Frequently Asked Questions
What does the expedition cost?
The fee charged by Aussie Action Abroad varies from trip to trip but is based on current on the ground and organisational costs related to ensuring all aspects are adequately covered. These costs are listed on the appropriate project page.
Do I need to get donations?
We encourage you to gather donations of money or goods that will enhance the project or community.
What is included in the expedition cost?
Airport connections, most meals, accommodation, activities, permits, local staff costs, materials and donations to community projects, internal travel, tours.
What is not included in the expedition cost?
Flights & visa into Kathmandu, lunches and some dinners whilst in Kathmandu.
What will be the accommodation?
Our base in Kathmandu is Hotel Thamel – a 3-star hotel, basic but very good. Construction teams will be in tents as based at the project site, but for trekking and other groups, tea/guest houses and hotels are used.
What will the food be like?
Our meals will include Nepali and Western. Dietary needs are met as best we can but be aware that in a developing country food is not the same as at your home.
What is Drinking water like?
Water quality is always an issue, so be VERY careful of brushing teeth, drinking non-boiled or non-treated water.
What is the transport while is Nepal?
We will arrange all transport for the duration of the expedition, chartered buses, local buses and taxis.
Will I need personal Spending Money?
Yes, you will need personal spending money.
Currency exchange shops are readily available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. You can bring cash (your currency) and exchange before you leave for your project.
ATMs are available in the city but incur fees on each withdrawal.
What is the weather like?
Groups going mid-year will feel the heat, rain and humidity of the monsoon season. Hot and sweaty.
End of year is winter and therefore cold. But mild during the day (early20’s) and below 10 at night. But it is generally dry with clear skies.
What is the altitude like?
Kathmandu is 1200m, Pokhara 1000m, our base in Lamjung 740m above sea level. The lowest spot in Nepal is 64m above sea level.
Trekking for most groups will be no higher than about 3,500m but if in a major trekking party, the altitude will be around 5,364m (EBC).
Am I selected?
We have always had an ‘accept all’ policy as we encourage all to participate. Your selection is based on your willingness to participate, complete the forms, pay the fees associated and willingness to be part of an active team.
How are projects selected?
Projects are identified and managed by local Nepali community members or our Nepali Partners. Each project is researched and developed with a community development model, ensuring local ownership and direction. This may not be as tightly arranged as Australian projects. Be flexible & creative.
What size are the teams or how are they made up?
Teams are aimed to be made up of 10, with some additional Nepal participants as per the project.
Who is the Leader and Additional Staff?
Generally, an Australian group leader will take care of the group and its project. Additional ‘staff’ may include a medic, project staff and local community leaders.
Where do the materials come from?
Local materials and resources are sourced and used. These will be arranged in readiness for the project but be aware that they may not be of a high quality or readily available, thus some delays and ‘back to basics’ action will be required.
Thoroughly enjoyed my time as a member of the construction crew with AAA’s Nepal expedition 2012/13. On top of the opportunity to give towards a community that I had never met before, the camaraderie shared between the AAA organisation and other volunteers throughout the trip, during the work, trek and sightseeing stages was a truly fulfilling and humbling experience. This is an experience that I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone, whatever their stage in life!
I loved experiencing a culture that is so strong-willed and determined, yet so easy going and genuinely happy. The adversities faced by the local Nepali people is what keeps them going day in day out, and the generosity of Westerners is a gift well and truly deserved.
A truly inspiring experience watching the participants and Nepali locals working together to successfully complete the Mongoladoya School construction project. The most touching memory was hearing the immense gratitude from the local community and school children throughout the project duration and the celebration ceremony thrown for us after the completion of the works.