Nepal

  • Volunteer in Nepal offering physiotherapy and occupational therapy for children
  • Teaching and living in a remote rural community
  • Supporting a children’s day centre for the poorest of Kathmandu
  • Working in a school for the blind
  • Placements for both gap year students and qualified professionals

Volunteer in Nepal

For Volunteers wanting challenging and deep cultural experience Nepal is worth considering as a volunteer destination. Living with a local family and working in a locally run organisation will give you a fascinating insight into this landlocked country in the heart of the Himalayas.

Despite some progress in poverty reduction in recent years, Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world, placed 157th out of 187 countries listed in the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report 2013.

teaching english

teaching English in Nepal

Over 30 per cent of Nepalese live on less than US$14 per person, per month, according to the national living standards survey conducted in 2010-2011 and only 15% of households have electricity. In addition, many thousands of children are engaged in hard physical work and live on the streets.

There is also a wide gap between women and men in terms of access to health care, nutrition, education and participation in decision-making. Infant mortality is much higher for girls than boys, and illiteracy is far more prevalent among women than men.

Nepal remains a magnet for travellers, drawn by the immense landscape, culture and the immense character and beauty of the Nepali people. the country contains eight of the world’s highest peaks, including that of Everest. The culture is rich and varied and being invited to a local festival is something of a highlight of volunteering in Nepal. Our projects are based in both Hindu and Buddhist communities, and you will play an active role in daily life.

Outreach International have two bases for volunteering in Nepal; one in Kathmandu, the other in Pokhara. The latter is probably the best centre for trekking, white water rafting and canoeing in Nepal. It is one of the liveliest Nepalese towns but infinitely more tranquil than Kathmandu. Located on the beautiful Phewa Lake the skyline is dominated by the Annapurna mountain range. There are wonderful day walks and longer treks into the Himalayas. The best known of these is probably the trek around Annapurna.

Kathmandu is a wonderful ‘medieval time capsule’. Ancient timber buildings have become internet cafes, narrow lanes seethe with merchants and echo with the sound of bicycle bells, chanting, religious music and car horns. The hustle and bustle is never far away but so are the mountains and rivers of the Himalayas.

Volunteering in Nepal offers the opportunity for qualified physiotherapists and occupational therapists to work in established projects, working with disabled children and adults, increasing capacity and transferring skills when appropriate.

Volunteers can experience the bustle of Kathmandu working in a children’s day centre, or choose to teach English in a remote rural village, where you will be welcomed into the local community and live as an extended part of the family.

Above all, Nepal remains one of the most meaningful and intriguing destinations for volunteering overseas.

  • Outreach International coordinator

    Country
    co-ordinator

    Ram Hari Basnet



    Ram Hari is a respected businessman based in Kathmandu, with a wealth of local connections. Ram Hari built up 17 years valuable experience working in the prestigious Kathmandu Guest House and so has an excellent cultural understanding of foreign travellers. He used this platform to successfully start his own business and he now supports a number of charitable projects, including funding his own private school in his home village.

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Things to see and do

Language

The language is Nepali, although many local people have some small amounts of basic English, and English is the language of business so many are keen to learn. Nepali is very difficult to learn.

Visa

Volunteers can acquire a single entry Business visa on arrival in the airport which then needs to be extended while in the country at approximately $40 per month. Your Outreach in-country coordinator will organise this extension.

Currency

The currency is the Nepali Rupee (NRP), which is only available within the country. Money can be exchanged at the airport, in the main banks and ATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara. You will need to get rupees before you travel to village locations. At the time if writing there is 165 NPR to £1 GBP.

Be Aware

Traffic and petty theft are a risk in Nepal as in most places, but exposure to altitude when trekking, monsoon rains causing flooding and landslides, and the potential for earthquakes are risks more specific to the area.