Nepal

Volunteer in Nepal

Not only a place on the map but an experience, a way of life from which we all can learn. Home to incredible scenery, adventure, diversity and culture, volunteers in Nepal are sure to have an experience of a life time. As one of the most under-developed nations in the world, Nepal has so many opportunities to make a real difference for the local people. Find out what makes Nepal so special....

we need Volunteers in Nepal

  • Around 25% of the population in Nepal are living below the poverty line.
  • Malnutrition is particually evident in children under 5, with 36% enduring stunting.
  • Children from poor families have low attendence at school, with 1 in 4 of the poorest not going to school at all.
  • Nepal can experience natural disasters, such as earthquakes. This can severly impact the local structures and roads.
  • Much of Nepal's population lacks access to basic medical care.

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  • 8 Projects to Choose From in Nepal
  • Charity Non Profit
  • Excellent Safety Record & Support
  • Off the Beaten Path Projects with Meaning
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Volunteer Projects in Nepal

Nepal is a country full of adventure & culture.   Well known for the stunning peaks of the Himalaya’s & Everest Base Camp, Nepal is for the adventurous who want to help give back.     We have amazing project options across Kathmandu (the capital city) and Pokhara (the incredible mountain town approx 8 hours from Kathmandu).     

teaching placements in nepal for skilled and unskilled teachers

ENGLISH TEACHING

Teach children from different age groups and with different learning capabilities, through educational and fun activites. Encourage the children to develop their English conversational skills, reading and writing.

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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KINDERGARTEN TEACHING

Bring your creativity, energy and enthusiasm and help to teach, play and interact with underprivilaged kindergarten children, aged 3-6 years. Teach through fun interactive games, play and creative activites.

Location: Kathmandu
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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MEDICAL INTERNSHIP

For qualified professionals or medical students, shadow local doctors and nurses at a goverment hospital government, private, or community hospitals in Kathmandu and in around Kathmandu Valley.

Location: Kathmandu & surrounding areas
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: 4 Weeks
Min Age: 18 Years
Special Requirements: Medical students (or related field) or healthcare professionals

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WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

Help empower young and elderly woman with education so they can help bring themselves and their families out of poverty. Work alongside a local teacher.

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: 1 Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

Nepal Stray Dog Rehabilitation

STRAY DOG REHABILITATION

Help rescue injured and mistreated stray dogs for rehabilitation and safe housing in pet shelters so they can be put up for adoption of released. Give them the love, attention & care they need.

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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PHYSIOTHERAPY INTERNSHIP

Gain first hand experience as an intern in rehabilitation hospitals in Kathmandu. Aimed at medical students or those with relevant educational background or related fields.

Location: Kathmandu
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: 4 Weeks
Min Age: 18 Years
Special Requirements: Medical student (or related field) or professional

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BUDDHIST MONASTERY TEACHING

Teach English and have one on one conversation classes with the monks. You will also get a chance to learn about Buddhism while doing this.

Location: Kathmandu, Pharping, Namobuddha, and Serlo (Everest region)
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: 4 Weeks
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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CONSTRUCTION & EARTHQUAKE REBUILDING

Here you'll focus on the rebuilding of schools, orphanages and health centers in Kathmandu and remote villages deep in the mountains of Nepal.

Location: Kathmandu & surrounding areas
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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CULTURAL ORIENTATION WEEK

Gain an insight into the culture and norms before the start of your project. Enjoy a a welcome ceremony, language training, cooking class, hiking, yoga & more.

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Start Dates: Weekly All Year Round (Sat/Sun Arrivals)
Min Duration: One Week
Min Age: 16 Years
Special Requirements: N/A

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What's included

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  • Accommodation
  • 3 Meals p/day
  • Arrival Airport Transfers
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Free coffee, tea & filtered water
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • Daily Transportation
  • In Country 24/7 Support
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Fundraising Support
  • University Credits Assistance

30 Years Experience

IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering successfully placing over 20,000 volunteers globally.  We accept volunteers from all over the world and place them in meaningful overseas missions.  

Affordable Volunteer Travel

We’re not motivated by shareholder profits.   Our fees are fully transparent to ensure maximum benefit where it is most needed. 

Safe & Responsible Projects

All projects include a dedicated 24/7 in-country management team, operational & risk assessment & overseas support contact.   All projects are personally inspected to ensure very high quality.
 

Work Experience & University Credits

We place thousands of Uni students and can assist you with course credits and in-field experience points.   Many of our project coordinators are qualified practitioners in their respective fields allowing unique in-field supervision and Uni accreditation options

Nepal is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich countries in the world.  Nepal first opened its borders to outsiders in the 1950s.  It is home to Mount Everest, the birthplace of Buddha, and an astonishingly beautiful landscape, ranging from the well-known peaks of the Himalaya to the low-lying regions of the Terai.

The Nepali people are as diverse at the geography, with over 70 languages or dialects and scores of traditional festivals celebrated throughout the year.

However, Nepal is also one of the most under-developed countries in the world, with low rates of literacy, high rates of poverty and a persistent gender imbalance. The government is frequently unable to provide adequate education and health facilities throughout the country and both urban and rural areas are forced to live without necessary resources to promote growth and development of their communities.

Nepal is a year round destination, and the cliate can vary between the North and South regions. The best overall times to visit are during spring and autumn (particually for trekking).

December to Febuary is winter, and it can get extremely cold in the mountains (down to sub zero). Summer in this region has a pleasent temperature but still bring some warmer clothing for the evenings. 

Summer in southern Nepal can get extremely hot (plus 40°C) in some areas. Winter temperatures in this area can range from 7°C to 23°C.

Kathmandu has a pleasent climate on average. The monsoon rains start from June to September in Nepal. 

The majority of Nepalis are either Hindus or Buddhists, but there are many other religions here too like Islam, Christianity, Jainism and Sikhism. You will find many temples and monasteries around Nepal. The right hand is used for important things such as passing money, eating and the giving of gifts. 

Nepalese people love their food and much of it has been influenced by Indian and Tibetan cultures. Nepali people have a lot of respect for elders and will call each other didi (“older sister”), bahini (“younger sister”), etc, even if they are not actually related. The family unit is very strong and having a close knit family is important for the local people. 

Kathmandu, the capital and largest city in Nepal, is an incredible place! The contrast of decaying buildings, smell of incense, street sellers, historic temples and incredible mountain views will invigorate your senses and keep you inspired to learn more about the amazing history and culture. For several hundred years, Kathmandu was one of three rival royal cities, along with Bhaktapur and Patan. The highlight of Kathmandu has long been Durbar Square, the largest of the palace squares in the three royal cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Temples and monuments of varying shapes, sizes, styles, and faiths can be found here. This small, mountain-sheltered valley is the historical centre of Nepal, a place where kingdoms rose and fell, where palaces and temples were built and rebuilt, and where Nepali art and culture was developed and refined.

Pokhara, is a must see for truly spectacular scenery, adventure activities and food. Situated approx 5-6 hours by bus from Kathmandu, the bus trip alone is worth the journey. Here you will witness the awe and glory of the Himalayas. Pokhara has a chilled out vibe and great to relax and unwind form the busy pace of Kathmandu. You can enjoy a clear view of snow-capped mountains just 20 KM’s in the distance. Be sure to check out the adventure sports such as paragliding or white water rafting and of course world famous treks in and around the Annapuma Mountain range.

All accommodation is included during your placement. Your stay will be comfortable, clean and secure with basic modern amenities. Depending on your chosen volunteer project, you will stay in either a volunteer centre (dedicated house) or a home stay.

Located in the heart of Kathmandu, about 1 hours drive from the airport, the volunteer centre houses up to 20 volunteers with 3 to 4 people sharing one room (single gender rooms). They have modern bathrooms; a modern kitchen and dining room, mini library, a fully furnished living room, TV, computer, DVD player, fans, live-in staff on call 24/7, a garden complete with a comfortable covered area and 24/7 security. Centrally located, there are several gym’s nearby as well as local supermarkets, ATM’s, mobile phone shops etc.  

*For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodation options available for an additional cost (approx US $150 p/room p/week). This must be booked well in advance and is subject to availability. 

In Pokhara, enjoy life in a home stay living with up to 4 other volunteers. Here you will be made to feel like a local with much gratitude from the local villagers. You’ll share a room with max 3-4 other volunteers. The home stay is basic, but clean with bathrooms, a kitchen and dining room. Private bathroom, lockable rooms, bed linen, fans and mosquito protection included. Laundry facilities are available (at a small fee) but no hot showers! There are ATM’s located about 15 minute walk to the house and a supermarket about 30 minutes walk. 

3 vegetarian meals are provided p/day on weekdays and 2 vegetarian meals p/day on weekends for the duration of your program. You can expect chicken dishes approx twice per week. You are free to eat as you like when you are out and about and there are many exciting options available.

Nepalese cuisine has Indian & Tibetan influences with lentils and rice forming the base of most meals and a diverse range of herbs, vegetables and smoky flavors. The national dish is daal bhaat tarkaari, which is spiced lentils over rice served with tarkari and cooked with spices. Cow meat is forbidden because Hindus consider cattle to be sacred. In fact, many tribes and communities in Nepal are strict vegetarians.

Your program includes a 1 day orientation. This is an important day to help you become familiar with your surroundings, as well as learning about the local customs, culture and surroundings.
 
Typical Orientation Day Includes:
  • Introduction meeting, General rules, Setting Expectations, Advice on Health and Safety and insuring you have all your documents.
  • Do’s and Don’ts, Cultural introduction, learning about the countries history 
  • Tour around the accommodation and local area.

You are also encouraged to take up our orientation week. This is beneficial to help acclimatise to the different lifestyle and pace of Nepal and get to know your fellow volunteers, the facilities, the town etc.

An arrival airport transfer from Tribhuvan International Airport is provided so long as you arrive on a Saturday or Sunday. Volunteers arriving any other days will need to find their way to the centre or we can arrange a transfer at additional cost. We’ll provide full details on how to do this in the volunteer welcome pack.

Local travel to/from the project sites each day will be by public transport. This is very inexpensive but must be paid directly. You’ll have plenty of other volunteers with you to make it a fun experience. For long distance trips, volunteers will be expected to share taxis and for short distance, you’ll walk!

The weekends are always open for your leisure. The local team will assist you in organising additional travel plans with heaps of local knowledge. Shopping in Kathmandu is an experience all its own. Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist hotspot, is where shoppers can find Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian artifacts, woodcarvings, handicraft and an assortments of unique clothing and apparel. There are also several malls where you can find fashionable clothing and grocery stores, offering everything from wine to breakfast cereals. There are numerous dining options available throughout the city, including Italian, Indian, Thai, Korean and Chinese in addition to a variety of local cuisine.

Check out this amazing blog with step by step info on how to raise funds for your overseas volunteer experience to help maximize your impact abroad. Guide to Fundraising

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