The Exchange for Change program is a unique volunteer program that enables participants to integrate into community activities for a month while familiarizing themselves with Nepalese culture.
During the program, the volunteers get to live with Nepali families, experience Nepalese culture and become part of the local community. The volunteers are integrated into the organization’s work in the village in the fields of agriculture, the youth movement, education in schools and in the women’s groups.
The program is designed for travelers, professionals, and anyone interested in contributing their time to experience a unique cultural experience.
Tevel b’Tzedek is an organization that works and plans with the local communities, and therefore the work in the village is done over several years; the volunteers are part of this ongoing and sustainable process.
The program’s duration is about a month, and includes 3-5 days of orientation in Kathmandu, where volunteers participate in language lessons, familiarity with Nepalese culture, and deepening their knowledge of globalization, developing countries, community work, and the Jewish world.
At the end of the orientation, the volunteers will move to the village. At this stage, the volunteers will be divided into families’ homes and will integrate into various volunteer activities together with the local team: empowerment of women, work with youth, agriculture, and education.
Towards the end of the month, the volunteers will return to a seminar in Kathmandu to document their work in order to transfer their knowledge and experience to the next group, thus creating a continuum of work in the village.
The cost of the program is $500, a sum that covers the expenses of the host families in the villages, food, travel and the study seminar. The cost does not cover flights, medical insurance and visas.