Nepal is highly under-developed, but ironically has much natural and cultural resources. It is also stunningly beautiful but within its serendipitious sceneries it has witnessed most recently, a bloody civil war and stretching centuries wars and political violence that is perhaps too heavy for a small nation like itself. It is known for its shangrila-esque trekking routes and simple, smiling ways of life, and yet social and political life is complicated -- balancing both tradition and the cacaphonic, capitalistic present world of modern globalization.
There are temples and squares five centuries old sitting grandly in the middle of bustling cities. In Kathmandu, the streets around one of these squares was once home to legally-high hippies (the Sixties begat tourism in the country), and even now that piece of history is still kicking in Freak Street where old-school freedomwallahs tot around in ridiculous beards and colorful trousers. Outside of Kathamandu pristine scenery awaits. In villages and newfound towns the social dynamics of caste and class is as fascinating as the culture itself.
Nepal is a very small country, but it has three climatic situations ranging from tundra cold to tropical hot, from mountains to plains within a span of just ....Kilometeres. The change of scenery would impress even the most jaded geographers. Similarly it has more species of birds and butterflies than the USA even though its.....times smaller, it has more running water resource than any other country in the world (second only to Brazil, but they got Amazon).
There are oppurtunities to understand this unique country in more ways than ten and to work for changing some its people's misfortunates. So why Nepal? Because it makes for a peaceful break, a good holiday, yes. But also because its ripe for some real change-making.