Volunteer in Orphanage Kathmandu Nepal

Volunteer in Orphanage Home (1 Week to 5 Months)

Volunteer in Orphanage Home

Himalayan Foundation Nepal is focused on providing shelter, food, and education for orphans in one of the least developed countries in the world. By providing these orphaned children with a safe and enriched environment the HFN hopes to help the future of Nepali society as well as give happiness and fulfillment to those who would otherwise be forced to live in very difficult circumstances.
While volunteering with the Orphaned Children's programe at HFN there are many areas where volunteers can contribute with their education and skills to change the lives of our orphanage children. Short-term volunteers will usually work with our own Living Orphanage in kathmandu, those who volunteer for longer periods will have the opportunity to visit, live or work in HFN's affiliated orphanages.
Your volunteer work will be to help these orphaned children build life-skills by assisting with homework, teaching English, health education, helping with arts and crafts, and taking part in their daily activities . Your particular skills will determine how you become a part of the children's lives, as each volunteer is unique. By becoming involved in the lives of these orphans you will be taking on a mentor role, similar to that of an older brother or sister, and showing them compassion in a way that will have a huge impact on their lives.
This is a great opportunity for anyone seeking a unique experience that differs from the tourist activities of the Kathmandu Valley. The children are in need of attention and affection, we hope their charming personalities and quirks will change your life as much as your help will change theirs.

Role of Volunteer

Depending on your interests and experience, you can get involved in any of the following areas:

  1. Teaching English (3-4 hour a day) helping the children with their homework and monitoring their academic progress etc.
  2. Assisting the children with their daily routine before and after school (i.e. brushing teeth, getting dressed)
  3. Accompanying the children to school and picking them up
  4. Organizing games, arts and crafts, singing, dancing and many other creative educational extracurricular activities
  5. Taking the children on educational tours around Kathmandu
  6. Help with cooking, meal times, and the kitchen garden.
  7. Help with administration.
  8. Volunteers are encouraged to use their area expertise to to contribute to orphanage life.

Program Requirements

Volunteers must be:
  • At least 18 years or older at the start of the program
  • Have an open mind and flexible attitude towards working in new and different environments
  • Prepared to do some manual work during their placement

What we provide?

Airport Pickup/ Transportation:

  • Volunteers are picked up from the Nepal International Airport in Kathmandu by the manager or a representative of our Work as a Volunteer Program .
  • Those volunteers who will already be in Kathmandu will be met by a staff member at a decided meeting point

Orientation Week in Kathmandu and Language:

All volunteers are provided with an orientation by our manager covering topics such as Safety and Security, Transportation, Nepali Language, Nepali Local Culture and a 2 day guided tour around Kathmandu Valley. All the activities will be done during the period of stay.


Accommodation is provided while you work in the volunteer program . You will stay in either our own orphanage home , with a host family, in a project hostel or in a Home base. The Home base provides an authentic local Nepali family environment. Volunteers are provided with their own room and bathroom which is usually shared with other volunteers though a private room can be provided by previous arrangement. Staying with a host family will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to experience Nepali lifestyle and live with a warm and welcoming family. You can even learn to cook Nepali food! While volunteering, our staff will visit you every two weeks. During the visit, we will check on your progress and make sure you're satisfied and happy.


Volunteers are provided with two meals a day and a mid-day snack sourced from local ingredients. Meals are served at the orphanage home and include rice, curry and vegetables (a traditional Nepali dish known as (Dhal,Bhat, Tarkali and Achar).

Project Location:

The project placements are located across Nepal with our affiliated orphanages. Locations include Kathmandu, Chitwan and Nawalparasi. Regardless of where you are placed, you will be staying in the orphanage, or we can arrange a host family on prior indication which will be within walking distance.



In-country support:

24 hours support is provided by our staff members. Once you arrive in the country you will be provided with the contact details of our local coordinator who you will be able to contact at anytime during your stay.

Pre-departure information:

After we receive full and final payment, all participants are provided with a pre-departure information booklet by e-mail which will contain all the vital information about your program such as details of the country, project location, Visa requirements, Immunization requirements, details of accommodation, contact information and suggested packing list.

What you are paying for?

The program fee is used to provide both a professional and welcoming volunteer service program and helps fund our orphanage and the HFN sponsor program for underprivileged children in the community.
Services included in the program fee

  • Pickup from the airport, transport to your placement.
  • Accommodation.
  • Food during placement with a host family / hostel- Nepali standard 2 to 3 meals a day.
  • Orientation.
  • Provisions for the children at our orphanage.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
  • Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information.
  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from HFN Staff.
  • NGO government tax.
  • Free wireless internet at our office and Orphanage Home in Kathmandu

What is not included?

Apart from the fees, other costs that are to be met by the volunteer are:

  • Airfare / travel to Nepal
  • Visa and Visa extension fee. Visa (tourist) fee in US$25: for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days US$100 for 90 days. Additional time- US $2 fee per extra day, maximum 150 day stay per year).
  • Airport taxes (arrival and departure tax- this usually costs around US $26).
  • Local Transportation
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any other Donations

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