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Nepal is located in South Asia and shares territorial borders East, West and South with India and North to China with an area of 147,181 square kilometers and a population of approximately 30 million. It is the birthplace of Lord Buddha the apostle of peace and compassion. Previously ruled as a kingdom, today it is a Federal Democratic Republic with 7 provinces, 744 local units including 481 Village Municipalities, 246 Municipalities, 13 Sub-metropolis and 4 Metropolis. Kathmandu is the nation’s capital and the country’s largest metropolitan city.
Nepal is known for its exquisite natural beauty, with the iconic Himalayas running across the northern and western part of the country. Nepal is a country of highly diverse and rich geography, culture, and religions, offering a wide variety of adventure tourism packages. Of the 14 peaks above 8,000 meters in the world eight are located in Nepal. It is the land of Mount Everest (8,848 meters) the highest peak in the World and other 240 mountain peaks over than 6,000 meters high.
Nepal offers plenty of Wildlife as there are eight National Parks and four Wildlife Reserves and two conservation areas. Pokhara, the city of lakes, provides plenty of opportunities for fishing, boating and sightseeing with the panoramic view of Annapurna range. Kathmandu valley has several historical memorials, old palaces and temples.
Nepal is also a place of festivals with some part of the kingdom or the other celebrating some festival during every day of the year. Festivals may be linked with the remembrance of the departed soul, to herald the different seasons, to mark the beginning or end of the agricultural cycle, to mark the national events, or just family celebrations. On a festive day the Nepalese take their ritual bath, worship different gods and goddesses, visit temple, observe fasting and undertake fastiing. The most important aspect of Nepali culture is the religious harmony and understanding prevailing among the Hindus and Buddhist along with other religion.
Nepal has plenty to offer for tourist including but not limited to mountain flights which fly around the himalaya including Mount Everest and provide a close look of the top of the world. Trekking is the best way to get to interesting and remote mountain villages of Nepal and to enjoy views of the famous peaks together with local people, cultures and their lifestyle untouched with modern civilization. The River rafting, which is known as “White Water Adventure” represents another major attractions in Nepal. One can also enjoy bungee jumping, gliding and many more adventures activities.

Even after a truce between the Government of Nepal and the Maoists in 2005 that ended a decade long conflict, Nepal political situation mostly remained fragile and in turmoil for over next decade due to instable government affecting overall nation development that had kept expectation and aspiration of people always subsided. This had lead the breeding ground for many agitating groups resulting insecurity and threat among people due to frequent nationwide strike and blockades.
However the year 2017 has been marked as the historical event for Nepal that has regenerated the people aspiration and hope for the peace, prosperity and happiness. The Local level election that had been halted for almost 20 years have been conducted along with Legislative elections were held in two phases on 26 November and 7 December 2017 to elect the 275 members of the fourth House of Representatives, the lower house of the Federal Parliament of Nepal. The election was held alongside the first provincial elections for the seven provincial assemblies. Since the people are waiting long for a stable government, they have casted their verdict with vote giving majority to the collated party of CPN (UML) and Maoist Center.
Following the announcement of final result by the Election Commission, K.P. Oli of CPN (UML) was sworn in as Prime Minister on 15 February 2018 by the President according to the constitution of Nepal. He passed a Motion of Confidence on 11 March 2018 along with the formation of new stable government for at least next five years. This has not only calmed the agitating groups and the citizens but also has united them in the nation development process.
Currently the country is on development front with full swing be it in hydropower, socio economic, tourism, communication, health, industries, agriculture, women and youth empowerment, so and so forth. Many international communities are extending their support in the development of Nepal. Similarly your volunteering will be an additional steeping stone in building peace, harmonious and prosperous Nepal ahead.

Currently it is quite safe to volunteer throughout Nepal as long as you abide by the rules and regulation of the country. Unlike past, there is no massive disruption, blockades or strikes these days as such disruption is quite rare. Even in such instances normally VIN volunteers are not impacted as the site of volunteering is in close proximity to their accommodation. In addition, VIN does its utmost effort to ensure your safety during your volunteer placement in Nepal, and to make sure you are placed in a safe environment while volunteering. However you are advised not to hang around late night alone, if needed be in a group.
If you plan to go trekking during your stay in Nepal you are advised to use reputable trekking agencies, to keep to established routes, and to always walk in groups. Trekking alone is not recommended. VIN can recommend a reputable trekking agency to volunteers.
Lastly you should not be involved with drugs. Being found in possession of even very small quantities of drugs can lead to imprisonment.

VIN is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) which was founded in 2005 by a diverse group drawn from development workers, educationalists, social activists and other professionals.

Unlike many other development NGOs, VIN serves to directly put efforts for change in the hands of local people. It actively encourages people to volunteer within their communities, aiming to unite all sectors of society in working together to set up and run local projects.

VIN has a board of advisors and a board of directors, of whom Bhupendra Ghimire is the Chief Executive Director. VIN also works in partnership with like-minded national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

VIN is officially registered under the Society Act with the District Administration Office Kathmandu (Reg No. 147/062/63), and is also affiliated to the Social Welfare Council Nepal (SWC) (Affiliation No. 20910). Click here

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  • Nepal is prone and exposed to various types of natural disasters due to her rugged and fragile geophysical structure, very high peaks, and high angle of slopes, complex geology, variable climatic conditions and active tectonic processes. Hence every year the country has to bear the brunt of most common natural disaster claiming many human lives and huge economic loss.

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    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 Adventure Teaching Projects: Explore Buddhist Culture by Teaching English at a Buddhist Monastery Experience 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 More Make Dreams Come True by Teaching English at a Community School Discover 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 And Click Apply Now to Begin Your Adventure   Public Health Projects: Empower Communities through Health, Sanitation & Hygiene Education Create 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

  • Agroforestry

    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 Started Environment & Conservation Projects: Improve Nepal’s Water Resources by Conducting Water Research Do 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.

  • 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.




Testimonials


Actually, this is my second time to come to Nepal and work with VIN. Last time I came here, I felt I would love to come back. And now, I feel the same as last year. So I would love to come back to Nepal and work with VIN in near future... again!!


Success Stories


A leader and a voice for many women Tarkeshwor Municipality-3 Jitpurphedi Dandagaun Sharmila Adhikari, a mother of two children, and a busy housewife, embodies a perfect example of perseverance and grit of a human being....


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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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Campaign in Tarkeswor municipality – “Say No to Plastics”

We organized a campaign in Tarkeswor municipality with the slogan “Say No to Plastics”.  Our major objective focused on plastic waste, which is mainly present in the form of hollow bodies (bottles, cans...) or flexible forms (plastic bags, labels)

Published on: July 15, 2019

Yoga class in Thulagaun Kavresthali, Kathmandu

VIN has been supporting to empower women from 2007 by providing different types of activities. In this context, the yoga class is also one of the empowering activities which are related to women’s and children’s health.

Published on: July 10, 2019

National Health policy 2019

Making public its ambitious National Health Policy 2019, the government revealed its plans, policies and strategies to improve health services in the country.

Published on: July 8, 2019
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