Future Village is located in a typical hill village in Nepal. It continues to retain its tradition-helping one another, respecting elders and the hospitality towards the visitors. Hence, we hope that visitors are able to respect the locals’ tradition and culture, and help protect the environment.
Thank you for your support!
Please refrain from critisizing the lifestyle and the standard of living of the village based on the modern city living standards. Kindly be objective in your speech and refrain from exaggerating the modern living of your origin. This is to prevent the villagers from feeling inferior and yearn for the outside world.
Every place will have its limitation and problems. Though there are a lot of facilities available in the modern society, there are also a lot of pressure and coldness amongst people.
On the other hand, the villagers have never left their hometown, they are familiar with the things around them and everyone in the village.They eat the organic food which they have planted themselves. They live in an environment that is full of greenery, they wear dirt belonging to Mother Nature and they have chickens that roam freely, fearless of the Avian Flu.
We may think that we are givers in the village. However, we may receive more than we give – the freedom and carefree lifestyle when we are in the village – we may widen our horizon, find out the real meaning of life and develop spiritually. What we have received or going to receive are definitely priceless.
Due to the limited resources in the village, we hope that the visitors will treasure and appreciate the available resources and take good care of the environment.
The villagers are not able to handle rubbish effectively. All rubbish are normally burnt, thereby polluting the environment. As such, visitors are urged to provide less rubbish and to refrain from buying disposable items such as mineral water. Kindly bring home the plastic bags and batteries for recycling as well.
It took a lot of effort and manpower to build the house of Future Village. Most of the furniture and facilities provided were transported from Kathmandu. We thereby hope that the visitors are able to treasure and take care of provided facilities. Below are some guidelines that we hope that the visitors will observe︰
- refrain from smoking in the room;
- help to clean the room regularly;
- handle the facilities provided with care;
- Please help us tidy up the room before you leave;
- Kindly bring home trash that are not able to dispose easily, such as batteries, instead of disposing them in the village.
Please do not give valuable items or money unnecessarily. This is to prevent villagers from having the thinking of gaining something without hardwork. The villagers should continue to work hard to receive any pay or gain. In actual fact, it is now fairly common for people in the developing countries to beg for money from the tourists as they see it as a form of easy money.
Kindly refrain from giving money or valuables especially to the young children. We would like to continue to teach the children the right value of gaining from hard work. Nevertheless, you may give tips to villagers who had provided services to you or exchange gifts with one another. You may also other means of help such as sponsorship of the children’s education, coaching English, provide free medical checks and so on.
The Nepali people are kind and friendly towards people and they show respect to them. The words ‘Namaskar’ (for seniors or people of high positions) and ‘Namaste’ are their common greetings. Visitors may also greet them with ‘Namaskar’ and ‘Namaste’.
Most of the women in the village are fairly conservative in their dressing. It is common for them to wear the traditional Sari. Female visitors are advised not to wear outfit (such as shorts) that may be too revealing. Kindly avoid being too intimate (i.e. kissing) in public.
The local villagers are used to eating simple food. Their staple food is ‘Dal Bhat’ (bean soup, curry and rice)，Corn Mash and Millet Mash (seasonal food). They are usually vegetarians . They will only take meat (i.e. chicken and mutton) during special occasions or festival. The Nepali people are used to taking two meals a day. They only take tea for breakfast. We hope that visitors are able to understand the limited choices of food available.
In addition，the tea with milk (Nepali ‘Cyaa’), is the locals’ common beverage. The villagers will offer you such tea to show their hospitality. Please accept the tea offered as a friendly gesture.
Sugar is also very important for them as they do a lot of labourious job. Hence their tea or dessert is usually very sweet.
The local villagers speak Nepali language. They also speak their own dialect such as the Tamang people. Visitors may learn to speak some Nepali language to reduce the language barrier and communicate with the local villagers. Visitors are encouraged to use your smiles and body language (hand signals) for better communication as well. Below are some simple Nepali words/vocabuary:
||How are you?
|Tapaaiko naam ke ho?
||What’s your name
|Mero naam ____ho.
||My name is _____.
||Yes please. Pardon.
||Are you hungry?
||Are you tired?
||Is it OK?
||Do you like?
||Very very much.
||It’s very good taste.
||Curry and Rice
||I have eaten already.
||When will you come back?
||I will come back later.
||I love very much.