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Women Empowerment

Women Empowerment

Empowering women socially and economically through education, life skills and income generation initiatives.

Youth empowerment

Youth Empowerment

Empowering youths socially and economically through education, life skills, and entrepreneurship development.

Children Development

Children Development

Helping in children’s all-round development through physical, mental, social and creativity.

WASH campaign in community

Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Improving health status of people through safe water and better sanitation facilities and hygiene education.

public health work being run by VIN

Public Health and Medical Care

Creating healthy communities by controlling and preventing diseases and other health supports.


Environment Conservation

Conserving, promoting and protecting environment and culture for the future generation.

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VIN observes Earthquake Safety Day

On Magh 2, 2075, Nepal marked the 21st Earthquake Safety Day (ESD). ESD is organised on the same day as the 1934, 8.0 magnitude Bihar-Nepal...

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Geriatric health care camp organized at Kavresthali

About 100 senior citizens above 80 years old are getting benefit from the “Geriatric health care program” organized by Tarkeswore municipality ward office -2 in...

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Welcome to Volunteers Initiative Nepal

Namaste!  Welcome to Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN).

Volunteer in Nepal with the most trusted local volunteer organization. VIN is a non profit charitable  volunteer organization based in Nepal founded in 2005. We are also a member of international volunteer networks worldwide like CCIVS, NVDA, EU Volunteer ALLIANCE, FoVIN-NL, US, Australia.

VIN’s mission is to empower marginalized communities through enhanced Education, Health, Income generation & Basic infrastructure programs with special focus on women and children by conducting training and research through mobilizing local and international volunteers to promote equality, economic well-being and basic human rights.

This has been possible due to our dedicated staff, alliances with like-minded organisations  and the efforts and contributions of local and international volunteers. We offers the most affordable international volunteering & internship placements in Nepal.

VIN fund and run mid to long-term sustainable community based volunteering service projects, focusing on those most disadvantaged  communities with special focus on women, children and minority groups.  Our development approach has four pillars; education, health, tools for economic well-being and the provision of basic infrastructure.  Building our projects on these pillars will ensure an integrated and sustainable impact on community people and will give the greatest chance of independence for our working communities.  So, when you join VIN as either as a volunteer or an intern, you can be sure you will be part of long-term, positive change for Nepal.  This is just one of the great reasons to chose to work with VIN. Whether we have volunteers / interns or not our projects continuously run by our local fultime staff.

VIN run ten categories of programs; Teaching, Child Development, Public HealthEnvironment and Conservation, Public Interest, Women  Empowerment, Youth Empowerment, Adventure and Volunteering, Journalism, Management and Administrative. Our overall focus is the work we carry out in the communities, however, we also run teaching, research, administration and public interest projects in and around Kathmandu.

Thanks to our dedicated staff, VIN can ensure these projects run consistently, building the trust of the communities and relationships with our partners.  However, our international and local volunteers are a huge asset and work on our projects can be completed as a volunteer placement or an internship .  We also have group volunteer, family volunteering, wrok camp opportunities and Adventure Volunteer Projects , for those who might only have a short time to experience Nepal.  All that we ask is commitment and flexibility, so together we can join hands to make a real difference.

Nepal’s Challenge

Despite Nepal’s popular appeal to tourists, it is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with over 25% of its population living below the poverty line.

A country of contrasts, Nepal is home to a dramatic landscape and a rich culture.  But its geography renders around 80% of its land hostile to agriculture, it is susceptible to natural disasters and its feudal and religious heritage mean that discrimination between gender and caste prevents Nepal from looking towards a brighter future.

Landlocked, the country remains in an uncomfortable strategic position between the powers of India and China.  Much of the land itself is hostile to agriculture, with approximately 20% being open to cultivation, yet more than 75% of the population still depend on agriculture for survival.  This means there are periods in the year where families have no source of either income or subsistence.

Despite the severe shortage of fertile land, more than 75% of Nepal’s population depend on subsistence-farming for survival.  During the harvest season, children in rural areas will not be allowed to attend school, needed in the home to baby sit or complete chores.  In the months when there is no yield for land, the children become a source of income, farmed out as child labour.  In the instances where children do attend school, they are not encouraged to open their books at the end of the day because they have chores to do.  And where incomes are tight, families cannot afford the extra cost of school supplies and uniforms.

Despite a pledge by the Nepalese Government to the UN to empower its women by 2015, gender discrimination remains a constant reality.  A girl child is often seen by their family as a burden.  Instead of receiving education and the chance of a better job, they are arranged to be married at an early age and become dependent upon their husband.  Where approximately 48% of the population remain illiterate, the statistics are significantly higher for women.

Political unrest has been a constant shadow across Nepal for some time.  While hope for change emerged in 2006 with the end of the 10 year civil war, the subsequent coalition governments have failed to draft a meaningful constitution for the country.  At the time of publishing Constituent Assembly elections are once more anticipated in November 2013.  And while opposing political parties fight over the number of constituents that will make up the assembly, the country remains stagnant.  Only 31% of the population have access to improved sanitation and the scarce water on which the country relies is polluted by animal, human, agricultural or industrial waste.

Our Response

VIN facilitates projects focused on the women and children of marginalised communities against this challenging backdrop.  VIN believes that the empowerment of women and children will bring about positive change so desperately needed in Nepal.

Jitpur Phedi, an underprivileged rural community, was VIN’s pilot community, where work began in 2007.  Jitpur Phedi is situated just 11km from Kathmandu and is comprised of nine separate wards, each of which accounts for several smaller settlements.  Jitpur Phedi is home to approximately 6000 people of a variety of castes, ethnic groups living in over 1000 dwellings.

In almost six years, VIN has made significant progress within the community; aiding the construction of toilets in 400 homes in collaboration with District Drinking Water and Sanitation Office (DDWSO); VIN formally registered Jitpur Phedi Women’s Agricultural Cooperative Ltd, helping over 200 women to gain access to funds to use for income generation for their families; providing 685 children with training on their basic rights and training over 200 women on vegetable farming, literacy and life-skills.

In Jitpur Phedi VDC our projects continue to run successfully and we are hopeful of reaching the target of independence 2016.

VIN has already begun preliminary work with our next focus community, Okhaldunga.  Situated in the Everest region of the Nepal, some 250km (400 miles – seen both figures, which one is right?) from Kathmandu, Okhaldhunga has a population of over 10,000.  VIN intend to work with three village development committees; Taluwa, Thulachhap and Bhadaure.

VIN believes in financial transparency.  The project fees paid by our volunteers is the main source of income to fund our community projects.  VIN receives no funds from government or foreign agencies.  However, we are mindful to ensure our costs and the resulting fees are kept to a minimum and to maintain that transparency on how the fee you pay to us is spent.   These fees allow VIN to continue our work in the community.  We think you will find the fees affordable but are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our work.


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Volunteer vs Internship Programs

  • teaching program

    Embark upon an adventure of a lifetime, accomplishsomething remarkable, immerse in a new culture, and discover what volunteering has to offer! Sounds like a dream? Perhaps, but this is what our volunteers and interns have told us of their experience while volunteering in Nepal with Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN). Why should I volunteer with VIN’s teaching program?Just Select a Project and Click Apply Now to Begin Your AdventureTeaching Projects:Explore Buddhist Culture by Teaching English at a Buddhist MonasteryExperience the unique opportunity to gain insight into Buddhist culture and practice. And no, you don’t have to be a Buddhist. Just come with a smile, your desire to teach and learn, and you’ll feel right at home. Volunteering as an English teacher to children in a Buddhist monastery is a deeply rewarding and unforgettable opportunity to give back.Read MoreMake Dreams Come True by Teaching English at a Community SchoolDiscover what it’s like firsthand to teach English in at community / public schools in Nepal as a volunteer or intern. When you volunteer to teach English you’ll be given an active role in the classroom. You’ll put your valuable skills to use by supporting dreams of students eager to learn English from teachers like you.

  • children development

    VIN’s mission is the empowerment of marginalized communities, focusing on those most marginalized: women and children.  Our Children’s Development Program is one of the major activities in our integrated community approach, supported by our full time staff and volunteers.  The aim of the program is to protect the rights of all children in the community by: providing access to a basic, quality education; developing their life skills; and providing access to health services (through our Community Health Program)Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world with approximately 25% of its population living below the poverty line.  The basic rights of many community children are often not met.  They will not receive an education, instead being used to complete household chores and babysit while their parents tend the land.  The schools themselves lack proper facilities and lessons are often taught by unqualified teachers.  Many children will not complete their primary education.  And in the worst cases, they leave their homes, thrown out or fleeing from abuse, to live on the streets of Kathmandu.VIN has been working with Jitpurphedi Village Development Committee (VDC) since 2007.  Lying only 12km from the capital, initial studies showed that education and living standards were very low in the Jitpurphedi community. Dalit and Balami castes within the community live in particularly deprived conditions.Over the past six years, with the help of our international volunteers and interns, VIN has implemented a range of projects, including the creation of Children’s Clubs and the support of Early Childhood Development Centres.  As we continue our work in Jitpurphedi we look forward to initiating the process in our new focus community, Okhaldhunga.

  • The volunteers will be involved in the projects that VIN implements in the working sites like Okhaldhunga, Nuwakot and Kathmandu. Volunteers with special skills to suit the professional skills are encouraged to apply.

  • Introduction: VIN offers four major projects within the Women Empowerment Program: Education, Rights and Life Skills, Microcredit Cooperative Support, Income Generation & Marketing, and Women’s Trafficking Prevention. Nepali women are born into a patriarchal society.  In all cases women’s rights are subordinate to those of men.  Married early, with little or no education, no land rights or independent income, women are a voiceless section of society, dependent on men for their welfare and bearing the continued weight of cultural and social discrimination and violence against them. If a woman does not feel safe within a society then she cannot be empowered within it.  The threat of violence towards women is a pervasive and unmanaged threat in Nepali society.  Women face domestic violence, often unreported, or violence through organized trafficking of young girls sold for sex across Asia. If a woman does not feel safe within a society then she cannot be empowered within it.Women’s empowerment is central to the empowerment and prosperity of a community.  While the Nepali Government, the United Nations (UN) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have made some impact in relation to women’s needs, there are still significant problems that need to be overcome.Health- According to the United Nations, Nepalese women remain at the lower end of the scale of the Human Development Index (HDI) and the Gender Inequality Index (GII) in South Asia. The general immunisation, health, and nutrition situation of women in Nepal remains very poor, particularly in rural areas. Statistics show that one out of every 24 Nepali women will die during pregnancy or child birth, making reproductive health care a major focus of intervention. 

  • Public Health Projects,VIN

    Experience a new culture through an adventure of a lifetime while developing and building a healthier, more sustainable, future for the world!You can, through any of Volunteer’s Initiative Nepal’s exciting Public Health Programs. Are you a health professional, student, animal lover, or a world-conscious and willing volunteer looking to get experience through hands-on opportunities? Then you’ve come to the right place. Why should I volunteer with VIN’s Public Health Program?Choose a Public Health Project AndClick Apply Now to Begin Your Adventure Public Health Projects:Empower Communities through Health, Sanitation & Hygiene EducationCreate awareness in local communities in Nepal while experiencing what it’s like to teach and educate in rural communities abroad. Through VIN’s Health, Sanitation, & Hygiene Education project, you have the opportunity to be a part of removing barriers to improved health, by providing basic sanitation and hygiene education. During your time as a volunteer you will experience local life in Nepal as you live with in a home stay with a Nepali family.Read More

  • enviroment conservation

    Collaborate with the Local Rural Community, Conduct Major Research, Promote Sustainable, Profitable Practices to Meet Environmental Challenges While Experiencing Nepal’s Colorful Culture! As a volunteer through Volunteers Initiative Nepal’s challenging, yet rewarding Environment & Conservation projects you will work first-hand with the locals, on the field, conduct research, learn, and teach, while experience Nepali culture. You will bring lasting change to Nepal regardless of your skill level. Why should I volunteer with VIN’s Environment & Conservation Program?Choose a Project and Click Apply Now to Get StartedEnvironment & Conservation Projects:Improve Nepal’s Water Resources by Conducting Water ResearchDo you like the adventure of working with the challenges of the unexpected? Do you also possess the relevant experience in water and sanitation research? As a volunteer in VIN’s Water Research project you will conduct major research on water resources and sanitation, while collaborating with and creating awareness in the local community. One day you might be at the water source taking samples, another day you might be in the lab analyzing samples, another day you could be in the office creating data analysis reports of your findings. No matter what, you be busy learning, doing, and having a lot of fun!

  • We need volunteers and interns to join VIN’s Youth Empowerment Program to inspire and encourage Nepal’s youth.  Engage them in community development or give them vital social and professional skills; you will help to bring positive change to their lives and to that of their community by participating in youth volunteer program.VIN launches Youth Club and Life Skills, English and Career Development, and Youth Entrepreneurship projects under Youth Empowerment program with an objective of developing skillful youth manpower in our community sites by the help of our local and international volunteers and encourage them to participate in socio-economic activities of the society.The youth of Nepal face significant challenges as they emerge into adulthood.  Many leave school without their School Leaving Certificate (SLC); the national pass rate for 2013 being a miserable 41.57 percent, 6 percent lower than the previous year.  Pass or fail, politically and economically unstable Nepal holds few prospects.  Skilled and unskilled, many leave for foreign countries, casting a black shadow across the future of Nepal.VIN’s overriding objective is the empowerment of marginalised communities, focusing on women and children.  We have been working with Jitpurphedi Village Development Committee (VDC) since 2007 and have begun to initiate work in Okhaldhunga district, in the Everest region.  We believe that youth empowerment of community is essential for the empowerment of the entire community.  They are the immediate future, full of potential to support community programs, such as Children’s Development and Women’s Empowerment and to develop themselves, given training and skills.VIN seeks volunteers and interns to support on our youth volunteer programs and help to develop the social and professional skills of community youth, helping to build their confidence to deal with problematic situations and ensuring that they become active in the community, promoting change and empowerment.

  • Public Interest Projects

    VIN seeks committed volunteers or interns to join our diverse Public Interest Program.  Whether your talents are in manual labour, planning, motivating or research, you can help VIN to make significant changes in Nepal’s challenging public landscape.VIN operates Traffic Management, Research Initiative, Construction and Manual Work, Emergency Relief & Disaster Management, Civil Society Initiative, Volunteering and Hospitality Management, and Animal Care projects under Public Interest Program to bring public awareness in Nepalese society from voluntary works.Nepal has been a Federal Democratic Republic since 2008, having emerged from 10 years of civil war and abolished its monarchy.  Yet, four coalition governments have consistently failed to write a meaningful constitution and much of the country remains in a state of flux.  The issues of health, welfare, lack of infrastructure and susceptibility to natural disaster still overshadow the country, demonstrating the overwhelming distance that developing Nepal has yet to travel.VIN’s overriding objective is the empowerment of marginalised communities, with the focus on women and children development.  Within our integrated community development approach, we work on four main areas; education, health, the provision of tools for economic well-being and the provision of a basic infrastructure.  We have been piloting this approach with Jitpurphedi Village Development Committee (VDC) since 2007 and now look forward to working with Okhaldhunga district, in the Everest region.  Our aim is to bring about a sustainable increase in the quality of life of those living in marginalised communities, ultimately leading to independence.VIN seeks willing and positive volunteers or interns to assist with a wide range of Public Interest Program, operating in and outside of our focused communities.  Help the Kathmandu Police in traffic management, work with local people to build vital village structures, such as schools and toilets, or pass on your skills and help develop a culture of caring for the elderly in Nepal.

  • administration,VIN

    At VIN we recognize that some people want to travel, experience new cultures and give something back using the skills they have developed through their professional lives.  We also recognize that there is a huge wealth of expertise and skill, not available in Nepal, that can be gathered from these people and in response have set up our Management and Administration Program to facilitate this exchange of culture and skills.VIN runs Volunteer Coordinator, Editor Writer, Marketing Advisor, Fundraising and Grant Writing, Website & SEO Professional, and Human Resource Advisor projects under Management and Administration Programs to boost management and administrative knowledge in Nepalese community with the help of expert and specialized international volunteers.Here at VIN, our overriding objective is the empowerment of marginalized communities, with a focus on those most marginalized; women and children.  We have been working with Jitpurphedi Village Development Committee (VDC) since 2007 and have recently begun work with Okhaldhunga district, Everest region.  Our community work is based on the foundations of health, education, the acquisition of economic tools and the provision of basic infrastructure. On these foundations we believe we can build empowered, independent communities.Since our beginnings in 2007 VIN has continued to increase in size and complexity.  We now have over 20 staffs and host hundreds of volunteers annually.  However, to ensure the consistency of our projects, the job security of our staff and the provision of life enhancing volunteer placements we must continue to develop the ways in which we manage VIN.  We must raise awareness of our work through our websites and social media for continued support.  Our website is crucial to our visibility and we must continue to innovate and to safe guard it for the future.  And, as a volunteer organization, we rely most heavily on people and must develop contemporary ways to care for this precious resource.

  • Journalism Projects

    If you are planning a career in journalism – audio-visual, photographic or print – then VIN’s Journalism Program can help you develop your experience and your resume.  This is a perfect opportunity for those planning a gap year or career break and contemplating or already following a career in journalism or print media.VIN’s Journalism Program enables interns or volunteers to develop a portfolio of work in an international context.  The program is conducted in Nepal in partnership with national daily, weekly, fortnightly and monthly publications. You can work in Photo Journalism, Print Journalism, and Film and Documentary Making projects under Journalism program. If you are already a practicing journalist, Journalism volunteering will broaden your experience and show you a different way of working in journalism against the backdrop of a dramatic country faced with political and social challenges.The opportunity not only allows you to produce professional work for a large publication but to gain an insight into how the publication is run.  Whether you wish to work in print or celluloid you will gain invaluable experience as you traverse your career path.VIN is a non-commercial, charitable organisation whose overriding mission is the empowerment of marginalised, rural communities in Nepal, with a particular focus on women and children.  Since early 2007, we have been implementing our integrated community development plan in rural communities of outskirt of Kathmandu valley and have begun implementation in Okhaldhunga, the Everest region.   By taking part in our Journalism Program you will be supporting our efforts in these communities, helping to promote our relationships with partner organisations and raising our visibility.During your placement you will live with a Nepali host family, either in the working community or Kathmandu, dependent on your placement.  Where ever you live you will become immersed in Nepali culture and language, which will enrich your experience and indirectly inform your work.

  • Travel and Adventure,VIN

    Economically, Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and yet one of the richest in landscape, wildlife and culture.  Nepal has been one of the top 10 destinations for the adventurers. Year upon year volunteers and trekkers come here to give their time and to experience all that Nepal has to offer.  At VIN, we recognise that your time is precious and while you want to give it to help developing Nepal, you also do not want to miss the chance to explore.  In response, we have designed the Adventure and Volunteer Programs, allowing you to volunteer and explore and trek safe in the knowledge that the staff at VIN have carefully arranged the details.VIN Adventure and Volunteer Program allow you to participate in natural based activities which has the power to enhance lives in unique and positive ways. You get chance to engage in Volunteer Trekking, and Volunteer Travel Tour under this program. It helps you in healthy character development and self-discovery through challenge and adventure. So you will be giving back to the community in need while exploring the natural beauty of the country.Nepal is home to eight of the ten highest mountains in the world.  Since Nepal’s borders were opened in 1949, this small, landlocked country has become the ultimate destination for trekking and volunteering to the adventurous global population.  But the mountains are only one of the draws: explore the temples and stupas, for Nepal hosts some of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world; explore the great rivers by kayak or raft; fly above Everest and the Annapurnas; Paragliding in Pokhara or take a safari in the jungle landscape of Chitwan or enjoy the Himalaya from Nagorkot.


Elke Tams

Pokhara: Pokhara is a beautiful city to visit, much more quiet than Kathmandu. We were going up to Sarankot with the taxi at 5 o’clock am to see the magnificent sunrise at the Annapurna mountains...

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Success Stories

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Ambika Phuyal

An entrepreneur, an inspiration, and a role model Tarkeshwor municipality-3, Jitpurphedi Thulagaun Ambika Phuyal is an role model liquid soap entrepreneur from Jitpurphedi community. She is a loving mother of two children...

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Kirsty Cassie

I was an intern with VIN for 10 weeks from October to December 2015, working in the Environment and Conservation Program, with regards to Climate Change and sustainable agriculture. I graduated from the University of...

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News Update

VIN observes Earthquake Safety Day

On Magh 2, 2075, Nepal marked the 21st Earthquake Safety Day (ESD). ESD is organised on the same day as the 1934, 8.0 magnitude Bihar-Nepal earthquake. The day is used...

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