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 $199 !
  • 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 Orphanage/ School
(Kathmandu or Chitwan)
Orphanage/School
(Pokhara)
Medical
(Kathmandu or Chitwan)
Monastery
(Kathmandu)
Photo Journalism
(Kathmandu)
  1 Week   $199   $265   $285   $305   $275
  2 Weeks   $300   $415   $335   $430   $450
  3 Weeks   $370   $565   $460   $505   $625
  4 Weeks   $440   $715   $510   $580   $800
  5 Weeks   $500   $865   $635   $655   $975
  6 Weeks   $560   $1,015   $685   $730   $1,150
  7 Weeks   $620   $1,165   $810   $805   $1,325
  8 Weeks   $680   $1,315   $860   $880   $1,500
  9 Weeks   $740   $1,465   $985   $955   $1,672
  10 Weeks   $800   $1,615   $1035   $1030   $1,850
  11 Weeks   $860   $1,765   $1160   $1105   $2,025
  12 Weeks   $920   $1,915   $1210   $1180   $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.

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?
  • Global Crossroad has offered volunteer/internship assignments in Nepal since 2003. We are able to place volunteers on the 1st or 3rd Monday of any month, year round. We recommend applying at least two months in advance, as there is an ever-increasing volume of applications. If your application must be expedited for quicker placement, please contact our office for more information.

  • What happens once I submit my documents and application to Global Crossroad?
  • Once Global Crossroad receives and reviews your completed application, it is then forwarded to our In-Country Coordinator in Nepal who will then finalize a personal assignment as per your qualifications, experience and requests. Your finalized placement details are forwarded to you upon completion.

  • How long does it take to process my application?
  • The application process may take up to 2-4 weeks – occasionally longer given the time of year and influx of applications to your chosen country. However, in the event that an applicant requires quicker placement due to time constraints, we request you contact Global Crossroad's offices prior to submitting an application.

  • What documents do I need to submit with my application?
  • The only initial documentation required is our completed application form, which can be found online (http://www.globalcrossroad.com/apply). We reserve the right to request further information or documentation; however, in most situations information contained in the application is sufficient. Applicants have the option to either submit their application online or download the application from the website and submit the completed form to Global Crossroad's USA-based offices by either mail or fax.

  • Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Nepal based volunteer programs?
  • The only qualifications are:

    • An open-mind, a willingness to teach others as well a passion for helping those in need.
    • Enthusiasm for living abroad, meeting new people and embracing varied cultures.
    • Be in good mental and physical health.

VISA INFORMATION

  • What are the visa procedures?
  • Securing a tourist visa is the volunteer's responsibility and Global Crossroad advices all volunteers to obtain a tourist visa before departing for Nepal. Please call our office or contact your nearest Nepal embassy to learn more about visa, visa fees and visa extensions. Much information can be learned online by searching out Nepal's embassy or consulate.

PLACEMENT INFORMATION

  • Who manages the volunteer projects in Nepal?
  • Global Crossroad's in-country Coordinator in Nepal is responsible for researching appropriate volunteer projects as per the qualifications, skills and interests of the applicants.

  • What are the daily schedules of the projects?
  • Project schedules vary for each project in Nepal. Most projects are from Monday to Friday, for approximately 4-5 hours a day. Most volunteers have the weekends and evenings off to sightsee or explore NEPAL on their own.

  • Where are the projects located?
  • When you join a volunteering in Nepal, you will most likely be located in outside of the cities in rural areas. Your project placement packet will contain all of the necessary information regarding your specific location.  Our projects are mostly located in and around Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara and Mt Everest region

  • What language is spoken in Nepal?
  • There are many languages spoken in Nepal, but the official language of Nepal is Nepali (originally called Khasa Kura). There are roughly 24 million native speakers.

  • When are the Nepal based assignments available?
  • Global Crossroad programs are available year round and begin on the 1st or 3rd Monday of every month.

    We organize Language Studies & Cultural Immersion orientation programs twice a month throughout the year and the schedule coincides with our volunteer assignments. We suggest that volunteers adjust their flight schedule according to accommodate this important cultural exposure program's schedules. Volunteers can go straight to their assignment and skip the language and culture program if they choose; however, we strongly recommend enrolling. Solid understanding of your chosen country's culture and communication will vastly improve your experience as a volunteer and the experience of the citizens and children who you are there to assist. If the volunteer opts out of this program, their assignment begins on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month.

  • How long can I volunteer abroad in Nepal?
  • You should volunteer for at least 1 week. Most countries do not allow those travelling on a tourist visa to stay longer than 12 weeks. If you would like to volunteer beyond this allotted amount of time, please contact our offices to discuss your options.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE INFORMATION

  • At which airport should I arrive?
  • If you are volunteer trip to Nepal, you will fly into the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Katmandu, Nepal.

  • If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive in Nepal?
  • It is advised that you arrive the day before your volunteer abroad in Nepal project begins. If you wish to arrive earlier, then your meals and accommodations will be your responsibility.

  • Will someone pick me from the airport?
  • You will be greeted at the airport for your volunteer trip to Nepal program, but must send your travel itinerary to our in-country coordinator in Nepal prior to your arrival for your volunteering experience in Nepal.

    You will be met by one of our staff members or our in-country coordinator. They will be holding up a sign with your name on it outside of the airport. If you happen to miss our representative due to a flight delay or any other reason, please make contact via telephone with the in-country coordinator (this number will be in your information packet). This rarely occurs though.

  • What should I do if my flight is delayed?
  • In the event that your arrival time is changed or delayed causing you to miss the Global Crossroad’s representative at the airport and requiring that you stay overnight in a hotel, you should hire a taxi to deliver you to the hotel designated in your placement. Remember to request a receipt from the driver.

  • How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
  • Ensure that you have contacted Global Crossroad’s in-country coordinator BEFORE getting in a taxi. Participants are advised to contact Global Crossroad’s Nepal in-country coordinator the next day, as well, to let him or her know about your whereabouts.

  • What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
  • Prior to the departure from your home country to your volunteer program in Nepal, please:

    • Make sure that you have packed all of your necessary documents (passport, copy of passport, and one other form of picture I.D.)
    • Bring your volunteer assignment placement details
    • Prepare financially to cover unforeseen expenses ($50-$100 a week) you might incur during your volunteer abroad Nepal project.
    • Prepare your mind and spirit for a new experience in a new country.

    Depending on the time of your arrival for your volunteering in Nepal program, you will either have your orientation that day or the following day. A Global Crossroad representative will give you all of the necessary information to begin your volunteering experience in Nepal, including safety measures. If you arrive over the weekend, you will have your orientation and begin your volunteering opportunity in Nepal on Monday.

  • Who will arrange my flight to Nepal? s
  • International flight coordination and payment of international airfare is a volunteer's responsibility.s

  • At which airport should I arrive? s
  • Our office in Nepal is located in Kathmandu, so all international flights should arrive and depart from Tribhuvan International Airport. You are responsible for your ticket; our representative will greet you at the airport upon arrival and transport you to our offices, your assignment or your accommodations.

  • If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive in Nepal?
  • Please arrive the day before your assignment begins. If you wish to arrive earlier, your accommodation and meals will be your responsibility. Please review our assignment or Language Studies & Cultural Immersion start day details in your personal placement information package we will forward to you.

  • Will someone pick me from the airport? If so, how will I know who they are and where they are?
  • You will be greeted up at the airport, but you must send your travel itinerary to our Nepal in-country Coordinator and to us at Global Crossroad's offices before your arrival in Nepal. You will be met by a local staff member or our in-country coordinator. They will be holding a sign with your name, awaiting your arrival outside of the airport.

    If you miss our representative due to flight delay or confusion, please call the in-country coordinator number provided in your placement details. This rarely happens, but be prepared by keeping this important information with you as you travel. Make sure you look carefully for your pick-up representative, as it is normally busy outside of the airport.

  • What should I do if my flight is delayed?
    • Try to call our Nepal in-country coordinator from the airport to notify him/her of the possible delayed arrival time.
    • Check your placement instructions pertaining to details of hotels that have been recommended for late arrival if your flight will after midnight.

    Call/email our Nepal in-country Coordinator once you arrive so that s/he can orchestrate a new pick-up time.

  • How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
  • In the event that your arrival time is changed/delayed, requiring you to stay overnight in a hotel (or if you failed to meet Global Crossroad's representative at the airport), you should hire a taxi at the airport. Request the taxi deliver you to the hotel designated in your placement details/pre-departure information. Remember to request a receipt from the driver.

    IMPORTANT:Ensure that you have contacted Global Crossroad's in-country coordinator BEFORE boarding a taxi. Participants are advised to contact Global Crossroad's NEPAL In-Country Coordinator the next day and let him/her know their whereabouts.

  • What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
    • Please make sure that you pack all your necessary documents: passport, copy of passport and at least one other form of picture ID.
    • Please bring your volunteer assignment placement details.
    • Prepare financially to cover unforeseen expenses up to $50-100 USD/week for extra expenses and travel to your project each day.
    • Prepare your mind and spirit for the experience to which you have committed. Culture shock affects everyone and it may be so strong that you want to quit the week after arrival. Take precautions: read about your county/city, study the culture and language(s) and learn about food and customs.
  • If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
  • You can arrive up to a week early for your assignment; however, you are responsible for making and paying for these arrangements (including accommodations and food), and must still meet the in-country coordinator at the airport on the designated date.

  • When should I depart from Nepal?
  • We ask that participants depart from Nepal on the Saturday following the completion of their assignment.

  • From which airport shall I depart?
  • All Nepal volunteers should depart from Tribhuvan International Airport.

  • Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?
  • GC does not offer airport drop-off services. You will need to arrange a taxi or bus ride to the airport following your assignment's completion. This is a simple process and our Nepal in-country coordinator or your host family will normally be very happy to assist you with the arrangements.

LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS INFORMATION

  • Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
  • 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.

    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.

  • Are single rooms available?
  • Occasionally, in most cases you will share a room with a same-gender volunteer.

  • If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
  • In many situations yes, but please contact our office regarding your situation, since it may depend upon individual accommodation availability and time-of-year circumstances. Please be reminded that volunteers of different genders are often not permitted to stay in the same room, unless they are a married couple.

  • Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my placement?
  • Most likely, but this depends on project, location and the season you choose to volunteer. If you want to travel with a companion or group, we allow and encourage this option. You may be placed with different host families, but these residences will generally be located close (within one to two miles) to each other. Please be reminded that volunteers of different genders will normally not be allowed to stay in the same room, unless they are a married couple.

  • What are the bathroom facilities like?
  • Bathroom facilities depend up on the location and project. Most of our homebases and host families have running water and western (or modern)-style toilets. However, in a few projects/accommodations there are varying toilet and bathroom situations.

  • What are the laundry arrangements?
  • In most cases, laundry will be washed by hand. It is the responsibility of volunteers.

  • Is it possible to do laundry during my volunteering experience in Nepal?
  • It is the responsibility of volunteers to do their own laundry. More often than not, you will have to wash your clothing by hand.

  • Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
  • Yes. Electricity in Nepal is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. You will require a voltage converter if you are carrying a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz.

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  • What are the local cuisines? Who manages my meals?
  • Global Crossroad organizes food and accommodations for the extent of your volunteer assignment. In Nepal, the stable food is dal and bhat (rice and lentil soup) with vegetable curry and spicy pickle. Nepali families eat this food twice a day (for lunch and dinner). This is what volunteers will enjoy most of the time.

  • Can you accommodate special diets?
  • Global Crossroad can provide both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. However, we cannot accommodate special dietary needs (i.e. diabetics). If you require a special menu, you will need to be responsible for your own meals.

  • Is the running tap water safe for drink?
  • In most developing countries, tap water is not safe to drink. We recommend that you purchase bottled water for your consumption, but make sure that the cap's seal is not broken! You can also request that your host family boil water for you each day for you to consume.

  • Are there hot and cold-water facilities available?
  • Specifics pertaining to availability of hot water will be included in participants' placement details.

  • Will bottled water be provided?
  • No, the purchase of bottled water is a volunteer's responsibility.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • Recommended Vaccinations and Preventative Medications
  • The following vaccines may be recommended for your travel to Nepal or South Asia. Discuss your travel plans and personal health with a health-care provider to determine which vaccines you will need.

    • Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG). Transmission of hepatitis A virus can occur through direct person-to-person contact; through exposure to contaminated water, ice, or shellfish harvested in contaminated water; or from fruits, vegetables, or other foods that are eaten uncooked and that were contaminated during harvesting or subsequent handling.
    • Hepatitis B, especially if you might be exposed to blood or body fluids (for example, health-care workers), have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment. Hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for all infants and for children ages 11-12 years who did not receive the series as infants.
    • Japanese encephalitis, if you plan to visit rural farming areas and under special circumstances, such as a known outbreak of Japanese encephalitis.
    • Malaria, your risk of malaria may be high in these countries, including cities. See your health care provider for a prescription ant malarial drug. For details concerning risk and preventive medications, see Malaria Information for Travelers to South Asia.
    • Rabies, if you might have extensive unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas, such as might occur during camping, hiking, or bicycling, or engaging in certain occupational activities.
    • Typhoid, Typhoid fever can be contracted through contaminated drinking water or food, or by eating food or drinking beverages that have been handled by a person who is infected. Large outbreaks are most often related to fecal contamination of water supplies or foods sold by street vendors. Vaccination is particularly important because of the presence of S.typhi strains resistant to multiple antibiotics in this region. There have been recent reports of typhoid drug resistance in India and Nepal.
    • As needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria and measles, and a one-time dose of polio for adults.
  • How safe is Nepal?
  • Any international travel requires caution and awareness. We suggest that all volunteers consult their own government advisory office before participating in a Global Crossroad program.

    International travel does present 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 change frequently as situations in each country transform.

    These links provide travel information:

  • What are the principle health risks in Nepal?
  • We use the Center for Disease Control traveler's health recommendations www.cdc.gov. You should also consult a travel doctor who will be knowledgeable about current epidemics, health risks and recommended vaccinations.

  • Is the food safe if I buy it from a street vendor?
  • No! Nepal is a developing country and you should be cautious. While you are in Nepal, food safety should be a major consideration. You can hardly resist the tempting novelty of street vendors and their food variety, but you should abstain. Our suggestion is to avoid eating on the streets until you get familiar with the general situation. The food will likely taste quite different from anything you have had before. Food safety problems can range from chemicals and contaminants, to bacteria as well as some other diseases. In Nepal, poor food cooking, preparation, and storage, as well as improper cleaning and disinfecting of cooking supplies is very common among street vendors. Therefore, we do not suggest buying food from street vendors.

  • What are the sanitary conditions in Nepal?
    • Be prepared and never expect a clean toilet 100% of the time. Carry some tissue in case you need to use the public toilet.
    • In Nepal, toilets generally do not do well when flushing large amounts of items or feminine hygiene products so do not flush them and throw them away in the trash.
    • In some areas/restaurants, toilet systems are old, have very narrow plumbing and are easily blocked. In these cases, a small basket is usually placed beside the toilet (for your used toilet paper).
    • Use hotel lobby toilets; these are everywhere and are tend to be clean. Still, they may not always have toilet paper.
  • What health precautions should I be aware of and tend to during my volunteer trip to Nepal?
  • Nepal can be quite cold at times - be sure to protect yourself against hypothermia and always take a guide if you plan on trekking. Also regarding the climate, Nepal is at such a high altitude that you may fall victim to high altitude sickness. This can pass if it's mild, but you need to seek medical attention if it becomes more severe. Generally, you should make sure to rest after your flight and drink a lot of water.

    Lastly, when trekking further uphill in the Everest region, there is a very good possibility of you getting altitude sickness. To prevent this from happening, walk slowly and take plenty of rest. Drink plenty of water also and don't leave your stomach empty. The more tired and weak you are, the better the chance of getting altitude sickness. You will also need to acclimatize.

    For more information about Nepal climate http://www.lonelyplanet.com/nepal/weather

MONEY

  • Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
  • Major cities have ATM machines, although not all will accept international cards. You can withdraw cash from most international banks from ATM machines, but $2-4 USD surcharges apply for each transaction.

    MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus/Maestro and American Express cards are usually only accepted at the more expensive restaurants and hotels. Use caution when paying by credit card, as there is potential for fraud.

    Ensure that you have notified your home bank of your intent to travel to Nepal. This will provide you the necessary information and alleviate any confusion at your home bank regarding international transactions, which can result in a cautionary freeze on your account in some cases.

  • What is the local currency, and how do I know the exchange rate?
  • The official local currency in Nepal is the rupee. You can find exchange rate information at currency websites like www.xe.com, or by looking in a newspaper like the Wall Street Journal.

  • Where should I exchange my money?
  • Money exchanges by cash or traveler's checks can be made at various bank branches found throughout Nepal - primarily in the major cities.

    Remember, you may have to present your passport whenever you change currency or traveler checks.

  • How much money should I bring with me on my volunteer trip to Nepal?
  • Global Crossroad manages food and rooms for our volunteers throughout the assignment; therefore, you will not need more money to pay for these expenses. However, if you plan to take part in activities outside of our organization or buy some souvenirs, you will need to bring extra money.

    On a side note, you must also remember the fee for visas, which can range from US $50-100 depending on the length of stay. There may also be an airport tax that you pay upon your departure from Nepal. You will want to determine the amount of extra money you bring based on these factors.

  • Is it safe to carry cash with me when I volunteer abroad in Nepal?
  • Carrying cash is not always safe; therefore, do not carry a large surplus of cash with you. It is advised that you carry cash in a money belt with some additional stashed in your wallet.

COMMUNICATION

  • How do I contact the Global Crossroad's local coordinator when  volunteering in Nepal?
  • The contact details of our Nepal in-country coordinator will be given in final placement sheet. You can contact him or her by email or telephone. We suggest that all volunteers talk with country coordinator before they arrive.

  • How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in Nepal?
  • The most convenient way to contact your family is cell phone. You can carry your phone to Nepal and can use it after unlocking and changing the sim cards.

    International Direct Dialing from Nepal is available in cities. Phone cards are widely available and calls can be made from post offices, hotels, and phone booths on the streets. In hotels, local calls are generally charged at a nominal fee. Internet cafes are available in most towns.

    These details will be provided prior to your departure to Nepal, so you can share communication options with your family and friends before you depart.

  • How can my family members contact me?
  • Communication options depend on where you are placed. Most placements will have access to a post office, so mail and postcards are an option. If you are in a city placement, there are many places to make international phone calls or access the internet. These details will be provided prior to your departure to Nepal, so you can share communication options with your family and friends before you depart.

  • Can I bring my telephone from my home country?
  • Yes, but it may or may not work. You will want to contact your mobile phone provider to make sure that your phone will work while you are in Nepal, but remember that roaming will apply and those charges can be very, very expensive. To avoid them, you may be able to buy a local SIM card to use in your phone. Research and confirm this information before traveling.

CULTURE & CUSTOMS

  • Is there a special dress code that I should follow while volunteering in Nepal?
  • Volunteers should dress conservatively when at their assignments. Jeans and a t-shirt are acceptable. No short-shorts and tank tops please. Remember to consider the regional religious beliefs of Nepal, which may be extremely conservative and revealing clothing is unacceptable - shorts and skirts must be at least knee-length and no one should show their shoulders.

  • What should I know about religious conduct in Nepal?
  • Nepal respects different cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs, and moral concepts. You may practice on your own accord. Try to be as respectful as possible of temples and religious events – remember that non-Hindu visitors may not be allowed inside some Hindu temples.

  • How do I respect the people of Nepal?
  • Be inclusive and show respect of their culture.

    Nepal's culture is rich in customs and traditions. People of Nepal enjoy sharing their customs and traditions with foreigners so feel free to take part with them. You can go with your host family on outings if they ask you to or invite them along with you to go on an outing. Simply helping your family do household chores will be another bonding experience that you can enjoy.

Free Time Options

  • Free Time Options in 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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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NEPAL

  • What is the weather like in Nepal?
  • Any time of the year is a great time to visit Nepal, except the Everest region, which is very good from December to February. If you wish to trek, the best times are from September through November and March through May. The summer is the rainy season, and as a result, trekking is difficult then. Also, the winters are mild in Katmandu with no snow. Even though Nepal is home to the world's highest mountain range, the country is in a warm location, and the altitude here offsets the sub-continental heat, thus leaving a very pleasant climate.

  • Will I need to pack very warm clothes?
  • Nepal is not always as cold as people think . The country is geographically divided into three parts. The "Nepal "region is very cold in winter, while the "mid hill" region (Kathmandu and Pokhara) and "mid-terai" region (Chitwan) of Nepal have different climates in different seasons. The weather is cold from December to March, but it is warm and moderately hot in the summertime. The spring and fall are cool and very pleasant seasons as well.

    Please bring your winter cloths (think layers!) if you are coming in November, December, January, February, and summer clothes for the rest of the months. We advise female volunteers not to wear short skirts in villages. Nepalese people dress modestly and girls cover most of their bodies, for it is the Nepalese tradition.

  • Average temperate in Kathmandu Nepal
    • Months
    • Jan
    • Feb
    • Mar
    • Apr
    • May
    • Jun
    • Jul
    • Aug
    • Sep
    • Oct
    • Nov
    • Dec
    • Temp(°c)
    • 10
    • 12
    • 17
    • 19
    • 23
    • 27
    • 25
    • 23
    • 22
    • 18
    • 14
    • 11
  • Average Rainfall
    • Months
    • Jan
    • Feb
    • Mar
    • Apr
    • May
    • Jun
    • Jul
    • Aug
    • Sep
    • Oct
    • Nov
    • Dec
    • mm
    • 2
    • 3
    • 19
    • 32
    • 82
    • 237
    • 375
    • 240
    • 175
    • 65
    • 7
    • 12
    • Inches
    • 0.3
    • 0.2
    • 0.4
    • 0.8
    • 1.9
    • 4.2
    • 5.1
    • 4.8
    • 4.3
    • 1.7
    • 0.6
    • 0.3
  • Official Holidays in Nepal
  • Like many other countries in the world, Nepali schools also observe three sets of holidays: school, official and traditional holidays.

    • Jan: Vasant Panchami
    • Jan 30: Martyrs' Day
    • Feb 19: Rashtriya Prajatantra Divas (National Democracy Day)
    • Mar: Ghode Jatra (Festival of Horses)
    • Mar: Holi
    • Mar: Ram Nawami (Birthday of Lord Ram)
    • Mar: Shivaratri (in honor of Lord Shiva)
    • Mar 8: Nepalese Women's Day
    • Mar/Apr: Chaite Dashain
    • Apr 14: Navabarsha (New Year's Day)
    • May: Buddha Jayanti (Birthday of Lord Buddha)
    • Aug: Rakshya Bandhan (Janai Purnima)
    • Aug 20: Children's Day
    • Aug/Sep: Krishna Janmashtami
    • Sep: Fulpati Saptami
    • Sep: Maha Asthami
    • Sep: Maha Nawami
    • Sep: Vijaya Dashami
    • Oct: Laxhmi Puja
    • Oct: Ghatasthapana
    • Oct: Gobardhan Puja
    • Nov 9: Constitution Day
  • What about tipping in Nepal?
  • Tipping is not obligatory, but it is expected with most services in Nepal and you should tip at least 10% in restaurants.

  • What should I pack for my volunteer program in Nepal?
    • Backpack
    • Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
    • Sandals
    • 2 pairs of pants (lightweight)
    • 2 T-shirts
    • 3 short-sleeved shirts
    • 2 long-sleeved shirt
    • 3 pairs of shorts and bathing suit
    • Lightweight jacket or rain jacket, depending on season
    • Layer for warmth, evenings may be cool regardless of season
    • Hat or cap
    • Towel and personal bath kit
    • SPF/sun protection, sunglasses
    • Camera
    • Mosquito net
    • Bedding (if noted in placement document)
  • Official Holidays in Nepal
  • Like many other countries in the world, Nepali schools also observe three sets of holidays: school, official and traditional holidays.

    • Jan: Vasant Panchami
    • Jan 30: Martyrs' Day
    • Feb 19: Rashtriya Prajatantra Divas (National Democracy Day)
    • Mar: Ghode Jatra (Festival of Horses)
    • Mar: Holi
    • Mar: Ram Nawami (Birthday of Lord Ram)
    • Mar: Shivaratri (in honor of Lord Shiva)
    • Mar 8: Nepalese Women's Day
    • Mar/Apr: Chaite Dashain
    • Apr 14: Navabarsha (New Year's Day)
    • May: Buddha Jayanti (Birthday of Lord Buddha)
    • Aug: Rakshya Bandhan (Janai Purnima)
    • Aug 20: Children's Day
    • Aug/Sep: Krishna Janmashtami
    • Sep: Fulpati Saptami
    • Sep: Maha Asthami
    • Sep: Maha Nawami
    • Sep: Vijaya Dashami
    • Oct: Laxhmi Puja
    • Oct: Ghatasthapana
    • Oct: Gobardhan Puja
    • Nov 9: Constitution Day
  • What about tipping in Nepal?
  • Tipping is not obligatory, but it is expected with most services in Nepal and you should tip at least 10% in restaurants.

  • What should I pack for my volunteer program in Nepal?
    • Backpack
    • Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
    • Sandals
    • 2 pairs of pants (lightweight)
    • 2 T-shirts
    • 3 short-sleeved shirts
    • 2 long-sleeved shirt
    • 3 pairs of shorts and bathing suit
    • Lightweight jacket or rain jacket, depending on season
    • Layer for warmth, evenings may be cool regardless of season
    • Hat or cap
    • Towel and personal bath kit
    • SPF/sun protection, sunglasses
    • Camera
    • Mosquito net
    • Bedding (if noted in placement document)

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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