Volunteering with Children in Nepal

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 with children 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.

Individuals volunteering with children in Nepal must be adaptable and be prepared for a dynamic, ever-changing experience.  Generally, some of the children attend school during the day so there may not always be children around during school hours.  However, there may be sick children who need care at home.  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 to keep the kids engaged and learning.  Volunteers may help the children prepare for school, and help with their homework.

Volunteers wishing to teach at the children’s home / orphanage should expect to do so for a full day. Please keep in mind that there may be a lot more planning required of these volunteers compared to those where the orphaned children attend local schools.  Working hours are approximately 3 to 5 hours per day, 5 to 6 days per week. The orphanages are very flexible; so you’ll be free to arrange to take days off to explore the local area.

Our NGO partner supports three orphanages / children’s homes in Kathmandu ranging from 10 to 30 students, ages 5 to 19.

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Additional Support

Caring for nearly orphaned children is an incredible undertaking.  You can make an even greater impact at your volunteering with children in Nepal project by fundraising to help cover some of the costs of food, supplies, shoes, and clothing for the kids.  If you wish to donate supplies, GOAT Volunteers recommends that you purchase them locally in Nepal to help support small, local businesses.  Visit the Contact Us page to inquire for more details.


Room & Board

Volunteers participating in the Volunteering with Children in Nepal project live on site at the children’s home/orphanage.

  • Shared room (same-sex) in a host family house or volunteer hostel
  • 2 meals per day plus coffee & bread in the morning & snacks in the afternoon
  • The volunteer hostels have western toilet facilities, whereas host family houses only have squat toilets — this is very common in Asia and may take some getting used to for those unaccustomed to these types of facilities
  • WiFi is not available, so volunteers are encouraged to purchase local SIM cards for their unlocked phones
  • Mosquito nets provided



As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

1 week$350
2 weeks$450
4 weeks$550
Prices for projects in Nepal are in US dollars; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (www.xe.com).

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.


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Special Considerations | Volunteering with Children in Nepal


For special considerations regarding projects in Nepal, please visit the Nepal page.

Criminal Record Check

GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children.  Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee).  U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.

The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.