Frequently Asked Questions
If you are energetic, motivated and wish to provide a helping hand to needy rural children, youth, and community people, your initial interest in volunteering abroad will quickly be followed by a number of questions and doubts. We hope to answer most of these initial questions in this prospectus. We assure you, volunteering in Nepal through Volunteer Society Nepal is an investment for life and one that will impact all the decisions you make in the future. We also encourage you to compare our small (permanent staff is less than 8 people), locally created and operated NGO with all other volunteering opportunities in Nepal. Our goals, education, peace, understanding, and true sustainable development, are reflected in our ethos as well as our low fees. Helping those in need is a job bigger than one country, so we invite all volunteers to join us in our efforts: Can you afford not to give your mind and body for a relatively short time in exchange for limitless life-changing experiences?
Volunteering is a very rewarding experience, however it can be challenging. Volunteering in Nepal requires patience, flexibility and adaptability and volunteers need to be motivated, creative, self-starters. You are in a different country and community, as a guest. Though you will most likely be making a difference in the lives and futures of disadvantaged communities, you will also hopefully be open to learning a lot. Applicants should only consider volunteering if they genuinely respect the Nepali culture and the Nepali people. Things to Consider:
- Are you open enough to accept and respect a culture no matter how different it is from your first culture?
- Are you flexible? Developing countries, and Nepal in particular, are not as obsessed with time as the US or Europe. Often, schedules are ignored or appointments begin later than arranged. You may also encounter corruption in government officials and local administrators.
- Are you comfortable with yourself? At times you may feel isolated, particularly if you chose to work in a remote village and knowing no one.
- Are you hungry to learn? You’ll learn a new language, a new culture, a new way of life.
- Can you handle culture shock? The moment you step off the plane you will be in a world where very little is familiar.
- If you decide to volunteer in Nepal, you are opening the door to the possibility for a personally enriching and life-changing experience.
- Can you live without modern plumbing, hot water and electricity especially if you chose to volunteer in remote areas?
- Are you aware that most volunteers experience illness at some point during their stay.
- All Food and Accommodation from the day you land to the end of the placement
- Transfer to and from your placement
- Nepali language lessons
- Cultural Induction of up to a week incl. guided tours of key UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu 24hr support from the VSN team throughout your placement
- Fundraising support if requested
- Costs of moving placements if reason deemed appropriate
- Access to VSN office for internet usage when in Kathmandu
- Flights: To Kathmandu from home country or if the volunteer chooses to fly to their placement
- Visa: $30 USD for the first two months and $30 USD per month thereafter
- Immunizations: consult your GP for exact requirements
- Travel Insurance. Previous volunteers recommend Insure and Go
- It is also helpful to have a weekly budget of approximately US $60. This can cater for all your personal expenses like extra bottled water, toothpaste, personal hygiene products, beverages and entertainment
Health & Safty
Booking and Payment
We suggest that you consult a travel doctor from your country four weeks before your departure as it will depend greatly on what country you are traveling from. However, you should consider the following vaccinations.
- Hepatitis A & B
- Yellow fever
- Malaria tablets (depending on placement area)
Feeling a bit daunted about coming to volunteer in Nepal? Read on for what to bring, what to expect and what you need to know before getting on the plane
Firstly, thanks for your decision to come out here and help. You are the life blood of our organisation and every volunteer means a huge amount to us. Secondly, you are probably thinking about what you need to bring and what preparations need to be made. Hopefully this page will give you a lot of the information you need.Please click here: Pre-departure-information-for-volunteers
Fundraising support and ideas: To make the most of your time in Nepal then why not raise some funds for our projects before you arrive? Remember everything from clothes, books, games, education resources, medical supplies to house hold items are very cheap over here in Nepal. The smallest amounts of money raised will go a long way out here. For tips about fund raising see the separate page here: Fundraising