Volunteer Society Nepal : The best experience for volunteers, the best value for Nepal.

High School Group Volunteering with Tour

Nepal, a land of unparalleled natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, offers a unique and transformative experience for under 18 students interested in volunteer work and cultural immersion. These programs are designed to provide young participants with the opportunity to make a positive impact on local communities, learn about a different culture, and foster personal growth. Here’s a detailed overview of what you can expect for High School Students Group Volunteering Programs in Nepal:

Program Highlights:

  1. Duration: Typically ranging from 1 to 4 weeks, these programs are designed to fit within the academic breaks or summer vacations of high school students.
  2. Group Size: These programs often consist of small groups of students, creating a close-knit and supportive environment for learning and collaboration.
  3. Age Requirements: Participants are usually between the ages of 15 and 19, ensuring that the program is tailored to the needs and interests of teenagers.
  4. Volunteering Opportunities: Under the guidance of experienced mentors, students engage in various volunteer activities, such as teaching English to local children, assisting with community development projects, or contributing to environmental conservation efforts.
  5. Cultural Immersion: Immersing in Nepali culture is a central component of these programs. Participants have the chance to explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, learn about Nepali traditions, and interact with local families.
  6. Adventure and Exploration: The programs often include adventure activities like trekking in the Himalayas, visiting picturesque lakes, and experiencing the natural beauty of Nepal.
  7. Education and Personal Growth: Under 18 students gain valuable life skills, cross-cultural understanding, and a broader perspective on global issues through hands-on experiences and guided reflection.

Day 1: Arrival and Introduction

You will be met at the airport by one of our staff ( Bishal Shrestha or Anjila Joshi). Together with our driver, Bimal, you will be taken to either the Volunteer Society Nepal (VSN) office or a hotel. Here you can drop your bags and relax. The Volunteer Society Nepal (VSN) director, Tej Shrestha, will come to meet you to clarify you program for the first days. Depending on when you arrive, you will begin Nepali language class or a sightseeing tour of some of the world heritage sights of the Kathmandu valley. In the evening you will enjoy your first Nepali dinner.

Day 2: Nepali lessons and local amenities and sightseeing

After a leisurely start and breakfast, so you can recover properly from your journey, you will start your Nepali language course at the Volunteer Society Nepal (VSN) office. After meeting the entire Volunteer Society Nepal (VSN) team you will have 2 lessons from around 10.30 to 12.45 with our highly experienced language teachers. This will also give you a chance to meet any other volunteers joining at the same time. In the afternoon, one of our staff will take you round the local area of Pepsi-Cola where the office and homestays are for the induction period. Later that afternoon, you will be driven round being shown where all relevant amenities are: the nearest bank, shopping centre, internet café, food shops, post office. You will also be shown the local buses to that can take you to Kathmandu or to Bhaktapur and also where you can catch a taxi. You will also be told where to keep your valuables and general information about life in Nepal. In the end of afternoon, you will be driven with our guide to see some of Kathmandu’s famous UNESCO world heritage sites. One of our guides, Gelu Sherpa, has over 15 years experience taking foreigners round the ancient city and can answer any questions you have on ancient and contemporary Nepal. During your introduction, you can visit the famous Buddhist Boudanath and Swayambhunath stupas as well as the Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath. The Durbar squares on Patan and Kathmandu are also essential visits. If you have other sites you are particularly interested in then this may be integrated as well.

Day 3: Nepali lessons and project visit

In the morning we will continue the Nepali language training. Be aware we are aiming for a basic understanding. For example to say ‘yes and no’ and to introduce yourself. We do not expect you to speak the language fluent after the training. After the lesson, you are driven round some of Volunteer Society Nepal (VSN)’s projects in the Kathmandu Valley. This may include the new CBIA school, our women centre, our orphanage in the Pepsi-Cola suburb, or a visit to the village of Sunakoti where you will see new toilets, drinking water systems and environmental projects that have all been recently implemented by volunteers and fundraising efforts. In the afternoon, you can do more sightseeing with our guide in Kathmandu, or if you desire to take some time for yourself that’s even so possible. This afternoon, it’s also a good opportunity to stock up with anything you may have forgotten before heading up to a rural placement. The tourist hub of Thamel will be able to furnish you with anything from Marmite to an extra pair of Merino socks.

Day 4-7: Volunteer Project in Kathmandu Valley

Begin volunteering, focusing on education, community development, or environmental initiatives.

Day 8-14: Trek to Ghorepani Poonhill
  • Drive to the trailhead and commence the trek.
  • Trek through lush forests, picturesque villages, and terraced fields.
  • Reach Ghorepani, a charming village, and prepare for the sunrise trek to Poonhill.
  • Witness a breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
Day 15-17: Return to Kathmandu, Farewell, and Departure
  • Drive back to Kathmandu for a farewell dinner with cultural performances.
  • Share reflections on the program’s experiences and growth.
  • Departure from Nepal, carrying cherished memories and newfound perspectives.

While you volunteer with Volunteer Society Nepal you will be staying with a Nepali host family. By living with a family you will gain a greater insight and understanding of Nepali culture. You will be part of a Nepali family, eat together with the family and play with the children. Many volunteers tell us this unique insight into the culture of Nepal is a key part of why they come back again and again.

The standard of lodging will depend on whether you are in a rural or urban area. In a rural area the facilities will be basic with minimal running water and a squat toilet. In an urban placement you will have a flushing Western style toilet and a shower. All of your food will be provided for you at your home stay and you will never be more than 30 minutes from your place of work. For more information on what to expect in a home stay have a look at our food and accommodation page.

All our host families have conducted a training regarding hosting volunteers adequately. They know how to ensure hygiene and provide security. They will treat you as a member of the family.

When you arrive on placement you will be introduced to your host family by the VSN representative and given a full tour of the premises. Many of our host families have children and many of our volunteers enjoy helping them with their English, learning to cook Nepali food and mixing in with their life. The other way around, we experience volunteers learn a lot from the hosts and children regarding the life in Nepal.

At the host families you will stay with fellow volunteers. It is always possible to stay as a couple or group of friends in one host family. You should consider the host family as you temporary family in Nepal. They can help you regarding how to discover the neighborhood, advice on travels and offer you warmth in times of homesickness.


You should not expect luxury on your stay in Nepal. Nepal is a developing country and may well be different from what you are used to at home. However, you will have your own room unless requested otherwise, and the rooms are always clean and comfortable. The quality of toilet and washing facilities vary significantly between placements. If you are based in Kathmandu you may find you have a hot shower and a Western style toilet in your homestay. However, if you are in a rural placement then it is more likely that you will have a traditional squat toilet and a cold shower. If you feel like having a hot shower and flushing toilet is a priority then make this clear when you are applying and we will see if it is possible to find you one of our better equipped host families.


The electricity supply in all areas is limited. Due to nationwide electricity shortages the government imposes power cuts of around 12-14 hours a day. In the cities some houses have backup batteries that will run low power bulbs in key rooms, but in the rural areas you can expect to use candles. A head-torch is a very useful thing to bring.


On placement you will usually eat with the family and share the same food as them. At least two meals a day are provided for you while volunteering. The usual meal times are between 9 and 10 AM and 6 and 8 PM. You will usually be served the national staple of Dal Bhat Tarkari which is a tasty and filling plate of rice, vegetable curry, lentils and pickles. It may occasionally have meat such as chicken or mutton in it, although if you are vegetarian this can easily be explained. This may be supplemented occasionally by noodles, eggs and other snacks dependent on your host family and placement


Your hosts family will provide you with clean drinking water on your placement.

Kathmandu Valley

The Kathmandu Valley lies at the crossroads of ancient civilizations of Asia, and has at least 130 important monuments, including several places of pilgrimage for the Hindus and Buddhists. The cities of Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur and Chobhar are located in this valley, and each displays excellent examples of Newar art and architecture. The valley is the cultural and political hub of Nepal, but this melting pot of traditions and different Nepali >>>>

Pokhara and  Kaskikot

Pokhara valley is located at the very center of Nepal and is dominated by the peaks of the Annapurna mountain range. The town of Pokhara (913 meters), is only fifty kilometers from Annapurna 1 (8,091 meters), and the sharp decline of six thousand meters within the short distance of only twenty-nine kilometers gives the region. It is famous for the peaceful Phewa Lake and the magnificent >>>>


Why pay for volunteering?

You probably asked yourself on occasion. Why pay for volunteering? After all…you’re offering your services free of charge… and on top of that you have to pay? How ridiculous is that?? The question one should ask though is: “what is it I’m paying for?” In the following points, we will shed light on this question, and hopefully will have answered any misconceptions many people have on volunteering. As a potential intern/volunteer you need to understand that below is a list of reasons why a program fee is required.

1. Airport Pickup & Transfer

After traveling halfway around the world to a country you’ve never visited, there should be someone who will greet you at the airport who then grabs your bag and whisks you away in a car. When it comes time to leave, you have someone willing to help you lug your bags back to the airport and seeing off you.

2. Logistics

The most difficult part of picking up your life and plopping down in another country is all the logistics involved. From finding a place to live to obtaining the perfect volunteer placement, the details are much easier to accomplish when you have a local there to guide you or take care of it for you — who, obviously, needs an income. Additionally, we have our own project developed to place our volunteers and have also developed relationships with many schools, hospitals, and orphanages in the every part of Nepal where we can get you to the placement there.

3. Language and Orientation

As a volunteer, you can be very useful. However it takes time to understand not only your role but how your placement organization works as well as local cultural practices and etiquette, which is why orientation and trainings are a crucial part of any responsible volunteer program. The orientation will include language training or cultural orientation by our staff. The fees paid by you will help us to develop our training programs and hire on quality individuals to run them.

4. Food & Accommodation

We charge fee may not only set up your accommodation but also include the cost of living in your program fee. The program we arrange at a homestay, you will have your meals cooked for you by the host family, in which case you would be charged in advance.

5. in-Country Assistance

Perhaps the volunteer placement isn’t all you hoped it would be. Or you need help sorting out a banking issue, renewing a visa, or tracking down a doctor who speaks English. Having associated with organization in-country to help with issues that inevitably arise can be invaluable, especially if you aren’t fluent in the local language. We know which doctors to visit when you’re sick, where the best place to buy a bus ticket is, how to avoid being scammed, and so much more! Plus we are around to help at all hours of the day, so if an emergency happens on a weekend or in the night, we are always available for you to call. We also keep in touch with family members if the unlikely happens and you need to be evacuated from the country or fall seriously ill. For those with worrying parents the peace of mind might be worth the money!.

6. Programmatic Support & Continuity

We charge fee may not only set up your accommodation but also include the cost of living in your program fee. The program we arrange at a homestay, you will have your meals cooked for you by the host family, in which case you would be charged in advance.

7. Trips and Excursions

We offer you to choose trips for you a wide range of volunteering, trekking, tour, rafting, peak climbing, jungle safari, home stays program including tours to Tibet and India to experience the unique beauty of the Himalayas region, to enjoy the customs and food of the diverse people who call Nepal home; to be awed by the mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, jungle and ancient cities and to have the journey of a lifetime, this is a great way to see the country without being responsible for the logistics. Plus it means you will have the opportunity to better acquaint yourself with your fellow volunteers and local staff. Note: In some cases, you may work directly for the organization in need of volunteers and there may be volunteering program with little fee. These organizations may be local or international, and their process for applying generally differs from our organization as it will be more tailored to their requirements and needs and less so on those of the volunteers. But, be aware that they usually are unable or unwilling to provide above mentioned logistics and support like arranging housing, orientation, sight -seeing, language classes, visa Assistance, 24/7 support and social and Cultural activities etc.

Cost Includes:

  • 24 hour airport pick up & drop off
  • accommodation
  • meals (breakfast & dinner)
  • email and telephone support
  • volunteer handbook
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • 100% placement reservation
  • dedicated vsn project & travel mentor
  • regular program inspection
  • staff salaries
  • office rent & office supplies
  • free internet service at office
  • government taxes & membership fees
  • women’s development program
  • scholarships for low income students

Cost Excludes:

  • flights to Kathmandu
  • visa cost
  • travel & health insurance
  • domestic flight costs
  • transportation costs for the volunteers who want to work outside the Kathmandu valley
  • sundries such as personal items, extra beverages and entertainment
  • personal travel & sightseeing
  • transportation service during weekends travel