How Can I volunteer?

Volunteering is a unique way to get involved in our social development projects in Nepal. You will get to immerse yourself in a new and exciting culture while contributing towards a betterment for some of the poorest communities in Nepal.

 

 

 

 



What are the requirements?

In order to make it worthwhile for both you and the local communities where you will be stationed, we require a commitment of a minimum 1 month. Our experience tells us that anything shorter than this is too short. After the 3 induction days in Kathmandu, you will travel to Okhaldhunga where you will be staying with a local family.



You will be introduced to your volunteer project by our local coordinator and then start your participation.

 

 

 

 



Before You Apply...

 

​There are a couple of questions you should consider:



  • Can you live without modern facilities, e.g. hot water and electricity?

  • Are you aware that most volunteers experience illness at some point during their stay? (It's typically stomach-related...)

  • Are you open enough to accept and respect a culture that might be very different from your own?

  • Can you handle culture shock? The moment you step off the plane, you will be in a world where very little is familiar. 

  • Are you comfortable with yourself? At times you may feel isolated, particularly when you arrive in a village not knowing anyone.

  • Are you eager to learn? You will learn a new language, a new culture, another way of life.

  • How is your attitude towards punctuality and strict schedules? In Nepal, people are not so fixated on time as people might be in the US, Europe, Australia, etc. Often schedules are ignored and appointments happen much later than arranged. But if you have a flexible approach and decide to volunteer in Nepal, you are opening the door to the possibility of a personally enriching and life-changing experience!

International volunteers playing with children. -Jitpur, Nepal

Students saying farewell to a volunteer

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