Filled with monuments of cultural, religious and historical importance. Nepal’s many Temples and palaces date back to 10th century AD, existing as cultural heritages. From beautiful pagodas to magnificent Buddhist stupas, Nepal gave birth to some of the greatest thinkers in history. The capital of Kathmandu has been a cultural and political center from the beginning of its existence. For those looking to understand the development of humanity’s cultural and philosophical thought, Nepal is the perfect place to gain a new perspective as you meditate under the shade of mountains, their peaks cutting deep into the heavens.

Volunteering

In Nepal there’s a vast number of options available for volunteers. Nepal offers many geographical wonders. From the rural mountains and valleys in the North to the flourishing industrialized cities in the South, volunteers can work in education and social work or health care and conservation. The majority of children living in villages do not have access to proper education. As a volunteer teacher in Nepal, you can help bridge this gap (both economical and social) by teaching English and a variety of other subjects.

If teaching isn't your calling, then there are plenty of volunteer programs that will place you in orphanages and childcare centers. With these programs you will provide on-going support and organize activities for children. Many of these children also lack medical attention. Volunteers can take their medical elective in Nepal, gaining valuable experience and insight into their field.

Adventure Travel

The Himalayas are the world's most coveted mountains. Climbing Mt. Everest (the world’s tallest peak) is a fantasy of many travelers. Nepal is the prime spot for the world’s most experienced trekkers and climbers. Nepal has fascinating wildlife reserves where one can explore a variety of flora and fauna. One can also explore the lifestyles and colorful traditions of the indigenous Tharu people, or exciting jungle activities. One can walk to the dense jungle on foot or by jeep with an experienced nature guide or on elephant back and dugout canoe.

Not interested in deathly peaks or the dense jungles? Nepal offers some of the best white water rafting and kayaking in the world. No other country has such a diverse number of choices of trips. From wild rivers with warm water to a subtropical climate and white sand beaches, Nepal has everything that an adventurous gapper could possibly want!

Internships

Journalism and photography internships are abundant in Kathmandu. Interning in Nepal is a great way for college students and college graduates to gain the experience they need to work with a local newspaper publishing company. Nepal is an exciting country to intern in, for those seeking a meaningful internship, getting involved with the local Nepalese movement for equality and peace is a great cause to work for.

Nepal also offers internships in a variety of fields, including teaching internships, tourism internships, and sports internships. Nepal is a popular location for those on a gap year. Due to the vast number of volunteer and adventure options available in the Himalayan nation, internships in Nepal provide real insight into Nepal culture and language, with custom options such as internships at Buddhist monasteries and orphanage care internships.

Culture and Etiquette in Nepal

Nepal prides itself on being a religiously tolerant country. Nepal is where Buddhism originated from and where gappers can still find many mystical ancient temples. Every step through Nepal is a step through history. Although most citizens consider themselves Hindu, Nepal is a spiritual country and as such, many practices of one religion may get incorporated into another. The Nepalese take pride in all of their religious monuments. Temples such as Panauti (a 14th century wooden temple struts) and the temples of Helambu (Buddhist monasteries amidst a rich and enchanting landscape) are seen as great architectural and cultural achievements.

When traveling anywhere in the world, it is always prudent to acquire an awareness of the country’s respective culture. For example, the proper greeting in Nepal is “Namaste.” This is an important traditional greeting where one’s hands are pressed together in prayer position and a calm bow is given as a sign of respect.

When performing business in Nepal, one should know that bargaining does not form part of the etiquette of Nepal. The Nepalese culture is structured on mutual respect and sharing. There are no winners or losers in the country. It does not pride itself on, or obsess over competition like the westernized world.

Gap Year Programs in Nepal

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Naropa University|LeapYear
LeapYear India: Naropa University's Gap Year
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Adventure Volunteering Gap Year in Nepal
Nepal
10 •3 reviews

GAP Nepal has designed this program to be a fulfilling blend of...

Youth International
Explore the Cultures of India, Nepal, and Thailand
Multiple Countries
9.71 •21 reviews

Get outside of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in the cultures...

ARCC Programs
ARCC Gap: Asia - Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand
Multiple Countries
9.67 •24 reviews

Leave the traditional classroom far behind, as we journey to the heart...

GAP Year Nepal
Teach & Trek | Everest Base Camp | GAP Year Nepal
Nepal
8.75 •4 reviews

This teach and trek to Everest Base Camp trip is designed to provide...

GapForce
Nepal & India Adventure with Gapforce
Multiple Countries
9 •36 reviews

Journey on this epic adventure amongst the lofty, glacial landscapes...

Volunteering Journeys
Travel and Volunteer Gap Break
Multiple Countries
10 •1 review

How about an alternative winter, spring or summer break that gives you...

Animal Experience International
Dog Rescue Program in Nepal
Nepal
9.5 •2 reviews

There are more than 20,000 street dogs in Kathmandu, and over 35,000...

GVI
GVI: Volunteer in Nepal
Nepal
9.69 •16 reviews

Surrounded by Himalayan mountains, Nepal is home to eight of the...

The Leap
Nepal | Caring for Children in Need
Nepal
10 •1 review

While rich in culture, history and geographical wonders, Nepal is also...

Raleigh International
Volunteer abroad in Nepal with Raleigh International - Best Gap Year Program
Nepal
9.07 •14 reviews

Raleigh Expedition is an international volunteering program open to...

Pacific Discovery
Nepal & Tibet | Cultural Immersion, Service Learning, Adventure
Multiple Countries
9.75 •8 reviews

Discover your passion and purpose. Join us for an impactful, overland...

Tru Experience Travel
Gap Year Volunteering with TRU Experience Travel
Multiple Countries
10 •8 reviews

Have you ever wanted to use your skills in less developed parts of the...

Where There Be Dragons
Nepal: Himalayan Studies Gap Year Semester
Nepal
9.91 •11 reviews

The Himalayas. Since time immemorial, these colossal peaks with their...

Oyster Worldwide
Volunteer teaching in Pokhara, Nepal
Nepal
9.88 •8 reviews

Nepal is a must visit country for all inspired travelers. From its...

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