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.” While tourism is popular, Nepal remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Volunteers here have loved the impact that their time in Nepal has made on them, and vice versa, as they work with others in rural communities.
As a volunteer in Nepal, people are sought as caregivers at orphanages, teaching assistants at schools, and counselors for women and girls who have been victims of human trafficking and abuse. Because of numerous volunteer opportunities, Nepal is a great place for families to volunteer together.
Volunteers have the opportunity to assist local dentists who travel throughout Kathmandu and surrounding areas. Your tasks may include brushing and flossing with patients, providing fluoride treatments, and educating community members about proper oral hygiene. Your placement will vary based on when you are looking to travel and your level of dentistry experience.
Volunteers have the opportunity to care for children at an orphanage, teach English in private schools, or work with women and children at a counseling center for those who have been victims of abuse.
Interns will work at a non-profit organization in Nepal that promotes travel philanthropy, tourism, and social responsibility. Interns may assist with basic administrative tasks and daily activities while utilizing their customer service skills and experiencing the business of tourism from another culture’s perspective. Please note that this placement is offered as an internship only.
During your two-day country orientation, you will experience the diverse culture of Nepal through a city tour of Kathmandu. You’ll explore Nepal’s rich religious tradition by visiting Hindu and Buddhist temples, and much more.
To help you immerse yourself in your surroundings, you’ll receive two Nepali language lessons during your Quest. You’ll be surprised how quickly you pick up words and phrases!
As a volunteer in Nepal, you’ll participate in a cooking lesson. Learn how to make some of the delicious Nepali food you’ve been eating on your Quest.
As a United Planet volunteer, you’ll get acquainted with the gorgeous environment of Nepal through a guided day or overnight hike. Length of hiking excursions will depend on the length of your stay in Nepal.
Most United Planet Nepal volunteers live with host families for the duration of their placement. This is a great opportunity to form close friendships and to practice the beautiful Nepali language.
If you’d like to do more exploring, hiking, trekking, or sightseeing, volunteers may book additional excursions through United Planet’s partner organization in Nepal. Ask your country coordinator for details!
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.
United Planet provides emergency travel and medical insurance for all volunteers. All Nepal staff members participate in extensive health and safety training, and are available at all times by 24-hour phone line. Upon enrollment, you will receive a full emergency contact list. In addition, we register all of our volunteers with US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). We recommend booking a doctor’s appointment or visiting a travel health clinic a few months out to update your vaccinations. Read more about health and safety.
Due to varying airline prices, United Planet does not arrange or cover the cost of flights to and from Nepal. However, we arrange all ground transportation to and from the airport in Nepal and will ensure that you arrive safely at orientation in Kathmandu and at your host house. Volunteers can either walk or take public buses or taxis to their project sites. Daily commuting costs are covered by volunteers.
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.