Volunteer in Nepal Programs

Are you searching for a meaningful volunteer and travel option that will land you in the captivating country of Nepal? If so, you are in the right place to find the perfect volunteer work in Nepal.

  • Lowest prices guaranteed; starts at $99!
  • Over 20,000 highly satisfied volunteers since 2003
  • You will always have support to ensure your safety and happiness
  • Explore a new part of the world while making a monumental difference

A trip to the majestic Himalayan country of Nepal will leave you with rich memories that will last a lifetime. Volunteering in Nepal will be heart fulfilling. Global Crossroad needs compassionate and adventurous volunteers like you!

Nepal is a hugely diverse and always spectacular travel destination. You can go river rafting, trek through the impressive Himalayan Mountains, ride a jungle elephant through lavish foliage, or visit the World Peace Pagoda at Lake Phewa Tal.

You'll combine a lively tourist destination with meaningful humanitarian assistance to Nepal's gentle, yet greatly in need people. Global Crossroad invites you to enjoy a volunteering experience in Nepal and help heal the sick, work in an orphanage or even work as a photojournalist! There are many different volunteer programs in Nepal to choose from, so it will be easy to find one that suits you perfectly.

Dates and Prices

Dates: Volunteer in Nepal

All volunteer programs in Nepal start every Monday. Though we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.

Price: Volunteer in Nepal

Global Crossroad is committed to offering quality volunteering in Nepal programs at the world's most affordable price. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's volunteer program in Nepal application and registration fee cost US$299. In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly country coordinator. And he will distribute it room, food, and project. This ensures the transparency of your fee. And This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

Weeks Kathmandu/Chitwan
Orphanage/ School
Pokhara
(Orphanage/School)
Medical Monastery Photo Journalism
  1 Week   $99   $265   $185   $205   $275
  2 Weeks   $250   $415   $235   $330   $450
  3 Weeks   $310   $565   $360   $425   $625
  4 Weeks   $370   $715   $410   $520   $800
  5 Weeks   $430   $865   $535   $615   $975
  6 Weeks   $490   $1,015   $585   $710   $1,150
  7 Weeks   $550   $1,165   $710   $805   $1,325
  8 Weeks   $610   $1,315   $760   $900   $1,500
  9 Weeks   $670   $1,465   $885   $995   $1,672
  10 Weeks   $730   $1,615   $935   $1,090   $1,850
  11 Weeks   $790   $1,765   $ 1,060   $1,185   $2,025
  12 Weeks   $850   $1,915   $ 1,110   $1,280   $2,200
  • Airport Pickup and Transfer (30 minutes) $50
  • Mandatory Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day
  • Language and Culture Program fee $250
  • Fees for dentistry placement is same as medical project, but volunteers are charged extra $50/week
Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (volunteers house or host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

How your fee is allocated?

The volunteer trip to Nepal program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your programs last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses.

Accommodations and Meals: Volunteer in Nepal

During your volunteer trip to Nepal program, 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.

Our volunteer program in Nepal 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, accommodation varies with projects. Volunteers work in the Buddhist monk teaching project, mostly live in the monasterys hostel.In the hostel, you will get a single or shared room and comfortable living with western style of toilet.

However, depending up on the location of the projects, volunteers working in orphanage, health/medical, photo journalism live in home base (mostly in Kathmandu) live either in home base or host family, home base (or volunteer house in Kathmandu) is a permanent residence set up especially for international volunteers. There are several bedrooms at our home base 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. There are free Wi-Fi at the home base in Kathmandu only and there are many amenities nearby like, grocery stores, restaurants, and mass transit stops.

If there are a large number of volunteers during your volunteering experience in Nepal timeframe, you may 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 to those having a volunteering opportunity in Nepal will crave during their program and it is a great way to learn about a host country's culture and customs.

Unless you are traveling with your husband or wife, opposite gender rooming will not be permitted. You will either have your own private room or will be sharing with a same gender roommate. You can request to room with your travel partner if you are of the same sex.

Sometime, volunteers working in the orphanage project, may live in the orphanage hostel.

When you join a volunteer program in Nepal, it is highly advised that you do not eat food from street vendors and do not drink the tap water. You are responsible for paying for bottled water and or asking for your water to be boiled to drink for the day.

Language and Cultural Immersion Program: Volunteer in Nepal

As part of your volunteering opportunity in Nepal, Global Crossroad offers a one-week language and cultural orientation in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and where language program takes place are. There are two sides to the city.

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, which is available when you join a volunteer abroad in Nepal program, includes language training, lessons on history, culture, ways of life, visits to local villages, towns, and 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 volunteer trip to Nepal.

When you understand the life and culture around you, your experience volunteering in Nepal will be richer and more rewarding. This experience should not be missed! As an international traveler and volunteer, it is highly recommended that you take advantage of this affordable and beneficial opportunity.

Free Time Options: Volunteer in Nepal

Most of Global Crossroads volunteers are placed in and around Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan, which is about 4-5 hours south of Kathmandu, or in Pokhara, which is also about 4-5 hours west of Kathmandu when volunteering in Nepal. Kathmandu stands at 4,600 feet and the Kathmandu valley is only slightly smaller than Singapore in terms of area.

The city sits in a bowl created by four major mountains: Shivapuri, Phulchowki, Nagarjun and Chandragiri. Kathmandu has two sister cities nearby, Patan or Lalitpur, and the area is often referred to as Tri-City. In Kathmandu, urban adventures are plentiful. A city unlike any Western city experience, Kathmandu calls to travelers offering adventure and discovery at every turn. Immersing in the city can overwhelm your senses with all the traffic, noise, colors, and city chaos, but there is serenity, outside the city's mainstream, in simple temples and peaceful courtyards.

Kathmandu is the starting point for most adventures in Nepal, so the tourism infrastructure is solid and dependable. You can find many activities ranging from participating in a simple Buddhist ceremony to a 7-day trek in the Himalayas to participate in during your free time from your volunteer program in Nepal.

When committing to a volunteering experience in Nepal, and specifically in Chitwan, you'll be able to experience authentic Nepali village life as you live with a local host family and immerse yourself in Nepali culture. The famous Chitwan National Park, where elephant safaris and tiger spotting are a big hit, is about an hour away from the project site. You will find Internet access, ATM machines, and restaurants in the town nearest the village, which is about a half an hour away.

In Pokhara, you will have many things to do and experience. Pokhara is the end point for the famous Annapurna Circuit trek and the starting point for a dozen more treks through the mountains of the Annapurna Range, including through Jomsom and to the Upper Mustang region; where a King still rules his small kingdom and people are mostly of ethnic Tibetan background. The area around Phewa Lake is full of tourist hotels, restaurants, and nighttime entertainment. But if you travel just outside of Pokhara, you can still witness the traditional lifestyle of Gurungs and Magars, the indigenous people of the region.

You will have plenty of free time to explore all that Nepal has to offer when you sign up for any of the volunteer opportunities in Nepal.

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Safety and Field Support

Our number #1 priority is the safety of our volunteers. Global Crossroad is a leading volunteer organization serving thousands of volunteers. We pride ourselves on providing the safest, highest quality, and most professional programs to our volunteers since 2003. Our dedicated team works closely from start to finish with each volunteer (and parents/guardians) to ensure a successful, satisfactory, and safe volunteering experience.

Below is a list of our safety and field support features that will demonstrate the level of support and safety each of you will receive while volunteering abroad.

1. Country Coordinator and Field Staff :

In each country, where we operate, we have a very strong and dedicated team of country coordinators and local staff members to support and take care of you. All of our country coordinators and field staff are highly experienced and responsible individuals. They have been running volunteer abroad program for many years. They have served thousands of volunteers, so they understand your needs and know how to run safe, rewarding, and meaningful volunteer abroad program for you.

Our In-country staff is responsible for a number of things. Below are some of the main services that they will provide:

  • Airport pick-up and transfer to host family or work site
  • Management of room and food in host family/hostel
  • Orientation of local country, culture, host family, safety, and related issues
  • Introduction to your host family and project staff
  • Periodic follow up visits or calls (1-2 week intervals) to ensure everything is going smoothly
  • Advice for solving any issues, problems, or concerns
2. Airport Greeting

We are dedicated to keeping you save and comfortable from your point of your arrival until your point of departure. We will always receive our volunteers at the airport and transfer them safely. Depending upon the country in which you choose to volunteer, our coordinator, local staff, or a professional transfer company employee will greet you at the airport.

3. Orientation and safety discussion

Regardless of where you join the Global Crossroad volunteer program, our program starts with an in depth discussion on safety, history, cultural people, religion, life, and do’s and don’ts. Depending upon the country, these orientation programs range from a few hours to three days. During orientation, we explain the different aspect of safety and general guidelines to help keep yourself safe while volunteering abroad.

4. Safe Host Family and Accommodation

While volunteering abroad, the majority of the time you will reside with a local host family, hostel, or similar accommodation. We always carefully select the host families and other forms of accommodations to make sure that you will be safe and comfortable. In all destinations, we have selected host families who are socially respected and responsible. Most of our host families have hosted international volunteers before, so they completely understand your needs. Your host family will always take care of you and keep you safe.

Similarly, all of our volunteer houses and hostels are located in very safe locations. These hostels are always guarded by security guards or supervised by the local staff very frequently to make sure that you are safe and secure. Also you will be staying with other volunteers from all over the world. You will never be alone.

5. Comprehensive Insurance and Evacuation Plan

While volunteering abroad, you will be covered by international insurance. This protects you in case something unforeseen happens. It is mandatory that all volunteers obtain a travel insurance policy when volunteering abroad. Global Crossroad offers one of the most comprehensive insurance packages from a third party. Our insurance policy provides excellent protection in the event that a health-related issue occurs, an accident, or other unpredictable incidences.

6. Placement with Other Volunteers

Global Crossroad is happy to place you with other volunteers (depending on availability) if this is something that would make you feel safer.

Any international travel requires caution and awareness; volunteering abroad is no exception. We suggest that all volunteers consult their own government advisory office before making the decision to participate in any overseas volunteering opportunities. International travel presents risks, especially with the modern day threat of international terrorism.

The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings and advisories in many countries for American travelers. These travel advisories and warnings frequently change, as situations in each country transform.

These links provide valuable travel information:

It is also wise to consult the Center for Disease Control for health related information and issues that might come up during your time volunteering abroad. Check out www.cdc.gov for possible health risks. One must also keep in mind that the sanitary conditions in developing countries are likely very different from those in your home country. It is also strongly advised that you do not drink the tap water and do not eat food from street vendors.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in Nepal

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?
  • Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Nepal based volunteer programs?

VISA INFORMATION

  • What are the visa procedures?

PLACEMENT INFORMATION

  • Who manages the volunteer projects in Nepal?
  • What are the daily schedules of the projects?
  • Where are the projects located?
  • What language is spoken in Nepal?
  • When are the Nepal based assignments available?
  • How long can I volunteer abroad in Nepal?

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE INFORMATION

  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Who will arrange my flight to Nepal? s
  • At which airport should I arrive? s
  • 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?
  • If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
  • When should I depart from Nepal?
  • From which airport shall I depart?
  • Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?

LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS INFORMATION

  • Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
  • Are single 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?
  • Is it possible to do laundry during my volunteering experience in Nepal?
  • 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

  • Recommended Vaccinations and Preventative Medications
  • 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?
  • What health precautions should I be aware of and tend to during my volunteer trip to Nepal?

MONEY

  • 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 on my volunteer trip to Nepal?
  • Is it safe to carry cash with me when I volunteer abroad in Nepal?

COMMUNICATION

  • How do I contact the Global Crossroad's local coordinator when volunteering in Nepal?
  • 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 & CUSTOMS

  • Is there a special dress code that I should follow while volunteering 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 the weather like in Nepal?
  • Will I need to pack very warm clothes?
  • Average temperate in Kathmandu Nepal
  • Average Rainfall
  • Official Holidays in Nepal
  • What about tipping in Nepal?
  • What should I pack for my volunteer program in Nepal?
  • Official Holidays in Nepal
  • What about tipping in Nepal?
  • What should I pack for my volunteer program in Nepal?

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.

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