Nepal Volunteer Program

**Please note - all efforts have been refocused to provide recovery and rebuilding support to communities in Nepal following the earthquake on April 25, 2015. For more information:


Volunteers provide greatly needed assistance to disadvantaged socio-economic groups within Nepali communities, focusing primarily on displaced, destitute, and orphaned children.

As a volunteer in Nepal you can provide love, affection, education and support to orphaned children.  You will help to improve their living facilities allowing them to be self sufficient and providing a safe and secure environment in which they can flourish. You and also provide education, inter-cultural exchange and understanding in Nepalese communities.

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What to Expect?

Children's Homes

Do you have a warm heart for children and a desire to impact their lives?  Then our Nepal Children’s Homes program is just what you’re looking for.  Located within a 90 minute bus ride from the heart of Kathmandu, your main role is to be a ‘big brother’ or ‘big sister’ to the children.

When the children return from school, you’ll be busy encouraging them with their homework, organizing games, playing with the children, and just ‘hanging out’ together.  You could also help the older children to develop skills that would help them in later life such as paper making, sewing, or maintenance work.

While the children are at school, there are a range of other activities that you can be involved in - these will be introduced to you during the training process in Nepal.

Teaching English

Within Nepal, it is becoming much more of a requirement for job placement, educational advancement, and future success to have English skills and a good, overall education.  If you have a good command of written and spoken English, plenty of initiative, determination, motivation and patience then you can be instrumental in teaching to those keen to learn.  (You don’t need any formal teaching qualifications for this program.)

You could be teaching community members, kids in children’s homes and/or in a classroom. Teaching / Education volunteers must commit to a minimum 6 week programme, although the longer you are able to give the greater the impact you will have and the more your students will benefit. For placements outside of the Kathmandu Valley, priority will be given to those with the longest placement commitment.

Community Maintenance

This is an opportunity to help in a wide range of practical village-based projects. The projects volunteers work on are usually for unskilled labour, unless volunteers come with specific skill sets.  It can be a whole load of humping, dumping and digging! All work is completed 'Nepali style' - which means by hand! - with basic Nepali tools.

Projects are usually decided upon in consultation with local communities, but you can use your initiative to suggest projects of your own.  Projects are usually partly funded by the communities and partly by our partner organisation and/or volunteer contributions.  It is essential that you are sensitive to the needs and wishes of the local community.

Please note that this work has minimal supervision, and we encourage all volunteers to help out on these projects. Often you'll also work alongside villagers, learning about traditional methods of building and working.

Example projects include; school repair and decoration, toilet building, drinking water projects, road drainage projects, recycling projects, stove building, and construction work on our partner organization’s own children's home.

If you are interested, you can also take more of an environmental education focus by informing children about appropriate waste disposal, recycling, composting, and creating vegetable and flower gardens in the children’s homes.

Home Stay/Cultural Exchange

Our cultural exchange programme is for those who don’t want to be tied to anyone programme, but want to experience Nepal in a deeper and more meaningful way than just coming for a holiday. It will be up to you to get whatever it is you want from your exchange. Each and every person who signs up for this programme does so for very different reasons, and that is why we let you explore in the way that best suits you.

As a cultural exchange volunteer you will live with a Nepali family, living as they do to the beat of Nepali time. You will have the opportunity to explore and get to know the community you are living with, engage with them in their day to day lives, help out in the house and fields, celebrate their festivals and get a first hand understanding of life here in Nepal.

Given that this is a cultural exchange, you will also be expected to share a little of your culture and customs, enabling both sides to see how different lives can be lived in a non judgmental way and that each should be cherished for what they give, as they are just two different lifestyles in a world of differences, no one better than the other. You will also be able should you wish, to get involved in our other programmes, as long as your presence doesn’t impact on incumbent volunteers.

Home stay programs can be arranged for two or four weeks only,  with the most culturally rich time for this programme is during the months of September – November when Nepal’s two greatest festivals are celebrated, Dashain and Tihar.

  • Program ID: # 2331
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
  • Closest Airport:
  • Costs From:
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Community Development Projects
    Teach Overseas
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