Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC)
HPC welcomes volunteers to visit and stay at its farms and to experience
life in the villages of its working areas.
HPC's programme is very diverse, with nurseries, plantations, forest conservation and management, horticulture, beekeeping, drinking water systems' implementation, health, sanitation, non- formal education and other activities being established and operated. This is an interesting, educational and inspirational programme to become involved with. In addition, through the HPC we could introduce you to other programmes in Nepal and even India to give volunteers a full range of experience in development issues, not all of which are appropriate and/or successful, but all are instructive.
Click here to see a few examples of specific programmes within the HPC which could be assisted by expatriate volunteers. Please note that this is mainly a locally run programme, and though funds are needed, they are minimal to the scale of the work, and experience shows that considerable time is needed to orientate and introduce new volunteers, in order to allow them to be able to assist the project, while being able themselves to gain positively from the experience. Please bear with us, however, as we are conscious of the valuable part to play of motivated volunteers wishing to learn from the experiences of such projects. Part of visitors' brief may well be compiling information packets to more rapidly and effortlessly introduce and orientate newcomers to the programme and Nepal and also enhancing their own work.
Click here to download a google maps image of HPC's Surkhet area
Click here to see information about costs, visas, directions and other advice to reach HPC sites.
Click here to see another presentation of volunteer information written by a recent volunteer (thanks Holly!)
A donation is requested towards food and lodging provided on all sites of NRs 600/- per day (about US$4.60/UK£4.00). This includes 2 meals, a snack, the odd cup of tea, and basic accommodation. Life is basic, and traditional, on working farms or with associated farming families.