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Volunteer in Nepal

Discover International Volunteer HQ’s incredible Nepal volunteer abroad program. Choose from a wide range of trusted Nepal volunteer projects, including Childcare, Teaching, Medical, Construction, Women’s Education, NGO Support and Sustainable Agriculture. Volunteer work in Nepal is located in Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara. With affordable Program Fees and top rated volunteer projects trusted by over 139,000 travelers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organization in Nepal.

Highlights:
  • 11 meaningful project options available year-round
  • Program Fees from CA$394 for 1 week
  • Includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, breakfast and dinner and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in homestays in Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara

  • Incredible travel and tour add-ons, including the famous Everest Base Camp Trek and Hatha Yoga Retreat

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Key information

Fully hosted experience from CA$394
Volunteer from 1 - 12 weeks
Ages 16+ and families
Based in Kathmandu, Chitwan & Pokhara
Projects align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Impact driven projects run by locals
B Corporation certified organization
Practice yoga & explore the Himalayas

Volunteer opportunities in Nepal

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$394

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in childcare centers
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help childcare centers around Kathmandu with early stages of education and entertainment, fostering an appetite for learning and fun in local children.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$394

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in childcare centers
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist with lessons and games in childcare centers around the popular tourist town of Pokhara. Provide enthusiasm and care for local children, as well as casual exposure to the English language.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$466

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Various locations in Nepal
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help with construction and maintenance around educational facilities across Nepal. Well suited to fit and eager volunteers who enjoy physical, hands-on work.

Protects animals

4-8 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$682

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based at an elephant sanctuary in Chitwan
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Conserve elephant populations by looking after rescued, old and injured elephants at a sanctuary in Chitwan. You'll also help educate local schools, communities and international travelers about the challenges elephants face for tourism.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Set Program Fee of CA$696

  • Set duration of 1 week
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in communities in Nepal
  • Volunteers aged 18+

A project designed for volunteer groups, involving roving outreach campaigns delivering basic healthcare in local communities. Campaigns are customizable to your experience and specialty and aim to bring health services to locals in the comfort of their own neighborhoods.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$754

  • Duration: 2 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in hospitals and clinics in Nepal
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Observe and assist local physicians and nurses across hospitals in Nepal. Volunteers can contribute to a range of departments, though hands-on tasks are unlikely.

Supports community development

4-8 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$955

  • Duration: 4 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based with NGOs in Nepal
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Provide assistance to NGOs working in important community-based initiatives in youth and women’s empowerment, education, environment & conservation, health and more.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$394

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in specialist day care centers
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Help to provide care and education in day care centers for children with special needs. Students are aged between 3-16 and react well to upbeat, enthusiastic volunteers.

Conserves the environment

4-8 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$768

  • Duration: 3 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based on farms in Nepal
  • Voluteers aged 16+ and families

Assist local crop and livestock farmers with seasonal aspects of their operation. Be immersed in rural communities and help to implement sustainable farming strategies.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$394

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in schools across Nepal
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Provide valued input as a fluent English speaker in lessons in both public and private schools across Nepal.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from CA$394

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in education centers
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist education centers for women who did not complete high school qualifications, but want another chance. Volunteers focus on teaching English, which boosts job prospects and helps with cultural understanding.

What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Peter Medawar
10 Jul 2024

My advice? Don't hesitant! If you can, go. My personal interest was in learning about elephants and about Nepal, and I feel I learned a lot for two weeks. I was very grateful for the organisation and the friendliness of the staff, and I will never forget my moments of 'connection' with the elephants. They are amazing beasts.

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Akie Taniuchi
08 Jul 2024

Whenever I had questions, my IVHQ Program Manager responded quickly, and the way she responded was assuring. When I was in Nepal, I always had the support from my host family when I had questions about the Nepali culture or insights on certain situations. I felt assured and safe at all times.

One door opened and another opportunity presented itself - it happened many times in unexpected ways. The center I volunteered was so eager to absorb every ounce of knowledge and skills I demonstrated and offered. At the same time I was eager to soak up in the Nepali culture and learn who they are. The two-way of learning from each other naturally allowed relationships to blossom authentically and organically.

I believe that my success in volunteering experience was having a mentality of “it is what I make of it” and partially being older with decades of life experience. Instead of criticizing and complaining, I accepted and embraced it all.

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Hau Yung Chow
03 Jul 2024

Just do it and you won’t regret it. It was really a fruitful experience for me. The people there were really nice and I enjoyed the medical elective in the local hospital. I look forward to joining these activities in the future again!

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Romalyn Martinez
27 Jun 2024

I have a deeper appreciation of people's efforts and hardwork behind environmental/wildlife conservation efforts and feel more grounded and connected to nature. Just do it.

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Fiona Wyndham
25 Jun 2024

The program certainly pushed me out of my comfort zone in many ways and I very much enjoyed being immersed in the day to day life of the Nepali people from Day 1. It was amazing to live in a local area, away from the tourist hot spots, to shop at local markets, to eat with the locals and to build relationships with those leading the teaching projects.

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Tanya MacGregor
06 Jun 2024

The local team have been absolutely amazing - you can contact them any time with anything. They will make all arrangements no matter what your needs are. I was truly blessed, loved my home stay family. You are treated like family from the minute you arrive. I will miss the family.

The women at the centre taught me a lot. They are so grateful to you for spending time to help them. I had so much fun together! Lots of learning but with fun and laughter.

I went over thinking I was too old at 57 doing this. How wrong could I be. I have met so many wonderful friends from all over the world. Came away as part of a whole new family. I would say to anyone to go with no expectations and go with the flow. Not to worry as if you have any problems or just need help with little things the support you get from the host family and local team is amazing.

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To read all reviews, visit our reviews page.

Free-time experiences & tours in Nepal

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Nepal! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Nepal program.

Chitwan Jungle Safari (2 nights/3 days)
Chitwan Jungle Safari (2 nights/3 days)

Embark on an unforgettable jungle safari to witness Nepal’s captivating wildlife in its natural habitat.

CA$258
Everest Base Camp Trek (14 days)
Everest Base Camp Trek (14 days)

This iconic expedition is the most popular trekking route in the Himalayas and is unlike any other in the world.

CA$2118
Hatha Yoga and Meditation Retreat (1 week)
Hatha Yoga and Meditation Retreat (1 week)

Reconnect with tranquility and mindfulness during a rejuvenating one-week yoga and meditation retreat, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the Western world.

CA$754
Chitwan Jungle Safari (2 nights/3 days)
Chitwan Jungle Safari (2 nights/3 days)

Embark on an unforgettable jungle safari to witness Nepal’s captivating wildlife in its natural habitat.

CA$258
Everest Base Camp Trek (14 days)
Everest Base Camp Trek (14 days)

This iconic expedition is the most popular trekking route in the Himalayas and is unlike any other in the world.

CA$2118
Hatha Yoga and Meditation Retreat (1 week)
Hatha Yoga and Meditation Retreat (1 week)

Reconnect with tranquility and mindfulness during a rejuvenating one-week yoga and meditation retreat, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the Western world.

CA$754

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