Volunteering in Nepal
As home to one of the most magnificent mountain ranges on planet Earth, Nepal is a country of countless wonders. Mount Everest and the rest of the Himalayas are the primary reason why this mountainous country is so popular with tourists. But, there’s so much more to Nepal than just the mountains. Sandwiched between China and India, Nepal is known to invoke sensory overload to new visitors (especially in Kathmandu); incredible culture, delectable cuisine, awe-inspiring natural beauty, and magnificent wildlife will have you wanting to extend your visa. But like all countries, Nepal has its challenges. Natural disaster and economic struggles have contributed to problems with poverty and environmental issues. When volunteering in Nepal, travelers have the potential to make a significant impact with some of the world’s most friendly people and jaw-dropping scenery right in front of you.
Fast Facts on Nepal
Capital City: Kathmandu
- Kathmandu is located in central Nepal
Currency: Nepalese rupee
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- About half of Nepalese people speak English as a second language
Population (2016 census): 29 million
- About the same as Australia & Panama combined
Size: 56,827 square miles or 147,181 square kilometers
- Slightly larger than Greece
2017 Global Peace Index Ranking: 84 out of 163 nations (Medium)
- For comparison: USA (121 – Medium), Canada (6 – Very High), United Kingdom (57 – High)
Our NGO partner in Nepal has been providing support to an array of projects for many years. They provide new volunteers with an in-depth, 2-day orientation to help them acclimate to the sensory-overload that is Kathmandu and Nepali culture. This orientation also includes a sightseeing tour of some of the most interesting cultural aspects of the city and surrounding areas. They are committed to creating ethical and impactful opportunities for volunteers. Their goals are to help improve the quality of life of the citizens and animals of Nepal while reducing the negative environmental impact of the tourism industry that provides so much economic stimulus for the country.
Education in Nepal is free, but getting a thorough knowledge of English is quite difficult since it isn’t the native language. Our partner NGO provides volunteers with the opportunity to teach English to a community dedicated to a different mission. Young Buddhist monks in Nepal rely on volunteers generous with their time and knowledge to teach them English. This additional education allows them to expand their studies and share their experiences. Volunteer teaching in a monastery in Nepal is your chance to get a glimpse into a world that few outsiders ever see.
Women’s Empowerment (Teaching)
In many developing countries, women aren’t always afforded the same opportunities as men when it comes to education. Whether due to family requirements, marriage, or lack of resources, many women in Nepal lack a formal education. This project gives women the opportunity to obtain the education they may have missed out on when they were children and teens.
Women’s Empowerment (Handicrafts)
The Women’s Empowerment Handicrafts project is a dynamic program for artistic volunteers. The women that attend the program have physical disabilities that make it hard for them to find jobs. However, their creative and artistic entrepreneurial spirits have helped them create their own opportunities by creating handicrafts to sell at the main tourism market in Kathmandu. The project is also home to several children with disabilities that the volunteers will help care for as well when the kids are not at school.
Do you think little kids are the cutest thing ever? Obviously! If spending time and caring for the littlest of humans makes you absurdly happy, then this project was made for you! You’ll spend your time volunteering in Nepal helping underprivileged kids with their communication skills and overall development. It’s guaranteed to be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
It’s said that the most important thing you can give to a child is your time. That’s especially true for underprivileged children. Volunteering in Nepal at a school is one of the best ways to experience local culture and make a significant impact in a short time. Even if you’ve never taught before, this project provides the perfect opportunity to help improve a child’s life and education.
Health care facilities in rural areas of Nepal are few and far in between. Practicing physicians, nurses, and clinicians are in great need to help provide health services to individuals who lack access to basic medical care. Experienced medical professionals who volunteer in Nepal can provide the care that these individuals need by working in these rural villages.
If you are a current medical student, a medical internship with GOAT Volunteers in Nepal is an exceptional opportunity to gain practical experience in a hospital setting. In addition, you’ll get a first-hand look at what medical care looks like in a developing country. As a medical intern, you’ll shadow doctors in various departments within the hospital depending on your interests and experience.
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Included: Airport pick-up & return (unless otherwise stated) • Location, language, and cultural orientation • Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu • Shared accommodation in volunteer HQ/hostel or host family home • 2 meals per day • 24/7 emergency phone & in-country support • Project Donation
NOT Included: Flights • Visas • Vaccinations • Travel insurance • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees
For custom lengths of stay not listed, please contact us for pricing.
All projects incur a $250 application fee. Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.
As home to the Himalayas, Nepal has some of the most incredible outdoor activity opportunities that you’ll find anywhere. Trekking, paragliding, rafting, and other activities await volunteers looking to explore the natural beauty of this beautiful country.
GOAT Volunteers’ NGO partner offers pre-booking for trekking and other tours; visit the following pages for more information:
All activities are optional as some/all may incur added costs to the volunteer. You can join in on the fun, do your own exploring, or just relax at the volunteer house.
The climate of Nepal is considered seasonal and 4 distinct seasons with the monsoon season straddling mid-summer to mid-fall. Centrally located, Kathmandu experiences the following climate norms:
Summer Season: May to July
Monsoon Season: June to September
Winter Season: December to February
Kathmandu has relatively mild temperatures in the height of summer/winter and trekking is best during the spring/fall seasons (March to May & September to November)
Hottest Month: June | average highs of 84° F (29° C)
Coolest Month: January | average lows hovering around 37° F (3° C)
Special Considerations | Volunteering in Nepal
Please keep in mind that Nepal is a developing country. That means that infrastructure, amenities, and sustenance will likely differ from what you’re accustomed to.
The tap water is not drinkable, but purified water is provided. If you wish to reduce your plastic waste, bringing a water filter (camp-style) is highly encouraged!
For additional information, please visit our Resources page.