Kaya Volunteer Programs in Nepal

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Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world but one of the happiest. The Nepali people have a peaceful and giving nature which you will experience on a daily basis during your placement. Although it has long been a popular destination, Nepal was devastated by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2015, and relies on volunteers to support local communities.

With no shortage of things to do (8 of the world's highest mountains, elephant safaris in Chitwan National Park, and the seven UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu) Nepal is the perfect location for an adventure and with our projects, you can travel while making a positive, sustainable impact.

Our Volunteer Projects in Nepal:
1. Film, Photography, and Community Volunteering
2. Empower Women on a Sustainable Agriculture Initiative
3. Family Volunteering: Women and Child Empowerment
4. Rural Health Volunteering

Please note that project availability can change frequently. Please check our website for the latest updates.

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Reviews

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based on 4 reviews
  • Impact 5.8
  • Support 5.8
  • Fun 5
  • Value 6.8
  • Safety 5.8
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Josie
10/10

Working on a Women’s Empowerment Project in rural Nepal

I spent 2 weeks in Neapl. Originally I had signed up to work in a Kathmandu project, for a school which catered to "at risk children". However at the time of my arrival, a big festival was occurring and schools were closed for the holidays. I was therefore taken to a women’s farm cooperative which is also a part of another project with Kaya, situated in a rural part of Nepal outside Kathmandu. It was an 1&1/2 bus ride & 2 hour trek to the village. When we arrived at the house I was greeted with music and dancing and instantly fell in love with the place.

The village itself has a school where the children attend schooling and the women's farm also has a classroom where extra English is taught, the classroom is basic however that doesn't stop the children's keenness to learn. They always attended with smiles on their faces, spoke in English as much as they could, and were always in the mood to learn new things. The biggest challenge I had with teaching, was trying to cater the needs of all the children who were at different stages in regards to their ability to learn and understand. Classes will run a lot more smooth if there's at least two teachers working there.

The volunteer house had a couple women who live there with their children. A girl, who the project on the ground had "adopted", Plus girls and guys from the village and Kathmandu who worked and lived there on a daily basis. everyone was so loving and welcoming and treated me like family, keeping me involved in their daily activities. And if you ever wanted to go off the farm and do other activities for a few days, like trekking, the staff were always happy to help organise it for You.

Overall I enjoyed my time on the project. Things ran as smooth as they could, and when inevitable changes were made; I wasn't left in the lurch. I will definitely go back again in a few years!

How can this program be improved?
Communication between the staff at Kaya and Nepal, e.g when the schools were closed for the festival, I found this out only after I arrived.
Yes, I recommend this program
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RTWALTON
5/10

Nepal with Kaya

A great experience in a small school for children. An incredible homestay in a rural placement. A fantastic welcoming from the rural family and a great friendship was developed.

A negative experience with the 'on the ground' team in Nepal. For the price paid one would most certainly have expected clear organisation of transport to rural placement. It would be very easy to organise this on Tourist type buses which enable you to have your own seat, as opposed to travelling in a bus designated for 8 people with 30 actually travelling on it.

A well travelled individual I am very understanding of the transportation methods and what is deemed as normal in Nepal however an organisation which caters for paying customers I would expect that their safety is paramount in the organisations mind, even before the volunteering itself. How productive can one be if one does not make it to the placement because of poor quality of care for individuals.

This was further highlighted when on more than one occasion there was a significant amount of confusion over individuals being picked up from the airport. If your volunteering includes airport pick up, don't count on them being there. We had a number to call as part of a volunteer pack, but again what use is this when you have just arrived in country, great if you have a mobile, but then what use is the organisations number if no one answers! Luckily I was travelling with someone but there were individuals who arrived during the middle of the night and struggled to find the volunteer house.

While working in the education establishments was rewarding I also experienced that other individuals who were promised micro-financing spent one afternoon of a 4 week programme doing excel within a community. I personally feel a few things need to be made a little clearer to individuals so their expectations are not so high. Sustainable travel maybe?! Safe volunteering, questionable.

No, I don't recommend this program
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Lydia
3/10

No personal planning involved. One placement fitted all

We felt there was a lack of coordination between kaya and their Nepal based volunteer provider. Teaching placement in Kathmandu was excellent. Hospital placement had no programme or thought put into the volunteer's role. Homestay for the rural placement was excellent, a definite highlight but again more thought needs to be put into the volunteer placement.. There were up to 10 volunteers at a time arriving with no coordination. Kaya did not ask for any official feedback and their reply to our feedback did not acknowledge room for any improvement on their part. Come on we all look to make changes

No, I don't recommend this program
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lapluieetmoi
10/10

Loved Everything!

I had the most amazing time in Nepal. Nepali people are the friendliest and most welcoming people I've ever met. The culture is so rich and beautiful. Many parts of the country are untouched my modern technology so holds many natural beauties. I work at a Community Hospital called Helping Hands that provides affordable healthcare to the lower class population. People would travel for 5 days to get here. I also worked at a preschool/school called Orchid Garden that provided free schooling for low income families. Without this school, the children would have no where to go and would definitely not grow up the same way. I cannot put my experiences into words; it became apart of my soul and I am definitely going back in a couple years.

Yes, I recommend this program

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