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Youth Exchange Program

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volunteer exchange program

NCYE-Nepal offers cultural exchange program to both Nepali youth and international participants, respectively. The out-bound exchange program offers interested Nepali youth an opportunity to enroll in intercultural learning activities in 31 countries of Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Please check out the detail list of the ICYE exchange program participating countries on www.icye.org. The inbound exchange program offers opportunities for international volunteers from any ICYE members’ countries to join exchange program for 10 months in Nepal.

Out-bound exchanges:

Recently, ICYE Nepal has started to send interested Nepali individuals and group to participate in volunteer work abroad for a period of 6 to 12 months. Interested participants should not be below18 and above 30 and should be passionate for out-bound exchanges. Interested individuals who are above 30-years-old can also participate in this program. However, it is entirely up to ICYE to consider the case.

Hosting Condition:

NVCYE offers several types of volunteering experience abroad in Nepal for anyone who wants to live with a host family and engage in rewarding humanitarian work. No specific skills, experience and qualifications are required for most of the projects. All you need to have is an open mind and a commitment to do something positive for local communities. You don’t even need to speak Nepali or perfect English. However, to join medical/healthcare volunteer program in Nepal, you should be a medical professional or a medical student and should show some medical credentials.

You will stay with a local host family during your entire volunteering period in Nepal. You will love the warm reception of friendly Nepalese people. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Nepalese culture in a way few tourists have ever been able to do.

Whatever volunteer program in Nepal you enroll in, you will take home with tons of memories and satisfying moments. Making local friends and gaining new perspectives while helping them to lead a better life gives you an experience of a lifetime.

Your Host Family:

NVCYE manages your host family in collaboration with the local partners. Our host families are carefully chosen and possess years of experiences in hosting international travellers. The living conditions and facilities of the placement depend on the volunteering project and placement in Nepal. Never expect luxurious accommodation facilities in Nepal. Most of the host families have electricity, if not it can be arranged. However, you may not get internet facility.

One should not expect luxurious accommodations while working as a volunteer in Nepal. In most cases, volunteers will share a room with the volunteers of same gender. Volunteers of different gender are not allowed to share a room unless they are a married couple. Some members of host families may be able to communicate with you in English. Room will be clean, comfortable and well ventilated. Most of our past volunteers have stayed with their host family as a son/daughter or a brother/ sister. We expect that you also treat them likewise.

Please be reminded that staying with host families are never meant to be like staying in hotel. It is therefore important to follow the family rules during all times. This is also a noble gesture that shows you respect your host family and appreciate their hospitality.

Rules for volunteers while living with host family

Please do not use alcohol or any kind of drugs while volunteering in Nepal program and staying with your host family. If your host family asks you to take alcohol, please take it with care, as most of the locally made alcohols are very strong.

  • Most Nepali people are Hindus and hence cows are considered sacred. So, please do not consume any dry beef meat or ask for it.
  • The Nepalese society is very conservative (not influenced by western culture). Please dress modestly and avoid any kind of dating or romantic activities with any members of the host family.
  • Please do not use facilities of the host family (TV, radio, VCR, bike, etc.) without their permission. Always keep your doors closed when you go out.
  • Please clean all your clothes and dishes yourself.