Women’s Empowerment Handicrafts Volunteering in Nepal

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.

If you are a woman who considers herself a “maker”, a creative, or an artisan; this is your project!  Our Women’s Empowerment Handicrafts Volunteering in Nepal needs creative types to help the women on the project come up with new handicrafts that they can sell at the tourist markets.  This project is ideal for someone who likes to be creative, has a general business sense, and can come up with new ideas.

Volunteers live on-site at the project with the head of the program and several children that call the project home.  It’s a tremendously beneficial project for all involved and volunteers can help make a huge difference through their participation.

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Room & Board

Accommodations for the Women’s Empowerment Handicrafts Volunteering in Nepal project are at the project house.

  • Shared room (same-sex) in the project house (private if no other volunteers)
  • 2 meals per day plus coffee & bread in the morning & snacks in the afternoon
  • Nepali houses typically 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



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$400
2 weeks$475
4 weeks$575
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.


All projects incur a $250 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.


Special Considerations | Women’s Empowerment Handicrafts Volunteering 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.

Women-only Project

As Nepal is a very conservative country and many of the women attending the project might feel a bit tentative around male volunteers, the program is only available to female volunteers.