Volunteer in Everest region of Nepal, the land of the Sherpas, and experience truly warm hospitality of local people and breathtaking views of the Himalayas, while also working to give back to Sherpa community.
The Himalayan region of Nepal is known for its panorama of world's highest mountains, the unique culture of local people who live in their shadow and also the rugged beauty of the valleys that lie below the mountains. The Everest region, which lies north eastern of Nepal, consistently ranks among the world top 10 travel destinations of the world and is a paradise for nature lovers where you can find - the magnificent tumble of great snow summits, verdant mountains full of rhododendrons, isolated villages and communities, and mountain top monasteries.
With RCDP Nepal's new Himalayan Volunteer Program, you can now volunteer in the Everest region of Nepal and enjoy spectacular sceneries and learn about local Sherpa people and their community. We invite you to join the program and gain unique volunteer experience in one of the most beautiful part of the world.
Your life as a volunteer in Everest region
The whole of Everest region is without any motorable road. In the morning, you will wake up to the sounds of birds and animals or people talking. Outside of your window, snow covered Himalayan peaks over 7 thousand meters tall will greet you. In the monastery, you will wake up around 7 to enjoy breakfast with the monks. After relaxing a little bit, you will teach the class. You may also teach in the afternoon, depending on the schedule. You will have about 3 hours of free time during your volunteering days. You can read books, take a walk to nearby village or visit Phakdin, 30 minutes downhill to use internet or eat in restaurants that serve trekkers to Everest region. You can also visit the village of Thulo Ghumila and talk to local Sherpas and know them.
During off days, you can trek 2 hours uphill from the monastery for a clear view of all the Himalayas, especially the Everest. On the way, you will pass a nunnery. The view from the top has been described as simply breathtaking. You can also trek to Namche Bazar, about 3 hours from the monastery. When you plan to trek to Namche,. we recommend you to take at least 3-4 days off and trek further to Tengboche and Everest Base Camp and be even closer to all the Himalayas.
In the teaching project, you will stay with a Sherpa host family in the village of Ghat. The village is about 90 minutes from Lukla and about 4 hours from Namche Bazaar. The school is located about 10 minutes walk from the host family. During your free time, you can explore the village, talk to villagers or hike to many beautiful places around Ghat.
Why You Should Join Himalayan Program
If you love unspoiled nature, the beauty of snow-capped mountains, and enjoy living in a region inhabited by warm and welcoming people then you must volunteer in the Everest region. For centuries the Sherpas, the local people of the region, have lived a hard life walking up and down high mountain passes for trade with outside world and for bearing extremely cold weather to grow vegetables in the fields during short summer months. With the arrival of tourists from around the world, their lives have improved a great deal. Now, the region has schools and hospitals, and even during winter, there is food and warm clothes. But the region needs help from volunteers to progress more as those Sherpas who aren’t involved in tourism, and other ethnic groups who have moved to the region, are struggling to sustain themselves. By teaching and helping their children and community, you will give them confidence and a reason to hope for a better future.
RCDP Nepal volunteer Program starts every 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.
Every year, hundreds of volunteers arrive in Nepal to volunteer from UK and USA based organizations and end up paying up to $2500 to volunteer for 2 weeks. However, RCDPoffers the most affordable program fee.Our program fee starts as low as $350. The program fee is divided in as registration fee ($269) and weekly fee.
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In Nepal, in addition to volunteer programs, RCDP runs many projects to help poor children and orphanages. We are presently running 2 orphanages in Nepal and school construction/renovation program ( for detail, visit:http://www.rcdpnepal.org/about_rcdp/achievements.php) . Majority of your program fee is used for your program. However, as RCDP aims is to support poor communities and children, we use remaining saving (if any left)) to run or manage our orphanages and community projects.
Weekly fee is divided between room/3 local foods a day (50%) and project donation/support of local project staffs (50%). This allocation may be different depending up on location, project type etc. However, our coordinator will explain these issues before you pay the fee. Please find below the break down of cost in a weekly basis.
RCDP is responsible for looking after the accommodation and the meal of the volunteer during your program in Nepal. In the Himalayan program, you will either stay warm in an on-site accommodation in the project or live with a Sherpa host family that is socially respected.
The Sherpas are known for their legendary hospitality and friendliness, so your stay with the host family is bound to be home away from home. You will also be able to get an insight into their lives and you can participate in their festivals.
In the monastery project, you will stay in an onsite accommodation in the monastery. You will have a room for yourself, which you might have to share with other volunteer. The resident monk chef will prepare you 3 local meals a day. The meals will be like any tradition Nepalese meals. On breakfast, you will be given tea, sometimes toast, and for lunch and dinner you will have dal, bhat (rice and lentils) with other vegetables.
RCDP has a coordinator who is based in the region. The coordinator will pick you up from the airport and take you to the project site. You will have the coordinator's mobile phone number and you can call him anytime when you have any problem or if you want to discuss anything. You can also call our country coordinator in Kathmandu.