Nepal

volunteering in Nepal

Nepal is a country in South Asia bordering the Republic of India, the Republic of South Korea and the People’s Republic of China. The capital of Nepal is Kathmandu, which has a population of more than two million. Nepal’s second largest city is Pokhara, one of  the country’s main tourist attractions.

Since 1951 Nepal entered the modern era and remains a country rich in natural beauty. One of its main industries is agriculture, which is very important for the country’s economy.

Its cultural heritage has evolved over the years. This multidimensional heritage is manifested in music, dance, art, handicrafts, folklore and folktales. It’s also reflected in the languages, literature, religion, festivals and celebrations.

The Nepalese culture is mainly influenced by Indian, Mongolian and Tibetan cultures. Nepal’s festivals have their roots in Hinduism, as 82% of the country’s population is Hindu.

Tourism is Nepal’s largest industry and its largest source of foreign exchange and income. Being the location of eight of the ten highest mountains in the world, Nepal is a privileged destination for mountaineers, climbers and anyone seeking adventure. Nepal’s Hindu and Buddhist heritage and cool climate are also strong attractions for tourists.

The programs currently available in Nepal are: Teaching monks, tribes and school children; empowerment of women and youth; care centres development of libraries and nursery school.

This page provides general information, you will find specific information on each project in its section. Depending on each program, different information will be included and there will also be different arrival and cooperation dates.

PROGRAMS IN NEPAL

Volunteer agriculture and livestock

Agriculture and Livestock

Support local families while testing your knowledge of and participating in agriculture and livestock-related activities.

teaching Nepal

School Reinforcement and Teaching

Share your knowledge and put your skills into practice while helping children, youth and women.

Nepal Women Empowerment

Empowerment

Encourage our young people through youth empowerment in poor communities in Nepal.

Nepalese childcare

CHILD CARE

Support children from poor and vulnerable families who do not have access to education.

  • The teaching and empowerment programs for young people run from Monday to Friday, approximately 6 hours a day.
  • Work in the care centres take place from Monday to Wednesday and on Fridays. Volunteers work between 4 and 6 hours a day.

Teaching projects in Nepal are closed during holidays.

Our accommodation options differ depending on the location of the project. If you participate in the childcare project, you will stay in the centre’s facilities or with host families. The rooms are usually medium sized, but comfortable enough to accommodate 2 to 3 people.

The accommodation includes 3 typical Nepalese meals during your stay in the volunteer program. There are also laundry areas for hand washing.

Wi-Fi is available in hostels. Volunteers can also buy a simcard at the market and have their own internet connection.

The distance from accommodation to projects is no more than 1 to 2 km, approximately 10 to 15 minutes walking.

To be part of our volunteer programs in Nepal, no specific training is necessary, it’s only required to:

  • Be of legal age
  • Have an intermediate level of English
  • Be a creative and committed person
  • Respect the people and community you will work with
  • Be aware of the culture and customs of the country
  • Be able to work in a team

In addition, you must provide the following documentation:

  • Passport-size photo
  • Photocopy of your passport
  • Criminal record certificate

We understand that you will be dedicating your time and skills to the less fortunate, so naturally it seems strange that you should pay to volunteer. But the program you will take part in includes a variety of services.

We have professional members of staff that are responsible for finding and selecting volunteer accommodation and at the same time providing 24/7 on-site assistance to all of our volunteers. Therefore, the cost you pay provides both the assistance of the local staff and everything else that is included in the program. It’s also necessary to raise funds to contribute with materials and other resources to the projects and communities in which we work. The cost per 2 weeks is €565. Each additional week costs €150.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Orientation and induction to the program and country
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the program
  • Certificate of participation
  • Nepali language classes during the induction

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED ?

  • Flight to Nepal
  • Medical Insurance
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Return to the airport on the last day
  • Trips inside or outside the country
  • Visa fees: the volunteer will be responsible for the visa fees. (check with the embassy for the latest visa fees):
    €40 for the first two months (to be paid at the airport on arrival)
    €40 per month thereafter
  • Departure tax (payable at the airport on departure)
  • Personal travels and sightseeing

ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION

Logistics for projects in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan

  • Pick up at Kathmandu Airport (KTM).
  • Transfer to the host family or hostel depending on availability.

The next day you will be introduced to the project and taken to its location.

For Gorkha projects

Pick up from Kathmandu Airport (KTM). Transfer to the host family or hostel according to availability. The next day transfer to the town of Gorkha by bus and then 45 minutes trekking to the project in the village.

Orientation and training on the country and the project include information about:

  • Nepal
  • The program
  • Cultural responsibility
  • Basic concepts of Nepali (indigenous language)
  • Code of Conduct
  • Visit to the project
  • Possible excursions

 

CLIMATE

Throughout the year the temperature in Nepal generally ranges from 3 to 29 °C. The best times of the year to visit Nepal and experience good weather is from early April to July, and from late September to October. In the months of December to February you will find cooler temperatures.

 

CURRENCY

The official currency of Nepal is the Nepalese rupee. You will find Nepalese banknotes from 1 to 1,000,000 rupees. You can withdraw money from different ATMs in the country. These can be found at various points in the main cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara, as well as in other smaller cities. ATMs generally accept visa and mastercard, but it may be the case that some don’t accept debit mastercard.

Approximately 400 rupees may be charged for each withdrawal of money from a cashier plus your bank’s commission.

 

FLIGHTS

Your flight must have as its final destination the Kathmandu Airport (KTM), where one of the coordinators of the volunteer programs in Nepal will be waiting for you and will take you to the location of the accommodation where you will sleep during your stay in Nepal as a volunteer.

Flights to Nepal start at €570.

Kathmandu

One of the largest cities and the capital of Nepal, it’s now an increasingly popular vacation spot. It has the most advanced infrastructure of all urban areas in Nepal, and its economy focuses on tourism.

The city has a rich history, spanning almost 2000 years back. Religious and cultural festivities are an important part of the lives of people living in the country. Most people in Kathmandu follow Hinduism and many others follow Buddhism. There are also people of other religious beliefs, which gives Kathmandu a cosmopolitan culture.

Nepali is the most widely spoken language in the city. Educated residents of Kathmandu understand English. The sister cities of Kathmandu (Lalitpur Patan) and Bhaktapur are an integral part of Kathmandu’s cultural heritage, tourism industry and economy; therefore, the UNESCO World Heritage site includes monuments and attractions from all three cities under the same name, “Kathmandu Valley – UNESCO World Heritage Site”.

The tourism industry is seen as a way to alleviate poverty and achieve greater social equity in the country. According to statistics from the Nepal Tourist Board (NTB) in 2012, a total of 598,204 foreign tourists entered the country by air. However, in 2015, tourism was severely affected, at least temporarily, by the series of earthquakes in the country.

Pokhara

Nepal’s second largest city, where you can see the Annapurna mountain range reflected in the protected lake. It’s located approximately 200 km west of Kathmandu and can be reached in 5 hours by bus. This area is full of lush green mountains decorated by rice fields on terraces and has a relaxed city atmosphere by the sea, with much less traffic than Kathmandu. It’s also the starting point for major trekking routes such as the Annapurna Circuit, Sanctuary and Jomsom, that you can take advantage of and walk for several days in the surrounding hills.

Chitwan

It’s a region on the Indian border considered a vast, flat and fertile area extending across southern Nepal. It’s famous for the Royal Chitwan National Park, a large ecological and environmental reserve.

The people who live in this region are mainly Tharu people who are known for their agricultural skills, industrial nature and intelligence. Despite their low incomes, they are mostly self-sufficient due to their agricultural skills.

Gorkha

Historically connected with the creation of modern Nepal and the name of the legendary Gurkha soldiers. It’s the location of the Temple of Manakamana, and the temples of the great sage Gorakh Nath and the goddess Gorakh Kali. Here are also localed the four of the great rivers of Nepal: Chepe, Daraudi, Marsyangdi and Budhi Gandaki.

  • Kingdom of Gorkha

About 1700 steps will take you to the top of the hill at a height of 3281 feet, where the Newar-style Gorkha Palace stands firm along with the fortresses and temple that boast of its rich history. It’s 40-50 minutes walking distance away from the Gorkha Bazaar. You will be able to see Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, and the Dhaulagiri and Ganesh mountains from the Palace Complex.

The main tourist activities you can do in Nepal are:

  • Mountain biking
  • Bungee jumping
  • Rock Climbing
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Trekking
  • Birdwatching
  • Flying
  • Paragliding
  • Hot air balloons over the Himalayan mountains
  • Exploring waterways on a raft
  • Kayak or canoe
  • Safaris in the jungle

In November the New Year of the Nepal Sambat Lunar Calendar takes place. Other important festivals are the Purnima Buddha (the celebration of the birth of Buddha) Maha Shivaratri (a festival of Lord Shiva). The Sherpas, mostly located at higher altitudes and in the Mount Everest region, celebrate Mani Rimdu, for the sake of the world.

Most festivals include dance and music, and a variety of foods typical of Nepal. The Sagan ceremony is the ritualized presentation of five foods (boiled egg, smoked fish, meat, lentil cake and rice wine) to a person who is made to bring a good fortune according to Tantric tradition.

 

The Pashupatinath Temple

It’s the largest one in the world of Shiva, located in Kathmandu. It attracts many pilgrims and tourists. Other Hindu pilgrimage sites include the temple complex at Swargadwari in Pyuthan district; Janaki Mandir in Janakpurdham in Mithila Gosainkunda near Dhunche; Devghat temples; Manakamana temple in Gorkha District region; Pathibhara near Phungling; and Mahamrityunjaya Shivasan Nepal in Palpa District, where the largest metal idol of Lord Shiva is located.

Another prominent Buddhist site is Swayambhunath, the Temple of the Monkey, in Kathmandu. Dang Valley is a sacred place for Hindus as well as for other religions. Kalika and Malika Devi on the hill of Chhillikot.

The Ambekeshawori Temple

The Krishna temple and the Dharapani temple are among the sacred places in Dang.

Chillikot Hill is also a good place for sightseeing. There is also Muktinath, a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. The site is located in Muktinath Valley, Mustang district. Therefore, being a great tourist destination.

  1. Fill in the registration form. Your place will be reserved for 7 days.
  2. Confirm your place definitively. You must pay a deposit of €150. Once the deposit has been paid, your place will be guaranteed and you will formally become part of the Adventure Volunteer family.
  3. As soon as you pay the program deposit, we will send you an email to confirm that your place is guaranteed.
  4. After that, you will receive another email with more additional information that will explain everything you need to know to prepare your trip correctly.
  5. Final payment of the program is made one month before your incorporation to the project.
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