Nepal Community Volunteers
2-12 weeks from £459
- Enjoy a comprehensive orientation experience, including cultural classes and language lessons
- See the sights of Kathmandu on an included guided tour
- Get an insight into local life in Nepal
- Teach children in a local school or help out in an orphanage
- Gain great teaching and childcare experience as you make a difference in children’s lives
- Explore the beauty of Nepal, home to some of the highest mountains in the world!
Make a real contribution to the lives of deprived youngsters on this fantastic volunteer programme in Nepal. Opt to volunteer in a school or children’s home, and help kids learn English and gain new skills. This excellent programme includes a comprehensive introduction to Nepal, including language lessons, cultural classes and a guided tour of Kathmandu. If you’re looking for an incredible introduction to Nepal and its people, look no further than this excellent volunteer programme!
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What to expect at the project
This volunteer programme begins with an introduction to Nepal - its culture and language – and to the project you’ll be working on.
After arriving into Kathmandu your first few nights will be in a private house on the outskirts of Kathmandu where you can relax, shake off the jet lag and meet your fellow volunteers. You’ll spend the next few days learning about the volunteer project you’ve chosen, getting your head round a few language basics and finding out something about where you are. You’ll also meet and move in with your host family for the first few days and get comfortable with them.
Your introduction to Nepal will either be 3 or 5 days, depending on the duration of your trip.
This orientation will include:
- Language lessons
- Cultural issues / gender issues
- Placement information
- Teaching English
- Nepalese Food
- Sightseeing to Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Buddhanath and Sayambhunath
You will have three hours of language lessons daily and a full orientation about Nepalese culture and the project you are about to embark upon. You will also be taken on a tour of the local sites including: Durbar square, Pashupatinath, Buddhanath, and Sayambhunath, Patan Durbar square and Budanilkantha. Entrance fees are not included.
Meals during your orientation will be typical Nepalese fare, the perfect introduction to a culture!
During the orientation you will also have the opportunity to have some traditional local Nepalese clothing made for your programme. This is not essential but we strongly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity in order to gain the respect of the staff and locals on the programme.
Following your orientation in Kathmandu you will head to your placement. If you are based in Chitwan or Pokhara for your volunteer work you will take the tourist bus from Kathmandu which will take between 6-8 hours depending traffic.
Please note, the school project will not run during public holidays in Nepal.
Public Holidays 2020-
- 20th March to 10th April
- 17th October to 31st October
Public Holidays 2021-
- 20th March- 18th April
- 12th October- 26th October
Day in the life
Once your orientation has come to an end, you’ll get stuck in with your volunteer placement. You will be based in Chitwan, Kathmandu or Pokhara.
There are two options:
- Teach children in a local school
- Help out in a children’s home
You’ll arrange the precise schedule for your volunteering projects in Nepal with the people you’re working with. You will usually volunteer for around 3-5 hours per day.
Your tasks will be teaching English, basic science and maths and get involved in sports and games. You’ll be provided with a basic syllabus and some tips, but beyond that it’s largely up to you. The more resourceful and inventive you are, the more the children – and you – will get out of it!
Your evenings are free to relax and soak up local life. You can interact with local people and play with their children. You’ll also gain an insight into Nepalese culture by eating regional food and participating in the daily routines of your homestay.
Please note: While we will always take your preference on the type and location of volunteering into account this is dependent on availability and the needs of the various projects at the time of your stay.
Please note that all activities, inclusions and itineraries are subject to change.
Purpose and aim of the programme and how do you benefit the programme
This project connects volunteers with a range of fantastic volunteer projects in Nepal. Schools and orphanages in the country benefit hugely from the input of international volunteers. Volunteer teachers bring creativity and energy to classrooms and expose Nepalese children to international ideas. English language skills open up new opportunities for young people in Nepal and give them access to a broader range of jobs. Volunteers also bring fun and joy to young children, giving them confidence to play and express themselves creatively.
This project is a super-rewarding volunteer experience as you’ll be making a real difference in children’s lives. You’ll find the children enthusiastic and friendly and eager to learn, and you’ll come away feeling that you’ve achieved something good as you watch them grow in confidence. You’ll also leave the country with a unique insight into local life, and a greater understanding about life and culture in Nepal.
This programme is also a great way to gain teaching and childcare experience in a unique setting. If you are hoping for a career in education or childcare, you will learn vital skills and get great experience that’ll certainly make your CV stand out from the crowd!
- Airport Pick-up and drop off
- Volunteer project
- Comprehensive orientation in Kathmandu, including language and culture lessons
- Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
- In-country support during your placement
- Most food and accommodation
- Transport to and from the project
- 24/7 Emergency Support
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Food and drink during orientation days
- National Park Entrance Fees
- Sightseeing entrance fees
- Optional activities and excursions
During your orientation, you will stay in a private house on the outskirts of Kathmandu. The rooms will be basic but you will have a comfortable bed, Western style toilet and shower, with hot water.
Depending on your chosen volunteer placement, you’ll either be staying with a host family or within the children’s home that you will be volunteering in. This gives you the opportunity to have an authentic Nepalese experience- far more rewarding than if you were staying in a hostel. The accommodation will be simple but you will be well looked after. Bedding is provided but past volunteers have found a sleeping bag to be useful particularly during cooler periods. You’ll be provided with breakfast and dinner which is mainly Nepalese style food. You should expect traditional daal (lentil curry) lots of spinach and potatoes.
In a typical placement, you'll normally eat Nepali food as the locals do, which is twice a day - 9am breakfast/lunch and 7pm dinner. Tea is served in the morning and also in the afternoon. You may also have the opportunity to get together with other volunteers and share your experiences. You will be able to travel to nearby towns to purchase things for daily use and could travel to other areas of Nepal for longer if you wish.
Your flight to Nepal should arrive at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) on your programme start date, and your return flight should be arranged for your programme end date.
To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.
It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.
Minimum age 18 years , maximum decided on participant’s health and fitness.
It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. You will be required to obtain a tourist visa for your time in Nepal. Please contact your nearest Embassy of Nepal for the most up to date visa information.
DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
An enhanced DBS check is required for this programme. If you do not hold a certificate dated within 12 months of your programme start date, please contact us as we can help you arrange the DBS check for an extra fee.
Can I Take Part With Another Person?
Yes absolutely! Although most people travel on their own, we can definitely organise for two or more people to join the same project. Please let us know if you are travelling with someone when you book your trip!
How Much Spending Money Will I Need?
Accommodation and meals are included for most of your time in Nepal, so around £75 per week for general spending. If you wish to travel and do some excursions during your free time , then you may need to budget a little more.
Where Will I Live?
Your accommodation will vary a little depending on your chosen project, some placements use host family accommodation whilst some of the childcare projects use accommodation within the childrens home that you will be based at. Accommodation in Nepal is basic, bedding is provided but if you are travelling during the cooler months you may find a sleeping bag is useful.
Will Meals Be Prepared?
Typically, you'll receive two traditional Nepali meals per day, breakfast and dinner. Meals are local Nepali style dishes and generally consist of daal (lentil curry) and often spinach and potato dishes too.
Do I Need To Take A Sleeping Bag?
Bedding is provided at the projects but volunteers have found a sleeping bag useful particularly when it gets cold.
Do I Need To Take A Mosquito Net?
Mosquito nets are needed from March to August, however if it is easier you can buy a net when you are in Nepal as they are cheaper if purchased locally.
Will There Be A Safe/safety Deposit Box Available?
Yes, you will be able to leave it with the team in Nepal and they will look after it for you. You can either leave your valuable in their house, office or their safe in the bank which is next to their office.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.