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Volunteering in Nepal Orphanages

Do you want to help orphans who desperately need your love, care, and attention? Are the beautiful mountains of Nepal calling your name? Join IFRE and volunteer abroad!

Nepal is home to eight of the top ten tallest mountains in the world. Mighty peaks and sweeping valleys echo with the call of adventure. You will discover a fascinating blend of cultures and religions that is sure to open your mind and help you see the world in a new way.

Unfortunately, Nepal is a poor country with a majority of people living below the poverty line. Due to poverty, inequality, civil war, and social discrimination there arethousands of children across Nepal have been orphaned. Without the safe haven of orphanages and the selfless dedication of volunteers who come to their aid, these poor kids would face child slavery, starvation, and even death. Your help is urgently needed!

Come to volunteer overseas in Nepal orphanages and shine some light into the dark corners of these orphan’s lives. Give them a smile, a kind word, and teach them something that will help them have a brighter future than the one they face now. This will motivate and inspire the children to reach their full potential, and thus make a huge difference in their lives.

Do you want to create a better future for orphaned children in Nepal? Then contact IFRE today to learn more about making a difference in the lives of orphans in Nepal!

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Volunteer Responsibilities and Impact:

Your role as a volunteer in anorphanage in Nepal will be acting as a caregiver, teacher, and friend to the poor children who are without families of their own. You will help get the children ready for school, teach English, help the kids with their homework, and provide a stable and healthy routine. You will also have the chance to get creative by organizing extra-curricular activities like games, drawing, dancing, singing, sports, and more.

You will make a difference in the lives of orphans who urgently need your help. You will touch the hearts of orphans and bring smiles to their faces. Knowing someone has come all the way across the world to help them will boost their self-esteem and give them hope for a brighter future.

Skills and Qualifications:

Anyone can volunteer in a Nepal orphanage, regardless of skills, experience or education!So long as you are 18 years of age or older, all you need is to truly care about children and be dedicated to making a real difference in their lives. These orphans need love, attention, kindness, and compassion. You should also bring an open mind, a big heart, and a lot of patience.

Every day you volunteer in an orphanage in Nepal will be a greatly rewarding and fun-filled experience as you’re greeted by the smiles of children who love you for your kind efforts.

Nepal orphanage volunteers will work an average of 5-6 hours a day from Monday to Friday. Your schedule will vary from day to day and based on the needs of your project, but you are probably wondering what a typical day might look. Here’s a sample schedule to give you an idea:

Typical Day Schedule (Sample):

  • 7.00am – Begin your day with breakfast and tea.
  • 8.30 – 9.30am – Assist the orphans with their homework and their morning routine, help the children prepare for their school day.
  • 10am – 3.00pm – This will be your free time,you can choose to stay in orphanage and help in ongoing activities (record keeping, administrative works, cleaning…….) ORIf you are interested, you can go to school with children and spend this time teaching in the school OR you can rest or travel around.
  • 3.30pm – Pick the kids up from school and bring them back to the orphanage.
  • 4.30pm – Prepare and serve the orphans an after-school snack.
  • 4.00-6.30pm – Engage the children in fun creative activities and sports and assist them in completing their homework.
  • 7.00 – Help prepare and serve dinner. The older children will generally read books and work on unfinished homework at this time, as well. Engage with the orphans and offer them the care and attention they deserve.

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 directlyto 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 programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Volunteering in Nepal Orphanages Fee (US$)

Weeks Orphanage Project
  1 Week   $150
  2 Weeks   $270
  3 Weeks   $390
  4 Weeks   $510
  5 Weeks   $630
  6 Weeks   $750
  7 Weeks   $870
  8 Weeks   $990
  9 Weeks   $1,110
  10 Weeks   $1,230
  11 Weeks   $1,350
  12 Weeks   $1,470

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

Language and Culture Program fee $250

How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
  • Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
  • 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 makes sure you are safely housed and well fed throughout the duration of your time volunteering with orphans in Nepal. Depending on your final placement, you will either stay at the orphanage in a room set aside for international volunteers, in our 2-story volunteer house in Kathmandu, or with a welcoming and carefully selected host family. You will be served three local meals per day.

Learn more about your housing and food in Nepal.

Free Time and Weekends:

IFRE knows you will be eager to get out and explore the exciting destination of Nepal. Depending on your hours worked, you will either have free time during the day while the orphans attend school, or in the evenings. You will have one day off a week, and you will be free to travel, go on short treks, and experience the mystical and stunning country of Nepal.

Discover what to do in your free time in Nepal.

Safety and in Country Support

Traveling abroad to volunteer in Nepal with orphans can seem nerve-wracking at first, especially if it’s your first time doing something like this. With IFRE, you have nothing to worry about. You can rest easy knowing IFRE will be watching over you and ensuring your safety every step of the way. You’ll have the guidance and support of our fantastic in-country team.

Read more about the lengths IFRE goes to for safety and meet our in-country team.

Volunteer in Nepal Orphanage:FAQs

Traveling to a foreign country and volunteering to help orphans in need is a noble and worthy cause you should feel great about undertaking. There are a lot of little details that go into planning such a big trip, and you probably have a lot of questions about how everything works. Here is some basic information that volunteers often ask us about:

Arrival and Departure

To volunteer with orphans in Nepal, you will be flying into the country’s only international airport, Tribhuvan. As part of your program fee, we arrange airport pick-up for you. Our representative will meet you as soon as you land and transfer you safely to our volunteer house,located in Kalanki.

You will stay in the volunteer house the first night and the next day, you will be transferred to your particular placement, so we suggest arriving a day before your program is set to begin.IFRE volunteers does not organize airport drop off services, so when you finishwith your work, you’ll need to book a taxi to the airport. Check with local project staff who will be happy to offer advice if you need it.


You will need a tourist visa to volunteer in Nepal with orphans. If you’ve never been to Nepal before, you might be a little nervous about getting a visa, but IFRE is here to make the process a breeze.

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 by visiting the immigration offices located in Kathmandu. Before joining our Nepal orphanage volunteer program, 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.


One of the first and most important steps when preparing to volunteer abroad is getting up to date on your vaccines. Make an appointment with a good travel doctor to discuss your upcoming trip and see what vaccinations you’ll be needing.

The main recommended vaccinations for visiting and volunteering in Nepal programs are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. However, you may also need vaccinations against Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies depending on your project placement.

Please visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Health Canada or Travelers' Health United Kingdom for more information.

Project Location and Commute

Volunteers at our Nepal orphanage projectwill either be housed on site at the orphanage, or within an easy 10-20-minute walk of your placement. This eliminates the necessity of daily transportation and you won’t need to worry about a long commute.

The Orphans

You’re traveling all this way because you care about orphans and want to make a real and lasting impact in their lives. You’d probably like to learn a little more about these great kids you’ll be volunteering with in Nepal.

IFRE teams up with several orphanages in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan. On average, there are 20-25 children in each orphanage between the ages of 7-16. They are extremely excited to meet new international volunteers, and your time helping them will touch their lives forever.

Important Info About This Project

This is quite an open project, and we encourage volunteers from all walks of life to join us and volunteer with Nepal’s orphans. You will need to be very flexible, open-minded and ready to help children who are in need.

The orphans need great role models, so please do not drink or smoke in front of the children. Volunteers staying on site are discouraged from leaving the orphanage after sundown and are expected to return at dusk. The children absolutely love the volunteers, and you can expect to feel as though this is your home away from home.

Why volunteer with orphans in Nepal?

There are a million reasons why taking this Nepal orphanage volunteer trip is an amazing idea, but this is the real and most basic reason to do it. These kids need your help. They’ve lost their families, and they need someone to care for them and show them everything is going to be ok. Be that person for the orphans of Nepal.

Experience the wonder of Nepal

Nepal is a magical country high up in the Himalayan mountains. You’ll see spectacular scenery, meet amazing people, and encounter 126 different ethnic groups speaking an astonishing123 languages. Prepare to be amazed by Nepal.

Do something good for your soul

We give back to others for their sake, but as a result our own souls are fulfilled and enriched in countless ways. Feel great knowing you are making a profound impact by volunteering with orphans in Nepal.

Help support the hard-working orphanage staff

The orphanages of Nepal are understaffed, and desperately need the help of passionate international volunteers like you. Support these amazing individuals who have dedicated their lives to these kids and are daily giving them a safe home, healthy meals, an education, and loving care.

Go on an adventure

Nepal is famous around the world for its adventurous and life-changing treks through the Himalayan mountains. Talk to IFRE about combining your Nepal orphanage volunteer trip with some adventure travel!

Other volunteer opportunities in Nepal

IFRE arranges many other projects in Nepal. You can

teach English to disadvantaged children or Buddhist monks

learn about photojournalism

help with nature conservation

provide healthcare and much more.

Contact IFRE today for more information!

Orphanage volunteering program worldwide

Orphans are sadly vicitimized all over the world. If you’d like to help improve their lives in another country, then IFRE arranges orphanage projects in many different locations. Take a look at the list below for some of our most popular projects in this vein:

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