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Ready for a life-changing experience?

REACH OUT TO OTHERS around the world by volunteering abroad during your travels. By giving a piece of yourself- time, sweat, work and effort, you will receive back tenfold: joy, proffered hot meals, and gratitude.

You only need to bring the essentials: a willingness to get your hands dirty and a desire to help your neighbor. Among the hundreds of incredible volunteer opportunities worldwide, here are 10 of the best:

Voluntario Global Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina

“Every corner of Buenos Aires has a pulse…a pulse that is worth listening to.” While partnering with Voluntario Global you’ll be aiding locals with small business administration, or providing street children with a safe place to gather and play at the local recreation center.

Only have a day in the region? Voluntario Global provides a 4 hour tour of shanty towns designed to spread awareness of living conditions, and give an ear to residents’ concerns. Weekends can be spent taking regional trips to visit Mar del Plata, Iguazu falls, and other nearby trips in Argentina and Uruguay.

Unity Charitable Trust
Tamil Nadu, India

Teach young girls computer skills, help them get jobs and become self sufficient on the weekdays, and let your weekends take you to local shrines and temples.

Dynamic Hands Youth International
Ho, Ghana

Got organizational skills? This endeavor is in the process of formally organizing. Dynamic Hands needs help in setting up its training and living assistance programs. Opportunities are child and youth oriented, and some include a healthy living component for those who are health conscious. Once settled in Ho, you’ll be unable to take your eyes off nearby Mount Adaklu. Ask a local to help you get to nearby tourist destinations such as the Vakpho Cave system or the Mole National Park to see wild elephants.

Volunteer Action for Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Good at brainstorming? Looking to hone your leadership skills? VAC is looking for “new impulses and fresh ideas.” Designed primarily for recent college grads and current students, VAC offers volunteer opportunities in the areas of human rights, legal rights, and humanitarian issues.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to get in on the founding and establishment of a new direction, this is your opportunity. Of course, visitors can check out the gorgeous architecture of the Royal Palace, plus local temples and pagodas, along with the crush and excitement that comes from being in a populous urban center.

Volunteer for Community Development
Kathmandu, Nepal

You’ll know when you’ve arrived to Kathmandu; the crowded cityscape against the serene mountains is unmistakable. You’ll be welcomed by colorfully adorned shrines, fresh marketplace products and the melodic Nepali language in your ears. VCD Nepal is currently focusing its volunteer efforts on teaching English within the schools, but opportunities to work inside monasteries or on sanitation and health care projects are also available. Use your time off to venture out of Kathmandu into rural mountain communities or the nearby Chitwan wildlife sanctuary.

Navti Foundation
Bamenda, Cameroon

Enjoy a cool African city that is highly engaged in local artisan crafts and coffee trading. Work on fund-raising, AIDS education or agricultural development. The Navti Foundation offers to individually match your skill set and interests to an appropriate project. Nearby farming communities harvest tea and coffee, and the area is perfect for those looking for a quiet hike.

Fundatia COTE
Iasi, Romania

Use the UK Social Services System’s “PathWay Aproach” to aid institutionalized teens in making the leap to independent living in Romania. While you’re there, you’ll have a chance to visit medieval Transylvania and all the best that Eastern Europe has to offer.

Creative Corners Global Arts Project CIC
La Paz, Bolivia

Help sustain a newspaper started and sold on the streets by children. Writers and photographers are needed to keep the project going after approximately 9 issues. After work, immerse yourself in this South American urban center.

Relief and Friendship
Chisinau, Moldova

Visit the banks of the Bac River in the largest city in Moldova, and put your efforts into helping the women of the area to promote programs that teach about gender equality and women’s rights. If you visit during October, celebrate with the locals during the annual Wine Festival, or, for more solitary travelers, enjoy the lush hills and sunflower-filled fields.

Green Camel Bell
Lanzhou, China

Help out the local economy and environment by volunteering with this Chinese authority on sustainability and environmental education. Here in the ancient city of Lanzhou you can explore the Yellow River.

About The Author

Allena Tapia

Allena Tapia is a full time freelance writer and editor. She hopes to help others break into freelance writing through her column at About.com . Her favorite place to travel is a town of 500 on a nearly unreachable mountaintop an hour outside of Morelia, Mexico.

  • Ben

    Thank yo so much for this list! Great picks. I'm inspired.

  • Ben

    Thank yo so much for this list! Great picks. I’m inspired.

  • Erin L. Delaney

    Allena, this list is very inspiring. I have been looking for new volunteering opportunities for myself and my readers on dupedscholar. Usually we get a chance to hear about teaching English, but we never get to hear about these kinds of opportunities to help others.

    Thanks!

    Erin

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  • Allena Tapia

    Thanks to both. I hope some good comes out of the list and that someone is inspired to go out into the world and make a difference!

  • http://www.erindelaney.blogspot.com;www.dupedscholar.blogspot.com Erin L. Delaney

    Allena, this list is very inspiring. I have been looking for new volunteering opportunities for myself and my readers on dupedscholar. Usually we get a chance to hear about teaching English, but we never get to hear about these kinds of opportunities to help others.

    Thanks!

    Erin

  • http://www.gardenwallpublications.com/blog Allena Tapia

    Thanks to both. I hope some good comes out of the list and that someone is inspired to go out into the world and make a difference!

  • ilias

    Hi Allena,

    I came across this post while searching for a volunteering opportunity for an organization we founded 2 years ago in Montréal, Québec. Thank you very much for this inspiring post! I was wondering if you knew about any opportunity in Mexico, or a country not very far from Canada/USA. We are a group of 20 persons, working on local and international volunteering projects. Usually 10 persons go abroad, and we are trying to bring the costs of travel down, that's why for the summer 2009, we are planning on going probably in Mexico.

    Thank you so much for any help or insights you could give us.

    Kind regards,

    ilias Benjelloun,
    Action Benevole Communautaire
    http://www.hec.ca/abc

  • http://www.livinglifelive.blogspot.com ilias

    Hi Allena,

    I came across this post while searching for a volunteering opportunity for an organization we founded 2 years ago in Montréal, Québec. Thank you very much for this inspiring post! I was wondering if you knew about any opportunity in Mexico, or a country not very far from Canada/USA. We are a group of 20 persons, working on local and international volunteering projects. Usually 10 persons go abroad, and we are trying to bring the costs of travel down, that’s why for the summer 2009, we are planning on going probably in Mexico.

    Thank you so much for any help or insights you could give us.

    Kind regards,

    ilias Benjelloun,
    Action Benevole Communautaire
    http://www.hec.ca/abc

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  • Mr_Zoran

    Great work Allena. How our small organization can take participation in some volunteer program?NGO Etno center – BALKANICA (founded in 2002) humanitarian non-for-profit peace organization based in Tetovo, R. Macedonia with the goal of helping establish a foundation for peace through mutual international and interethnic understanding, is open for starting volunteer program for abroad volunteers, but first of all we need help how to do that. So maybe some international volunteers can help us.

  • Allena

    Ilias: try this site: ” target=”_blank”>http://www.shinskyorphanage.com/orphanagenews.asp… This man is actually based here in Michigan, but takes students to the orphanage once a year.

  • Immaculate Nalweyiso

    Its great experience to volunteer. I have done voluntary work for 5years now with The National Curriculum Development center in Uganda.
    I appreciate it a lot. i have worked with schools for 5 years now. I want to change and volunteer with another organisation in a different country now.

  • http://www.g-lish.org Gayle Pescud

    I love your reviews and the mention of Ho in Ghana. You’ve also given me the urge to see another country. We also just published a 46 page Insider’s Guide to Volunteering in Ghana at our blog on life in Ghana http://www.g-lish.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Insiders-Guide-to-Volunteering.pdf It’s fairly comprehensive regarding Ghana and should also put you in an insider position regarding most developing countries. Go shake things up! Gayle :)

  • alexandra

    Does anyone have any info on international volunteers hq? Or costa rica… This will be my first time so can you give me some tips and what to expect. Thanx

  • Nicholas Ng’ang’a

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Education Supplements International is a non-governmental organization(NGO) based in Nakuru,Kenya.

    We are seeking volunteers from North America & South America,Europe,Asia,Australia and New Zealand and Africa willing to come and offer voluntary service in Kenya in the fields of education(teachers,counselors etc),medical help,poverty reduction projects,women empowerment,water resources development,HIV/AIDS programmes,environmental conservation projects among others.

    Full information of involvement is available on request.

    Looking forward to working with you.

    Kindest regards,

    Nicholas Ng’ang’a
    Executive Director
    Education Supplements International
    P.O Box 3305,
    Nakuru,
    Kenya.
    Email:edsupintl@yahoo.com
    Cell Phone:020 3528347

  • http://www.vcdnepal.org Bikram Paudel

    My Volunteering experience in Nepal

    I arrived in Kathmandu realising that it wasn’t going to be easy to find some volunteering work. How wrong I found myself! Very rapidly my worries of traveling on a wing and a pray disappeared as I discovered the welcoming nature of the Nepali people. It is through this generosity and good will that I came to know VCD Nepal. Very rapidly and efficiently the placement I wanted to do was set up. The school was a incredibly welcoming and the children where just as you would expect them to be, buzzing with energy and incredibly curious. The classes where hard at first but with VCD Nepal’s helpful guide book packed full of games, lesson plans and teaching method the whole process became a walk in the park.

    VCD is a special NGO, it is rivaling large companies who offer placements here for large amounts of money, with which little of this money is seen arriving the actual people who need it. This is something which really put my heart at rest, the idea that my money (which I worked damn hard for!) was going to a good cause! VCD also offered me great opportunities as a amateur photographer. I was able to do two weeks volunteering whilst taking pictures in different regions of Nepal with the prospect of getting some pictures published in a the National newspaper. It’s been a great experience and I wouldn’t change it for the world! The beauty of the whole thing is that it supports the real local people rather than large companies based abroad millions of miles away from the realities on the ground. VCD has a great leadership, is very approachable and honest NGO doing great work in Nepal! There is no doubt in my mind that i will be returning to volunteer for them again!

  • http://www.vcdnepal.org Julia Marks

    My beautiful 9 weeks voluntreering in Nepal

    When I began my search for volunteer organizations in Nepal from home, I was overwhelmed by the number of options. After further research and e-mail correspondence with several organizations, I decided to apply to VCD Nepal. And I’m so thankful I did! I came to realize not only through my own experiences, but also from speaking with other volunteers working in Nepal, that VCD was the right choice. The prices are the lowest and the language lessons and cultural awareness sessions proved to be invaluable. Bicky, the director, was consistently helpful and supportive during my 9 weeks of placement.

    VCD Nepal was extremely accommodating and flexible in providing me with the placements I wanted. I was given good guidance in my work, but also freedom to create my own projects and implement my own ideas.

    I wanted to see as much as Nepal as I could, so for the first 3 weeks I lived with a wonderful family in Chitwan and taught English at the Secondary School. Then I moved to the Pokhara region to teach Primary School. My last two weeks were spent living and working in an orphanage outside of Kathmandu. I recommend the home-stay 1,000%!! It’s been the most memorable part of my experience and my main reason for falling in love with the Nepali people and culture.

    My only regret is not staying at each place longer. Three weeks really is the minimum amount of time you need feel apart of the community and get something accomplished. It always felt too soon to leave. Now, after 9 weeks, I would like to give a huge THANK YOU to VCD Nepal for giving me such a life-changing experience. This has been more educational and eye-opening that anything I’ve studied in college and left me with incredible memories and many new friends which I will keep for life.

    Everybody should volunteer in Nepal! You’ll love it!!

    Julia Marks
    USA
    Teaching English – 9 weeks
    Jaunary 2009

    Organization details:

    Volunteer for community development Nepal(VCD Nepal)

    Email- info@vcdnepal.org

    Website- http://www.vcdnepal.org

    Phone no- 00977 9851017902

  • http://vcapnepal.org VCAP Nepal

    Volunteering opportunities in Nepal with VCAP Nepal, your one stop solution for low cost & best volunteering experiences in Nepal…

    Are you looking for volunteering opportunities in Nepal, with which you can get the extremely rewarding and fulfilling experiences, if so then the VCAP Nepal could be your one stop solution? Which is offering various types of volunteering opportunities in Nepal where you can enjoy the best volunteering experiences with it’s low cost schemes possible for our aspiring volunteers across the world!

    VCAP Nepal, a meaningful Nepal based independent volunteer organization is offering various types of volunteering programs in Nepal at very affordable cost. VCAP Nepal’s dedicated & well experienced team are always concerned for providing an excellent opportunities for volunteers from around the world to learn Nepali custom and community, within a supportive environment with 24/7 Support. There are endless openings for different age group people and a scope to do something meaningful while traveling and volunteering in Nepal. We offer you an unforgettable Volunteering and traveling experiences in Nepal with most affordable program fees so far!!

    When you enroll in to VCAP Nepal’s volunteering programs, you will not only get a chance to explore spectacular country of mountains, valleys, deep ravines and forests, but at the same time you will also have an opportunity to enjoy warm and ever welcoming hospitalities of the Nepalese people and work in volunteer projects that will uplift poor and deprived communities. Our volunteering opportunities are available with following volunteering programs & schemes;

     Orphanage Aid Volunteering Program.
     Teaching Aid Volunteering Program.
     Community Aid Volunteering Program.
     Health & Medical Volunteering Program.
     Environment & Sanitation Volunteering Program.
     Micro Projects Volunteering Program.
     Explore Nepal Volunteering Program.
     Volunteering for VCAP Nepal Program.

    We have found this experience very enriching and extremely rewarding for both Nepalese & volunteers those who participate in our volunteering program. For detail information regarding VCAP Nepal and it’s volunteering programs, please visit us at http://www.vcapnepal.org and learn more about how you can change lives by joining our volunteer initiatives for community developments in Nepal, for further details please use the following contact address:

    Volunteers for Community Aid Program (VCAP), Nepal.
    G.P.O. Box 8975, EPC 2245, Kathmandu, Nepal
    E-mail: vcap.nepal@gmail.com
    Website: http//www.vcapnepal.org

  • http://www.starfishubud.com Dagmara

    Hi Everyone, I am a founder and a director of a non profit foundation/educational institution in Bali Indonesia which aims to provide local Balinese children and adults from underprivileged families access to language programs, thereby significantly enhancing their job prospects. We are currently providing free courses in English, French, Japanese and Spanish and are constantly searching for volunteers who may be able to come and help out with various activities. Trust me, you don’t need to be an English, French Japanese teacher. In this reality anything that you can do will be of help and your time more than appreciated. For more information feel free to look at our website : http://www.starfishubud.com If you have troubles search Starfish Language Center in Ubud, Bali. All the best, Dagmara.

  • http://www.links4change.com Victoria Leat

    Links for Change is a volunteer linking service. They provide you with volunteer options based on your requirements. They have a fixed-price service that covers all support throughout the placement period. Their fee is used to cover their costs and provide a free volunteer linking and advice service to their partner charities. They also donate 5% of their profits to charity.

    Visit their http://www.links4change.com or email info@links4change.com for more info.

  • http://www.ourchurch.com/member/f/FamOutreachM/ Nche Sam Takoh

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    The Family Outreach Ministry Cameroon (FOMCAM) is a Christian non-governmental organization(NGO) based in Cameroon – West Africa. We have as mission which seeks to promote self sustainable approach to human development (spiritual, social, health, economic) through reaching out, tapping and utilizing the existing resources to enhance the less developed.

    Our areas of intervention include: 1). Protection and promotion of children’s rights, 2). Economic enhancement/enrichment of the needy, 3). Capacity building and psychosocial support, 4). Event Management and leisure, 5). Health Education – HIV/AIDS, 6). Youth development and functional literacy, 7). spiritual enrichment and leadership formation, 8). Library facility.

    We are seeking volunteers from Germany, Finland, Netherlands, North & South America,Europe,Asia,Australia and New Zealand and Africa willing to come and offer voluntary service in Cameroon in the above mentioned areas of intervention, and community Development. A volunteer with an additional knowledge of project writing will be highly welcomed.

    Additional information for involvement is available unpon request.

    Looking forward to working with you.

    Kindest regards,

    Nche Sam Takoh
    Chief Executive Director
    Family Outreach Ministry Cameroon (FOMCAM)
    P.O. Box 939, Mankon, Bamenda,
    North West Region, Cameroon.
    Email:fomcam@yahoo.com
    Cell Phone:+237 77 02 34 10

  • http://volunteervcapnepal.org VCAP Nepal

    Volunteer in Nepal with VCAP Nepal: For meaningful Volunteering, Internship & Travel Opportunities in Nepal …

    Volunteer in Nepal with VCAP Nepal Volunteering Programs; which offers wide ranges of meaningful volunteering, internship & travel opportunities in Nepal for individuals, groups and families at an affordable cost from all around the world. Our volunteering & internship programs in Nepal includes; Orphanages volunteering, teaching English, health and sanitation, environmental awareness and many other various community development aid projects at local level focusing the local community & it’s development.

    It is our promise, to the entire interested participants of VCAP Nepal’s volunteering & internship programs that we are always there for ensuring the best that we can give you from our side as much as possible at it’s best. So we would like to invite you to join once in a lifetime experience in Nepal for exploring it’s spectacular natural beauty & diverse culture, through our very safe and volunteer friendly environment where you can enjoy warm and ever welcoming hospitality of the Nepalese people and work in volunteer projects that is purely dedicated for uplifting poor and deprived communities in Nepal.

    VCAP Nepal will continue working as a catalyst for change in social and economic development of people living in various rural village areas of Nepal, where there is a need of volunteering initiatives! Once again, VCAP Nepal invites all interested organizations, individuals, couples, groups, families, students and experts, as well as senior and young professionals to make a great contribution and bring changes by being yourself a part of volunteering initiatives of VCAP Nepal for empowering the local people & community in order to strengthen the motto of sustainable community development in Nepal.

    VCAP Nepal’s ongoing volunteering Programs in Nepal:

    • Orphanage Aid Volunteering Program.
    • Teaching Aid Volunteering Program.
    • Community Aid Volunteering Program.
    • Health & Medical Volunteering Program.
    • Environment & Sanitation Volunteering Program.
    • Micro Projects Volunteering Program.
    • Explore Nepal Volunteering Program.
    • Volunteering for VCAP Nepal Program.

    VCAP Nepal’s ongoing Internship Programs in Nepal:

    • Social Services & Orphanage works Internship Program.
    • Women’s issues / Studies Internship Program.
    • Teaching English in Schools Internship Program
    • Report writing & NGOs research Internship Program.
    • Nepalese language & Cultural studies Internship Program.

    We have found this experience very enriching and extremely rewarding for both Nepalese & volunteers those who participate in our volunteering & internship programs. For detail information regarding VCAP Nepal and it’s volunteering & internship programs please visit us at http://volunteervcapnepal.org and learn more about how you can change lives by joining our volunteer initiatives for community developments in Nepal.

    If you feel interested volunteering or doing internship in Nepal with VCAP and need further more information regarding VCAP Nepal & it’s volunteering & internship programs (services / available vacancies etc) in Nepal please feel to contact us using the following contact details:

    VCAP Nepal Volunteering Programs
    G.P.O. Box 8975, EPC 2245.
    Kathmandu, Nepal.
    E-mail: info@volunteervcapnepal.org
    URL: http://volunteervcapnepal.org

    Other links for VCAP Nepal’s website:
    URL: http://volunteer-in-nepal.org / http://volunteerinnepal.net

    • Vcap Nepal

      Volunteer in Nepal Orphanages & Schools -
      VCAP Nepal – Make a real difference by Volunteering in Nepal…                                                                                                                                              

      Are you searching
      for the life-changing experience of volunteering abroad in Nepal? If yes, then we would like to invite you to join once in a lifetime
      experience in Nepal for exploring it’s spectacular natural beauty & diverse
      culture, through our very safe and volunteer friendly environment where you can
      enjoy warm and ever welcoming hospitality of the Nepalese people and work in
      volunteer projects that is purely dedicated for uplifting poor and deprived
      communities in Nepal. Thus, Volunteering in
      Nepal, gives you a unique opportunity to make a real contribution to Nepali
      society, while simultaneously experience the rich culture of Nepal as well!

      VCAP Nepal works
      with you to match your skills, interests, and timeline with a meaningful
      volunteer projects in Nepal to aid a local community. Currently, VCAP Nepal is
      offering wide ranges of short-term & long-term meaningful
      Volunteering, Internship & Gap Year Travel programs & opportunities in
      Nepal for individuals, groups and families at an affordable cost from all
      around the world. Our Volunteer Programs in Nepal includes; Orphanages
      volunteering, teaching English, micro finance programs, health and sanitation,
      environmental awareness and various other meaningful Volunteering Projects in
      Nepal.

      We believe that
      Volunteer work in Nepal with VCAP Nepal; will give a chance for you to make a
      real difference by Volunteering in Nepal! We have different Volunteer
      Opportunities in Nepal, available for you! You can choose the project that you
      would like to do during your volunteering program in Nepal. You can start your Volunteering Nepal Program, on any date
      of your choice throughout the year! The program is from 2 weeks up to 20 weeks.

      For further detail information
      regarding VCAP Nepal and it’s Volunteering, Internship & Gap Year Programs in
      Nepal please feel free to contact us using the following contact details:

      Volunteers for Community Aid Program (VCAP), Nepal

      (Volunteering,
      Internship & Gap Year Programs)

      G.P.O. Box 8975, EPC 2245.                                      

      Kathmandu, Nepal.

      E-mail: info@volunteer-in-nepal.org

      URL: http://www.volunteer-in-nepal.org

       

      Other links for VCAP Nepal’s
      website:

      URL: http://www.internshipinnepal.org / http://www.gapyearvolunteerinnepal.org

       

  • Vinnepal

    Welcome to VIN volunteering projects. Our volunteer work is dedicated to empowering the most marginalised communities in Nepal. Our volunteer and internship service programs include women’s empowerment, child care at early childhood development centers, orphanages, teaching English in schools & monasteries, health care
    service, construction and manual work,
    child rights and education etc.
    Our Mission                                                                

     

    Volunteers Initiative Nepal’s (VIN) mission is to empower marginalized communities, with a focus on women and children, through enhanced educational programs and community training to promote equality, economic well-being and basic human rights.

      

    About VIN

     

    Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN) is a non-religious,
    non-political, non-governmental, non-for-profit organization (NGO) which
    was founded in 2005 by a diverse group drawn from development workers,
    educationalists, social activists and other professionals. VIN is
    officially registered under the Society Act with the District
    Administration Office Kathmandu (Reg No. 147/062/63), and is also
    affiliated to the Social Welfare Council Nepal (SWC) (Affiliation No.
    20910). VIN focuses on community-based projects involving local
    volunteers backed up by international volunteers in Nepal.

     

    Objectives
     
    VIN aims to give people the right tools and knowledge to help themselves. The focus is on helping women and children
    through special educational programs and community training projects
    conducted independently and/or in association with like minded
    organisations. VIN has adopted an integrated community development approach through voluntary services by welcoming overseas and local volunteers.

     

    Specific objectives include: 

    To help make women self-reliant through a number of initiatives
    including literacy classes; income generation projects; savings and
    credits groups and raising awareness on health, sanitation and the
    environment.
    To support and provide facilities for early childhood development, encouraging a good, basic foundation for young children at the start of their education.
    Provide a platform for children to participate in non-formal
    creative activities, as well as developing their life skills and making
    them aware of their basic rights, through the establishment of
    Children’s Clubs in schools.
    To help children who have suffered as a result of the conflict to regain access to education.
    Provide sponsored education to disadvantaged children including orphans, conflict victim children and children from very poor and disadvantaged families.
    Provide community youths with English language classes;
    a youth club forum in which to enhance their social and professional
    skills and with the opportunity to volunteer within their local
    community.
    Raise awareness of the need for English language skills and to facilitate teaching English within schools, Buddhist monasteries and nunneries.
    Help ensure the quality of education being provided, through
    conducting teacher training workshops, seminars and exchange visits.
    Provide resources and healthcare professionals to assist the health post, which serves the local community.
    Raise awareness of the benefits of good sanitation and provide education in personal hygiene.
    Offer
    support in the establishment of a Community Learning Center (CLC) to
    provide learning platforms for eliminating illiteracy and for developing
    the professional capacity of local people.
    To support orphanages through offering financial assistance for
    education, food and clothing, and through the placement of volunteers.
    Introduce international volunteers to the richness of Nepali culture and ensure a safe and memorable stay in a supportive environment. To provide safe affordable and structured volunteer work support for gap year fresh and professionals.

    International Volunteer Programs 

     

    VIN offers extremely competitive and affordable fees for volunteer work in Nepal and
    has been mobilizing international and local volunteers in its various
    programs, helping make a sustainable difference and improve the lives of
    Nepali people in the most disadvantaged communities.

    Community Based Volunteer PlacementsVolunteers participating in community based projects will
    be placed with a host family within the community in which they are
    working. In addition to receiving food and accommodation, this is also
    an excellent opportunity for volunteers to immerse themselves in the
    Nepali community, within a supportive environment, learning about Nepali
    lifestyle, culture and language and sharing their culture in return.

     

    VIN has a number of volunteering opportunities within the rural community, these include:

    Women’s Empowerment Projects such as women’s education; income
    generation; savings and credits; and health, sanitation and the
    environment.
    Child Care Initiatives such as children’s clubs; early
    childhood development; schooling for conflict victims and orphanage
    support.
    Youth Development Schemes such as a community youth club to develop life skills and English language classes.
    Teacher Training and Education, including workshops, seminars and exchange visits.
    The Health Program, which mobilises volunteer healthcare
    professionals to see and treat patients and raise awareness on
    sanitation issues.
    Additional volunteer projects in the community include the
    establishment of a community learning center; construction and manual
    work, and environment and agroforestry.

    Monastery and Nunnery PlacementsAlthough
    VIN’s main focus is on development projects within the rural community,
    VIN also provides volunteer placement opportunities in monasteries and
    nunneries. This program helps educate young monks and nuns in
    conversational English, as well as developing their life skills and
    providing an opportunity to participate in creative activities.

     Volunteers are placed in the monastery or nunnery in which they are teaching,
    and in addition to receiving food and accommodation, they are also able
    to witness and gain a fascinating insight into Tibetan Buddhist
    practices and rituals.

     

     VIN a meaningful local volunteer organization offering affordable
    volunteering programs abroad, meaningful vacations and gap year travel
    in Nepal, Asia. Whether you are planning to volunteer abroad, take a gap
    year or go on a meaningful vacation, we offer you very affordable
    travel programs in Asia!

    If you are planning to take a gap year, career breaks, short
    travel holiday, VIN volunteer Nepal programs can be your right fit. We
    have wonderful Nepal volunteer and travel opportunities. Our well
    structured grass-root level rural community programs targeting to women,
    children youth and teachers at the most disadvantaged communities can
    accommodate any age groups – young, adults and senior people from local
    to overseas volunteer.

     

     Adventure Programs

    We also organize affordable adventure programs,
    e.g. trekking, hiking, sight seeing, Bunge Jump, White water rafting,
    jungle safari, mountain flights through our partner institutes. The cost
    will be a way cheaper and it also gives a little money for the
    organization’s projects in the community. So you can make many things in
    one with VIN. We ensure your memorable and life changing experience
    with us. Join Our Facebook Group

  • VCD Nepal

    Dear VCD: Thanks for the most rewarding month of my life.
    I leave now with every intention of returning! Nepal is such a fascinating and beautiful country, and I was guided so well through the most alien experiences of my life by Bikki, (the founder of VCD) and everyone around him.
    I was in Nepal for a month – half spent in Sauraha helping out at the Orphanage and the rest in Pokhara, Lumbini and Kathmandu. The Orphanage was wonderful; the family was so welcoming and eager to help me that it was sometimes difficult for them to allow me to help! The kids worked so hard and with such enthusiasm so I felt that their English really improved, and when they were at school I went around Chitwan seeing the most amazing places. The mother of the orphanage, Parbati, is the sweetest woman and was always concerned that I didn’t eat enough. Everyone in Sauraha was eager to talk to me and show me around, and I couldn’t meet someone new without them offering me sweet tea! I made such good friends that I went to stay with one in his home-village near Lumbini, and Bicky is so flexible that he helped me arrange it. There’s so much freedom with VCD and Bicky’s always ready with advice and contacts, so staying at the village was easy and enjoyable, Lumbini was fascinating!
    Pokhara was nearly as brilliant as Chitwan, the lake and the World Peace Pagoda were worth the effort, and I met some friendly people there too, but Kathmandu was where I saw the most religious temples. Monkey Temple and Boudhanath are so serene and beautiful, Pashupatinath and Durbar Square are so lively and colourful, and the many shrines scattered around the city are so constantly surprising that just taking a walk in Kathmandu can be overwhelming! I felt so secure and looked after, and the food and the company is so good that even when I was ill I felt comfortable! Thank you, Gitte and Bicky, for doing so much to look after me, I can understand why Bicky calls everyone at the Lighthouse a family now! It feels so strange to be leaving soon, it’s the same feeling I felt in England when I was just about to go to Nepal! I’m leaving home, but I’ll be back. Thanks for the most rewarding month of my life.
    Andrew                                                                                             
    UK                                                                                                        
    Teaching in Nepal, One Month, March 2012If you would like to know more about VCD Nepal and it’s projects please feel free to visit their website http://www.vcdnepal.org or email them at info@vcdnepal.org If you would like to know more about VCD Nepal and it’s projects please feel free to visit their website http://www.vcdnepal.org or email them at info@vcdnepal.org

  • VCD Nepal

    Dear Bicky and all of the VCD family
    I do not even know how to thank you for the time I have spent in Nepal with VCD. I have gotten so much more out of this experience than I ever expected, and you are the reason for this.I did one month of volunteer work in an orphanage in Chitwan, which was truly an amazing and memorable month. From day one I was treated like a family member in the orphanage, and I felt so much at home there. Even when I felt sad or sick, they took such good care of me. It was an incredibly rewarding experience to be a part of the everyday life in the orphanage, to help with cooking, cleaning, doing homework and generally just spending time with the kids and showing them lots of love. I learnt so much about myself in the process while learning about Nepali culture.
     Once I had finished my month of volunteer work, Bicky even arranged a week of trekking in the Annapurna for me, and this was such an amazing experience as well. I wasn’t expecting any more help from VCD’s side, but even after the trekking I was able to stay in the lighthouse while enjoying Kathmandu. Never once in my 7 weeks in Nepal have I been left to my self – VCD have always taken care of me and made sure that I knew that I had a home here and a safe place to return to.
    Bicky, thank you for everything! I hope you never stop doing the amazing work that you do – you help out so many Nepali people while giving us volunteers a truly amazing and unforgettable experience.
    I will never forget Nepal J
    Love,
    Sarah (Denmark)
    Teaching at the orphanage- 4 weeks
    January – 2012

  • Jacob Lee White

    thank you

  • Jacob Lee White

    thank you

  • Krishna Timilsina

    Alliance Nepal is an initiative set up by an enthusiastic team of locals within the Pokhara area.The main objective of Alliance Nepal is to be a catalyst towards social change through enhancing educational opportunities, health care, environmental awareness and cultural exchange.

    Through Alliance Nepal we offer a number of volunteer programs which include teaching at a local school, raising awareness on issues such as the environment, sanitation & health care. We believe in providing volunteers with the opportunity to experience and learn about Nepali culture first hand through language classes and home stays.

    We Offer,

    -Teaching English and various subjects at schools,

    -Teaching Buddhist monks and study about Buddhism.

    -Work with orphans.

    -Home stay and cultural exchange.

    -Photography and Journalism.

    -Environmental awareness.

    Besides volunteer placement, We offer various adventure program to explore the beauty of Nepal like Trekking, Rafting, Climbing, Elephant safari, Mountain flight, Bungee jumping, Paragliding and more.

    http://www.volunteerworkinnepal.org

  • Global Volunteer Society-Nepal

    Introduction

    Global Volunteer Society-Nepal (GVS-Nepal) is a non-profitable, non-political, non-governmental organization established in 2066 B.S. (2009 AD) by a group of highly committed people feeling responsibilities towards the society. This organization is registered under the Government of Nepal. Its registration number is 204 (District Administrative Office), 28402 (Social Welfare Council Affiliation) and PAN No. 303853051 (Department of Inland Revenue). The executive committee members of GVS-Nepal are a group of people who come from different sectors.

    The fundamental philosophy of GVS-Nepal is to provide sustainable assistance to disadvantaged socio-economic groups i.e. women, indigenous nationalities and low caste people within Nepali communities, focusing primarily on displaced, destitute and needy children as well as children with disabilities. GVS-Nepal aims to uplift the communities through tourism sectors by identifying hidden tourism sectors.

    Our Mission/Vision

    GVS-Nepal aims to assist the sustainable development of under-developed Nepali communities through various projects focussing disabled, helpless and poor children, youth and women. Programs shall be operated targeting to rural government schools and community-based development with support volunteers and local community members.

    GVS-Nepal shall achieve its goal by initiating with sustainable community-based development programmes with concentration on raising local awareness of fundamental social issues, including education, health and sanitation and conservation.

    Very few villages in Nepal have basic sanitation facilities, resulting in widespread basic health problems, such as malnutrition and the spread of water-borne diseases. Thus, volunteers play a key role in increasing the ability of communities to address these issues.

    Volunteering in Nepal, especially in rural Nepal, can be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Volunteering in Nepal is fun, challenging and adventurous, but throughout your placement you will enjoy the support of our highly experienced staffs at GVS-Nepal who are dedicated to ensuring the well-being of all volunteers.

    Specific objectives include:
    To help women, indigenous nationalities and low caste people self-reliant through literacy classes; income generation projects; savings and credits groups and raising awareness on health, sanitation and the environment.

    To help children who have suffered as a result of the conflict to regain access to education.

    Provide sponsored education to disadvantaged children including orphans, conflict victim children and children from very poor and disadvantaged families.

    Raise awareness of the benefits of good sanitation.

    To support orphanages through offering financial assistance for education, food and clothing, and through the placement of volunteers.

    Introduce international volunteers to introduce Nepali culture and manage their memorable stay in Nepal.

    To launch programs relating to education and health and upliftment of oppressed women, children, indigenous nationalities and low caste people.

    To launch programs relating to tourism sectors by identifying hidden tourism sectors and make public about these destinations and take necessary initiative to make tourism destination for that hidden tourism area.

    To jointly launch programs in coordination with governmental, non-governmental national and international organizations having similar objectives.

    To launch such types of programs as may be conducive to the social reforms and economic reforms at the local level; to launch awareness and supporting programs by mobilizing native and foreign volunteers for health, education and sanitation.

    To take initiative for establishment of rehabilitation centres for those children who have been displaced in any manner and who have disabilities.

    To have exchange of technical human resources, volunteers and financial assistance with international non-governmental organizations by obtaining prior approval of the Government of Nepal.

    Our targeted programs:

    Children’s Education Supporting Programme:

    Many children who have been displaced, trafficked or made destitute due to poverty or illness within their family, many have just a single parent (often just a mother), who are unable to look after them, we have targeted to provide them education support till taking permission to keep them in Children’s Home from Government of Nepal.

    Children with Disabilities Supporting Programme:

    GVS-Nepal aims to work for Deaf and Disabled children to give the disabled children of Nepal a better future with quality education. For too long now Nepal’s educational system has neglected the special needs of these kind of children who end up dropping out of school due to the lack of attention that has been given to them. You will have the opportunity to set up workshops, field trips, health/sanitation sessions, and various other things. GVS-Nepal highly appreciates this program as it is a direct service to change lives.

    Teaching / Education:

    Education is paramount to the development of Nepal and sadly the quality of teaching across both the government and private sectors is severely lacking, with many teachers being either unqualified, poorly paid and thus unmotivated, with no resources and overcrowded classes, or a combination of all these.

    Many people, especially from remote districts fall through the education net and thus there is also a requirement for community based programmes, teaching Basic English and numeracy, as well as such things as simple first aid, health and hygiene etc.

    Community Infrastructure Construction:

    Through this programme, GVS-Nepal aims to mobilize community through the support of volunteers that be painting the local school, building school toilets, installing water pumps and taps, creating a village football pitch, or preparing ground.

    Support is only given where there is a genuine community need and in consultation with the community itself.

    As a community infrastructure construction volunteer, you will work side by side with community members and hired/skilled labourers. Unless you come with a specific skills set or expertise you will be performing manual labour activities as per your capacity.

    Target Groups

    Primary:
    Helpless, needy, poor, family less children, Children with Disabilities (CWDs), with all types of disabilities and from all geographical areas of Nepal.

    Secondary:
    Local community, government bodies, policy makers, other organizations, NGOs, INGOs working in the field children, sanitation, tourism and disability as well as private sector.

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