Student Expedition: Nepal Community Service Year traveled: 2016 Q: How did you decide to travel with National Geographic, and why did you choose the Nepal trip?  A: My grandfather and I share a passion for traveling. Two summers ago, he came across student expeditions and encouraged me to take a look! I wanted to do a… Read More

The last few days have been a pretty wonderful adventure! From Talamarang we traveled to the amazing monastery Namo Buddha, where we spent yesterday shadowing some of the monks who live there and seeing what their daily lives are like. We were able to teach a few lessons in the school, played soccer with some… Read More

Namaste! We woke up at 5:30 am to begin our first day of day of work. Soon, we were lacing up our boots and splitting into teams to conquer tree-planting and wall-building, our first community service projects of the trip. After a long day of work, the children from the home next door came over… Read More

We are writing on behalf of the group as they will have limited access to wifi in the village this week. Trip leaders, David and Julia, have called to update us and report that the group has been welcomed in with open arms, everyone is doing well, and they are looking forward to a busy… Read More

Today, we visited the famous Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath) — massive, impressive, and full of harmless (probably Buddhist) monkeys that live side-by-side with humans. After this, we ventured out to Patan Square, an aesthetically pleasing UNESCO World Heritage Site, ate at the museum cafe, visited the museum, an exquisite Golden Temple, and finally, we met Kumari Devi, Nepal’s living… Read More