Volunteer Abroad in Kathmandu

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Volunteering Abroad in Kathmandu

A magnificent journey awaits you in the valley of the Himalayas. Nepal’s capital and largest city is a pristinely located metropolitan area with stunningly beautiful natural surroundings and a vibrant, highly spiritual local culture. Sitting high in the mountains, Kathmandu is also isolated from much of the developed world and lacks many infrastructural advancements that outsiders may take for granted. Volunteering in Kathmandu in areas such as education, environmental preservation, and healthcare will provide valuable services to the city while allowing volunteers to broaden their perspective of life itself.

Projects & Placements

Many volunteer placements in Kathmandu are focused on various areas of community development. Potential participants who are interested in health care, urban planning, social rights, sustainability, education, and the like will find no shortage of openings with local volunteer organizations and NGOs. Different volunteer programs in Nepal will likely have you working both in city limits of Kathmandu, and in nearby villages which lack access to many vital resources. 

Beyond social and community services, volunteer work in Kathmandu in the areas of environmental and wildlife preservation is also quite popular. The Himalayas are a rich and wondrous natural habitat, and many local organizations are devoted to the preservation of its lush forests and tremendous diversity of animal species in the face of increasing industrial expansion. If your interests lay in eco-conservation and animal work, then there is hardly a more picturesque and abundant environment on the face of the earth to get involved in than the majestic natural surroundings of Kathmandu.

Most opportunities for volunteering in Kathmandu are offered year round. Kathmandu counter-intuitively enjoys a fairly mild climate year round compared to other regions of Nepal, making any time of the year opportune for volunteer programs. While winters do not get to be exceedingly cold, summers can be quite hot and humid, followed by the rainy monsoon season. Whenever you volunteer in Kathmandu, do not overpack because many commodities are available to purchase very inexpensively in the city.

Life in Kathmandu

Volunteers unaccustomed to travel in developing countries are viable to undergo a healthy dose of culture shock upon volunteering abroad in Kathmandu. While the city is indeed the most industrialized in the country, it still lacks many elements of an advanced infrastructure, which may be taken for granted in the developed world. Depending on your volunteer placement in Kathmandu, living conditions are likely to be quite basic. It is important to come with a flexible attitude and you will leave with an enlightened understanding of how, when it comes to material possessions, less is more.

Nepal is a very religious country, its inhabitants primarily observing Hinduism and Buddhism. There are many beautiful temples and monuments to visit while volunteering in Kathmandu, and some placements even involve teaching Buddhist monks at local monasteries, exposing volunteers to the Nepalese religious traditions fully. While the city is indeed governed by a fairly conservative ethic, there is a lively counterculture which also makes volunteer work in Kathmandu fun and exciting. Reggae bars with live music performances, funky marketplaces abundant with offbeat commodities, and and plentiful “Free Tibet” paraphernalia all make for a lively time spent volunteering abroad in Kathmandu. 

Kathmandu is also one of the cheapest cities in the world to live in. Meals and transportation costs will never run you more than a few dollars at a time, and prices are usually negotiable. Transportation throughout the country is also easily accessible from the city’s main airport or bus terminal, making frequent weekend getaways for trekking, kayaking, or simple relaxation a consistent possibility if you ever tire of exploring the city.

Accommodation & Visas

Your volunteer program in Kathmandu will likely organize accommodations for you depending on the length of your stay. Homestays are a very popular choice, offering foreign volunteers intimate insight into the life of a Nepalese family and the opportunity to form relationships which last a lifetime. You are likely to be invited to go on outings with the family too, which will give you a truly culturally immersive experience as a volunteer in Nepal. Apartments or flats are also available for individuals who volunteer in Kathmandu, and program providers will typically help to facilitate these accommodations for individuals or for groups of volunteers.

Tourist visas which last for up to 90 days are easily attainable upon entry into the country, so if you are volunteering abroad in Nepal for three months or less there is no need to organize a visa in advance. If you are planning to volunteer in Kathmandu for more than three months, then you may need to apply for a volunteer visa. Communicate early with your program provider about the logistics of obtaining an appropriate visa to avoid last minute hassles. 

Benefits & Challenges

No matter where you come from or what your field of interest, volunteering abroad in Kathmandu will be a truly life changing experience. It is a fun, naturally beautiful, and spiritually enriching city which has the power to shape new perspectives about the meaning and importance of volunteer work abroad. If you are interested in positively impacting a community in need while undergoing the personal development experience of a lifetime, think no further than a volunteer program in Kathmandu. It is likely to be the best decision you have ever made.

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165 Volunteer Abroad Programs in Kathmandu


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Take part in affordable, high-quality volunteer programs in India through IVHQ. They provide a wide range of placements in areas such as Healthcare, Women's Empowerment, and English Teaching. Volunteers will benefit from flexible programs arranged by experienced and supportive coordinators.


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Get involved in various volunteer projects in Kathmandu through Love Volunteers. They provide fun and highly rewarding non-profit programs for international volunteers. Participants benefit from affordable ways to provide help in a developing country while engaging with local communities.


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Contribute to Sustainable Development through GoEco’s ecological and volunteer tourism programs. Participants volunteering in Kathmandu get the chance to experience the beautifully diverse landscape and rich culture of Nepal while helping local citizens living in poverty. They also get to travel around the country and visit many amazing local attractions.


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Explore the Kathmandu Valley and learn basic Nepali while becoming involved with worthwhile projects. GVI offers programs where volunteers will work on water security, school renovation, and orphaned and disadvantaged child assistance projects. They also offer optional side trips such as jungle safaris, rafting, and trekking.


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Provide much-needed assistance to Nepalese communities through volunteer programs offered by Projects Abroad. Placements are open to volunteers of all nationalities. Participants have the opportunity to experience life in Kathmandu, embracing the vibrant and unique local culture while helping the less fortunate.


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CrossContinental offers affordable intern abroad, volunteer abroad, culture/language immersion programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Gain hands-on experience, improve your resume, enhance cultural understanding, and build global network. Stay with a host family for culture and language immersion. Affordable program fees start from only USD180 (accommodation & meals included). These vo...


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Work with communities and teachers in Nepal to ensure the sustainability of education in Kathmandu. ELI - Experiential Learning International provides volunteering placements at primary and secondary schools, orphanages, monasteries, and a nunnery in the city. Program includes board and lodging, and language instruction.


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PMGY offer a wide range of safe, meaningful, affordable childcare volunteer projects from 1-week to 6-months in Bali, Cambodia, Ghana, India, Morocco, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand and Vietnam. There is nothing more rewarding than helping a child in need and bringing joy and happiness to their day. You don’t need experience, just your commitment and enthusiasm to help make...


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Delve into a meaningful and immersive volunteer placement in Kathmandu with Frontier. A variety of volunteer abroad programs focusing on Community Development, Construction, and Childcare are provided to participants from all over the world.


Complete a highly rewarding volunteer program through Global Volunteer Network and gain insight into the Nepalese way of life. Participants can take part in meaningful community service projects in Kathmandu. Projects range from Public Education to Childcare to Animal Welfare.


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Get hands-on experience working on a medical placement in India,Cambodia, Nepal or Sri Lanka. We offer medical electives abroad to pre-med and medical students of any medical discipline, so you can put your skills into practice, learn new skills along the way, and broaden your horizons through immersive travel. Our medical placements designed to give you structured and supervised work experienc...


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Kathmandu is a rich commercial city that is well adapted to receiving tourists and foreign traders. You will be amazed to find the hectic nightlife and roaring traffic complemented by Medieval Traditions like the Living Goddess. You will eventually discover that a great part of area is rural and peaceful. You can choose between teaching projects based in the rural and the urban areas. All parti...


The Global Dental Relief Nepal clinic begin journey in the bustling capital city of Kathmandu, where we set-up a mobile dental clinic to provide first-time care to children in need. The one-week clinic sees hundreds of children from around the Kathmandu valley! Our clinic is assisted by local Nepali teenagers from orphanages and charity schools. Sightseeing days include visits to the seven ...


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Contribute to a School and Community Maintenance Project that offers a unique taste of Nepal life and the opportunity to make a real difference in people's lives at a community level. Friend’s for Asia's most varied project, the program gets participants involved with all kinds of tasks to help enrich and improve the lives of locals. Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world. S...


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Join a volunteering program in Nepal with A Broader View and appreciate beautiful scenery and warm people. Program offers placements for individuals, couples, and families at a children's home that shelters more than 300 children.