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Volunteering in Kathmandu, Nepal

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Friends for Asia offers a range of Kathmandu volunteer projects to suit every budget and every taste. There are many reasons why Kathmandu is a great place to volunteer, not least its vibrant atmosphere, beautiful architecture and its rich Hindu and Buddhist cultures.

Joining a volunteer project in Kathmandu is a unique way to experience life in this Himalayan gem. Our volunteers live with Nepali families, work with Nepali adults and children, get a unique take on Nepali life and eat the local food. No tour operator can offer an experience to match volunteering in Kathmandu.

Volunteering in Nepal provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience in a truly amazing country. Our volunteers immerse themselves in Nepal culture amid some of the most stunning scenery in the world while making a real and lasting contribution to the lives of thousands of people.

Situated high in the Himalayas between India and Tibet, Nepal has long been as a favorite among travelers and mountaineers. Home to eight of the world’s highest mountains, Nepal’s beauty is legendary. All our Nepal volunteer projects are located in the capital Kathmandu or Chitwan (located about 100 miles west of Kathmandu near the Indian border).

Volunteer in Nepal

Volunteer Location in Kathmandu

Nestled between the breathtaking peaks of the Himalayas, Kathmandu is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. It has long been a popular stopping off point for backpackers, trekkers and mountaineers. All our Kathmandu volunteer projects are located in and around the city.

Volunteer Projects in Kathmandu, Nepal

Our Kathmandu volunteer projects are designed to immerse our volunteers in daily Nepal life while helping the most disadvantaged in society. Friends For Asia volunteers can find themselves working with children in orphanages, teaching at schools, or helping to empower disadvantaged women. The list of valuable contributions our volunteers can make goes on and on.

We offer a range of Nepal volunteer projects to suit every taste. From working with kids at a Buddhist monastery to educating villagers about environmental awareness, volunteers have plenty to choose from. Projects usually last between two weeks and three months, though some projects can be extended to five months depending on the time of the year.

Volunteer Nepal Accommodation

Most of our volunteers live with a Nepali host family for the duration of the project, giving them a unique insight into what life is really like in Nepal. Orphanage project volunteers stay at the orphanage or with a host family very close to the orphanage.

Nepali Culture

At Friends for Asia we believe that our Nepal projects give our volunteers an experience that tourism or independent travel cannot match. Volunteers are immersed in Nepal culture as they work with Nepali children and adults during the day and live full-time with Nepali host families. Nepal has a rich and unique culture with its own customs and traditions and volunteering here brings a unique perspective on life in this amazing country.

Volunteers eat the local food and tune in to the rhythm of local life for the duration of their stay. With its beautiful architecture and rich Buddhist and Hindu traditions, simply walking the streets of Kathmandu is an enlightening cultural experience.

We advise all our Nepal volunteers to do their own research on the customs and traditions, and even learn a few words of the language, before they arrive.

Kathmandu Climate

Kathmandu, like all of Nepal, has two seasons – wet and dry. The wet season runs approximately from June to September, with the dry season lasting for the rest of the year.

Temperatures during the wet season can rise to 30C (86F) and nights are warm. Winter temperatures can rise to 20C (68F) during the day but it often drops below freezing at night so volunteers are advised to bring plenty of warm clothing.

Daytime temperatures in the dry season can fall to 10C (50F) or below and nights are often below freezing. Although the city is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it rarely snows in Kathmandu.

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) 19 21 25 28 29 29 28 29 28 27 24 20
Nightly lows (°C) 2 5 8 12 16 19 20 20 19 13 8 4
Precipitation (mm) 14 19 34 61 124 236 363 331 200 51 8 13

Kathmandu Valley is in the Warm Temperate Zone of Nepal (elevation ranging from 1,200–2,300 metres (3,900–7,500 ft)), where the climate is fairly temperate, atypical for the region. This zone is followed by the Cool Temperate Zone with elevation varying between 2,100–3,300 metres (6,900–10,800 ft). Portions of the city with lower elevations have a humid subtropical climate, while portions of the city with higher elevations generally have a subtropical highland climate. In the Kathmandu Valley the average summer temperature varies from 28–30 °C (82–86 °F). The average winter temperature is 10.1 °C (50.2 °F).

The city generally has a climate with warm days followed by cool nights and mornings. Unpredictable weather is expected given temperatures can drop to 3 °C (37 °F) during the winter. During a 2013 cold front, the winter temperatures of Kathmandu dropped to −4 °C (25 °F), and the coldest temperature was recorded in January 10, 2013 at −9.2 °C (15.4 °F). Rainfall is mostly monsoon-based (about 65% of the total concentrated during the monsoon months of June to August), and decreases substantially (100 to 200 cm (39 to 79 in)) from eastern Nepal to western Nepal. Rainfall has been recorded at about 1,400 millimetres (55.1 in) for the Kathmandu valley, and averages 1,407 millimetres (55.4 in) for the city of Kathmandu. On average humidity is 75%.

Keep track of Kathmandu Weather

The best website for weather forecasts as well as historical data (great for travel planning) is the Weather Underground site for Kathmandu. They also have free iOS, Android and Kindle weather apps.