You can change programs and dates later if you want. You can even change programs once you arrive in Nepal. Look, we want this to be a great experience for you and our NGO partners in Nepal so we don't have fixed ways of operating that tie you down to one choice.
The Mountain Volunteer Nepal is on facebook so please visit us and ask questions there as well.
Please also take a minute to read our FAQ page to gain a better understanding of how we work in Nepal before making up your mind. You'll understand us better and why we are the very best place for volunteers in Nepal. You also need to read the FAQ's for important information on health insurance and start dates for programs.
Nepal is a rural, agrarian society with 85% of the population residing in small villages and working family farms. This is the "real" Nepal and we provide an experience of it that is unmatched. You'll live and work in a community and immerse yourself completely in village life. Please watch this short video to get a sense of where you will be and how much fun it is to live and work in the real Nepal http://youtu.be/mnlELmO04B4
For most Nepali NGO's it is critical that reports to donors or applications to receive new funding be prepared in English. Most sources of funding are from outside the country and most reports are prepared for donor organizations outside the country as well.
Thousands of children live on the very edge of society in Nepal. Some have only one parent, some are living in the worst imaginable slum areas and many would be left at home alone all day if not for the efforts of the organizations we support. Kids from slums are getting educated, children have a safe place to stay while their poor parents work for this day’s food. You can be part of the programs that are saving at-risk children in Nepal.
An incredible opportunity to observe all facets of medicine in a Kathmandu Hospital with English-speaking doctors. You will get experience in x-ray, laboratory, dental, eye-care, emergency, pre and post-operative, OB/GYN and the surgical theatre. Make daily rounds with doctors who will engage you in the diagnostic process and treatments. This will look great on your medical school application.
During this month-long program you will make daily rounds with a Nepali doctor, participate in all phases of the hospital operations and even scrub-in to observe surgical procedures. There will be lectures from the Doctors who are dedicated to teaching you all that they possibly can about healthcare in Nepal. This program is suggested for those with some medical training such as nursing, paramedic and medical school students.
You may think that teaching is difficult and not for you, but it is one of the most rewarding placements we at Mountain Volunteer Nepal can offer and gives daily satisfaction and sense of accomplishment when you see the light of understanding in a student’s eyes. English skills are in great need in Nepal and essential for any decently paid job, so the motivation to learn is very high at all ages. No previous experience is required but a TEFL-certificate is required. You need is some creativity and to be able to speak English fluently. Most places have a syllabus to follow. Additional tips on teaching, suggestions and games are also available.
Many volunteers find that they wish to take up an extra part-time placement when they arrive in Nepal. This is particularly true for volunteers at children’s homes, who find their mornings and early afternoons empty when the children are in school, or people wishing to take up a morning English class before their normal workplace opens. Therefore, we now offer placements at different organizations simultaneously. A very popular combination is placement at a children’s home and teaching adult morning classes, but we can arrange any combination of the above mentioned placements, both with equal emphasis or with the main focus on one of the placements.
Nepal is a land of infinite stories and spectacular photographic opportunity. During this month long internship you will be tutored by a working professional journalist and working daily with an English language media outlet in print media, photo journalism, radio or TV. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to create your own story as a documentary, photographic show or written article for publication at home as well.
Since 2005, The Mountain Fund has been organizing medical camps in Nepal. We've hosted nearly 200 medical professionals on treks to remote villages where hundreds attend medical camps each day and we've organized health care programs in schools and children's home's in Kathmandu as well. We offer three programs to fit your needs; trekking medical camps for the adventurous and fit, medical camps by four-wheel drive for those less accustomed to hiking or medical assistance in schools and children's home's right in Kathmandu where you can provide much needed services without having to rough it.
At The Mountain Fund farm in rural Nepal we have projects that are wonderful experiences and contributions for groups. Located in a small hilltop village our farm is home to women who are alone and have no means of support for themselve or their children. At the Mountain Fund farm they can live, work the farm, produce their own and survive with independence and dignity. We are also engage in projets that will benefit and improve life for the entire village population.
Executive Director Scott MacLennan is awarded the
Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal.