Gap Year in Nepal
For the ultimate gap year experience, sign up and take part in our 4 week volunteering program, designed to give students a chance to embrace culturally immersive travel whilst giving back to the local community. The program brings together a mix of leisure and sightseeing with meaningful volunteering projects and charitable work so that you can do your bit in helping the poor, disadvantaged communities who haven’t been given the same life opportunities as most of us in the western world. This 4 week program covers travel to a number of destinations in Nepal including the capital of Kathmandu, Chitwan, Nagarkot and Pokhara and will include amazing travel highlights such as tours of beautiful World Heritage Sites, Buddhist Stupas and Hindus Pagoda, a jungle adventure plus amazing wildlife and unmissable national parks.
Your time will be divided between 2 weeks of community volunteering and 2 weeks of travel and you will be placed with a host family so that you can really ‘live like a local’ and immerse yourself into the local culture. The volunteering projects will range from school reconstruction / building and local community work to farming and field work and even offering your time to local schools to teach English or to help out with sports and music lessons. If you have any special skills, we like to hear about these too and no matter your age, university major or background, there will be something that you can get involved in. The work you do will help to contribute to building better futures for the local people as well as the next generation, and you will be sure to meet some like-minded friends along the way.
This 4 week gap year program involves 2 weeks of community volunteering in Nepal, followed by 2 weeks of travel, sightseeing and touring around the areas of Kathmandu, Chitwan, Nagarkot and Pokhara. Designed for gap year students who want to do something different with their summer or their gap year, our 4 week gap year program is available with flexible start dates to fit in around your other travel plans. The volunteering work will include basic building and construction (to help build schools in the local community), manual field work and assisting your host families in running their farms and cattle, volunteering your time to help out in schools and local community centres, working as a teacher or teaching assistant, as well as other community projects.
All community projects are suitable for students with no specific qualifications needed. And when you are not volunteering your time in our different program locations, you will be taking part in our exciting travel itinerary which will include include activities such as hiking and city tours, visiting World Heritage Sites and national parks, going caving or zip lining, mountain biking, canoe rides, elephant sanctuaries, Jeep safaris, bird watching walks, paragliding or even sky diving for those adrenaline junkies out there. You will also have plenty of free time during evenings and weekends to plan your own travel adventures.
This program is suitable for high school groups, families and students wanting adventure abroad.
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All our rates are in GBP £ per person
4 Weeks Fixed Program with 4 persons minimum
- Pre-departure support and materials – to prepare you for your trip
- Accommodation in a homestay and first two nights in a hotel
- Experienced bilingual local staff team
- Daily breakfast and dinner – local Nepali food
- Kathmandu area tour
- Project training with the local Program Manager
- 24 hour support in your location
- Donation to the project
- Travel to Chitwan and Pokhara
Whats Not Included in your program fee :
- Flights to the program destination
- Airport Transfers
- Project Travel Cost
- Daily Lunch
- Medical and travel insurance (compulsory)
- Visa costs
- Personal shopping and gratuities
- Local excursions
Local Team On Ground
Anish Neupane, Nepal Program Manager
Anish has more than 14 years of experience working on social development projects, having different roles in Project Management, Planning & Development, Management Information Systems and Qualitative Research. Currently he is Director of our program Nepal, where his role is mainly tooordinate the relationships between Volunteering Journeys anddifferent international organizations around the world, ensuring having the appropriate volunteer programs and social projects in place
- The nearest airport for this program is Kathmandu Airport ( KTM )
- If you wish to book flights to Kathmandu get in touch via this form
- Visas are on arrival in Nepal.
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program.
- We have partnered with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel guidance to Nepal. Goto www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo to find out how best to avoid trouble when abroad. Packed with essential travel advice and tips, the website also offers up-to-date country information.
- For support on any of the above email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu Durbar Square- Monkey Temple
Day 3: Pashupatinath- Boudhanath temple
Day 4: Nagarkot Bhaktapur- Kathmandu
Day 5: Rafting overnight river bank tented camping
Day 6: Rafting- Chitwan
Day 7: Chitwan Jungle Adventure
Day 8: Chitwan Jungle Adventure
Day 9: Chitwan-Pokhara
Day 10: Pokhara
Day 11: Pokhara
Day 12: Pokhara-Kathmandu
Day 13 to 25: School reconstruction project work
Day 26: Community Development project work – Kathmandu
Day 27: Bungmati- Khokana village tour- Farewell dinner
Day 28: Departure
What Happens When I Arrive?
Living Arrangements for Volunteers in Nepal:
During this 4 week volunteering program in Nepal, you will stay in double room accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Nagarkot as well as being placed within a homestay during projects. You will live with a host family so you can really experience life as a local and get authentic Nepalese cuisine will be included for the duration of the program (this includes breakfast, lunch and dinner daily).
Project travel and airport transfers will also be included and all volunteers will have access to basic WiFi whenever possible. Entrance fees and costs for all scheduled itinerary activities will also be fully covered.
Health and Safety :
When you join our programs you can be assured we have carried out Risk Assessments to identify potential safety and health risks on projects and in the community. We share this information with you in our pre departure documents and on arrival. Our local staff are well trained and we provide 24/7 emergency numbers to all participants.
Volunteering Journeys Foundation:
Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Volunteering Journey’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities in the places that we work in. 100% of each donation goes directly to support our projects. Go to our Donation page if you want to support or fundraise for Nepal.
Volunteers Love Us!
‘My experience in India was absolutely fantastic. Having never done anything like this before, Volunteering Journeys made sure I settled in well and supported me throughout my time. Being placed with an amazing family gave me the chance to experience Indian culture first hand. I was part of the Disabled Childcare Programs for two weeks. Although short, I felt the time I spent was so valuable for the children. If this is something that you are interested in I would 100% recommend it. The memories, friendships and experiences you will develop will be ones that you will never forget.’
‘The teaching experience was second to none. I was overwhelmed by the respect and politeness all the children have, which made it some much easier to work with them, even with the language barrier. The amazing thing about the schools I visited was that all the children are like little sponges, they absorb everything you say, teach and do! It’s quite outstanding how much they gain from just a small conversation in the playground or in the class room.
So in general if you are questioning whether you want to volunteer and you don’t know what company to go with, it has the be Volunteering Journeys. You will be well looked after, gain an immense experience and make friends for life!!!’
‘I took a short sabbatical from work in November 2013 and decided to come to India. I was helping at a small school in Fort Kochi, teaching English, Maths, Science and the odd nursery rhyme. The school where I volunteered had amazing teachers and the kids were great. Ridhi and the team organised everything brilliantly – from cycling tours to the backwaters, to hosting me with a family that made my stay feel like home. If you’re going to volunteer in India then I highly recommend Volunteering Journeys’
“J’ai passé deux mois formidables à Kochi en travaillant comme volontaire avec Volunteering Journeys. Deux mois de ma vie que je n’oublierais jamais. J’ai rencontré des gens incroyables et participé à des projets qui me tenaient vraiment à coeur. J’ai pu voir l’aboutissement de mes efforts et le sourire sur le visage des enfants. Une expérience magique que je recommande à tous. Merci Rainbow”
‘I spent 3 wonderful weeks with the Volunteering Journeys team in Kerala, it marked the beginning of almost 2 months adventuring through India, and I can say without a doubt it was one of my favourite experiences of my time spent in incredible India! From the moment my plane landed and I was greeted by a friendly face and whisked away to a wonderful home, the local staff were incredibly welcoming, helpful, supportive and great fun to be around!
I spent my time volunteering in 2 local schools, assisting with English studies. The enthusiasm and joy with which the children approach their days will ensure you never want to leave!I cannot recommend Volunteering Journeys highly enough, it was such a joyful introduction to India – it’s culture, people and crazy beautiful way of life. You will leave with some fond memories and firm friendships’
‘I volunteered by teaching English both at a school and at an all girls’ orphanage for two months. It has been the best experience of my life so far. I really got to know the children I was teaching and seeing the children’s English improve over my time was an incredible feeling. From being introduced to yoga to tasting delicious flavoursome Indian cuisine and living in “God’s own country”, has left me eager to return. I have made friends across the World who made my time spent in Kerala unforgettable. I highly recommend volunteering with Volunteering Journeys; Kerala is beautiful and you will gain fun memories.’
‘I spent two weeks running an art workshop which was absolutely fantastic. The children were so enthusiastic and bustled about with paste and paint, putting together the most amazing creations. They were not used to producing collaborative work and were thrilled when their individual efforts achieved a glorious whole. Their personalities really shone through and I became very fond of them in the short time I was with them. Thank you to Volunteering Journeys for enabling me to have such a wonderful experience!’
‘There is some kind of magic that happens when you’re in India. The climate, the people, the warm welcome, the happiness in every person, the culture, it’s simply inspiring. On top of that having a group of friendly, thoughtful organizers guiding me through the program made my time volunteering with Volunteering Journeys one of the most memorable moments in my life.
If anyone reading this is considering becoming a volunteer, don’t hesitate, become a volunteer. It will be the most rewarding experience and adventure of your life. I assure you that you will have a vital impact on the community, the place and the children. I would recommend Volunteering Journeys without hesitation. Well organized and hassle free adventure. You get help and guidance with everything you need. Kerala was my destination. Safe, beautiful and very friendly. Just do it and have an adventure of your life!’
“Volunteering at the schools was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Once again the friendships you create are irreplaceable. Admittedly, the first few days were scary, in the sense that my partner and I were only 18 & 20 yrs old and we were teaching women and children a language that was not their first. However the persistence and willingness of Indians is not to be tested. Each of our students put in 100% and naturally we became very personal with everyone and these women and children taught us much more. We came out of this experience with more than we had ever anticipated. It can’t be put into words just how much we learnt from volunteering. Ever aspect of our lives and mindset has changed.”
‘I think it was quite an eye opening experience to kind of see how people live and enjoy their lives very differently to what we do probably in UK. Even though comparatively they didn’t have as much, the children still came to school with a smile on their face and they were really keen to learn. They were ever so happy and always had a smile on their face regardless of the circumstances that they are living in, and I think that was an amazing experience for us to take back. We have comparatively much more wealth in the UK and we have much more available at our fingertips. Yet we were quite not so happy’
‘We decided to volunteer as part of our family vacation. It was the perfect balance: making a contribution but not being asked to do too much, with Volunteering Journeys staff with us every step of the way to help, support, clarify, etc. I was also impressed that they didn’t feed us a line about how we were changing the world in a week; I knew going in that *we* would be the ones most changed, and the staff’s perspective’s was the same: we were making an impact by showing we cared and sharing experiences, which hopefully meant something to a lot of people.’