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Overview

Be a part of the Summer Volunteer Program in Nepal with Volunteering Solutions and spend 3 amazing weeks at this Himalayan nation. You will embark on your volunteering journey in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal where you would experience the joy of sharing the love by serving at the orphanage, teaching English to the children or taking care of the mentally disabled kids.

It'll be an enriching experience for you, and you'll be able to make a difference in the lives of the little ones. This program is meant for all those adventurous souls who are looking forward to exploring the picturesque countryside and gain first-hand international work experience as well. No matter whether you are a high school or college student, or a gap year traveler, this will surely be one of the best experiences of your life!

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Program Requirements

Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the project. You need to have an open mind and a flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. Participants must be fit and healthy at the time of joining the program. Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check report. A parental consent form shall be required for Under 18 participants joining the program.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 (Sat): Arrival in Kathmanduvolunteering in kathmandu nepal You will be picked up from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and transferred to your accommodation. You can take some rest on the day of arrival. You can also venture out to the nearby local area and get familiar with it.

(Meals – Dinner – Subject to arrival time)

Day 2 (Sunday) – Orientation

Today your coordinators will be discussing with you your program itinerary for the days to come and give you the essential information. (Meals – Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 3 (Mon) to Day 7 (Fri) – Volunteering in Kathmandu

Volunteer work begins. During this time you will be working in either Orphanage, Teaching Project or with mentally – physically disabled children. You can render invaluable help by doing volunteer work at an orphanage in Nepal by giving them love and affection, teaching them basic conversational English, helping them in their school subjects, guiding them about personal hygiene and sanitation, taking them out on small excursions and engaging them in extracurricular activities. It would be an unforgettable and soul enriching experience for you which may compel you to return.

(Meals – Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from Monday to Thursday and Breakfast/Dinner on Friday)

Day 8 (Sat) – Kathmandu City Tour

Today we will take you for City tour of Kathmandu. You will find many Buddhist and Hindu temples and many historic and heritage sites in the city. You can also see beautiful pagodas, shrines, and monasteries. In this tour, we will cover Durbar Square, Temple of Kumari (Living Goddess) and Pashupatinath Temple.

(Meals – Breakfast/Dinner)

Day 9 (Sun) – Explore Kathmandu

This day is for leisure activities or optional tours or for shopping. You can visit other places of tourist interest or visit Thamel area for spending a good time in a pub or restaurant and for shopping.

(Meals – Breakfast/Dinner)

Day 10 (Mon) to Day 14 (Fri) – Volunteer work in Kathmandu

You will continue volunteering work and gain rich experience out of it.

(Meals – Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from Monday to Thursday and Breakfast/Dinner on Friday)

Day 15 (Sat) – Trip to Bhaktapur and Nagarkot

At around 10 am, we will take volunteers to Bhaktapur, one of the ancient Kingdoms in Nepal. In Bhaktapur, You can see amazing pagodas and other monuments. After sightseeing in Bhaktapur, you can have lunch at a local restaurant (at own cost). Later we will proceed to Nagarkot. Nagarkot is located near Kathmandu from where one can get amazing views of the Himalayas. Enjoy the sunset and then return back to Kathmandu.

(Meals – Breakfast/Dinner)

Day 16 (Sun) – Visit Patan and Swayabhunath Temple

After breakfast, we will take you for a tour of Patan and Swayabhunath Temple. Patan is one of the ancient Kingdoms in Nepal. As you reach Patan, you would be taken aback by the contrast to Kathmandu. See beautiful temples and palaces in Patan. After lunch in Patan in a local restaurant (at own cost), we will proceed to Swayabhunath Temple. Later we will take you back to your accommodation.

(Meals – Breakfast/Dinner)

Day 17 (Mon) – Refreshing tour of Chitwan and Pokhara  

Volunteers will leave for Chitwan by air-conditioned bus or van or car. Upon arrival at the Chitwan National Park, you would be transferred to the Lodge or accommodation booked for you. You can discuss with local staff for jungle activities and the facilities around.

(Meals – Breakfast)

Day 18 (Tue) – Chitwan

On this day, enjoy a safari in Chitwan National Park and other activities like nature walk, bird watching, etc. You can also enjoy various activities in and around your accommodation.

(Meals – Breakfast)

Day 19 (Wed) – Chitwan-Pokhara

After breakfast at the hotel, volunteers will travel to Pokhara by air-conditioned bus or van or car. Upon arrival in Pokhara, check in at the booked accommodation. Relax for some time and then go for the evening boat ride in Phewa Lake. Later you can roam around and enjoy the lively ambiance around. You can have lunch in a local restaurant (at own cost). For dinner, you can go for any of the good restaurants (there are many) in Pokhara and try various local food as well.

(Meals – Breakfast)

Day 20 (Thu) – Sightseeing in Pokhara

Early morning, visit famous Sarangkot for amazing sunrise and get magnificent views of the Himalayas. Later return back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we will take you for the city tour of Pokhara. In this tour, you will visit places of tourist attractions like Mahendra Cave, Seti River Gorge, Devi’s Fall, Peace Pagoda, and Bindhyabasini Temple. One can also visit the International Mountain Museum. Adventure lovers can opt for add on an activity of paragliding.

(Meals – Breakfast)

Day 21 (Fri) – Pokhara-Kathmandu

In the morning, volunteers will return to Kathmandu by bus or van or car. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check in at the accommodation booked for you. 

(Meals – Breakfast)

Day 22 (Sat) – Departure from Kathmandu

It’s time to say bye to Nepal. Check out from the accommodation and proceed to airport for your onward / return flight.

Living

It is our duty to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable, so the moment you land in Nepal we take care of you. From arranging airport transfers to providing you a comfortable accommodation, clubbed with meals of your choice plus assisting with weekend tours, we try to serve you the best.

Airport Transfer

Volunteers are picked up from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu by a member of the local coordinating staff. Those volunteers who will be already in Nepal will be met by the staff at a designated meeting point decided beforehand.

Accommodation

Accommodation is provided on a shared basis at our volunteers homebase in Kathmandu. In case there is no availability at the volunteer home, then volunteers are also provided accommodation at a guest house or with a local host family. Depending on the availability you would be assigned your accommodation. Both the home stay accommodations and Volunteers house are neat and provide a comfortable stay during your volunteering period in Nepal. All accommodations have running water, electricity and all basic amenities available. The accommodations have hot water showers for winters and wifi internet is available. 

Orientation

An orientation and briefing will be provided by your local program coordinator. We cover areas like, culture, greetings, locations, transportation etc. Start your volunteering experience by taking the 1 week Language Culture Orientation week in Kathmandu.

Meals

2 or 3 Nepalese meals will be provided to all volunteers depending on your work schedule.Breakfast typically consists of Bread, Butter, Jam, Sandwich, Tea etc.Typical meals provided include Dal (Lentils), Rice,Vegetables,Chicken and meat etc.The staple meal for most Nepalese people is dal bhat, which consists of lentil soup (dal), rice (bhat) and vegetables in curry (tarkari).If you have any special dietary requirements, you can let us know in advance and we can try our best to accommodate that. 

During your Free Time

On the weekends volunteers usually head out to Chitwan National Park to do a Safari trip or to the beautiful town of Pokhara. On the weekdays, evenings are free and volunteers usually hang out at Thamel which is a famous backpacking touristy area with numerous cafes and restaurants or explore some of the most famous attractions of Kathmandu.

Program Cost

Please Note: -An application fee of £149 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.

What are you Paying for?

  • Comprehensive pre-departure guide
  • Assistance from support staff and In-country program coordinator
  • Airport pickup in Kathmandu
  • Program orientation
  • Accommodation in volunteer house during program
  • Volunteering in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast and meals as specified in itinerary
  • City tour of Kathmandu
  • Trip to Bhaktapur and Nagarkot
  • Visit to ancient town of Patan
  • Amazing weekend trip to Chitwan and Pokhara
  • Accommodation in hotels during Chitwan-Pokhara tour

What's NOT included?

  • International/Domestic Airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)
  • Entry fees at monuments
  • Local transportation to and from program location
  • Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at nominal cost)
  • Vaccinations
  • Any personal expenses, TIPS, extra meals, beverages, laundry and any other services which are not mentioned (approximate personal expenses for food and traveling per week would be USD 40 to USD 50 per week)

Program Dates

Months 2022
June 1125
July 0216
August 06

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FAQ's

Connect with Past Volunteers

We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to connect with other participants and our team.
You can also visit the Nepal Program Reviews page to view the testimonials and feedbacks of our past participants.

To read alumni interviews and experiences, visit the ‘Meet a Volunteer’ section on our website.

Flights and Visa

Getting a Visa for this little Himalayan nation isn’t difficult in any way. You can get your visa on arrival at Kathmandu Airport itself or alternatively, you can also apply for Nepal Visa at your nearest Nepal Embassy. 

Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) is the major international airport serving all flights arriving in Nepal. It is well connected with direct flights from major Asian and Middle Eastern countries. If you are arriving from North America or Europe, you will probably need to book a flight with a stopover at a Middle Eastern city such as Abu Dhabi or Doha.

The major airlines flying into Kathmandu are:
Qatar Airways
Etihad Airlines
Air Arabia
Air India
Jet Airways
Silk Air
Dragon Air

Health and Safety
This fabled land of Buddha attracts thousands of travelers from around the world. The country has easily embraced the western culture and is one of the most traveled destinations in the world. Women, especially, can feel relaxed in this country. It is safe to go out in the night; however, avoid the company of strangers. Volunteers are advised to follow the safety guidelines given in the pre-departure handbook as well as told to you by your coordinator during orientation.
Carry general medicines with you, other than that consult your doctor before flying. We recommend these basic vaccinations for your safety:
Tetanus
Hepatitis A and B
Typhoid

You are also requested to consult your doctor before traveling to Nepal to get a list of recommended vaccinations.
Also, if you have altitude sickness then ask your doctor to prescribe proper medicines.
Yes, for all participants it is mandatory to have a travel medical insurance. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider at a very nominal cost. 
Accommodation and Living
Your in-country coordinator will take you to your placement location from the airport and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program, city, culture etc. You will be told about the daily mode of transport that you will need to take to go to your project location. Usually, the projects are within short distance from your accommodations. Some projects are within walking distance while others are a short ride away.
Accommodation is shared on the same gender basis in the volunteers home which is managed by the VS Nepal in-country coordinator. The accommodations are neat and provide a comfortable stay during your volunteering period in Nepal. The accommodations have running water, electricity and all basic amenities available. Volunteers need to understand that living conditions in Nepal can be different as compared to what you have back at home. You need to be flexible, open minded and adapt to the culture and environment. Living with other like-minded volunteers from around the world is a great experience in itself.
Yes –  please do ensure that you inform the local team about your food preference and they can guide you so that you get to taste the best food available out there! Also, please do mention your specific food preference in the application form as well.
Typically, volunteers are required to put 5-6 hours every day, 5 days a week. However, work timing is dependent on the project chosen by the volunteers and can vary.  You will get free time in the evenings and on the weekends. You can utilize this time to explore the local market streets of Thamel, visit Durbar Square, see evening prayers at the “ghat” of the Pashupatinath Temple and also visit Swayambhu temple. During the weekend, you can visit Chitwan National Park or go visit the famous tourist destination Pokhara. 

We encourage our volunteers to travel. We have designed various weekend tours which can be booked under the ‘Add-on Tours’ section in your ‘My Account’. Your in-country coordinator will also help you book and organize the tours once you are in the country. 
Nepal is an inexpensive country. It is recommended to get your personal stuff from a proper general store that sells on MRP (Maximum Retail Price). Locals can often quote high prices for souvenirs, try to bargain and you will get a good price. A simple bracelet should not cost you more than 50-100 NC (Nepalese Currency). Food and dining in Nepal are very reasonable. A 10% (flexible) service charge is applicable in dining and lounging areas.
There are many money exchange shops in Kathmandu city. The best option is to change your money at the airport counters itself. There are ATMs located all around the capital city, Kathmandu as well.
We always suggest our volunteers to pack light. Being a country on the lap of the Himalayas, the temperature is usually on the colder side, and we would recommend you to get woolen wears and jackets. Pack comfortable clothes and walk shoes. Nepal is a conservative country with numerous sacred worshipping places where short, tight and revealing clothes wouldn't be allowed. 
FAQ's Application and Program Details
Usually, it takes around 10-12 working days for your application to be processed and placement to be confirmed by our team. After your application is accepted, your placement document will be updated in your ‘My Account’ online and you can view the information in your account. The application acceptance depends on the availability of seats in the project as well as the eligibility criteria of the program (age, skills and experience etc). 

VolSol recommends all its volunteers to apply for the desired programs well in advance. Our major booking seasons are from January to July and September to December. 

As we have limited spots available in our programs and serve on first come first basis, it is strongly recommended to apply for the program and book your spots well in advance. You can book your spot in the program by filling an online form and paying the application fee. 

Once you complete your application, your individual 'My Account' will be active in which you will receive your placement confirmation after which you can pay the program fees. You can pay the program fees later as well in installments, but 45 days before the program starts. 

The minimum age requirement for the programs in Nepal is 17 years. For the Medical program, volunteers must be 18-year-old and above.
He/she should have the flexibility to adjust in new environment and culture.
For Medical Program – Pre-Medical, Medical and Nursing students as well as Medical Professionals are welcome to join. Participants with other qualifications in the medical field such as CAN, EMT can also join the program.
Participants must be in good health.
Volunteers who are 16-year-old are also accepted in the Childcare program in Nepal. However, they need to provide a notarized parental consent form. 

Yes, you are welcome to take part in any of the volunteering projects in Nepal as a group. It is a popular destination for group participation. Our Nepal programs have hosted large student groups from around the world including that of schoolies coming for short term volunteering programs. Also, we can design special group programs for groups of 5 or more. Our programs are designed to be safe, affordable and offer a great group volunteering experience to the volunteers.
 
In our experience of more than 12+ years we have enabled and facilitated volunteer program placements for college groups, university groups, high school groups, group of families, group of couples as well as groups of colleagues.

In Nepal, all our volunteering programs as well the accommodations are based in and around the capital city, Kathmandu.
All volunteers need to arrive in Kathmandu on the mentioned program starting date.
All volunteers are provided with the airport pick up from the Tribhuvan International Airport (Airport Code: KTM) by the local coordinator or representative. Those who are arriving overland or are already in Nepal will be picked up at? a meeting point decided beforehand. 
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
If you are planning to come for multiple programs in your trip, you will have to pay the application fees just once. Your application fee is valid for a year's time (from the date of application). You will not have to pay the application fees again if you come within the mentioned time frame.

For our returning volunteers, $50 discount is provided for the application fee for their next VolSol program. 
Volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day, however. It can vary depending on their program. You will have the weekend off so you can go and travel on weekends. However, in some placements, you will need to work on some Saturdays as well.

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