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Volunteering in Nepal

Are you looking for a meaningful volunteering experience abroad? Do you want to share your passion and make the world a better place while receiving an unforgettable experience in cultural immersion? Have you through about joining a volunteering in Nepal program that will allow you to grow personally while adventuring through mountainous landscapes and learning about Nepal’s serene and peaceful culture?

Joining a volunteer program in Nepal is an amazing opportunity because you will gain so much more than just a volunteer experience. Home to the mighty Himalayan mountains, Nepal offers an amazing array of diverse cultural traditions, geographic wonders, and seemingly endless ancient temples and monasteries. When you volunteer here, you will be welcomed into strongly bonded communities to impart in an extremely authentic and unique experience most tourists never get the opportunity to experience.

The majority of Nepal’s population lives in poverty. Because of natural disasters, mountainous terrain, and the remote location of many villages, resources in Nepal aren’t as readily available. There is also a certain amount of government corruption that keeps Nepali people trapped in their poverty. A lot of help is needed from volunteers like you as these well deserving and underprivileged populations of people work toward a brighter future.

If you are looking for life changing volunteer opportunities to help people who are really in need through sharing your passion, consider volunteering with RCDP. We offer six amazing projects that will allow you to explore and experience beautiful Nepal and its humble mountain population while making the world a better place. Contact us today to learn more about the opportunities awaiting you in Nepal or take the first steps of enrolling in your volunteer program today. Keep reading for more information.

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The six best volunteering opportunities in Nepal

RCPD offers a variety of meaningful and incredibly affordable volunteer programs. We’ve introduced just a summary of our top 6 Nepal programs, but this decision should be based on what your personal interests and passions are guiding you toward:

Working with orphaned children

Have you always wanted to try working with children? Do you have a passion for providing care and mentoring those in need? Do you want to work with orphanages to support children suffering from the harsh realities of poverty?

Sadly, each year, hundreds of children leave their villages to find work in Nepal's crowded cities in an attempt to care for and provide for themselves or their siblings. Without a family or guidance, many of these children don’t do well. They are exploited for labor or wind up living in the streets. There are orphanages who can take in these children, but unfortunately many of the orphanages are not adequately equipped to provide food education, and care on a regular basis.

orphanage project

When you participate in the volunteering in Nepal orphanage program, you help support understaffed orphanages provide care and guidance to these deserving children in need. You can teach them skills that they may use as building blocks for their future careers. You may also plan fun and creative extracurricular activities that will help the children burn off stresses and manger their emotions in a healthy way.What’s more, you will provide a much needed buffer for overworked and most likely underappreciated local orphanage staff.

When you join this orphanage volunteer opportunity in Nepal to care of destitute orphans, you will not only be improving their lives but also you will feel fulfilled knowing that you are making real positive impact in Nepal. Your commitment to these orphanages and to the children who call them home will give them hope for a brighter future despite their rough beginnings. Not only will you help these children, but your presence, time, and devotion to the orphans will have a ripple effect as the kindness you show them and skills you share will be passed from one child to another. There are no specific qualifications needed to join the orphanageproject.

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of orphans? Go to the project page to find pricing and complete information.

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Teaching English Program

teaching project

Have you always wanted to explore your teaching skills? Do you dream of teaching internationally? Do you love coming up with creative ways to work with children? If so, this English teaching volunteering program in Nepalis an excellent program to start exploring that passion.

English is the second language of Nepal, so the ability to communicate proficiently in English is critical if one is to find a decent paying job. Many students from low-income families will not have the opportunity to learn English, and therefore they will pursue lower-income careers; thus, the impoverished lifestyle is perpetuated by lack of education.

Nepal volunteering to teach English is a gift to the children of Nepal that will keep on giving, and when you join a volunteer teaching English program in Nepal, you will give students tools to break themselves and their families free of the poverty cycle. You will travel to schools and work alongside a local teacher to plan for recreational and artistic hands-on activities that will enhance English lessons. You can expect to spend 4 to 6 hours five to six days per week teaching children. You may also be asked to help with administrative tasks.

Volunteer teaching English is a very meaningful project. Your work will allow you to actively teach and share ideas while creating an interactive environment for learning. Additionally, you will be able to work with local teachers to improve their existing level of English so the children will have a long-term resource. Your work will support children that will pass their English skills to others and eventually reach many other children or future generations.

There are no specific qualifications needed to join the teaching English Nepal volunteer project for school children beyond a fluency in English.

hreDo you want to help disadvantaged children reach their potential? See the project page to find pricing and complete information.

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Volunteering in Nepal: Teach English to Buddhist Monks

Are you interested in the Buddhist religion ? Do you have a passion for teaching? Do you want to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to learn about Buddhism while volunteering to teach English to Buddhist monks?

Nepal is a stunning country best known for the Himalayas. A large number of exiled Tibetans live in Nepal, where they are now free to practice their religion and rebuild their cultural heritage. As a result of this, there are several large monasteries in and around the mountains of Kathmandu where monks live and devote their lives to Buddhism. As the world develops and English spreads, monks now feel bound to learn English for communicating with the outside world so they may share their important teachings with those who want to learn but may not speak their language.

buddhist monastery project

The teaching English to Buddhist monks project aims to help Buddhist monks learn the English language for their better understanding of the world around them. By joining teaching English to Monks in Nepal project, you will get to learn, participate and practice Buddhism in the monastery. You may engage them in recreational and artistic activities and organize activities that aid their learning process. As monk teaching English program focuses on the basic conversational English, you are requested to bring some basic conversational books, create a lesson plan, and follow the plan.

Teaching English volunteering opportunity in Nepal is a very meaningful project that will allow you to explore the serene and enlightened lives of Buddhist monks while sharing English education. This is a perfect project if you are curious about Buddhism and want to immerse yourself in Buddhist culture. Your support and passion will improve English and allow the Monks to communicate outside the boarders. As a result, the monks can exchange their ideas with foreigners and work with others around the world.

There are no specific qualifications needed to teach monks in Nepal. However, you should be disciplined and able to respect the monks' high social status and their attention to commendable life rules.

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Environmental Conservation Program

conservation project

Have you always wanted to travel to Nepal? Are you passionate about spending time in nature and working toward a more sustainable future? Would like to join other environmentalists to protect biodiversity in the wake of climate change ? If so, volunteering with a nature conservation in Chitwan is excellent choice!

Nepal’s natural resources deteriorate more and more each year as the nation’s population harvests and uses the country’s natural resources. There is a general lack of awareness and education amongst the local population regarding the negative effects of deforestation and why conservation is so important. Local non-profits work to raise awareness and invite you to volunteer with them to support Nepal's indigenous species conservation efforts.

When you volunteer in Nepal in nature conservation program, you will offer free tree seedlings for planting and do outreach to teach people the importance of conservation. Your main task will be to care for tree saplings, but you will also do community outreach, dig and prepare nursery beds for sowing seeds, weed, trim and prune. Depending on the season, additional tasks may include planting, collecting seeds, replanting, eliminating diseased trees, and inventorying fauna and flora.

When you join nature conservation volunteering program in Nepal by contributing to saving local eco-systems, you will inspire people and set an amazing example. Your work will encourage other community members to join and protect the environment and contribute to changing local mentalities. You will also gain invaluable work experience in the nature conservation field, learn new techniques for environmental protection, and feel fulfilled knowing that your actions for environmental sustainability will impact the future for Nepalese communities.

No specific qualifications are needed to join our volunteer experience in nature conservation.

If you would like to join in the environmental conservation Nepal volunteer project movement to preserve Nepal forests and nature for positive impact, see the detailed program page for more information.

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Healthcare/Medical Program

Do you have experience in the medical field and are now looking for an opportunity to practice your skills? Do you hope to contribute to efforts to make health care more accessible for every deserving human? If so, you should consider joining a healthcare initiative in either Kathmandu or Chitwan.

Volunteers joining medical volunteering experience in Nepal will be placed either in a hospital or local health clinics, and will shadow local doctors and learn mostly from observation.

Due to inherent risk involved and medical regulations, volunteers cannot treat patients or become involved in surgery during the project.

conservation project

However, you will be able to aid in general check-ups and examinations of the patients. You may also be asked to plan, coordinate or conduct public outreach and education programs when you partake in Nepal medical volunteering opportunity.

Through shadowing local medical professionals and doctors, you will gain medical experience that will boost your future career. Your support will provide much needed relief in hospitals and clinics allowing the hospitals to care and attend to more people.

You must provide proof of experience in a medical field, such as premedical student ID, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician's credentials in order to join this volunteering program.

Do you want to gain valuable medical experience? Visit the project page for the complete information.

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Photo Journalism Program

journalism project

Are you interested in travel journalism? Are you passionate about documenting the world’s more beautiful places and experiences? Would you like a high specialized opportunity to work with a local supervisor while supporting the Nepal tourism industry?

Kathmandu the capital city of Nepal is famous for its expansive and breathtaking architecture dating centuries ago. Sadly, however, it continues to be one of the most overlooked nations in the world. The only way to reveal its hidden mysteries, and ancient splendor to the world are through the expert eyes of the lens.

The goal of a Nepali internship is to capture accurate pictorial documentation of Nepal’s vibrant customs and activities to promote more tourism and help people understand Nepal’s fascinating culture.

The photo journalism volunteering program in Nepal focuses on creating ongoing and meaningful opportunities for photojournalism amongst the volunteers. When you join this program, you will work with guidance of an experienced professional, who works for a respected local newspaper or magazine. You will learn to edit, capture photos, aperture control and the art of modern creative photography while capturing timeless pagoda shaped Hindu temples, taking pictures of various UNESCO listed monuments, and of Buddhist stupas.

A picture is worth 1,000 words. As you practice your newly acquired skills while traveling around Nepal, you will capture historical sights and Nepalese ceremonies that will help draw in tourists and promote the tourism economy in Nepal. Many benefits come with increased tourism: more jobs and economic opportunities open up, locals can learn new skills from visitors, visitors can work toward a more open-minded mentality of understand cultural differences, and so much more Your love and passion for photography will be able to show Nepal’s best features from a different point of view and improve the quality of photography that’s attracting these tourists.

Requirements to join the Nepal volunteering photo journalism program include knowing how to operate a camera and understand the concept of modern photojournalism as your work environment will be fast paced and you will need to think on your feet. You should also feel comfortable receiving feedback and following instructions.

Want to see amazing places and improve your photography? Visit the detailed program page for the full information

We also offer a Construction Project twice annually based in Chitwan. We have done this ever since2002 and have now successfully constructed or renovated more than 20 schools across the district! If you would like to learn more about Nepal’s construction volunteering opportunity, please contact us directly.

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Volunteering in Nepal: Fees and Dates

You may be wondering why do I have to pay to volunteer. How much money should I expect to pay to volunteer with RCDP? Well, your questions are valid.

The majority of your program fee is used to support your local program. However, as RCDP aims is to support poor communities and children, we use any remaining funds (if any left) to run or manage our orphanages and community projects.

The 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.

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Accommodations & support to volunteering in Nepal

Lodging

As part of your program, RCDP will arrange your lodging and meals. Nepal volunteers will have the choice to either with a host family during their program or in a volunteer house. Some programs may offer a third lodging option.

Host Family

Host families are local families that we have investigated and specially selected just for volunteers like you. These local families have agreed to take in one or more volunteer and provide them with room and board. The family you live with will offer you a safe place to stay, and introduce you to the Nepalese way of life. This is a wonderful immersion opportunity. If you stay with a host family, you will receive 3 amazing home-cooked Nepali style meals daily.

Some benefits to staying in a Nepal host family include having a more authentic and immersive experience, more opportunities for language practice, and a deeper look into Nepalese day-to-day lifestyles. While volunteering in Nepal project, living with a local family will allow you to engage on a deeper level with the surrounding community. All homes have: single or shared rooms (same gender), shared bathroom, comfortable beds, electricity, a western toilet, regular supply of water (not hot), safe and sound living environment, and quality home-cooked meals.

Volunteer House

The volunteer house is a 2 story permanent house conveniently located in Kalanki, Kathmandu, about 5km far from the most famous tourist destination of Nepal-Thamel. The house is managed by either a host family or small local staff. You will be comfortable as the house is well equipped with modern facilities including comfortable bedrooms, single beds, fans, kitchen and relaxing bedding materials. Each of the rooms is shared with volunteers of same gender. If you stay in the hostel, our resident cook will cook you 3 local meals per day. Some benefits to staying in the volunteer house while in Nepal volunteering opportunity include living with other like-minded volunteers, sharing your experiences, making life-long friendships, and that it lowers the overall cost of trip. Facilities include: Facilities: multiple shared rooms (same gender), comfortable beds, electricity, Wi-Fi, a western toilet, regular supply of water (not hot), a safe and sound living environment, easy access to all parts of Kathmandu, and most necessary services are available within 1 km.

Special Lodging Options

If you are working in Nepal volunteering programs with orphanages or teaching English to Buddhist monks, you will have alternative housing options.

Volunteers working in orphanage projects may stay in orphanage hostel. Several orphanages in Kathmandu have special rooms reserved for international volunteers, and by doing this you would get a more authentic experience of what these children go through. This would help you connect with them on a deeper level.

If you will be working with monks while you volunteer in Nepal, you may elect to stay in the monastery. The monasteries have special rooms reserved for international volunteers, and this option would allow you to become immersed in the Buddhist culture and traditions.

Food

Nepal’s diverse population and culture is reflected in Nepalese cuisine. Rice and vegetables (DaalBhat) are regarded as the national food of Nepal. Besides rice and veggies other common foods include: Momo, Chow-men and other types of noodles, and dry bread. These may be consumed with rice or soup. Most of the Nepalese people do not use cutlery and eat with right hand.

Please make sure to provide all information about your dietary needs when applying regarding your diet such as vegetarian, vegan, dietary allergy, etc. Your dietary needs will be addressed but we also request some flexibility from you.

Tap water is not safe for drinking during your volunteer service in Nepal. Purified drinking water is available in many cases. You can also ask your cook or host family to provide with boiled water. Purified bottle water can also be bought from nearby grocery.

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Support & Supervision

Even before you apply for a program, we are here to support you. Once you’ve been accepted into your programs of choice and make your way to Nepal, our in-country coordinator will guide you throughout the entire duration of your trip. They will pick you up from the airport, give you an orientation, and be available for any issue or concern that arises.

Your orientation will consist of learning about cultural customs, safety measures, and your daily schedule. If you’re nervous about culture shock or settling into your Nepal volunteer project, we may recommend signing up for our extended language and culture orientation program for the first week of your arrival (as descried below).

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Option: Language and Cultural Program (Kathmandu, Chitwan)

As an add-on to your volunteering program in Nepal, we offer a one-week language and culture orientation in Kathmandu. This weeklong intensive language and cultural immersion program includes language training, lessons on history, culture, ways of life, visits to local villages, towns, and markets, guided Kathmandu exploration, and visits to local tourist attractions. Our extended orientation program aims to submerge you in Nepali culture, history, and ways of life which we hope will enhance your volunteer trip to Nepal.

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Chapter 4: How do I choose when and where to volunteer?

What time of year is best for volunteering in Nepal?

The best time to join a volunteer service in Nepal is whatever time works best for you - Volunteers are always needed! However, there are certain times of the year that are more enjoyable for various reasons.

December and January

December and January are considered true winter, and while it doesn’t snow in the capital city of Kathmandu, you can expect quite cold temperatures! If that doesn’t bother you, then winter is actually a really wonderful time to come to Nepal for a volunteer adventure. The weather is typically consistent, and skies are clear (which makes for some spectacular mountain views).

February through middle April

These months are considered the spring months in Nepal. Temperature are on the rise and days are longer than in winter. Rhododendrons(Nepal’s national flower) will transform the landscape, and you may catch an eye of some of Nepal’s exotic wildlife during this time of year. On the downside though, skies are often hazy, which can obscure mountain views.

End of April through June

At this point in the year, Nepal is entering pre-monsoon season. If you have the freedom to pick any time to volunteering in Nepal program, avoid these months. It is hot, umid, and buggy. However, these months tend to be more affordable in terms of airfare since tourism is not at its peak.

Middle of June through the end of September

Contrary to what you may assume, monsoon season is actually one of the most beautiful times to visit Nepal. The Nepalese welcome this season, as it brings an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and life into the valleys, forests, and mountains.

During monsoon season, it doesn’t rain all day, but rather big storms come at night. The downside of this season includes the potential for mudslides and rock blockages, which may cause travel delays. If you want to experience the picturesque and vibrant Nepal as you probably are imagining it, join a Nepal volunteering program during the monsoon season.

October and November

Some of Nepal’s biggest Hindu festivals like Dashian and Tihaar are during these months. Visiting Nepal during the festival season is incredibly special and will be a most memorable authentic cultural experience. However, make sure you plan far in advance if you are planning to come during this season, as it is very busy time of the year.

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Where are the best places for volunteer work in Nepal?

There are three main areas when RCPD volunteer programs operate: Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara. These regions each have their own unique identity.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital city and the largest city in Nepal. There are 1.4 million people living in Kathmandu and another 2.5 million living in the surrounding valley, which includes Lalitpur, Kirtipur, Madhyapur Thimi, and Bhaktapur. Kathmandu is 1,400 meters above sea level and falls into the warm temperate climate zone in Nepal.

There are tons of fabulous restaurants in Kathmadu where you can enjoy authentic Nepalese cuisine, teahouses, local bazaars, workshops, souvenir stores, museums, and cultural centers. There are also ornate and picturesque temples, stupas, statues, and monasteries through the city. There is no place on earth quite like Kathmandu, Nepal. Don’t worry – you will have plenty of time to explore every corner of Kathmandu while volunteering in Nepal projects. On a clear day, you can even see the Langtang Himalayan mountain range!

Chitwan

Chitwan is located in the southern part of Nepal, and the landscape here is very different from how you are probably imagining Nepal. Chitwan is a made up of vast grass lands and plains and the predominant source of income comes from agriculture. In recent years, bee keeping has also become a popular and profitable industry in Chitwan. Joining a Nepal volunteer opportunity in Chitwan, Nepal will introduce you to a whole different side of the country.

During your free time in Chitwan there are some exciting opportunities to experience the nature of this area. The most famous point of interest in Chitwan is the Chitwan National Park. The park is also home to elephants, rhinos, wild boar, deer, and even Bengal tigers! Take a jeep safari or waterfall hike while your volunteering in this zone.

Pokhara

Pokhara is 200 kilometers from Kathmandu and it is the adventure-lover’s dream. Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal and the ideal starting point for trekking through the Annapurna mountain region. This region is also home to many big and beautiful lakes, waterfalls, and caves. If you love taking walks through nature, volunteering in Pokhara, Nepal is the best idea.

There are also a wealth of cultural sights to see in this region including the International Mountain Museum, Gurkha Memorial Museum, and the World Peace Pagoda . What’s more, there are plenty of yoga and meditation option, amazing restaurants and cafes, full moon parties, and annual festivals. Pokhara adrenaline-pumping adventure activities include bungee jumping, skydiving, paragliding, mountain biking, and white-water rafting.

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Preparing for you volunteer trip abroad in Nepal

Travel logistics and details

Once you applied for your volunteering trip to Nepal, you need to think about your travel plans. There’s a lot to think about at this stage, so use this handy checklist to make sure you cover everything in time for your departure.

Passport - Anytime that you are traveling outside of your home country, you must have a passport. Your passport must be at least valid for six months from the date of your departure to Nepal. If you are planning to volunteer abroad in November 25, 2017, your passport must be valid at least until May 25, 2018. Don’t let something so avoidable ruin your trip.

Visas - A visa is required to enter Nepal. However, a visa can be obtained upon arrival at the airport if you are a U.S, Canadian, British, Australian, or other EU country citizen. Other nationalities must obtain a visa prior to arrival and should check with the embassy for requirements and fees. Just make sure you have valid visa to volunteer in Nepal before you leave or as soon as you arrive and can obtain one at the airport. There are 15, 30, and 90-day visas. A 15-day visa costs $25USD, a 30-day visa costs $40, and a 90-day visa costs $100.

Vaccinations - Prior to traveling anywhere, you should make sure that you are vaccinated for measles-mumps-rubella, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, and your yearly flu shot. While these aren’t required to enter Nepal, it is better to be safe than sorry. It is highly recommended that you also get a Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccination. You can get hepatitis A and typhoid through contaminated food and water in Nepal. Aside from that, you should ask your general physician what other vaccines you should have. For more information about vaccinations and health concerns in Nepal, consult the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Flights – Airfare is going to be one of your biggest costs. Most volunteers don’t live particularly close to Nepal. For this reason, airfare is pricy. However, with proper planning and searching, it is possible to find a reasonably priced airline ticket(s). Here’s some tips:

  • Check out several different airline companies.
  • Research what airports in Nepal you can fly in and out of according to the program that you decide to join.
  • Use fare-compare websites such as Kayak or Google.
  • Play around with flying different routes
  • If possible, avoid busy travel months.
  • If you have airline miles, try and find an itinerary that you can apply them to.
  • Book in as far in advance as you can.

Funds: You’ll need to ensure that you have sufficient funds to support your volunteering opportunity in Nepal. If you need some ideas on how to pay for your volunteer program, there are lots of resources to draw on. You can use online funding sites such as GoFundMe, or GiveForward, as well as others for students and large groups. You can also look to local churches, businesses, or volunteer groups for help funding your trip as well. They may just be waiting to help someone like you be of service in another part of the world.

Here’s another tip to reduce the cost of your best volunteeringin Nepal: Budget in advance. Researching, prioritizing, and planning for a financially reasonable volunteer experience will help not break the bank while abroad.

Suggested Reading: It is a wonderful idea to read up on Nepal before you embark on your volunteer trip . Through travel books about Nepal, you can learn a lot about the culture, traditions, religions, customs, history, geography, sights to see, activities to do, and foods to try. Learning about the country in which you are planning to visit will help you to feel more comfortable about your trip and will prepare you for what’s ahead. Sometimes it is also nice to read some non-travel guidebooks about Nepal to get you even more excited and inspired for your volunteer in Nepal trip too. Here is a list of suggested reading for your Nepal volunteering adventure:

  • The Rough Guide to Nepal
  • Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grenna
  • Nepal-Culture Smart: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
  • While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal by Elizabeth Enslin
  • Nepal (Culture Shock! A Survival Guide to Customs & Etiquette) by Jon Burbank
  • House of Snow: An Anthology of The Greatest Writing about Nepal by Ed Douglas and Ranulph Fiennes
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Information to know before joining volunteering in Nepal

You’re probably experiencing all sorts of emotions about your upcoming volunteering trip. This is totally normal! To help ease these feelings, there are some things that you can inquire about that will only help to further prepare you to volunteer abroad.

Ask about specific details about your local volunteer project’s setting

If you ask detailed questions about what to expect upon arrival, you will start your Nepal program feeling confident and secure. Here are a few suggestions to make sure you know before departing:

  • Name, address, and contact information about your volunteer placement
  • Expectations, rules, and guidelines of the project and organization in which you are volunteering
  • General responsibilities
  • Volunteer work schedule (days/hours and break time/time off)
  • Transportation to and from your project location (is this something that is arranged by the organization or that you are responsible for arranging for yourself?)
  • Who is your supervisor?
  • Who will you be working alongside? (Other volunteers, a mentor, project staff, etc.)
  • Is there any pressing information you should know before leaving for Nepal?

Gather information about your living situation

If you have decided to stay with a host family during your volunteering project in Nepal, you may feel more comfort if you learn about them before you walk into their home. Living with a host family is an experience like none other. You may feel nervous, but don’t worry - your host family has been carefully chosen and will quickly become like your second family. You can ask your volunteer organization for information about your host family like:

  • Where will I be living and how far is it from my project location?
  • How many members of the family are there?
  • What are the names, ages, and genders of the family members with whom you will be residing?
  • Do they have any pets?
  • What is your host family’s main occupation?
  • What are some of their personal interests or hobbies?
  • Will you be sharing a room, or will you have your own private room?
  • What areas of the house do you have access to? (The living room, kitchen, laundry room, etc.?)
  • Are you permitted to have friends visit you at the house?
  • What amenities are available within a close range of their house? Internet cafe, post office, pharmacy, food store, etc.
  • Has your family hosted international travelers and or volunteers in the past?
  • Are there any specific rules of the house that you need to be aware of so that you may follow them accordingly?

Don’t forget your motivation for volunteering

Remember that one of the main reasons that you are in Nepal is because you felt it in your heart that you wanted to help to Nepalese people and animals. You also had a yearning to experience a new culture and foreign land. Embrace the challenge and change of traveling outside of your comfort zone and remember that you are doing something extraordinary not only for yourself, but for others in need. Keeping this open-minded and heart-guided mindset will only further enhance your volunteering experience in Nepal.

Learn about Nepalese culture and customs

When you are traveling outside of your home country, it is advised that you brush up on the local culture and customs of the place in which you are planning to visit. Having a basic understanding of the customs, salutations, manners, and common religions of Nepal will save you from unpleasant interactions and behaving in a disrespectful way. Fortunately, the internet has an incredible wealth of information to help you out in your research.

What’s more, local knowledge is invaluable. Your host family and the local people with whom you interact will be able to share with you all sorts of information regarding the best places to visit, eat and drink at, and explore. They can also help you plan your free time adventures. Getting advice from a local is the best way to travel and experience a new place.

Connect with local in-country support staff & communicate with them

When you are in Nepal, you will have the support of an in-country team who works for your volunteer organization. Your in-country support will either be one specific person or several, but regardless they will be available and often will accompany you to your volunteer project and on cultural excursions. They will also be in charge of providing an orientation and introducing you to your host family and volunteer project coordinator and staff.

You will develop a close relationship with your in-country support right off the bat. It is their job to make sure that everything runs smoothly, that you are always safe, and that you are happy. They are also there should any emergency or issue occur during your Nepal volunteering opportunity.

So, you might want to reach out to him or her (or they) prior to your departure date just to say hello and make a first connection. Starting your working relationship early on may help to make you feel more secure about setting off on your adventure. It’s always good to know someone or at least feel like you do.

What to expect upon arrival

When you arrive in your country of choice, you will experience a range of different feelings, senses and emotions. Beautiful and diverse landscapes and vibrant cities which are complemented by the warm hospitality of the people will leave you excited and full of energy. On the other hand, coming face to face with poverty, city slums, and homeless people of all ages, combined with low health and hygiene standards, and people and communities that are in desperate need of love, care, support, facilities and resources can feel desperately sad and overwhelming.

Whether you are volunteering Nepal with people, animals, the environment or on developing facilities and structures for the community, your volunteer service abroad and time in that country will prove to be a rewarding experience.

A representative from you volunteer agency will pick you up at the airport, give you an orientation, and introduce you to your project and project team. It may take a few days to adjust to your transition, and that is very normal.

How can I make my volunteering in Nepal rewarding?

The decision you made to spend time in Nepal will be life changing for not only you, but for those with whom you encounter and help. You are embarking on an experience that will allow you to explore an incredible new culture. While you’re in volunteering, you will have the opportunity to challenge and learn about yourself, grow as a person, gain some valuable new insights and perspectives, try new food, and meet new people all while lending a helping hand to the people and animals that need you the most.

The decision you made and the time, effort, and money that you put into this volunteer abroad in trip will pay off in vast and unexpected rewards. However, to ensure that you have the most memorable and rewarding volunteering trip in Nepal, you’ll want to make sure that you do the following:

Understand your project

Make sure you have all the information about the country, and program, host family, transportation, language, and safety concerns relating to your destination country before arriving at your volunteering program abroad.

Build a strong relationship with your in-country coordinator

Notify your country coordinator immediately about any problems you may experience. Your country coordinator is a vital lifeline and a great resource when trying to sort out any difficulties which may arise. Use it.

Support and show passion for your cause and project

You’ve planned, researched and devoted lots of time to finding the right experience for you, so once in place it’s important to continue to immerse yourself in your cause. Show up with a smile, share your skills, hobbies, and passion for people and always be of service.

Stay positive and appreciate the experience

By being actively involved, going to new places, eating unfamiliar foods, saying yes to opportunities for adventure and exploring the country you’ll create a happy balance of both project volunteer work abroad, and fun travel experiences.

Embrace the culture

During your Nepal volunteering opportunity, practice language, dress like locals do, eat the wonderful cuisine, respect the religions and traditions, indulge in some market shopping, art, music and festivals. Just have fun learning about your host country.

Discover the country

You have off-time, so what can you do? Why not explore your host country? Whether you like the idea of trekking through jungles, taking a moped ride through the marketplace, lazing on a beach, or visiting local historical sites, your trips abroad will be amazing and filled with wonder. Take the chance to experience the country you’re in fully.

Don’t expect luxury

Volunteer programs abroad in developing countries may not be able to offer the same standard of comfort in accommodation that you are used to at home, but you will always be housed in the best place they do have. Take the opportunity to embrace an alternative way of living without worrying about the differences. It will definitely make you appreciate what you may have taken for granted in the past.

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Volunteering in Nepal: FAQs

Joining a Nepal Volunteering program is an incredibly exciting endeavor, and we want to make sure you feel supported during each step of the process. Although many details of your journey will depend on your program of choice and how long you stay in the country, we’d like to share some frequently asked questions from other volunteers that may answer lingering questions you may have.

How will I get from the airport to my host family or volunteer house?

When you arrive in Nepal, there will be an arranged picked up at the TI airport . This travel arrangement will be made prior to your arrival and you will have all of the details of this service prior to your departure for Nepal. The person who will be picking you up with be a professional and certified driver. You will be noticed as to how to identify your driver.

How many other volunteers will be volunteering with me?

The number of other volunteers that you will be volunteering with will vary depending on the time of the year and your chosen project in Nepal. You can ask for this number when you are applying for your volunteering program in Nepal.

If I volunteer with a friend, can we volunteer and reside together?

In most circumstances, this should not be a problem at all. It is best to make this request right away when applying, so that the necessary arrangements can be made.

Are my meals and accommodations included in my program costs?

Yes, you will receive three meals a day of typical Nepalese food , and your accommodations are part of the cost of your program. You will most likely stay in a hostel or with a host family.

Will my host family speak English?

English is the second language in Nepal. It is likely that your host family will be able to speak at least a little bit of English, since they have hosted international travelers in the past. If there is ever a communication issue, your local coordinator will be able to assist you.

Will I be able to travel around Nepal during my days off ?

Absolutely! During your time off from doing volunteering work in Nepal, you are highly encouraged to set off and explore. Your local coordinator and or program staff will be able to shed some local knowledge and recommendations on transportations and tours, if you need it.

How will I get to and from my volunteer placement?

This all depends on where your project is located and where are you living. Some host family locations will be within walking or biking distance to your project. Your volunteer organization will be able to coordinate your transportation with you.

Is it possible to speak to past volunteers?

Check to see if your volunteer organization has a volunteer community forum or database of past volunteers. You can also do a search online to see if there are any blogs about volunteering.

What kind of food will I be eating while volunteering in Nepal program?

Traditional Nepali meals consist of rice, lentils, curry, vegetables, and some type of lean protein (no beef). Nepali food is very flavorful and delicious. Your meals will always be fresh, healthy, and home cooked when dining at your accommodations.

How many hours per day will I be volunteering?

For most best volunteering in Nepal, you will volunteer for 4 to 6 hours a day. This is completely dependent on your specific program though. It is best to inquire about your proposed schedule from your volunteer organization.

How much money do I need to bring?

The amount of money you need to bring to Nepal really depends on your personal budget and what you are planning to do in Nepal during your free time. If you are planning on going on a lot of tours, participating in adventure activities, dining out, and shopping, you will need more money than someone who is planning their trip on a stricter budget. It is recommended that you bring at least $50 a week for small personal expenses.

If you didn’t see the answers to your questions in this list, or still don’t know what program the right choice for you is – please contact us today! We want to support you however we can.

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Volunteer opportunities in Nepal

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