Frequently Asked Questions
If you are energetic, motivated and wish to provide a helping hand to needy children, youth, and community people, your initial interest in volunteering in Nepal 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 (FAQs) is an investment for life and one that will impact all the decisions you make in the future. 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?
- 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 & Payment
- Hepatitis A & B
- Yellow fever
- Malaria tablets (depending on placement area)