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Internship in Nepal

Do you want to advance your professional skills through an experience in cultural immersion? Have you thought about joining an internship program that will allow you to grow personally while adventuring through mountainous landscapes and rich culture?

Joining an internship in Nepal is an amazing opportunity because you will gain so much more than just a work experience. Traveling to and living in another country encourages both professional and personal growth; you will become more independent, proactive, and flexible when you’re pushed outside of your comfort zone. International experiences also help you understand cross-cultural values and increase your global awareness, which may change your perspectives on your own cultural values while helping you respect others.

When you intern in Nepal, you are guaranteed a life-changing experience. Even though you may only stay in your program for a limited time, you will remember your abroad experience for the rest of your life. You will also have the chance to explore career options and expand your global network during affordable and safe programs such as teaching English to Buddhist monks, contributing to a photojournalism project, or working in Nepal’s medical and healthcare field.

IFRE invites you to explore the fascinating country of Nepal through one of our unique internship opportunities. To learn more about our Nepal internship programs, please keep reading or contact us.

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Popular Internship opportunities in Nepal

Nestled in the lap of the Himalaya Mountains between India and China, Nepal is indeed a true natural wonder. IFRE offers an amazing variety of internship program with many options that can match your specific interests. Here are a few of our most popular:

In Nepal, English is not part of the standard primary public school curriculum. When you teach English in Nepal, you will work with multiple teaching projects in several government schools in Kathmandu.

Many Nepali children dream of speaking English, but poor families cannot afford private English education. Students will enter high school with very little knowledge of basic English, which is a mandatory subject after primary school. Your role in our internship program can make a huge difference in these young student's lives and prepare them for an easier transition to high school.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

There are no specific qualifications needed to join IFRE’s teaching internship programs in Nepal beyond a fluency in English. While no teaching experience is required, if you would like to join the teaching program in Nepal, you should have strong English written and verbal skills.

As an intern, you should be flexible and patient and also have passion for teaching English. You should be reliable and strive to be good role models for Nepali children.

An Interns’ Responsibilities

The English teaching internship in Nepal requires you to focus on teaching conversational English (2-3 hours a day) in public or private schools, six days a week. Most students in school are between the ages of 6 and 13. You will not be working alone and will be assisted by other teachers within the school. You free time will allow for organizing extra-curricular activities like games, drawing, singing, dancing, and other creative education activities. You will also be asked to support educational tours, homework, monitoring academic progress and in administrative support.

In Nepal, there is one primary English teacher in each school who follows fixed English curricula. Therefore, you will be following set learning objectives (each grade has its own English book). You can work as a main teacher or assistant to the main English teacher depending up on your confidence level and teaching experience.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer rewarding teaching volunteer program in Nepal.

Nepal has a significant Buddhist influence and is an important place in the Buddhist religion. There are beautiful monasteries throughout Nepal which demonstrate the popularity and acceptance of Buddhism in Nepal. In Kathmandu, there are also practicing Buddhists who are Tibetan people in exile.

Teaching English to Buddhist monks in Nepal internship programs will allow you to explore the serene and enlightened lives of Buddhist monks while sharing English education. This is a perfect project if you are curious about Buddhism and want to immerse yourself in Buddhist culture.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

There are no specific qualifications needed to intern with the Buddhist Monks program. However, it is important to note that monks are highly respected figures and follow strict and exemplary life rules. Only people with serious discipline are recommended to join this project.

An Interns’ Responsibilities

The Buddhist monk English teaching internship in Nepal allows you to teach monks between the ages of 5-17 either in the Tibetan Children's Village schools or in a local monastery. You will teach 3-4 classes per day, each about an hour long.

In addition to teaching, you will assist with extra-curricular activities and administration. In the evening, you will organize games, drawing, singing, dancing and other creative education and extracurricular activities. Morning and late evening is free time. If you have a passion or are interested in Buddhism, this project will give you ample opportunities to immerse yourself in the Buddhist religion and lifestyle.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer rewarding monk teaching volunteer program in Nepal.

The photo journalism internship programs in Nepal is a phenomenal opportunity for you if you are budding photojournalists. It will allow you to enhance your skills, add to your resume/CV and visit a wonderful country. When you are an intern photojournalist, you act under the supervision of an experienced professional to learn “tricks of the trade” while gaining a wide variety of knowledge and experience.

You will click your way through Nepal’s fascinating festivals and cultural events, meeting friendly people and seeing magnificent landscapes and sceneries along the way. You’ll capture unique pagoda shaped Hindu temples on film, snap images of huge Buddhist stupas, and join celebrations during festivals and cultural happenings.

The goal of a Nepal internship program is to capture accurate pictorial documentation of Nepal’s vibrant customs and activities. This experience will both broaden your mind and enhance your photo journalism skills.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

You must know how to operate a camera and understand the concept of modern photojournalism. You must also enjoy a fast-paced atmosphere, be comfortable taking direction and be quick on their feet.

An Interns’ Responsibilities

The purpose of this internship in Nepal is to encourage your growth as a strong and open-minded photojournalist. For that, we offer the guidance of an experienced professional, who works for a respected local newspaper. You will review and agree on a schedule and travel to all sites with this supervisor, usually on a motorcycle, which is the perfect mode of transportation for navigating the maze of Kathmandu’s traffic. Please note that cameras are provided.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer rewarding photo journalism volunteer program in Nepal.

If you are a medical practitioner or aspiring to practice medicine, consider joining our healthcare and medical internship program in Nepal to gain valuable international medical experience.

Interns will work independently or assist local doctors based on their medical license and acquired experience. Responsibilities include conducting regular patient check-ups, measuring vital signs, and providing therapies and counseling. Interns may also participate in rounds, diagnose conditions, offer first aid, prescribe medications, and work in rehabilitation centers.

Additionally, they can organize awareness classes and campaigns on disease prevention, cleanliness, and personal hygiene. This internship provides a unique opportunity for aspiring medical practitioners to learn and enhance their skills under the supervision of experienced doctors.

Submission of medical credentials is required for enrollment, ensuring a safe and beneficial experience for both interns and patients. If interested in volunteer opportunities, we also offer life-changing medical volunteer programs in Nepal.

Dates & Fees for an Internship in Nepal

Internship programs in Nepal start every Monday, although we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.

Since 2003, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected intern abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality intern programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to intern internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly program fee is paid in the host country directly to your service project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

The program fee for internship and volunteering is basically same in Nepal. However, unlike volunteers, interns often work closely with guided supervision from a local project director, and a small weekly supervision fee ($25-50/ week) may be incurred in addition to volunteer program fees.

Learn more about our highly affordable volunteer program fees in Nepal.

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Internships vs. Volunteers Programs

In general, volunteer programs focus on humanitarian outreach and project support. Volunteering is popular amongst people who want to share their love and passion for underprivileged children, impoverished communities, or conservation efforts in need of resources.

Internship programs focus on creating a real-world learning environment for interns and students so that they practice professional development and obtain new skills. Similar to volunteers, interns may work on a variety of projects (many times alongside volunteers) that benefits local communities, children, wildlife and similar projects. Teaching programs, medical outreach, and children’s support are the most popular internship projects.

Food and Accommodations


IFRE manages living accommodations, meals and supervision for interns throughout their stay internship opportunity in Nepal. Most interns placed in Kathmandu projects stay at our Intern house – a permanent home set aside for international interns and manned with a local staff. Our safe and secure Intern house is located in a beautiful area of Kalanki, nearly 5 km away from Thamel, a popular tourist hub of Nepal.

Occasionally, depending on intern traffic, available projects or distance to your assigned project, we may also place you with a carefully pre-screened host family.

Our host families are socially respected and experienced with hosting international interns. They have strong interest in your individual safety and well-being and demonstrate this with caution and care. In most host family situations, you will share a room with another intern of the same gender.

Another viable option for your internship in Nepal is staying at the project site. Males interning in Buddhist monastery will have once in a life-time experience of living in the monastery. Women are not allowed to stay in the monastery overnight and will stay with a safe and comfortable host family. Once you have applied for program placement, you will find the specific details of your accommodations in your personal placement documents for your project.

You will receive three prepared meals per day. Our cooks prepare breakfasts, lunches and dinners of Nepali foods (similar to Indian food, including wheat bread, rice, curry, dahl, chapatti and pickles). If you will be out of the house during lunch hour, you can request a lunch "to go”. If traditional Nepali fare does not appeal to you, you are welcome to buy personal food and prepare it.

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Field Support and Supervision

Once your Nepal internship opportunity begins, our local staff members stay in constant touch with you. Interns staying in Kathmandu will see staff daily, yet all Nepal interns have access to our in-country staff. If a project is located a substantial distance from our offices, then our local staff communicates by either email or phone and visits every 2-4 weeks (if possible).

We recommend that you stop by the office once a week, if you are staying/working in the local area, to give feedback on your accommodations and service project. Many minor issues can avoid escalation with a just little extra communication. Your project will have local staff members in addition to our in-country coordination staff.

We are available for you at the local office via email and phone for your entire trip. It is our job to make sure that you are safe and healthy during your time in Nepal

Academic Credit

IFRE does not offer any academic credit. However, still You can earn academic credit for most internship projects in Nepal. The best way to receive academic credit is by pre-arranging the project with your college/university.

It is up to YOU to communicate with faculty/academic advisors regarding college credit for internship work PRIOR to applying to IFRE. Your college/university may require additional information prior to approval and may require students to submit pre/post research or other requirements.

Free Time

While in Nepal, interns have free time for the duration of their internship project on weekends and during evenings. While IFRE does not arrange activities during this time off, our local staff members and coordinators can provide priceless assistance in making appropriate arrangements for travel in Nepal.

It is the time for self-discovery and learning. It is time to immerse yourself in foreign culture and explore this exotic land. It is definitely time for you to take a trek in Nepal ! Our IFRE local coordinators/staff are available to give you free advice, travel tips and helps to book your travel.

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FAQs: Internship in Nepal

Arrival and departure

Please consult our country coordinator before leaving your home country for your Nepal internship. You will need to fly into Tribhuwan International Airport, where you will then be picked up by an IFRE representative. Please make sure to send us your correct flight information once you have booked your travel. If there are any changes, delays, or if you miss your flight please contact us as soon as possible. We do not offer airport drop-off service.


In order to travel to Nepal on this internship, you need to secure a tourist visa. Depending on your nationality, visa on arrival may be available. Visa extensions are possible once you have arrived to Nepal.

For more information regarding the Nepal internship tourist visa please visit:

Nepal Immigration

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CDC recommends vaccinations against:

Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Malaria, Rabies, Yellow Fever For more information about vaccinations required for your internship opportunity in Nepal, please visit CDC Nepal.

How can I apply?

Nepal internship applications are very straightforward. Simply go to the program website, fill out the online application, and then submit it to us. We will follow up with you within 24-hours of your application submittal.

Why go with IFRE Volunteers?

IFRE Volunteers is a non-profit organization who mission is to change the world. Established in 2006 and trusted by 22,000 individuals, IFRE is well experienced in providing outstanding, safe, and meaningful intern experiences. Our transparent, tax-deductible fees are the most affordable prices in the world.

IFRE also connects you with unparalleled field support and heart-warming communities who will make you feel like your time spent in your host country is your home away from home.

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