Nepal is so much more than Mount Everest and the snow capped Himalayas. Majestic temples, prayer flags, paddy fields, jungles and the kindest nation of people you will ever meet come together to create an amazing, historically spiritual country.
Struggling back from the earthquakes of 2015, their resilience is notable and their appreciation for help tangible. Whether your intention is to help on one of our care, medical or relief disaster projects or maybe you just want to trek amongst the snowy peaks, you will be helping this country get back onto its feet in some shape or form.
Nepal has historically been a shrewd trader with both India to the South and China to the North. It is also in a transitional stage from royal autocracy to a form of democracy, promoting a dynamic and more modern metropolis. Western influences mean that you'll witness monks chatting on mobile phones and slick looking businessmen wandering about briefcase in hand.
While rich in culture, history and geographical wonders, Nepal is also one of the world’s poorest countries, suffering from many of the issues associated with poverty, such as malnourishment and a lack of resources.
Our care projects are based in and around Kathmandu, the Kathmandu valley and in Chitwan, all of which have their different characteristics and challenges.
Whichever volunteer care project you find yourself working on, your efforts will help to support local staff and support some of the most vulnerable groups in Nepalese society.Different types of projects available Day centers and pre-school classes.
Here you will work with preschool children, teaching basic life skills focused on health and hygiene, including washing hands and brushing teeth, and basic literacy and numeracy skills such as the alphabet and counting.
Other activities include organizing sports, games and arts and crafts.Nutritional Health and HIV centers
You could help with more specialised care work at the Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre, which was set up to provide a stable and nurturing environment for impoverished children suffering from malnutrition.
There is also the option to work at a specialist care center for children with HIV/AIDs.Physical and mental disabilities
We have care opportunities based in special needs centers which work with children who have physical and mental disabilities.
Here you will support and work to improve their overall quality of life. This will be done through introducing creative activities to increase stimulation, working on basic English literacy skills, and maintaining their record-keeping system. Some of the placements also care for disabled adults.Workshops
Our Care Coordinator in Nepal organises regular workshops aimed to provide you with tools and tips on how to get the most out of your time in Nepal.Your role
Your role will vary but will include all or some of the following:
Numbers are limited per project.
For a couple of weeks in October during the Dashain Festival you’ll find most centers will close as children visit extended family during this period.
Minimum stay: 2 weeks.
Working hours: 4-6 hours per day.
This project is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
The main office is in the centre of Kathmandu where the Country Director and all members of staff base themselves. The office acts as a general meeting point for all the volunteers in and around Kathmandu and everyone is welcome to come in, hang out and use the wi-fi.
All our staff are trained in-country to follow best practice procedures, including monitoring, security, and emergency procedures. They are responsible for organizing the projects and accommodation to ensure everything runs smoothly.
They are there to assist with any concerns, problems, advice, and general administration that may arise during your time away - available during the day at the office and directly contactable 24 hours a day by phone.On arrival
On arrival you will appointed with a project supervisor who will go through your ‘induction’, work schedule and will be your first point of contact.
Your induction will include:
Project Details: One month before you go you will be allocated your project details. These include addresses and phone numbers of your host family, project and supervisor.
We will help organise your flights to Nepal.
You will need to fly into Kathmandu International airport where you will be met by a member of staff who will accompany you to your host accommodation, by taxi.
You will be given an International Embarkation/Disembarkation Card on the flight - please mark status as 'Tourist'.
A taxi will be organised for you at the end to take you back to the airport.
You will stay with host families whilst on your internship, in basic but friendly homes. Some families take up to 4 volunteers and a couple can accept up to 12, which is similar to living in a hostel. Generally expect 2 volunteers per room in all accommodation.
You will be provided with 3 meals a day of local style food – expect to eat Dal bhat for most meals (rice and lentil soup)!
Smoking and drinking will not be permitted in any accommodation.
You will need to bring your own cleaning products and toilet paper, as Nepalese are used to using just water.
At the weekends most volunteers head to Thamel (Kathmandu centre) or further afield away so they can do touristy activities and/or go out for a drink/meal.
Their currency is the Nepali Rupee, where 100 rupees = US$1. There are plenty of ATM’s in the city so it is easy to get money out, little and often.
An average weekly allowance would be about US$30 depending on how often you go out etc. and more will be needed for the weekends if you do some adventure activities.Typical costs are:
On your days off there's always something going on. Kathmandu attracts pilgrims as well as tourists, so there are plenty of religious festivals and temples to visit and the adventurous will be easily satisfied.
Taxis, buses, tempos (three wheeled buses), auto-rickshaws, bicycle rickshaws and bicycles are the tried and tested ways to get around the Kathmandu and the Kathmandu Valley. But please always use the tourist buses and not the local ones.
Top adventures would include:
Independent travel is easily arranged in Kathmandu. Many trips/activities can be organised through our trusted hotels and reputable agencies. Our in country staff will advise on arrival.
The information below relates to Kathmandu. The weather is milder in the mountains and warmer/more humid in the lowlands (e.g. Chitwan).
April-Aug expect warm daytime temperatures, up to 30-35°C, going down to about 20°C at night (still as low as 11°C at night in April).
June-mid September, which is also the warmest and most humid period. Do not expect to trek during this time or to have good views of the mountains.
Oct - Dec, the start of the dry season. This is one of the best times to travel - clear skies with good visibility of the mountains and the country is lush following the monsoon.
Nov - Feb are the coldest months, with temperatures no higher than 19°C and down as low as 2°C at night. There is no indoor heating, so be prepared with coats and other warm clothes, especially when indoors.
Head off to Nepal to make a difference to the lives of others.
We have flexible departures (every Monday) for a flexible duration (min 2 weeks) making it easy for you to include an experience such as this in your gap year plans.
Whilst you will be busy during the week you will have plenty of time to explore this amazing country at the weekends
When you arrive you will hook up with other volunteers so your social life is taken care of.
Just get in touch if you have any questions.
Over the last 12 years we've taken thousands of young people overseas to experience the trip of a lifetime.
That success has drawn industry-wide recognition. We're an accredited member of both the Year Out Group, an association designed to promote the benefits of well-structured gap year programs, and The American Gap Association.
We're big on safety too; everywhere we work is carefully researched, audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Industry Standards for organising and managing adventurous activities outside the UK.