The Small World
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Course Details

Updated dates, costs, and course descriptions for 2020 will be posted by Nov. 1, 2019


June 18 to July 8, 2019

21 Days

Departure City

Dalllas – Ft. Worth Airport

Tuition: $5740 *
Airfare & Fees: $1750 *
Total Course Cost: $7490
* discount and important info here

SStS partners with The Small World (TSW) to help construct homes and clinics in rural villages and to increase girls’ access to education.
The SStS Nepal course begins in Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu, where staff from SStS’s non-profit partner, The Small World (TSW), will greet the group.

The next two days will be spent acclimating and visiting various UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the famed Monkey Temple. After this introduction to Nepali culture, the group will drive to Salleri, a village in the remote Solukhumbu region. After they arrive, they will settle into a dormitory TSW built for 40 girls pursuing their university education. The home was constructed using eco-friendly and earthquake resistant building techniques that left it undamaged by the earthquakes that occurred in April and May of 2015. However, 15,000 classrooms across the country were damaged, and thousands of Nepalis lost their homes. In response, the group will help construct a new earthquake resistant home for 100 children who were displaced by the earthquakes. After several days in Salleri, the group will trek to the village of Phuleli. After meeting the local families who will host them for several nights, the group will begin their second project. Because residents of this region currently need to walk several hours to the nearest doctor, a primary focus of TSW’s work is increasing communities’ access to health care. To address this problem, the group will help to construct a new medical clinic.

During their time in Salleri and Phuleli, the group will work shoulder-to-shoulder with TSW staff and skilled local artisans from the villages. During the project phase, they will also create friendships with the 40 young women living in the dormitory who have overcome incredible challenges to earn their high school diplomas and pursue college degrees. Upon completing the project, the group will then trek through the Himalayas on a route that was once taken by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgey on their way to Mount Everest. Students will hike for three days through isolated villages surrounded by misty rhododendron forests and dramatic snow covered peaks rising to over 25,000 feet. At the end of this trek, the course will close at TSW’s Himalayan Hope Home near Kathmandu, a facility designed to create a loving family environment to support the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of 30 orphaned girls. These diverse experiences will highlight the culture, compassion, and gratitude of our Nepali hosts and the values of ethical leadership.

Learn More

The Small World works to provide education for children, women’s empowerment, and opportunities for local communities to break the cycle of poverty. To learn more, please visit their website.

The Small World

Course Elements

The course elements are based on a rating from 1 to 5, 1 being the least rigorous, 5 being the most rigorous.


The students will spend over a week constructing an earthquake resistant children’s home in the village of Salleri and a health clinic in Phuleli. They will also visit the Salleri girls’ dorm and the Himalayan Hope Home in Kapan.


Prior to their travels, students complete a series of online activities (30 minutes each). While traveling, they also read engaging articles, participate in cultural experiences, and create presentations in small groups.


This course includes four or five days of Himalayan trekking through strikingly beautiful mountainous terrain. Students carry small packs during this adventure, so it is critical that participants actively prepare prior to travel so they are physically fit.

Living Conditions60%

While in Phuleli, students will stay, in pairs or small groups, with Nepali families in traditional homes. While in Salleri, the group will stay at a dorm for young women finishing their education. During the trek, the students will sleep in family-owned guesthouses.

On The Move80%

After a couple days in Kathmandu, the group will spend a day driving to the Solukhumbu district where they will spend a majority of their time. At the conclusion of the trek, they will also drive back to Kathmandu.


The group will have the unique opportunity to spend a few nights living, in pairs or small groups, as the guests of Nepali families in the village of Phuleli. They will also spend time with the girls and young woman at TSW’s dorm in Salleri.


In addition to spending the first and last days of the course in the major city of Kathmandu, most of the days will be spent in the small villages of Salleri and Phuleli. The group will also explore several remote villages during their trek.

Element Descriptions


Day 1 and 2

Travel from Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport to Kathmandu, begin group orientation

Day 3

Continue orientation, visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Day 4

Drive to the Solukhumbu region, stay in TSW’s girls’ dorm

Day 5

Children’s home project introduction, time with the girls at TSW’s dorm or children at local school, Nepali language lessons

Days 6 - 8

Project work building an eco-friendly and earthquake resistant children’s home, teaching lessons, cultural experiences, evenings with home stay hosts

Day 9

Trek to Nunthala, stay in guesthouse

Day 10

Trek to Phuleli, health clinic project introduction, meet home stay hosts

Day 11 - 13

Continue health clinic project work, teaching lessons, cultural experiences, evenings with home stay hosts

Day 14

Finish project work, closing ceremony with community, evening with home stay hosts

Day 15

Trek to Taksindu Pass, visit Taksindu monastery, pooja ceremony with the monks, stay in guesthouse

Day 16

Trek to Junbeshi, stay in guesthouse

Day 17

Trek to Phaplu, begin debrief, stay at guesthouse

Day 18

Return drive to Kathmandu, continue debrief

Day 19

Visit Himalayan Hope Home in Kapan, farewell ceremony and celebration with TSW staff

Day 20

Finish debrief, final tour of Kathmandu, begin travels home

Day 21

Return to Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport


: In Three Phases


the 5 Lenses Curriculum

Prior to departure, students are guided by their course instructors through a series of interactive, online lessons. Organized by SStS’s Five Lenses Curriculum, these activities (30 minutes per week) allow students to directly engage with other members of
the group.


partnering with ngos

The majority of the days at each site are spent engaged in meaningful service work with our NGO (non-governmental organization) partner. Days not dedicated to project work are spent immersed in intriguing cultural activities.


post travel advocacy

During the next school year, students educate others by advocating for our NGO partner through public presentations to the community at large and/or younger, school-based audiences.

A Glimpse Into Nepal

Travel Journal

During the travel phase of each SStS course, students spend time reflecting about the learning that occurs through their immersion and service experiences. These posts capture the impact of our programs on individual students. Explore the posts below to learn about the SStS Nepal program from the important viewpoint of our students.

Explore Nepal

Important Details

Cost Information

Students who attend a school that is a member of SStS’s Global Schools Coalition receive a tuition discount. To see the list of schools in the coalition, click HERE.

Tuition (students from members of the Global Schools Coalition): $5540
Tuition (students not from members of the Global Schools Coalition): $5740
Airfare & Fees: $1750

SStS is in search of curious, compassionate, globally-minded students. Thus, we will do all that we can financially to support students who require assistance. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please indicate this on the application. Financial assistance resources are limited. Scholarships tend to be less than 50% of tuition.

Please note, tuition does not include airfare and immunizations.
Tuition costs are all inclusive with the exception of personal expenditures (e.g. souvenirs).
Tickets and medical & security evacuation services are purchased as a group. The cost of these services is included in the tuition.
Talbot Travel Agency provides travel services for SStS, working personally with us to find the least expensive group fares.
As a result, it is not possible to use airline miles or credit card benefits for the international flights. However, these can be used to purchase tickets to the gateway city.

Travel Expectations
Please note that we expect all participants to travel together, adhering to the identical itinerary. We will depart the United States as a group from a gateway city. Exemptions may be made for international students. Additionally, travel in the developing world inevitably includes “the unexpected” (e.g. weather disruptions, transportation strikes, etc.). SStS will adjust the itinerary accordingly, making the best of uncontrollable situations. Due to the unknown variables in international travel, participants are asked not to make travel plans or to enroll in programs that start immediately after their return. SStS is not responsible for expenses incurred due to missed flights if the group is delayed in their return.



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