Nepal Volunteer Quests

Volunteer in Nepal

"My trip to Nepal was like nothing I could ever imagine. Nepal is beautiful in its own way, the people, the animals, the way they live, how they pray, how they eat. Everything was different, vibrant, and full of life. Every time I went down the street my eyes couldn't be open enough to everything that was going on around me."

--Nicola Kenega, United Planet Volunteer in Nepal


What makes a United Planet Short-term Quest unique?

United Planet’s Quest volunteer abroad programs are 100% cultural immersion experiences. UP Quest programs run year-round and are available to individuals and groups of all ages, skill levels and nationalities.  We have no doubt it will be life-changing and provide lasting memories. Read on for more detailed information about volunteer opportunities in Nepal.

All Quests include:

  • Flexible start dates and lengths of stay (1-12 weeks)
  • Personalized attention from Coordinators
  • Local home stays or on-site lodging options
  • Exciting excursions, cultural activities and/or language lessons

Country Information

Famous for Mt. Everest, part of the highest mountain range in the world, Nepal has long been a destination of choice for those seeking adventure and excitement! The country is an interesting mix of Hindu, Buddhist, and traditional culture and customs (including over 50 ethnic groups).

Despite its appearance as a Himalayan Shangri-La, and the friendly and peaceful attitude of its people, social and economic issues continue to plague Nepal. Around 40% of the population lives in poverty and most Nepalis are subsistence farmers. Foreign aid is vital to the economy and many NGOs are currently working in Nepal to aid its development.

Volunteer Opportunities in Nepal: 1 - 12 weeks

United Planet currently offers volunteering opportunities in partnership with local organizations in and around Kathmandu, Nepal. Click here for Long-Term Quests in Nepal.

What's Included and Program Details

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Sample Nepal Itinerary  


  • Nepalese dance and language lessons
  • Excursion to Swayambunuth (also known as the Monkey Temple for the monkeys that roam through it)
  • Excursion to Bodhnath, the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal
  • Trekking in the Kathmandu valley, Everest fly bys and other treks into the Himalayas can also be arranged!

Quest Program Briefs

Orphanage in Nepal

Orphanage Quest
Minimum Stay: 1 week
Volunteers Needed: Year Round
Requirements: At least 18 years old
Volunteers are needed to help at a local orphanage in Kathmandu. There are 47 children at the orphanage, ranging in age from four months to 13 years old; the staff need help tending to their basic needs. Volunteers can also help the older children with educational activities such as arts and crafts, helping with home work and basic English teaching. No language requirement or previous experience needed.
Teach english in Nepal
Teaching Quest
Minimum Stay: 1 week (Kathmandu); 4 weeks (Pokhara)
Volunteers Needed: Year Round
Requirements: At least 18 years old
Volunteers will teach at private schools in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Volunteers will work with local English teachers and assist them in a class room. If volunteers are interested in teaching other subjects such as math, science, or public speaking, they can teach that as well. No language requirement or previous experience needed.
Social work in Nepal
Counseling Center Support Quest
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks (Kathmandu); 4 weeks (Hetauda)
Volunteers Needed: Year Round
Requirements: Female, at least 18 years old, some background in social work or psychology 
The center, with locations in Kathmandu and Hetauda, is run by women, and counsels young children who have been victims of abuse. Volunteers live and work at the center and help take care of the girls, giving them love and attention and helping them with homework. For experienced volunteers, there is also the option of working on community workshops educating local communities on many topics from parenting to the effects of abuse. No experience or language skills are necessary but volunteers with a background in social work, health education, or teaching are appreciated.

Tourism and Hospitality Internship
Minimum Stay: 4 weeks
Volunteers Needed: Year Round
Requirements: At least 18 years old

Interns have the opportunity to work at an NGO in Nepal that deals with 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. 

Three Easy Steps to Apply

Questions about applying?

Call one of our friendly regional Quest coordinators today. We will walk you step-by-step through the application process and answer any questions you may have.

Step 1: Choose your Quest. Contact us at any time for help!  We'd love to talk to you. Email or call  1-800-292-2316.

Step 2: Enroll online. Please fill in the enrollment form. Then reserve your spot with a deposit (which will be credited toward your program fee).

Step 3: Meet your Quest coordinator and iron out the details. Once you've applied, your United Planet coordinator will contact you, and arrange a phone session to talk about your Quest of interest. THANKS!