Volunteer and Intern in Nepal
- Location: Kathmandu, Chitwan, villages near Pokhara (Conservation)
- Accommodation: Host families and a family-run hostel at the Conservation & Environment Project
- Local languages: Nepali
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and Projects Abroad volunteers have an important role to play in helping many disadvantaged communities. Volunteer projects and internships are available for anyone interested in working in the developing world, whether you are on a gap year, a summer vacation, or a career break.
Nepal is a poor country for a number of reasons. Much of its land is hilly and mountainous, making it difficult to develop adequate infrastructure. It is also landlocked and technologically undeveloped. Most people are employed in low-skilled agricultural jobs, and about half the population is unemployed or underemployed. Many young people leave to seek work in India or Gulf countries.
Nepal has historically been a shrewd trader with both India to the South, and China to the North. It is also in a transitional stage from royal autocracy to a form of democracy. Volunteer aid is crucial to Nepal’s development. As a volunteer, you will be able to make a huge difference in our various volunteer placements, which include hospitals, care centers for children, and schools. Our projects are worthwhile and sustainable, enabling volunteers to have the biggest possible impact on the lives of people in need.
“Nepal is an excellent destination for your placement, and a very friendly and welcoming country. You will experience this first hand from your host families, schools, and work places. They look forward to meeting you and working with you, hoping to enjoy the cultural exchange that your work will bring to them. You will be welcomed by a strong team in Kathmandu who will take very good care of you during your stay in Nepal. We are always available to give you help and support whenever it is needed. I look forward to meeting you!”
Where You Will Live in Nepal with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad Nepal is based in the bustling city of Kathmandu – a city full of jostling crowds, rickety bullock carts, and noisy auto-rickshaws. The point of contact for volunteers on all projects and our local staff is in the Kathmandu Prince Hotel. Most of our volunteer placements are located in the city too, although some are located in more rural areas. We also have Medical and Care placements in the lowlands area of Chitwan, and a Conservation Project in Ghandruk.
While some volunteers in Nepal live in a hotel, most volunteers live with host families. Certain host families welcome up to four volunteers into their home, and you will usually share a room with one other volunteer.
Nepal is a small, yet stunning land of snow-capped mountains, majestic old temples, and the colorful city of Kathmandu. Its geographical location makes it one of the most bio-diverse countries on the planet, where you can find the famous Himalaya mountain range, green paddy fields, and jungles teeming with wildlife.
Travel and Sightseeing Opportunities in Nepal
On your days off from volunteer work, there's always something going on in Nepal. Kathmandu is transforming into a vibrant and more modern metropolis. North American and European influences mean that you will certainly see modern-looking businessmen, or monks chatting on cell phones. However, there is still plenty of evidence of a more traditional life, with numerous religious festivals and temples to visit.
Did you know? People in Nepal do not greet one another with a handshake but put their palms together, bow their forehead, and say Namaste as a greeting (this translates to “I salute the God in you”).
Nepal is the ideal location for anyone who loves the outdoors. There are places to go white-water rafting in the foaming glacial rivers, and the mountainous terrain is perfect for those seeking extreme mountain biking, climbing, or trekking activities. Adventurers will relish the unforgettable experience of hiking in the foothills of Mount Everest, or going on an adventure trek through the jungle in Chitwan National Park.