gap year & Volunteer programs in Nepal
Doing a gap year or volunteer program in Nepal provides a unique & worthwhile experience and is a great way to gain new experiences and skill sets while learning about the local culture and people. In Nepal we have several volunteering programs available including teaching English, construction work, cultural, trekking, medical, Buddhist monastery and many other experience and travel programs.
You can create your own schedule and combine the projects without extra costs in Nepal. Our projects in Nepal are some of the most affordable quality programs and you can combine different projects easily without any extra costs plus the transport costs between different locations is included.
Join the best volunteer trips in Nepal with various volunteer abroad opportunities including teaching English at a school, be a teacher at a kindergarten, community activities, and construction projects for short term 2 weeks up to long term or on a gap year for young people, students, couples and adults international volunteers who want to help to make a difference and give their free time and effort to local children and people with ethical volunteering work programs in developing countries with legitimate development organizations overseas in summer and throughout the year with no qualifications required.
Join from only £495, US$695 or €545 with NO extra costs such as registration, application, credit card, bank, admin or any extra costs!
5% Discount for bookings for made until the end of September 2019!
Nepal Program Summary
Start Dates: Start every Monday throughout the year
Arrival: Kathmandu Airport on Sunday
Duration: 2-8 weeks
Why Join with GapXperience ?
- Experienced and Trusted Organization – Established over 14 years ago, we have grown to become one of the world’s leaders for Gap Year & Volunteer Abroad Programs with over 200 programs in over 30 countries around the world, having placed thousands of participants abroad.
- Most Affordable Prices – Our fees are the some of the most affordable for quality volunteer travel that you will find with just one low fixed fee without additional registration or application fees.
- Responsible Projects – Our volunteer projects are run responsibly and have a positive impact on local needs.
- Great Support – Before you go and throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of our team and the local partner’s team who will provide you with assistance. Checkout our reviews to see the wonderful feedback we have received from our participants.
- Participant Safety – Safety is a top priority for us, with trustworthy projects, partners and coordinators that have been fully trained to deal with safety issues.
- Make Friends – Meet up with the friendly locals and like-minded travelers during your program.
- Explore on Weekends – You have the weekends free to explore and travel and create great travel experiences.
- Self Development – We see volunteering as an essential part of personal and career development, playing a key role in building on life and work related skills.
Program Info & Location
Volunteer placements are available in the Katmandu. Katmandu is surrounded by beautiful countryside otherwise known as the Katmandu Valley. The heart of Katmandu is a busy, bustling city bursting with people, cars, motorbikes and buildings.
You can join this program from 2 to 12 weeks. The program starts every Monday. You can combine any of the projects in Nepal. You can build your own schedule and choose which project(s) you want to do each week as you wish. On your first day you will start your program with an introduction to the area, accommodation, facilities and a cultural introduction.
The minimum duration of the program is 2 weeks. You can start your program with the culture week but this is not compulsory.
There are several projects available and you can build your own schedule from a short term 2 weeks program up to 12 weeks and choose which project(s) you want to join and you can also combine different projects as you like!
You need to arrive in Kathmandu on Sunday between 06:00 and 22:00 at Kathmandu Airport. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to your accommodation. Departure day is on Saturday of your last week.
Do not book your flight until your booking has been confirmed and we have send you the full arrival details.
Accommodation and Meals
There are three meals included from Monday to Friday and two meals during the weekend.
Participants share a room together with other participants in single-gender rooms in volunteer accommodation.
Requirements to Join
- Participants need to be minimum 18 years to join
- Participants need to be in good physical and mental health
- You need to have your own travel insurance, including health and 3rd party liability coverage.
- Participants must have a clean criminal background check, click here for details
“My experience with GapXperience in Nepal was positive in many ways. The projects are well arranged, also very interesting and inspiring. My volunteer work was teaching English to the Buddhist monks in Katmandu. It was fascinating to live among them and experience their lifestyle and traditions. In the past 3 weeks I learned and experience so may beautiful things, memories that will forever be remembered. Thank you for making this once in a lifetime experience happen.”
“I had an amazing 2 weeks of volunteer experience in Nepal, my only regrets is that I couldn’t stay longer. Teaching English to monks has been a great experience. I would like to thank everyone on the Nepal volunteer team for their hard work and hospitality and for giving me a rewarding and unforgettable experience of a lifetime.”
“I had a really nice time in Nepal, I learned a lot about the culture and people. Nepal was actually starting to feel like home. The people and children in the orphanage we’re very nice to me and I loved doing things with them. Thanks for the great time in Nepal.”
The Programs in Nepal
There are different programs and projects available which can be combined. You can build your own program on the application form where you can choose which project(s) you want to join and build your own program in Nepal!
For info on the Kathmandu location and accommodation click here.
Here are all the wonderful options in Nepal :
Culture Week in Kathmandu
Experience and get an in-depth knowledge of the ancient traditions, culture, language, temples, and buddhist monasteries in this Himalayan country. The introduction week will get you kickstarted into this amazing country located at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. Now only will you get to learn about the language and lifestyle, but you will also visit temples, go on a hiking tour and even take part in a scavenger hunt race at a local market!
Kindergarten in Kathmandu
Teach basic English skills to children between 3 to 6 years old at several kindergartens in Kathmandu. This project will have you teaching at different kindergartens particularly serving children from underprivileged communities. You can assist the teachers at the kindergartens with extracurricular activities and inspire children to achieve their full potential and broaden their perspectives through creatively structured lessons.
Education Project in Kathmandu
Teach basic conversational as well as English and other subjects of your interest to children from different age groups in Nepal. The program will have you teaching at different schools in different locations – urban, suburban, rural as you assist with extracurricular activities and inspire them to achieve their full potential and broaden their perspectives through creatively structured lessons.
Special Education Project in Kathmandu
Work as an assistant teacher in a special school for children with special needs and support the children with special needs to succeed in their education. You will be working with kids who are in different age groups and different IQ levels. This program focuses on supporting the schools with children who have special needs to provide equal opportunities to education with sufficient special attention and facilities. Your task would be to provide special education for these children and raise their knowledge and confidence.
Teaching at a Buddhist Monasteries
Teach English to novice monks in authentic monasteries. This program is tailored for those who are interested in teaching English and at the same time learning something new themselves! You will be teaching to monks of all ages inside a monastery, which will give you the unique opportunity to immerse in their day-to-day lifestyle and learn about Buddhism.
For info on the accommodation in the monastery, click here.
Explore Buddhism in Kathmandu
Explore Buddhism in Nepal and experience Buddhist monasteries, meditation and yoga in this spiritual journey. This program is tailored for those who are interested in Buddhism and who would like to witness the Buddhist culture and teaching in Nepal. You will also experience meditation and yoga in this program. You will be able to stay in different monasteries in Nepal which will give you the unique opportunity to immerse in their day-to-day lifestyle and learn about Buddhism. In this program you will also journey to Lumbini which is the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
Construction and Renovation Project
Help with the rebuilding efforts and support the communities in need in Nepal with construction and renovation projects for a better standard of living for the communities in various areas of Kathmandu in restoring schools, hospitals, community centers and homes.
Women Empowerment in Kathmandu
Teach basic conversational English, basic computer skills and other subjects of your interest to older women of different age groups in Kathmandu. The program will have you teaching at a school set up purposely to educate young and elderly women who cannot read or write. You will be assisting them with extracurricular activities and inspire them to achieve their full potential and broaden their perspectives through creatively structured lessons.
Indulge in a week of adventure in the Himalayas and test your skills in various adrenaline-filled activities. Hike the foothills of the Himalayas, explore the jungle, camp under star-covered skies and go white water rafting. All in one week! This program will not give you time to rest at all, but in exchange, you’ll get to experience the best this mountain-lined country has to offer!
For info on the accommodation info, click here.
Experience Nepal in four weeks with the Nepali culture, people and adventure. During the four-week program, you will get to experience Kathmandu, Pokhara, Annapurna and Chitwan districts through varied and action-packed activities. Scheduled for the month are days of sightseeing, cultural and language lessons, five days of hard trekking, white-water rafting, five days of community work in one of our projects and much, much more!
For info on the accommodation info, click here.
The Nepal Road Trip
Get to visit and experience four vastly distinctive regions of this exotic country. During this four-week road trip, you will get to experience in and around Kathmandu, Kavre, Pokhara, Annapurna, Lumbini and Chitwan through varied and action-packed activities. Scheduled for the month are days of sightseeing, cultural and language learning, five days of hard trekking, white-water rafting, monastic experience, jungle safari, hiking and witnessing mesmerizing panoramic views.
For info on the accommodation info, click here.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find an overview of the frequently asked questions about our programs. If you have a question please feel free to contact us.
Are the program fees subject to change?
When you apply, we will email you your acceptance to the program together with a price quotation. When you confirm your booking paying your deposit within one month from the date you applied then your program fee will remain unchanged, even if the fees might change on the website during this time.
What is the average age of participants?
We have participants of different ages. Most are between 18 and 35 years. But we also have participants who are older (up to 55 years). The programs are suitable for both younger volunteers and older volunteers.
What is the support like overseas?
We believe our support at our destinations is excellent, just check our testimonials and reviews to see what our customers said. We have full-time staff in each destination. It is their job to set up and coordinate your placement, check out your accommodation, meet you at the airport and provide you with any support you need.
Can I also join my friend or family member?
Yes, you can book any of our programs together with one or more people. We will then organize your program together. Just let us know when you sign up and you will each receive a discount of £35/US$45/AU$60/€40.
Can I participate for a short period?
Yes you can participate from one week (from 2 weeks for some programs). You have a choice of different projects where you can gain a fantastic experience.
How well should my English be?
Anyone who can understand and speak reasonable English and express themselves in English can participate in the program. The level of English of the children you will teach is usually low.
Is travel insurance mandatory?
Yes this is mandatory. You are responsible for yourself if something happens to you abroad. That is why you have to take out travel insurance yourself before you leave.
Will I be picked up from the airport?
Yes, you will be picked up from the airport by the local coordinator. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange this for you.
Can I choose what type of project I want to work at?
Yes you can certainly do that. During your registration you can let us know which project (s) you want to join. You work about 4-5 hours a day, from Monday to Friday. At the weekend you are free to travel or to discover the surroundings.
Are your programs suitable for an internship?
yes that is possible for some projects. In the past we have had several participants who have done our program as an internship. Contact us if you have specific requirements for your internship.
Can I combine different countries?
Yes you can combine different countries. That is a great way for a unique experience of different cultures in one journey.
Can I still travel around after the program?
Yes, you can do this, we have several volunteers who travel around after their program has been done or before their program starts.
Will other volunteers be present on the project?
The number of volunteers can vary depending on the period, the country and the project. We can not guarantee the presence of other volunteers on the project.
Do I have to reserve my flight myself?
Yes you book yourself for your flight. Once you book we will let you know the details of your arrival and then you can book your flight. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange your pickup on arrival.
What to do in case of difficulties on the spot?
In the event of difficulties on the spot, you should first contact the person in charge of the project on site to inform that person about your situation. If the problems persist, contact us so that we can help if needed.
When can I register?
The earlier, the better it is to be certain of your place on a project on the dates of your choice. You can still register up to 4 weeks before departure, we will let you know within 24 hours if the program is still available.
Prices of the Program in Nepal
Prices in Pounds
2 weeks : 495 Pounds
3 weeks : 665 Pounds
4 weeks : 825 Pounds
+1 week : 185 Pounds
Prices in US$
2 weeks : 695 US$
3 weeks : 895 US$
4 weeks : 1125 US$
+1 week : 245 US$
Prices in Euro
2 weeks : 545 Euro
3 weeks : 725 Euro
4 weeks : 895 Euro
+1 week : 190 Euro
5% Discount for bookings for made until the end of September 2019!
There is an extra cost per week for these programs :
Culture Week, Construction, Monastery : £65/US$95/€75
Explore Buddhism, Adventure, Experience Nepal £170/US$230/€180
Nepal Road Trip£245/US$295/€255
There are NO EXTRA COSTS with us such as registration, application, credit card, bank, admin or any extra costs, just one fixed price!
What’s included : Volunteer Program • Airport pickup • Accommodation • Meals • Support • Pre-departure information
Not included : flight, insurance, visa, criminal background check, vaccinations, transport back to the airport at end of the program, personal expenses
How to Book your Program
Participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible as places on the program are limited. You can apply up to 1 month before your start date. Apply today and get ready for one of the most amazing experiences of your life!
Fill out the Application Form. We will process your application and let you know if your application was successful within 24 hours.
Pay your deposit to reserve you place in the program. You can pay the deposit in these currencies: £145, US$175 or €150.
Pay the remaining fees, minus the deposit which you already paid, six weeks before your start date of your program.