Volunteer in Nepal, in a village surrounded by the Himalayan mountains, and explore the region’s rich cultural and religious heritage while making a sustainable contribution to women’s empowerment advocacy, global public health, infrastructure development or teaching English.
Imagine waking up in the Himalayan foothills, surrounded by lush, green mountains and in the distance, snow-capped peaks. This is the GVI Nepal community hub in the lively tourist town of Pokhara, three hours from the capital city of Kathmandu. You’ll work alongside established and reputable local organisations to make a long-lasting and measurable impact. You’ll also be based in one of the friendliest communities in the world, allowing you to experience the region’s rich cultural heritage.
When you volunteer with GVI in Nepal, you’ll work on projects that:
Our volunteers in Nepal want to know that their contribution is making a positive impact, in a safe and respectful manner. At GVI, we emphasise collaboration with reputable organisations on the ground. We are dedicated to inclusive, sustainable and meaningful engagement with the local community and economy.
All of our volunteers and interns in Nepal work alongside local community members in the coordination and day-to-day activities of these programs. Our projects are also fully resourced through local businesses, supporting economic development and growth.
The volunteer projects and internships we run in Nepal are driven by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). This is because we believe in a multi-faceted approach to development and impact-driven volunteering. By volunteering in Nepal with GVI, you can contribute to lasting change in SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being, SDG 4: Quality Education, SDG 5: Gender Equality, and indirectly to more of the 17 official goals.
One of our main partner organisations in Nepal is SASANE, a survivor-led anti-human trafficking organisation that is dedicated to spreading awareness about the prevalence of human trafficking and its effects on the lives of women in the region.
We believe that this is vital advocacy work and are proud to work with them. Alongside SASANE, our volunteers and interns in Nepal contribute to progress on gender equality initiatives in the region. You’ll also assist with regular workshops aimed at enhancing literacy, numeracy, professional skills development, public health and conversational English classes for local women and girls.
Collaborate with local educators to help children in Nepal achieve developmental milestones and learning outcomes. Participants in this program will work in a local Nepali primary school on projects based on the needs of our partners.
The aim of our early childhood development program in Nepal is to nurture children’s literacy and numeracy, as well as skills such as hand-eye coordination, social interaction and teamwork. We also work with children to improve their conversational English, a skill that contributes to future education and employment opportunities. Additional volunteer teaching in Nepal includes arts and crafts or sports for fine and gross motor skills development.
Help foster better healthcare practices and support community well-being in Pokhara, Nepal. Volunteers work alongside local staff and students to facilitate healthcare workshops for young students and women in the community. Topics include UNICEF’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program, basic first aid, and broad healthcare topics. Some of the targets for this program are increasing access to clean drinking water, increasing access to clean toilets, and increasing health skills in the community.
If you’re interested in doing a bit more travel and experiencing other communities and landscapes, consider volunteering on our global health in Thailand and Nepal program. This is an excellent way to contribute to health and well-being practices while immersing yourself in more of Asia’s rich and diverse cultures.
Join us in Pokhara, Nepal, as a volunteer to support the United Nations’ 4th Sustainable Development Goal of Quality Education. You’ll work closely with local communities, contributing to literacy and numeracy improvements. Your tasks include assisting at education centres, primary schools, and providing after-school sessions and conversational English classes for local women and adults.
On this program volunteers will assist our local partner organisations with building and renovating educational facilities in local institutions such as primary schools and children’s centres. The primary goal is to enhance the learning environment and improve educational outcomes for students. This involves specific improvements such as adding desks to classrooms, renovating libraries, or upgrading bathroom facilities.
Adventurous teens aged 15 to 17 can join us in Nepal’s Pokhara for a life-changing experience. On this program designed for teens, participants work to improve local schools, visit temples, and take part in a local cooking class. Since 2012, GVI has been running ethical and responsible programs for teens, with health and safety being our top priority. As a result, we proudly comply with British Standards 8848.
If you’re looking for a more extended and career-oriented opportunity, consider joining one of our internships in Nepal. Whether you’re in the process of determining your career direction or wanting to gain practical experience in your chosen field of study, our internships offer hands-on, real-world exposure. In Nepal, you can choose from one of the following internships:
If you’re looking to kick-start your career with a work placement or conduct in-depth research for ongoing projects or your thesis, our professional apprenticeship or research fellowship programs might be the perfect fit for you.
Begin your education career in Nepal with our teaching research fellowship. Learn early childhood development, English teaching and support for all ages. After training, you’ll work with local educators during your work placement. You’ll collaborate with GVI staff and local partners in education projects – and possibly lead your own project that’s aligned with sustainable development initiatives.
Our research fellowship in Nepal focuses on women’s empowerment and gender equality. You’ll conduct research, gain practical experience, and develop skills like data collection and analysis, project management, and cross-cultural communication. Your research data can be used for your dissertation/thesis or for ongoing projects in Nepal, contributing to social change and your career growth.
Nepal is known as one of the world’s most desirable adventure destinations. With 8 of the 10 highest mountains on the planet – including Mount Everest – it’s a hotspot for outdoor-lovers. The country’s geography is incredibly diverse, with fertile plains, forested hills and towering mountains.
The weather can occasionally be unpredictable and interrupt regular activities. This is all part of the adventure. Our team on the ground is well-prepared and always ready to make a plan!
Pokhara, where our community hub is located, is a popular tourist destination and the second-most visited city in Nepal. The region is well-loved for its tranquil environment, scenic vistas, views of three of the highest mountains in the world, and beautiful Phewa Lake. From here, volunteers in Nepal can take part in many travel and trekking activities, or learn about the region’s rich culture and religious traditions.
If you’re interested in the region’s rich cultural and religious heritage, there is no shortage of incredible and elaborate Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries in this region. Spend time reflecting at the Tal Barahi Temple on a tiny island on the nearby Phewa Lake. Or pay a respectful visit to the Shanti Stupa – a hilltop Buddhist monument and World Peace Pagoda dedicated to spreading kindness.
There are a lot of festivals in Nepal! It’s often said that while there are 365 days in a year, Nepal has 366 festivals. It’s important for volunteers to be adaptable, flexible and willing to try new things. September to November are the busiest months for festivals and holidays. During that time we strive to offer alternative activities (for example when schools are closed) wherever possible and our volunteers are involved throughout the process.
When participating in a volunteer experience in Nepal, you can rest assured that your safety and health are paramount to GVI. That’s why we put in place rigorous ethical guidelines and employ on-the-ground ethics officers to ensure that our projects follow rigorous and current best practices and standards.
To ensure the safety of everyone involved, all of our staff and participants are required to complete a police background check before arrival. On-site child protection training is provided to all of our volunteers in Nepal. To protect children from cyber and real-world threats, we ensure our marketing material follows child protection best practices. Please see our child and vulnerable adult protection policy for more information.
GVI doesn’t support orphanage volunteering or donations to orphanages. For more information, see our stance on orphanage volunteering. We support ChildSafe, a global child protection initiative, and regularly review our Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection policy.
To learn more about the incredible work our volunteers and interns have done, please review our recent Impact and Ethics Report.
The people who participate in our internships and volunteer projects in Nepal are eager to learn and contribute to meaningful projects. So we understand that you probably have some questions about the program! We’ve addressed some of the commonly asked questions here. Please reach out to our friendly enrolment team if you have any other questions.
While there’s no maximum age for volunteers, if you’re under 18 and want to volunteer, we offer a wide selection of teen volunteer programs all over the world. You can find more information here.
We don’t require any pre-existing qualifications or certifications. We provide on-the-ground training for certain activities and you’ll have 24/7 support from the team. You’ll certainly gain new skills while volunteering in Nepal.
GVI puts safety first in all of our volunteer and intern activities. We take every precaution to make sure our participants feel comfortable and safe in their work and living arrangements, no matter where they are in the world. Our trained support staff are available 24/7 to ensure that all participants are well taken care of.
At our community hub in Pokhara, participants live in homestay-style accommodation, which is similar to a hostel. It’s a very comfortable multi-story house, with plenty of space to socialise and find quiet time. This gives volunteers an opportunity to immerse themselves in the local community and participate in cultural exchange, while getting to know their fellow housemates. You’ll live with people from all over the world with similar interests and a passion for making an impact.
The accommodation itself is shared rooms with Western-style flushing toilets, showers and basins in your en-suite bathroom. The home itself belongs to a local family, who live in the accommodation on the top floor.
Accommodation upgrades are available at the hotel adjacent to the homestay. The hotel offers deluxe rooms with both single and double bed options. The rooms come equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, private bathrooms with 24/7 hot and cold showers, and the convenience of a lift.
Wi-Fi is available on base and in local coffee shops. You can also get an affordable Nepali SIM card to keep in touch with friends and family back home. Top-up cards for data are regularly available and you’ll easily be able to make and receive calls this way. WhatsApp is the most commonly used form of communication on base for volunteers and staff. We’ll definitely help you out with this process, so don’t worry!
Volunteering in Nepal can be a life-changing experience. It’s an absolutely beautiful country, with warm, friendly people, and rich cultural history. We always recommend that people come to Nepal as volunteers with an open mind and a willingness to be flexible and adaptable. This is especially true regarding the high number of festivals and holidays, and the unpredictable weather. There’s always something new and exciting going on in Pokhara, Nepal!