In an ideal world we would not have to charge volunteers fees and just offer free board and food for their services. Unfortunately at this present stage in our work we have to cover our costs in performing the work we are doing. We keep our fees as low as possible and promise to give the placements and families that work with us more than any other organisation in Nepal. With the remaining being spent on running a small office in Kathmandu, the bills we incur and all of the expenses that make sure your stay in Nepal is unforgettable. Our promise to every volunteer is that we will make sure 95% (the remaining goes to website & advertising)of your fees go to Nepal and it is used in the country where it’s needed.
We ask for a minimum donation of £15 per day to cover your costs in Nepal plus a £120 admin fee for all volunteers, this money covers all your local transport, food and accommodation while you are volunteering with EHN. The bulk of the money goes to the people who provide you with your home stay, some of the money goes directly to the orphanage or centre you work at in the form of equipment, materials or repair work.
EHN believe that by sharing the money we take to as many projects and people as possible we will have a bigger impact on the lives of rural and less fortunate people in Nepal. We started out working with schools and slums and are now getting involved in teacher training programs and mobile medical clinics with new ideas and problems cropping up all the time. Volunteers are expected to commit to at least two weeks for farming and day care centres and one month for children’s homes,
If you are still interested in Volunteering with EHN can you please tell us what dates you want to come, and how long you want to volunteer by filling the application form on the EHN website if you have not already done so. We also need to know if you would like a town or rural based placement. If you look at some of the pictures on our Facebook page or website it will give you an idea of life in Nepal and also what to expect from a rural home stay.
As of May 2013 EHN Nepal will be charging a 50% cancellation fee for people cancelling while on placement. We have limited staff so last minute changes to your program will affect the EHN schedule. EHN is sorry to announce that as of August 1st 2013 ALL Money is due before you depart for your project, you can pay either online or cash on arrival. This is due to a previous volunteer using EHN services and then disappearing without paying us for airport pickups or hotels. EHN is an NGO who uses the money we take to help improve the education and health of poor Nepali’s.
The minimum donation per week from Jan 2015 are below
2 Weeks £210
3 Weeks £315
4 Weeks £420
5 Weeks £525
6 Weeks £630
7 Weeks £735
8 Weeks £840
Each Additional Week £105
We also charge an additional £80 admin fee that covers, airport pickup, taxis, and transfer to and from placement as well as 2/3 nights stay in Kathmandu & sightseeing.
Gratis (Free) Visa
Gratis visa for 30 days is available only for nationals of SAARC countries. However, for extension of visa for SAARC nationals, the rule is same as that of other nationals.
Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal. Regarding extensions please see below.
Tourists can stay for a maximum of 150 days in a visa year (Jan 1 to Dec 31) extending the visa at the rate of 2 US $ per day. However, a minimum amount of 30 US$ has to be paid for a period of 15 days or less. For further information, please contact Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, Tel: 00977-1-4221996/ 4223590/ 4222453.
Please note all visas are easily obtained at the airport but now there is an online system you can use.