NVCYE’s volunteering experiences in Nepal are best suitable if you are keen to enjoy the amazing beauty of the Himalayas, the rich cultural diversity and the unique day to day life of the warm Nepalese people. Our most of the Nepal volunteer projects are located in beautiful valleys and hilly regions. As a volunteer, you are expected to contribute to improve the living standard of the people and enjoy a tremendous natural beauty. A combination of travel, adventure, exploration and contribution will indeed make your stay in Nepal ever-lasting memory of your life.
Volunteering in Nepal is giving your time and energy to do something that will benefit deprived Nepalese communities. For engaging in such humanitarian activity, you will not get paid but learn invaluable life skills, new experience and meet other people. Depending on your interests, skills and availability of time, as a volunteer, you can either volunteer in Nepal program for a short to long period of time. Every day, millions of people are involved in volunteer work, but clearly there is a need for even more.
In most situations, volunteers choose to engage in abroad volunteering projects. This means that you will fly to another country and spend a week or more in a completely different setting learning new culture, experiencing landscape and also working for a humanitarian cause. Often, volunteers choose to go to a developing country where there is a big demand for volunteers to work in projects like teaching, health care, childcare and conservation.
To be a part of our volunteering opportunity abroad in Nepal, you should be 18-years-old or equivalent. You are also required to be healthy and should have a big interest to travel, learn, immerse in other culture and help the disadvantaged. However, you must be a medical professional or a medical student and should show some medical credentials to join in our healthcare volunteer projects abroad in Nepal.
NVCYE OFFERS TWO TYPE OF VOLUNTEERING PROGRAMS
LONG TERM VOLUNTEER ABROAD PROGRAM:
ICYE’s long-term volunteer work in Nepal is the long term exchange of young people (aged 18 to 35). You do not require specific skills and qualifications except medical project. As a long term volunteer in Nepal, you will stay with a host family or in a residential project. There are many volunteer placements for you to choose from. For instance, you can teach in a rural and underfunded school or work in an orphanage to help orphaned and disadvantaged children.
The long term volunteers in Nepal program will stay for 5 to 10 months. During this time, you will work in your specific project, learn new skills, meet new people, travel to different places inside the country to learn about the landscape and culture of the people, and make a meaningful contribution to the Nepal volunteer program.
Please be reminded that participant volunteers wishing to contribute to the program for a period of 5 months or more need to arrive in the month of January or August. If you want to stay longer than 5 months (up to 10 months), you need to arrive in August.
Long Term Volunteer Program (6 -10 months)
NVCYE’s long-term volunteer program in Nepal provides volunteers with an amazing opportunity to increase cross-cultural understanding between the local communities and volunteers themselves. Our Nepal volunteering projects also promote socio-economic development of the local communities through awareness and education, conservation and general health campaign. We also work with orphanages to ensure the children get needed care and attention that they truly crave and deserve.
Two weeks Orientation Program:
(For Long Term Volunteers)
Our long-term volunteers will get a 2-week orientation program after arriving Nepal for volunteering. In the first week, volunteers will learn basic Nepali in a fun and interactive way. You will practice your Nepali with local people and other fellow volunteers. You will also go on local sightseeing tours and visit famous temples and stupas in Kathmandu during the first week. As the people of Nepal are deeply religious, you will see a wonderful glimpse of people practicing their spirituality.
The world considers Nepal as a country of high mountains, deep gorges and beautiful valleys. However, only a few people realize that the communities nestled in these valleys and mountains have vibrant cultures and customs to observe and immerse into. Your trip to Nepal becomes incomplete if you do not grasp the knowledge about unique cultures, traditions and language of this stunning country.
The language and cultural immersion program in Nepal gives you the option of knowing Nepal intimately. By learning the local Nepalese language, you will be able to communicate better with the locals, know their mentality and contribute in your Nepal volunteer work effectively.
You will be surprised how learning just few words can make a lot of difference in bridging the communication gap that exists between you and the locals, who will not understand English. After visiting different marvelous sites in Nepal and staying with host family as a part of the volunteer project abroad in Nepal, you will enhance your experience of Nepal even more.
Language and Cultural Immersion Project in Nepal is indeed an excellent chance for you to get immersed in the unique Nepalese cultures, traditions, history, and a way of life. Such an experience will teach you the importance of tolerance towards people of different race, religion and culture. During the project, you will also get to learn new languages, try new cuisines and promote cross cultural brotherhood.
Many former volunteers in Nepal have said the immersion program really helps them understand Nepal better and gives them the confidence to work with the local people. That is the reason many recommend the program to new volunteers just starting their projects in Nepal.
Schedule for second week program:
Participants will head to Kirtipur, located in the South part of Kathmandu. It is about half an hour walk from Kalanki. Originally a Newari foundation, Kirtipur is still a center of Newar culture. It has been merged with surrounding villages to form the municipality of Kirtipur with a population of 67,171. Southern Part of Kirtipur is surrounded by Champa Devi Hill. On Nepali New Year (Bishak 1) people around Kathmandu Valley hike up to the Hill. It has many temples, gumbas (Buddhist monasteries) and churches.
Due to the presence of Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur is a popular area for out-of-town students and professors to rent houses and they are major contributors to the local economy. This location is carefully selected to give our volunteers unique taste of the rural culture of Nepal. Participant volunteers in Nepal project will find the village still untouched by modern development and the people very friendly. After the village stay, volunteers will leave for Chitwan National Park. On the way, you will do white water rafting in Trishuli River. At the Chitwan National Park, volunteers will ride on the back of an elephant to go inside the forest to spot tigers, rhinos, elephants and deers. Volunteers will learn about the culture and tradition of the Tharus, the main ethnic group of the area, through village walks and watching cultural dance shows.
Note: Two weeks orientation program can be organized for STePs Volunteer if they show interest to participate in it.
The long-term volunteer projects are dispersed in Kathmandu and Chitwan. You can apply via email or by browsing inquiry page on our website. There are no specific documentations needed to participate in our program. However, you should produce travel insurance, criminal clearance report, motivation letter and a completely filled application form.
Available projects for long-term volunteering in Nepal:
Volunteer teaching English and gain real world teaching experience working in Nepalese schools. Due to extreme poverty and other tragic circumstances, thousands of children in Nepal are not receiving the education they deserve. There is the lack of sufficient community schools, thus some classes have over 40 students, with unmotivated teachers. There is a constant need of volunteers like you to make the class size smaller and develop curriculum that both engages and teaches the children.
NVYCE designed this project, aiming to help these community schools and deprived children by providing them with enjoyable learning and teaching opportunity. The student cannot learn effectively without recreational activities. When you join this project, you will help the students with forming recreational activities like arts, music, sports, etc. You can work in the Kindergarten/Pre-school, Primary schools, or Secondary schools based on your preference.
To join this teaching project in Nepal, no prior experience is needed. However, you should have a strong passion for working with children. The teachers can also organize other activities like games, dramas and painting.
A rapidly evolving Nepal has forced many families to urbanize in a desperate attempt to find work. Unfortunately, these mass exoduses towards the urban populations have left many children without education, proper nutrition and, most important, families. By volunteering in a Nepali orphanage, you will experience a whole new part of the world and, in turn, change the lives of hundreds of kids with whom you come in contact. No matter where you find yourself stationed, working in Nepali orphanages will provide you an exciting, heartwarming opportunity to improve the lives of local Nepali children while, at the same time, maturing immensely yourself. Trust NVYCE with your adventure if you truly want to save, improve and stabilize the lives of children in Nepali orphanages.
Volunteers will be teaching Basic English language to orphaned children. Volunteers also help them in food distributions, sanitation of children, helping to wear clothes. Volunteers can participate in health education, games, drawing, painting and other creative activities for Children’s development.
The project is located in Rampur Chitwan and organized in village-based nursery. Duties in nursery include seed collection, pruning, weeding, trimming, seed sowing, mulching, care of small seedlings, watering, etc. Some other nursery related activities like fencing; bed preparation etc. can also be carried out simultaneously.
STePs: NVCYE short-term volunteer abroad program (2 -16 weeks)
NVCYE’s Nepal volunteer program offers STePs for both young and older volunteers as well as for group volunteers for a short period of time. NVCYE hosts STePs volunteer to provide them volunteer experiences in the area of education, childcare, health and conservation. Majority of volunteers join our STePs program due to their opportunity to learn cross-cultural practices in a quick period.
For how long can I volunteer?
STePs projects can last between 2 and 16 weeks – all year round
How old do I have to be?
Placements are open to all persons aged 18 years and above – no maximum age limit
Where will I live?
Most STePs volunteers in Nepal will live with local host families selected by NVCYE Staff. A few placements are in residential projects or in independent or shared flats with other international volunteers. Breakfast and dinner are usually provided by the host family and lunch by the voluntary service placement.
What do I get besides the volunteer placement?
Our host country ICYE Staff will:
Who are our volunteers?
There is no such thing as a typical volunteer. Candidates come from diverse background to enroll in our volunteer projects abroad in Nepal. Volunteers having specific skills, experience and qualifications are preferred but not mandatory. Some have just left their high school or are seeking new experiences, while others are looking for new challenges to improve their skills. Our volunteers will need to be:
Our volunteers do not need to have:
All these skills and experiences are what our volunteers will gain when they volunteer in Nepal project.
You can join the program if you are: