DATE: Postponed until 2024.
ESTIMATED COST: $1,200 (less airfare)
OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES
This service trip focuses on a dental clinic for local villagers. We will serve between 250 – 300 native villagers from the surrounding area. They will be provided with general check up, simple fillings, and extractions.
The trip will also include several small projects:
We will also have the opportunity to:
Below is the tentative schedule for the trip, but we approach this with flexibility because our ultimate focus is on relationships.
Day 1 Departure destination Flight
Day 2 Kathmandu Nepal immigration Hotel and rest
Day 3 Kathmandu City tour and rest
Day 4 Kathmandu/Jorpoti Am church/preaching Afternoon training
Day 5 Kathmandu to Sulsing (6 hour drive Am Travel and Lunch
Day 6-9 Sulsing Dental clinic/small projects
Day 10-11 Sulsing Himalayas Trek
Day 12 Sulsing to Kathmandu (6 hour drive) Travel and rest
Day 13 Flight home Travel home
Day 14 Flight home Travel home
LODGING & FOOD
Where We Stay & What We Eat
We stay at a few different locations while in Nepal. While we are in Kathmandu we stay at a motel called Tise guest house. It’s a comfortable motel in the heart of Kathmandu. While we are in Sulsing we will be staying at 9,000 ft in elevation at a trekkers lodge called Hotel Kutumsang that overlooks the hymalayas. There is an adequite amount of hot water if your one of the first to hit the shower.
The food varies from:
What to Bring
Transportation will be 4×4 land cruisers along with a pick up truck to carry supplies.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Helping Hands International recommends you follow those health and safety recommendations readily published by the CDC and Travel Alert program offered by the US State Department, as well as those recommended by your personal physician. COVID-19 testing varies by Country and may be necessary before this trip departure and before returning to the USA. Please note, if you take prescription medicines, please check with your local pharmacist to ensure the medicines are not considered a controlled substance in the location you are traveling. Finally, please be sure to read HHI's COVID-19 policy, and Consent to Leave the Country (for minors) form, requirements below.
“Helping Hands International had the amazing opportunity to partner with locals during the Summer of 2019 who were looking to make a huge difference in their community.
We were able to build a community center six hours outside the capital of Kathmandu in the mountains of Sulsing.
It was a long journey up into the hills but we eventually reached the facility at 7,500 feet and Trekkers Lodge accommodations was at nearly 9,000 ft in elevation.
In 2021, we are planning to return to the area to offer a free dental clinic and continue sharing the loving of Jesus with locals.”
– Tim Plankenhorn, HHI Program Director
Helping Hands International requires each Volunteer planning to travel on a non-US project, or out of State project, to obtain a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to departure, IF you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or may have been recently exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Test results will need to be shared with individual HHI Team Leaders. However, you do NOT need to send results to our main office.
We also HIGHLY recommend all participants receive COVID-19 vaccinations prior to your trip overseas!
While Helping Hands International recognizes that vaccinations are a voluntary decision, we highly recommend all participants receive a COVID-19 vaccination, in large part because we do not want to bring the virus to a small or remote village that has little or no healthcare - the results could be devastating!
Helping Hands International also recommends you follow the country specific health and safety recommendations readily published by the CDC and Travel Alert program offered by the US State Department, as well as those recommended by your personal physician. You can find this information on your trip specific HHI web page (e.g. www.helpinghandsinternational.com/kenya or www.helpinghandsinternational.com/mexico etc) as well.
While COVID-19 requirements vary by location, and sometimes day by day, we will do our best to monitor and keep you abreast of testing requirements for each trip. Please also be aware that some countries may require you to provide a negative COVID test before leaving the USA and entering their country, as well as prior to departing their country to head back to the United States.
Q: What if someone tests positive for COVID-19 in a foreign country and cannot fly home?
A: Although this scenario is unlikely, it is a possibility we need to be prepared for. If an HHI Volunteer tests positive for COVID-19 in a foreign country, that person (if a minor, with an adult) will need to stay in the country and quarantine for the amount of days required by local authorities (e.g. in some cases this is between 10-14 days.) Helping Hands International will arrange lodging for HHI Volunteer(s) who need to be quarantined, but the expense will be the responsibility of the traveler(s), not the nonprofit.