How difficult is Nepali

Nepal

General

Nepal is that average highest country in the world. More than 40% of the country's area is over 3,000 m above sea level. The South Asian landlocked country bordered to the north by the People's Republic of China and to the east, south and west by India. Located in the north and east of the country a large part of the breathtaking Himalayan mountains, which also includes Mount Everest, which at 8,848 meters is the highest mountain in the world.

Although Nepal is considered the poorest country in South Asia, it exercises due to its special location and the diverse traditions of the Nepali a great fascination. Trekking and hiking tours attract travelers from all over the world to the Himalayan Mountains. That's how it counts Tourism among the main sources of income the Nepali.

Nepal is also very diverse in terms of landscape and impresses with one varied flora and fauna. In the lowlands, humid monsoon forests are home to Bengal tigers, rhinos and monkeys. You have them in Chitwan National Park, near our deployment site Opportunity to observe these fascinating animals.

Climate in Nepal

The Nepalese climate isshaped by monsoon winds. In summer the southeast monsoon brings warm and humid air, in winter the northwest monsoon brings cool and dry air masses from Inner Asia. During the summer months, from June to September, prevailpersistent rainsthat can lead to landslides and floods. During this time you should expect delays because some roads can be impassable. Because of its various altitudes there are in Nepaldifferent climates. In the Terai, where our Chitwan location is located, there is tropical heat with an annual average temperature of 25 ° C. In the foothills the climate is temperate and warm, in the front Himalayas temperate and cool and in the high Himalayas there is a high mountain climate. In Nepal's capitalKathmandu the average daytime temperatures in January are 10 ° C,in July at 24 ° C.

Population in Nepal

Nepal is one because of its long history of immigrationMulti-ethnic state of fascinating ethnic diversity. Thepeaceful coexistence of the different ethnic groups and the high tolerance of the Nepali towards other ways of life will make it very easy for you to quickly settle in as a volunteer.

The Nepalese caste system

One fact that can initially cause confusion during your stay in Nepal is the complicated oneDivision of the population into ethnic groups and castes. The originally Hindu caste system is partly recognized here by Buddhist ethnic groups. Caste discrimination of any kind is constitutionally prohibited, but people mustlower caste members are still fighting for their equality. Political offices are almost exclusively accessible to higher castes. Today, caste membership is often linked to prosperity. So you willcounted as a volunteer in the upper class and treated very respectfully.

Language in Nepal

The national language of Nepal isNepali. Total will be in Nepalabout 123 different languages ​​and dialects spoken, most of which are critically endangered. In our areas of work in Chitwan and Kathmandu, you will also get by with a good command of English. Otherwise applies:Communication with a smile, hands and feet!

Religion in Nepal

The great role of religion can be clearly felt everywhere in Nepal. The different religions take onea large part of the everyday life of the Nepali people. The vast majority of Nepali witharound 80% belongs Hinduism at. About 11% of the population belongs to Buddhism. In addition to these two religions, there is also a minority of Christians and Muslims and a number of other, smaller ethnic groups. All theseReligions are practiced peacefully side by side. Buddhist monasteries stand here next to Hindu temples and offer you an exciting insight into the various faiths.

On the history of Nepal

The early history of Nepal isinterwoven with many legends and myths. After a former mountain lake was buried by an earthquake, the fertile Kathmandu valley was created, which was populated by different peoples. Around 560 BC Siddhartha Gautama - now world famous as Buddha - was born in the small town of Lumbini. As a traveling teacher, he spread Buddhism in the country. With theReign of the malla Hinduism became the dominant religion of the empire and the caste system was introduced. In 1814 conflicts arose between Nepal and the British East India Company. The Gurkha War broke out and lasted two years. Nepal was subsequentlyBritish protectorate with internal political independence. This meant that Nepalese mercenaries fought on the side of the British in WWI and WWII,However, Nepal is never a colony has been. From 1846-1950 the heavily criticized Rana family was in power. From 1990, however, there were democracy and human rights movements that resulted in numerous deaths, injuries, arrests and torture. A popular movement of the Maoists calling for the republic led to a 10 year civil war, the2006 with the end of the monarchy ended. A peace treaty was signed. On May 28, 2008, the 240 year old Hindu monarchy was finally abolished and theFederal Democratic Republic of Nepal proclaimed.

Current political situation and security

In 2015 a new democratic constitution was passed withPresident Bidya Devi Bhandari at the helm. However, there are still difficulties in uniting the political parties and interests of the numerous population groups. Nepal is through thatsevere earthquake in April 2015 has been greatly set back in its development. Over 7,000 people died and cultural assets and infrastructure were badly damaged. This represents thatentire country faces new challenges and despite the comparatively stable political situation, strikes or demonstrations can occur again and again. You should therefore avoid large gatherings of people. It is also not uncommon in the Kathmandu Valley thatBandhs exclaimed become. These are all kinds of forced strikes, during which you can expect blockades and roadblocks. Usually this only applies to the so-called transport strikes.

Who is Nepal suitable for?

Nepal is suitable for everyonenature and culture-loving adventurerswho fancy trekking tours in an authentic country. You can adapt well to different local conditions, you are not afraid to approach people with different ways of life and you are familiar with foreign cultures andOpen to traditions? Then Nepal is just right for you. As a participant in one of our on-site projects, you should also have aBring healthy fitness and sufficient knowledge of English feature.

Important: Things are often a bit chaotic and unstructured in Nepal. As a volunteer in the social field, this means for you, for example, that the school can often be canceled. You should therefore use maximumBring flexibility and be able to you tooindependent work to search. This can either mean that you are helping on another project in addition to your main project, if there is nothing for you to do, or, as far as possible, on the days on which regular classes are canceled,organize lessons with the children yourselfto give them a certain consistency and continuity.