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Hitaishi: Rural-Urban 2019 - Empowering Young Girls to Explore

Rural Hitaishi participants 2019
Leadership Bootcamp: Empowering Young Girls to Explore, one of the interactive programs of Hitaishi: Rural-Urban 2019 was successfully accomplished from the 19th  of Nov to 27th of  Nov 2019. The Rural Hitaishi participants were selected from Sarlahi, Rasuwa and on the basis of their passion to bring positive changes within themselves and the communities they travel to and they live in.

The Bootcamp was organized to enhance the leadership skills of young rural girls so they will be able to address the socio-economic issues in the long term. They will be playing a role model of community leaders. The Bootcamp program activities were focused on personal development, visit youth and women-led organization, explore the entrepreneurial ideas and action plans on the last day.

At the end of the workshop, the participants also designed action plans to implement back home. The action plans included campaigning against child marriage, campaigning for environmental cleanliness and educating illiterate adults in rural areas. The Rural Hitaishi participants will execute different programs within a year and create Get Travel Circles in their own communities and create the travel-related business in the long term.

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Service Learning and Hiking in a Himalayan region

We're currently seeking volunteer applications from enthusiastic and like-minded travelers who really want to experience and learn the authentic lifestyles As a volunteer you'll gain leadership experience, expand your worldview through cultural exchange, help Tamang entrepreneurs establish sustainable homestay businesses, share your knowledge and skills to local people and learn the diverse cultures.

Click for more information: What is Service Learning? How can you involve in the Service-Learning project?

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Join us for two weeks of cultural immersion and outdoorsy adventure in Nepal!

Mark your calendar
Oct 27 - Nov 10, 2019

The program truly will have three highlights!

 1) Festival of Lights (Tihar) - It's a 5-day long sacred Hindu festival, worshipping gods, humans and animals. We will be celebrating the festival with the real local families, following all the unique traditions: drawing mandalas, dressing up in sarees, Laxmi pooja, the blessing of the brothers, etc. We promise it will be unforgettable!

 2) Going to Gre, an ethnic Tamang village in the Himalayas, where Girls Empowered by Travel have been working hard for the past year, educating villagers how to open and run cultural homestays - so we need volunteers, who will join our program and as a part of it will go to this village and enjoy the opening of these homestays and will give their feedback, which we will later put into a further strategy for the village. We have 4-5 homestays right now that are ready to open their doors, so we urgently need volunteers to experience this magical moment:)

 3) Hike in the Himalayas in Langtang area (this would also provide practice possibility for our girls to co-lead the hikes, as they're training to be trekking guides). We are going to hike an indigenous trail of Tamang people - a trek that will make you work hard for splendid views of the Himalayas, taking you as high as 4,550 m (15,700 ft). It's not a popular touristic route. We will be staying at local people's houses, learning about their culture and communities first hand. So the program will support Girls Empowered by Travel, Gre village, homestay owners (most are women and of course families) and entire Gre community. Also any family at whose house we will stay in the Himalayas.

For more details of programs, click here

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Set Your Goal: Explore Opportunities

Youth Participants of Set Your Goals

SET YOUR GOAL: EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES' is a 4-day training package for the students who has just appeared SEE, +2 and pursuing a bachelors degree in any faculty? The training is jointly initiated by Girls Empowered by Travel-Nepal (GET) and 2030 Youth Force Nepal. The training is conducted every Saturday from June 2019  at GET Office, Basantapur. Each batch starts their course on the first Saturday of the month and graduates on the last Saturday of the month. 

The training includes the following sessions:
1st week: Public Speaking (Interactive, Innovative fun activities)
2nd week: CV, Profile and Cover Letter for job applications and Financial Literacy
3rd Week: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Travel Guide (Day out session with a day out hiking)
4th week: Personal Goal Setting, Social Media Management, Platforms for National and International Opportunities and Graduation (certificate distribution.
Till the date we have reached to more than 100 of youths from a diverse educational background. Recently we organized the program for Agriculture students at Lamjung  Campus in coordination with Technical Students’ Association of Nepal (TSAN), Lamjung Campus. We are trying to reach more youths outside the valley. We believe that every youth is part of the pillar.

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Meaningful Hike: SDGs and Travel Guide

We always jump in if it is to hike or to travel but it would be more fun if it is meaningful hike/travel.
Our participants from Set Your Goals did the 3-hrs hike from Telkot to Changunarayan on last Saturday. There were different sessions during the hike: Binita Karki, the co-founder of 2030 Youth Force Nepal, conducted the SDGs session where the youth were informed about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how youth can be involved/contribute to achieving these global goals by 2030.
Similarly, Bikram Karki, adventurer, and mountaineer, shared about safe traveling tips, the session was completely new to the participants, they were really excited to learn about safe traveling.
We had lunch at Champak Namuna Home, an only one traditional homestay in the entire Changunarayan village. We were welcomed by Dashmaya Tamang, owner of Champak Namuna Home. She shared about the socio-economic situation of her village. She is the breadwinner for entire family members.
At the end of the day, Sajana Bhadel, president at Girls Empowered by Travel-Nepal, gave some tips on how to travel affordably as a being student. Everyone loves traveling but it is more challenging to travel as a student but nothing is impossible.
To sum up, the hike was meaningful because we got to know about nature, knew about SDGs, knew about safe and budget travel and at the end we supported the homestay.
So, wasn't that meaningful hike?
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"Sustainable Tourism Initiative"

Participants receiving the certificate of Homestay Training

What comes in your mind when you first hear the word GRE? The image of grey colors hover over your mind? But it is the place for conflict management or to settle down the disputes in the Tibetan language.

While it is pronounced the word “Gre” normally the image of GRE color hover around the mind. But what if it is said that it is known as the place for the conflict management in the Tibetan language like when two people or different groups have to discuss or settle down the disputes.

We, seven in team members, reached in GRE after 7-hrs in the Jeep, then 3-hrs hiking. Which is 130 km from Kathmandu? We experienced the local cultures and lived the authentic lives of Tamang people in Gre village, Rasuwa district.  During our 9-days stay, we conducted a program to help prepare local entrepreneurs to build sustainable tourism business: includes waste management, safe cooking, personal hygiene,  The very first day started with a kickoff ceremony by playing the videos from our last visit to Gre. They were amazed to see their own dance performance on the screen they were so excited to see themselves, and laughed and joked when each new face appeared!
The program followed with trash collection game. Similarly, each day it was full of fun and participants learn new things every day from safe cooking, clean water to English class.

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