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What types of accommodations are available for the placement?

There are basically three types of accommodation available for the placements: – Tented, Homestay, and Base Home. Depending upon the availability/non-availability of a suitable house, home stay accommodation or a suitable/secluded land area for tenting, at the outreach village, we decide the type that may be made available for the particular outreach project. In ideal conditions, the Dental Outreach being a group activity, we have a base home in the outreach village, which serves as a communal programme house. All non-clinical social activities are presented at the venue which serves as a hub of activities. The standard is basic and simple, yet clean and in a traditional Nepalese setting. Normally the best house in the village is turned over to us for the makeover to welcome the visiting volunteers. However, when we have homestay arrangement with the host families, we have a long and laborious processes of selecting the suitable host family, training them for basic sanitation and also imparting them cultural sensitizing. Only after proper evaluation, the families may be ready to welcome the international visitors into their family. This offer a unique opportunity for the volunteers to experience an insightful encounter with a wonderful Nepali way of life. Nepalis are innately shy but friendly and extremely hospitable.

Our placements are intended to give dental students and professionals alike the opportunity to learn about oral healthcare provision in unfamiliar environments and cultures through exposure to the temporary dental clinics in villages near Pokhara and Kathmandu. We provide a comprehensive support package that is designed to make these opportunities as accessible as possible – but what you get out of your experience at the Dental Outreach clinic will depend on what you put in.

As the outreach village comes to get a feel for your presence in the community, you will watch the true Nepali spirit and generosity flourish. Their genuine gratitude often permits insight into some of the oldest traditions on earth, to which many volunteers will testify is a humbling and memorable experience that is difficult to describe!

Around Good People placement fees are based on two/three students sharing a room or a tent (in a proper 2/3 man tent), so of course it is perfectly fine for a couple to be accommodated together wherever it is possible.

No, all accommodation is provided in the central placement locations and on all activity breaks. If students decide to venture beyond the range of the placement and the activity breaks provided, then Around Good People is not responsible for paying for your accommodation.

The basic rate for the elective includes all your accommodation costs. Accommodation is based on two/three students of the same sex sharing a room/tent, whether in a host family homestay or the base home or a tent. For a supplementary charge, Around Good People is able to provide you with single occupancy accommodation (available in only certain destinations, which has to prearranged in advance). This charge is calculated based on the individual requirements of each student.

You will not need a sleeping bag for your accommodation. We do have additional duvets or mattresses just in case.

You and your fellow volunteers will be served three wholesome, organic hot meals a day. Meals will vary in every destination, and always include a variety of healthy and delicious local cuisine. Vegetarian/gluten free options are regularly available at all Home-Bases and our Around Good People cooks are happy to accommodate for any dietary restriction.

Absolutely! We have tons of experience with food allergies and dietary restrictions, having supported scores of international volunteers. Whether you’re vegetarian, Kosher, gluten-free, have peanut allergies, or anything else, just let us know beforehand and we’ll make sure you’re covered. Our in-country cooks, who prepare delicious home-cooked meals, have specific training in food restrictions and allergies, food safety standards, and are experienced in preparing meals for a variety of preferences.

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COVID-19 UPDATES

KEEPING YOU SAFE AS OUR PROGRAMS RE-OPEN

Last updated: June 16th, 2020

KEEP CALM and CARRY ON –

The Enlightenment that speak to this time of coronavirus shutdowns and of health and economic fears.

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Travel in response to COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly. AROUND GOOD PEOPLE is closely monitoring the situation, following the advice of public health experts, and making decisions with our participants, staff, and global community partners at the forefront of every conversation. 

 

As the world begins to re-open, your wellbeing is our highest priority.

Thanks to the incredible team effort of millions around the world, many countries are beginning to exit their COVID-19 lockdowns and re-open their countries for visitors. While some regions may remain restricted for some months more, we plan to restart our Dental Placement volunteer programs where the local health situation and government advice allows this. AROUND GOOD PEOPLEs volunteers provide invaluable support to our local communities around the underprivileged communities in Nepal. Now more than ever, our volunteerscontributions of time, expertise and local spending money are critically needed to help these communities to get back on their feet.

Since long before COVID-19 began to spread, AROUND GOOD PEOPLE has followed industry-leading procedures to ensure the safety of our volunteers. As our programs start to re-open to volunteers, we will maintain our pledge to keep you safe. In addition to our standard volunteer safety processes, all of our local program teams will be following enhanced procedures we have developed to minimize risks from COVID-19.

 

Our volunteers should also take personal responsibility for their own health and the safety of others. Please do not travel if you are feeling ill or if there is a risk you may be an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19 for example, if you have been exposed to an infected individual within the 14 days before you start your AROUND GOOD PEOPLE program.

Most of our volunteers book their trips months in advance, so please take this time to plan for the future. With AROUND GOOD PEOPLE you can register for trips up to three years ahead.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support of AROUND GOOD PEOPLE and the communities we work within. If theres anything we can do to help you with your travel plans during this time, please get in touch with us for further information, support and guidance.

 

If you continue scrolling down this page, youll find answers to some of the most common questions the AROUND GOOD PEOPLE team are being asked, including details on which programs will open in the near future under different emerging scenarios.

 

Please stay safe, be kind, and protect the health of yourself and others, wherever you are in the world.

 

Rij Baskar

Co-Founder & Chief Executive, AROUND GOOD PEOPLE

 

Before we continue, let us say:

 

Thank you to all those on the front lines, the doctors, the nurses, the pharmacists, the first responders, and other medical staff. Youve risked your health to save us. You are the true heroes.

Thank you to everyone working to get us what we need. Without the grocery store employees, the delivery drivers, the warehouse staff, the manufacturing workers, and others who are supporting the relief operation, we wouldnt be able to fight this deadly virus. Without teachers and childcare workers, we couldnt support our youth. You all are the everyday heroes.

 

Thank you to everyone practicing social distancing and staying at home. Youve done your part to prevent the spread.

 

For most volunteers, its legally not possible or at least not advisable to go on medical/dental volunteer abroad at this time.

 

So, in this note, we have highlighted dental volunteer projects in Nepal that you can join after the Coronavirus pandemic has passed and life returns to some sort of normalcy, which we are hoping by the end of September, 2020. See what projects catch your eye, bookmark them, and apply to one later.

 

With these volunteer programs, use a wait-and-see approach. Because we don’t know when the Coronavirus outbreak will slow. The situation changes rapidly, so it’s hard to plan a Nepal Dental volunteer trip now. If you’re interested in a specific program, stay in touch with us. That way, once things do settle down, you’ll be ready to apply and go to Nepal for a life changing volunteering experience.

 

Note: Hopefully, the rate of new coronavirus cases slows and effective treatments and a vaccine are developed. There has been much progress already and the way countries and international health organizations have been working together bodes well for all of us. In the meantime, we’ll continually update this guide and our list of Nepal Dental Volunteering Projects as the situation evolves.

Covid Map

Also, regularly check this live map from Johns Hopkins University that tracks the Coronavirus outbreak around the world. This way, you can stay updated on when it’s safe to join   a Nepal Dental Volunteering Project.