At a glance
- Spot the mighty rhino in Nepal
- Join an unforgettable safari in the forest
- Lead conservation awareness campaigns
- Live with other teenagers in picturesque nature
- Download an itinerary for this project.
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Help protect the greater one-horned rhino
Nepal is home to wonderful wildlife, not least the greater one-horned rhino. Guided by conservation experts, you’ll track these powerful creatures. You’ll help maintain this area where rhinos roam free.
Like a true explorer, you’ll find rhinos by following footprints and setting camera traps. This helps collect data that local scientists can use to monitor rhinos and keep them safe.
Conduct butterfly and bird surveys
You’ll help conservationists survey birds and butterflies. This tracks their populations, so scientists know which species are becoming endangered.
Prepare to see the beautiful birds of Nepal. Discover the colourful great hornbill, the charming lesser adjutant, and the powerful vulture.
Preserve the Community Forest
You’ll be based at Chitwan’s Community Forest. This is a special area, designed for both humans and animals. It acts as a buffer zone, allowing access to wildlife without disturbing it.
You’ll help maintain this important area. While in the Community Forest, you will:
- Control erosion
- Remove alien plants
- Clear roads
- Join anti-poaching patrols
Provide wildlife education
You’ll help teach local children the importance of protecting animals in Nepal. This will leave a lasting impact, helping them grow up to respect nature.
To provide wildlife education in Nepal, you will:
- Plant trees at a local school
- Lead presentations on wildlife protection
- Paint animals and play games
- Join field trips into the forest
Where in Nepal will I work?
You’ll work just outside the wilderness of Chitwan National Park. Your placement will be at Namuna, Shantikunja, and Krishnasaar Community Forests.
This area prevents conflict between humans and animals, keeping them both safe. It's where Nepal’s most majestic mammals, like rhinos and tigers, roam free. It’s also a place where scientists can study these captivating creatures.
You'll live with other students your age in a nearby village. Your home will be within walking distance of the Community Forest. You’ll be immersed in rural Nepal, learning from the local way of life.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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