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Nepal Photo Journalism Volunteer Project

Are you a budding photojournalist looking to hone your skills and learn the tools of a trade from an experienced professional? Do you want to go on an exciting new adventure in an exotic land? Join IFRE’s Photojournalism volunteer program in Nepal!

Nepal is a fascinating country with jaw-dropping mountain landscapes and beautiful people and cultures. From ancient temples and giant Buddha statues, to sweeping valley vistas and lively festivals, once-in-a-lifetime photo ops await!

Nepal may be rich in natural beauty, but unfortunately many of its people are poor.In Nepal access to good English education is only available to rich families as public schools do not have the resources and manpower necessary to provide a good English education, which hurts children from low-income families.

IFRE’s Nepal photo journalism project is a phenomenal opportunity for budding photo journalist to enhance their skills, add to their resume/CV and visit a wonderful country. Volunteer photo journalists act under the supervision of an experienced professional and learn tricks of the trade while gaining a wide variety of knowledge and experience. This project can also be an internship position if the volunteer is interested in dedicating more time, resources and a final detailed report at the end of the project.

Volunteer photo journalists will click their way through Nepal’s fascinating festivals and cultural events, meeting friendly people and seeing magnificent landscapes and sceneries along the way. Volunteers will capture unique pagoda shaped Hindu temples on film and also snap images of huge Buddhist stupas, views of the spectacular Kathmandu Valley, and join celebrations during festivals and cultural happenings. The goal is accurate pictorial documentation of Nepal’s vibrant customs and activities. This experience will broaden minds and enhance photo journalism skills.

Team up with an experienced professional and help document this extraordinary place with your camera with our photojournalism internship in Nepal. You will get a behind-the scenes look at Nepali life, and gain invaluable experience working in your chosen field.

Contact IFRE and kick start your photo journalism career today!

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Volunteer Responsibilities and Impact:

You will hop on the back of a motorcycle and move through the maze of Kathmandu traffic, chasing down stories under the guidance of an experienced photojournalist who works for a respected Nepali newspaper. You will cover a variety of issues and learn many techniques and tools of the photojournalism trade to hone your skills.

The goal of the project is to tell the story of Nepal through photographs, as well as to cultivate creative and open-minded photojournalists who are inspired to look at the world in new ways. Help advance your career with IFRE’s photojournalism volunteer project in Nepal.

Skills and Qualifications:

We welcome anyone with an interest in and passion for photojournalism to apply for this project. You must know how to operate a camera and understand the basic concepts of modern photojournalism. You must enjoy a fast-paced atmosphere, be comfortable taking direction and be quick on your feet.

Note: cameras are not provided, and you will need to bring along a professional quality camera to get all those amazing shots. This project can also become an internship position if you are interested in dedicating more time, resources and a final detailed report at the end of your time volunteering in photojournalism in Nepal.

YYour days in this photojournalism project will be an amazing adventure. You’ll get to see and document everything the country has to offer and have lots of fun exploring this amazing country.

This unique program will have you visiting different events and locations every day, so you can expect a variable schedule as you cover various happenings in and around Kathmandu. You will be volunteering Sunday- Friday and will usually start your photography after lunch.

You will often be brought to various events by IFRE’s project staff, and sometimes you will be asked to cover something alone. Some evenings will find you returning late and eating out while you are out taking photos and honing your skills in our Nepal photojournalism volunteer project.

Here is a sample schedule to give you an idea of a typical day:

Typical Day Schedule:

  • 9.00 AM: Breakfast at your accommodation.
  • 10.30 AM To 12.00 PM: Meet with your coordinator to review and plan for the day.
  • 12.00 PM To 12.30 PM: Lunch time.
  • 1.00 PM To 5.00 PM: Travel to exciting locations and take amazing pictures of nature, people and wildlife.
  • 7.30 PM: Dinner at your accommodation rounds out an exciting day in Nepal.

Nepal Photo Journalism Volunteer Project : Dates and Fees

Our Fees

IFRE is the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to travel 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 goes directly to your host family, and includes housing, food, project donation and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Program Dates

IFRE’s Nepal photojournalism volunteer program begins every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Duration Photo Journalism(Kathmandu)
  1 Week   $275
  2 Weeks   $460
  3 Weeks   $645
  4 Weeks   $830
  5 Weeks   $1015
  6 Weeks   $1,200
  7 Weeks   $1,385
  8 Weeks   $1,570
  9 Weeks   $1,755
  10 Weeks   $1,940
  11 Weeks   $2,125
  12 Weeks   $2,310

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years) »

Language and Culture program $250

How your fee is allocated?

  • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
  • Food (local food 2 times a day)
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

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Accommodation and Meal

IFRE takes care of your housing and food while you are participating in our Nepal photojournalism volunteer program. We’ll make sure you have a safe, clean and comfortable place to lay your head, and that you’re eating three local, healthy meals a day of Nepalese cuisine.

Learn more about your housing and food in Nepal.

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Free Time and Weekends:

Visiting the mystical country of Nepal is no doubt high on your list for choosing this particular project. You’ll be happy to know that you’ll have your weekends and evenings free to explore this exciting destination. Whether you are eager to head out on a mountain trek or you can’t wait to explore the frenetic city of Kathmandu, you’ll have plenty of things to do to fill your free time.

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Safety and in Country Support

IFRE always has your safety in mind during your Nepal photojournalism volunteer internship. We offer extensive pre-trip guidance, comprehensive travel insurance, carefully vet all the details of your trip, partner with trusted locals, and help support you every step of the way. We employ a dedicated in-country team that is right there to help you in any way you need.

Learn more about our dedication to safety and our in-country team.

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Nepal Photo Journalism Volunteer Project FAQs:

Arrival and departure

Book your tickets to the Tribhuvan international airport to join our Nepal photojournalism volunteer experience. As part of your volunteer fee, we will have a trusted representative there waiting for you as soon as you land, and they’ll take you safely to your accommodations.

When you’ve completed your project, you will be responsible for your own transportation to the airport for departure. You can take a taxi or ride the bus, and our local project staff will be happy to offer you advice on how to do this, so you needn’t worry.


If you haven’t done much traveling abroad before, the visa application process may be a mystery to you. IFRE is here to walk you through it and get you well on your way to volunteering in Nepal learning photojournalism.

Depending up on your nationality, you may be able to obtain a tourist visa upon your arrival at the airport in Nepal. The lines can be quite long during peak tourist season, so we recommend applying for your visa ahead of time through your home country’s consulate.

You will get a 90 days tourist visa and you can extend it up to 60 more days from immigration offices located in Kathmandu. Before joining our Nepal photojournalism internship, we suggest you do your research ahead of time regarding what travelers need to do coming from your home country. Check out Nepal’s immigration website to learn more.


The last thing you want when visiting the exciting country of Nepal is to fall prey to a contagious disease. Protect yourself by visiting a knowledgeable doctor ahead of time and getting up to date on your vaccinations before traveling abroad.

For travelers to Nepal, the CDC suggests getting vaccinated for MMR, chickenpox, influenza, Hepatitis A and Typhoid. A few might also need vaccines for Malaria, Rabies, Polio, Yellow Fever, Hepatitis B and Japanese Encephalitis vaccination, but these risks depend on what time of year you may be doing your Nepal photojournalism volunteer project, and the areas you plan to travel to.

For further readings:
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Safety tips for your volunteer abroad trip

FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions

You may be new to the volunteer abroad world and if so, your mind is probably full of a million questions. IFRE has been offering meaningful programs to volunteers in 20 countries around the world since 2006, so we have all the answers you need. We’ve compiled some commonly asked questions here to help you feel more prepared:

Do I need my own camera or is it provided by the project?

To participate in our photojournalism volunteering in Nepal, you’ll need to supply your own professional quality camera and photography equipment.

Is the photo journalism project available year-round?

Yes, this project is available year-round. Depending on your interests, you may want to try and coordinate your visit with local festivals or events you would like to cover.

What is the name of the newspaper I am working with?

As a participant in our volunteer project in Nepal, you will be working as a freelance photographer and not based with one singular publication. For those interested in working with the daily government newspaper, The Rising Nepal, you may submit your resume for consideration prior to your arrival.

Where is the project located? How do I get to the project site?

This educational and career boosting project is located in bustling Kathmandu, the capitol city of Nepal. You will travel in and around the city via motorbike or local transportation.

How many hours a day will I work?

On average, you may work 4-5 hours per day, depending on the location and story you have chosen to photograph that day. If you would like to spend more time than this photographing the beautiful scenery and amazing cultural events of Nepal, you will be free to do so.

Any important information you want to share about this project?

Photo-journalism volunteers in Nepal should be passionate about developing their photojournalism skills and taking them to the next level with expert instruction. You will need to be very flexible, open minded and carry yourself in a professional manner.

Keep in mind this is not a newspaper-based project and you will be working on a freelance basis, regularly submitting your photography and byline to local publications. This is amazing professional experience that will help you advance your career! If you are interested in working solely with one publication, you will need to inform our country coordinator in advance so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Why join IFRE’s Nepal Photojournalism Volunteer Project?

A wealth of unique photo opportunities
Nepal is the ideal destination to practice your photojournalism. From majestic snow-capped mountains, Buddhist statues and temples, the rush and whir of Kathmandu, and a vibrant and colorful cultural scene, unique and compelling photo opportunities will present themselves at every turn.

Work under the close supervision of a seasoned professional:
A seasoned professional passionate about mentoring budding photojournalists will guide and teach you as you learn new techniques and hone your skills. They’ll show you the tools of the trade, tips and tricks, and help you gain confidence and experience in the field.

Boost your career
With all of the amazing places and events you’ll be photographing, your portfolio is sure to be bursting at the seams by the end of your Nepal photojournalism volunteer program. The experience of working internationally like this and getting published in a variety of places looks great on your resume and can help you land future gigs!

Visit an exciting new country
Immerse yourself in the unique culture of Nepal and make memories that will last a lifetime. Not only will you be improving your photography skills, you’ll be exploring this exciting destination, traveling around, and learning all about your host country.

Embrace your passion
After learning so much and covering so many different events, locations, and topics, you’ll be overflowing with a wealth of new knowledge and skills you can use to explore your passion. Take those skills back home and watch your photojournalism soar to new heights!

Contact IFRE today to join our photojournalism volunteer project in Nepal!

Other volunteer opportunities in Nepal

If you’re looking to volunteer in Nepal but you’re not interested in photography, don’t worry, as there’s plenty of crucial volunteer work you can do with IFRE in Nepal. You can teach English to disadvantaged children or Buddhist monks, work in an orphanage, help with nature conservation, provide medical services and much more. Contact IFRE today to learn more!

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