As a volunteer you can take part in programmes in the following areas of intervention:
The project is located in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, in the Pepsi Cola area. Pepsi Cola is a very small neighbourhood, the area has this interesting name because of a large number of fast food restaurants, including the most famous chains and some authentic local fast food restaurants.
The city of Kathmandu has always been at the centre of Nepal’s history, art, culture and economy. It has a multi-ethnic population with a Hindu and Buddhist majority and is one of the most important centres of intercultural exchange in the country.
You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. It is advisable to arrive at the weekend in order to receive the right training on site and be operational at the beginning of the week. It is also necessary to book a flight that lands before 2 p.m.
Volunteers stay with Nepalese families who have been selected and trained to host volunteers. Meals will also be prepared by your host family and you will be able to meet other international volunteers in the house.
Below is an outline of a typical day for a volunteer.
09:00 | Breakfast with the family
10:00 – 12:30 | Lessons at school/monastery, women’s centre, disability centre
12:30 – 13:00 | Lunch
13:00 – 15:00 | Lessons at school, disabled centre, games in the monastery
15:00 – 17:00 | Talent school – after school: homework help, games
17:00 – 19:00 | Free time for activities in Pepsi Cola, Kathmandu or surroundings
20:00 | Family dinner
Be at least 18 years old and have a good knowledge of English.
The minimum stay is 2 weeks. Volunteers can leave throughout the year and freely decide whether to stay at the project for a longer period. The advice of the YearOut staff is to stay at the project for a period of 4 weeks in order to make the volunteers’ intervention useful for both the community and themselves.
The donation varies depending on the number of weeks you stay and the project you choose.
Your donation includes: food, accommodation, transport costs to/from the airport, transport costs for the project during the volunteering period, 24-hour staff support, financing of materials needed for activities, initial training and Nepali language lessons. Under ‘food’, daily lunches are excluded, which volunteers often eat at traditional local kiosks.
For more details about the donation see the page DONATION.
Kathmandu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known to be the centre of Nepal’s history, art, culture and economy.
There are therefore many interesting points you can visit, including in nearby Pokhara, the starting point for numerous trekking routes including the famous Annapurna circuit.
“Even more extraordinary than the country is the people who live there. The women at the Women’s Centre follow the lessons with attentive eyes and do not miss a chance to offer me a smile, a caress. The children shake my hands, braid my hair, ask for help to complete their homework. I never feel left out in the monastery, because ‘you don’t need to believe in a God, just pray for the souls around you'”.