A Nepal gap year will take your breath away. Home to the Himalayas, including Mount Everest and seven more of the world’s ten tallest mountains, Nepal presents some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. But there is much more to the country than its famous peaks, as you’ll learn from living and working in a rural community.
Tucked at the North of India, and bordering Tibet, Nepal has an array of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites and celebrates a large number of colourful religious festivals. Its capital city, Kathmandu, offers a lively contrast to the quiet, peaceful mountain countryside. There you’ll be overwhelmed by sights, smells and people everywhere, going about daily life in the city.
Nepal’s economy is developing, but is it still largely dependent on agriculture with over 70% of the workforce being employed in this sector. There is a huge demand for teachers, particularly in rural areas. The under-resourced education system means that less than half of primary school children enter into secondary school. For many Nepalese, the choice is either to stay in their local village as a subsistence farmer or move to a big city. Many Nepalese have gone further afield in search of work, becoming labourers or construction workers in the Middle East.
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