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Volunteer In NepalBe a Nepal Volunteer! More than a Vacation – It’s an Effective, Life-Changing Service Opportunity!
A trip to the majestic Himalayan country of Nepal will provide you with sweeping visual memories to last a lifetime. Join Global Crossroad in our professional, panoramic volunteering in Nepal program and your scrapbooks will be as full as your heart!
Nepal offers a hugely diverse, always spectacular destination rife with adventure. Go river rafting or trek through the impressive Himalayan Mountains, ride a jungle elephant through lavish foliage or visit the World Peace Pagoda at Lake Phewa Tal. Saturate your soul with the mysterious spirit of beautiful Nepal!
You’ll combine a dramatic tourist destination with meaningful humanitarian assistance to Nepal’s gentle, needy people. Global Crossroad invites you enjoy volunteering in Nepal and help heal the sick, work in an orphanage or be a photojournalist! There are many different opportunities to choose from, so it will be easy to find one that suits you perfectly.
Get more information by simply filling out the form you’ll find when you click the orange button below. We will happily send you all the details on your life-changing Nepal experience!
Volunteer Programs in Nepal
Global Crossroad is committed to offering quality volunteer abroad programs and a very affordable price. We always strive to keep costs low in order to share these savings with our volunteers. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion and we are dedicated to perpetuating low-cost programs that enable as many volunteers as possible to cross borders and embrace the neediest souls of humanity.
Global Crossroad's application fee: US $199. The application fee covers our cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).
In addition to the application fee, volunteers are required to pay weekly program fee. The weekly program is required to cover the cost of international travel insurance, airport pickup, transport to project, meals and accommodation, salary of local staffs, rent of local offices, hostel/home base and utilities, and other field costs
Language and Cultural Immersion Program
In Nepal, Global Crossroad offers one week Language and Cultural orientation in Kathmandu. The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, where are language program takes place, has two phases. One is a fabled capital populated by hospitable pilgrims and meticulously carved rose-brick temples. The second is a frenetic sprawl of modern towers, which is mobbed by beggars and monkeys and smothered in diesel fumes. These two phases simultaneously demonstrate the country’s history and the invading, inevitable wear and tear of the uncompromising modern world.
Our weeklong intensive language and cultural immersion program includes language training, lessons on history, culture, ways of life, visits to local villages/towns/markets, guided Kathmandu exploration and local tourist attractions. This Global Crossroad program aims to submerge you in Nepali culture, history and ways of life to vastly improve your time of volunteering in Nepal. When you understand the life and culture around you, your experience is richer and more rewarding. However, you can choose to take the Language and Cultural immersion program or go directly into a volunteer project. This experience should not be missed! So many international travelers wish they could have an opportunity such as this to receive a briefing on customs, language and history.
Nepal Volunteer Program: Accommodations/Meals/Field Support
Global Crossroad’s weekly fees include management of volunteers’ meal plans and accommodations throughout projects and travel options. Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and will consist of local ingredients and feature traditional cuisine choices for Nepal. Our meal program can accommodate vegetarian needs; however, we are not able to provide for other dietary restrictions. Food and drinks outside of mealtimes are the volunteer’s responsibility. In most cases, there are restaurants and markets nearby the homes in which our volunteers stay.
In Nepal, Depending upon the particular location and situation, volunteers will stay in our Homebase, either with a host family or in a project hostel. The concept of Homebase is a permanent residence set up especially for international volunteers. There are several bedrooms at our Homebase and volunteers will normally share a room with a same gender volunteer. There are community rooms and a television. The environment is very relaxed and social and a great place to unwind after a busy day. The kitchen and bathrooms are shared, and there is running water and “western-style” toilets. The neighborhood is very safe and clean. There are many amenities nearby like internet cafés, grocery stores, restaurants and mass transit stops. Orphanage volunteers in Nepal might have the opportunity to stay with the children as many orphanages provide private rooms for international volunteers. These volunteer rooms will normally be shared with a volunteer of the same gender.
In some project volunteers will also stay with a host family. Volunteers staying with a host family usually have a single bedroom, but may occasionally share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Our host families are chosen carefully and are esteemed community members, who have experience in the realm of hosting international travelers. Host family residences are in comfortable, clean and safe neighborhoods and rooms are simply furnished and tidy. Staying with a host family can offer the support system a volunteer will crave during their program and it is a great way to learn about a host country’s culture and customs.
Some of our projects also have onsite accommodation in a hostel type setting. In some of our orphanage or host family projects, volunteers will stay in the project site with other volunteers. Your 3 local meals will also be served in your accommodation.
A unique and important part of Global Crossroad’s successful volunteer abroad programs is our volunteer field support in-country. We put safety and comfort first as we deliver enriching and consistent experiences for our international travelers. Our field support is multi-faceted while volunteers are in Nepal and our staff is in contact with our volunteers on a regular basis either with face-to-face visits or via phone/email. Key field support comes from our country coordinator and in-country staff. These individuals are employed by our company and committed to ensuring your experience the best it can be. Your chosen project staff and host family offers support as well, and they are familiar with working with international volunteers and accustomed to answering questions and providing guidance. Volunteers also have access to our country coordinator’s mobile number for emergencies. With longer assignments, our field staff visits regularly (every 2-4 weeks) to ensure the experience is meeting your expectations. Sometimes an assignment may be too far to visit physically, so staff members will touch-base via phone/email. You are also welcome to stop in the offices at any time. You are never alone.
Specific details regarding accommodations, meals, field support and contact details for our local coordinator will be provided in personalized volunteer placement documentation prior to arrival.
Application Process/ Visa
- When should I apply for a volunteer/internship assignment in Nepal?
- What happens once I submit my documents and application to Global Crossroad?
- How long does it take to process my application?
- What documents do I need to submit with my application?
- Visa Information
- Who manages the volunteer projects in Nepal?
- What are the daily schedules of the projects?
- Where are the projects located?
- What is the language spoken in Nepal?
- When are the Nepal based assignments available?
- How long can I volunteer in Nepal?
Arrival and Departure Information
- Who will arrange my flight to Nepal?
- At which airport should I arrive?
- If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive in Nepal?
- Will someone pick me from the airport? If so, how will I know who they are and where they are?
- What should I do if my flight is delayed?
- How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
- What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
- When should I depart from Nepal?
- From which airport shall I depart?
- Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?
- If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
Living Accomodation / Meal Information
- Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
- Are singles rooms available?
- If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
- Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my placement?
- What are the bathroom facilities like?
- What are the laundry arrangements?
- Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
- What are the local cuisines? Who manages my meals?
- Can you accommodate special diets?
- Is the running tap water safe for drink?
- Are there hot and cold-water facilities available?
- Will bottled water be provided?
Health and Safety
- How safe is Nepal?
- What are the principle health risks in Nepal?
- Is the food safe if I buy it from a street vendor?
- What are the sanitary conditions in Nepal?
- Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
- What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
- Where should I exchange my money?
- How much money should I bring with me?
- Is it safe to carry cash with me?
- How do I contact with Global Crossroad's local coordinator?
- How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in Nepal?
- How can my family members contact me?
- Can I bring my telephone from my home country?
Culture and Custom
- Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Nepal?
- What should I know about religious conduct in Nepal?
- How do I respect the people of Nepal?
More Information about Nepal
- What is weather like in Nepal?
- Official Holidays in Nepal?
- What about tipping in Nepal?
- Materials to Bring
NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is generic information and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly. Participants should consult Global Crossroad or travel advisors to verify this information.