Nepal Medical Camp 2010
The Center for Global Change will accompany Rescue Humanity, October 22nd through the November 3rd to visit and assist several orphanages and the remote village in the Himalayas for the Vanetik Foundation Medical Camp Nepal 2010. The goal of this trip is to aid Rescue Humanity in providing medical treatment, clothes, communication devices, sports equipment, toys, computers, and other educational materials to children who’d otherwise never get the assistance they need and deserve.
Every program at the Center for Global Change and Rescue Humanity is designed specifically to provide face to face aid to wonderful people living in some of the poorest countries in the world.
We would like to thank the following organizations for their generous contributions to ensure that the 2010 Health Camp in Nepal will be a huge success.
Last year our volunteer medical team treated more than 1,000 patients in two days. Many of the patients walked many miles; some on stretchers over rough mountain terrain to reach our medical camp where they received free dental and medical care. Thanks to our generous sponsors we are able to extend the medical camp to four days and we hope to treat at least double the amount of people this year.
With your assistance we are able to provide;
-Dental checkup and treatment
-Optical exams and eye glasses
Vanetik Foundation Medical Camp Nepal 2010 Itinerary
October 22nd (Friday)
Depart from LAX on Thai Airlines for 17-Hour non-stop flight to Bangkok. Thai Airline provides exceptional on-board service with three meals and snacks. Each seat has free access to a slew of movies. If you fly coach, you are entitled to two check-in bags weighing no more than 50 lbs each; business class is entitled to three bags weighing 70 lbs each. We would like you to use one of your check-in bags to haul our medical supplies and materials. Please let us know if you will be willing to let us use one of your check-in bags. In any event, be prepared to pack and travel light.
October 23rd (Saturday)
During the flight between LAX and Thailand we cross the International Date Line and lose one calendar day.
October 24th (Sunday)
Arrive in Bangkok at 6:00 a.m. For those who choose to continue their journey to Kathmandu, your connecting flight will depart Bangkok at 10:00 a.m. and arrive in Kathmandu after a three hour flight. You will be met at the airport by our team and driven to your hotel (food and lodging for this day is not included in the trip price; you are on your own). We have tips to speed the immigration process upon your arrival in Kathmandu. You will need two passport photos and $40 U.S. for Visa to be issued at the airport.
October 25th (Monday)
All Team Members must arrive in Kathmandu today. For those traveling from Bangkok on Thai Airlines, your flight to Kathmandu will leave Bangkok at 10:00 a.m. On clear days you will have good views of Mt. Everest and the Himalayan Mountain Range. (Be sure to book (or let us book) a window seat on the right side of the plane) You will be met at the airport by our driver and driven to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free time for you to spend roaming the streets of Thamel, a shopper’s paradise. We will have a group orientation dinner tonight at one of our favorite restaurants. (Hotel and Dinner are included in land cost. You are on your own for alcoholic beverages during the entire trip). During our stay in Nepal please be considerate and remember to tip well. Our influence and good reputation depends on how well you treat our host country and respect local customs.
October 26th (Tuesday)
Breakfast on your own and at your expense. Due to the early flight to Pokhara this morning, restaurants around the hotel may not be open; please keep this in mind for meal planning. You may want to buy food the night before and have something to snack on when you get out of bed. We leave the hotel for an early morning flight to Pokhara (30-minute flight) on a small twin engine airplane (included in land cost). You will be limited to a total of 35 lbs for your check in bag or be charged for extra weight by the airlines. Please have cash available to pay the airlines for excess baggage. If you really, really need to travel with more than 35 lbs, we can make arrangements for your extra gear to be strapped to the roof of one of our buses carrying local volunteers from Kathmandu. Your bag should be waterproof. A North Face waterproof Expedition Duffle is a good bet. Your extra bags will be left in Kathmandu and taken by our host to The Rainbow House (our orphanage) for storage during medical camp and will be brought back to the hotel upon your return to Kathmandu. Always lock your bags. You may take a small day-pack for camera’s and personal stuff on the airplane. Space is limited; there are no overhead storage compartments. Space is so tight you will feel that you are sitting on the lap of the person next to you. We have tips on how to nab the best seats. You will want a window seat on the right side of the plane. Cotton balls are provided by the airlines to reduce engine noise. You may want to plug in your IPod and listen to music in order to cut down on the engine noise. Pull out your camera as grand views of the Himalaya’s will be a treat for those on the right side. After arriving in Pokhara you will be assigned a Land Rover for a 4-5 hour drive to our remote base camp. The first two-hours of the scenic journey will be on paved road. The remainder of the trip will be on a dirt road through the mountains. A bag lunch will be provided. After arriving at camp you can unpack your gear and roll out in your tent. Warm days (70-75 degrees) and cool nights (40-50’s degrees) are expected. Be sure to bring bug spray, towelets and hand sanitizer. It is strongly recommended that you pack and carry snacks for the long journey today. Bottled water will be provided in Pokhara for the drive.
If you are not able to fly in a small plane, you are more than welcome to travel by bus. It’s a long 8-hour ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then another 4-5 hour drive to base camp in a not-so-comfortable bus. We will do all we can to accommodate your needs.
October 27th (Wednesday) Medical Camp
A bowl of hot water will be available for early morning bathing followed by breakfast. We will work from about 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a lunch break. We’ve been told to expect 5,000 to 8,000 patients over the four days that we will be in camp. It is a good idea to bring energy bars and other goodies for day-time snacks. There are no 7-11’s or In’n Out Burgers where we are going. The village is located in a remote area of the mountains and primitive in every respect. We recommend that you bring your own toilet paper, air freshener(spray) and bug spray for the bathrooms. There are no western style toilets. Large spiders are common in the outdoor bathrooms. You will definitely need a good headlamp and flashlight for night excursions to the restroom. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included during your stay at medical camp) For those working in our children’s camp, bring suntan lotion. Many activities will be held outdoors.
October 28th (Thursday) Medical Camp
October 29th (Friday) (Medical Camp
October 30th (Saturday) Medical Camp
October 31st (Sunday) Happy Halloween
After breakfast we pack up our gear for our return drive to Pokhara. A brown bag lunch will be provided for the journey. You will have an opportunity to shower, shave and sightsee once settled into our hotel in Pokhara. We will dine as a group at a really good restaurant called the Blue Moon. (Breakfast, lunch and hotel are included. Dinner is on your nickle.)
November 1st (Monday)
Weather permitting, early morning trek to the top of Sarangkot for stunning sunrise views of the Himalaya’s and Pokhara Valley. You will be expected to pitch in to help pay for a taxi to the trail head. The hike is not strenuous so long as you take your time; similar to climbing stairs for 1 hour with frequent stops. The hike is well worth the effort. You may choose to stay a second night in Pokhara for boat rides on the lake or take in the city’s quiet pleasures at your expense. For the adventurous, motorized hang-gliding rides over the mountains is available. Others will choose to return to Kathmandu. Let us know what your preference is.
November 2nd (Tuesday)
If you choose to, you can help out with our children’s dental outreach in Kathmandu. Each year we bring children from the Rainbow House (our orphanage) to the Kantipur School of Dentistry for annual check-up and treatment. Children from other orphanages are also brought to the school for treatment. We could use your help. Our volunteer dentist will have an opportunity to teach courses to dental students. If you don’t want to participate in the children’s dental outreach you can visit the Rainbow House or sightsee. We recommend an excursion to Bhaktapur, now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the best medieval town in Nepal. We also recommend a visit to the Monkey Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. These excursions are on your nickel but we can certainly help you with a guide and ride. Don’t leave Kathmandu without seeing these sights! (Today we will pick up your hotel stay only. If you wish to upgrade to a nicer hotel you may do so at your own expense. We recommend the Hyatt.)
November 3rd (Wednesday)
If needed, a second day will be used for our children’s dental program and dental teaching clinic. Otherwise you can choose several options. (1) Sightsee around Kathmandu. (2) Side trip to Chitwan to bathe with the Elephants (3) Return directly home. This is the official end of Rescue Humanity’s Medical Outreach. We will assist you in any way we can in order to make the remainder of your trip memorable. We will make sure you get to the airport to make your flight.
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