VIN is dedicated to promote the most affordable and exciting travel and volunteering programs in Nepal for the betterment of local communities in need and travelers around the globe. Its unique and innovative ways of working make it a highly competitive and popular travel and volunteer placement in Nepal, providing a truly satisfying and fulfilling experience for all travelers.
Volunteer working in Nepal with VIN gives you a rewarding volunteer and travel experience that feed your soul by knowing the local cultures and different ways of life across Nepal while helping to volunteer with the local communities (women, children, youth and teachers) in Nepal. This is the reason why more and more people are choosing to volunteer in Nepal every year with VIN, as it helps them to gain different perspective, particularly within the realm of the caring field. We heartily welcome you to join our meaningful volunteer programs in Nepal and change the way you see the world! Make a difference!
We aim to support the work of local community through the placement of local and international volunteers and offer a wide variety of volunteer programs in our working area. We provide unique opportunities for safe and memorable volunteering and travel experiences in Nepal combined with enriching and rewarding voluntary work. Our summer volunteer opportunity gives opportunities to have in -country travel and have the real feel of a new culture by having a home stay with local families.
Our volunteer programs include both short term, 1 week to long term 5 months. We however, highlighted the " Summer Volunteer Opportunity"
VIN has designed two different Summer Volunteer Program options:
1. Summer Volunteer and Trekking Program (Cost: €999)
2. Summer Volunteer and Travel Tour (Cost: €615)
Summer Volunteer and Trekking Program
Program start dates : 1st and 15th of each month
Program Duration : Five Weeks
Program Cost: : €999 (Euros) Including Trekking (We offer one of the most affordable program fees compared to other international organizations. We however do not compromise to quality. There is no hidden cost associated with our program and no international agencies fees.)
Summer Volunteer and Trekking Program Highlights
Five days program induction including Nepali language, culture, sight seeing
Home stay with local families in rural setting in Kathmandu for cultural immersion
Volunteer with orphans and disadvantaged children, or construction work, Teaching Program, women's empowerment work, youth/ children's clubs
Classic trekking to explore Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp for two weeks (It will otherwise cost you at least 1200USD)
Very personalized small group experience
Friendly program leader for volunteer program and Local guides for trekking
Hiking in the outlying areas of Kathmandu
Program Itinary for Summer Volunteer and Trekking Program
Program Induction Phase (Five Days)
Day one: VIN's staff will receive and welcome you at the airport and place you at the Hotel in Kathmandu (during program induction time you will stay there)
Day two: half day sight seeing to world heritage sight seeing, e.g. Patan Darbar Square, Pashupatinath (Hidnu world famous temple); after launch you will be given an orientation about VIN's community programs, logistics and contarcts and one hour Nepali Language instruction
Day three: Half day sight seeing to Baudhnath and Swoyambhu (monkey temple); and program orientation. Nepali language instruction
Day four: Program orientation, cultural talk and Nepali language instruction
Day Five: Health talk, Nepali language and transfer to the respective rural community host family
Home Stay and Volunteering Phase (Fifteen days)
Community / school / orphanage / women programs and cultural immersion
During these fifteen days, the volunteers will work in orphanage centers, schools, children's / youth / women's clubs; or community building construction work. Volunteers will teach basic conversational English to the children youth and organize fun activities in order to encourage their participation with our staffs. In your free time, hike in the beautiful areas surrounding Kathmandu Valley and experience the peace and tranquility of amazing Nepal. Your role will be made clear during program induction period.
Travel, Trekking and Adventure Phase (14 Days)
The final two weeks offer a chance to satisfy your thirst for exploration and discovery on a Himalayan trekking experience. You may either choose to go Everest Base Camp Trek or Annapurna Trek. You will drive to Pokhara or Bashi sahar or fly to Lukla to begin your 14 days trek to the Himalayan region – the world famous Himalayan trekking route. The Himalayan range is one of the most enthralling treks that one could ever yearn for. The Annapurna and Everest hike is not only a hiking destination, but also a journey where you can witness diverse communities, cultures, religions and most of all, the world famous Gurung or Sherpa cult – the most widely known climbers of the world.
This program itinerary is merely a proposed sample and may be altered to meet the needs of the volunteers and changes in field conditions. This proposed itinerary will be finalized during orientation in Katmandu. It might also alter due to weather!
Shopping and Departure Phase (two days)
The volunteers will stay at Kathmandu in a hotel and can use their time for exploring more of Kathmandu and do some shopping if you wish to. Our staffs will help you if needed and the last day our staffs will drop you at the airport. See you again!
Eligibility and Skills Requirement
Minimum age 18 years
You do not need any formal training or experience to participate this program, but whatever skills and experience you have will be taken into account when arranging your day-to-day activities.
Volunteers need to be independent, enthusiastic and adaptable, hard-working with an open-minded attitude.
All applicants should have: a desire to help the people of Nepal, flexibility, self-motivation, openness to a new culture and a willingness to learn.
How to apply?
Please click here to find the application form, fill it up, then send us with your CV and a Photo http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/
Program Cost Covers
Intensive training and orientation appropriate to the length of your stay.
Meal and accommodation (Nepali standard) with host family during placement.
Transportation (pick up and drop off to/from airport and placement).
Stationeries during training.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu (Excluding entrance fees)
Trekking cost either Everest Base Camp Trek - 14 Days or Annapurna Trek -14 Days (An experienced Guide - trained by Ministry of tourism, porters - generally 1 porter for 2 person, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, for guide and porter. Bus transportation to and from trekking routes.
VIN's staffs and program cost
Tourist service charge, Vat.
Communication and office Service charge.
Note : For Trekking, you may choose any of above mentioned Trekking routes
The fee does not cover
• Insurance - medical, travel, personal belongings
• Flights - International and domestic
• Personal expenses i.e. gift items, beverage, water bottle
• Visa renewal and obtaining.
• Other expenses incidental cases
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VIN is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation which was founded in 2005 by a diverse group drawn from development workers, educationalists, social activists and other professionals.
Unlike many other development NGOs, VIN serves to directly put efforts for change in the hands of local people. It actively encourages people to volunteer within their communities, aiming to unite all sectors of society in working together to set up and run local projects.
VIN’s main community-based pilot project is located at Jitpur, a rural community surrounded by woods, hills and fields. It lies 11 kilometres from the capital on the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley near the beautiful Nagarjuna forest reserve.
VIN’s mission is to empower marginalised communities, with a focus on women and children, through enhanced educational programs and community training to promote equality, economic wellbeing and basic human rights.