Women’s empowerment volunteering in Nepal
Nepal – home to the tallest mountain and the deepest valley – is a country that everyone needs to visit at least once. Help to contribute to amazing initiatives set up to help women in Pokhara and the surrounding villages. Live with a host family and other volunteers and witness first-hand the friendliness of the Nepali people.
Want to do something worthwhile with your time abroad? Head to Pokhara, the second largest city in Nepal and contribute to a project that aims to empower women through education. Live with other volunteers in a host family’s home and experience warm Nepali hospitality for yourself.
On arrival, you will be picked up from the airport. You will then take part in a 2-3 day orientation, including a boat trip to a temple, Nepali class and cooking class.
Gender inequality in Nepal
The aim of the project is to help to identify the needs of individual communities in and around Pokhara and to help provide women with essential skills and workshops to improve their daily life.
English is a skill that many women in Nepal prioritise because it helps them to expand their career options. Due to gender inequality, many women do not have access to good quality education. This is particularly true of women who live in the countryside or who marry young and cannot complete their education. Alongside English, many women are not taught about preventative healthcare to help them stay healthy. Careers advice for women, in many areas of Nepal, is also limited and volunteers can help to teach valuable skills, such as resume writing or sewing to help women to expand their career prospects or even to come up with their own enterprise. The key aim of the project is to meet women and to find out what they want to learn, tailoring programs specifically for them and getting them involved in workshops that they would find useful.
What will I be doing?
The women you will be teaching will be a range of ages and abilities. The role of the volunteer is varied. At the start of the week, you will receive a timetable outlining which projects you will be taking part in. You will begin the day at 8am with breakfast and work Monday to Friday. As you could be volunteering in different areas, hours may vary, depending on focus of the day. Below is a list of the types of project, you could get involved in as a volunteer:
- Tutor women in the rural areas, near Pokhara, who have nearly no access to education. As a volunteer, you would work 1 to 1 or with a small group, focusing on conversational English or basic maths.
- Help to support an organisation, dedicated to providing support and education for female survivors of human trafficking.
- Take part and help to run workshops, focusing on sports, crafts, art or health. They are fun and are really enjoyed by both volunteers and those who attend.
- Every Friday, help run sessions to help women to focus on creative thinking and problem solving. The women can then apply these skills to their day to day life.
You will receive training on lesson planning, TEFL skills and specific women’s empowerment training. You will also be able to chat to a teaching mentor regularly and access resources used by past volunteers.
Accommodation and food
You will stay with other volunteers at a host family’s house. The host family live on the top floor and volunteers have access to the three floors below. The shared dormitory style bedrooms are single sex and have en-suite bathrooms. There are plenty of communal areas to relax in and unwind after a day of volunteering. A project coordinator also lives at the accommodation and is on hand if there are any issues. Living with a host family is an amazing way to gain an incredible insight into Nepali culture.
All meals are included. You will be provided with two meals a day by your host family. Typical Nepali food includes ‘Dal Bhat’ (Lentils, vegetables and rice). For lunch, you will be provided a delicious snack, such as momos, chowmein or fried rice at your project.
When should I book?
Whilst late-availability is possible, we would advise booking as soon as you can to guarantee your ideal dates. Our projects are very popular and spaces can fill up several months in advance, especially for the months of June to September.
- Contribute to amazing projects and meet incredible Nepali women
- Work with other dedicated volunteers
- Take part in training that will improve your own teaching and presenting skills
- Like in Pokhara – a tourist hot spot in Nepal
- Live with a Nepali host family and experience authentic food
Whyshould I do this?
Volunteers enjoy travelling to Nepal because so much of the scenery is untouched. The jagged mountains and the pristine lakes draw travellers to this incredible country each year. This project is an amazing opportunity to give back to the community and to get to know incredible women, living in rural locations. Each project that you will be working on is tailored specifically to the needs of the women you will work with, which means that you can make a real impact while in Nepal.
You will need to arrive in Pokhara, either by bus or by domestic flight from Kathmandu. The airport in Kathmandu is Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). From there, you can organise a bus, when in country, or travel with a domestic airline to Pokhara Airport (PKR). The flight is 25 minutes and all you need to do is walk 10-15 minutes from Tibhuvan International Airport to the domestic section.
The project starts at 10am on the arrival day so you will need to arrive the day before. Transfers from the airport can be organised. You will need to book pre-project accommodation.
At the end of the project, we advise you book a night in Kathmandu, before flying home. This is because internal flights can often be delayed.
What is provided
- Phone or face-to-face interview and informal briefing
- Access to your personal ‘My Oyster’ account
- Help and advice from our UK office before departure and whilst in Nepal
- Advice on obtaining a visa
- Airport transfer
- Shared accommodation, living with other volunteers and a host family, for the duration of your project
- 3 meals a day, while on the project
- A full orientation on arrival, including boat trip, Nepali class and cooking class
- 24/7 country support and back-up
- Peace of mind with full financial protection through our ATOL (if we book your flights) or IPP (if you book your own)
- Oyster Worldwide volunteer t-shirt
- Oyster luggage tag
On your return:
- Welcome home pack
- Certificate of Recognition (on request)
- References (on request)
What do I need
- International and domestic flights
- A passport valid a minimum for 6 months after your return date
- Tourist visa
- Insurance covering your project and any planned independent travel – we can introduce a policy to you
- Independent travel and personal expenditure
- Any home country travel costs (to airport)
- Provide a recent police certificate/DBS check – we can organise DBS for £10.40