• Nepal
    • Kathmandu
    • Chitwan
    • Pokhara
1 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Host Family
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)


Starting Price
Price Details
Fully hosted experience from only $275 for 1 week - this includes accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, orientation and 24/7 in-country support.
What's Included
Accommodation Airport Transfers Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
May 02, 2023
Feb 14, 2024
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About Program

Trusted by 125,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the world's #1 rated volunteer programs in Nepal and 50+ destinations worldwide.

For the past 5 years, we've won the "Top Volunteer Abroad Provider Award" from GoOverseas, so you can trust that you're in the safest hands with IVHQ in Nepal.

Our affordable projects start from $20/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement and local support. Projects run year-round, with durations from 1-12 weeks. Choose from 11 projects, ranging from Childcare in Pokhara surrounded by gorgeous mountain views to supporting Elephant Conservation in a local elephant sanctuary in Chitwan. Plus, you’ll stay with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world (private room options available).

With IVHQ’s superior pre-departure support services, you’ll gain exclusive access to your own Volunteer Travel Specialist, comprehensive preparation tools and volunteer training before you leave home.

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Program Highlights

  • Cheapest volunteer programs from $20/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement & local support.
  • Volunteer for 1-12 weeks, year round start dates most Mondays
  • 15+ years experience & only B Corp certified volunteer travel organization
  • Get free changes up to 14 days before you start with our flexible booking policy
  • Affordable way to earn college credit - gain 5 credits for only US$500!

Popular Programs

Elephant Conservation Volunteer in Nepal

Volunteer on an Elephant Conservation project with IVHQ and help provide exceptional care to rescued elephants who were previously used for rides. Support local staff with tasks like cleaning, preparing food, and building projects. Gain hands-on experience in animal care and make a positive impact on the wellbeing of these majestic creatures!

Volunteer in Nepal with IVHQ

Based in either Kathmandu or Pokhara, you'll be based in a childcare center helping with early stages of education and entertainment, fostering an appetite for learning and fun in local children.

Volunteer in Nepal with IVHQ

Help with construction and maintenance around educational facilities across Nepal. This is well suited to fit an eager volunteer who enjoys physical, hands-on work.

Volunteer in Nepal with IVHQ

Assist education centers for women who did not complete high school qualifications, but want another chance. Volunteers focus on teaching English, which boosts job prospects and helps with cultural understanding.

Volunteer in Nepal with IVHQ

Provide valued input as a fluent English speaker in lessons in both public and private schools across Nepal.

Program Reviews

4.86 Rating
based on 57 reviews
  • 5 rating 91.23%
  • 4 rating 7.02%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 1.75%
  • Impact 4.5
  • Support 4.8
  • Fun 4.7
  • Value 4.7
  • Safety 4.9
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Dawn Mahealani
Yes, I recommend this program

Lifelong Dream Come True

IVHQ made a lifelong dream of mine come true—to work with elephants at sanctuary. The staff had great resources to prepare volunteers for their respective volunteer projects including country specific information. The in-country team also went above and beyond giving a great orientation to the country and making sure we had everything in place to get to our project placements. My conservation project was an amazing experience—blessed once again to have a great organization to work for and comfortable accommodations. I’m hoping to do another project through IVHQ in the future.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I was able to observe some specific elephant behaviors that I had not previously observed when working in a zoo setting or on previous safari trips. Being able to work closely with the elephants all day every day was a great experience.
  • Fulfilled a lifelong dream of working closely with elephants
  • Made a positive impact on the elephant sanctuary by contributing time and financial support
  • Made a positive impact on the community by shopping local
  • Felt colder than I expected for the location and time of year
  • Was not used to the food and less opportunities to eat or snack during the day
  • Did not know that the country would not accept US dollars that were more than 5 years old when trying to exchange for local currency
8 people found this review helpful.
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Everything I wanted

Would definitely recommend! I’m 18 and this was my first time solo travelling so it was great that volunteering in Nepal felt safe but still adventurous and exciting and I got to be fully immersed in a new culture. Teaching the women was difficult at times but also rewarding and fun and the women are so endearing and eager to learn. Staying with a local family was great - they were so hospitable and kind and the food was fantastic! A great way to experience the culture while having homely comforts.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Curry for breakfast! Soon got used to their delicious diet though!
  • Safe
  • Free time to explore
  • Very friendly people
  • If no one else happens to be doing the program at the same time as you it could be quite lonely
9 people found this review helpful.
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Elephant Conservation - Chitwan

I absolutely loved volunteering on the Elephant Conservation project! The accommodation at a local hotel was comfortable and the staff there was very friendly and helpful. The project itself is hard work, but it is very rewarding. Most of the time there is spent cleaning the barn and cutting and planting elephant grass, rice, and sugarcane. It was awesome to be around the elephants every day and to see the direct impact the volunteers make on the two elephants in the sanctuary, as well as some other elephants in the village. The food was delicious and they always made sure you had enough to eat. There are also plenty of places in the village to eat at too. The staff at orientation and at the project were all very accommodating, during and after my volunteering. I would highly recommend this project!

23 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent volunteering programme

From start to finish, my elephant conservation programme was well organised. From the pre departure information, airport pick up, orientation and transport to the programme, everything was efficient and help was always at hand. Highly recommend IVHQ
The American vet running the elephant sanctuary was very kind, helpful, informative and inclusive so I felt part of the team. The routine was flexible, the hotel manager at Happyland hotel,where volunteers stay, was very kind and helpful and organised safaris for me. Brilliant experience

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I was given a machete to chop sugar cane for the elephants and asked to prepare the solution for the elephant to have an enema, very unique experience when the elephant knelt down and the mahot with the aid of a hose pipe did the deed!
  • Cultural experience unique, meeting new people
  • Safaris, walks in the Himalayas, delicious local food
  • Kind friendly people
  • Adjusting to the food sometimes upset my stomach
  • No other cons
22 people found this review helpful.
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IVHQ - WOMEN’S education- Kathmandu

Nepal is a country I’ve never been to before and is also my first volunteering trip with IVHQ ! So everything is just new to me , it was so nice to meet people from all over the world. The program was well organised, host at the home stay was so friendly and approachable. The only regret was not signing up for a longer duration . I would definitely sign up for another project and friends have been asking me about my experiences, I’ve been sharing with them and my referral code Already !! Truly , my expectations were met and I’m grateful that they made my trip a pleasant and fulfilling one

  • Cultural heritage
  • Building new friendship
  • Built my own confidence
  • Bouts of diarrhoea
  • Meeting other volunteers but parted too fast
  • Was expected to go to the villages but I was posted to the city
29 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Nepal Experience

My experience to volunteer in Nepal was something I wish I could do again and again. It left a great memorable impact of the place, people and the food.

Thanks to the programme coordinator and the guest host that really took care of me when I was there. 1 week was too short yet it last a lifetime of memories.

I went with no expectations as I hate to be disappointed, yet I was in disbelief that I truly gained so much more.

I would certainly recommend more people to go and experience this trip and be amazed with it.

  • Knowing Nepal history and culture
  • Getting to taste local food
  • Creating an impact to the women's education in Nepal
  • Traffic
  • Mosquitoes
  • Not all eateries can accept card payment mode
32 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great support

We recently spent some enriching moments with our NGO colleagues, delving deep into impactful projects that align with our core values. The days spent at our home stay were filled with camaraderie, laughter, and shared purpose. The unwavering support we received was paramount in navigating through challenges and making strides in our initiatives. The value of these experiences isn't just in the tasks accomplished, but in the connections made and the mutual growth fostered. Every moment was an affirmation of our dedication to the causes we hold dear.

  • Support
  • Value
  • Experience
  • Nothing
33 people found this review helpful.
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Womens education programme Nepal

As far as I'm aware , my experience wasn't unique. Any review I looked at was very similar to my experience. The country is beautiful, the people are lovely. The food is great. There are so many things to do in Nepal, from sightseeing to paragliding to trekking, jungle safari, yoga retreats but to mention a few.
The women's education programme was eye opening. These women turned up every day so eager to learn. They were always happy and smiling. They were also so appreciative of our help.
If anything they thought me a few life lessons too. It's an experience I'll never forget

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
It was the Dahl bhat for breakfast
  • Met lots of new people
  • Learned a lot about the country and its people
  • Tasted lots of new foods
  • Summer months are monsoon season
38 people found this review helpful.

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