Be a volunteer in Nepal with Volunteering Solutions on a wide range of volunteer opportunities, ranging from Childcare, Teaching English, Dental Elective, Medical Internships at the local hospital, Short-Term Projects, Summer Volunteer Programs 2023 & more. Volunteer programs in Nepal are located in the capital city of Kathmandu.
Nepal is a perfect volunteering destination for high school and college students, university graduates, gap year travelers, group travelers, families, and backpackers as it has been marked as 'The most budget-friendly destination' by Lonely Planet.
Volunteering Solutions is one of the best volunteer organizations in Nepal and it is:
- Trusted by more than 18,000 past volunteers
- Offers 8 amazing volunteering opportunities
- Provide low-cost volunteer projects starting from $250 per week, including meals and accommodation
- Provide 24/7 on-ground staff support and 100% financial protection
- Offers incredible weekend add-on tours in Chitwan and Pokhara
- Start Dates : All Year Round
- Duration : 1-24 Weeks
- Program Location : Kathmandu
- Minimum Age : 17 years+
- Certificate - Offered after Program completion
Nepal - Quick Facts
Although Nepal was not on my bucket list in the beginning I immediately fell in love with this colorful, vibrant country and its lovely people. After some trekking in the Himalayas I had the great opportunity to work as a volunteer in Kathmandu. Volunteering Solutions helped me with the placement and made me feel very welcome from the first day on. They even arranged an orientation week for me.A heartwarming experience thanks to Volunteering Solutions. Saying good bye to wonderful Nepal and the lovely kids was very difficult for me, hope to come back one day !!
Projects available in Nepal
Volunteering Solutions gives it's volunteers a great opportunity to learn the culture, history and language of Nepal. Orientation week is aimed to...
Be a part of summer volunteer program in Nepal to get a life-changing experience, suitable for high school & college students, teens, gap year...
2-week volunteering and travel project in Nepal lets volunteers help the children in the country, assisting the local staff in administration and...
Be a part of the 1 Week Special Short Term Volunteer Program in Kathmandu, Nepal, with Volunteering Solutions and contribute effectively towards...
Interns joining the Medical internship Program gets the opportunity to work at the local government and private Nepalese Hospitals and medical...
Be a volunteer for the women empowerment project in Nepal with Volunteering Solutions and contribute effectively towards the lives of the...
Join the Volunteer Teaching program in Nepal. Volunteers work at local schools in Kathmandu to educate children by teaching English, Maths,...
Be a volunteer for the Childcare Program in Kathmandu, Nepal and render invaluable support to the kids who live underprivileged lives
Nepal is absolutely breathtaking in every sense of the term. On the weekends, you can go to Bhaktapur and Nagarkot to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. You can also plan for a 2 days trip to Pokhara or Chitwan National Park. You can also choose to go for the Everest flight from Kathmandu, that’ll take you really close to the highest peak of the world!
If you are an adventure junkie, then go for river rafting, paragliding, bungee jumping, or trekking in the Himalayas. It'll be an exciting weekend as you'll get to tickle your adventure nerves! There are a lot of things to do in Nepal and you need to plan everything effectively.
Go ahead and choose your weekend tour. In case you have any doubts or wish to customize your trip, simply write to us at [email protected] and we’ll help you plan your weekend!
Chitwan Weekend Tour
If you are looking for a nice and refreshing weekend in Nepal, then tour to Chitwan is one of the good options to select. Located in South Central...View Details
Pokhara Weekend Tour
If you are looking for a nice and refreshing weekend in Nepal, then tour to Pokhara is one of the good options to select. Pokhara provides good...View Details
Volunteer in Nepal - Faq's
FAQ's - Nepal
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.
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 a stopover at a Middle Eastern city such as Abu Dhabi or Doha.
The major airlines flying into Kathmandu are:
Health and Safety
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 the company of strangers. Volunteers are advised to follow the safety guidelines given in the pre-departure handbook as well as told to you by your coordinator during orientation.
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 traveling to Nepal to get a list of recommended vaccinations.
Also, if you have altitude sickness then ask your doctor to prescribe proper medicines.
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.
Accommodation and Living
Your in-country coordinator 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.
Accommodation is shared on the 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.
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.
Typically, volunteers are required to put 5-6 hours every day, 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 the country.
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 are very reasonable. A 10% (flexible) service charge is applicable in dining and lounging areas.
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.
We always suggest our volunteers to pack light. Being a country on the lap of the Himalayas, the temperature is usually on the colder side, and we would recommend you to get woolen wears and jackets. Pack comfortable clothes and walk shoes. Nepal is a conservative country with numerous sacred worshipping places where short, tight and revealing clothes wouldn't be allowed.
FAQ's Application and Program Details
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).
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.
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 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.
In Nepal, all our volunteering programs as well the accommodations are based in and around the capital city, Kathmandu.
All volunteers need to arrive in Kathmandu on the mentioned program starting date.
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.
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
If you are planning to come for multiple programs in your trip, you will have to pay the application fees just once. Your application fee 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 for the application fee for their next VolSol program.
Volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day, however. It can vary depending on their program. You will have the weekend off so you can go and travel on weekends. However, in some placements, you will need to work on some Saturdays as well.