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Volunteer in Nepal - It Will Change You Forever...

  • World's most affordable fees guaranteed
  • Pay your program fees directly to your host families and projects
  • Experienced local staffs to attend to your every need
  • Flexible schedule that leaves evenings and weekends free for fun, travel and exploration

Hidden in the Himalayas, Nepal's captivating land offers rich culture and picturesque landscapes. Known for its hospitable people, enchanting terrains and eclectic culture, Nepal is sure to be a life-changing destination. With eight of ten of the highest mountains in the world, mountainous views are breathtaking and the country is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. As a volunteer in Nepal, you can ride on the backs of elephants through lush jungles, trek through snowy mountains, raft down rivers and participate in an abundance of outdoor and cultural activities.

Helping Abroad invites you to volunteer in Nepal and chose from a variety of community development projects such as assisting orphanage homes, teaching English in schools, teaching English to Buddhist monks and addressing local issues concerning conservation, community health and sanitation. An estimated 25% of the population lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 a day. For this reason, help from motivated volunteers is greatly needed. As a volunteer in Nepal, you can serve to change local communities for the better, make lasting relationships with locals and other volunteers, and explore a new region of the world. By volunteering in Nepal, you will have a meaningful and safe experience that you will cherish for years to come. Email us now and begin your journey to Nepal. You will forever change the lives of others, participate in responsible tourism and fall in love with Nepalese culture.

Program Fee

Helping Abroad volunteers Program starts every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.

Are you looking for a safe and affordable volunteer abroad experience? Do you want to see the fees you pay, being utilized towards the welfare of the project and host families? Helping abroad, a 501 c 3, offer volunteer programs at unbeatable, low prices. At Helping Abroad, we maintain a level of transparency of funds, especially for volunteers who want to know where and how the fee they pay are being channelized. The volunteer fee is paid directly to the families that host volunteers and the project that volunteers work on. The program fee is divided as registration fee ($299) and weekly fee. The registration fee is used to cover our expenses like advertisement and office expenses. The weekly fee is divided between room/local food (3 times a day, 50-70%) and project donation/ support to local project staff (30-50%) and local coordination fee (10%). The allocation may differ according to location and project type. Therefore, our coordinator will explain these issues before you pay the fees. Please find the breakdown of the cost in a weekly basis below:

Weeks Kathmandu/Chitwan
Orphanage/ School
Pokhara Medical Monastery Photo Journalism
  1 Week   $99   $265   $185   $205   $275
  2 Weeks   $250   $415   $235   $330   $450
  3 Weeks   $310   $565   $360   $425   $625
  4 Weeks   $370   $715   $410   $520   $800
  5 Weeks   $430   $865   $535   $615   $975
  6 Weeks   $490   $1,015   $585   $710   $1,150
  7 Weeks   $550   $1,165   $710   $805   $1,325
  8 Weeks   $610   $1,315   $760   $900   $1,500
  9 Weeks   $670   $1,465   $885   $995   $1,672
  10 Weeks   $730   $1,615   $935   $1,090   $1,850
  11 Weeks   $790   $1,765   $ 1,060   $1,185   $2,025
  12 Weeks   $850   $1,915   $ 1,110   $1,280   $2,200
Additional Fee
  • Airport pickup, drop and first accomodation $50
  • Mandatory Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day
  • Language and Culture Program fee $250
Included in Fee
  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals a day
  • Donation to project
  • In-country office expenses
  • Field support
  • Project coordination
  • Emergency support
Not Included in Fee
  • International flights
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Immunizations
  • Personal food and beverages
  • Entertainment
  • Local transportation
  • Laundry
  • Communication (telephone, internet)
  • Personal items

Volunteer Programs

Working in Orphanages/Children homes (Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara)

Volunteers with Orphanages Children

Volunteer in an orphanage in Nepal to provide orphans with love and support in safe and healthy environments. Nepal needs volunteers in orphanages immediately as every child deserves love, basic necessities and a chance for a better future. Political instability, war, violence, poverty, disease and lack of opportunity have increased the number of orphans in Nepal, leaving multiple children without parents and essential care. Unfortunately, orphanages in Nepal are lacking funds, food, amenities and basic facilities. Volunteer in an orphanage in Nepal to help provide these children with safe environments, basic necessities, education, love and support. Volunteers typically teach Basic English skills and organize creative development-enhancing activities such as game playing, singing, drawing, etc. As a volunteer working in an orphanage in Nepal, you will provide orphan children with opportunities, smiles, hope and support.

Educational Requirements and Project Skills

No specific qualifications or prior experiences are required to volunteer in an orphanage in Nepal. You're expected to have a basic knowledge of English to communicate with the project staff and local people. You should have qualities such as love & passion for children, genuine interest, patience, compassion, endurance and so on. You should also be flexible and have the desire to learn and serve people of a new culture and religion.

Your Responsibilities as a Volunteer

As a volunteer in Nepal, you will either teach English for 3-4 hours a day in the orphanage or local school (where the children attend) or care for younger children at the orphanage. In addition, volunteers can participate in activities such as:

  • Helping children successfully complete their homework
  • Teaching various life skills such as personal hygiene and getting ready for school
  • Planning and organizing after-school activities such as games, dancing, painting, drawing, singing, sports and other creative and interactive educational ctivities
  • Promoting health and nutrition
  • Helping the orphanage with administrative tasks
  • Helping with cooking and feeding the children
  • Assisting with chores and maintenance around the orphanage.
  • Befriending the children
  • Fundraising and researching resources for the orphanage
  • Starting other projects such as gardening
  • Teaching various skills such as sewing, art, etc.

Please Note: The work is very flexible. You will get your work schedule from the local orphanage staff. You're expected to work 3 to 4 hours daily from Monday to Friday. If you have a desire to work on weekends, you are more than welcome. You can always adjust your work schedule to suit your holiday periods and every other engagement you may have. Remember, the activities mentioned above are just an outline, the project coordinator might also ask for help with other projects, and you must be willing to give them a helping hand.

Teaching English in Schools (Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara) in Nepal

Teaching volunteers with students

Volunteer teaching English in Nepal and improve and expand educational opportunities and futures! The demand of for volunteers teaching English is very high in Nepal. As international tourism, trade and relations increase, so does the importance of English as a second language. Unfortunately, poorer children are left without the opportunity to learn English because their parents cannot afford to pay for private schools or lessons. As a result, many poor and rural Nepalese are left jobless and with a great disadvantage for their future. For this reason, Helping Abroad is currently partnering with educational agencies and local schools so volunteers in Nepal can improve educational opportunities. Public schools and orphanages receive very little funding for English instruction because it's considered a luxury. In addition, many schools lack qualified teachers, so every volunteer in Nepal teaching English can support and influence local teachers with general teaching methods. As a volunteer in Nepal teaching English and working in schools, you will improve educational environments and enhance opportunities and futures for their students.

Educational Requirements and Project Skills

There are no specific qualifications or requirements to volunteer as an English teacher in Nepal, except for a high level of English skills. Teaching experience is not required, but volunteers participating in the teaching program in Nepal should have strong English skills, both written and verbal. Volunteers should be flexible, reliable, patient, open-minded, creative and have a love for children, teaching and the English language.

Your Responsibilities as a Volunteer

As a volunteer teaching English in Nepal, you will mainly focus on teaching conversational English 2-3 hours a day in public or private schools. Most students are between the age of 6 and 13. In Nepal, there is a primary English teacher within each school who teaches from a fixed English curriculum. Each volunteer in Nepal teaching English works with a primary teacher and set curricula (every grade is provided with an English book). Depending on your confidence level and teaching experience, you can either lead English lessons or work as a teacher’s assistant. In addition, volunteers can participate in other activities such as:

  • Teaching other subjects such as math, science and physical education
  • Helping students successfully finish their homework
  • Singing songs and playing music/instruments
  • Helping the children learn traditional Nepaln dances and/or dances from your home
  • Helping children with art projects and drawing
  • Playing games and sports
  • Teaching children personal hygiene
  • Reinforcing life skills and chores such as cleaning and cooking
  • Teaching children to how to garden
  • Working on maintenance such as painting, building, and other activities to improve the facilities
  • Assisting with orphanage administrative tasks such as fundraising, organization, etc.

Please Note: The teaching schedule is very flexible. You will receive direction from local school authorities. You're expected to work 3 to 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday. You will have enough time to go on holidays and explore Nepal's tourism. You can always adjust your work schedule to suit other engagements you may have in the process.

Teaching English to Buddhist Monks (Kathmandu, Pokhara)

Our Volunteer teaching young monks Due to winter activities, the monk teaching project is not available from the last week of December to 2nd week of February. Please confirm this with us before applying for the program.

Volunteer in Nepal to Teach English to young monks while exploring Buddhism and a beautiful Asian country. As a volunteer in Nepal you will have the unique and life-changing opportunity to travel to Buddha’s birthplace, explore Buddhism, live in a monastery and change the lives of young monks. Nepal is a predominantly a Hindu country, but Buddhism plays a large role in the culture and has a considerable influence. Throughout the country there are large and beautiful monasteries that claim Buddhism’s popularity. About 10.8% of Nepal’s population practice Buddhism, many of which are Tibetan-Burman descendants. Globalization and international relations have increased the demand for learning English worldwide and volunteers in Nepal have the opportunity to teach young and eager-to-learn monks conversational English. Volunteer working and living in a Buddhist monastery will predominately teach English to monks, but will also have the opportunity to organize extracurricular and educational activities for the monks. In addition, as a volunteer in Nepal teaching Buddhist monks English, you will have the chance to immerse themselves into Buddhist culture. If you are curious about Buddhism, this is a great project to help others and at the same time, grow personally and spiritually.

Educational Requirements and Project Skills

There are no specific qualifications or requirements to volunteer teaching English to Buddhist monks in Nepal. Teaching experience is not required, but volunteers participating in the teaching program in Nepal should have strong English skills, both written and verbal. Please note that monks are highly respected social figures in Nepal and live with strict rules. Volunteers must be disciplined to join this project.

Your Responsibilities as a Volunteer

If you decide to volunteer in Nepal to teach English to Buddhist monks, you will work in either the schools of Tibetan Children's Village or in a local monastery in the capital of Kathmandu. Volunteers teach English lessons for 3-4 hours a day. Aside from teaching English, volunteers may also:

  • Teach other subjects such as math, science and physical education
  • Plan lessons and curriculum development
  • Organize extracurricular activities such as drawing, singing, dancing, games, music, sports, art, etc.
  • Helping monks with their homework
  • Assisting monastery administrations
  • Promote health and sanitation
  • Fundraise and research resources for the monastery
  • Help the monastery’s administration

Please Note: The teaching schedule is very flexible. You will receive direction from local school authorities. You're expected to work 3 to 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday. You will have enough time to go on holidays and explore Nepal's tourism. You can always adjust your work schedule to suit other engagements you may have in the process. Morning and late evening time is free for volunteers to relax. For volunteers passionate about Buddhism, this is great opportunity to practice meditation, rituals, prayers and songs as you learn from Buddhist monks. Volunteers in this project can take advantage of the plethora of opportunities to immerse themselves in Buddhist ways of life and culture.

Primary Healthcare and Medical Program (Kathmandu, Chitwan)

Volunteer with Medical personals

Volunteer in Nepal to improve healthcare by supporting clinics and hospitals. A number of factors have negatively affected the health of Nepalese such as poor education, poverty, violence and war. The healthcare system in Nepal lacks adequate facilities, resources, funds and trained doctors/nurses. Sadly, an abundance of Nepalese do not receive proper medical attention and urgently need volunteers to assist them. Helping Abroad partners with local clinics and hospitals in Nepal to increase the quality of healthcare for those that need it the most. Each volunteer in Nepal works in the healthcare program as an assistant to local doctors and medical staff to treat and care for patients. Volunteer responsibilities and placements depend on volunteers’ education, skills, qualifications and experience. As a volunteer in the Primary Healthcare and Medical Program, you will have the opportunity to enhance the health of Nepalese, gain professional experience and grow personally as you explore Nepal and its culture.

Educational Requirements and Project Skills

Applicants interested in joining our volunteer health program in Nepal must possess healthcare certification, such as an ID as a medical student, EMT, paramedic certification, nursing or physician's credentials. We do not permit volunteers without medical credentials to work in this program due to the potential risk. The projects require a copy of volunteers’ resumes, clearly documenting credentials and education, before arrival at the project. Projects will also require an official copy of credentials.

Your Responsibilities as a Volunteer

Your responsibilities as a volunteer in the healthcare program in Nepal will vary greatly depending on your individual skills and qualifications. Volunteers working in the healthcare and medical program will assist local doctors and medical staff and activities may include:

  • Providing basic care
  • Assisting doctors and nurses with patients
  • Administering medicines
  • Learning from doctors and nurses
  • Recording patient details
  • Taking vital details such as height, weight, blood pressure, etc.
  • Promoting disease prevention
  • Organizing and leading educational workshops and training
  • Promoting personal hygiene and sanitation such as clean water, food and nutrition
  • Assisting clinics and hospitals with administrative tasks
  • Assisting with vaccinations
  • Observing basic functions of clinics and hospitals
  • Traveling to remote locations to help provide care to rural Nepalese
  • Teaching the importance of family planning
  • Aiding doctors, nurses and local staff with anything they may need
  • Maintaining and cleaning hospital/clinic areas

Please Note: The above examples of activities may vary depending on individual skills and interests and the needs of the hospital and/or clinic. You will be provided with a very flexible schedule from local staff, doctors or nurses so that you can adjust in the new environment. Along with Helping Abroad in-country staff, these counterparts will support you throughout your project. You will normally work for 3-4 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. All other time you are free to relax and explore the beautiful country of Nepal.

Conservation Project (Chitwan)

Volunteer in conservational work

Help the environment and local Nepalese communities by supporting a local nursery project. Like many places in the world, deforestation, land fragmentation and over farming have adversely changed the environment in Nepal. As a volunteer in Nepal working for conservation, you can work with local organization in Chitwan. Volunteers work in a community nursery program, planting trees and other plants. Volunteers working in a conservation project also work in vegetable gardens that produce vegetables and fruits for local orphanages. In addition, as you volunteer in Nepal, you will teach locals about conservation and the importance of the environment. This project is perfect for the outdoor buff and those with a green thumb.

Educational Requirements and Project Skills

There are no specific qualifications or requirements to volunteer in the conservation project in Nepal. Volunteers should be flexible, patient, hard working and passionate about the environment.

Your Responsibilities as a Volunteer

As a volunteer in Nepal working for conservation, you will work with local organizations on a variety of projects benefiting and conserving the environment. Activities will vary, but may include:

  • Planting trees and plants
  • Caring for seedlings
  • Distributing plants and trees to surrounding Nepalese villages
  • Digging and preparing nursery beds
  • Weeding
  • Pruning
  • Watering
  • Collecting seeds
  • Replanting
  • Eliminating diseased trees
  • Assessing fauna and flora depending on the season
  • Helping local staff in any way necessary
  • Teaching English to local orphans

Please Note: The above examples of activities may vary depending on individual skills and interests and the needs of the nursery staff. You will be provided with a very flexible schedule from local staff so that you can adjust in the new environment. Along with Helping Abroad in-country staff, these counterparts will support you throughout your project. You will normally work for 3-4 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. All other time you are free to relax and explore the beautiful country of Nepal.

Photojournalism Project (Kathmandu)

Volunteer taking Photographs

Participate in Helping Abroad’s photojournalism project in Nepal and capture the natural beauty and culture of the country through your camera lenses. This is the perfect project for volunteers interested in a photography career who also want to travel to an astonishing country. As a participant in the photo journalism project in Nepal, you will have unique and creative opportunity to work as a counterpart with an experienced professional, gain professional experience and discover all Nepal has to offer. This project can also be an internship if you have time and motivation to complete a final report. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture Nepal’s magical mountains, vibrant markets, cultural festivals, daily life, enchanting people, Hindu and Buddhist temples and the Kathmandu Valley. As you gain professional experience, you will travel to a mesmerizing country and have the chance to truly immerse yourself in the local culture.

Educational Requirements and Project Skills

There are no specific qualifications or requirements to participate in the photojournalism project in Nepal. However, volunteers must own a camera and know how to use it. In addition, volunteers must be flexible, open minded, patient and passionate about photojournalism.

Your Responsibilities as a Volunteer

As you grow as a photojournalist, you will document and share the beauty and culture of Nepal. Each volunteer in the photojournalism project in Nepal will work alongside an experienced professional employed by a reputable local newspaper. Volunteers will plan projects with their supervisor and travel to photo locations together, typically by motorcycle. Activities will include:

  • Meeting with your mentor
  • Traveling to festivals, events, cultural activities, parks, scenery, etc. in and around Kathmandu
  • Working to encapsulate the splendor and value in Nepal’s nature and ways of life
  • Practicing photojournalism and growing as a photographer
  • Meeting and interacting with locals
  • Immersing yourself into Nepalese culture
  • Assisting your mentor in any way necessary
  • Using creativity

Please Note: Cameras are not provided. The above examples of activities may vary depending on individual skills and interests and the needs of the local staff. You will be provided with a very flexible schedule from local staff so that you can adjust in the new environment. Along with Helping Abroad in-country staff, these counterparts will support you throughout your project. You will normally work for 3-4 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. All other time you are free to relax and explore the beautiful country of Nepal.

Language and Cultural Immersion Program

Volunteers during Language and Cultural program

As a Nepal volunteer, you will have the opportunity to participate in a one week of Language and Cultural orientation in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. Kathmandu is multi-facetted city and the gateway for the Nepal’s tourism. On one hand, Kathmandu is an enchanted city filled with miraculous temples, mythological histories and friendly pilgrims. On the other hand, Kathmandu consists of the country’s most advanced infrastructure and modernization, but is tarnished with smog and poverty. Kathmandu is a perfect demonstration of how Nepal’s history and culture contrast with the overpowering and unavoidable affects of the modern world.

You can volunteer in Nepal and participate in our intensive language and cultural immersion program will receive language training as well as lessons on Nepal’s history and culture. For interactive learning, volunteers are guided through local villages, towns, markets and tourist attractions. This Helping Abroad language and culture program immerses each volunteer in Nepalese culture and history so they may adequately acclimate to the country and efficiently use their time in Nepal. Understanding your surroundings will make your volunteer experience rewarding, educational and more meaningful. This program is optional, but highly recommended! Most volunteers and travels seek such programs to enrich their international experiences.

The following is a schedule for the program

There are no specific qualifications or requirements to participate in the photojournalism project in Nepal. However, volunteers must own a camera and know how to use it. In addition, volunteers must be flexible, open minded, patient and passionate about photojournalism.

Day 1: Orientation at Helping Abroad’s Office in Katmandu:

Upon arrival, a Helping Abroad country coordinator will pick up volunteers and transport them to our Kathmandu offices. An organized and thorough orientation will teach volunteers about Nepal’s geography, culture, history, customs, politics and economics. Participants are given all the important health and travel precautions necessary for your stay in Nepal. After the orientation, volunteers will have free time to explore what Kathmandu has to offer such as the local bazaar.

Day 2: Nepali language and culture program will continue in morning and volunteers will have the afternoon free.

Day 3: Nepali language and culture program will continue in morning and volunteers will have the afternoon free.

Day 4:Nepali language and culture program will continue in morning. On the 4th day during the afternoon, volunteers will travel to a small rural village located in northeast Kathmandu. Volunteers will directly experience and witness the unique culture of rural Nepal by staying with a friendly host family. Modern civilization has yet to encounter the ways of the local people in these types of villages. They still farm, cook and live in traditional rural Nepali ways. Volunteers will have the opportunity to practice the language skills they have learned while sharing cross-cultural experiences with their host families. In their free time, volunteers can explore nearby villages.

Day 5: In the morning, volunteers will continue their Nepali language and culture program. Throughout their stay, volunteers can practice their new language skills with their host family. After the lessons, a local guide will take volunteers on a hike to observe the various aspects of village life and how Nepalese work and farm in their communities. On a clear day, volunteers will be able see a miraculous view of Mt. Everest, the world’s highest peak.

Day 6: Volunteers will enjoy sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. The day will consist of a guided tour to further expose the group to the traditions and culture of Nepal. The tour visits the Katmandu Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and gives volunteers additional insight to its antique marvels.

Day 7: Day 7 is the last day of Helping Abroad’s Language and Cultural immersion program. Volunteers depart for their individual placements.

Please Note: Please remember this is a sample itinerary and changes may incur.

Major FAQ's

  • Who will meet me at the airport? What should I do if I am delayed or miss my flight? When should I arrive?
  • Please book your flight to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The Helping Abroad country coordinator will be waiting for you at the "Arrival" gate. Please look for a person with both the Helping Abroad company logo and your name on a sign card. In case your contact person is not there, please contact the Helping Abroad office and we will immediately follow up on your contact person whereabouts. Coordinators' contact details are available on the pre-departure handbook. If your flight is delayed, immediately contact Helping Abroad so we can make adjustments to your program. Helping Abroad will be responsible for creating the necessary changes in your program.

    The program fee covers expenses from the first day of the program to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program and/or stay beyond the last day of the program, you will be responsible for these expenses.

  • What are the visa requirements to volunteer in Nepal?
  • Volunteers must acquire a tourist Visa in their home country prior to departure for Nepal. Please contact the local Nepalese embassy to learn more about the process for obtaining a visa, timelines, visa fees and visa extensions.

  • What do I need to know about health and safety in Nepal?
  • Volunteers should be aware of all health and safety information before traveling to Nepal. You can read about health and safety in Nepal on the website listed below:

  • What immunizations/vaccinations are recommended before arriving to Nepal?
  • We strongly recommended that volunteers obtain vaccinations before arriving in Nepal. You can speak with your health-care provider to determine which vaccinations you will need. Please read CDC recommendations about vaccinations and preventive medicine: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/nepal.htm

  • What is the local currency and exchange rate?
  • The local currency in Nepal is the Nepal Rupee. You can exchange currency when you arrive at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport. We recommend exchanging about $200 to start, and you can take out/exchange more money near our office in Kathmandu. ATM cards are the best way to get money and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted in some larger cities. Make sure you notify your bank that you will be out of the country and give them your expected arrival/departure dates. This will prevent your account from being locked and you will be advised about any fraudulent charges.

    Please visit XE, a privately held online foreign exchange tool for rates. XE.com

  • How can I communicate with my family/friends while I am abroad? Is there internet access?
  • If you have an unlocked cell phone that contains a SIM card, we recommend that you bring it because you can buy a SIM card upon arrival. Phones are important to have for safety and communication with family and Helping Abroad staff. Internet cafes are widely available in larger cities but less available in rural towns. You will have placement details in your pre-departure packet.

  • How is the climate in Nepal?
  • Nepal has a very wide range of climatic zones, all different depending on the various altitudes. The country has tropical, subtropical, sub arctic and arctic zones. Summer is typically hot, humid and rainy. Winter is typically colder at night and early in the morning and warmer during the day. We recommend volunteers bring clothes for all seasons.

    For accurate weather please visit ACCU Weather (http://www.accuweather.com)

  • What should I bring?
  • You can purchase basic necessities in Nepal at reasonable prices, but we suggest bringing the following:

    • An unlocked mobile phone (you can use it after buying a sim card)
    • Camera
    • Sleeping bag
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Insect repellent
    • Sunscreen
    • Books about Nepal
    • Map of Nepal
    • Toiletries
    • First aid kit
    • Flash light
    • Electricity adapter/converter
    • Sun glasses
    • Good shoes (for work and travel)
    • Towel
  • Should I bring gifts for my host family?
  • You are not required to bring a gift but it is common courtesy as a token of appreciation for hosting you. If you are working in orphanages or schools, you can bring items such as school supplies and games. Remember that many children will desire what you bring, so you may want to bring a large amount of one item (pencils, pens, notebooks, games, art supplies, etc).

NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is derived from generic information about the country, and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly, and the information contained here may not be up to date. Participants should consult Helping Abroad staff or travel advisors to verify this information