Volunteering in Nepal
Nepal is in great need of volunteers from all over the world. It is one of the poorest countries in Asia, so they need help from abroad to make a change that will improve the communities’ living conditions.
Volunteers’ tasks are meant to ensure that the country develops sustainably without any interruptions, and that the Nepalese can enjoy an improvement in their quality of life. With Connecting Worlds Abroad, you will be able to be part of different programs that may involve teaching in schools and monasteries, assisting in clinics and hospitals, or helping farmers improve their cultivation and harvesting methods.
Being a volunteer in Nepal is not only a great opportunity to experience a different culture, but also to make friends, as many previous volunteers have stated how friendly and welcoming the local people are. It is also a one-time chance to challenge yourself just to enrich your wisdom, judgment and understanding of the world. Nepal offers all of this, as well as it allows volunteers to immerse into a complex society that is transitioning from a traditional and un-modernized culture, to a cosmopolitan one. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve valuable personal growth.
What’s included in our fair-cost policy?
All our programs include a fixed price Registration Fee of US$249 and a Program Fee that varies according to the duration of the program and the services included.
The Registration Fee covers the costs of all that Connecting Worlds has to do in order to organise the experience in an efficient manner and offer each participant a quality program. These costs include marketing, staff salaries, travel costs of staff who visit and inspect each of the programs on offer and Connecting Worlds’ solidarity fund among others. We need this fee just to sustain the organization.
The Program Fee is the total cost of everything related to the services that the volunteer will be able to take advantage of upon arrival to the destination of their choice. For example, accommodation, meals, transfers, the donation made to the volunteer project, welcome orientation and constant 24/7 support. The payment for this fee goes directly to the country in which the volunteer will be stationed, directly benefiting the local community. It’s a fee which helps organisations that work in the country associated with the program at hand to move forwards with their projects and generate work opportunities for the local community.
Thanks to our fair-cost policy, the volunteer benefits from not having to pay high fees and our local partners benefit from being able to invest in their projects and keep things moving forwards. Connecting Worlds also benefits from keeping the costs of its programs as low as possible because we get the opportunity to support local communities and make a difference in our own small but important way.
The main objective of this wonderful program is to teach in a primary school located on the outskirts of Kathmandu. This school is located close to Bhaktapur, one of Kathmandu's largest slum areas and it gives more than 150 slum children the unique possibility of having access to free education, text books, uniforms and shoes.
As many volunteers as possible are needed to work together with local teachers (many of whom are also volunteers) to help in teaching highly important subjects such as English, mathematics, science, history, or geography. Volunteers in Nepal are not just expected to teach in formal contexts. They can also organize creative activities that involve art, dance, music, and even sports.
As the demand for education is so high in this area, classes are overpopulated and classrooms usually lack the necessary equipment and resources. This is why the input of international volunteers is highly important to keep the school functional. Volunteers spend most of their time assisting in the following areas:
-Following the Nepalese curriculum and helping the teacher with the scheduled activities
-Teaching elementary classes to children, including English language
-Playing with the children in English
-Helping the children to attain a good level of hygiene
-Assisting the children in completing their projects
This volunteering experience is not only great for children to benefit from it, but also for local teachers, as they can also improve their English language skills and future prospects through interaction with English native speakers. If volunteers arrive in Nepal during school holidays, or there are holidays with the period of their stay, there will be different activities arranged for them in the country. They will be able to organize activities outside school, learn the Nepali language, or visit the main landmarks and locations of this great historical place.
Nepal’s high levels of poverty and low standards of living many cases result in children being abandoned, many of whom are on the streets, but some are placed in orphanages. However, these places lack the most essential resources.
This program to teach and take care of children in orphanages takes place in Pokhara, the second largest city in Nepal, which is 200km away from Kathmandu. Volunteers are required to assist in many tasks, such as helping with the cooking and cleaning, to giving educational and recreational activities to children (teaching English or other subjects, playing games, developing arts and crafts, etc.).
*As this program involves working with orphaned and at risk-children very closely, volunteers are required to participate for at least three weeks in this project.
These programs related to teaching in monasteries in Nepal take place in the outskirts of Kathmandu and in Pokhara (200km away from the capital). The students are Nepalese and Tibetan monks and nuns of all ages, many of whom are living as refugees in Nepal.
Volunteers help the monks with their desire to learn English, but it is also valuable that they can share their knowledge of first aid, environmental issues, health and hygiene, as well as political issues and human rights. Volunteers generally have the opportunity to teach a range of age groups, from children through to adults. They are not required to hold a university or teaching degree, but they should have a high school diploma. What really matters is that volunteers are proactive, interested and are willing to share their life with others. In turn, they will have a great chance to learn about Buddhism and how the monks live by it.
As part of this program, volunteers in Nepal work closely with Nepalese doctors and nurses in public hospitals located in Kathmandu or Pokhara. They have to be either medical professionals or students with proven knowledge in the field of medicine and health. To be able to join this program, volunteers must supply their most recent CV.
The main activities carried out by volunteers involve raising people’s awareness in relation to sanitary and other health-related issues. They will also assist locals by giving them advice, delivering medicines, and checking on them.
This program takes place in a primary school on the outskirts of Kathmandu—a school created by our local partner. The main objective of this institution is to offer access to free education, books and clothing to more than 150 children. It is located near Bhaktapur, one of the largest slum areas in Kathmandu. The children who attend this school live in poverty and are very lucky to be able to receive education, as their parents would have not been able to afford it.
Unfortunately, the school is extremely ill-resourced and lacks space for its non-stop increasing number of students. Teaching materials are limited and all the money that is available is soon spent on the most basic needs. Keeping the general maintenance of the buildings and furniture is usually ignored, as there is not enough money to take care of that. This is why volunteers are needed here.
As part of this project as a volunteer you will be making a great donation, of not only money but also of your time to be able to fix a broken table, replace a door hinge, or paint a blackboard. It can be anything you think you can help with, and the local team will be very pleased to find some suitable task for you that will be safe, fun and helpful for the community!
-Spending time assisting children living in one of the poorest areas of Kathmandu
-Giving children some necessary tools to gain real job opportunities
-Meeting other volunteers from all around the world to share this experience with
-Support and advice from our team at the school at any moment
-Free weekends to travel and explore
-The thankfulness of the whole school authorities and community
Join us and be part of this amazing program to get the chance to help many Nepalese children have a better future!
People from every corner of the world and all walks of life, aged 18 or older and with a sincere willingness to assist others who need their help; are very welcome to join our local team in the programs run in this amazing country.
The minimum duration for most programs is one week and the maximum is twenty weeks, provided volunteers get the appropriate visa extension.
Volunteers for the Medical health Care Program must provide relevant certifications to prove their professional qualifications and experience.
A good command of the English language is required for most programs.
Although the programs are run all year round and volunteers can join any day of the year, we prefer that they arrive on weekends and start off on their placements on a Monday. In the case that they arrive on any weekday, they will begin work and then attend their orientation course on the following Monday.
The programs are based in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal and a most eclectic combination of Buddhist and western influences.
On arriving at the airport, volunteers will be greeted by a welcome committee, and once settled, they will be filled in with all necessary details about their project and stay by a members of our local partner’s organization at their Office in Kathmandu. In this orientation volunteers are introduced to their host families, visit their project’s placement and have a tour around the two-thousand-year-old exotic and yet cosmopolitan city of Kathmandu.
Volunteers are accommodated in a Volunteers Guest House or in the homes of local host families carefully chosen by our local team.
Volunteers for the program located at the Monastery in Pokhara will be lodged in the monastery, which will give them the unique experience to dive deep into the Buddhist philosophy and a good insight of the monastic lifestyle.
Meals included in the program consist mainly on popular Nepali dishes based on rice, noodles, vegetable, chicken, mutton, pork, buffalo, beans and dairy products. Some examples of these are:
-Dahi: yogurt or curd concoction.
Juju Dhau: a creamy curd-based pudding.
-Aloo Tama: made of bamboo shoot and potato.
-Dal: lentil soup accompanied with rice.
-Trakari: a vegetables curry usually served as broth.
Beef is not consumed by most Nepalese because they consider the cow to be a sacred animal.
Generally speaking, volunteers will be required to work four to five hours daily from Sunday to Sunday, though in some projects Sundays are free.
A typical working day begins with breakfast at the guest house or family home at 8:00 AM, and depending on each project, volunteers will then work either in the morning or afternoon. Then they’ll have the evenings free for sightseeing and enjoying themselves together and with their new local friends, visiting museums and temples, going to restaurants, cafes and bars or exploring the market places and surrounding villages nearby.
Saturday is the primary day off in Nepal and is when volunteers can explore a little farther away from Kathmandu and visit Pokhara, Bhaktapur, Chitwan National Park, Gokyo Lakes and the Everest Basecamp.
-Nepal is a landlocked country in Southern Asia.
-Geographically speaking, it is placed on the Himalaya, surrounded by China and India.
-The population in Nepal is 27.5 million people.
-Nepali is the oficial language and it is spoken by 47,8 % of the population as their native language. Other languages are mahithili (12,1 %), bhojpuri (7,4 %), tharu (5,8 %), el tamang (5,1 %), el newari (3,6 %), el magar (3,3 %) y el awadhi (2,4 %).
-Nepal was a monarchy for hundreds of years until it was declared a republic in 2008.
-Hinduism is the most popular religion, being present in 81.3% of the population.
For more information, visit the following link: http://www.cwabroad.org/nepal-p-48.html
|Volunteer period (weeks)||1||2||3||4||6|
|Teaching and Assiting in Schools||USD 195||USD 275||USD 350||USD 425||USD 575|
|Teaching and Childcare in Orphanages||USD 195||USD 275||USD 350||USD 425||USD 575|
|Teaching in Monasteries||USD 265||USD 415||USD 540||USD 665||USD 915|
|Medical||USD 270||USD 350||USD 425||USD 500||USD 650|
|School Renovation||USD 245||USD 325||USD 400||USD 475||USD 625|
*REGISTRATION FEE: All Internship programs in Nepal attract a refundable* Registration Fee of USD 249 on top of the program Fee. A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment. You can calculate the value of your currency in US dollar using this currency convertor.
*Please read our refund policy.
What do my fees pay for?
Registration Fee: Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, pre-departure assistance, CW Solidarity Fund, administration costs, staff salary, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with participants. We need this fee just to sustain the organization.
Program Fee: Accommodation with a host family or at the volunteer house, 2 meals per day, airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.
What’s no included: Air tickets,Vaccinations, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, Local travels and Personal expenses, International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation. Our participants in Nepal generally find USD 40 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.