Accommodation & Food at Host Families

While you volunteer with Volunteer Society Nepal you will be staying with a Nepali host family. Many volunteers tell us this unique insight into the culture of Nepal is a key part of why they come back again and again

In all our placements, you will be living with a host family for the duration of your stay in Nepal. This allows you a far deeper understanding of Nepali culture than if you were staying in a guest-house with only other tourists for company.

Your host family: All our host families have lots of experience of hosting volunteers and receive special training to deal with the unique demands this can entail

When you arrive on placement you will be introduced to your host family by the VSN representative and given a full tour of the premises. Many of the host families have children and we find many of our volunteers enjoy helping them with their English, learning to cook Nepali food and mixing in with their life.

Your room: You should not expect luxury on your stay in Nepal. It is a developing country and may well be different from what you are used to at home. You may have your own room, but you may also have to share a room with other volunteers working in the same area. The rooms are always clean and comfortable.

Toilet and Washing facilities: The quality of toilet and washing facilities vary significantly between placements. If you are based in Kathmandu you may find you have a hot shower and a Western style toilet in your homestay. However, if you are in a rural placement then it is more likely that you will have a traditional squat toilet and a cold shower of some description.

If you feel like having a hot shower and flushing toilet is a priority then make this clear when you are applying and we will see if it is possible to find you one of our more well equipped host families. We can not promise it, but we will do what we can.

Electricity: The electricity supply in all areas is limited. Due to nationwide electricity shortages the government imposes power cuts of around 12-14 hours a day. In the cities some houses have backup batteries that will run low power bulbs in key rooms, but in the rural areas you can expect to use candles. A head-torch is a very useful thing to bring.

Food: At least 2 meals a day of traditional Nepali Food

On placement you will usually eat with the family and share the same food as them. At least two meals a day are provided for you while volunteering. The usual meal times are between 9 and 10am and 6-8pm. You will usually be served the national staple of Dal Bhat Tarkari which is a tasty and filling plate of rice, vegetable curry, lentils and pickles. It may occasionally have meat such as chicken or mutton in it, although if you are vegetarian this can easily be explained. This may be supplemented occasionally by noodles, eggs and other snacks dependent on your host family and placement.

Water: Your hosts family will provide you with clean drinking water on your placement: