International Volunteer Workcamps  

Introduction
Types of projects
Volunteer work
Board & lodging
The volunteer group
Free time
Costs
Terms and conditions
Enrollment procedure
Join a project now !

Quick links

Other countries
Home page
Download area
Infopool
Contacts
Write to us
Middle & long-term projects
Add to 'Favourites'

Phones:
Canada 416-943-4900
Canada 604-628-7400
Canada 514-316-8500
Canada 780-638-2500
Canada 613-454-5500
USA  
    310-882-7400
USA       646-657-2900
USA       617-841-0400

Let us call you <<click>>















Volunteer opportunities in NEPAL

Teaching children, renovating schools and raising environmental awareness in Chitwan district
Bhorle, Chitwan          May 1 - May 14, 2014
Bhorle, Chitwan          June 1 - June 14, 2014
Bhorle, Chitwan          September 1 - September 14, 2014
Bhorle, Chitwan          October 1 - October 14, 2014
Bhorle, Chitwan          November 16 - November 30, 2014
Bhorle, Chitwan          December 20, 2014 - January 3, 2015
Bhorle, Chitwan          January 1 - January 14, 2015
Bhorle, Chitwan          February 1 - February 14, 2015
Bhorle, Chitwan          March 1 - March 14, 2015, 2015

Volunteer project: Bhorle village of Chitwan district is about 130 km south west from Kathmandu in the Central region of Nepal. Bhorle is a popular destination for international volunteers. We have been working there since 1995 and hundreds of volunteers have already joined the international workcamps in Bhorle.

A major attraction of Bhorle is its rich Gurung culture, the friendly attitude of local people and their active participation in the cultural exchange activities. Moreover, Bhorle is located on the foot of two high mountains and close to Trisuli river, which is very famous for rafting (you can see rafting boats from the camp house!). Chitwan is a main destination for jungle and wildlife adventures. One horned rhino, Bengal tiger, gharial crocodiles, species of birds and others, are the main attraction of Chitwan district.

 

There is a variety of activities in the Bhorle volunteer project:
1. Manual work: building more facilities in the camp house i.e. new rooms, painting, gardening, etc.
2. Educational activities in the local primary school: teaching English, sport, music, etc. This is a small school run by the government but there is a very small number of students, so we are trying to attract the local children through the involvement of international volunteers. The volunteers will have the chance to teach and play with the kids. If volunteers could brings pencils, pens, books and textbooks, it would be much appreciated.
3. Environmental awareness activities with a local women's group (how to keep their village beautiful by keeping it clean, using toilet, not throwing plastic or paper everywhere). Volunteers are welcome to present their ideas!
4. Local people want to set up a health center and a computer room for the school, so we need to help them collect stone and sand from the river.

Language: English

Free time activities: Trekking of Sinchang Gadhi (about 1500 m), Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park, rafting in the Himalayan rivers.

Accommodation: In the camp house in Bhorle. Participants need to bring their own sleeping bag and mattress. The camp house can accommodate 15-30 people. Authentic Nepali food like Dal (soup of lentil or beans), Bhat (cooked rice), Tarkari (cooked vegetables) is provided. This is the staple food of the Nepalese and it is eaten every day.

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers are requested to participate in an orientation meeting in Thamel, Kathmandu on the day before the project starts. Details about the local host, the project and the travel arrangements will be provided. The volunteers travel together from Kathmandu to the project site in Bhorle. A public bus takes about 5 hours to get to Bhorle.

Location: Bhorle, Chitwan District

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee for the New Year's project (Dec.20, 2014-Jan.3, 2015 ) is 300 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                     

 

Cadip volunteer project review:

" This is Stefan from Canada! I taught at the high school in Lamjung from October 2013 to January 2014. From the time I got off the plane in Kathmandu, the locals made me feel like I was a part of a family. I was welcomed into the local coordinator's home, fed meals with his family, and briefed on the customs and culture of Nepal; and this was before I even reached the village where I would be staying for my volunteer period. Living in the village, I could not have asked for a better cultural experience. I had the opportunity to help my family harvest rice, cut grass for the goats, and was treated like a son - not to mention the delicious food that I was fed each and every day. I developed a close relationship with each of the 90 students at my school, and learned more from them than I think they learned from me. My entire experience has been nothing but positive, in terms of both professionalism and administration, and my only regret is not staying here longer. I can’t wait to come back. "

Stefan S.,
Cadip volunteer 2012 and 2014

 

School renovation and teaching in Daman
Daman, Makwanpur          May 5 - May 20, 2014
Daman, Makwanpur          June 5 - June 20, 2014
Daman, Makwanpur          July 5 - July 20, 2014
Daman, Makwanpur          August 5 - August 20, 2014
Daman, Makwanpur          September 5 - September 20, 2014
Daman, Makwanpur          November 5 - November 20, 2014
Daman, Makwanpur          January 5 - January 20, 2015
Daman, Makwanpur          February 5 - February 20, 2015
Daman, Makwanpur          March 5 - March 20, 2015

Volunteer project: Daman is a small village situated at an altitude of 2320 meters and 100 kilometers southwest of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. The village provides a beautiful view of the Himalayas with Mt. Everest in the east. The village lies on the Tribhuvan Highway, one of the adventurous highways in Nepal.

We have been operating in Daman since 2012. Daman is an isolated and rural village and most people are farmers and live traditionally as they have always done. However, times are changing and because of severe lack of funds, the community struggles to keep up with the rapid change that Nepal is undergoing. Knowledge of other cultures and the ability to speak English are vital skills for young Nepalese people. Many face a future in the tourist business, and therefore the ability to communicate with foreigners will increase their chances of having a better life once they leave the village. For the international volunteers, learning about a completely different culture from the local hosts and adjusting to their unique way of living, is an unforgettable experience.

Our main aim is giving to the youth of Daman better prospects for the future through improving the facilities and the teaching at the local high school. We will mainly be working at the local high school to construct a playground, a tennis court, and a volleyball court. Besides this, the volunteers will also teach different subjects such as English, Math, Science and/or Computer Science in the school.

Language: English

Free time activities: Trekking of Daman Hill  (about 2500 m) where you can see more than 10 peaks of the Himalayan range, Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park, Hetauda industrial city tour.

Accommodation: In Daman, the volunteers have the unique opportunity to stay with a local family (volunteers will have their private room). Please bring your own sleeping bag and mattress. Authentic Nepali food like Dal Bhat (a soup of lentil or beans with boiled rice) and Tarkari (cooked vegetables) will be served. This is the staple food of the local people. You can enjoy probably the finest view of the Himalayas extending on a good day from Dhaulagiri in the west to Everest in the east.

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers are requested to participate in an orientation meeting in Thamel, Kathmandu on the day before the project starts. Details about the local host, the project and the travel arrangements will be provided. All volunteers will travel together from Kathmandu to the project site in Daman. A public bus takes between 5-7 hours to get to Daman.

Location: Daman, Makwanpur District

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                     

 

Forestry, farming and construction activities with the local people of Banepa
Banepa, Kavre          May 16 - May 30, 2014
Banepa, Kavre          June 16 - June 30, 2014
Banepa, Kavre          July 16 - July 30, 2014
Banepa, Kavre          August 16 - August 25, 2014
Banepa, Kavre          September 16 - September 30, 2014
Banepa, Kavre          October 16 - October 30, 2014
Banepa, Kavre          November 16 - November 30, 2014

Volunteer project: Banepa (about 1800m above sea level) is a beautiful town surrounded by the green hills and panoramic views of the Himalayan range. It is located about 30 km east of Kathmandu.

We have been operating in Banepa since 2001 aiming to improve the basic infrastructure, agricultural, sanitary and health conditions of the village and its residents. So far we have built a community house, fire lines, water drains and much more, but many things still need to be done. Therefore, help is needed in many different projects in Banepa.

There is a variety of activities in this project. The volunteers will be mainly involved in the environmental and agricultural program in cooperation with a local community forest group. The volunteers will work together with the local people in the forest, helping with planting, taking care of trees, making fire lines, removing unnecessary grass, etc. The group will maintain and dig water drains to prevent the road from flooding during the monsoon. The group will also take part in seasonal agricultural work to assist local farmers in planting and harvesting crops.

We are also currently building a community house which will be used by the local people as a meeting place. Volunteers will support skilled construction workers and will carry bricks and sand. The volunteers may also lend a hand at the school, assisting in the construction of a toilet and two more classrooms, as well as painting the classrooms.

We will also arrange health orientation meetings with the village residents where we will talk about the importance of hygiene, sanitation and health.

The local villagers, who really appreciate the volunteers' help and company, will invite the group for a cultural exchange and home stay evening. On this day, they will invite you to the village, serve you dinner, and introduce you to the Nepalese culture. This is a unique opportunity to experience true Nepali village life and interact with the local people. After the event, it is also possible to stay with a local family for the night.

Language: English

Free time activities: Visiting the many temples in Panauti City which was listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO, a visit to Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel and many other surrounding places, a trekking trip to Namobuddha (about 2100m) and Nagarkot.

Accommodation: Accommodation for the group is arranged in a camp house. The house has got three rooms, two sleeping rooms and a kitchen. Authentic Nepali food like Dal (soup of lentil or beans), Bhat (cooked rice), Tarkari (cooked vegetables) is provided. This is the staple diet of the Nepalese and most Nepalese people eat it every day. You can enjoy the gorgeous view of the Himalayas from the window of the camp house.

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers are requested to participate in an orientation meeting in Thamel, Kathmandu on the day before the project starts. Details about the local host, the project and the travel arrangements will be provided. All volunteers will travel together from Kathmandu to Banepa and the project site. Banepa is reached by a one and a half hour journey by local bus and then half an hour walk to reach the camp house in the mountain.

Location: Banepa, Kavre District

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                     

 

 

Providing care and enriching activities for elderly people
Pokhara, Kaski          June 16 - June 30, 2014
Pokhara, Kaski          July 16 - July 30, 2014
Pokhara, Kaski          August 16 - August 30, 2014
Pokhara, Kaski          September 16 - September 30, 2014

Volunteer project: With this project we are going to help and support a senior citizen residence home in Lekhnath, Kaski District. The elders' home has very limited staff and budget, which are sometimes unable to care for its 40 adults (some of whom lost their families during the civil war). Volunteering at the elders' home is therefore very much needed to help the residents, by providing them an opportunity to play games, take part in cultural exchange activities, and participate in field trips. During their stay, the volunteers will also help build and maintain different facilities at the home.

The volunteers will take care of the elders in the home, will interact and play games with them, and will involve them in sports, music, and other entertainment activities. Since they are far from their families, the elders need the care and attention of the volunteers. Volunteers in this program have the opportunity to enrich these adults' lives by teaching them about social issues and improving their social skills through friendly interaction. Besides that, the volunteers will plant trees in the surroundings of the residence, in order to make it green and beautiful. If we have time, we will also do some landscaping and gardening.

Language: English

Free time activities: The volunteers will have the chance to visit different Hindu temples, caves, David’s fall. Boating on Fewa/Begnas/Rupa Lakes and a one day trekking of Sarangkot Hill and the International Mountain Museum are also possible free time activities.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be arranged in the elders home. The home has space to accommodate up to 15 volunteers. Nepalese food like Dal (soup of lentil or beans), Bhat (cooked rice), Tarkari (cooked vegetables), is provided. This is the staple diet of the Nepalese and most Nepalese people eat it every day.

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers are requested to participate in an orientation meeting in Thamel, Kathmandu on the day before the project starts. Details about the local host, the project and the travel arrangements will be provided. All volunteers will travel together from Kathmandu to Pokhara and the project place. It takes about 7 hours to get to Pokhara by bus.

Location: Pokhara, Kaski District
Pokhara is situated at an altitude of 827m above sea level and 200 km west of Kathmandu valley. It's a remarkable place of natural beauty, renowned for its lakes and caves as well as the stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks. Pokhara is a starting point for the Mount Annapurna and Machapuchere trekking, and is famous in the world as MBC/ABC trekking. There are many adventure activities going on every day around Pokhara valley such as boating, rafting, paragliding, rock climbing, etc.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                     

 

Teaching English and building a playground for children
Siru Bari, Lamjung          July 1 - July 14, 2014
Siru Bari, Lamjung          July 16 - July 30, 2014
Siru Bari, Lamjung          August 1 - August 14, 2014
Siru Bari, Lamjung          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: Siru Bari is a remote village in the hilly regions of Nepal where the locals still live off the land. However, the community suffers from severe lack of funds and knowledge needed for improving the living standards and facilities. The youth in the village are highly impacted. Our main goal with this project is to bring better education for the youth and improve their school facilities. We will therefore engage in both construction and educational work at the school.

During the monsoon, when the ground is soft, the school is often affected by land- and mudslides and domestic cattle entering the area around the school. Therefore, our first task will be to build a fence around the school in order to solve these issues. Our main construction task will be to dig out and create a playground for the children and an area for the community to hold gatherings.
It rains in July and August but only for a couple of hours a day, and at this time we won’t work outside. To maximize our effort, we'll do educational activities when the rain prevents us from being outside. The volunteers can teach English, Math, Sports and/or Music at the school. Interaction with the kids and involving them in cultural exchange activities is also encouraged.

Since you will be staying with a host family, you'll have the chance to experience the typical Nepali farm life: cutting grass, taking care of buffaloes and goats, harvesting vegetables, etc. Planting rice is an annual activity, deeply rooted in Nepalese culture. It's done during the monsoon, and if time permits, the volunteers are more than welcome to join their host family.

Language: English

Free time activities: A walk to the village Bharte on the top of the mountain. Here you can see the great views of the valley and the whole Annapurna mountain range while getting some exercise. You can also explore some of the wonders of Nepal: Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park (about 120 km from Siru Bari), Trekking in Annapurna Region. The trek starts from Besisahar and can be reached in 30 minutes from Bhote Odar.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay with a local family. Each family can host up to three volunteers. You will experience their huge hospitality, friendliness and generosity and it is easily noticeable, that they truly enjoy having people staying with them. They are proud of their culture and will give you a good insight into Nepali life. Please bring your own sleeping bag and mattress. You will be served Dal Bhat (a soup of lentil or beans with boiled rice) and Tarkari (cooked vegetables) by your host family.

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers are requested to participate in an orientation meeting in Thamel, Kathmandu on the day before the project starts. Details about the local host, the project and the travel arrangements will be provided. All volunteers will travel together from Kathmandu to Bhote Odar by bus. It normally takes around 5 hours to get to Bhote Odar. From Bhote Odar, we'll walk two hours up the mountain on a beautiful trail to get to the village.

Location: Siru Bari, Lamjung District
Siru Bari is in Lamjung district, about 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu, in central Nepal. It is a small village with a population of approximately 500 people, all living in very traditional ways. It is situated on a hillside with beautiful views of the valley. For the volunteers, this will be a unique opportunity to experience rural Nepal and the traditional ways of living that unfortunately are becoming more and more uncommon.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                     

 

Support the development of Kavresthali village through organic farming and education
Phutung, Kathmandu          December 16 - December 30, 2014
Phutung, Kathmandu          January 16 - January 30, 2015
Phutung, Kathmandu          February 16 - February 30, 2015
Phutung, Kathmandu          March 16 - March 30, 2015

Volunteer project: The project will take place in Kavresthali village of Kathmandu district, 8 km from the center of Kathmandu. The volunteers will be staying in a typical Nepali village where most people work as farmers. The local people are very friendly and welcoming. If you walk 10-15 minutes from the camphouse, you can reach a small town where amenities such as banks, shops, post office and internet cafes are available.

We have been operating in Kavresthali since 2012. It is a very poor village where many different types of work have to be done. We mainly focus on agricultural, social and educational work. This project is for those interested in rural village life and everything it includes: farming, traditional culture and a life with very scarce resources, dependent on crops and domestic animals.

Volunteers will be working to establish an organic agriculture farm in Kavresthali village near Kathmandu. The work will depend on the season but will include planting and harvesting different crops. Volunteers will also work to maintain the farm area by cleaning, weeding and watering. This also means caring for the animals (goats, cows, and chickens).

Staying in Kavresthali is a good opportunity to interact with the local community. We always stress the importance of sharing one's personal ideas and values with the locals, as the locals love hearing directly from you. We'll therefore organize an agricultural workshop and give the villagers advice on ways to improve their agricultural practice; in particular working with the local women's group. If you have any skill sets that might be useful for the locals, please be ready to share your ideas.

We will also organize workshops about women’s rights and women’s issues in rural Nepal. We believe that women of the village benefit a lot from knowing about women’s issues in other countries. The volunteers will share their knowledge with the local people to help the development of the village, as well as to improve the equality and ethical prospects of the villagers.

The group will also provide invaluable education support in the local school. For two hours every morning, the volunteers will be teaching English, Math or Computer Knowledge to the village children.

The Kavresthali community will invite the volunteers for a cultural exchange and home stay day. On this day, they will invite you to the village, serve you food, and introduce you to the Nepalese culture. This is a unique opportunity to experience true Nepali village life and interact with the local people. After the event, it is also possible to stay with a local family for the night.

Language: English

Free time activities: A one day trek of Kakani (1900+ m) and Shivapuri National Park, sightseeing of Kathmandu valley, visiting Osho Meditation center (Tapoban), etc. The village is situated close to Kathmandu and, in the free time, the volunteers will be able to visit a number of UNESCO world heritage sites including the Buddhist temples at Swayumbhunath and Boudnath. A visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square and one of the biggest Hindu temples at Pashupatinath will provide volunteers with a fascinating insight into the religious life in Nepal. Nepal also has many important religious and local festivals during the year, and it may be possible to participate in some of the celebrations.

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay together at our newly built camp house. Sleeping mats are provided but volunteers will need to bring a sleeping bag. You will be served Dal Bhat (a soup of lentil or beans with boiled rice) and Tarkari (cooked vegetables). This is the staple diet of the Nepalese and most Nepalese people eat it every day.

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers are requested to participate in an orientation meeting in Thamel, Kathmandu on the day before the project starts. Details about the local host, the project and the travel arrangements will be provided. All volunteers will travel together from Kathmandu to the project site in Kavresthali by public bus. It normally takes about 30 minutes to get to Kavresthali.

Location: Kavresthali, Phutung, Kathmandu District

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                     

 

click here for long-term projects in Nepal

click here for volunteer programs in other countries

 

FOR FULL, STARTED AND PAST PROJECTS, CLICK HERE