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Nepal Volunteer Quests
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
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
- 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
Minimum Stay: 1 week | Volunteers Needed: Year Round
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. Currently, over 30 of the children are infants; 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.
Minimum Stay: 1 week (Kathmandu); 4 weeks (Pokhara) | Volunteers Needed: Year Round
Requirements: Volunteers will teach at private schools in need in Kathmandu and 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, money management and public speaking, they can teach that as well. No language requirement or previous experience needed. Volunteers are placed with local host families.
Village School Quest
Minimum Stay: 4 weeks | Volunteers Needed: Year round
Requirements: At least 18 years old
Volunteers are placed in schools in rural villages around the Himalayas to teach English, math, science and other subjects schools need. No language skills needed. However, volunteers with previous international travel and volunteering experience preferred due to the remoteness of these locations. Volunteers are placed with local host families.
Counseling Center Support Quest
Minimum Stay: 1 week | Volunteers Needed: Year Round | Requirements: Female
Female volunteers are needed to help at a counseling center in Kathmandu. The center is run by women, and counsels young children who have been victims of abuse. The children can live at the counseling center for up to a year while they receive counseling. Volunteers can 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.
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!
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