Kathmandu, Nepal

Focus: Microgrid Systems for Rural Development

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.

Vitals

Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
Focus
Microgrid Systems for Rural Development
Program Capacity
16
Length
10-Days
Culture
Nepalese
Weather
67°F / 19°C
Reviews
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Program Fee
Single Pay: $4300; 3-Step Payment: $4700
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Program Dates Now Enrolling

  • December 12 - 21, 2019

  • January 5 - 14, 2020

Being TGP's only program that includes home-stays and solar microgrid integration in Nepal's rural communities, you'll be able to engage and immerse yourself with the local community in a highly unique way that you'll never forget.

From mountain top morning yoga to hiking, you'll gain a new perspective with Nepal's landscape as a breath-taking backdrop during your program.

Learn first-hand about the story of Nepal's earthquake and how it's continued to affect the local community, nearly 4 years later.

How is Nepal recovering after their historical earthquake? This documentary uncovers the grit and resilience of residents of Nepal. "They didn't sit around to wait for aid. They were helping themselves." As a case study for strong community recovery and resiliency, speak and work with the survivors of Nepal's most deadly earthquake.

Here is a basic overview of microgrid systems and how they may work for rural communities. TGP participants will take classes with Kathmandu Unversity's School of Development Studies to learn everything from the design microgrid systems, to field planning, and installation in communities who lack energy access in Nepal's rural villages.

"Wedged between the Indian subcontinent and the lofty Himalayas, Nepal's Kathmandu Valley is a place where various cultures and religions meld together to create a spiritual fusion. While anthropologists may say otherwise, locals will tell you there is no distinction between Buddhism and Hinduism here. With settlements dating back as old as 130BC, the valley is home to the most dense collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites anywhere in the world. Filming took place over four early mornings at some of Kathmandu's most sacred and ancient temples and on the every day streets of this bustling metropolis."

Program Experiences

Course Information

UNIVERSITY: KATHMANDU UNIVERSITY - SCHOOL OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

COURSE: MICROGRIDS & RURAL DEVELOPMENT

CREDIT : 3 CREDITS

DURATION: 10-DAYS

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

PREREQUISITE: NONE, OPEN TO ALL MAJORS

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

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.  

GENERAL COMPETENCIES

The objective of this course is understanding the various microgrid technologies and its challenges towards implementation in rural and developing societies.  

OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of microgrid development in Nepal and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Attain a clear grasp of cost analyses and environmental impact of renewable energy production facilities in a historical, present and future context.
  • Develop skills to evaluate energy sources and projects in terms of feasibility within the matrix of technical, economic, environmental, and political implementation.
  • Observe Nepal’s energy policies, natural resource legislation, and other legislative controls impacting the production and sale of electricity in the nation.
  • Advance on the vocabulary and concepts essential to commercial energy production, transmission, management, community development, and legislation.
  • Develop leadership, teamwork, and networking skills through adventure excursions and exposure to professional industry relationships.
  • Excel within a network of like-minded participants who aspire to work and innovate in the field of development studies, renewable energy, and sustainability.
  • Gain a critical global perspective demanded by corporate recruiters today to prepare for accelerated career opportunities.

METHODOLOGY

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.

Our Partners

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.

 

Program Outcomes

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding along with a personal familiarity of the science and technology behind renewable energy systems for rural development (using solar energy as a case study) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Attain a clear grasp of cost analyses and environmental impact of renewable energy production facilities in a historical, present and future context.
  • Develop skills to evaluate energy sources and projects in terms of feasibility within the matrix of technical, economic, environmental, and political implementation.
  • Observe Nepal's energy policies, natural resource legislation and other legislative controls impacting the production and sale of electricity in the nation.
  • Advance on the vocabulary and concepts essential to commercial energy production, transmission, management, and legislation for renewable energy.
  • Experience community resiliency and recovery first-hand in Nepal's rural communities.
  • Develop leadership, teamwork, and networking skills through adventure excursions and exposure to professional industry professionals.
  • Excel within a network of like-minded participants who aspire to work and innovate in the field of renewable energy and sustainability.
  • Gain a critical global perspective demanded by corporate recruiters today to prepare for accelerated career opportunities. 

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Nepal!

  • Airport Pickups in Kathmandu

  • Meet the Team
  • Check in to Guesthouse
  • Lunch
  • Explore a local heritage center
  • Team building activities - Get to know your cohort
  • Capstone project launch

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Class: Intro to Energy, Conservation, and Environment in Nepal
  • Class: Solar Energy & Microgrid Systems in Nepal
  • Lunch
  • Explore Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage site, Patan Dubar Square
  • Dinner
  • Capstone ideation and development

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Tour one of Nepal's first hydroelectric power plants
  • Class: Rural Electrification & Resiliency
  • Lunch in local town
  • Field project planning excursion
  • Dinner
  • Capstone development

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Morning yoga class at a local temple
  • Lunch
  • Class: Energy Audits and The Sustainability of Micro-grid & Off-Grid Application
  • Class: Off-grid Solar System Design
  • Field project planning and supplies pick-up
  • Dinner
  • Capstone Development

Day 5 -7 Village Home-Stays and Installation

  • Breakfast
  • Depart to the rural village
  • Lunch stop
  • Arrival to the village, team plan for installation
  • Community dinner and welcome ceremony

Day 7

  • Breakfast
  • Glacier river rafting excursion
  • Lunch
  • Solar power inauguration for local school
  • Dinner and local cultural show 

Day 8 -9 

  • Breakfast
  • Depart rural village to Kathmandu
  • Lunch stop
  • Complete and present capstone presentations at Kathmandu University
  • Final dinner

Day 10

  • Breakfast
  • Free time in Kathmandu for local souvenir shopping
  •  Airport dropoffs and departures

*Note: Itineraries are subject to change 

What's Included

  • Pre-program TGP educational materials
  • Lectures from industry leaders and faculty from Nepal's leading institution, Kathmandu University's School of Development Studies
  • 3 academic credits transferable from Kathmandu University's School of Development Studies
  • Exclusive access and private tours to Nepal's rural villages, hydroelectric, and solar microgrid systems
  • Access and networking opportunities to Nepal's industry professionals
  • Local private guides and translators throughout the program
  • Capstone Project facilitation and live panel assessment
  • Adventure excursions (examples may include mountain hiking, rafting, yoga, and more!)
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners with local cuisine (We accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dietary preferences/restrictions)
  • Lodging in several locations throughout the program 
  • A rural village home-stay experience
  • Solar panel microgrid systems and materials
  • All in-country transportation
  • Exclusive, lifetime membership to the GREEN Alumni Network for job postings, career advice, travel opportunities, networking, industry events, and mentorship. Read more about our Alumni benefits
  • 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. Thank you for your support!

Health & Safety

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.

Pricing

Two easy ways to pay:

(1) Single Pay | $4300
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(2) 3-Step Payment Plan | $4700

Secure your spot with a $500 deposit. Half of the balance is due 4 weeks later. Pay your final payment 6 weeks before your program begins.

∙ Pay for your program over time in three smaller payments

∙  No credit check & no forms to fill out

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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.

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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.

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