Volunteer in a Children's Orphanage Nepal

Volunteer work in Orphanage Nepal

The Himalayan Foundation Nepal is focused on providing shelter, food, and education for orphans in Nepal, a third world country that is currently in political decline and lacks many essential sources, such as proper healthcare, social support organizations and emergency shelter. By providing these orphanage children with a safe and enriched environment the HFN hopes to make a change to the children's lives and point them in the right direction to create a successful future for themselves and Nepal. We hope to give happiness and fulfillment to those who would otherwise be forced to live in very difficult circumstances.
While volunteering in the program at HFN, there are many areas where volunteers can contribute using their education and skills to provide a life-changing experience for our orphaned children. Short term volunteers will usually work with The Living Orphanage in Kathmandu, and those who volunteer for longer periods have the opportunity to visit, live and work in HFN's affiliated orphanages across Nepal.
Your volunteer work will be to help these children build life skills by assisting with homework, teaching English and Health education, helping with arts and crafts, and taking part in daily activities. Your particular skill set will determine how you will spend your time at the orphanage, 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 show them compassion in a way that will have a huge impact on their lives.

This is a great opportunity for anyone seeking a special experience that differs from the tourist activities of the Kathmandu Valley. The children are in need of attention, love and affection. We hope their charming personalities and quirks will change your life as much as your help will change theirs.

Role of a 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.
  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. Assistance in cooking, meal times, and kitchen garden care.
  7. Help with administration.
  8. Volunteers are encouraged to use their area of expertise to contribute to enhancing the quality of life for the orphans.

Program Requirements

Volunteers must be:

  • Willing to work with children.
  • 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 in their placement.

What do we provide?

Airport Pickup/ Transportation:

  • Volunteers are picked up from the Nepal International Airport in Kathmandu by an appropriate representative.
  • Volunteers who will already be in Kathmandu will be met by a staff member at a pre-arranged location.

Orientation Week in Kathmandu and Language:

All volunteers are provided with an orientation covering topics such as safety and security, transportation, Nepali language, Nepali local culture, as well as a 2 day guided city tour around Kathmandu Valley.


Volunteer work in Orphanage Nepal Accommodation will be provided while undertaking the program. Accommodation options include staying in with a host family, in a project hostel or a home base, which offers an authentic Nepali family environment. Volunteers are provided with their own room and bathroom which is usually shared with other volunteers, however a private room can be provided by prior arrangement. Staying with a host family will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to experience the Nepali lifestyle and live with a warm and welcoming family. You will get the chance to learn how to cook traditional Nepali-style 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 typically provided with two meals a day and a mid-day snack sourced from local ingredients. Meals served include rice, curry and vegetables (a traditional Nepali dish known as (Dahl-Bhat, Tarkali and Achar).

Project Location:

The project placements are located across Nepal, and you will be placed according to your interests and chosen program. Locations include Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhora, Hetauda 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 to the orphanage.


It is essential that volunteers are able to speak fluent English, Nepali or Hindi.

In-country support:

24 hour 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 a deposit, 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 a suggestion of things to pack.

Program Fees Expenses:

HFN strives to keep costs low while providing you with a professional service to fully prepare you for volunteering in Nepal . Look around and you will find we offer value for money, and strive to meet every need of our Volunteers .

Please be awere of our program application and booking charge: US$30 - this is a non-refundable fee which covers processing your application and pre-departure support and is not deductible from program fees* starting from.

One week US$ 150
Two weeks US$ 225
Three weeks US$ 300
Four weeks (a month) US$ 350
For each additional month US$ 325

*All fees are US dollars or foreign currency equivalent.

What you are paying for?

The program fee is used to provide both a professional and welcoming volunteer service program, as well as providing some finaceal support for Living Orphanage and the HFN sponsor program for underprivileged children in the community.

What you are paying for?

The program fee is used to provide a professional and welcoming volunteer program, as well as providing financial support for the orphanage and the HFN sponsor program for underprivileged children in the community.

The following are included in the cost:

  • 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?

The following costs are NOT included in the above fee and will need to be covered by the volunteer:
  • 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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