Why choose Volunteer for Nepal?
Volunteer for Nepal is a local volunteer organization, legitimately registered in Nepal. By it means an organization and institution established under the prevailing laws in order to carry out various social welfare activities and social welfare oriented non-governmental organization or institution. We are committed to make volunteering programs affordable and accessible to everyone. We don’t have any of pre-registration and program fee provision before arriving in the country. Just confirm your booking and send us your arrival information in advance so that we could facilitate your airport pickup. So when you join with us you not only pay minimal fee, you also pay it directly to the project. Our focus is on providing support where it is really needed and long-term support for the project you work on. Your contribution with us will be real and measurable. The safety of our volunteers is our top priority when you need it throughout the duration of your volunteering it is available to you 24/7.
Why do I need to pay for volunteering?
Many of volunteers are initially surprised when they have to pay for volunteering. Because, all of are trying to contribute their time to help others. However, as a NGO Volunteer for Nepal do not get any grant or fund to run our volunteer programs from Government. We are completely relying on the program fees that paid by you, our volunteers and interns. Therefore, the program fee is vital to cover the all expenses. In addition, the cost covers volunteers’ expenses such as accommodation, food, airport pickup/drop-off, transportation, 24/7 assistant and long-term support for the project you work on.
What should be the age of volunteers?
The minimum eligible age of volunteer should be 18 years. If you are below 18 year (16 or 17) we do need a consent letter of parents. There is no age limitation for maximum age to those who are mentally and physically fit enough to travel and work. Our projects run all year round and most are available for one week to longer. Even though most of our volunteers are between 18 to 25 years, a rapidly many number of retired people are taking part as well.
How safe is Nepal in general for volunteering?
Nepal is a country of diverse cultures and practices, where people treat to guest like God. In Sanskrit ‘Atithi Devo Bhavah’ means guest is like God. However, safety of our volunteers is primary concern. We have apparently supervised a standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confidently safe where you are placed. We will be remain a part of your every step of the way throughout the duration of your volunteering, so if at any time you need further assistance, it is available to you 24/7.
What is the application process?
On each project page you will find program descriptions, requirements, accommodation details, country information, and the associated costs. Once you have decided to volunteer on a program you can click on the “Apply Now” button to start the application process. We’ll be back in touch as soon as possible letting you know if your application has been successful.
How do I apply to get Visa to Nepal?
Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport of Nepal. TIA under Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing Visa on Arrival. ‘On Arrival’ visa procedure is prompt and simple. You can expect some queues during peak Tourist season. If you wish to skip those queues, you can also consider getting Visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed abroad prior to your arrival. If you have obtained visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions, then you must enter Nepal within six months from the visa issued date. Your total stay is counted starting from the day you enter into Nepal.
On Arrival Visa Fee
15 Days – 25 USD
30 Days – 40 USD
90 Days – 100 USD
When do I have to pay full payment?
Being relates as a local volunteering organization, we don’t need to pay before arriving in Nepal. We don’t accept registration fee as well. Just confirm your booking and send us your arrival information in advance so that we could facilitate your airport pickup. After meeting with program coordinator in office you have to pay the programs fees.
How long do the programs last?
We offer projects ranging from one week to three months. You can decide yourself exactly how long you want to do for. However, if you would like to do for longer, then you can add on as many as you like. In case, if you are not having good time what you looking for then we will have option to change placement and project. There is no mandatory that once volunteer signed for a particular project and have to be there for entire time.
What vaccination will I need?
This is completely depends on you. If any you have had vaccination in the past. We recommend you for consulting with your doctor before travelling to Nepal. Doctor will advise on what vaccinations you may need or not.
Do I need to know the local language?
In general, you don’t need to know the local language as English is generally spoken by staffs in most project locations. However, a local language helps you to bond better with your host family and the community where you are working with. Therefore, we help you to learn basic level of local language in orientation period.
What cost do I need to consider? Or how much do I need extra money?
Literally this is very difficult to answer and ultimately it depends on the person. Program fee include all expenses throughout the duration of your volunteering however, you may go on trips to local places of interest during weekend holiday. You can also get travel opportunity once when your project ends if you wish. So these extras might include socializing with other volunteers and locals, buying snacks and gifts, eating at cafes or restaurants, transport and weekend travel etc.
You can carry cash for personal expenses for a fortnight $100 approx. However, ATM’s are easy access available which accept international credit or debit card.
How can I communicate with my family back home?
Nepal’s information technology is still in its nascent stage, even though the country has made great strides in the last few decades, especially with the increased penetration of mobile and internet. So you will have easy access to communicate with your families and friends to home via mobile phone and email internet.
Will my phone work? Can I buy a SIM card upon arrival in Nepal?
Mobile phones are now widely used almost everywhere. You can bring your mobile phones from home and use in Nepal. The mobile set should be unlocked. You can buy Nepali SIM card. Mainly two of the Nepal Telecom and NCell companies telephone service are available. The reliability of phone signals will vary of course in Nepal, don’t worry we will be happy to give advice regarding which company networks work best on project location. It costs 2$ with few minutes talk time and data service. You need to have a copy of passport size photo and a Xerox copy of your passport.