Nepal Summer Volunteer Program 2015
A favourite destination for the schoolie groups, teenagers, medics and families, your exotic drip trip to Nepal is about to begin!
- Location Kathmandu
- Arrival airport Kathmandu (KTM)
- Currency Nepali Rupee (NPR)
- Population 27.47 Million
- Language Nepali & Newari
- Time Zone UTC + 05:45
What our Volunteers say
I had the best of both worlds I got to spend time with the kids at Save Lives Foundations and going to the school to work in the nursery kindergarten, I got to play with the kids and give them lots of love.
It was my first experience in volunteering abroad, the children were amazing, our host house was perfect. The accommodation was very clean and very well equipped to host volunteered from different places in the world. ...Read more
There are things in life u know you will never forget , and being in Nepal and that orphanage was one of those experiences for me.
I enjoyed the stay at the hospital, the doctors were very helpful and ready to explain things. The stay here far exceeds all of mine pre trip expectations.
I really enjoyed working in the hospital, and it provided me with many valuable experiences, that I do not want to miss. The hospital where I worked is good staffed. I do not want to miss the experience I made in Nepal ...Read more
I loved working at my placement and it was such a wonderful experience. Along with working with orphans, I also taught English at a local government school which was excellent. I am very happy with what I did.
I liked the program placement and enjoyed working with the kids. I realized that these children need care and love and I enjoyed playing with them and giving them what they needed which is truly satisfying and my highlight from the trip ...Read more
I enjoyed working at my placement very much. The children are awesome and they always made my day with their smiles. The time spent with them is my highlight from my trip to Nepal.
Pey Yoon Yu
I liked my program placement. I loved playing with the children. They are very very cute and I had a loads of fun daily. The highlight of my program was learning different cultures, making friends from different countries and playing with kids ...Read more
Nepal Summer Volunteer Program Schedule
- Duration: 3 weeks
- Start dates: June 27th 2015, July 11th 2015, July 25th 2015, August 8th 2015, August 22nd 2015
- Working hours: 4-5 hours, 5 days (Monday to Friday)
- Weekends: Travel/Sightseeing included in Cost
- Sunday - First Day of Program - Orientation Session
- Minimum Age requirement: 17 Years
- Tour of Kathmandu- Capital of Nepal
- Volunteer work in Orphanage
- Refreshing and exciting weekend tours of Nagarkot and Chitwan
- Guidance and Support from the local team
Summer Program Itinerary
At Volsol we try to keep your transfers as smooth as possible. So, as soon as you touch base at Kathmandu, we pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation. You can freshen up and relax here. We will conduct a brief orientation session with you and prepare you for your trip ahead. The orientation session is important because it will cover safety guidelines, transportation details, information about ATMs, currency exchange, internet access, cultural practices etc. Welcome Dinner is also arranged for you in the evening.
Day 2 (Sun): Full day city tour of Kathmandu
Volunteers will leave in the morning for sightseeing of capital city Kathmandu. Since you have landed in the land of temples, you will find many Buddhist and Hindu temples. At every nook and corner you will see beautiful rising pagodas, intricately cut architectural designs, shrines and monastery. You will cover the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Temple of Kumari, Boudha Nath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Swayambhu Nath Stupa (Monkey Temple) in this city trip.
Day 3 (Mon) to Day 7 (Fri): Volunteering work in Kathmandu
Day 3 is when you start some serious volunteer work. During this time you would working in either Orphanage,Teaching Project or with mentally – physically disabled children for 3 weeks. You can render invaluable help by doing volunteer work at an orphanage in Nepal by giving them love and affection, teaching them basic conversational English, helping them in their school subjects, guiding them about personal hygiene and sanitation, taking them out on small excursions and engaging them in extra – curricular activities. It would be an unforgettable and soul enriching experience for you which may compel you to return.
Day 8 (Sat) to Day 9 (Sun) – Tour of Nagarkot-Bhaktapur-Patan
On day 8, volunteers leave for Nagarkot by private car for fantastic Himalayan mountain views. For rest and recoup, we will arrange overnight stay for you at hotel.
Day 9 is when we take you back to Kathmandu while on the way we will take you to visit Bhaktapur- Nepal’s “cultural gem” and Patan- the religious hub. Bhaktapur is full of Hindu and Buddhist religious sites and artwork, there are nineteen Buddhist monasteries (Vihars). Patan is famous for its rich tradition of arts and handicrafts and dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments.
Day 10 (Mon) to Day 14 (Fri) Volunteering in Kathmandu
Day 10 is when you return to your volunteering activities. At the assigned volunteer project you would be required to put minimum 5 hours of volunteer work. Your duties would remain the same.
Day 15 (Sat) – Kathmandu to Chitwan
Volunteers will leave for Chitwan by air conditioned bus or van or car. Upon arrival at the Chitwan National Park, you would be transferred to the Lodge. You would be briefed on the jungle activities and the facilities in the Lodge.
Day 16 (Sun) – Chitwan
After breakfast, a day full of activities is ahead for you. These jungle activities include nature walk, elephant safari, bird watching, boat ride on the river and canoeing.
Day 17 (Mon) – Chitwan to Kathmandu
After a memorable trip to Chitwan, volunteers come back to Kathmandu. Depending on your arrival time in Kathmandu, you may get some time off in the evening for leisure activities.
Day 18 (Tue) to Day 21 (Fri) – Volunteering in Kathmandu
Coming back to the volunteering work on Day 18, this would be your final stay with the children. The volunteering work and activities would remain the same. You are free to host goodbye event or get together, that is totally on you.
Day 22 – Departure from Kathmandu
This the day when you bid adieu to your interesting and enlightening Nepal journey.
Living and Other Arrangements
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 a comfortable accommodation, clubbed with meals of your choice plus assisting with weekend tours, we try to serve you the best.
Airport Receive/ TransferVolunteers are picked up from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu by the local staff or coordinator. Those volunteers who will be already in Nepal will be met by the staff at a designated meeting point decided beforehand.
OrientationA half day orientation will be provided by our staff. We cover areas like, culture, greetings, locations, transportation etc. Start your volunteering experience by taking the 1 week Language & Culture Orientation week in Kathmandu.
Accommodation is provided on a shared basis in a local Nepalese family home or at our volunteers house. Depending on the availability you would be assigned your accommodation. Both the home stay accommodations and Volunteers house are neat and provide a comfortable stay during your volunteering period in Nepal. All accommodations have running water, electricity and all basic amenities available. Both accommodations have hot water showers for winters and wifi internet available. Occasionally volunteers are also accommodated in Guest house accommodations. You would stay in hotels during your weekend trips as part of your summer program.
Meals2 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.
Start / Arrival Dates
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Nepal Summer Special Program Cost
Volunteering Solutions strives hard to keep costs low and offers one of the most affordable volunteer abroad programs. Compare our prices and services to other organizations and you would be surprised to see the difference.
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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) during volunteering
- Breakfast included during weekend trips
- Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)
What's NOT Included?
- Return Trip to Airport (Can be arranged at extra cost)
- Local Transportation
- Visa Fees
Frequently asked questions
Apllication and Program Details
You must apply as soon as you decide on your volunteer location. We get applications much before time and as the program start dates approaches bookings can be hard to get. It is advisable to book well ahead of time.
How long does it take to process my application? Will my application be accepted ?
Usually it takes around 10-12 working days for the application to be processed and placement to be confirmed. After the application is accepted, your placement document shall be updated in your account online and you can view the information in your account. The application acceptance depends on the availability of seats in the project as well as the eligibility criteria of the program (age, skills and experience etc).
Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Nepal volunteer programs?
- Participating volunteer should be 17 years old or above.Medical program participants, must be above 18 years old.
- He/she should have 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 the program. Participants with other qualifications related to medical field such as CAN, EMT can also join the program.
- Be in good health.
Can I volunteer as part of a Group?
Yes, you are welcome to take part in any of the volunteering projects in Nepal as part of a group. We mostly get group of friends, high school, college/university and corporate groups as volunteers. Volunteering Solutions Nepal program has hosted large student groups from around the world including that of schoolies coming for short term volunteering programs.
What are the Program locations in Nepal?
In Nepal, the volunteering program locations are based in and out of the capital city, Kathmandu.
When do I need to arrive in Nepal for my program? What will happen once I arrive in Nepal?
All volunteers need to arrive in Kathmandu on the program arrival date. To view the list of arrival dates, click here
Volunteers are picked up from the Tribhuvan International Airport (Airport Code: KTM) by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Nepal will be picked up from a meeting point decided beforehand.
Flights and Visa
You can get your visa on arrival at Kathmandu Airport itself or alternatively you can apply for Nepal visa at the nearest Nepal embassy.
What are the recommended inexpensive airline options to fly to Nepal in?
Tribhuvan International Airport is the major international airport serving all flights arriving to Nepal. It is well connected with direct flights to major Asian and Middle Eastern countries. If you are arriving from North America or Europe, you will probably need to book a flight with stopover at a Middle Eastern city such as Abu Dhabi or Doha.
The major airlines flying into Kathmandu are:-
- Qatar Airways
- Etihad Airlines
- Air Arabia
- Air India
- Jet Airways
- Silk Air
- Dragon Air
- Spice Jet
Health & Safety
Although a little congested, Kathmandu is absolutely safe for all. The country has easily embraced the western culture and is comfortable with tourists or foreigners. Women, especially, can feel relaxed in this country. It is safe to go out in the night; however, avoid companies of total strangers. Volunteers are advised to follow the safety guidelines given in the handbook as well as told to you by your coordinator during orientation.
What immunizations/vaccinations will I need?
Carry general medicines with you, other than that consult your doctor before flying. We recommend these basic vaccinations for your safety :-
- Hepatitis A and B
Do I need to buy health insurance?
Yes, for all participants it is mandatory to have a travel medical insurance. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider. To view the coverage details, please click here
Accommodation and Living
Your country coordinator will take you to your placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc. You will be told about the daily mode of transport you need to take to go to your project. Usually the projects are within short distance from your accommodations. Some projects are within walking distance while others are a short ride using the public transport.
I want to know more about accommodation and food arrangements?
Accommodation is provided on a shared basis in the volunteers home which is managed by the VS Nepal programs coordinator. The accommodations are neat and provide a comfortable stay during your volunteering period in Nepal. The accommodations have running water, electricity and all basic amenities available. Volunteers need to understand that living conditions in Nepal can be different to what you have back home. You need to be flexible, open minded and adapt to the culture and environment. This is a part of the experience and living with other likeminded volunteers from around the world is a great experience in itself.
Can vegetarians be accommodated?
Yes, however you must inform us in advance and also mention about any dietary requirement in your application form.
Would I have free time during my program? Can I do sightseeing during my program?
Typically volunteers are required to put 5-6 volunteer hours everyday, 5 times a week. They get free evenings and weekends. You can utilize this time to explore the local market streets of Thamel, visit Durbar Square, see evening prayers at the “ghat” of the Pashupatinath Temple and also visit Swayambhu temple. During the weekend you can visit Chitwan National Park or go visit the famous tourist destination Pokhara.
Are there more expenses once I arrive in Nepal?
Nepal is an inexpensive country; however, the locals have a habit of selling things on any random rate. Try to get your personal stuff from a proper general store that sells on MRP (Maximum Retail Price). Locals can quote a very high price for souvenirs, try to bargain and you will get a good price. A simple bracelet should not cost you more than 50-100 NC (Nepalese Currency). As far as food and dining is concerned it is reasonable. A 10% (flexible) service charge is applicable in dining and lounging areas.
What hours will I volunteer every day?
Volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day depending on their program. You will have weekend off so you can go to travel on weekends. However some organizations will need you to work on some Saturdays as well.
Where can I change my money in Nepal? Are there ATM's in Nepal?
You can change money in any bank or at the airport by showing your passport. Money changers are available in plenty in Kathmandu as well. There are ATM's located all around the capital city, Kathmandu.
Connect with Past Volunteer
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 Community Page as well as Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page to meet other participants.
You can also visit the Nepal Program Reviews page to view the testimonials and feedbacks of past participants.
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit, the Meet a Volunteer section on our website.
Volunteer in Nepal
Nepal - STAFF PROFILE
Uma is a resident of Kathmandu and has been the Country Director of Nepal Programs since 2007. She is also responsible for the management an d running of the operations of an orphanage in Nepal. Uma takes care of 9 children, giving them education and a comfortable life. She looks forward to welcoming volunteers in Nepal ...Read more