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Namaste Nepal

4.7(113 reviews)
2 to 12 weeks
18 to 85

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Trip overview

Embark on an unforgettable volunteer trip and experience Nepal’s traditional lifestyle whilst making a real difference to regional communities. On this amazing adventure, you’ll volunteer in the capital city, assisting locals on your choice of community projects such as women’s empowerment, teaching, childcare and orphanage care. Picture yourself teaching English in nearby schools, improving the lives of children, exploring the Himalayas, taste-testing the delicious Nepalese cuisines and contributing to important, real-world projects. With cultural activities during the weekend and a planned excursion to different parts of Nepal every weekend, you'll get to truly see all the sides of beautiful Nepal.

We offer the complete package for those looking to volunteer abroad and, best of all, we’ve joined with local project partners to secure you a guaranteed volunteering placement overseas. You’ll be contributing to Nepal’s community with both confidence and purpose. Our team will help you with all the essentials, from airport pickup to project transport, volunteer accommodation, onsite training and so much more.

Make a sustainable impact on the lives of others, make new friends from all corners of the world and break away from your routine back home as you embark on this incredible volunteer travel opportunity. This trip is perfect for anyone ready to make a lasting impact on the greater community whilst channelling that friendly and traditional Nepalese lifestyle at the same time.


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Volunteer project placement
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Pre-Departure Guide
Trip visa guidance
Personal Travel Concierge
Comfortable accommodation
Return airport transfer
‘Welcome to Kathmandu’ orientation
Weekend Adventure Excursions
Local cultural experiences
Certificate of completion
Ongoing local team support
24/7 Global Emergency Line
gWorld access
$250 off your next trip
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Global AcademyNEW


To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 18-85 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Namaste Volunteer trip in Nepal is designed to get you volunteering overseas in a safe and fun environment, and with a genuine and rewarding purpose. Our expert team and local partners take care of everything you need to start making a positive impact, from volunteer placement and provided meals, to accommodation and ongoing support throughout your entire journey.

Whether you’re doing gap year volunteering or taking a volunteering holiday from work, you’ll arrive in Nepal with the confidence that absolutely everything has been pre-arranged for you. You’ll be able to jump straight into your volunteer duties, relax into the traditional Nepalese lifestyle and start making new friends with all the logistical details sorted, from airport transfers to accommodation.

Channel all your energy into immersing yourself in your volunteer placement, as well as taking time to get to know the local area. Roam Kathmandu’s breathtaking landscapes, taste the local cuisine and explore the magnificent temples instead of sweating the logistical stuff - that’s exactly why we’re here. Feel confident and proud you are contributing much-needed help to a meaningful cause and save yourself the time, money and even the risk of being stranded in a foreign country by having us on your side. Make your time count on this life-changing opportunity to volunteer in Nepal and arrive home knowing you've made a lasting and enriching impact on the country’s communities and people.

What extra costs will I have? 

Flights, travel insurance, visa, vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs & spending money.

Purpose & impact

Kathmandu is rich in culture, history and nature, but many of its people struggle in poverty. On this trip, you'll be able to see how the locals live, and how their job prospects grow when they understand a good level of English. 

Accommodation & meals

Volunteers will stay at a volunteer apartment located in a bustling, visitor-friendly area of town called Thamel. The volunteer accommodation (Mega Apartment) is a newly-built apartment building located within walking distance of markets and shopping areas, health centres, bars and restaurants, and public transport.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included and will be cooked by staff. You can expect mostly mildly spicy Nepali food. Because of the proximity, Indian and Tibetan influenced dishes are very common! 

Trip itinerary

Day 1

Once you have touched down at Tribhuvan (Kathmandu) International Airport, your pre-arranged transfer will take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in the centre of Kathmandu, well situated and within a short stroll of many fascinating local sights. Relax, settle in and meet some of the other volunteers.

Day 2

Head to your cultural orientation with the other volunteers, loaded with information about Nepal’s culture, its history, the project and your responsibilities as a volunteer. This introduction is the perfect way to become familiar with the area and to get to know some of the people you’ll be volunteering with!   

Day 3

You will begin your project work by first learning your daily schedule as a volunteer including cultural activities included in the program and opportunities for your free time.  In the afternoon, you will attend a Nepalese language lesson and visit a local market. 

Day 4+

7.00am: Rise and shine, it’s time to start your day!  8.00am: Enjoy a traditional Nepalese breakfast prepared for you by the staff. Head to your morning meeting with the other volunteers and learn about your responsibilities for the day ahead.  8.30am: Head to your chosen volunteer project for your morning shift. Childcare -  Your responsibilities could include meal preparation and delivery, singing songs and rhymes, teaching basic English and small numbers, having fun outdoors with activities, tracking what needs improvement and working to achieve their goals, assisting in sensory development teaching and helping the staff. Teaching - You could be teaching English, maths or social skills, getting children motivated for sports activities and games, tracking attendance and partaking in First Aid Training. Orphanage care - You could be responsible for educating children, playing games and sports, washing and changing clothes, teaching them basic English and helping with their homework.  Women’s empowerment - You may teach girls and women basic English literacy, develop their income generation skills, help them set up micro-businesses, raise awareness towards personal health, hygiene and civil rights and assist with functional skills, such as riding bicycles. 1.30pm: Take a well-deserved break from your volunteer duties and enjoy lunch at your project location. 3.00pm: Spend the afternoon partaking in cultural workshops including Nepalese language lessons, cooking demonstrations, yoga, henna painting, and more!  4.00pm: Begin preparing/lesson planning for the next day.  5.00pm: Relax with a tea or cofffee at the accommodation.  7.00pm: Enjoy a delicious dinner at the accommodation and spend the rest of your evening relaxing or exploring the local area.  Weekends: You’ll have every weekend off, which gives you the perfect opportunity to explore on the included weekend excursions. Make the most of your time off and head to Pokhara, offering epic views of the Himalayan peaks and the option of a rowboat ride around the lake. Visit Chitwan where you’ll float down the Rapti River on a canoe and take jungle walks through the National Park, a haven for free-roaming Great Indian One-Horned Rhino and the Royal Bengal Tiger. Head to Sundarial for an incredible hiking trip. Last but not least, visit Nagarkot and enjoy a historical nature walking tour and soak up a beautiful sunrise. The trip is organised to have one of these excursions each weekend, on a rotating basis. Please note, the included weekend excursions are for the first four weekends of the trip. If you do this trip for 5+ weeks, you will do the weekend excursions for the first four weekends and then have weekends free to explore at your own leisure from the fifth weekend onwards.


We’ll constantly keep in touch with you throughout your stay. If at any point during your trip you need advice or support, our team will be on hand to answer all your questions. Don’t forget you can jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters.

Why choose us

We take care of pretty much everything so you don’t have to. You’ll arrive in Nepal totally prepared with a plan of action and trusted people helping you along the way. 

Our volunteer trips are designed to help you make a real change in critical causes around the world. All while experiencing off-the-beaten-path locations with passionate locals. Our goal is to save you time, money, and stress while eliminating the risk of returning home early. Here’s how we do it: 

We’re on your side from the moment you get started. 

You’ll be assigned a dedicated Trip Coordinator. They’ll guide you through the next steps and answer all your questions. They’ll also help you with the pesky visa. No guesswork – only the right paperwork, approved the first time, in your hands before you leave. 

Your Personal Travel Concierge will help with flights, insurance, and any add-ons you’d like for your trip. These are real humans too – no robots here. 

We maintain relationships with a huge network of screened and vetted partner organisations all over the world. We know they’re trustworthy and that you’re in good hands because of all the successful trips Global Travellers keep having with our partners. 

Our team is well travelled so you can rely on our experience. We’re with you every step of the way. 

Join 75000+ travellers – giving us 10000+ 4 & 5 star reviews – by choosing Global to make your travel dreams come true. 

Most travellers book their trip 6-12 months in advance. Dates are flexible, but spaces are limited. So if you’re serious about volunteering in Nepal, don’t delay. 

With our Book Now, Decide Later feature, you can get started with a small deposit today, and take a full year to choose your dates. 

We’ll take over from there, helping you with visas, flights, accommodation, and setting you up with our partner in Nepal. 

This is the trip for you if you’re after the ultimate volunteering experience in Nepal, complete with everything you need and 24/7 support.

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Siti H
The easiest process to go through. The whole team were super friendly and informative.
Lara H
Great staff with easy experience and simple explanations
Jaythene B
Ollie was easy and interactive to speak to and really encouraging with how to pursue the volunteer work. I look forward to working in Nepal!
David L
Very professional and engaging interactions. Informative and relevant. A very positive introduction to the company and programs.
Sally C
Best ever help. Nicole is fantastic

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Frequently asked questions

Why go with Global Work & Travel?

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Are flights & insurance included?

While we would love to include flights and insurance in our trip packages, it is not feasible to have a fixed price due to the diverse destinations, trip durations, and individual coverage needs of our travellers from around the globe. However, once you register for the trip, we will assign you a dedicated Travel Concierge. They will work closely with you to arrange the ideal flights and insurance tailored to your specific adventure. Rest assured, our team is here to ensure you have a smooth and hassle-free travel experience from start to finish!

Why do I have to pay to volunteer?

The trip fee covers all the essential trip inclusions that ensure you have a meaningful and safe volunteering experience. It includes comprehensive pre-departure support to assist you throughout your journey. Once you arrive at your destination, the fee covers transportation, accommodation, and in most cases meals and some amazing excursions you'll do alongside other international volunteers. This comprehensive support is essential to provide you with a positive and secure volunteering experience, which is of utmost importance to us. Your trip fee allows us to ensure your well-being while making a meaningful impact, and it contributes to the sustainability and effectiveness of the volunteer projects we support.

Will I receive guidance and support before starting the volunteering trip?

Absolutely! Before starting your volunteer placement, you will receive comprehensive pre-departure support, which includes project-specific information, cultural orientation, and advice on preparing for your journey. Additionally, most trips include on-site training and an orientation to ensure you are well-prepared and confident in your volunteer role.

How do I choose the right volunteer trip for me?

With so many incredible options, we understand that selecting the perfect volunteer trip can be tricky. That's why we recommend booking your favourite one, and your dedicated Trip Coordinator will guide you through the project details. They will consider your interests, skills, desired location, and the impact you want to make. If we find another trip that better suits your preferences, we can easily swap you over to ensure you have the ideal volunteer experience. Rest assured, we're here to help you find the right fit!

How long should I volunteer for?

We offer flexibility in our volunteer trips, allowing you to choose the duration that best suits your schedule and desired experience. While most volunteers join us for 3 or 4 weeks, our trips accommodate durations as short as two weeks or as long as 12 weeks, and even extended stays. The choice is yours!

What ages are most volunteers?

The ages of our volunteers can vary depending on the project, but we have a wide age range. Our volunteers typically range from 18 years old to 85 years old! Our Trip Coordinators ensure that all volunteers are vetted before embarking on their journey. While age may differ, what unites our volunteers is their shared passion for travel and their dedication to making a positive impact in the community or wildlife conservation efforts they are involved in. Regardless of age, anyone with a passion to contribute and explore is welcome to join our volunteer trips.

Is it safe to volunteer overseas?

Safety is our utmost priority, and it drives our thorough trip planning process and comprehensive inclusions. With a successful track record of safely sending tens of thousands of travellers overseas since 2008, we prioritise your well-being throughout the journey. Before you depart, we provide full support, ensuring a smooth and secure experience. Upon arrival, we take care of every detail, including secure airport transfers, comfortable accommodations, usually meals, and dedicated project supervision. Additionally, our 24/7 emergency line ensures immediate assistance whenever needed, providing peace of mind throughout your entire volunteer experience.

Why should I book now?

Covid-19 threw us a curve ball and pretty much halted all travel. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12 months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. As a Global Traveller you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace Deals, a unique social network to connect you with other like-minded Global Travellers, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages, and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better? Why not give yourself something to look forward to by booking that trip!

Can I travel with a friend?

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together or nearby. Meaning that you can live, work, play & travel together! But wait there's more! Not only can you travel the world with your besties at your side, you can also earn some extra cash towards your own trip just by referring your friends to Global Work & Travel. You can learn more about the great referral rewards program inside your gWorld account once you join. And for those who decide to go-it-solo, we’ve made it easier to meet other Global Travellers in the same region as you. Just like any other social platform, you’ll be able to interact, share, chat and meet with some really cool people who are doing trips just like you!

Can I bring my pet along?

At Global Work & Travel, we share a deep love for animals and fully understand the special bond you have with your pet. We recognise the challenges of embarking on a trip without them. Due to travel restrictions, requirements, and limited pet-friendly accommodations among our host organisations, we regretfully cannot facilitate their inclusion in the journey. However, many of our customers choose to entrust their pets to a family member or friend, embark on their adventure, and return home to wagging tails and furry cuddles.

What happens if I want to cancel my trip?

We know that life can get in the way of travel, so all our trips come with a great deal of flexibility. In most cases, if you cannot travel on your selected date, you can place your trip on hold to deal with whatever is holding you back, and continue in the future without incurring any penalty. You may also have the option of transferring to an entirely different trip and destination as well, or even transferring your trip to a friend or family member. In the event that you need to outright cancel your trip, if you give us 84* days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Store Credit which you can put toward any other trip that we offer, including tours through third-party providers, as well as holidays through DealsAway.com, and is valid for 2 years from date of issue. As international travel can be complex, your options are based on the progress of your trip organisation and our support team can assist you in finding the best solution for your needs.

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