Volunteering in Nepal


Volunteering has played a key role in the story of the Himalayan Trust. However, we no longer run a volunteer programme. While we strongly believe in the value of volunteering, we try wherever possible to use the skills, experience and talent of local people in the communities.

Volunteer Services Abroad (VSA) NZ are New Zealand’s largest and most experienced volunteer agency working in international development. Sir Ed was the founding President of VSA NZ and believed passionately that if people work together in equal partnership they can achieve great things. If you are keen to use your skills and experience as a volunteer, you should get in touch with VSA NZ today.

Our local partner REED (Rural Education and Environment Development Centre) does however run teacher training programmes. We currently screen all New Zealand applications for these positions, which are for experienced and qualified New Zealand teachers.

If you are an experienced teacher, and are interested in being a teacher trainer in Nepal, please fill in our application form and we will pass this on to REED who run the teacher training programme we invest in. 

Application Form

Our involvement with teacher training

Volunteer teacher trainers in-country costs are  covered, however travel to Nepal and medical insurance is the responsibility of each volunteer.

Week-long Refresher Workshops and ten-day child-centered Teacher Trainings cater for more than 1,500 school teachers. Primary teacher trainings emphasise grade teaching and multi-grade teaching. Secondary teacher trainings focus on improving subject understanding and teaching practice. All trainings emphasise child-centred active learning.

The training uses the Nepali Curriculum content working towards improved “Quality Education” as a key aim of the Ministry of Education Nepal. The programme has formal accreditation from the Nepalese Government.

Teacher training is typically held in late November through to mid January and again in April/ May each year. The training takes place onsite at local schools and occurs during the Nepal school holidays. Volunteers must be available for a minimum three weeks.