Volunteer in Nepal - Kathmandu
Nepal is highly apt and recommended volunteer destination for college students, high school teens, premeds, and other gap year travelers. Volunteering Solutions also facilitate families and college groups looking for volunteer abroad opportunities in Nepal.
Volunteers work from Monday to Friday and have weekends off to explore the popular tourist attractions in and around Kathmandu. Choose from a variety of volunteer projects below to know the program dates, cost, roles and responsibilities etc.
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Welcome to the land of a thousand temples, a country with finest trekking trails, yaks and yams - Nepal. This program is a summary of everything good about Nepal. Culture, history, cuisine, shopping, religion, adventure and a lot more. You will embark on a cultural journey in Kathmandu....Project Duration3 weeks
A tiny landlocked country in Asia, Nepal is situated on the lap of the mighty Himalayas. With a comparatively lesser population than it’s neighbors like China and India, Nepal has always maintained a low profile, in spite of being immensely gorgeous.Project Duration2 weeks
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- Nepal - Kathmandu
Airport Receive/ Transfer
Volunteers 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.
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.
- FAQ's - Nepal
Application and Program DetailsWhen should I apply for the volunteer programs in Nepal?
VolSol recommends all its volunteers to apply for the desired programs well in advance. Our major booking seasons are between 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.
How long does it take to process my application? Will my application be accepted ?
Usually, it takes around 10-12 working days for your application to be processed and placement to be confirmed by our team. After your application is accepted, your placement document will be updated in your ‘My 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?
The minimum age requirement for the programs in Nepal is 17 years. For the Medical program, volunteers must be 18-year-old and above.
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. Participants with other qualifications in the medical field such as CAN, EMT can also join the program.
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.
Can I volunteer as part of a Group?
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 9 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 group of colleagues.
Visit our Group Volunteering page for more information.
Does VolSol provides with a reference or a certificate after program completion?
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
Does VolSol provides discount if I choose more than one program or if I am a returning Volunteer?
If you are planning to come for multiple programs in your trip, you will have to pay the application fees just once. Your application fees is valid for a year's time (from the date of application). You will not have to pay the application fees again if you come within the mentioned time frame.
For our returning volunteers, $50 discount is provided on the application fee for their next VolSol program.
What are the Program locations in Nepal?
In Nepal, all our volunteering programs as well the accommodations 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 mentioned program starting date. To view the list of arrival dates, click here
All volunteers are provided with the airport pick up from the Tribhuvan International Airport (Airport Code: KTM) by the local representative. Those who are arriving overland or are already in Nepal will be picked up from a meeting point decided beforehand.
Flights and VisaTell me more about Visa for Nepal.
You can get your visa on arrival at Kathmandu Airport itself or alternatively, you can also apply for Nepal Visa at the nearest Nepal Embassy.
What are the recommended inexpensive airline options to fly to Nepal in?
Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) is the major international airport serving all flights arriving in Nepal. It is well connected with direct flights from 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
Health & SafetyHow safe is Nepal and Kathmandu in particular?
This fabled land of Buddha attracts thousands of travelers from around the world. The country has easily embraced the western culture and is one of the most traveled destinations in the world. Women, especially, can feel relaxed in this country. It is safe to go out in the night; however, avoid company of 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
You are also requested to consult your doctor before travelling to Nepal to get a list of recommended vaccinations.
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 insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider at a very nominal cost. To view the coverage details, please click here
Accommodation and LivingHow do I get to the program location?
Your in-country coordinator or program staff will take you to your placement location from the airport 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 that you will need to take to go to your project location. Usually the projects are within short distance from your accommodations. Some projects are within walking distance while others are a short ride away.
I want to know more about accommodation and food arrangements?
Accommodation is shared on a same gender basis in the volunteers home which is managed by the VS Nepal in-country 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 as compared to what you have back at home. You need to be flexible, open minded and adapt to the culture and environment. Living with other like minded volunteers from around the world is a great experience in itself.
Can vegetarians be accommodated?
Yes – please do ensure that you inform the local team about your food preference and they can guide you so that you get to taste the best food available out there! Also, please do mention your specific food preference in the application form as well.
Would I have free time during my program? Can I do sightseeing during my program?
Typically, volunteers are required to put 5-6 hours everyday, 5 days a week. However, work timing is dependent on the project chosen by the volunteers and can vary. You will get free time in the evenings and on the 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.
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 country.
Are there more expenses once I arrive in Nepal?
Nepal is an inexpensive country. It is recommended to get your personal stuff from a proper general store that sells on MRP (Maximum Retail Price). Locals can often quote high prices 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). Food and dining in Nepal is very reasonable. A 10% (flexible) service charge is applicable in dining and lounging areas.
What will be my usual working hours?
Volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day, however. It can vary depending on their program. You will have weekend off so you can go and travel on weekends. However, in some placements, you will need to work on some Saturdays as well.
Where can I change my money in Nepal? Are there ATMs in Nepal?
There are many money exchange shops in Kathmandu city. The best option is to change your money at the airport counters itself. There are ATMs located all around the capital city, Kathmandu as well.
Connect with Past VolunteersHow can I connect with past Volunteering Solutions Nepal alumni as well as other former and current 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.
To read alumni interviews and experiences, visit, the Meet a Volunteer section on our website.