Volunteer Society Nepal was founded on the dream that brave and generous volunteers from across all backgrounds from Nepal and abroad could work together to bring about genuine, sustainable change for Nepali communities.
With its rich cultural history, environmental diversity, breathtaking landscapes and spiritual fervor, Nepal is an astounding country that moves its children and visitors alike. Yet it is not without problems: its history has been tumultuous, its geography can be treacherous, and despite its ever-resilient people, the struggle continues.
During the decade long civil war beginning in 1995, Nepal’s fragile economy was shattered. Already poor families now had even bleaker opportunities for a decent livelihood. Children and women became increasingly vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, family separation, recruitment for conflict-related purposes and illegal detention. This merely compounded the issues associated with Nepal’s long history of caste discrimination and social marginalization, which causes immense disparities within society.
At the height of the conflict in 2004 we gathered a team of Nepalese development workers including social activists and volunteers because we believed we could combat the prevalent shortages in education, healthcare and women’s rights in Nepal more efficiently than the existing international organizations.
More recently, our work has taken on a new important dimension following the devastation of the 2015 earthquake, and we have since doubled our efforts to sustain and increase our humanitarian projects.
MAXIMIZE VOLUNTEER IMPACT: Enable international volunteers to make a significant contribution to the ongoing development of Nepal and engage in a life-changing cultural exchange
IMPROVE EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS: Develop the strength and capacity of Nepali children of all backgrounds to work towards their own development and that of the nation as a whole
EMPOWER WOMEN: Work with women to develop their economic and social independence through education and skills training
PROVIDE SKILLS TRAINING IN POOR COMMUNITIES: Help train, educate and support the poorest communities to allow them to manage their own development projects