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Volunteer in Nepal

About

From hot and sweltering region bordering India, the landscape of Nepal rises steeply and sometimes steadily to reach the mighty Himalayas. Within this, you will find green valleys, deep gorges, forests, steep terrains and rivers that crisscross the landscape. The people of Nepal are as diverse as the landscape. The population is made up of Aryans that migrated from India and Iran, and Tibeto-Burmans groups that arrived from Tibet, China and Burma. RCDP-Nepal’s volunteer program taps into this beauty of Nepal by offering cultural program, where you will get intimately connected with the warm and ever welcoming people. With our volunteer in Nepal programs you will work to improve the lives of desperately poor people.

Our program in Nepal includes Orphanage work, Teaching English in school or Buddhist monastery, Health Project, Nature Conservation Project, Photo Journalism and many others.

Highlights
  • Contribute in the way that is most meaningful to you by volunteering in a project of your choice.
  • At $100, ours is the world’s most affordable volunteer program available.
  • Your fees directly benefit your host family – there are no middlemen.
  • Partner with others just like yourself–people who know that a better world begins with changing a single life.
  • Your safety is always our priority… every volunteer location has been thoroughly vetted.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

92%
based on 19 reviews
  • Impact 9
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 8.8
  • Value 8.6
  • Safety 9.3
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Javier
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My exp

Yesterday was a very intense day full of activities. Early in the morning, seeing that it was raining heavily, our jungle excursion was canceled, and we proposed a bike ride. What we thought was going to be a simple walk through the town turned out to be an intense tour of the Nepalese landscape in which we found several animals such as elephants, deer, horses, cows, dogs or ducks. In addition, our favorite moment was when we had to cross a puddle that looked like a river as it covered us to the hip (shoutout to the leech that stung Barbara). It lasted longer than many of us could endure and some even got lost but we really enjoyed it. After a well-deserved rest, and seeing that the river still did not go down, a jungle jeep excursion was organized. Before we entered, we were lucky and honored to have been able to attend a wrestling battle live between two 12-year-old children, there were no injuries ... They warned us that silence was needed to see the animals, which It took us a little to respect, that may be the reason why we "only" saw deer, monkeys, birds and crocodiles. At the time of resting we were playing board games like the Resistance or the high pencil in which we discovered new colors such as sapphire, pistachio and persimmon. We ended the day watching a somewhat peculiar local dance that surprised some and disappointed others. And finally, Quique and the Javis woke up for dinner.

What was your funniest moment?
My funniest moment was when we went to the rafting
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Lucía
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience

We had a lot of fun and the people were amazing. Lovely food and housing as well as comfort and flexibility from the organization. Rita was an amazing host mother and the kids from the orphanage were lovely. The school was very tired but lots of fun.
The local coordinator, Lilah, was extremely helping and assisted us in every single way needed. As well as the general coordinator in Nepal who always answered our questions and helped us in what we needed.

The hostels provided by the organization were always amazing and had great service.
Overall: amazing experience, will definitely repeat in the near future.

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Pablo
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Paco in Nepal

Translated by Go Overseas:

Nepal

Our day began with the usual breakfast scheduled for eight. Despite some usual delays, we managed to reach our destination on time and began our jungle excursion without further delay. After two and a half hours of constant surprises and emotion, walking surrounded by vegetation and some animals, such as deer and the occasional crocodile, we finished our little adventure. Upon returning to the hotel we were waiting for a delicious Nepali delicacy (macaroni and cheese). After a deep nap we venture back into the jungle, but this time on the back of an elephant. However, some colleagues decided not to do this activity, since it was against their moral values. After two hours of constant rocking and the odd scare, we arrived back at the hotel. Once we had dinner, we decided to do some recreational activity to strengthen our links as pineapple. Finally, exhausted because of fatigue, we each turn to his humble abode in order to rub.

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Nepal

Nuestro día empezó con el habitual desayuno programado para las ocho. Pese a algunas tardanzas habituales, conseguimos llegar a nuestro destino a tiempo e iniciamos sin más dilación nuestra excursión por la jungla. Tras dos horas y media de constantes sorpresas y emoción, caminando rodeados de vegetación y algunos animales, como ciervos y algún que otro cocodrilo, finalizamos nuestra pequeña aventura. Al regresar al hotel nos esperaba un delicioso manjar nepalí (macarrones con queso). Tras una profunda siesta nos aventuramos de nuevo en la selva, pero esta vez sobre el lomo de un elefante. Sin embargo, algunos compañeros decidieron no realizar esta actividad, dado que estaba en contra de sus valores morales. Tras dos horas de constante balanceo y algún que otro susto un tanto desagradable, llegamos de vuelta al hotel. Una vez cenados, decidimos realizar alguna actividad lúdica para reforzar nuestros vínculos como piña. Finalmente, exhaustos a causa del cansancio, nos dirigimos cada uno a su humilde morada con tal de sobar.

What would you improve about this program?
I think it should be a 4 week program instead of 3.
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Alex
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best travel

This travel was really impressive and shoking. The part of the tourism in Katmandú with all the activities were amazing but all the group coincided on the part that the volunteer part was a bit short and we would like to be a bit more time in the town. The first days activities were an adventure. The rafting was very funny and the jungle walk was a bit disappointing because we can’t see a lot of animals but it was also great. The families were also amazing and all were very hospitable, they were always helping you. The work in the garden is very tired but also great. The time we passed with the kids were the best time. They have always a smile in their face and is very funny all the game that we did. The classes were a bit hard, especially if you have the first classes.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most shoking thing is the contrast between the city (Spain) and the small town.
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Javier
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Experience

Yesterday was a very intense day full of activities. Early in the morning, seeing that it was raining heavily, our jungle excursion was canceled, and we proposed a bike ride. What we thought was going to be a simple walk through the town turned out to be an intense tour of the Nepalese landscape in which we found several animals such as elephants, deer, horses, cows, dogs or ducks. In addition, our favorite moment was when we had to cross a puddle that looked like a river as it covered us to the hip (shoutout to the leech that stung Barbara). It lasted longer than many of us could endure and some even got lost but we really enjoyed it. After a well-deserved rest, and seeing that the river still did not go down, a jungle jeep excursion was organized. Before we entered, we were lucky and honored to have been able to attend a wrestling battle live between two 12-year-old children, there were no injuries ... They warned us that silence was needed to see the animals, which It took us a little to respect, that may be the reason why we "only" saw deer, monkeys, birds and crocodiles. At the time of resting we were playing board games like the Resistance or the high pencil in which we discovered new colors such as sapphire, pistachio and persimmon. We ended the day watching a somewhat peculiar local dance that surprised some and disappointed others. And finally, Quique and the Javis woke up for dinner.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Dalbat was the food we ate the most and was the most unfamiliar
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benito enrique
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

nepal

Translated by Go Overseas:

We woke up at 6:30 to go to the hotel with all the desires in the world until we arrived at the van where we were waiting for a trip that was very, very long, but it was more enjoyable due to the games we proposed. We were exhausted, we arrived at the rafting that was in Chitwan Bay there they explained how we should put on the lifejacket and the Halmet. We engage in adventure and we all thought we were going to die. We divided into two groups each with two monitors there were parts where there was a lot of waves and we had to continue paddling, Enrique complained a lot because all the waves came to him and he ended up soaked he seemed handsome. At 5 km we made a stop to eat where we ate chicken rice and soup.
We resumed the trip about 10 km more which made us eternal since we had stayed cold when we had stopped to eat. After the rafting adventure we had to change since all our clothes were soaked then we took the van and went to the new hotel where they welcomed us very well. How it is raining heavily we could not do any activity and we had to stay our rooms since it was all flooded. We ended the day having dinner all together in the dining room and went to bed soon as the next day we got up early.

Original Review:

Nos despertamos a las 6:30 para ir al hotel con todas las ganas del mundo hasta que llegamos a la furgoneta donde nos esperaba un viaje muy pero que muy largo pero se hizo mas ameno debido a los juegos que propusimos. Estábamos agotados, llegamos al rafting que estaba en la bahía de Chitwan ahí nos explicaron cómo debemos ponernos el chaleco salvavidas y el Halmet. Nos enzarzamos en la aventura y todos pensamos que íbamos a morir. Nos dividimos en dos grupos cada cual con dos monitores había partes donde había mucho oleaje y teníamos que seguir remando, enrique se quejaba mucho porque todas las olas le llegaban a él y acabó empapado parecía aposta. A los 5 km hicimos una parada para comer donde comimos pollo arroz y sopa.
Retomamos el viaje unos 10 km más lo que se nos hizo eterno ya que nos habíamos quedado fríos cuando habíamos parado a comer. Terminada la aventura con el rafting nos tuvimos que cambiar ya que toda nuestra ropa estaba empapada luego cogimos la furgoneta y fuimos al nuevo hotel dónde nos acogieron muy bien. Cómo está lloviendo a cántaros no pudimos hacer ninguna actividad y nos tuvimos que quedar nuestros cuartos ya que estaba todo inundado. Terminamos el día cenando todos juntos en el comedor y nos fuimos a la cama pronto ya que al día siguiente madrugabamos.

What was your funniest moment?
el momento mas divertido fue cuando tuve que ir a matar dos arañas a casa de barbara y maria ya que ellas no se atrevían
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Sara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Nepal

I have been in Chitwan in a small village for 2 weeks volunteering at a primary school, orphanage and community field. This way of getting to know a new country is the best one I’ve tried so far. I had so much fun with my host family and with the kids at the school and orphanage. I also learned a lot of important values in life. There was always so much to do to keep yourself entertained, and the community was always so warm and welcoming. The agricultural work we did was also very relaxing and and excellent way of learning and feeling useful for many of the kids who truly need to support. Two weeks felt extremely short and I with I would have come for a longer period of time, which is why I hope to come back as soon as possible. Thank you very much!

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Luna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience

The teaching part in the school has been amazing and very amusing, even if sometimes it was quite chaotic and difficult to communicate properly. But with our non-existant knowledge of nepali, a little bit of english and some sign language we hope that we have been able to help the kidd learn and expand their knowledge, both in science, english or maths.

Our host families were all amazing. I had the most amazing time with rita our host mother and grandma. Making spanish food for them was incredible. Exchanging cultural values and traditions is very important in order to be a complete and understanding person. My stay here has allowed me to do this and for that I am very grateful. I'm also grateful that you allowed us to be part of your daily lives, that you opened your homes to us, taught us important lessons and apprecieated our horrible dancing and singing skills.

All in all, this has been one of the best experiences any of us could ever ask for and the best three weeks of my summer, probably of my year too.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice for them would be to enjoy every single moment with the kidd and on the field and to forget about ant materialistic thing.
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maria
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

miercoles, 17 de julio

Translated by Go Overseas:

We started the morning working in the garden where we divided the tasks. some were in charge of removing the earth and others of removing the weeds. Thanks to the hose we were able to survive the heat and do a good job. When we finished in the garden, we went home to regain strength and then teach and play with the children. Once at school, each one went to their respective classes to give the agenda that they played and between class and class we took the opportunity to make games such as the rope, football or paint on the board. Once the school day is over we use our well-deserved rest to take a shower and sleep for a while. At half past five we were at school with the children of the orphanage playing frisbie, soccer, making bracelets and many other activities. Finally, after dinner we all gathered to play cards for a while and went to sleep.

Original review:

empezamos la mañana trabajando en el huerto donde nos dividimos las tareas. unos se encargaron de remover la tierra y otros de quitar los hierbajos. gracias a la manguera que había pudimos sobrevivir al calor y hacer un buen trabajo. cuando terminamos en el huerto, nos fuimos a casa a reponer fuerzas para después enseñar y jugar con los niños. una vez en el colegio, cada uno se fue a sus respectivas clases a dar el temario que le tocaba y entre clase y clase aprovechamos para hacer juegos como el de la comba, el futbol o pintar en la pizzarra. una vez acabada la jornada en el colegio utilizamos nuestro merecido descanso para ducharnos y dormir un rato. a las cinco y media estabamos en la escuela con los niños del orfanato jugando al frisbie, futbol, haciendo pulseras y muchas otras actividades mas. por ultimo, despues de cenar nos reunimos todos a jugar un rato a las cartas y nos fuimos a dormir

What was your funniest moment?
Translated by Go Overseas:

One of the funniest moments of the trip was when we had to face spiders, cockroaches and much more bugs. especially when we met Barbara and I with a huge spider when entering the room and we dared not kill her since it was the size of our hand. finally we decided to call quique that thanks to his help and after a few scares he managed to kill her

Original:

uno de los momentos mas graciosos del viaje fue cuando nos tuvimos que enfrentar a arañas, cucarachas y mucho bichos más. en especial cuando nos encontramos barbara y yo con una araña enorme al entrar en la habitacion y no nos atreviamos a matarla ya que era del tamaño de nuestra mano. finalmente decidimos llamar a quique que gracias a su ayuda y despues de unos cuantos sustos consiguió matarla
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barbara
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

nepal 2019

GO OVERSEAS TRANSLATED REVIEW

Yesterday was a very intense day full of activities. Early in the morning, seeing that it was raining heavily, our jungle excursion was canceled, and we proposed a bike ride. What we thought was going to be a simple walk through the town turned out to be an intense tour of the Nepalese landscape in which we found several animals such as elephants, deer, horses, cows, dogs or ducks. In addition, our favorite moment was when we had to cross a puddle that looked like a river as it covered us to the hip (shoutout to the leech that stung Barbara). It lasted longer than many of us could endure and some even got lost but we really enjoyed it. After a well-deserved rest, and seeing that the river still did not go down, a jungle jeep excursion was organized. Before we entered, we were lucky and honored to have been able to attend a wrestling battle live between two 12-year-old children, there were no injuries ... They warned us that silence was needed to see the animals, which It took us a little to respect, that may be the reason why we "only" saw deer, monkeys, birds and crocodiles. At the time of resting we were playing board games like the Resistance or the high pencil in which we discovered new colors such as sapphire, pistachio and persimmon. We ended the day watching a somewhat peculiar local dance that surprised some and disappointed others. And finally, Quique and the Javis woke up for dinner.

ORIGINAL REVIEW

Ayer fue un dia muy intenso repleto de actividades. A primera hora de la mañana, al ver que estaba lloviendo a cántaros, se anuló nuestra excursión a la jungla, y nos propusieron un paseo en bici. Lo que pensábamos que iba a ser un simple paseo por el pueblo resultó ser una intensa vuelta por el paisaje nepalí en el que nos encontramos varios animales como elefantes, ciervos, caballos, vacas, perros o patos. Además, nuestro momento favorito fue cuando tuvimos que atravesar un charco que parecía un río ya que nos cubría hasta la cadera (shoutout a la sanguijuela que le picó a Barbara). Duró más de lo que muchos podíamos aguantar e incluso algunos se perdieron pero lo disfrutamos mucho. Tras un merecido descanso, y al ver que el río seguía sin bajar, se organizó una excursión con jeep a la jungla. Antes de adentrarnos, tuvimos la suerte y el honor de haber podido asistir en directo a una batalla de lucha libre entre dos niños de 12 años, no hubo ningún herido...Nos advirtieron de que se necesitaba silencio para ver los animales, cosa que nos costó un poco respetar, puede ser ese el motivo por el que "solo" vimos ciervos, monos, pájaros y cocodrilos. A la hora de descansar estuvimos jugando a juegos de mesa como la Resistencia o el alto lápiz en el que descubrimos nuevos colores como el zafiro, el pistacho y el caqui. Terminamos el día viendo una danza local un tanto peculiar que sorprendió a unos y decepcionó a otros. Y finalmente, se despertaron Quique y los Javis para la cena.

What was your funniest moment?
volvimos maria y yo a nuestra host family y al entrar en la habitación nos vimos una araña más grande que una mano. nadie se atrevía a matarla así q llamamos a quique, nuestro héroe. después de varios sustos y estrategias quique consiguió matarla.
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Clayton
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

2 week stay in Helpless Colony Orphanage

The helpless colony is an exceptional place to volunteer. The place is clean, and the children are happy. You are provided a clean bed, private bathroom and have good wifi (for Nepal). And above all the brothers and sisters that work there are very friendly and willing to help you. It was the students exam period during my stay so I helped them study. But normally you will be playing with them, teaching them, and helping with chores around the house. They are very relaxed and nothing is set in stone. If you need a break, or want to travel during the day you have complete freedom. Ujjwal and his mother Nanu are the main staff members. They are very knowledgeable about the area and can recommend places to you if you need a haircut, to go to the hospital or have a plate of momos. I I highly recommend volunteering here.

Tommy
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great hospital experience

Great time in the hospital, good food, staff was great. Hostel a bit far from the main attractions but close to hospital! everything was amazing. The hospital was flexible and you could work a lot or just hang out and chill if you did not want to work so much. Schedule was flexible and days off were no problem a all. Everyone was very helpful. Kathmandu itself is a wild/crazy city that is very fun but very chaotic at times. It was nice to split our time between Kathmandu and Chitwan. Program staff and coordinator allowed us to make this change without any hitches and even bought us the transportation to Chitwan. They provided good door to door service from airport pickup to airport drop off. In terms of value you could not get any better. It was very inexpensive and well worth it.

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Ilkka
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My First week in Nepal

Because my arrival in Nepal was delayed one week and the day was Monday, I had day off from the program. Despite of that this week was very good time for me. All the people I met during the week were very kind and ready to help me many ways, just as they could. I can recommend this program for everyone.
My First week was studying Nepal, so we couldn't visit many places and go out of the City. Particularly the nepal teacher was wonderful and very nice, incredibly patient and helped me so lot with my studying. After this week I can continue studying nepal on my own. Despite of thight schedule during the course week, we visited interesting places, like Monkey Tempel, on the hills,and boudhanat. This all helped me understand this country and this culture.

What would you improve about this program?
Accommodation in the hostel needs attitude. Simple cold room with no hot water available is not very nice especially in winter time.
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Greg
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Photo Journalism in Nepal

The experience I had was forfilling
& enlightening ..like any poor country the day to day living
in a city like Kathmandu can be quite challenging and it is advisable to prepare yourself not only physically but mentally as things are a world apart from what we're used to at home.. seeing the amount of poverty is not always easy .....The more self motivated you are, the more you can gain from the programme..
The information I received before travelling was accurate and true and the in country coordinators are extremely helpful and always just a phone call away should you have any questions or require any information. I would definitely recommend my experience.

What would you improve about this program?
I may possibly look into the accomadion provided by the host family
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Tina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Don't Do It For The Party

I would highly recommend the Orientation week if you are a first time volunteer. Especially, if you are a first time volunteer who has never been exposed to a third world culture. The registration process is seamless. My cordinator was very quick and precise about answering my questions. ( Is there a Western toilet, can I have a vegetarian diet, not spicy, my interest is in the Monastaries). After paying the deposit, I asked more questions, then once my flight was booked ( which meant a commitment), I was given very detailed information about my accomadations, packing list, how to be picked up at the airport. From the moment I saw the person holding a sign with my name on it at Katmandu Airport...until now...I have had excellent support and connections with the staff.
I will be here 3 months, I am now a month into the program. If you like to volunteer, and want to experience a unique culture by living the way the locals live, this is the way to have an adventure. ( what did I LEARN? My accomadations have western toilets.....as opposed to a hole in the ground....but toilet paper is not provided. There is no heat in the homes. Our host has a set up for hot water...but it is cold in the building. Get use to eating rice with almost every meal. Laundry involves drawing water from a well with a bucket).
We may not have the simple amenities we have in the states....but we can see things that would be difficult to experience if you are coming as a tourist for a couple weeks. The beautiful shrines...yes...but the way the people live....and their warmth and hospitality. My mother is afraid I will never want to leave Nepal, perhaps she is right.
One thing I would change in the Orientation is the language class. Although the language teacher knows English, is very warm and intelligent, I think the classes could be shortened to just a couple hours of basic language. The instructor is very talented at explaining the culture, arranging sightseeing tours, and almost immediately becoming a friend in this strange, new culture. I think the Orientation week should have more hours of explaining culture, walking around the villages, and just acclimating to the new surroundings.
If you are adventurous and open minded, I would recommend the program.

What would you improve about this program?
Less hours learning Nepalese language. More learning the culture.

Location

Location:
Nepal
Currency:
Nepalese Rupee
Weather:
Jan-Mar
90 F / 61 F
Apr-Jun
90 F / 66 F
Jul-Sep
86 F / 66 F
Oct-Dec
86 F / 63 F
Airports:
Tribhuvan International Airport
( KTM )
Pokhara Airport
( PKR )
Lukla Airport
( LUA )

Nepal is well known for holding 8 of the 10 highest peaks in the world with the most famous and tallest being Mount Everest. Although most people think of the many large peaks that are prevalent across the landlocked country of Nepal, around a third of the country is considered subtropical. Whether you are a climber or not, Nepal has a variety of activities for any type of traveler.

About RCDP International Volunteer Program

Established in 1998, RCDP-Nepal is a recognized leader in the field of volunteering. RCDP-Nepal pioneered volunteer in Nepal and India programs. Our volunteer program offers an alternative way to enjoy the exhilarating and exotic beauty of the nature...