VOLUNTEER IN NEPAL
Volunteering in Nepal with GVI will bring you to a beautiful, culturally diverse region that is one of the poorest in the world. As a result, volunteering your time over your gap year, summer holiday or career break, will make a crucial difference to Nepal’s development.
With the densest concentration of world heritage sites, your time here will be met with equal parts cultural exploration and personal development as you make a difference in the lives and futures of disadvantaged communities.
Following the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, our projects adjusted focus to provide disaster relief to those in need. In conjunction with our partners, trucks of supplies and family care packages were taken to some of the most affected areas.
Now our projects are focused on initiatives within our local communities, who have needs around education and improving educational facilities. Our post earthquake support does however continue including plans to build an Early Learning Centre as part of our school group programme, as well as any other initiatives for individual volunteers that may arise. We also offer exciting programs in other Asian countries like Thailand, Laos and India.
Depending on your interests, you could find yourself:
- Improving education for local children by teaching English
- Contributing to sustainable construction projects,
- Helping to improve the general access to basic healthcare, or
- Volunteering at a local care centre
GVI does not support orphanage volunteering. For more information see our stance on orphanage volunteering. We also support ChildSafe, a global child protection initiative, and regularly review our comprehensive Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection policy. All our staff and participants are required to complete a police background check before arrival on the program, and on-site child protection training is provided once they arrive in the host country. We also protect children from cyber and real-world threats by ensuring that our marketing follows child protection best practices.
As part of the policy, participants will be required to complete a DPS check, Police Clearance, or a National Background Check where necessary, and to comply by the policy.
Where Does GVI Work in Nepal?
Volunteer in Nepal and experience the friendly local people and breathtaking Himalayan scenery; this majestic country offers volunteers cultural diversity and chances to enjoy a range of outdoor adventures.
Volunteers will have a chance to explore Pokhara and its many temples, trekking and white water rafting whilst being placed at one of the various projects in and around beautiful Pokhara, gaining a personal insight into the Nepali people and culture during your stay.
Meet the team - Senior Field Management
Regional Director for Nepal and India
Another role came up as Program Manager for Pokara, Nepal, which Cheryl took on before finally getting to where she is now.
Cherly has always possessed a love for travel. She has backpacked across Europe, working as a nanny. Her main highlight however has to be Peru. In fact it was her experience here that inspired her to volunteer in the first place.
This is Hannah, the Program Manager at GVI’s base in Pokhara, Nepal. She has been visiting Nepal for several years now, mostly working in Kathmandu. When she heard about the opportunity with GVI she was very excited, acknowledging that GVI is a purpose-driven organisation, which she respects and values.
Hannah believes that the small things are what have a large impact on communities. The projects she has been working with include teaching, women's empowerment and more. Hannah can observe the positive change the work brings to the communities. On top of this, she also sees the change that the work can have on the volunteers and how it develops them in their journeys.
Deputy Director of Programs
Now she is based in Chaing Rai, Thailand. Jill's role involves providing support for all of our programs around the world. Working closing with each base, she looks to identify and manage any issues that occur so GVI are able to offer the best programs possible.
Meet the team - In-Country Staff
Meet Sita. Sita is one of the Project Coordinator for the Women's Empowerment project in Pokhara, Nepal.
She has been with GVI for a year now, and it has since become family for her. As part of her role she works with community members and leads volunteers. She finds inspiration working with volunteers and is grateful to do the work she does, empowering women in different ways.
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