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Child Care - Nepal

  • Support child care centres and children’s homes
  • Create exciting activities to develop the children’s creative and communication skills
  • Deliver small group educational games in the beautiful Himalayan city of Pokhara
  • Live in a family-run guest house where you will receive a warm Nepali welcome
Location Pokhara
Start dates Every week on a Friday
Duration 2 - 16 weeks
Age requirement 18 +
Availability Spaces available
Cost From £695 / €895 / $1105 - see fees table below

Volunteer role: What will I be doing? 

Volunteers join the Pod Volunteer team in Nepal to help support children in the Himalayan city of Pokhara. Child Care volunteers can work at the:

  • Child Care Centre
  • School Nursery
  • Children's Home
  • Street Children’s Centre

During the day volunteers support the day to day running of the understaffed child care centres or the school nursery. Volunteers may be involved in:

  • creating education activities
  • arts and crafts sessions
  • organising group games, songs and sports
  • running one-to-one lessons with the older children 
  • assisting the day care staff with meal times

In the late afternoon volunteers assist at the Street Children’s Centre by organising fun after school and holiday activities. This can include games, arts and crafts, sports or activities involving any skills that volunteers may want to share.

Each Friday all volunteers visit the Children’s Home on the outskirts of the city where they organise group activity sessions. 

Volunteers will be supported by a Pod volunteer coordinator. During your first week you will receive an introduction to the Nepali language. There are normally 2 - 5 volunteers with a maximum of 10.

Hear from past Nepal Child Care volunteers

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Nepal volunteer reviews.



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How is the Nepal Child Care project making a difference?

Since 2007, the Pod team in Nepal have been supporting Child Care Centres, Schools, Street Children's Centre and Children Homes by providing volunteers and financial support through the Pod Charity. 

Pod’s support has meant that the Children’s Home is able to provide children with accommodation, food, education. 

The Street Children’s Centre is able to work towards its goal of reintroducing children with their families. The centre works closely with local organisations to provide support for the whole family unit. When it is not possible to reunite children with their parents, the centre helps to find children a safe, permanent home. The Street Children’s centre also assists the children in gaining the skills required for school since some children that arrive at the centre and have never attended formal lessons.

The Children’s Homes use their limited resources to provide the children with accommodation, food, education and support. 

The Child Care Centres and nurseries allow low to middle income families to work while their children are at a day care centre in a safe and secure environment. 

Why are volunteers needed? 

The nurseries and child care centres have limited staff and resources so volunteers are able to help support the local staff and provide focused educational assistance to the children.

Volunteers work act as positive role models for the children, inspiring a passion to learn and developing creative thinking.

The interaction with volunteers will naturally improve the children’s English but will also improve the children’s confidence and small group work helps to increase their self-esteem. To read about our current Pod volunteers and achievements please see our Nepal volunteering blog.

“Volunteers are very valuable since they bring with them a variety of skills and experience that can be shared with the local teams of workers to enhance the lives of the children we are working with. The centres are severely underfunded and understaffed and so every hour that our volunteers spend at these places enhances and enriches the lives of the local children.”
Sarah, Volunteer and Charity Manager

Child protection

Pod Volunteer 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.

Where will I be living? 

Volunteers live in the beautiful city of Pokhara which is nestled between the snow topped Himalayan Mountains and a beautiful lake.

Volunteers stay in a family run guesthouse, which is located in a popular Lakeside area of the city. Volunteers will have their own bedroom and en suite bathroom. Accommodation is basic but clean and comfortable with electricity and running water - though these can all be unreliable in Nepal!

The guesthouse 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 visit temples. Pokhara is an ideal location to explore the Himalayas, with many adventure activities available including paragliding, white-water rafting, kayaking and trekking.




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 - Sarah is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Discounted online TEFL course
  • Access to 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
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Crisis management plans and 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 Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.

Pod volunteer fees 

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.

2 weeks £695 €895 $1105 $1295
Extra weeks £75 €95 $120 $140

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



Sarah in the Pod UK team was the volunteer coordinator at this project and is now the placement manager so if you apply you will hear from her soon!


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