Be the conservationist is designed for being responsible to the environment as best as its name suggests or environment friendly tourism by participation in various eco tourism activities. It focuses on the basic concurrent fundamentals i.e. biodiversity conservation, socio culturally acceptable sustainable development Principles and practices for generating economy in local areas. Be the conservationist has been an impactful program for serving Mother nature together with the involvement of local people by exploring and promoting the local culture and ideas henceforth, upsurging economic opportunities in remote areas. It has helped to empower the community, allocating and mapping the availability of the natural resources thus alleviating poverty in the long run. The participants can be the part of change and get involved in various vibrant settings like community based, nature based, protected area based, culture based, ecosystem based commitment for ecotourism programs. It includes meaningful community participation, It is also not just confined to ecotourism definition of sightseeing, Adventure undertakings, education or getting knowledgeable insights of the natural environment rather taking part in natural habitat restoration, conserving diversified ecosystem, organizing awareness raising campaigns, cleanliness and waste management, Tree plantation etc.
Eco tourism in Nepal is flourishing and prioritizes ecological resources integrity, preservation of diversified flora and fauna by being responsible to ecological chains and developing community by generating economic opportunity. This program aims to practice the conservation of the environment which is an alternative to mass tourism.
Tourism sector has also been one of the major sources for generating revenue and GON has recognized eco tourism 2065 which entails the combination of conservation and tourism. It safeguards nature and thereby contributes to environmental well being. We firmly believe that our small effort of participants for conservation makes a big difference.
Nepal is a beautiful country with untouched and virgin natural resources.The variation in morphological units has constituted a diversified ecosystem which is majorly classified into three ecological Belt. The longitudinal crossing land of terai region at the southern part are mainly flat land and has tropical climate. Agriculturally alluvial terrain and mostly covered with forest areas preserving dynamic living creatures and organisms. Almost 37% of total area is covered by forest area where the grasslands are formed which is the habitat for large sized mammals like Bengal tiger, Indian Elephant, Leopard, one horned rhinoceros, different aquatic ecosystems and many more. The preceding upsurge of terrain initiates with the increasing altitude at chure range, gradually increasing terrace land also contributes for the diversified vegetation and continuously gets rise to the highest peak again with inclined geographical territories, idiosyncratic vegetation and life. An environment conservation is a combined effort of every stakeholders beginning from Individual I and from home. The stakeholders include civilians, government, civil societies, different associations, formal-informal organizations and most importantly Tourism industries.
We provide you an opportunity to be ‘The conservationist’. The opportunity is related to the conventional way of conserving Natural resources which is associated with the local cosmology and also directly involved in the natural setting. Previously, different policies and programs were carried out by GOs, Ngos and other concerned stakeholders, consequently, malfunctioned as it was far from the real world problems.However, We believe that local people who are connected with their natural environment are much more aware for what they need and how it should be done. For example Trekkers during peak season in himalayas might have increased the economy of certain places but trekkers throwing garbage in walking trails is a menace for local people. People enjoy their food and throw packages in the lake hindering both the beauty and marine ecosystem. People go on hiking and throw cigarettes resulting in wildfires. This seems to be unnoticed activity but causing hazardous environmental conditions which does not only impact in the present context eventually in the future too.
It’s an interchange of culture, ideas, knowledge and overall beliefs between the participants and local people. one will get a chance to retrospect the real world problem and introspect within the inner self.
Kudos for contributing something to Mother Nature.
The degradation of the environment is directly related to our day to day activities, our vital activities require minute observation. It’s essential now to change the thinking process which is only possible by providing knowledgeable insights, rigorous discussions and raising awareness in terms of environment conservation, sustainable livelihood and best practices of waste management.
There are various problems related to Environmental deterioration causing hazardous problems affecting global scenarios, ozone depletion, global warming, acid rainfalls and climate change are the major ones. Nepal is a developing country and many resources are exploited in the name of development. We have been poaching and encroaching on the territory of wildlife as if it’s a tug of war between mankind and wildlife. There are lots of activities which might be voluntary and felicitous for conservation, some of them might be Cleaning and waste management, Tree plantation, orienting school students, organizing Waste management campaigns, Practical demonstration and training etc.
An introduction to exogenous ideologies, concepts , practices and attribute technologies are essential inorder to change the rudimentary perceptions. However, change is very difficult so be aware about the cultural shock. Most of the time traditional practices are connected deeply with the lifestyle and livelihood practices but once a problem is identified and you build rapport and immerse yourself in it , your ideas will be constantly welcomed and surely! it’s a power as it is said that ‘with a great power comes a great responsibility’.
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be received and transferred to the hotel.
Orientation and sightseeing around Kathmandu is allocated for half-day for each activity
Meeting with Dedicated Staff members. Orientation includes Nepali Culture and Nepali Language class together with half day sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel.
Different Gos, NGOs and associated organizations visit on the third day of your arrival, you will get a chance to get further ideas and information on the issue that you are going to work in the field.
Early morning departure in the private vehicle. The placement in remote areas or outskirts of the city which takes several hours to reach a destination. It might also require some walking.
You will get involved in various activities at a local level, Its week long stay in corresponding areas where you will be able to work on specific issues . The stay will be in community homestay, you can get a chance to know typical lifestyle, culture and undertake vital chores .
Farewell Program by the locals in their own traditional way. Reviewing the impacts that you will be leaving to the community. Your experience of staying with the locals will be heard of. The locals will also share their experience of staying with you. Overnight at the homestay.
You will be heading back to Kathmandu and transferred to your respective hotels.
Practical and Informative information:
The orientation period is usually a 2 days session where participants are directed to know about Nepal’s Norms, culture, tradition and language to cope up the possible cultural shocks. The process by which a participant gets introduced to their task, activites, roles and working environment. Our experts help participants to familiarize with the current situation, program design plans, initiation and further details. Our orientation session winds up with a beautiful archival kathmandu city tour.
Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the project. You need to have an open mind and a flexible attitude for working in a completely new and different environment. The participant should have energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. Participants must be fit and healthy at the time of joining the program and consider that the whole program is under a rural setting with very minimal facilities.
As you arrive Kathmandu our staff will receive you from TIA, you will be transferred to hotels in Kathmandu, you can find basic accommodation facilities . The participants should know that during the field the accommodation that locals provide might not be fascinating but it’s what’s natural setting is, Homestay in Nepal basically reflects the natural environment which is not filled with deluxe amenities rather simplistic and very natural. Nepalese meals will be provided to you depending on your work schedule. Typical meals provided include Dal (Lentils), Rice, and Vegetables etc. The staple meal for most Nepalese people is dal bhat, which consists of lentil soup (dal), rice (bhat) and vegetables (tarkari). There might be some local food, which your host family might offer you. If you have any strict dietary configuration or if you are allergic to any food or ingredients, please do inform us earlier.