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Volunteer Abroad in Nepal

Nepal Program General Information

The “Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal”, the birth place of Gautama Buddha, is a land locked mountainous country in between China in the north and India on the other sides. There are about 30 million people with over 70 spoken languages and 40 ethnic groups. It is rich in bio-diversity, culture and tradition with the disappearing animals, exquisite temples and monuments, and the breath-taking Himalayas. Nepal is one of least developed countries in the world with about 37% of the total population living with less than a dollar’s income per day and under the extreme poverty line. Since the development process that should be carried out by the government side has been disrupted due to political transition, Nepalese communities are in a great need of assistance.

Our programs are designed to help the local communities at the same time of providing a rewarding learning and living experience to our volunteers. We have flexible start dates/durations, and customized programs tailored just for you.

Locations of Nepal Volunteer & Intern Programs

We have volunteer work placements in both urban and rural Nepal. Possible locations include but not limited to:

  • Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Sanepa Lalitpur, Chitwan, Jhaukhel
  • Pokhara, Dhading and Nuwakot districts
  • Other areas can possibly be arranged upon request

Start Dates and Durations

We pride ourselves for our flexibility. You can arrive any week of the year with enough advanced notice.

You can volunteer for periods of 1 week to 6 months.

Nepal Volunteer Work Placements

There are volunteer work placements available in both urban and rural Nepal. Our volunteer/intern work placements in Nepal include the following categories:

    o Teaching in Schools
    o Teaching in Monastery
    o Orphanage work
    o Teacher development
    o Agriculture and Environment
    o Healthcare
    o Women Empowerment
    o Medical placement
    o International Journalism
    o Women Empowerment Studies
    o Sociology/Anthropology Studies

Please note that some work placements may require a surcharge since they are harder or more costly to arrange. Also, more works can possibly be arranged upon request.

Nepal Volunteer/Intern Requirements

  • Age Requirement: You can apply on your own if you are 18 years or over at the start of the program. For participants who are 15-17 years old at the start of the program, it is possible to enroll if the legal guardian gives permission and signs our waiver form to waive our liability.
  • Language Requirement: You must be able to speak English.
  • Cooperation and Adaptability: You should be able to work well with others, including people who are quite different from yourself. Also, you should be able to adapt to foreign environments, other cultures, and new situations. There is a need for international volunteers to be cooperative and flexible. The success of doing a project abroad also depends on you.
  • Some positions may require volunteers/interns have relevant training or certification.

Nepal Program Prices

Our fees are among the lowest in the industry and extremely affordable. Our program fee starts as little as USD$180. Program fees mainly help us cover the variable costs, such as food, accommodation, and orientation, etc. Program fees vary according to the length of your program.

Program Length Program Fee USD$
1 Week 180
2 Weeks 350
3 Weeks 470
1 Month (4 Weeks) 580
5 Weeks 680
6 Weeks 770
2 Months (8 Weeks) 980
10 Weeks 1150
3 Months 1320
4 Months 1630
5 Months 1950
6 Months 2300

To see an estimate of these prices in your local currency click here.

Note: There is an additional fee of USD$290 (enrolment fee) on top of the program fee for all the programs. This enrolment fee helps us cover mainly the fixed costs, such as program inspection, staff salary, and marketing cost. Also, certain work placements and certain locations may require a surcharge since they are harder or more costly to arrange. Participants are fully responsible for any surcharges and transaction costs.

Total Price = Program Fee + Enrolment Fee (plus transaction costs and any surcharge)

What is included?

  • Airport Welcome
  • Program Orientation
  • Accommodation and Meals
  • Volunteer Work Placement
  • Hotline for Local Support
  • Regular Cultural/Recreational Activities (Personal spending not included) are Provided by Most Hosts

What is not included?

  • International and Local Transportation Costs (Local bus tickets cost around US$0.3.)
  • Medical/Travel Insurance (Optional but Recommended)
  • Visa Application Costs and Personal Spending

Working/Living Agenda of Nepal Programs

Accommodation and Meals

Accommodation and meals are included. Volunteers live with a local home-stay family or a guest house or orphanage home. These who work at orphanages usually live in the orphanage with the orphans and the manager like a big family. These who work in the monastery usually live in the monastery.
Most home-stay families can provide the following features:

  • Bedroom with basic furniture (Either private or shared with another volunteer of the same gender)
  • Electricity
  • Running water

In the rural areas, the resources are very limited and the living condition can be very basic.

Three meals a day are provided by the home-stay families.

If you are a vegetarian or have other special eating needs, you can indicate that while applying. Even though special eating needs are not something we can guarantee, we will do our best to meet your needs.

It is exciting to live with a local family. This way, you can easily learn the local way of life, meet local people, and feel more like a part of Nepal rather than just a tourist. We strongly encourage you to try the local flavours and experience the local culture and traditions as much as possible. Keep in mind that it is important to be open-minded and to be flexible. You shouldn’t expect that you would eat the same food or have the same lifestyle as you do at home. Actually, one of the most important things you will learn abroad is how their way of living is just as correct as ours.

Arrival and Orientation

Day 1 (Arrival Day)

On your arrival day, we will

    1) Give you a warm welcome upon arrival.

    2) Then we will take you to your home-stay family in Nepal.

    3) Introduce you to the home-stay family members.

    4) Then we will leave you to rest after your long flight.

Day 2 (Orientation Day)

This orientation is important and it is mandatory for ensuring a safe and pleasant stay. You will need to bring your packed lunch with you.

    1) Introduction to Your Work Program

    2) Introduction to Your Environment

    • We will show you how to take bus from home to some important places (such as workplace, town, supermarket, ATM, etc.)
    • (Usually it costs around US$0.3 for a one way bus ticket in town. )

    3) Introduction to Nepal

    • Culture
    • Language
    • Communication
    • Transportation
    • Safety
    • Travel Opportunities

    4) Getting Connected

    • After the Introduction to Nepal, you will be given some time to exchange contact information with other volunteers.
    • It is a good opportunity for you to get connected with other volunteers. After getting connected, you may want to socialize or plan your weekend trip together.

Workweek and Workdays

Our volunteer programs are highly flexible and can be customized for you. You can either do full time or part time work depending on your preference. Some volunteers would like to work a lot, while others like to have more free time to travel, socialize, and relax.

The amount of work will be customized for you. Certain work placements do require full time volunteers or have a fixed schedule, but many works can be very flexible.

  • If you think it is more important to get your favorite placement rather than your preferred work schedule, please indicate that while applying so that we can put more weight on work type when we customize the program for you. If you don’t indicate anything, we may give your preferred work schedule more consideration while we customize the program for you.

Workweek Options:

  • Workweek option 1: (Regular) Work from Mon. to Fri.
  • Workweek option 2: (Long weekend) Work from Mon. to Thursday.
  • Workweek option 3: (Work and Rest) Work only on Mon., Wed. and Fri.
  • Workweek option 4: (As Much As Possible) Work 6-7 days per week if possible.
  • Workweek option 5: (Fully Open) Come in and help whichever day you want.

Workday Options:

  • Workday option 1: (Full day) Approximately 8 hours from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
  • Workday option 2: (Part time early bird) Approximately 4 hours from 9am to 1pm.
  • Workday option 3: (Part time afternoon) Approximately 4 hours from 12pm to 4pm.
  • Workday option 4: (Fully Open) Come in and help whenever you want.

(If you have different preferences, you can let us know so that we can try to customize further for you).

Leisure Time (Enjoyment and Friendship)

Our volunteers usually form life-long friendships with their host family, workplace co-workers, and other volunteers. Nepalese people are very friendly and welcoming people.
We aim to fulfill your leisure time with enjoyment. Most hosts arrange cultural or recreational activities regularly. Common culture/recreational activities in Nepal include classes on Nepalese and Indian culture, Nepali language, Yoga, Meditation and Eastern Philosophy.

Other Useful Information

Nepal Entry Requirements (Visa Information)

Tourism visa is the easiest option for volunteers coming to Nepal. The volunteers can either apply for visa in their local Nepali embassy or get the visa upon arrival in the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. For more detailed and accurate information, please visit www.immi.gov.np. Upon arrival, a tourism visa of up to 150 days can be issued.

Travel Services (Tours and Flights)

Whenever our volunteers need, we provide travel services/advices. If you need us to book a flight or a tour, we will help you to the best of our knowledge. If you are going to buy flight and book tours on your own, we recommend that you get price quotes from different sources and compare them before you make your purchase.

Nepal Country Profile and Pictures

Nepal Capital: Kathmandu

Population: about 30 million

Official Language: Nepali

Time Zone: UTC+5:45

Climate

There are five climatic zones in Nepal based on altitude: the tropical and subtropical zone of below 1,200 meters in altitude; the cool, temperate zone of 1,200 to 2,400 meters in altitude; the cold zone of 2,400 to 3,600 meters in altitude; the subarctic climatic zone of 3,600 to 4,400 meters in altitude; and the arctic zone above 4,400 meters in altitude. In terms of natural vegetational regimes or distribution patterns, altitude again plays a significant role. Below 1,200 meters, the dominant form of vegetation consists of tropical and subtropical rain forests.

The Local Currency

The local currency is the Nepalese Rupee. USD$1 is approximately 80 Nepalese Rupee. ATMs are widely available in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other big cities in Nepal. They accept all cards including Master, Visa cards. We strongly recommend that you bring bank cards because it is probably the safest and easiest way for you to access your cash.

Personal Expense in Nepal

As food and accommodation are both included, you don’t need to expect to spend much money at all. Many volunteers find that US$20 is enough for weekly personal expense, but this figure can vary largely depending on your spending habits. You should expect a bigger spending if you plan to take tours.

Safety

Going global can be an exciting experience and nervous at the same time. Regardless of where you are in the world, safety can never be guaranteed. Five years ago, it was difficult in the districts outside the capital, but now there is no problem. Nepal is in peace process now, the maoist armed struggle has been ended and there is no violence. The Nepali people are nice and cooperative.

Communication

Communication networks are being developed in Nepal. A SIM card costs about US$2 (Rs. 100). It is easy to get a cell phone here. In Kathmandu, the internet call per minute is Rs. 3, and the internet cyber rate is US$0.5 (Rs. 20-30) per hour in general places. The country code of Nepal is +977.

Vaccinations for Nepal

Officially, Nepal does not need any vaccinations to enter.

The following vaccinations can be considered for Nepal:

  • Diphtheria and Tetanus
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Japanese B Encephalitis
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus
  • Typhoid

Things to Bring

  • You should bring your own sleeping bag, a lunch box, a water bottle, and other personal necessities.
  • A plug adapter is strongly recommended as you will probably need to charge your electronics.
    • Electrical Plug/Outlet and Voltage Information for Nepal:
      • Primary Socket Type: Indian, Europlug
      • Voltage: 220-240 Volts
      • For Multi-voltage electronics/appliances (laptops, etc.), you only need a plug adapter.
      • 110-120V electronics: Plug adapter + step-down transformer
      • Hair dryers, curling irons, etc.: Plug adapter + voltage converter
  • A digital camera is recommended.
  • Laptop is not necessary, however many volunteers like to bring their own personal computer.
  • If you forget to bring some things (such as basic shampoo or basic water bottle), it is easy to buy them in Nepal. Other things (such as electronics or a special brand of body wash) can be hard or more expensive to get in Nepal.