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Child Care - Nepal

  • Help street children, orphans and young children in Nepal
  • Live in a family-run guest house where you will receive a warm Nepali welcome
  • Based in the beautiful Himalayan city of Pokhara
  • Support PoD's ongoing development work in one of the poorest countries in the world
Location Pokhara
Start dates Every week on a Friday
Duration 2 - 16 weeks
Age requirement 18 +
Availability Spaces available (fully booked 19 Dec-26 Dec)
Cost From £795 / $1265 - see pricing table below

How will I make a difference?

Volunteers are needed to join the PoD team in Nepal to help look after orphans, street children and young children in the Himalayan city of Pokhara.

You can contribute by joining our a range of PoD volunteering placements at the fantastic local:

  • Orphanage
  • Street Children’s centre
  • Day care centre for babies and young children 
  • Nursery classes in primary schools

You can help make a difference to the children by bringing a little more love and fun into their lives and the interaction with foreign volunteers will naturally improve the children’s English and confidence. Volunteers act as a big sister or big brother and be a role model to the children and provide friendship and support.

All PoD Nepal volunteers can also join our PoD Friday volunteering group where we organise for the team to volunteer in Pokhara led by Sarah, our PoD volunteer manager.

Read what past volunteers have said about this project in our Nepal volunteer reviews.

Child care volunteering in Nepal: What will I be doing?

Volunteers usually work five days per week for around five hours per day. Child care volunteers in Nepal help with the day to day running of the centres and each day will be different, volunteer may be involved helping the children eat lunch as well as organising activities for the children. Volunteers should come prepared with ideas for activities suitable for children of different ages – think of your favourite playground games, nursery rhymes, stories and arts & crafts sessions!

Volunteers can choose to stay at one child care placement throughout their time in Nepal or arrange to volunteer at a range of the placements. For example you can spend mornings helping at the day care centre then go help at Street Children’s centre in the late afternoon.

Volunteers receive a Nepali language lesson in their first week in Nepal. There will usually be between 2 and 5 PoD volunteers in Pokhara at the same time as you, though there may be less or several more.

To read about our current PoD volunteers and what PoD is achieving in Nepal please see our Nepal volunteering blog.

More about the project

PoD has been working with the child care centres in Nepal since 2007 and we support them through volunteers as well as financial support through the PoD Charity. PoD has two members of staff who are based in Pokhara. Sarah is our volunteer manager; she is the first point of call for volunteers and she will be there to support you throughout your time at the project. Phil is our local Nepali placement manager and he will introduce you to your placement. The PoD team support your work through regular team meetings and by being available for informal one to one support when needed.

The Street Children's Centre rescues children from a life on the street. The children here could have run away from home, been abandoned by their families or have grown up on the streets as orphans. The centre is a warm and friendly place and the house mother loves having volunteers over to help her look after the many children.

The orphanage is home to around 15 orphaned and disadvantaged children between 2 and 15 years old. The orphanage uses its limited resources to provide the children with accommodation, food, education and support. The child care centres allow low to middle income families to work while their children are at a day care centre in a safe and secure environment. The nurseries are located in local community schools.

Location and free time

Child Care volunteers in Nepal are based in Pokhara which is a beautiful city in the Himalayas situated by a tranquil lake. Volunteers live in the area of Lakeside which is in close proximity to restaurants, internet cafes and shops.  This project location is ideal for those wanting to relax and admire the surrounding mountains and is also perfect for anyone wanting to explore the Himalayas after their time volunteering. Pokhara is the base for many adventure activities including paragliding, white-water rafting, kayaking and trekking.

Volunteer accommodation

Volunteers live in a family run guesthouse owned by a lovely lady called Bindu which is located in Lakeside, the part of Pokhara where most travellers stay. Volunteers will have their own bedroom and en-suite bathroom.

You'll get to know Bindu and her family and they are always around to help you out.  Accommodation is basic but clean and comfortable with electricity and running water - though these can be unreliable in Nepal!

What's included

Before you go On your placement
  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced PoD UK team
  • Single point of contact - Gemma is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth information booklet on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Discounted online TEFL course
  • Specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to PoD
  • Child care volunteering placement
  • Airport pick up (Kathmandu) and transfer
  • 1 night at a hotel in Kathmandu
  • Transfer to Pokhara by bus
  • Accommodation - your own simple room in a family run guesthouse
  • Induction to the placement and culture
  • Nepali language introduction lesson
  • Welcome meal with the PoD team
  • Support from local team
  • Support from PoD UK office
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Specialist crisis management insurance
On your return
  • Contact from your placement manager
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the PoD community
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa, criminal records check, food. Budgeting guidance is provided in our information booklet which we will email you when you apply.

How volunteer fees are set

PoD is run as a non-profit volunteer organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the PoD Charity - for more details click here.

Child protection

PoD is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - please see our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy.

All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check, which we will arrange with you.


2 weeks £795 €945 $1265 $1360
3 weeks £845 €1000 $1345 $1445
Extra weeks £75 €90 $120 $130

Prices in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP.  For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com


We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information


PoD UK Manager



Gemma in the PoD UK team has visited this project and is the placement manager so if you apply you will hear from her soon!

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