Serene, breathtaking, and captivating, volunteers in Nepal are immersed in a vibrant culture. Most famous for Mt. Everest, but brimming with hundreds of other remarkable sites, Nepal will capture your heart and soul with its generous people and customs. Nepalis are known for cooking hearty, flavorful meals and for greeting others with the traditional “Namaste.” In Nepal, volunteers are sought as caregivers at orphanages, teaching assistants at schools, and counselors.
United Planet is the US and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Nepal, you will be hosted by NVCYE, ICYE’s Nepali partner organization. NVCYE, or Nepal Volunteer Cultural Youth Exchange, was established in 2004 to empower local communities to implement and organize community development, education and conservation projects.
Work directly with children in local schools in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Most of the activities focus on educational training for the children, including assisting in English classes. Volunteers also assist with leading group activities and creating plans and materials for the students. Volunteer can also participate in drawing, painting, games, sports, and other creative and outdoor activities for the children’s development.
Work with a grass roots organization that seeks to provide basic needs and human rights to prisoners and their children; one of the most vulnerable groups in Nepal. Specifically, this organization works within under-served, rural communities where their support creates new opportunities for women, who have been released from prison, and their children. Volunteers may be a part of the organization’s education, youth mentoring, women’s support, or alternative learning programs.
Tour the monastery and experience its peaceful surroundings. While you are there, you can learn more about the principles of Buddhist meditation through introductory courses held at the monastery.
This is one of the four towers built in Durbar Square, Kathmandu. The views of the city from the top of the tower are unlike any other.
Go to Pokhara and see the second-largest lake in Nepal. Fewa Lake is very placid and is a perfect place to relax by the shore. While you’re there, take the opportunity to visit the Varahi temple nearby.
Bhaktapur was founded in the 1300s and has ancient temples and monasteries for you to explore. While in the city, you can take part in one of the many festivals celebrated there, like Dashain – which lasts for 15 days!
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||5 month fee||10 month fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline||Late Deposit Deadline|
|August 2017||$10,265||$13,645||Monday, March 6, 2017||Monday, May 8, 2017||Monday, May 22, 2017|
|January 2018||$10,265||$13,645||Monday, July 31, 2017||Monday, September 4, 2017||Monday, September 18, 2017|
Enroll by the Early Bird Deadline and take $300 off your Quest fee.
Please note that deposits received after the Regular Deadline (before the Late Deadline) require an additional $150 fee.
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don't just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.