Hilly Region

Experience the peaceful life, and volunteer in the terraced hills of Nepal; only a short bus trip from the bustling capital of Kathmandu

At a glance: Our two towns in the Hilly Region of Nepal both have particularly good health facilities, making them great choices for those with an interest in working alongside Nepali doctors. Additionally, being within 35km of Kathmandu, it also suits those who want a volunteering post that mixes rural and urban.

Dhulikhel: Teaching in Schools, Health (Camp, Clinic), Construction

A typical small Newari town surrounded by Tamang villages, it is situated 32 km East of Kathmandu and has long been popular for its natural beauty and ancient traditions. The Himalaya mountain range from the towering mass of Mt. Everest in the east to the twin crest of Mt. Langtang in the west can be easily viewed on a clear day. Our volunteers often take short hikes to the surrounding villages; along the way you will walk through lush forests echoing with the chattering of racquet tailed drongos and turtle doves and come across temples dedicated to Kali. If you manage to wake up early and climb before dawn, you’ll see a sunrise you will remember for years.

The town’s scenic position and proximity to Kathmandu make it a popular day trip destination, meaning a tourist infrastructure of internet cafes and restaurants has developed. However, you will be living in a simple homestay with a pit toilet and basic facilities.

Banepa: Teaching in Schools, Health (Camp), Disabled and Deaf centres, Construction

This town is 26km from Kathmandu along the main Arniko highway to Tibet. The kings of the ancient kingdom of Banepa grew wealthy from their position on the trade route to China and reached the peak of their power during the 14th century. It is said that the authorities of Banepa captured several Chinese ambassadors who were sent to meet with the rulers of Nepal, and under the pretense of being the rightful rulers of the whole Kathmandu valley they enjoyed generous gifts from the Chinese for many years.

We offer placements in teaching and construction, but uniquely to Banepa we also offer placements in a deaf school and disabled centre. The town is home to the Friends of the Disabled organisation who run the Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children (HRDC). This center provides the best re-constructive surgery and rehabilitation in the country, with its services primarily aimed at disadvantaged and physically challenged children under the age of 16 years.

The town is well developed and you can expect a well-appointed homestay with a flushing toilet and the possibility of a hot shower.