Be a volunteer for the Teaching program in Pokhara, Nepal and contributing towards the initiative of spreading education in this gorgeous Himalayan town. Volunteers will get to work in a school that has 500 students (approximately) and will have to teach kids from Nursery to class 12 depending on their knowledge and skills. It'll be immensely beneficial to work as a volunteer, teaching in schools in Nepal, not just for the children but for the volunteers as well.
No matter whether you're a high school student looking for some international work experience or a gap year traveler who's keen to make your journey more meaningful - this program would be perfect for you. Also, Nepal is considered to be one of the most budget-friendly destinations in the world, so gear up and embark on a volunteer trip to this beautiful land in the lap of the Himalayas.
Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the project. You need to have an open mind and a flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. Participants must be fit and healthy at the time of joining the program. Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a Criminal Background Check Report. A parental consent form shall be required for Under 18 participants joining the program.
Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities
- Assist the local staff of the schools
- Evolve new ways of teaching in innovative play-way methods
- Teach a class on your own, once you feel confident about it
- Include extra-curricular activities, such as playing games, dancing, going to a picnic or outing to the way of teaching
- You are also welcome to participate in other activities of the school such as sports, music, and arts
- Your language of communication must be English and the kids would pick up the language naturally
Volunteer Work Schedule
The tentative daily schedule for the volunteers is as follows -
Volunteers will have breakfast at the accommodation at around 8am in the morning. Volunteer work at school placement would be tentatively from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Participants would have lunch at around 12:00 noon at school.
It is our duty to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable, so the moment you land in Nepal we take care of you. From arranging airport transfers to providing you comfortable accommodation, clubbed with meals of your choice plus assisting with weekend tours, we try to serve you the best.
Volunteers coming for the programs in Pokhara would need to arrive in Kathmandu. They will stay overnight in Kathmandu and have a brief orientation and then they will go to Pokhara by bus. The coordinator in Pokhara will receive them from the bus station.
Volunteers will be accommodated in the Himal Tole area, which is very close to the Pokhara airport. It is approx 15 minutes walk from Pokhara tourist area. All basic amenities are provided at the accommodation. It has a washing machine, fridge, etc and meals will be provided.
An orientation and briefing will be provided by your local program coordinator. We cover areas like culture, greetings, locations, transportation, etc. Volunteers can also choose to start their volunteering experience by taking the 1 week Language Culture Orientation week in Kathmandu.
2 or 3 Nepalese meals will be provided to all volunteers depending on your work schedule. Breakfast typically consists of Bread, Butter, Jam, Sandwich, Tea, etc. Typical meals provided include Dal (Lentils), Rice, Vegetables, Chicken and meat, etc. The staple meal for most Nepalese people is dal bhaat, which consists of lentil soup (dal), rice (bhaat) and vegetables in curry (tarkari). If you have any special dietary requirements, you can let us know in advance and we can try our best to accommodate that.
During your Free Time
On the weekends, volunteers usually head out to explore the beautiful town of Pokhara. On weekdays, evenings are free and volunteers usually hang out near the Phewa Lake, where there are nice cafes to chill. You can also opt for some short hikes and explore the Himalayan trails.
Please Note: -An application fee of $199 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of £149 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of $259 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of €169 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment)
What are you Paying for?
- 24 hrs Assistance and support from staff
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
- Pick up from the airport
- Food (2-3 times a day)
- Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)
- Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
What's NOT included?
- Return Trip to Airport (Can be arranged at extra cost)
- Local Transportation
- Visa Fees
Connect with Past Volunteers
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to connect with other participants and our team.
You can also visit the Nepal Program Reviews page to view the testimonials and feedbacks of our past participants.
To read alumni interviews and experiences, visit the ‘Meet a Volunteer’ section on our website.
Flights and Visa
Getting a Visa for this little Himalayan nation isn’t difficult in any way. You can get your visa on arrival at Kathmandu Airport itself or alternatively, you can also apply for Nepal Visa at your nearest Nepal Embassy.
The major airlines flying into Kathmandu are:
Health and Safety
Hepatitis A and B
You are also requested to consult your doctor before traveling to Nepal to get a list of recommended vaccinations.
Also, if you have altitude sickness then ask your doctor to prescribe proper medicines.
Accommodation and Living
We encourage our volunteers to travel. We have designed various weekend tours which can be booked under the ‘Add-on Tours’ section in your ‘My Account’. Your in-country coordinator will also help you book and organize the tours once you are in the country.
FAQ's Application and Program Details
VolSol recommends all its volunteers to apply for the desired programs well in advance. Our major booking seasons are from January to July and September to December.
As we have limited spots available in our programs and serve on first come first basis, it is strongly recommended to apply for the program and book your spots well in advance. You can book your spot in the program by filling an online form and paying the application fee.
Once you complete your application, your individual 'My Account' will be active in which you will receive your placement confirmation after which you can pay the program fees. You can pay the program fees later as well in installments, but 45 days before the program starts.
He/she should have the flexibility to adjust in new environment and culture.
For Medical Program – Pre-Medical, Medical and Nursing students as well as Medical Professionals are welcome to join. Participants with other qualifications in the medical field such as CAN, EMT can also join the program.
Participants must be in good health.
Volunteers who are 16-year-old are also accepted in the Childcare program in Nepal. However, they need to provide a notarized parental consent form.
Yes, you are welcome to take part in any of the volunteering projects in Nepal as a group. It is a popular destination for group participation. Our Nepal programs have hosted large student groups from around the world including that of schoolies coming for short term volunteering programs. Also, we can design special group programs for groups of 5 or more. Our programs are designed to be safe, affordable and offer a great group volunteering experience to the volunteers.
In our experience of more than 12+ years we have enabled and facilitated volunteer program placements for college groups, university groups, high school groups, group of families, group of couples as well as groups of colleagues.
All volunteers are provided with the airport pick up from the Tribhuvan International Airport (Airport Code: KTM) by the local coordinator or representative. Those who are arriving overland or are already in Nepal will be picked up at? a meeting point decided beforehand.
For our returning volunteers, $50 discount is provided for the application fee for their next VolSol program.