Do I have to be from any specific country to volunteer?
No, you can volunteer with Discover and volunteer Nepal (DAV Nepal) from any part of the world.
What age do I have to be to volunteer?
You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer and we don’t have any upper age limits as long as you have willingness and good health to volunteer.
Do you provide any financial support?
Unfortunately we are not in any position to provide you financial support. Our programs run through the support and cooperation of our volunteers and some kind donors.
Where do I live during the projects?
You will be placed with a Nepali host family in your placement sites.
what would be a typical Nepali day like?
In a typical placement volunteers stay with Nepali host family where they eat Nepali food with the family twice a day (around 9 to 10 o' clock in the morning and 7 to 8 o' clock in the evening). Tea is served in the morning and in the afternoon. Volunteers will be working between 4 to 5 hours in a day on the projects. The rest of the time volunteers are free to do more sightseeing or have the opportunity to get together with other volunteers and share their experiences. You can also travel to nearby towns to purchase things for daily use and could travel to other areas on longer vacation periods.
Do I need any travel and medical insurance?
Yes, we highly recommend that you have travel and medical insurance.
Can volunteers choose their volunteer placement?
It’s totally up to volunteers to choose the project and the placement and once we confirm you will be guaranteed to get that. But sometime you couldn’t get the chosen placement and project but you will be informed a long time before, even you travel to Nepal. (Such cases may occur sometime, like if you chose to teach English to school kids in Sep-Oct you couldn’t be placed in that project as that is the Nepali festive time and all of the schools in Nepal would be closed).
Can I only volunteer or do some adventure along with volunteering?
It’s totally up to volunteers whether they only want to volunteer or want to do some adventure like trekking, jungle safari, rafting along with volunteering. We provide you with both i) only volunteering and ii) volunteering and adventure. But the program fees will be a bit higher for volunteer and adventure as the fees include all your adventure activities as listed in the site along with all your food and accommodation.
What would DAV Nepal recommend between only volunteering and volunteering and adventure?
As we have already mentioned it’s totally up to volunteers what they prefer. But DAV Nepal would recommend you volunteering and adventure. Nepal is adventure land for the nature lovers so once you have come here we would want you to experience the fullest that Nepal adventure has to offer.
Are there any special requirements/qualifications volunteers should have?
Yes, if the volunteer who wants to teach English, if they have a good bit of knowledge of Grammar this would be nice. And on projects like music volunteering the volunteers must be able to teach some basic concepts of any musical instrument they wish to teach and for the lets paint program the volunteers must be eager to paint.
Is there pick up facility at the airport?
Yes one of DAV Nepal representative will meet you at the airport to pick you up holding your name and organization name on the play card.
Where do I stay during the training period?
You will be staying with us on DAV Nepal apartment which we have rented specially for volunteers. But if you want you could also stay on hotel.
Who will be taking language and culture training?
Director of DAV Nepal shasank will be taking language culture and projects briefing during your training period in Kathmandu.
Where would I be placed after my training period in Kathmandu?
It depends on the project you chose to volunteer. But normally we placed in village areas of Nepal where we could leave some impact through our contribution. Normally our placements are Chitwan, Pokhara, Palpa, Lamjung and Kavre.
How will be the accommodation and mail meals during training period and placements?
During the training period in Kathmandu we will provide you varieties of nepali food. during your village placement for volunteering the normal food is DAL BHAT 2 times a day, 2/3 cups of tea and snacks in afternoon.
What is the mode of transportation to and from the placement and in the placement?
We will use tourist bus guided by one of our staff to take you to the placement and the same mode of transportation would be use after your completion of the project. And in the placement you will be provided a bicycle for your ease to go for site from your host family.
How will I meet my host families in my placement?
DAV Nepal team will take you to the placement and stay one night with volunteers until they are introduced with host family, local coordinator and other project people. We will make sure that volunteers are comfortable with the setting before we leave.
How is the supervision of DAV Nepal to the volunteers in the placement?
We provide a Nepali sim card as soon as volunteer arrived in Nepal and regularly keep in touch them through phone and we also meet and discuss about the projects developments in their placements once or twice a month. We also have local coordinators on our placement areas who constantly helps volunteers any time they needed.
Will I be provided a English speaking guide?
We have a local coordinator in the placement who is responsible for carrying out everything necessary regarding the volunteer and project who will be proficient in English language and the host family you will be staying will also have a basic understanding of English.
What can I do in free time during my placement?
During your free time you could explore and visit the beautiful places in your placement area. You are mostly placed in Chitwan and Pokhara for your project both of which are blessed by nature.
How safe is it to volunteer in Nepal?
DAV Nepal’s main concern is to ensure volunteers safety during program period in Nepal and make sure volunteers are placed in a safe environment to volunteer.