Overview of the Project

Each year, hundreds of children leave their destitute villages to find work in Nepal's crowded cities. Most of these children are deprived of education end up working as child laborers in restaurants, factories and hotels. These disadvantaged children need attention, love, care and the opportunity for education. Volunteering in our Nepal Orphanage Project is an enriching and life changing experience for our volunteers as well as the children. Many of our former volunteers have reported that this project, in particular, has been memorable and fulfilling and has changed the way they view the world.

Role of Volunteer

Our Orphanage Volunteer Project in Nepal offers street children the support and devotion they deserve. Volunteers teach basic English and other subjects such as math and science to these eager learners. As a volunteer, you also organize tours, games, drawings, singing, dancing, painting and other activities that the children enjoy and also learn something at the same time. Volunteers may help the children prepare for school, and help with their homework.

Orphanage volunteer in Nepal
  • Program:Volunteer in Nepal
  • Projects: Orphanage Volunteering in Nepal
  • Start Dates:1st and 3rd Mondays of each month
  • Departures:Tribhubhan Airport, Kathmandu
  • Language Need:Fluency in English
  • Accommodation and meals:Homebase, residential stay or host family and Nepali meals three times daily
  • Working Hours:25-35 hours per week
  • Activities: providing love and care to orphans & supporting orphanage operations

Skills/Qualification Needed

There are no specific qualifications needed to join our volunteer orphanage projects in Nepal; however, insight into Nepalese language and culture is also valuable – consider enrolling in our one week Nepal Language Studies & Cultural Immersion program. Volunteers need to have passion and love for children and be flexible and patient.

Major FAQs - Orphanage Project

What does a daily routine suppose?

This is what a daily schedule for the orphanage volunteering program could look like:

7.00am – breakfast & tea for volunteers in Nepal
7.30 – 9.00am – Help the kids get ready for school (breakfast, homeworks etc.)
10am –3.00pm – Time off for the volunteers in Nepal (explore land, use of phone & internet, plan trips etc)   
3.30pm            - Asisst transfer of kids from school to home
4.00pm             - Help get the snacks ready and serve the orphans
4.00-6.30pm      - Assist the orphans with homeworks and activities
7.00pm             – Help get dinner ready. (During this time the older children complete their homeworks) 

What's the distance between accommodation and orphanage? What's the commuting alternative?

The orphanage volunteers in Nepal will be staying on the grounds of the orphanage. Commuting daily isn't necessarily since the dorms are a 5 minute walk away from the orphanage.

Can you please send me the contacts of the host family and the orphanage I'll be staying while volunteering?

Upon completion of the registration process, full information regarding your coordinator and placing will be transferred to you. For the volunteering in Nepal project, the Country Coordinator will send all details.

What is the age of the orphans? How many kids are there in an orphanage in Nepal?

For the volunteering in orphanage in Nepal project, we work with institutions in Chitwan and Kathmandu. The average number of orphans is between 13-35 (aged 7-16). However there are placements where there are only 20-25 orphans.

What does the daily routine look like for a orphanage volunteer in Nepal? What will I actually be doing in the orphanage in Nepal? What kind of chores should I expectas a volunteer in Nepal?
  • Support the kids with homework
  • Teach the subjects that interest you like: English, science, math, social studies or others
  • Be sympathetic, play and care for the orphans
  • Develop indoor/outdoor activities that involve the kids
  • Help out in the kitchen (prepare and serve meals)
  • Help out with cleaning (dusting, washing clothes, dishes etc)
  • Support the orphanage staff in fundraising actions if you have interest in such 
  • Plan field trips for the kids (please consider that in general there are no funds to support these actions, in such the volunteers in Nepal usually do)
What does the work timetable look like in the orphanage in Nepal?

The volunteers in Nepal usually work an average of 4-6h/daily; as such: 2-3h/morning and 3-4h/evening. The schedule is from Sunday to Monday. There are plenty of chores that the volunteers in Nepal can engange on (helping out with cleaning, washing, shopping and cooking.) An accurate schedule will be set out after the orphanage volunteers arrive.

Are the orphanage project placements in Nepal all-round the year?

The project for volunteers in orphanage in Nepal is available all year long.

Are there any other details I should know about in advance about the volunteer in Nepal orphanage program?

As a heads-up for the volunteer in Nepal program you should be aware of the fact that the orphans are usually rapidly attached to the volunteers due to their kind and loving nature. We strongly recommend that the volunteers in Nepal don't smoke or drink in from of the children, nor that they leave the premises after sundown. In case you do wish to leave, please make sure to be back before dusk

Volunteer in Nepal: Project Locations and Free Time Options

Project Locations Volunteer in Nepal Orphanage

Most Global Crossroad volunteers are placed in and around Kathmandu, Nepal's capital and core city, in Chitwan, which is about 4-5 hours south of Kathmandu, and in Pokhara, which is also about 4-5 hours west of Kathmandu and famous as a starting point for many wonderful treks.

Kathmandu stands at 4600 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. Volunteers can find many free time activities ranging from participating in a simple Buddhist ceremony to a 7-day trek in the Himalayas.

Our projects in Chitwan are located in a village setting. As a volunteer 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, volunteers 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 night time 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.