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 Nepal’s main tourist attractions.
Since 1951 Nepal entered the modern era, and remains a country rich in natural beauty. One of its main economic activities 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 the:
- Music, dance, art, crafts, folklore and folktales.
- It is also reflected in their languages, literature, religion, festivals and celebrations.
Tourism is Nepal’s largest industry and its largest source of foreign exchange and income. Holder of eight of the ten highest mountains in the world, Nepal is a privileged destination for mountaineers, climbers and people seeking adventure. Nepal’s Hindu and Buddhist heritage and cool climate are also strong attractions.
This page is of general information, you will have specific information of each project in its section, since according to the program, different conditions or concepts will be included or excluded, also they will have different schedules both of arrival and of cooperation. We work with the local organization.
PROGRAMS IN NEPAL
He knows firsthand how basic medical care works in Nepal while helping those who need it most.
Support us in creating safe spaces for children to continue their education.
WHEN CAN YOU COLLABORATE ON VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN NEPAL?
Social projects in Nepal such as:
- Youth empowerment
- Care centers
- School teaching and reinforcement
They are open all year round (according to the school period).
They are closed during holidays and public holidays.
- Agriculture and Livestock is open all year round.
We cooperate with local organizations which provide us with information to offer their programs, regularly updates are made so that the information is as truthful as possible, even so when working in countries with limited resources, always can differ a little, especially in the months of July and August.
Holidays in Nepal
All programmes will be closed from 10 March to 19 April.
- Marzo y abril
Ghode Jatra *
Nepal Año Nuevo
Lok Tantra Diwas
Día del Trabajo
Ramjan Edul Fikra
- Julio y agosto
Shree Krishna Janmashtami
Gai Jatra *
Hartalika Teej *
Rishi Panchami *
Indra Jatra *
Nijamati Sewa Diwas *
Const itution Day
Guru Nanak Jayanti *
Día de Navidad
All volunteers sleep in host families in Nepal selected by the organization.
WHAT DOES ACCOMMODATION INCLUDE?
- 2 meals (breakfast and dinner), during your stay in the volunteer program.
- Laundry area for hand-washing.
- WiFi is available in hostels (may have cuts). Volunteers can have their own Internet by buying a SIM card at the market.
- Bed, in a room you share with other volunteers.
The distance from accommodation to projects is no more than 1 to 2 kms. Approximately 10 to 45 minutes walking.
Main accommodations may vary in July and August seasons.
To be part of some of the volunteer programs in Nepal, no specific training is necessary, it is only required:
- Being of legal age
- Intermediate level English
- Be a participative and committed person
- Be respectful of the people you work with and the community
- You must be aware of the culture and customs of the country
- To be able to work in a team
*You can consult the requirements of each project in their links.
The price to pay for social volunteer projects in Nepal is:
- 2 weeks (minimum period) € 495
- Each additional week is 120€.
Medical Volunteer Project has a price of:
- 2 weeks (minimum period) € 545
- Each additional week is 145€.
WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?
- Welcome and pick up at the airport.
- Accommodation during your volunteer stay.
- Breakfast and dinner during your volunteer stay.
- 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team.
- Monitoring and evaluation of the program.
- Orientation and induction to the project.
- Certificate of weeks spent volunteering.
- Receipt from NGO about your program fee.
- Guidance, advice and management in choosing the program.
- Volunteer T-shirt.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM?
- Flight to Nepal
- Medical Insurance (mandatory)
- Internal transportation or excursions
- Return to the airport on the last day
- Trips inside or outside the country
- Visa, if necessary
- Vaccines, if required
- Departure tax (payable at the airport on departure).
- Personal travel and sightseeing
ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION
The logistics from the moment you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport for the volunteer projects that are developed in Kathmandu is the following:
- Pick up at Kathmandu Airport (KTM).
- Transportation to the shelter according to the availability of the place.
The next day you are inducted into the project and taken to the place where it takes place.
The orientation and training of the country and the project includes:
- About Nepal
- About the program
- Cultural responsibility
- Basic concepts of Nepali (indigenous language)
- Code of Conduct
- Visit to the project
- Information on possible excursions
Throughout the year the temperature in Nepal generally ranges from 3 °C to 29 °C.
- April to July and from the end of September to October, the best times of the year to visit Nepal.
- December to February you find cooler temperatures.
The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali Rupee. Convert it
Examples of currency exchange in Nepal: 126,705 rupees = 1€.
You can withdraw money from different ATMs in Nepal. These can be found at various points in the main cities Kathmandu and Pokhara, as well as in other cities not very large as mentioned.
ATMs generally accept visa and mastercard, it may be the case that some do not accept debit mastercard.
Approximately 400 rupees may be charged for each withdrawal of money from a cashier plus your bank’s commission.
Your flight must be to 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 accommodation location where you will sleep during your stay in Nepal as a volunteer.
- Flights range from approximately €600 to €720.
- You can find good flight offers on google flights or skyscanner.
One of the largest cities and the capital of Nepal. It is now an increasingly broad vacation spot. Also as a result of considerable growth is the gateway to tourism in Nepal.
It has the most advanced infrastructure of all urban areas in Nepal, and its economy focuses on tourism.
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. The 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 of the three cities under the same heading, “Kathmandu Valley – UNESCO World Heritage Site”.
Nepal’s second largest city. It is a city where you can see that the Annapurna mountain range is reflected in the protected lake.
It is 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. This area has a relaxed city atmosphere, by the sea, with much less traffic than Kathmandu.
In addition to being the starting point for major trekking routes such as the Annapurna Circuit, Sanctuary and Jomsom, in which you can make several day walks in the surrounding hills.
It is the region adjacent to the Indian border. Considered a vast flat and fertile area extending across southern Nepal. It is a place recognized by it:
- Royal Chitwan National Park, a large ecological and environmental reserve.
The people who live in this region are mainly Tharu people. Known for its agricultural skills, industrial nature and intelligence. Despite their low incomes, they are mostly self-sufficient due to their agricultural skills.
Historically connected with the creation of modern Nepal and the name of the legendary Gurkha soldiers. It is the location of the Temple of Manakamana. In addition, the temples of the great sage Gorakh Nath and the goddess Gorakh Kali are found there.
- They find four of the great rivers of Nepal as:
- Budhi Gandaki
KINGDOM OF GORKHA
About 1700 steps 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 is 40-50 minutes walking distance away from the Gorkha Bazaar. You can see Manaslu the eighth highest mountain in the world, 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
- 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:
- Purnima Buddha (the celebration of Buddha’s birth)
- 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 good 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 is the largest 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.
Krishna temple, Dharapani temple are among the sacred places in Dang.
Chillikot Hill is also a good place for sightseeing and an old palace. 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.
Nepal is considered a safe country. But nothing is perfect, and as in many countries of the world you have to take certain precautions and know how to handle certain areas.
Tourist areas are generally safe, but we still recommend that you keep these details in mind:
- Notify your coordinator if you are going on an excursion.
- Have your coordinator’s phone number and address handy.
- Avoid giving out information about where you are staying, the project and your fellow volunteers.
- Do not take anyone other than the organization to the volunteer’s home.
- Avoid risk areas in every place you visit.
- Travel in austerity in your daily transfers and on your excursions.
- Avoid attracting attention with jewelry and accessories.
- If you can avoid taking your mobile phone out in public places.
- Try to use the country’s safe transport services.
- Avoid walking alone on unknown streets.
- Never put someone you don’t know in an unknown vehicle or someone you don’t know in your own vehicle.
- Do not drink any drink of which you do not know the origin.
- From the moment you fill out the registration form for a program in Nepal you will keep the place for 7 days.
- To confirm your place definitively, you must pay a deposit of 150 € within 7 days, once the deposit is paid, your place will be guaranteed and you will be formally part of the family of volunteers of Adventure Volunteer.
- As soon as you pay the program down payment, we will send you an email to confirm that your place is secure where we will provide you with the volunteer guide, your t-shirt, mandatory insurance and the volunteer agreement.
- The rest of the payment is made one month before your incorporation to the project.
DO I HAVE TO GET VACCINATIONS TO GO TO NEPAL?
- Mandatory: none
- Recommended: all
These are some of the recommended vaccines:
- Yellow fever, which is mandatory for people coming from or who have traveled to countries where it exists.
- Tetanus, to avoid complications if you have a cut with something rusty.
- Hepatitis A and B, to keep these diseases under control.
- Typhoid fever, recommended to avoid illnesses related to food preparation.
You can also visit your family doctor or a vaccination center and check which vaccines they recommend.
WHAT IS RECOMMENDED TO CARRY IN THE BAGE OR BACKPACK TO GO TO NEPAL?
Some of the things that should not be missing in your backpack or suitcase for your trip to Nepal are:
- Clothing, proper walking shoes, and toiletries. Also if you have something left at home in Katmandu you can find a little bit of everything.
In addition to the above you can add to your suitcase or backpack the following:
- Flashlight, as there are often power cuts.
- Adapter for the plugs (Plugs: Type C / D / M).
- A coat for the nights, they are usually cool.
- A couple of photos, in case you need them for the visa when entering Nepal.
DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO NEPAL?
All Spanish citizens need a visa to travel to Nepal. You can request it before traveling or the same day you arrive in Nepal.
CAN I HAVE AN INTERNET CONNECTION WHILE VOLUNTEERING IN NEPAL?
Yes, you can be connected to the internet (have data). When you arrive in Nepal, consult with the project coordinator where you can get a SIM card and then with scratch cards scratch cards reloads and hire a data plan for the time you are as a volunteer. This will allow you to stay connected and make calls without losing your number.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN NEPAL?
The climate you find in Nepal will depend on the month you travel, for example if you travel to Nepal between February and May you find a temperate climate, having the opportunity to see those very green natural landscapes.
Between December and January, the climate in Nepal is usually very good, it varies a little in mountain areas. For June to August there is usually rain.