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Volunteer in Nepal

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.

Project Information

Global Health

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.

Available Dates: Quests start the first and third Monday of each month, year-round
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Requirements: At least 18 years old, education or work experience in dentistry

Children and Education

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.

Children and Education Projects

Environmental Sustainability (Internship)

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.

Available Dates: Quests start the first and third Monday of each month, year-round
Minimum Stay: 4 weeks
Requirements: At least 18 years old

Quest Fees and 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.

Included in Your Quest Fee

  • Lodging at a local homestay or onsite at volunteer project
  • Two home-cooked meals per day
  • 2-day orientation in Kathmandu
  • 2 Nepali language lessons
  • City tour of Kathmandu
  • Cultural activities and excursions
  • Online pre-departure training with our Boston staff
  • In-country airport transportation
  • Emergency medical and travel insurance
  • 24/7 in-country support and supervision
  • A United Planet t-shirt

Health and Safety

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.

Transportation and Flights

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.

Quest Fee

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*Quests outside Kathmandu: add $250 to regular Quest fee
About Our Quest 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.

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