Volunteer in Nepal – Highly affordable volunteer programs with Iko Poran!!
Volunteer in Nepal and join one of the exciting, affordable vounteer programs in this fascinating country with the backdrop of the Himalaya. Teach English to young monks at a buddhist monastery close to Kathmandu or in public schools, work as a medical volunteer at Kathmandu’s Pediatric Hospital or give your love to children in an orphanage.
At a glance:
Location: Kathmandu or in Sauhara province (elephant project);
Available all year round – teaching in schools is closed during Great Dashain Festival;
Arrival dates of the volunteer programs: 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month;
5 different projects, including Teaching in a Buddhist Monastery and Elephant Experience;
Accommodation in a Homestay or in a Monastery;
Program fee includes: Airport pickup, Orientation, Accommodation, 3 meals per day, support from the local staff, and 24/7 emergency support;
Program fees starting from only $280 for 1 week;
No transfer fees on top.
Affordable Volunteering in Nepal, including Childcare/ Orphanage; Teaching in Schools or in a Buddhist Monastery, Medical, and Elephant experience
Volunteering in Nepal – Overview
Volunteer in Nepal with Iko Poran – Highly affordable and exciting programs.
Nepal is a Southeast-Asian landlocked country. Situated between the Tibetan region of China, with its high Himalayan peaks; and the jungled maze of the Indian plains; it is home to 8 of the world’s tallest mountains, including the great Mount Everest.
Nepal is awash with snow-topped peaks, historic monasteries and spiritual mantras. It is the birthplace of the founder of Buddhism, Gautama Buddha.
This small nation has long held a particular allure for travellers. It is a country of majestic beauty, boasting a diverse range of astounding natural phenomena. Since it first opened its borders in the 1950s it has received wandering souls from across the world, drawn in by this unique and mystical place, and its many options available to adventurers
With the backdrop of some of the world’s most dramatic and panoramic landscapes you can get your feet wet going rafting, kayaking and canyoning; surround yourself in nature while trekking and climbing; or feel the thrill of mountain biking, paragliding, or even bungie jumping.
And for the more relaxed types, some prefer to take a stroll through the medieval, temple-lined cities, appreciate the beauty of the Himalayas from a spectacular viewpoint or take a spiritual tour of one of the ancient temples spread across the Kathmandu Valley.
From combing through Nepal’s national parks in search of rhinos and tigers, to crossing the country rafting, hiking or astride a motorbike; the only dilemma visitors have to face is how to pack everything in to one trip. Many people come back year on year, and always find new treks through the Himalayan Mountains and new things to explore in the atmospheric temple towns of the Middle Hills.
Famed for its adventurous terrain and lovely ambiance, Nepal is the dream destination for volunteers who wish to make a permanent, positive change in the lives of the disadvantaged.
Affordable Volunteering in Nepal – programs
Orphanage / Childcare Volunteer Program
Volunteer in Nepal with Iko Poran in our Orphanage projects.
Nepal has long suffered from insurgency and conflict. Many children have been left homeless and orphaned. Working in this project you will have the opportunity to make a humble difference in the lives of these children. You will be helping them day-to-day by creating learning, recreational and extracurricular activities such as drawing, painting, singing, and dancing, and also by educating them on important issues like sanitation.
The most important role you will have as a volunteer here is to make the children feel that they are with someone who truly cares about them. The idea is not to make a dramatic change or life-changing contribution to these kids, but is more that you share your love and affection with them and make them feel valued and special.
Simply by playing and having fun with them, being honest and present, you will have a really positive impact on their daily life. The key objective of this project is offering mental, intellectual, physical and social improvement to these deprived children.
There are no specific skills or qualifications required to volunteer in Nepal in our orphanage project, but those that are interested in social & child development are well received. You must love spending time caring for and playing with children.
Volunteering in Nepal Teaching at a Buddhist Monastery
Affordable volunteering in Nepal with Iko Poran in Buddhist monasteries teaching young monks.
English proficiency is in high demand in Nepal for the furthering of academic and professional opportunities. Volunteering in this project you will be places in a monastery located within the peaceful highlands of the Kathmandu valley.
Buddhism is a religion based on the ideals of peace and compassion. There is much to learn from the followers of Buddhism their mantra of a simple life. This project provides a truly special opportunity for our volunteers to get a close insight of Buddhist culture and spirituality, while also making a contribution to bettering the lives of the monks.
If you choose to volunteer here you will share your knowledge and English language skills in exchange for the unique experience of witnessing and sharing in the inner workings of a Buddhist monastery. By giving your support in developing their proficiency in English language and grammar you will be playing a vital role in growing and broadening the futures of these young men.
Also, if you have any other talent or skills that you could share with the monks then our local coordinator will be happy to provide you with some space for that.
You are expected to have a high level of proficiency and fluency in English, although you won’t be required to provide proof in terms of language tests or degrees. Volunteers must have good grammatical accuracy. Applicants must respect Buddhist values and the way of life of a monk.
Volunteer Teaching in Local Schools in Nepal
Volunteer in Nepal with Iko Poran teaching in local schools!
This is a great opportunity for volunteers who want to gain teaching experience while improving learning environments in rural areas of Nepal.
Educational facilities in Nepal, in the most part local community schools, lack a qualitative education system. Therefore taking classes with volunteers from developed countries is a really good option for the students of these schools.
Students are enthusiastic, bright and eager to learn. We believe that receiving classes from teachers from across the word not only improves the learning process, but also opens up multiple dimensions to educational exercises, and helps the local teachers too.
In Nepal, English is learnt as a second language and is essential for academic and professional success, but often students here find it a difficult subject to advance in. Hence this project is primarily orientated towards teaching English; but depending on your interest and skills you can also contribute by teaching Mathematics, Science, Computer Basics or Arts.
You are not required to have prior experience or professional training to volunteer with us as a teacher in Nepal, but you should respect the value of this work and should be committed to passing on your knowledge and helping these children to get the most out of your visit.
Volunteering with Elephants in Nepal (Wildlife)
Volunteer in Nepal with Iko Poran working with Elephants!
Elephants are seen as an important cultural symbol in Asia. They are regarded as a reflection of the Hindu God Ganesh. They have a peaceful and social nature and high levels of intelligence; sharing in the lives of these Asian giants is the opportunity of a lifetime.
Being such large animals they eat around 550 pounds of food every day and drink about 200 litres of water. Surprisingly they are only able to digest a very small percentage of their total consumption, and therefore need to eat at regular intervals. Elephants also love swimming and playing in water and they are taken to bathe daily.
Volunteering in this project you will be spending your days in magnificent company. You will be helping with their feeding and socialization. Discovering their gentle nature and befriending these amazing creatures is always an unforgettable experience for our volunteers.
Besides caring for the elephants themselves, you will get to study the social and cultural impact of these colossal creatures in Nepali communities. For example, you will be fascinated to watch the process of making Chitwan paper from elephant dung and then to see how these products are used around the town.
No specific skills or qualifications are required for this project, but you should have a keen interest in conservation and environmental issues.
Medical Volunteering in Nepal – Pediatric Hospital at Kathmandu
Volunteering in our Nepal Medical program will be one of the most challenging and most rewarding times of your life. It is a significant and generous act of humanity, but by giving your help you will also gain perspective and have a touching and unforgettable experience.
This project also gives you the opportunity to share and improve your medical skills and to discover the most eminent health issues that developing countries face today. You will learn a great deal while also doing really valuable work; having a positive impact on the local community and the development of the Nepalese healthcare system.
Your duties will be decided subject to your abilities and experience. Volunteers with medical training or formal experience will, under the supervision of the local team of professionals, practice non-intrusive care. The hospital will welcome you as a keen learner and will also expect you to share your knowledge of the medical techniques from your country.
Live in Historic Kathmandu and Work as a Medical Volunteer
In this volunteer placement you will be living in the historical Kathmandu city, and thus you will get to witness the peculiar way of life of its inhabitants, and immerse yourself in Nepali culture. You will get to taste the wonderful food too as you are given a traditional Nepali Style lunch everyday while you are working. You will have a local support contact who will be there for you throughout your placement.
At the hospital I was able to exchange experiences and knowledge that was beneficial to both sides and was also extremely well integrated in the hospital routines. Thank You Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Center for this opportunity!!!
- Magda, Camaxide, 33 years old
Applicants should be medical professionals, students or trainees. Your responsibilities and the type of work you will be doing depend on the resume you provide before you start. CV is required.
Affordable Volunteering in Nepal – Program Fees
- The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
- All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 on top of the program fee.
What is included in the program Fee?
- Airport Pickup
- Accommodation for all projects
- 3 meals per day
- Support from local staff & Program supervision
- In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
- In-country administration costs
- Donation to support the local project
There are no hidden costs. Our programs to volunteer in Nepal are highly affordable and have the best cost x benefit than any other.
Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.
Participants in our Nepal programs normally find US$ 50 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.
The program fee should be paid to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date.
Volunteering in Nepal – Project details
Location, Accommodation & Orientation
Our programs to Volunteer in Nepal are located either in Katmandu or in Sauhara province, please check the specifics of your project below:
- Elephant Project
Location: Sauraha, Chitwan.
Accommodation: homestay or in a hotel near the project location.
Orientation: Takes place on the first day in Kathmandu. Volunteers will be introduced to the project & location, people & culture, do’s & don’ts.
- Orphanage Project
Location: New Baneshwor, Kathmandu
Accommodation: host family
Orientation: Takes place on the first day and includes introduction to the Orphanage, its rules and regulations. Participants will be introduced to the basic Nepali language and greetings.
- Teaching in Schools
Location: Jarshing Pauwa, Kathmandu
Accommodation: host family
Orientation: Takes place on the first day and includes introduction to the project location and rules and regulations of the school. Participants will be introduced to the basic Nepali language and greetings.
- Teaching in Monastery
Location: Aarubari, Jorpati, Kathmandu
Accommodation: Monastery for male volunteers; Nunnery for female volunteers
Orientation: Takes place on the first day and includes introduction to the project location and rules and regulations of the monastery. Participants will be introduced to the basic Nepali language and greetings.
- Medical – Pediatric hospital
Location: Gothatar, Kathmandu
Accommodation: host family
Orientation: Takes place on the first day and includes introduction to the hospital and formatting your work plan according to your capabilities. Participants will be introduced to the basic Nepali language and greetings.
Our programs to Volunteer in Nepal provide 3 meals per day of typical Nepali food in all the projects.
Volunteers should notify prior to arrival about any dietary requirements.
Start & Duration of the volunteer programs
Our programs to volunteer in Nepal start on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the months. Volunteers should arrive on Saturdays. You can choose to volunteer from 1 to 12 weeks
NOTE: The project teaching in schools is closed in Great Dashain Festival, which normally occurs from Mid October – Mid November
Requirements for Volunteering in Nepal
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old at the start of the placement.
All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance and are required to provide a criminal background check to local staff on arrival in Nepal or during orientation;
Language Skills required in order to volunteer in Nepal
Fluency in English is required in all the projects.
You will have a competent support and advice from the local team and project leaders. There will always be a member of the local team working with you at the projects. The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience.