sometimes Hindi and in many cases English. 
  • Quality of life: the quality of life in Nepal is considered low to average, depending on where you live. There is a lot to do, people are open and friendly, but the healthcare system does leave much to be desired and the infrastructure is poor.
  • Features: cheap living, you will definitely feel the spiritual atmosphere and if you are good at adjusting to less luxury/no luxury you can enjoy a peaceful life in Nepal.  
  • Health care: health care in Nepal, with the exception of a few traveler clinics, is not good. Hygiene is often a problem, as is the absence of instruments and medicines. In travelers' clinics, however, health care is often of good quality.
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