Volunteer Nepal

At a glance
Cost 1015+
Eligibility British / Irish, 18+
Duration 2 - 12 weeks

Flights, Visas & Insurance

Do BUNAC help with flights?

BUNAC’s preferred travel agent is STA Travel and they will be able to help you book your flights to and from Nepal.

Give them a call on the BUNAC dedicated phone number 0871 468 0666 or get in touch at bunac@statravel.co.uk

If you’d prefer to make alternative plans then you’re more than welcome to as long as you arrive in time for the start of the orientation. Please make sure you provide BUNAC with proof of your return trip so that we can arrange your airport pick up.

Do I need to apply for a visa?

Yes, a visa is required for Nepal, however, BUNAC will guide you through the process. The visa can be applied for on arrival into Nepal and we will send you full instructions in advance so you are fully prepared.

Do I need insurance?

Yes. BUNAC offers a fully comprehensive insurance policy that has been arranged with Endsleigh, one of the UK’s leading insurance companies. The BUNAC policy is compulsory for this programme. You can read more about the insurance policy here.

Volunteer Placement

What is the arrival orientation?

The orientation is a great opportunity for you to be introduced to the country and its culture. It is included in the programme cost and our local hosts will discuss volunteering, health and safety issues and you’ll also get the chance to take part in cultural workshops. The orientation lasts 2 days and will provide you with useful information, half day city tour and enable you to meet other volunteers on the programme.

When will my place on the project be confirmed?

We believe that it’s important to consider the needs of the community and the preferences of the volunteer equally. Our partner works closely with all of the projects, monitoring their activities and placing volunteers where they feel they’ll be able to make the most worthwhile contribution.

 

How many hours will I work?

Hours vary from placement to placement. Generally you can expect to be at your project Monday-Friday for about 4-6 hours a day but start times vary. There will be opportunities for you to be proactive and look at other areas in the community where you may be able to lend a hand. This could involve setting up after school clubs, sports events and offering one-to-one lessons.

Will I be placed with other volunteers?

It is possible that you may share accommodation or be working at the same project as another volunteer but we cannot guarantee this as it is based on individual placement preferences and availability. Ultimately BUNAC's volunteer programmes offer a lot of support, but they are intended to be independent experiences where the individual can gain through working amongst the local people.

Can I go for less than 6 weeks?

We believe that a volunteer wouldn’t be able to accomplish much or feel satisfied with their participation on a project if they were there for a period shorter than the required minimum. In fact, feedback from previous volunteers suggests that many people wish they’d committed to longer!

Can I extend my stay?

In most cases it will be possible to extend your volunteer programme whilst you are away. Specific arrangements are made through our Nepalese partner and are subject to the availability of accommodation, projects and subject to an additional fee which is paid locally.

Will there be opportunities to travel during my stay?

Definitely! We encourage volunteers to take time out either before or at the end of their placement to explore more of the country. During your placement you will generally have weekends free to travel. Our local partners in Nepal will be able to give you advice on where to go and what to see. Whether you decide to trek to Everest Base Camp, go white water rafting or soak up the history and culture by visiting the temples and monasteries, Nepal is a great country to explore.

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