Go Gaunley Experience countryside adventure as you serve

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Special cultural exchange program offered by GFN to young Nepalese who want to experience village life and contribute there.

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GFN opens application for a limited number of participants who are not familiar to the culture and lifestyle of Nepalese in the villages.

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As participants, often called GFN fellows, you are taken to selected villages in rural Nepal where they spend the time, like a family member with the local families.

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We try to find host families for you where you could find a friend of your age, and gender, if you like.

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You now are a 'member' of the family. You get to work in the fields, milk the cows, cook in the firewood 'ageno' and fetch water from the tap.

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Fellows may also get to teach the local students about public speaking, career counseling, chapters of academic course books, technology and so on.

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You are provided orientation or workshop for you to work on the mentioned soft skills before heading out to the villages. So you both get to learn and share.

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You work with the local community fellows to organize various awareness campaigns about sanitation, health, entrepreneurship etc.

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There are leadership hiking, competitions, social service activities, cultural programs for all the fellows to participate.

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You are awarded and certified during the cultural program organized in the end. Everyone sings, dances and often cries while bidding goodbyes to the dear village, local students and hosts.

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There is a win win for you, community fellows, local families, school and the entire community.

Overview

Go Gaunley is a week long cultural exchange program for young people from urban parts of Nepal. It’s a platform to understand our villages, know them and experience their lifestyle and culture. It’s a fun filled lifetime experience.

You shall be placed with a typical local host family so you could embrace and appreciate the typical Nepali village life – albeit for short while. Living a true village life means you are as well expected to help the host family with their everyday chores – from getting grass for the cattle to helping them out in the farm.

The program is also for you to learn various leadership and adaption skills. Training on various life skills, specialized in effective communication is provided to you by the GFN team.

You are then expected to give back to the local community as per the needs in the village and the expertise you have. It may range from teaching the local students as per their syllabus or engaging them in something extra-curricular to helping the local businesses have a better business plan and supply chain setup.

Alternatively, you may have your own projects designed for you and we may be happy to coordinate for you as you have envisioned.

Whats’s more for bonus? There’s lot of fun activities: hiking, fun filled learning based games, campfire, cultural shows and many more. We sit with you to design the activities on this front!

Participate in Go Gaunley and also polish your adaptability, leadership, networking and effective communication skills.

Fellow Alumni

Aashish Lamichhane

Student

Asmita Ghimire

Business Student

Manish Kadel

Debate Trainer

Subi Maharjan

Business Student

Samundra Raj Puri

Business Student

Prakash Pokhrel

Business Student

Anuj Budhathoki

Business Student

Jyoti Simkhada

Business Student

Rupesh Raj Koirala

Business Student

Sangeeta Gautam

Business Student

Sujita Shrestha

Business Student

Travelogues

Name: Anisha Maharjan
Travel Place: Rasuwa
Date: Nov 2014

It was exciting as ever to come out of the valley without family that too for a social cause. My happiness knew no bounds

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Frequently Asked Questions

As mentioned, this program is for the youth from the city area of Nepal. Typically, our participants do not have experience of living a village life and they want to explore that that as they set out for community service and adventure activities.
Generally, this program is a week long. However, it depends upon the distance to the village and nature of the particular project. We publish the next batch of the program under the 'Apply' section of this page. Keep an eye!
The standard price of this program is NRS 10,000 per person for a week long program. However, we also bring special packages which may charge more or less depending upon the distance, activities, nature, duration etc.
Definitely, do write to us for that. We shall be more than happy if you have a group of around 8 participants. You may even have a particular objective like research, photography etc. We shall arrange all the logistics and activities for you. However, the themes of the program do remain the same - cultural exchange, community service and adventure.
We go there for having fun and learning, so we do not have very strict rules regarding mandatory participation in all. If you simply don't want to work in the field, then you ca opt out. However, we strongly encourage you to grab the fullest out of every activities. Meanwhile, we are being hosted in a village because of their generosity and hospitality. So, we shall follow a set of guidelines regarding being respectful to the host family, caring ensuring welfare of the community and to maintain team work.
Well it depends upon your team's interests and the resources available. We usually have hikings, musical programs, cultural evenings, sports and other local activities. If the weather and circumstance favours, we also have a BBQ night.
Yes, it is a part of community service. The selected fellows shall be provided training before heading to the village. Training and orientation will usually be regarding leadership, public speaking, organizing school level programs, career counselling etc OR as per the planned project.
Click 'Apply' in the menu bar inside Go Gaunley page. Then fill the google form following the link you find there or follow the instructions given. In the mentioned date, you will receive message from us and you will be called for orientation. Fee is payable upon the selection only.

Count Me In

 

Currently, we do not have a pre-scheduled Go Gaunley lined up. However, if you have a team of at least 8 young people who are willing to participate, please feel free to contact us and we shall certainly do our best to organize one for you as per your team’s requirements.