Location: Nepal.
Target Year Groups: Y12 & Y13
Maximum number of students: 36
Approximate Cost: HK$13,500

Trip Leader: Mrs Claire Tait and Mr Roger Wilkinson

Please note that parents are responsible for the arrangement of visas which are required for Nepal.

Please ensure that your child’s passport is valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of  arrival at their destination.

This highly popular trip involves working for a week in Katja House Orphanage, set up with the help of Island School teachers.

Accommodation: View Bhrikutii Hotel, Godavari

Included in the cost:

The cost will include flights, insurance, accommodation, breakfast at the Hotel and lunches at Katja House, transport within Nepal and sightseeing. Further, the evening meal at the hotel will be provided on 3 of the 5 nights. The other 2 evenings the students will eat in restaurants in Tamal and must bring US$50 ($25 per night) to pay for these meals as they are not included in the cost.

Trip details and history:

In 1997, Island School started fund raising to buy a piece of land near Kathmandu in order to build an orphanage for a group of orphans who were being sponsored but who had nowhere permanent to live. Katja House opened in 2001.


Since then, during Quest Week, hundreds of Island School students have made the most of the opportunity to work with the 57 children living there. If you are successful in joining the Katja House trip you will be paired up with a child from the Orphanage and will be expected to collect a donation of clothing and toys for them. This week is a Service based trip and will involve working with the children as well as more demanding manual work such as gardening, painting and decorating.

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In addition you will be building  relationships with the Katja House students, whose ages range from 4 to 16 yrs. You are expected to engage in play and learning activities with the children. You should be prepared to take the lead in these activities and therefore there will be planning and preparation prior to the trip. The trip also includes cultural sightseeing in Thamel, Boudhnath and Batipur.

We hope that you will develop a greater awareness of Nepal’s economic situation as one of the poorest countries in the world as you see for yourselves the deprivation and poverty that people face in their day to day lives.


Day 1 

Meeting on arrival, transfer to View Bhrikuti Hotel, Godavari

Day 2

Katja House welcome and team building

Day 3 

Working at Katja House

Day 4

Morning – Working at Katja House

Afternoon – Visit Boudhnath

Evening – Thamel  (Eat in Thamel)

Day 5

Working at Katja House

Day 6 

Morning – Visit Batipur

Afternoon and Evening – Thamel  (Eat in Thamel)

Day 7 

Morning   – Working at Katja House

Afternoon – Entertainment at Katja House

Evening – Meal at local restaurant serving traditional Nepalese food with local entertainment!

Transfer to airport for departure to HK

Day 8 

Arrive HK  5:50 am