July 8, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Want to combine a solar education with travel to Nepal? A new program offers just that. “Solar Aid” is a program run by Swogun Nepal, a non-governmental organization whose aim is to use and teach renewable energy technologies which benefit community development. “Solar Aid” facilitates rural community development by installing subsidized solar electric systems in remote homes and buildings used for community improvement – catering particularly for women’s education and their improved livelihoods. Each participant (volunteer) subsidizes one solar power system and joins a group of 3-7 others in Nepal to learn how to install the systems. Intensive two-day training takes place in a central village outside the Katmandu Valley called the Kavre District, and is lead by a solar electricity expert. The group then divides into pairs and walks to sites in nearby villages to install two systems. During the installations the participants stay with families near the site. A translator is provided for each group and a technician checks each system before the final system commissioning is completed. This program is repeated four times a year, between April to September and October to December. However, private groups, if large enough, may schedule their own program. For more information see the following link.