In 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake impacted 30% of Nepal's energy infrastructure. In an ongoing effort, Nepal has been taking strides to include solar as a leading source of alternative energy to help with their energy crisis and societal development.
The GREEN Nepal Program will analyze the role of alternative energy and its practicality, adaptability, and impact in rural societies of developing countries.
Selected participants will study a rural village of Nepal and discover how solar energy is impacting the development of local communities and their livelihoods. Through hands-on education about microgrid system design, TGP participants will execute off-grid solar field project planning and installation.
Join The GREEN Program's newest expedition to explore the possibilities of alternative energy integration through microgrid systems for rural development.
UNIVERSITY: KATHMANDU UNIVERSITY - SCHOOL OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
COURSE: MICROGRIDS & RURAL DEVELOPMENT
CREDIT : 3 CREDITS
PREREQUISITE: NONE, OPEN TO ALL MAJORS
Since the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015, the country has been working towards recovery and restoration. After the earthquake, there has been a nationwide concern for a slow redevelopment plan. With nearly 70% of the affected communities still living in temporary shelters, the rise of micro-grid energy solutions are being introduced to electrify rural areas that were affected by the earthquake while renewable energy is a sector that is rapidly developing in Nepal. Certain communities in Nepal can also experience power outages with an average of 10 hours per day; however, private installations of solar energy and microgrid systems are perceived to be viable solutions. This course provides wide knowledge of microgrid technologies, energy policies in Nepal and its implementation, especially in rural communities. The course consists of lectures and site-visits including solar and hydropower facilities and rural communities to install microgrid systems and assist in Nepal’s efforts to electrify rural areas.
The objective of this course is understanding the various microgrid technologies and its challenges towards implementation in rural and developing societies.
OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES
The methodology to be used includes a combination of tools in order to facilitate the enhancements of knowledge, promote discussion in class and increase students’ ability to formulate proposals, such as: presentation-discussion classes, case studies, hands-on design, and first-hand field planning and installation.
The structure of each topic includes a compulsory reading, followed by oral presentations by the students which will lead to class discussions, group works, and other practical activities. Field trips and site visits are essential to the course, which are programmed on a daily basis. All these activities will be complemented by lectures and supervised by the university.
TGP's Nepal program is unique to traditional study abroad and similar model has emerged between not one, two, or three, but four organizations. Each providing very different services, but sharing a common goal to increase renewable energy access to rural communities through education, TGP is excited about this multidimensional partnership.
TGP is proud to join forces with three innovative organizations representing the non-profit, private, and education sectors as we work together towards a sustainable future. This model may just be that "triple threat" collaboration that our world needs more of.
Learn more about our partners and our collaboration with Give Power Foundation, Inspire Energy, and Kathmandu University here.
Day 1 Welcome to Nepal!
Airport Pickups in Kathmandu
Day 5 -7 Village Home-Stays and Installation
Day 8 -9
*Note: Itineraries are subject to change
Your comfort and safety are our top priority at The GREEN Program which is why our programs are led by trained and certified staff and guides. For specific information about health and safety in the destination you're visiting, we recommend checking current travel advisories through your state department. (In the U.S., you can find more information here.)
On our Nepal program, students participate in a variety of outdoor activities ranging from hiking, residing in home-stays, and river rafting. Individuals should be in generally good health and prepared for 2-3 moderate level hikes for up to 8 hours a day. It's important to consult a physician about any concerns and make sure that any current medical conditions are communicated to our team during the registration process.
During this program, students will have the opportunity to travel to and stay in a rural local village for 3-4 nights with local Nepalese families. Each village is vetted and provides a safe and unique experience for our participants. Culture-shock may be experienced and TGP encourages all participants to be open-minded to different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Students are responsible for arranging any necessary vaccinations before their program. You can find the most up to date information and recommendations from the CDC here. Travel medical insurance is also compulsory for our programs.
Please see our Health & Safety page for more information.
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More than 70% of the program fee is contributed to our non-profit partner, Give Power Foundation's (501(c)3) sustainability efforts, and supporting Nepal's local economy through our cohort's accommodations, food vendors, tour guides, course development, microgrid supplies and materials, rural villages, and more. The remaining portion of the program fee is contributed to support The GREEN Program's continuous efforts to enhance sustainability education around the world. Thank you for your support!
For more information on our program pricing please visit our pricing page.
Refer a Friend
To say thank you for helping us build our community, students can earn reduced program fees by referring others to our educational adventures. Getting started is simple and we provide you with support and resources to make sharing and standing out as a sustainability advocate in your community easy! Learn more here.
Scholarships, Funding, and University Resources
We understand that funding can be an initial hurdle; however, we've seen our students jump the financing hurdles and make their program a reality. Here are some of the most creative and successful methods our students have used to receive funding. We've seen it all, and know that GREEN students live out the saying "If there is a will, there is a way!" and have earned their spot towards global experiences and opportunities with our programs. We recommend trying a few of these proven methods to help make your program a reality.
Your first step is to complete and submit an application. Upon acceptance, a TGP member will reach out to you with your next steps for enrollment. We look forward to traveling with you soon! (Please note that spots fill on a first-come, first-serve basis.)