Volunteering Opportunities in Nepal

As a short-term or long-term volunteer in Nepal, you would responsibly assist and gain experience in childcare, teaching, disabilities or community development while immersing yourself in local cultures.

Why Volunteer In Nepal?

 

Nepal, situated in the lap of the central Himalaya, is a land of authentic ancient history, colourful cultures, beautiful physical features, and people of warm hospitality. Nepal, as an under-developed country with more than half of its population living below the international poverty line, always has opportunities for your contribution to strive. Your skills, presence, or other resources would help improve worthwhile community service projects in various fields.

Volunteer Projects In Nepal

 

Caregiving – Daycare for children and adults with special abilities

Duties

Some of the duties of a volunteer on this program are taking care of children; teaching basic English, arts and crafts, music, sports and other life skills to children and staff; assisting with special skills like physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing, sign language for the deaf, and other such skills that could support people with mental and physical disabilities.

Why?

This program provides an ideal environment for you to join organizations providing care and other services for the disadvantaged. Because the facilities for the orphans, economically disadvantaged children, and people with disabilities in Pokhara’s surroundings do not have enough social workers and support, many of those in need come to Pokhara city in search of proper care and help forgetting about the challenges that the city projects also face. AIAV’s team in Pokhara, therefore, offers caregiving volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups to assist in some orphanages, daycare centres, disabled and rehabilitation centres that really need support to continue to keep people out of the street.

Requirements

You should be fluent in English. Provide proof of age (copy of passport). You must be 18 years old. Those under age 18 may attend age-appropriate projects with adult accompaniment. Provide an original or certified copy of a recent criminal background check (less than 1 year old), since you might be dealing with minors.

Possible Workplaces

Orphanages, daycares, rehabilitation centres.

Season

All year round.

Community Development

Duties

The duties of the volunteers could include teaching skills to the staff or to the community (any specific vocational skills or computer related skills, as required); proposal and report writing; field work support in the areas of health and hygiene, agriculture, construction, environment, and education; assisting with making websites and brochures for community organizations; assisting with fundraising.

Why?

About 77% of the total land is covered with mountains and hills. The rural areas are behind time and lack most of the basic amenities like good-quality education, health facilities, and infrastructure. In view of this, there are some local NGOs and community organizations that have positioned themselves well helping in the education, health, environment, construction, agriculture, and women empowerment sectors. However, these organizations are always in need of skilled manpower or general help, whether it is regarding communications work, strategy work, fundraising or any other administrative work. These placements may be located in an urban or rural setting.

Requirements

You should be fluent in English. Provide proof of age (copy of passport). You must be 18 years old. Those under age 18 may attend age-appropriate projects with adult accompaniment. Provide an original or certified copy of a recent criminal background check (less than 1 year old), since you will be dealing with minors.

Possible Workplaces

Local NGOs or community organizations.

Season

All year round.

Education – Teaching

Duties

Volunteers could assist the local staff with teaching English at Primary to Secondary School Levels; teaching computers, sciences, fine arts, etc. at all levels; developing teaching materials; engaging children with various recreational activities; teaching conversational English to local staff.

Why?

Through this program, your efforts would help the local staff to improve the quality of education in Pokhara valley, Nepal. There are many community or public schools located in the urban and rural areas of the Pokhara valley that lack necessary resources like learning materials and adequate teachers. Therefore, the quality of education is very low. With this opportunity, you may assist in teaching children, sharing a variety of skills with staff members, and also participating in extracurricular activities like games and sports at the schools.

This is not only an opportunity for you to offer your assistance, but also to gain in-class and off-class teaching experience, as well as skills to improvise activities.

Requirements

At least high-school diploma. You should be fluent in English. Provide proof of age (copy of passport). You must be 18 years old. Those under age 18 may attend age-appropriate projects with adult accompaniment. Provide an original or certified copy of a recent criminal background check (less than 1 year old), since you will be dealing with minors.

Possible Workplaces

Primary or secondary schools.

Season

Schools are on vacation in June and October.

Nepal FAQ

Start Dates

Our start dates are flexible. You are at liberty to chose a date that works for you. We’ll then crosscheck if we have a spot for you at that date.

Duration

We have both short-term and long-term volunteering opportunities, ranging anywhere from 2 weeks up to 5 months.

Program Locations

We currently have opportunities available in Pokhara valley and its neighbouring towns, Palpa, Gorkha, Lamjung, and Baglung, as well as in Hetauda nearby the capital.

When To Apply

We don’t have a set deadline for applications to volunteer in Nepal. However, we do recommend that you apply at least 2 months before your intended departure date to ensure you have adequate time to prepare for your trip. If you have a spontaneous desire to volunteer, give us a call and we’ll see what we can do.

Visa

• Ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months.

• Apply for a tourism visa.

• You can obtain a tourist visa on arrival or at your nearest Nepali consulate or embassy.

• You can apply for a 15-day, 30-day, or 90-day visa. Our in-country coordinator will be always happy to assist you through the process in the case of an extension.

• Click here for the appropriate foreign embassy or consulate in your country.

Vaccinations

Yellow fever vaccine is required for all travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas. It’s not recommended otherwise. Make sure your routine vaccines are up to date. Additional vaccinations recommended are: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, Measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus-diphtheria, Rabies, Polio and Typhoid. Please note, there is no vaccination for Malaria, but you can take preventative medication, which we do recommend. Click here to read more regarding travel health. Please visit your local travel health clinic to discuss this with a professional and which vaccinations are suitable for you. It is recommended you visit the clinic at least 6 weeks before your departure date.

Orientation

Day 1 Arrival of volunteers. Drive to the hotel or Project office
5 – 6pm Walk in the city
6 – 7pm Dinner
Day 2 9 – 9:45 am Breakfast at project office
9:45 – 10:45 am* Introduction to Nepali language
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Talk about cultural cues, “do’s and don’ts”
12:00 Introduction to Nepali host family. Homestay begins.
Day 3 10:30 – 11:30 am* Nepali language class continued
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Talk about placement. Trouble shooting.
12:30 – 1pm Break
1 – 4pm Sight-seeing
Day 4 Placement work begins

*Note: Nepali language class will be 2 hours long if there are more than 3 volunteers in a group

Meals And Housing

You will be provided 3 meals per day (homemade local food). The following are examples of food you might be provided:

Breakfast: Rice and curry / bread with Jam and butter/ fruits / tea/ Muesli with milk/curd.
Lunch: Tea with some snacks like biscuits, noodles, bread, fruits.
Dinner: Rice or Bread (chapatti) with curry/ Fried rice/ noodles.

During the placement phase, volunteers will stay with a Nepali host family. This is a fantastic opportunity to exchange and learn cultures make new bonds in Nepal. Nepali families are known for their warm hospitality. You will either have your own room or share a room with other volunteers. You will receive specifics on living arrangements before your departure.

A Typical Day's Schedule

AIAV aims to make your volunteering day in Nepal a combination of valuable voluntary work, sharing of cultural experiences, and free time to loosen up and reflect. The schedules do vary from program to program. The following is a general schedule:

7:00 am – 7:30 am Morning tea.
9:00 am – 9:45 am Breakfast or morning meal.
10:00 am – 2:00 pm Working at your project site.
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Break for tea and snacks.
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm Working at your project site.
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Rest/free time.
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner.

Free Time

You will have plenty of free time to immerse yourself in local culture. During the week, you can enjoy mingling with the locals and observing their ways of living. On the weekends, you are free to go wherever your heart desires and explore the wonders of your host country or neighbouring countries, if possible.

Some key things to see or do in Nepal:

Mountain climbing, trekking, bird watching, mountain flight, rafting/kayaking/canoeing, hot air ballooning, rock climbing, bungee jumping, paragliding, ultra light aircraft flying, mountain biking or jungle safari. Remember, your in-country coordinator is always available to help you plan safe, educational and cost saving travels.

Click here to learn all about what you can do during your free time while in Nepal.

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