Hi Mate!

Hi Mate! runs orientation programs to sensitize foreigners (particularly youth) visiting Nepal, or those living abroad interested in the Himalayas. Several signi cant global universities and advocacy groups from across the world have worked with the Social Enterprise. The social enterprise links international volunteers with local volunteers, and connects them with life-changing experiences in the Himalayas . The enterprise connects willing global citizenry to help the philanthropic and social entrepreneurial initiatives in Nepal. More than 500 foreign youth have been served by the enterprise this far.

Economic Viability: The Not-For-Profit Social Enterprise levies a Service Charge to the visitors and foreigners living abroad for the services it provides. The enterprise also arranges trekking/learning tours for foreign visitors into Nepal’s pristine mountains and wildlife reserves.

Through the "Hi Mate!" program of HCI, I had contributed 14 hours of volunteer service engaged in various anti-plastic bag campaign activities. It was a surprise to notice that a developing country like Nepal has been so concerned related to its environmental issues. I was happy to be a part of the campaign and inspired from the work the Nepalese volunteers are doing to keep their city clean. It was a good learning experience for all of us.

Ellen Lin, Taiwan

I had worked in HCI as a volunteer for a period of one and a half month, and during my stay in Nepal, I realized that the Himalayan communities of Nepal need a medium to be heard by the world."Hi Mate!" brings volunteers from all around the world to Nepal and is an excellent mean to inspire the global citizenry, including youth to join climate resilience build-up efforts in the Himalayas through volunteering and providing financial support.

Paula Freire Bastos, Brazil