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View from Mountain View Eco Farm
Room at eco farm
With all the children from the school in Kathmandu
office I worked...very nice area,... had Annapurna and Himalayas as my daily view...
with Mr. Sharma, the founder of IEC Nepal,..on the way to visit schools for the blind
visited a school for the blind
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Join Love Volunteers for the volunteer experience of a lifetime in Nepal! Love Volunteers partners with local NGOs to best help the Nepalese people. Despite living in one of the poorest Asian countries, the Nepalese are a warm and welcoming culture. Love Volunteers accepts volunteers of all kinds year-round.

With seven different volunteer projects to choose from, Love Volunteers makes a difference in every aspect of life in Nepal. Volunteer options include: medical/health care programs, agriculture and environmental programs, disabled care programs, teaching programs in monasteries, schools, and orphanages. Visit the Love Volunteers website to learn more!

Current Love Volunteers Programs in Nepal:

School Renovation
Teaching in Monasteries
Childcare & Development
Medical Internship
Education Support

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Reviews

9.08 Rating
based on 13 reviews
  • Impact 7.6
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 8.9
  • Value 8
  • Safety 9.2
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emanuela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Women's Empowerment in the Kathmandu valley

General Impression
After a long and patient research on the net about volunteering organizations around the world I chose Love Volunteers because of the genuine, altruistic and confidence-building vision they were able to transmit to me.

Very useful and understandable pre-departure information and helpful tips from Love Volunteers.
Informative and detailed three days induction program at their partner organization in Nepal.
Uninterrupted and devoted help and support from both LV and their partner throughout my whole volunteering adventure.

Impression about the country
Nepal is an engaging country with a fascinating collection of magic landscapes. Its people belonging to many different ethnos are warm and welcoming. I experienced it as a very «spiritual» country, very proud of, and anchored in its profound values, and at the same time equipped with an enviable humility, openness, tolerence and acceptance for different views of life, ways of thinking, religious and not religious beliefs. This «spirituality» I could sense and see just strolling in the streets invited me to take a deeper walk into myself and reflect about my way of thinking and perceive the world. Day after day I felt encouraged to become more open to the new and the unknown, to work with my prejudices and to become more curious about life, people and all resources and possibilities which I was able to grasp through unpartial observation and dedicated receptiveness. The country is beautiful, its people is charming and the handmade clothes, jewels and food are definitly delightful ... BUT what I really liked most and nourished me in an enriching and instructive way was its nonmaterial dimension, the trust and the broad-mindedness of its people and their contentedness and generosity even in situations of material poverty. YES many people in Nepal need better living conditions and a better economy. We who live in richer countries CAN IN FACT HELP THEM WITH THAT, IF WE JUST DARE IT. It is a very healthy exercise for us -who are bathing daily in material abundance- to become more detached from «things» and to win a more sober relation to material objects. We discover very quickly that we actually don’t need so much of all this stuff, and it turns out very soon that it is much more fulfilling to learn to enjoy it moderatly and more consciously. It is sharing which gives us the biggest joy. We are just able to prosper if we learn to share prosperity. In Nepal, through sharing and giving I gained lightness in my mind and more happiness in my heart. Now in Norway I feel more free and real, and happy.
It was a therapeutic material weight loss!

Project and staff
I chose undoubtedly the right project for me this time «Women’s empowerment». Thank you very much for having it on your list! I wished to do field work, research, interviews with women (people) in their daily surroundings and to meet an authentic and natural reality. I wasn’t disappointed. On the contrary… I hadn’t particular expectations, but I feel I got more then I ever could have imagined… This project gave me the chance to challange myself and my limits, to meet very different people who contributed to my growth, to expand my knowledge and to open my mind, my heart and my ears in an innovative way: I learnt «to listen» in a more genuine and sensible way. This is a BIG DEAL for someone like me who is very fond of «talking». I still like to talk, but I became more conscious about it and I do know now much better how good it does and what a source of knowledge it is, to «hear and listen».

All the people I was/am in contact with, I met and I worked with, both at Love Volunteers and their partner were helpful, cooperative, committed and prepared to support me in the best and more satisfying way through my whole volunteering experience from the day of my application to this day. THANK YOU. I would choose Love Volunteers again, without adventuring into new internet researches next time I will embark on a new volunteering project.

Tips for other volunteers
I don’t like really to give tips to others about travelling or other matters in life and don’t rely so easily on tips from others because I believe that we are all individuals and have a unique way to experience and live our own life and our adventures. I also believe that every single human being has the right to choose and try things and experiences out of her/his own needs and convictions without mediations from others. I also believe that it is constructive and empowering to find the courage and inspiration inside you and in your deepest self because this will give you more tenacity, power, joy and success in the end. But if you really wish a tip from me… Well: Don’t miss volunteering in your life. It is the most effective career training you can get on earth.
Love from Emanuela.

What would you improve about this program?
I think continuity and reliability in the program are decisive cardinal points both for survival and success of the program. The involved women should be provided constantly with them!
Otherwise it would be very unfair and distressing for the women's community if the program would suddenly stop and if the activities and running classes will be interrupted because of lack of volunteers… The women will feel that we didn’t take our mission and their needs seriously enough and will loose trust in us, in the program and our mandate. To interrupt the work from one day to another would in addition have unpleasent effect on the motivation and self-confidence which our beneficiaries just began to build up during the first training’s weeks and would have undesiderable effects on the quality and strenght of their learning, involvement and enthusiasm.
We are working with human beings who live in difficult and vulnerable conditions and who most of all need more stability and constancy in everyday life.
It is crucial to aim constantly at clear objectives which can be achieved through progressive and constant implementation of both human resources (volunteers with their knowledge and skills) and economical investment.
More accurate and detailed information is necessary, so that we volunteers will be able to answer the questions when the community women ask them (and not let them wait some hours or a whole/more day/s for a reliable answer). More explicit information would be vey useful for us volunteers to see and understand better the work prosess in which we are involved, so that we can contribute in a more constructive and confident way.
I also feel and think it is right, that the program has to provide enough money for the purchase of materials, instruments and equipment needed, in order to support the target group during the training time and after training, and promoting the women’s skills and marketing the products they manufacture. The volunteering organization shouldn't save on books neither!
Books ARE IMPORTANT AND NECESSARY in order to democratize teaching and knowledge, so that the women learn/know knowledge and learning are not the program’s or volunteers’ monopoly, bounded/limited to interaction between them and the volunteers who come and go … KNOWLEDGE can come into life in a similar dynamic way through the direct interaction of their own motivation, talents, aptitudes and capabilities with accessible sources and instruments of knowledge, like f. ex. books. For the illiterate women would books displaying a consistent number of pictures be very useful to approach language or other issues in a quicker, easier and more effective and sensible way.
I would like to see very soon that the program implements more resources to the DIRECT benefict of the women we are assisting. Help needs to become operational in practice, so I would like to see that «money» is primarily used to offer concrete and effective help and support to our target groups, in order to underline and enphatize their dignity and human rights, and motivate them to further constructive and more autonomous action.
If we go this way, then I feel we are going some steps in the direction towards authentic and sustainable empowerment.
Response from Love Volunteers

Dear Emanuela,
What an absolute pleasure it has been to work with you in arranging this placement. Thank-you for taking the time to share your incredible experience and encourage and assist others.
Your commitment, enthusiasm and passion are infectious and made such a positive impact on the Women's Empowerment program in Nepal.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if the women could be provided with sufficient books and other resources!
As an aside, we don't include a large donation of money in our program fees as we prefer this to be at the discretion of each volunteer once they are familiar with the program. Instead we focus on enabling volunteers to contribute their time and experience and believe that each volunteer is better able to judge what they can contribute in each situation.
We wish you all the very best for your future endeavours and truly hope that you will be able to join us again in the future.
The Team @ Love Volunteers

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Mikela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

One of the best experiences in my life

I was a medical volunteer in Fewa City Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal.
I am a pre-med graduate from Denmark meaning that I had no previous hands-on experience.
But I still got to observe, participate and help so many people. It was wonderful, challenging, educational and eye-opening. I learned so much about medicine, medicine in a Third World country and the Nepali culture. Words cannot describe how much I learned and developed, I enjoyed this so much. But it should be noted that this particular volunteering program is not for those who are afraid to ask questions and take initiative. Your learning and participation is your own responsibility. Noone will be there to hold your hand and explain everything to you. You must ask questions, study at home to understand the cases better, engage yourself and put in the time. The more you give, the more you get!

What would you improve about this program?
I have no complaints.
Response from Love Volunteers

Hi Mikela,
We can't overstate how appreciative we are of your contribution to this program. Your endless enthusiasm and commitment were so apparent from your wonderful emails and you were to achieve so very much!
Thanks for posting this review and for the valuable advice. It's so completely true that you get out what you put in!
All the very best for the future and we look forward to having you with us again :-)
The Team@LV

Mahima
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A summer with monks

A few months back, I was fortunate to stumble upon Love Volunteers while looking up volunteering opportunities abroad. I instantly got interested in the programs they had to offer. Out of the many programs I went through, 'Teaching at Monasteries' in Nepal caught my eye. I had been wanting to travel solo as well as experience volunteering in a different country, and this program seemed to be the perfect fit! Ever since I mailed them for the first time, Love Volunteers had been nothing but supportive and prompt. Apart from sharing a detailed guidebook about the country and the program, they answered all my queries promptly.

Having just a month off work in summer, I could afford to spend 3 weeks at the monastery. Those 3 weeks spent in Nepal have undoubtedly been one of the best times in my life! I met some lovely people, made life-long connections, traveled, taught, learnt and gathered tons of amazing memories! Staying at a monastery and interacting with monks was in itself a unique and wonderful opportunity, and I feel very fortunate to have experienced the same. Teaching at the monastery definitely had its own challenges, as they relied only on volunteers for academics (English, Math etc.) and there wasn't a curriculum in place. If you tend to get involved with the students and take your teaching seriously, then it gets challenging because all students have different abilities and levels, and ideally one needs to cater to their individual needs. That is possible when you have many volunteers on site, otherwise can be a bit difficult. Nonetheless, teaching and interacting with the lovely monks is really enjoyable, and one sure learns a lot!

Such experiences definitely teach you a lot, expose you to much more in life and probably make you grow as a person. One gets to experience life in a totally different context, often without the luxuries and comforts one is used to. However, what you gather is way more valuable - friends, experiences, memories, learning. It's all worth it. My words may not do justice to what I experienced, felt and learnt. All I can say is that it was one of the best experiences in my life, and I wish I could have stayed longer! Would love to go back sometime.

I'd definitely recommend Love Volunteers and this particular program to whosoever wishes to volunteers abroad and make a difference! :)

What would you improve about this program?
There could be greater screening for volunteers.
A minimum of 2-3 weeks should be spent by each volunteer.
Response from Love Volunteers

Hi Mahima,
I absolutely loved your review! Thanks so much :-)
Hopefully by sharing the challenges the monasteries face educating the monks and the critical impact volunteers have you will inspire others to share their enthusiasm on this truly worthwhile program.
By overcoming the challenges inherent in volunteering abroad and using your initiative and skills you have made a difference in the lives of the monks - and in your own life!
All the very best for your future endeavours. We would love to have you as a Love Volunteer again in the future.
The Team @ Love Volunteers

Adrienne
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Can't Wait to Go Back!

I volunteered in Nepal through Love Volunteers back in March of 2014. It was an overall great experience. Kelly was very helpful and always got back to my emails and questions very quickly. I was picked up on time at the airport by Keshab and shown around a bit before we went back to the volunteer house. I had my own room with a cute balcony, which was very peaceful as it was situated in the hills. It had a bathroom with a western toilet, a shower, and a sink. The beds are low to the ground with a pad for a mattress, but there were so many thick woolly blankets, I just used a few of them for extra padding. The power goes off for 6 or more hours at a time in Nepal, there is a daily schedule so you know when it will go off. The house was equipped with solar lights in every room which would last a hour or two. Food is served for every meal. The cook and his family live on site and really make some great food. Expect rice, veggies, chapati, and sometimes noodles. No meat is served. Chicken and mutton can be found at any of the restaurants. But it is not readily available everywhere. This didn't bother me, I got a healthy diet (for once) of veggies, felt better than I usually do at home, and lost some weight! I had signed up for the environment program, which wasn't clearly described at the time on the web site. I found out when I got there that they primarily wanted me to teach children at the school about the environment, which I expected to do some of, but also more hands on clean up kinds of projects. Teaching at the school turned out to be amazing. I enjoyed it very much and loved spending time with the children. I spoke to Keshab about the more hands on part of the program, and he arranged for me to stay one week at an eco farm in Pokhara (Mountain View Eco Farm--google it!) Keshab and Manoj arranged my transport via bus on Swiss Travels. I stayed the weekend in downtown Pokhara, which was really a great experience. Many shops and restaurants, I even did a bit of a trek up to the Annapurna viewpoint. After the weekend Manoj met me by car and took me up to the eco farm personally and introduced me to the family. The farm is at the top of a large hill, or small mountain, and is a mud style house. It was beautiful and you can see the Annapurna range in the mornings. I got settled in my room, which was basic, with dirt floor and little bed with pad mattress. I had a beautiful view from my window every morning! Bathroom is a squat toilet outside, and shower is outdoor too, with an option for hot water (you have to boil it.) It was a rough experience, but nothing I couldn't handle. The family was great, and the wife would make great food that we picked fresh from the field each day. In the morning you help her pick the food for the day, and then you might help build a structure, like a green house, or plow a bit of a field, or plant. Sometimes they do seminars on eco farming for other local farmers to attend and learn. Down the mountain a bit is a coffee plantation and honey farm. It's a real treat to walk there in the morning and have fresh ground coffee and honey in front of the mountains. After that I went back to Kathmandu and stayed the remainder of my trip in the volunteer house. Keshab helped me arrange transport to Nagarkot to the Everest view point. They are really so accommodating and helpful, they went out of their way time and again to help me and make sure I was having a happy and fun time. At the school and volunteer house there were Chinese students also volunteering. We went out quite a bit by bus to Thamil, a nearby market. At the eco farm there were 3 other Americans volunteering. I had a great time where ever I went and would recommend this trip to anyone! If you can handle tent camping you shouldn't have too much of a problem with the living conditions :) it's worth it trust me!

What would you improve about this program?
At first it was a little confusing, between what I read about the program on lovevolunteers web site and what the program actually was when I arrived. But everything was sorted out quickly and I was very happy with the result! Amazing time! Just roll with the flow ;)
Response from Love Volunteers

Hi Adrienne,
Thanks so much for this fantastic review of an amazing country and volunteering experience.
We love to hear about how you were flexible when the program demands weren't quite as you expected and got stuck in and enjoyed the teaching part of the program.
It's great to hear that our local team were able to meet your needs so well. They certainly do an excellent job!
Thanks again and we really appreciate the time taken to describe the program so that other volunteers know what to expect.
All the best,
The Team @ Love Volunteers.

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Napasatka
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience in Pokhara, Nepal, Work with the Blind

I was happy with the Program I specific chose. To work and live with the blind was not difficult at all. I received a very nice and warm welcome from them. For me, it's a great challenging that I had to learn and understand how to communicate with the blind. How to communicate with the blind taught me how to think both; as me and as the blind at the same time.

I worked directly with the founder and executive director of IEC Nepal in Pokhara and I also lived at his place with his family. The Home Office has an amazing view of Annapurna and Himalayas, fresh air,... and nice and cleaned location.

We did not only talked and shared ideas, opinions about the programs for the blind, but also share any information about living, hygiene, nutrition, culture, and more....

I wrote a proposal for fund raising to an international organization in Europe. I joined with them for any situation as much as I could, and also as a part of the family.

I think, the Blind or any program for disable people really needs more volunteers. Let's make different !!

Special thanks for Kelly, Mike, LV staffs and Keshab, Manoj of the local team. Guys, you did very professionally and very impressive for all suggestion, information, management, and friendliness.

Response from Love Volunteers

Dear Napasatka,
We are humbled by your enthusiasm whilst on placement and by your efforts to promote this cause and raise funds upon your return from Nepal.
Thanks so much for being an amazing volunteer and for providing this review on a program which, we agree, needs far more volunteers.
Hopefully your words and efforts will inspire others to give their time on the Special Education program, helping the blind in Pokhara.
We wish you all the very best for the future and would love to have you join us again in the future.
The Team @ Love Volunteers.

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Adam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Worthwhile project with genuine people

I spent two months working as a maths teacher at the local partner school in Bhaktapur, Kathmandu. First of all, the people there ( Keshab, Manojs and Mahesh) are very genuine, very caring people and they are doing a fantastic job with regards to running the school. There are not enough teachers at the school to run all the classes all the time, so this means that there is a real opportunity for you to help out.

The children at the school are very intelligent on the whole, and whilst they can be quite boystrous (like all children) it would be hard not find yourself getting attached to them during your stay.

Response from Love Volunteers

Hi Adam,
Thanks so much for giving 2 months to the local children of Kathmandu and teaching them the intricacies of maths!
All the best for the future.
The Team @ Love Volunteers

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Ellen
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Nepal was great! But falsely advertised.

I really enjoyed my experience teaching English in Nepal. The Nepalese coordinators were wonderful and went out of their way to make the experience positive. They helped me to plan sightseeing activities and trips and were very interested in showing me the culture. I had a high level of autonomy, as I road public transportation by myself every day and planned by own free time, but I also experienced a high level of support from the staff. However, Love Volunteers did not paint a clear picture of what I was to expect. They told me that I would be living in a host family, which I found out upon arriving in Nepal was not an option. I would highly recommend the the program with which you work in Nepal as a safe and fulfilling organization; however, the communication between Love and the local program is lacking.

What would you improve about this program?
Love Volunteers needs to solicit more current information from the NGOs it represents. There is too much false advertising on the website and when talking with Kelly and the team.
Response from Love Volunteers

Hi Ellen,
Thanks for the feedback. We're so sorry to hear that we didn't fulfill our goal of fully preparing you with accurate information prior to your placement.
You are right; it's often difficult for us to be as up to date as we'd like with the local conditions in the countries in which we work. The local teams are often dealing with difficult and challenging conditions and volunteers invariable need to be flexible.
It's great to hear that the local team met all your needs when you were there.
All the best and thanks again for helping us to improve our service.
The Team @ Love Volunteers

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Claire
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Safe and rewarding

Go for it! I spent a month in an orphanage and one month in a monastery, both times teaching english. I was provided with food and although the sanitary conditions were not perfect, i don't think it could have been better, considering the 8 hours of power-outage that the country experiences every day...
And the fact that you are with a local NGO (Love Volunteers links you to them) reduces the cost very significantly. That's a plus, if you're a broke student like me!

What would you improve about this program?
I wish I had more directions. It was my first time volunteering abroad and I had to make a lot of decisions on my own, which was very challenging but also quite rewarding!
Response from Love Volunteers

Hi Claire,
Well done for achieving your first volunteering experience! It's fantastic to hear that you dealt with the difficulties and differences inevitable in volunteering abroad with flexibility and an open mind - turning the challenges into rewarding experiences. You are the type of volunteer we love having on-board!
All the best for the future.
The Team @ Love Volunteers