The application fee covers processing expenses for staff time and work beginning with the application review to welcoming you in Nepal. Upon acceptance into the program, the fee also covers the Volunteer Manual, which includes helpful information about the initial orientation program, housing and meal accommodations, a recommended packing list, and a Nepali phrase list, as well as a Teaching Manual for those considering a teaching placement.
Your application will be reviewed upon receipt, and you will be contacted by e-mail. The program fee is best paid just before your departure to Kathmandu. The fee covers all accommodations, meals, and in-country travel, as well staff support, a donation to the placement, language and cultural sessions and sightseeing during orientation in Kathmandu. The balance of the fee goes toward operating costs of Nepal Orphans Home. If for any reason you are unable to serve, this fee will be returned to you less the PayPal transaction fee. Learn more about the program fee here, and see additional information in the Volunteer Manual about how to submit payment of program fee.
Please note: Volunteer Nepal accepts application fee payments on PayPal through volunteernepal.com and volunteernepal.net. Please do not use volunteernepal.org to pay your fee since it is not affiliated with Volunteer Nepal.
The volunteer is responsible for the following:
- Airfare or other transportation to and from Kathmandu.
- Visa (fees $25.00 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days, then $2 per day thereafter) obtained at the airport in Nepal. Currently tourists are limited to 5 months in a calendar year. You are recognized as a tourist under the visa categories while in Nepal.
- Insurance if you desire any.
- Personal trekking, rafting or other adventure activities.
- Meals outside the Volunteer House.
- Personal time activities.
- There is a weekly surcharge of $100 for guided trekking to remote areas for the collection of oral histories, myths, and legends.
- Any food that you wish to purchase and prepare in the volunteer kitchen in lieu of eating the prepared meals by our staff.
- Souvenirs and or items you wish to give to Nepalese host families or new friends.
It is not with any scientific accuracy that we may suggest the amount of pocket money one should bring with them, as it depends entirely upon your spending habits. Kathmandu is a little expensive. It is possible not to spend anything; if you desire a lot of pleasure purchases, it might cost you $30 per week.