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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 136,000 travelers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organization in Nepal.

Highlights:
  • 11 meaningful project options available year-round
  • Program Fees from CA$398 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$398
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$398

  • 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$398

  • 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$471

  • 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$688

  • 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$703

  • 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$761

  • 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$964

  • 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$398

  • 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$775

  • 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$398

  • 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$398

  • 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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Hannah De Boer
11 Apr 2024

I've definitely grown a lot as an individual. This was my first solo destination and it definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone. I’m so grateful that I was able to help out, it truly was an honor to have assisted the sanctuary and worked to help care for such incredible animals. If someone was hesitant I would just say go for it, but know that there will probably be times that you are going to feel nervous and maybe out of your comfort zone, but that there are always people around to help you.

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Alex Morris
20 Mar 2024

Very well organised and great communication with my IVHQ Program Manager. The team in Nepal and in Chitwan were terrific. It was great to work with the elephants daily: hard work, early mornings, long days but with a break during the day. Great to work with the Mahouts and a very humbling experience. Highly recommend.

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Rashida Nabijee
21 Feb 2024

A fantastic experience, I learnt about the Nepalese culture and embraced the people, language and customs. I loved working with the women and teaching. I have to say my favorite experience was at the monastery, mediating, practicing yoga and connecting with others, feeling grounded. I felt rested, at peace and very happy!

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Dawn Douglas
15 Feb 2024

I think the online resources were very thorough in preparing for my trip, and my IVHQ Program Manager was always easy to communicate with to get questions answered.

The local team were always available to answer questions and assist with travel between locations. They even went above and beyond to make sure my last day and departure went okay.

It was a lifelong dream fulfilled to work with elephants and it was even better than I imagined it would be. I feel that I was able to make an impact by sharing the conservation message and what I learned with my friends and followers back in the US, and I feel like I made a difference in the local community by being a part of the program and shopping local. Don't hesitate to go! You may experience normal difficulties of traveling and being in a different country, but the experience on the program is well worth any inconveniences.

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Brittany Pantin
15 Feb 2024

The volunteer program was better than expected and I had high expectations haha! Everyone was so friendly and welcoming! The school I was placed at was a close walk from the homestay and the teachers and principals were very helpful, so helpful in fact the principal helped paint the walls in a full dress suit!! Everything from start to finish was amazing and made me definitely want to come back to Nepal!

I’m currently on the Everest trek and my guide is very knowledgeable and friendly. I’m so grateful to have him as a guide and looking forward to the rest of my trip!

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Daniel Page
14 Feb 2024

The home stay was terrific love the family and accommodation! Being able to help others along with getting immersed in another culture is just 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$260
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$2138
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$761
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$260
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$2138
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$761

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