Hands On InstituteAsia
If you’re looking for a cultural experience in Nepal the Hands On Institute will help connect you to local homestay accommodation for tourism with a positive impact on communities. Staying in the Aapshwara Village amongst the Dalit community you will have your own private room with shared bathroom with all your meals provided. During your stay you will have a unique opportunity to learn traditional Nepali craft skills* including mud jewellery making, Khuhuri Sword making, learn to play Nepali instruments with the local youth club or even volunteer to teach English at the local school. Whether you want to participate in the optional volunteering at the local school or are just looking to have a holiday with a difference you’ll be sure to make lasting friendships and a truly life changing holiday.
*Craft skills are subject to an additional cost of £10 per group
- Volunteering Opportunities Available
- Meals Included
During your stay you can volunteer to teach English language skills in local schools or to women in the community, working 4 days per week from 9am - 5pm. There’s no cost to volunteer, nor do you need any experience, just a patient and helpful attitude.
Customised learning and volunteering experiences can be arranged to meet with your interests and needs. If you'd like to customise your stay please include this information in the special requests section of the booking enquiry form+
Please note that volunteering placements are subject to available spaces and open to group bookings of 2 or more volunteers only
About The Area
Based in the remote Aapshwara Village in the Tanahun district and is approximately 160 km from Kathmandu. The nearest town is approximately a 30 minute bus ride away or can be reached by foot in just under 2 hours. This area offers beautiful scenery and cultural immersion - with little tourism to the area you’ll have a uniquely Nepali experience.
Although you will be based in a remote and rural location there are plenty of cultural and nature inspired activities to experience during your stay - here are a few of our suggestions:
Learn traditional crafts including bamboo weaving, mud jewellery making or Nepali Khukuri sword smithing
Go for a hike across the beautiful scenery and hillsides
Take a trip to the local markets to stock up on local handmade gifts and souvenirs
Volunteer in the local schools to help develop English language and other skills
Activities and Nearby Adventures
- Cultural Activities
- Cultural Visits
- Educational Volunteering
- Traditional Craft Lessons
Meet the hosts
Hands On Institute works to provide a positive impact to the Nepali Dalit community and was co-founded by Bijaya Raj Poudel and Samrat Katwal. Through connecting tourists with homestay hosts Hands On Institute provide sustainable employment within the community as well as increased empowerment whilst preserving the traditional culture and customs of the Dalit community.
How To Get There
Public Transport - The best way to get to your homestay is by bus from either Pokhara or Kathmandu to - Damauli town where your host family will be waiting to collect you
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