We Volunteer Nepal

We Volunteer Nepal

About

We are a non-profit, non-religious, non-political, non-government organization who links international volunteers with Nepali people. We wish to enrich and improve the lives of both the local people and volunteers by providing new and memorable adventures and experiences. We are working for many different placement and placement are based in Community.

We are established to link international volunteers with Nepali people in an attempt to enrich and improve the lives of Nepali people and provide a new and memorable adventure for volunteers. Our mission is to create and develop a range of dynamic opportunities that would best benefit each volunteer as well as addressing the needs of Nepalese communities. And to empower marginalized communities through enhanced education, health and income generation under women empowerment, children development, youth empowerment and public health programs with special focus on women and children by conducting training and research, development etc..

Founded
2014

Reviews

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Manon
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

As a medical student, I worked in the emergency department at Narayami Community Hospital, a private hospital in Bharatpur. The medical staff was very welcoming, and friendly. My work was suited to my medical level, and I could easily go to other departments. It was really interesting to compare the way the patients are treated and managed in Nepal with the way I am used to. This program is a valuable practical experience, adapted to my professional project. However, I didn't feel so useful, and would have prefered to help people who can't afford medical care. My host family was wonderful and I was so glad to be immersed in Nepalese culture. The program director and his staff were reactive, reliable, caring and everything was well organised.

What would you improve about this program?
By adding missions in some free medical camps
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Daphne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I spent a month in Kathmandu, Nepal, thanks to the belgian agency SVI and the help of We Volunteer's agent Bhagawan. He was an amazing help during my project and made sure I was well looked after. The monastery I stayed at was high in the mountains near the jungle, which made for a unique scenery of the volunteering work I had to do.

The children were all wonderful in vastly different ways, and teaching them English was such a fun experience - especially since they taught me as much as I taught them, too. There's a lot of human contact when working with the nuns that I'd never really had elsewhere. There's a lot I didn't expect which made this trip an unforgettable one, as the city is gorgeous and the people simply very welcoming!

What would you improve about this program?
No complaints thus far!
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Sara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I spent two months with we volunteer nepal and I would definetly recommend it to everyone who is thinking about a volunteer programm in Nepal.

The communication before I arrived was smooth. Bhagawan (he is the one responsible for the communication with the volunteers) answered all of my queries fast and copious. This made me feel very comfortable even before i arrived.

He then picked me up from the airport and I spend the first days with him and his very sweet wife Manju. They made me feel like at home! They provided super delicious food, went on activities with me and gave me some nepalese language and culture lessons.

Once arrived at the monastery where I should live for the further two months Bhagawan never hesitated to contact me questioning if everything is ok. He and his wife even visited me once in a while (consider: the monastery is about 2 hours drive away from his home) to make sure that everything is really ok. The time in the monastery itself was also more then perfect: the accomondation was super clean and western style (even with a western toilet for yourself :) ), The food was changing everyday and delicious. The monks itself made my stay an incredible experience: you will feel like gaining 100 of new brothers. They are really openminded and share everything with you.

After my two months were over, I started a trekking trip with my brother through the himalayas. Bhagawan gave us loads of information and even helped us with the transportation. He was even ok to leave our luggages with him during this time as we didn't needed them.

All in all, I would really recommend we volunteer nepal. Bhagawan and his wife are two very kind hearted people which will make your volunteering experience a very unique one!

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Dunja
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have spent three exciting weeks of the summer 2017 volunteering in a Buddhist monastery near Kathmandu, Nepal organized by We Volunteer Nepal. From airport pickup and sightseeing of the city to helping me and other volunteers with our Nepalese SIM cards when they didn't work and spending a whole day trying to reach tech support of the SIM card company, We Volunteer Nepal was everything that I expected and more!
Even now, one month after my Nepal experience, it's very hard to put my feelings into words, but I can say without a doubt that I will come back. Maybe to teach little monks English and Math again or maybe to participate in some environmental volunteering and try to contribute to keeping this country as beautiful as it is today.
For all of you who are having second thoughts about volunteering in Nepal - don't! You are in for the rewarding experience, acceptance, kindness, and love, so much love. Safe travels!

Anna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I volunteered at the Hasante Buddhist monastery teaching English to the nuns in September, 2016 with We Volunteer Nepal. We Volunteer were a great organisation to help me have this experience in Nepal, and they were very helpful in getting me settled into Nepal. Firstly they put me into accommodation for my first night to recover from the flight, then they allowed a day for me to be shown around the city itself for a day of touring and sight seeing. Bhagawan was also helpful for two of the other volunteers with us when they became ill at one stage. The eating and sleeping conditions were very good at the monastery, with the food being cooked fresh for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and was absolutely delicious (obviously also all vegetarian to abide by Buddhist teachings). For sleeping conditions we had two people to a room, with an attached bathroom in each room, which was situated in a separate complex to the main monastery buildings which meant on our down time we had a private space to relax in. Obviously the bathrooms and beds aren't a five class hotel standard, but they are perfectly satisfactory for any volunteer. The nuns were a huge help throughout our time there and very helpful with any questions we had, while also being the kindest and most welcoming people.
I highly recommend this program with We Volunteer Nepal for those wanting an overseas volunteering experience to remember.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

Asia, particularly the Indian culture, has always fascinated me. Admittedly, I'd never looked into Nepal much, and it was a French movie which took place in Kathmandu that first piqued my interest in actually travelling there someday.

One thing led to another, and a couple months later, I was looking at volunteering programs, one of which featured the chance to discover Nepali culture as well as taking care of children. It immediately sounded like something I would enjoy, and it truly was!

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The agency I worked with provided me with a lot of information (which I desperately needed as this was my very first volunteering experience) and a quick formation weekend that enabled me to ask previous volunteers any questions I still had. The rest I took care of myself such as looking for activities for the weekends and ways to improve my teaching methods.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Be prepared, both for the environmental circumstances such as season, foods, and other details, and for the content of your volunteering project. I came in slightly underprepared and had to quickly adapt to the needs of the children within the monastery. Being able to improvise fast is something I ended up perfecting in Nepal as the entire country runs on unpredictability.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

We have breakfast very early in the morning. Classes are at around 10 – 11 AM followed by lunch at the monastery and a trip to downtown Kathmandu until evening right in time for dinner before going to bed at more or less 9 or 10 PM. It was a nice, comfortable routine.

The weekends were a little more eventful for I had booked a couple of fun activities to do outside the city with other volunteers, such as trips to nearby villages.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was being unable to live up to the expectations set by the program, as well as not connecting to the children. As mentioned above, this was my very first experience with teaching, ever.

I was extremely nervous as to whether the kids would even like me or listen to me. In the end, it turned out that they are far more open to new company than expected, and immediately grew on me. They may have been a little rowdy sometimes, but all in all, we got along very nicely and I was able to have very enjoyable class periods with the girls.

Was the culture shock as big as expected, and how did you handle it?

I must say that yes, Nepali culture is a LOT different than French culture. To be honest, once the first week's excitement had worn off a little, the realization that I was going to have to fare three more weeks on my own gave me quite a scare for a day or two. It was simply such a huge project that I had undertaken that it overwhelmed me at first.

One month in a place so far away and so vastly different from your own is a lot to take in. It eased up very quickly, though, as I learned to accept and embrace this as a way to broaden my horizons while having fun. Time really flew by, in retrospect.