Affordable Volunteer Programs in Nepal from $250

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Join IVHQ and volunteer abroad in Nepal! Highly affordable programs are available for anywhere from 1 week to 12 weeks. Volunteers are welcomed to assist on a range of community-driven projects including Medical, Teaching, Construction and Renovation and Childcare opportunities. Volunteers are accommodated in local homestays alongside other international volunteers.

Current IVHQ Volunteer Programs in Nepal:

  • Teaching English
  • Construction and Renovation
  • Childcare in Kathmandu or Pokhara
  • Medical Elective: where volunteers gain valuable experience and insight into the Nepali healthcare system in urban clinics.
  • Remote Health Post Work: where volunteers work at rural healthcare clinics and provide support to local communities.

Highlights

  • Programs available year-round, starting on the first and third Monday of every month
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Community-driven projects focused on supporting local needs and delivering sustainable positive impacts including unique medical opportunities
  • Volunteers typically stay in homestays and are immersed in the Nepali cultures and customs through their host family.
  • Projects are available in four locations in Nepal: Kathmandu, Chitwan, Chitlang and Pokhara
  • Volunteers have weekends free to experience Nepalese festivals, explore world heritage sights, or climb some of the worlds largest mountains.
  • Read the great reviews and interviews IVHQ alumni have left about their experiences in Nepal, and visit the IVHQ website to start planning your trip!

Questions & Answers

Reviews

88%
based on 18 reviews
  • Impact 7.7
  • Support 9
  • Fun 8.3
  • Value 8.9
  • Safety 9.3
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septastic
8/10

Orphanage Work - Nepal

I volunteered for orphanage work in Nepal in 2011, and was a bit apprehensive about booking online. With the sea of scams and uncertainty, it's hard to know who can be trusted. After a few chats with past volunteers and a large amount of positive reviews online, I chose to go through IVHQ and was pleased to find the trip went smoothly.

The staff in NZ was very friendly and accommodating to some special requests I had prior to booking my trip, and I was able to pick the specific volunteer location I wanted to work at. Airport pickup went smoothly, and the hotel I was placed at in Kathmandu was located within walking distance of Thamel. The hotel staff was very accommodating and helpful, the food served was more than average, and the tours and lessons upon arriving were a nice way of getting a feel for the country. With all the new sights and sounds of a new place, it's easy to get overwhelmed. IVHQ's placement services took all the guesswork out of my arrival, and let me really enjoy my first few days there.

I was transported to a small orphanage outside Kathmandu a few days after arriving to Nepal, and received a warm welcome from the children and house staff. Accommodation was right at the orphanage where I had my own room, and it was simple but comfortable. Living right at the orphanage greatly enriched my understanding of what life is like for the boys, and it was great to be there day and night. Meals were basic, but since they were identical to what was traditionally served and consumed in Nepal, I was fine with them. We had running water, a heated shower, and power for a good portion of the day.

Most days were spent getting the children ready for school, walking them to class, and helping with homework afterwards. On the weekends we'd play games or walk into town, and sometimes I'd help out at the school with lessons. It's a slower way of life than I was used to, and if one doesn't have their heart set on really helping the children, it might turn into a boring experience. I loved it, and threw myself into helping, mentoring, and spending time with the children.

Nepal was a great experience, and I was able to see parts of the country on the weekends. Since there was really no set structure at the home, I was able to come and go as I wished. I took a mountain flight to see Mt. Everest, and did some canyoning up near the Tibet border. Prices were very inexpensive, allowing me to stay weeks longer than I could have afforded in other places around the world.

Like all new places and cultures, you certainly need an open mind when traveling to Nepal. It's vastly different than things are back home, but it's a wonderfully beautiful country filled with very warm and caring people. Just make sure you get out of Kathmandu and see what the country has to offer.

How can this program be improved?
I would have liked to know more about where my program costs actually went. I got conflicting stories from the in country hosts and placement workers, as well as from other volunteers. Also, the first few days at the orphanage were hard, simply for the fact I had no idea what to do. I was literally dropped off, introduced to the children, and that was it. I didn't receive any instruction on what I would be required to do or how many hours I was expected to be there, etc. After a few days, I developed a routine and things sort of fell into place, but it did make for two or so very uncomfortable and rather awkward days. Other than that, it was fine. For the cost, I don't think you can beat it.
Yes, I recommend
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nepalvisitor
9/10

A great experience!

The staff we're great at preparing us at orientation and introducing Nepal and Nepali culture. My host family was the family that ran the orphanage, which was great because I really became close with the kids, but also stressful because I never really got much of a break. My day began early with singing and praying with the children and then after they went to school, I would either take a nap, email my family, or watch a nepali movie with my host brother. After I finished volunteering for four weeks, I wanted to do some further travelling around Nepal and IVHQ helped me organize all of that.

Yes, I recommend
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Melaina
10/10

Three Months in Nepal

I knew after high school, I wasn't ready to do more school just yet. I knew I wanted to travel, I knew I was broke, and I knew I wanted to do something meaningful with my time.
I found IVHQ through the power of Google, and after much review searching and price checking, I decided to sign up and go with it. I did three months in Nepal.
IVHQ was very thorough in addressing any and all questions or concerns I had, and they send a huge (I mean that) pamphlet on anything you could need to know about placements, expectations, and culture information.
When you get there you're set up with Hope and Home. You get a brief language and culture class, sight seeing in Kathmandu, and to connect with the other volunteers.
I spent one month in Kathmandu, and two in Pokhara, and I can honestly say in both areas I had the time of my life. The children were amazing, the location was amazing, and there is always a contact should you need something or have questions along the way. Periodically they checked up on us to make sure we were alright, settling well, and to answer questions. We did a couple trips to other places around the country, and they helped book bus tickets and tell you what's around. After it was all done, I did not want to go home, and would definitely do it again.

Yes, I recommend

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