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Frequently Asked Questions

Before arrival

How can I apply to the program?

To apply, visit our volunteer page, or click here and complete the application form online. Once your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation email and a pre-departure brief specific to your destination to help with your planning and preparation.

Which program is recommended for me?
We offer a range of programs, including teaching, medical placements, social work, animal conservation, construction, and manual work in Nepal. Based on your interests, skills, and contribution and learning potential, we make recommendations for the best program for you.
Will I be with other volunteers?
Socializing is an essential aspect of our programs, and while we get volunteers on all our programs, some are more popular than others. If you prefer to work with other volunteers, please ask us how many volunteers will be joining on your start date. However, some programs are more independent, and you won’t need fellow volunteers as the projects are busy.
What age group of volunteers typically join?
We welcome all age groups from 16 years old and above, and we have had volunteers up to 65 years old. Age is not a barrier to volunteering, and our average volunteers are between 18 and 25 years old.
Can I speak with past volunteers?
Due to our privacy policy, we cannot provide information about our past volunteers. However, our Facebook page and groups for each destination allow you to interact with volunteers who have left reviews or past volunteers. If interested in connecting with others via social media, please contact us.
What skills do I need to volunteer?
Except for medical or healthcare programs, we do not require specific skills, but we expect an interest in the project you are applying to. For example, if you are applying to teach children, we hope that you enjoy being around children. Upon arrival, we will provide you with necessary resources and training, and our local staff will be available to provide support.

Health and safety:

What vaccinations do I need?
We recommend that you visit a local travel medical clinic or GP centre and take the vaccinations they suggest. Hepatitis A & B, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Yellow fever, Rabies, Tuberculosis, and Malaria are some vaccinations you should consider.
What happens if I get sick during the program?
Our pre-trip information pack will provide information on how to minimize the risk of falling ill, and our guides will also brief you on hygiene. It is advisable to take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover all medical-related expenses and emergency air lifts where required. We will provide information about local doctors and hospitals, and our staff will be available to assist in case you become unwell. A basic medical kit is available on-site, and you will receive contact numbers of local doctors, hospitals, and our staff in case of a medical emergency.
What safety measures do you follow?
We monitor travel advisories and collect copies of passports, medical and travel insurance, emergency contact information, dietary and medical requirements. Staff members have up-to-date first-aid training and carry a comprehensive first-aid kit at all times. Local hospitals and doctors are equipped to handle any minor or major medical situations. All travel is during the day and under the guidance of facilitators. We provide participants with full training on any health and safety hazards, and access to filtered or bottled water is available at all times.
Can I be assured of my safety during the trip?
Our project sites are generally peaceful, and the locals are friendly and supportive. We take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of our guests. We provide health and safety training, cultural orientation, as well as emergency contact numbers for local staff, medical centers, and the police.
Is WiFi or mobile connection available?
Both WiFi and mobile connection are available at our project site and volunteers’ home. Please bring an unlocked phone from home for local mobile connections.
Can I bring my laptop or iPad?
We highly recommend that you bring your laptop or tablet so you can stay connected with family and friends back home. All electronic devices must be kept locked when not in use.

Arrival

What kind of training or orientation will I receive?
We provide sufficient information to make you feel comfortable and confident in traveling to your destination.

Pre-departure Preparation

You will receive a pre-departure guide specific to your country, which covers all the basics of what to bring, cultural and project-related information, and the contact information of your local contact in the country.

On arrival and during the trip

You will receive an area orientation and program-specific training. A health and safety briefing will also be provided when necessary

Staff Support

All our programs have a local Country Manager who will be your main point of contact, as well as other staff members who will support you on the projects at all times. Although you will work independently, we will provide support if you are feeling nervous until you feel comfortable.
Will I be picked up from the airport?
Our programs do not include airport transfer as a part of the package. Nevertheless, we are more than happy to organize a pick-up service for you, which would be at your own expense.
How do I travel to the project site from Kathmandu?
You will be provided information on how to reach to /from the project site. Please visit contact section on website. However, you will be reponsible for the cost of the transportation.
Can I earn college credits or use the program for college or university placements?
Can I earn college credits or use the program for college or university placements? Although we are not affiliated with any university or college credits, we can sign off on any documents from your university stating that you have completed the program with us.
What if I want to travel during my project?
Weekends are free for your excursions, but if you want to travel during the week, please get in touch with us or inform our local team directly. We recommend that you do not travel during project days and only travel on weekends or after your program finishes.

Cost & Other Bits:

What additional costs are involved?
You will have to pay for your airfare, medical and travel insurance, vaccinations, and visas. You will also need some extra money for your personal expenses and excursions in the country.
Can I travel with my partner, family, or friends?
We encourage you to travel with your loved ones as it can make the experience even more special. If you are traveling with your partner, friend, or family member, we can provide accommodation together. Please let us know when you apply.
What should I pack or bring with me?
You will be sent a pre-departure guide outlining what to bring. You will be able to purchase basic essentials such as soap, shampoo, or toothpaste near your accommodation in most locations. You may also want to bring medicines, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and personal hygiene products from home.
Is it possible to make refundable security deposite upon arrival?
We put a lot of effort into preparing for each program, and to ensure that we don’t give your spot to someone else, we require refundable security deposite of the program fee six weeks prior to your arrival. However, if the spots are availabile and you are within the country refundable security deposit can me made in Kathmandu prior to leaving for the project site.
What is the duration of volunteering allowed ?
International volunteers are expected to serve for a minimum of 1 week and a maximum of 5 months per calendar year, taking into account visa requirements (for details, please see the question on Visa Requirements). It should be noted, however, that volunteers arriving in August can work for a total of 10 consecutive months spanning two calendar years, from August to May.