Volunteer in Nepal
Apply to make a difference in Nepal through volunteering. With One World 365 you can find structured, free and low cost volunteer opportunities in Nepal where you can help people, communities, wildlife and the environment in places like Kathmandu, Chitwan, Chitlang and Pokhara. Apply for a rewarding and life changing experience today.
Volunteer Programs in Nepal
Search structured, free & low cost volunteering projects in Nepal.
Guide to Volunteering in Nepal
If you would like to make a difference and volunteer in Asia then we highly recommend Nepal as a destination. This country is very poor, but also developing and local people are some of the friendliest in the world. You will be sure to find an exciting placement that will be both challenging and rewarding.
Whatever your interests – language, culture, economics, agriculture, forestry, flora and fauna, history, sustainability, appropriate technology, community organization, leadership, entrepeneurship, children, women, human rights – you can find placements with organizations, communities and families that will enrich your understanding of Nepal while also giving you opportunities to learn more specific skills and knowledge. This is the perfect opportunity if you would like to give back or fancy spending a gap year in Nepal.
Outside your placement there is a plethora of things for you to see and do. You can start the day with an early morning Yoga class, then on weekends you and your fellow students can do anything from trekking, visit ancient temples pay a visit to a wildlife reserves.
Location of Projects
You can find programs throughout the country in places like:
- Rural areas
Volunteering in Kathmandu
If you are visiting Nepal the chances are you will fly into Kathmandu which is where a lot of community based programs are located. This city is quite busy and bustling compared to the rest of the country and you will find lots of things to see and do here in your spare time. Usually you will be working Monday to Friday from around 10-4 so there will be free time for you to enjoy this city. There are markets where you can barter for goods, pretty back streets, beautiful gardens and also lots of temples where you can learn more about Buddhism. We recommend heading to the old town and relaxing in Durbar Square for spectacular pictures, this is a UNESCO world heritage site where you can gets pictures of a temple or visit the museum.
Start Dates & Duration
Nepal volunteer programs can be joined every month of the year. You can choose to participate for less than a week to 3 months+.
Types of Volunteer Programs in Nepal
- Community Development
- Conservation Initiatives
- Medical and Healthcare Electives
- Orphanage Work
- Wildlife Conservation
Community Programs in Nepal
On a medical placement in Nepal you will be part of a busy hospital, shadowing doctors who often find themselves stretched to the limits of both resources and time to cope with patient admissions. You will be amazed at what the local doctors can do and how resourceful they can be in the face of limited equipment and challenging conditions.
Nepal Earthquake Relief Projects
On April 25th 2015 Nepal was struck by a devastating earthquake which killed and injured over 7,000 people. Infrastructure and communities have been badly affected and now international aid and charitable organisations are working round the clock to help. An estimated 2 million people are in need of food and assistance whilst thousands of buildings, schools and villages have been destroyed. Schools are likely to be closed for several months whilst it will probably take years to improve living conditions and infrastructure. We have partner NGO's based in Nepal and also global companies which are looking to recruit international volunteers to work on the ground and help with community based projects like building and education. If you are interested in getting involved you can send an enquiry to your preferred project above.
You will usually need to be 18 years to participate but there are also placements available to families and children. No previous experience is needed for most projects expect medical electives then you will need to show qualifications. If you are wanting to volunteer with children you will usually need to have a background check.
How to Apply
Search our featured projects and organisations above to start your application. Some companies offer structured placements where you will need to pay an application fee.
What's included in most packages:
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Fresh linen & bedding
- WiFi Internet
- Weekly cleaning
- Daily transport between project & accommodation
- Volunteer coordinator
- 24/7 emergency contact
- Comprehensive guide covering the city, transportation, your volunteer work and sightseeing options
- Prepaid sim card
You will sometimes live with a local host family giving you the very best of Nepali hospitality. In most cases you will have shared accommodation with other volunteers in the same home. Accommodation is simple and therefore you must come prepared not to expect living standards as you would back home. For example, some host homes may not have hot water for showers etc. You will take your breaks on the weekends or on your days off and this way you will see Nepal at your pace, along with understanding day to day lives of locals. You will also develop an appreciation of what life is like for locals and as a tourist.
Volunteer in Nepal for Free
There are free and low cost volunteer opportunities in Nepal, you will usually need to apply to a local NGO or charity. Sometimes you might need to give a donation or cover the cost of flights, meals and housing.
Nepal Volunteer Reviews
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"I volunteered in Nepal and it was an incredible experience. It’s a shame I didn’t know about your organization earlier, otherwise I would have liked to participate in many more projects on my travels." – Anne Wong, UK
"I joined a volunteer trip to Nepal with Raleigh and would really encourage anyone to participate. You learn so many life skills and will really value the experience." - Samir, Nepal