If you have a background in business law, finance, banking, marketing, sales, human resources, manufacturing, retail, money management, or any other area of business, you are needed to help college students at Shivapuri Business College gain a broader and deeper understanding of their chosen profession. Offer lectures, seminars, workshops or case studies. Or, simply engage the students in conversation about your area of expertise. Stories of your business or management experience provide real-life context and greatly enhance these students education and futures.
FAQs: How to Volunteer in Nepal
Registration is quick and easy and your Nepal volunteer program contribution is tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers! (1) Below, select the length of program and year you prefer. (2) The available departure dates that match your query will display. (3) Click on the program you prefer. This will take you to the online form. (4) Complete the form and hold your place on the volunteer program with a $350 deposit. Or, call a volunteer coordinator at (800) 487-1074 for assistance. If you prefer, you may submit a text registration by mail or fax. Teens under 18 complete a minor registration and travel with a parent or adult legal guardian.
Lodging is double-occupancy, with a single room option for an additional fee. Click for single room fees.
Upcoming Volunteer Dates in Kathmandu, Nepal
Dorota Wierzbicka, Global Volunteers director of international operations, will lead the service program that begins on March 9, 2019. And, Stephen Raja Chinnappan, our long time India country manager, will lead most of the other Nepal teams in 2019. All Global Volunteers service programs are led by experienced team leaders who participate in Global Volunteers extensive team leader training, are experienced in managing diverse groups, and have completed CPR and First Aid training. You’ll receive specific information about your team leader approximately four weeks before your departure.
Plan your flight to arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport (airport code KTM), on the first Saturday of your service program. To enter the country, the Department of Immigration provides “Visa on Arrival.”
- Fill in ‘Arrival Card’
- Fill in Tourist Visa form. Volunteers can either a) complete the form upon arrival using a Kiosk machine at the airport; or b) complete it prior to arrival by visiting the official website of the Department of Immigration: https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa. .
- Make payment: While different modes of payment are accepted, cash may be the most reliable option. Fees are 25USD, 40USD, and 100USD for 15/30/90 days respectively.
Provided you supply us with your flight number and arrival time, Global Volunteers representative, holding a Global Volunteers sign, will be expecting you outside Customs. Check-in time at the hotel is 2 PM. Your team leader will greet you at the hotel. Global Volunteers’ Nepal program officially commences with the evening meal on the first Saturday. If your flight is delayed, please contact us as soon as you confirm your new flight so your team leader can offer you alternative transportation to the hotel. Departure is on the last Saturday of your selected service option.
Your health, safety and security in Nepal is a top priority. Your lodging, food and transportation are provided always with a mind to help you ensure your health, safety and security while volunteering at the work site and in your lodging facilities. Read more about health and safety here.
While there are risks travelling anywhere – read about Travel Risks here – you can minimize risks if you are cautious and follow good health and safety protocols. Malaria risks in Kathmandu are low. For additional information on staying healthy, review the websites below.
Global Volunteers includes emergency medical evacuation insurance for every volunteer. We also recommend you purchase health insurance that covers you while in Nepal, and trip cancellation insurance in the event you must cancel your participation on the service program. Your travel agent can refer you to travel insurance providers.
Evenings and weekends are free time for Nepal volunteers. While our non-profit status prohibits us from planning your free-time activities, the hotel staff will eagerly advise you of some options to enjoy as a team or individually. There are many shops, cafes and restaurants just outside the hotel where you can enjoy free time in the evenings. For example, the Kathmandu Guest House, just a five minute walk from the hotel, offers a lovely garden sitting area, bar and restaurant. Some weekend options include:
- Tour to Chandragiri and Swayambhunath
Chandragiri Hill which is situated at an altitude of 8,333 (2540m) is the picturesque hill station of Kathmandu Valley. Seven km from the Kathmandu Valley, there are restaurants, cable cars, resorts, branded shops, and multipurpose hall at Chandragiri Hill. The cable car runs from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM during the week and 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM on public holidays and weekends.
The oldest shrine complex in the Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath Temple was said to have been built over 2,000 years ago. Situated at the top of a winding staircase, “Monkey Temple” has one of the city’s best panoramic views. The complex, containing multiple shrines and a stupa, is considered holy to both Buddhists and Hindus.
- Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati Nath Temple, BoudhaNath Stupa
Durbar Square, or palace square, is the UNESCO-listed heart of Kathmandu’s Old City. Located in the heart of Kathmandu, this vibrant public square was once the Kathmandu Kingdom royal residence. It has one of the world’s highest concentrations of well-preserved ancient buildings, making for a stunning open-air museum. Although the square was damaged during the 2015 earthquakes, there is still an array of architectural gems to see.
BoudhaNath Stupa is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world, and a major pilgrimage point near Kathmandu. Every day, Buddhists fill the square to light incense, turn prayer wheels, and perform kora—clockwise circumambulations—around the monument. Rebuilt after the 2015 earthquake, the stupa is one of Nepal’s most visited attractions.
- Bhaktapur and ChanguNarayan
Bhaktapur, once medieval Kathmandu Valley’s seat of power, earns its accolade as Nepal’s best-preserved city. The earthquake of 2015 claimed many historic buildings, but the one-time flourishing kingdom is still packed with old-world charm. Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and heart of the city, is well-worth a visit.
Changu Narayan Temple, located within easy reach of the town of Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley, has a history as a sacred site dating to the third century AD, though the double roofed temple that stands in honor of the god Vishnu today was erected after a fire in 1702. Some of the statuary contained within the temple date to the fourth through ninth centuries.
- Mount Everest 1-hour Scenic Flight
Several tour agencies offer daily flights to see the top of Everest – without the climb. The cost is about $200-250 per person and only takes place in the early morning (5:00 AM arrival at the airport for the 6:00 AM flight). An example of such a tour is here.
Families of various compositions with children 13 and older can serve with us in Nepal: parents and teens, grandparents and grandchildren, aunts, uncles and nephews and nieces. The contrast of life in a Nepali school or children’s home with your teen’s own lives comes up time and again as the greatest lesson for all.
Parents and guardians are expected to supervise their teenage volunteers, and collaborate with our staff and local partners to maximize the service experience for everyone. Youth are invited to offer their own perspectives in team meetings and fully participate in free-time activities. In this way, your teen gains a personal understanding of the Nepal culture as well as the role and responsibilities of being a team member. They likely also will create life-long friendships with other volunteers and local students who share their interests and experiences – and make a permanent impression on all who serve.
Student, professional, religious, corporate and community groups are warmly welcomed by the open-hearted Nepali people. Because of the wide variety of volunteer projects, every member of your group can apply their unique skills and interests in meaningful service. Learn about each other in a non-traditional way as an intact volunteer team, and know that your specific contributions to genuine community development projects advance the futures of impoverished Nepali children and women.
Educators and student teachers, social workers, and anyone with a child-care background (including parents!) can find a direct way to mentor and support children in classrooms. Trades professionals, carpenters, plumbers, and painters – anyone who can work with their hands – are needed to help repair and maintain classrooms and community buildings. Best of all – comparing notes with your teammates at the end of the day in your comfortable hotel, you reflect on the contributions you’ve made and the remarkable culture you’re experiencing together.
“Nepal is an amazing country filled with amazing people. A warmer and more friendly people you will not find anywhere on the planet.”
“Volunteers can make a significant difference in the arc of Nepal’s children’s lives. What’s more, they’ll fall in love with these beautiful dark-eyed, bright-smiling children. ”
“English is the international language of opportunity.That truth is remarkably relevant in Nepal. “