Photo Journalism Nepal Volunteer

Join thousands of volunteers on affordable programs helping to change the world one family at a time…

Fulfill your passion for photojournalism and build an amazing portfolio.

Document the wonderful nature and societal struggles of Nepal

Your safety is always our priority... every volunteer location and project has been thoroughly vetted

At $225, ours is the world’s most affordable volunteer program with no hidden fees - communities benefit directly.

First organization starting volunteer program in Nepal, over 8000 happy volunteers since 1998

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Photo Journalism Nepal Volunteer

Do you enjoy photography, journalism, and travelling? Are you interested to gain an experience of a lifetime by taking picture of Nepali life and culture? Join this photo journalism Nepal volunteer program for that and more.

Every year millions of international tourists travel to Nepal to witness incredible cultural and natural magnificence of Nepal. There are eighth of the tallest

nepal natural beauty

peaks in the world in Nepal. The ancient city of Kathmandu holds hundreds of antique monuments, temples and landmarks.

Nepal offers a perfect photography opportunity to document awe-inspiring snow-capped mountains, captivating landscapes, vibrant rituals and festivals. Also, the delicious Nepalese cuisine, exotic wildlife and warm welcoming people make Nepal an ideal place to practice and learn photography skills.

As a volunteer, you will work in collaboration with experienced supervisors who work in appreciated local newspapers. Your experienced supervisor will guide you and teach you various photography skills. You will learn from capturing captivating photos, editing and also modern photography skills. Throughout your Nepal stay, you will not only learn photography, but also immerse in exciting Nepalese cultures and fulfill your passion of visiting Nepal.

Become photo journalism volunteer in Nepal and work with experienced photographers for a once in a lifetime experience, contact RCDP about this exciting opportunity today.

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

After joining the program, you will roam around the busy streets of Kathmandu under the supervisor of an experienced supervisor capturing stories, news and events. You will attend press conferences, high-end events with distinctive Nepali individuals, rallies and demonstrations, festivals and other cultural events. You will also cover issues such as the environment, art, architecture, culture, religion, fashion, and the economy. You will visit temples and giant Buddhist stupas, as well as documenting the spectacular views of Kathmandu Valley and the massive peaks of the many legendary mountains that tower over Nepal.

This photo journalism Nepal volunteer is a rewarding project for you. You get to enhance your photography skills by learning to editing and capturing modern professional photos. Besides, you will also experience lively Nepali cultures, interesting way of life and rituals like chariot-drawing and marriage.

Skills and Qualifications

This project requires you to have basic photography skills like basic functions of modern camera. Don’t worry even if you are at basic level, our experienced supervisor will help you learn. However, you'll have to work hard to achieve the goal . You are required to be passionate about photography and active on the field. Besides, you should also respect Nepalese cultures and customs.

Volunteer Schedule

While in Nepal in photo journalism volunteer opportunity, your each and every day will be fun filled and amazing adventure. You will get to visit and experience everything the country offers from the Hills to Terai, from national parks to rivers, from ancient landmarks to Nepalese day to day lifestyle.

In this exclusive program, you will visit different locations every day. Therefore, therefore there is not a single schedule to work. Except from Saturday and Sunday, you will travel various parts of Nepal with an experienced supervisor after lunch.

Here is a sample schedule to give you an idea of a typical day:

  • 9.00 AM: Breakfast at your accommodation.
  • 10.30 AM To 12.00 PM: Meet with your coordinator to review and plan for the day.
  • 12.00 PM To 12.30 PM: Lunch time.
  • 1.00 PM To 5.00 PM: Travel to exciting locations and take amazing pictures of nature, people and wildlife.
  • 7.30 PM: Dinner at your accommodation rounds out an exciting day in Nepal.

Fees and Dates

Nepal photo journalism volunteering program start every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month all year long. If you experience any travel difficulty or distress getting to Nepal on the day of your chosen program can also start on any other day of the year.

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, RCDP offers the most affordable program fee. Our program fee starts as low as $180. The program fee is divided in as registration fee ($279) and weekly fee.

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:

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.

Volunteer in Nepal photo journalism program 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.

Weeks Photo Journalism (Kathmandu)
  1 Week  $225
  2 Weeks $400
  3 Weeks $575
  4 Weeks   $750
  5 Weeks   $925
  6 Weeks   $1,100
  7 Weeks   $1,275
  8 Weeks   $1,450
  9 Weeks   $1,625
  10 Weeks   $1,800
  11 Weeks   $1,975
  12 Weeks   $2,150

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years)

Language and Culture Program fee $250

The weekly fees include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Airport pick up/Transfer
  • In-country support
  • Program Orientation
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

The weekly fees exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer
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Accommodation and Meal

During your photojournalism volunteering program in Nepal, RCDP’s weekly fees include management of meal plans and accommodations. You will stay with a warm-welcoming host family. Our host families are chosen carefully for your safety, comfort and cultural experience. Our experienced host families offer to three (breakfast, lunch and dinner) quality home cooked meals a day. Life will be fun and exciting while staying with a host family in Nepal, you will have a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture, as you get to live like a local.

Our host family has years of experience in hosting volunteers and do the best to ensure safe and welcoming to you.

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Free Time and Weekend Exploration

While in Photo Journalism Nepal Volunteer, you will only work for about 5 hours a day. Therefore, there will be plenty of time to explore the stunning neighboring places and communities. Moreover, you’ll have weekends of (Saturday and Sunday) to visit the country, and go on longer tours. During this time, you can go to visit beautiful cities of Pokhara, Chitwan and more.

Learn more your free time and weekend exploration in Nepal.

Safety and In Country Support

RCDP Nepal has magnificently hosted over 8000 volunteers since 1998. Safety of our volunteers is our major concern and we work hard to keep you safe, secure and comfortable. Our in-country coordinator and project staff will always be touch with incase of any emergencies.

Read more about our extensive safety support in Nepal.


Arrival and departure

You will be required to fly into Tribhuvan International Airport to volunteer photojournalism in Nepal. If you miss your flights or if your flight gets delayed, please notify our country coordinator as soon as possible so that the new airport picks up schedule can be arranged. You are advised to come one day earlier than their program begins.

RCDP will provide you airport pick-up services and transfer to your assigned accommodation option

We do not offer airport drop off service after the completion of the project. However, your host family or your local coordinator will help you to find safe and secure transportation to the airport.


A valid tourist visa is needed to join volunteer opportunity in Nepal in photojournalism program. You can obtain a tourist visa by visiting the official embassy or consulate of Nepal based in your home country. Make sure to apply for it few weeks before your flight to Nepal as it can days to fully process your visa application form.

There’s visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. If you are from the UK, USA, Australia or Canada, you can apply for visa on arrival and get entry into Nepal. You can also apply for a visa extension and continue working in Photo Journalism Nepal Volunteer by visiting the Immigration Office of Nepal in Kathmandu/Pokhara.

You can learn in-detail about Nepal’s visa policies and requirements by visiting Nepal Immigration website.


To join photojournalism volunteer program in Nepal vaccination is a must. The CDC recommends vaccinations against Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Japanese Encephalitis, chickenpox, Polio, Rabies, and MMR.

Other Amazing Volunteer Opportunities in Nepal

RCPD arranges many other volunteer opportunities in Nepal. Please check out the following links for detail information.

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