About Volunteer Nepal

Michael Hess of Volunteer NepalVolunteer Nepal was formed in 2004 to better serve and enhance the relationship between the Nepalese people and volunteers who seek a heartfelt, profound, and life-changing experience.

We have been accepting around 100 volunteers a year for several years now, representing six of seven continents and a wide range of talents and ages. We have found the experience to be life altering and affirming for both the volunteers and the Nepalese they serve, and the volunteers remaining close to the Nepal Orphans Home family long after.

Nepal Orphans Home and Volunteer Nepal came to being after Michael Hess celebrated turning 50 with a month’s stay in a small village in Nepal. The village Trishuli awakened in him the never completely dormant desire to serve others. The utter poverty was in sharp contrast to the joy he found in the children, the incredible natural beauty of Trisoli, and the gratitude, hospitality and humor of the people he served. Two children in particular, Sangita and her younger brother Saroj, formed an immediate bond with Michael and at month’s end accompanied him back to Kathmandu where he placed them in a boarding school. Michael then returned to the States where he put his affairs in order, placed his property on the market and made a mad dash back to Nepal and his two new children. 

Michael HessIt wasn’t long after his return that Michael found an orphanage in Dhapasi in despair and took it over. Please visit Nepal Orphans Home to learn more about the evolution of the orphanage.

At Volunteer Nepal we are dedicated and well equipped to arrange for volunteers to be completely immersed in the culture by placement in the homes of village families where they share the daily life experiences of the average Nepalese family while working in the community in the capacity they have chosen. The volunteer will be rewarded by learning a lot about themselves as well as the lives of others in a developing country where language and religion, outlook and habits are all very different. Most volunteers leave with their life’s compass pointing clearly to a new direction in their lives.

Nepal is beautiful, diverse and exotic and the people unforgettable. Your time here will be spent safely surrounded by a community grateful for your presence.

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