Where do I stay?
Volunteers will stay in the monastery, however in some monasteries, females are not allowed to stay overnight. In such cases, we provide to volunteers with host families accommodation within walking distance from the monastery.
How many hours do I need to teach a day in the monastary?
You need to teach 2 to 3 hours a day in the monastery. Beside teaching English you may get them involve on extra curricular activities like dancing, drawing, playing game and magic. Also you may be invited to take part in monastery activities like chanting and meditation.
What is the teaching curriculum in the monastery?
Only few monasteries follow the government education syllabus. In most of the monasteries, volunteers have to design your own teaching lesson and activities independently for the monks and nunneries.
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.
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
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.