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Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN) is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization and has not been funded by any organizations. VIN is proud to offer all of the services, that our competitors offer, at a very special economical price.
VIN's program fees are at least two to three times less then other International volunteer organizations.
We are a Nepal based organization and we place volunteers directly to our own projects. We therefore do not have to pay for any other agencies or organizations. We have mainly local staff and volunteer; do not have to spend that much for the operation cost. Our full time staff are however paid reasonable salaries in Nepali standard; and we work very hard and smart to keep costs down especially for you the volunteers where it counts the most.  
That is the reason, VIN volunteering programs are the most affordable programs in Nepal compared to other organizations of its kind. We remain devoted to maintaining both the quality of the programs and the safety of all volunteers involved. Our program fees starts from 280€. They vary depending on the program and the duration of stay. Any money saved out of the program fees, directly goes to pay our program staffs and community projects. Our all programmes are funded through volunteers' supports. Here is a brief summary of the program fees that VIN offers

Program Booking Fee: €75 - is a non refundable fee which covers processing your application and pre-departure support and is not deductible from program fees.

Volunteering and Internship Program Free Structure In EURO

Program duration in weeks / Program fees in Euro (€)
Program Type 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 Each additional week
1 Volunteering 280 355 430 505 625 745 865 985 60
2 Internship N/A 420 495 570 700 830 960 1090 65
3 Volunteer & Charity Trekking 3 weeks volunteering & 2 weeks Charity Trekking 1099
4 Volunteering & Travel Tour 3 weeks volunteering and 1 week travel tour 675
5 Buddhist Monastery placements are available 4 + weeks ONLY There will be 60 EUR Extra fee if multiple projects are chosen to cover logistic support

Please read the following information carefully before you book your position:

  • The program costs are reviewed in every July to adjust the inflation rates. Convert costs in your currency Click here
  • To book a volunteer / internship placement with us, you should pay €75 using Paypal Click here online or bank transfer as stated below. This amount is for processing your application; pre departure support and ensures your arrival at VIN and NOT deductible from program fees. We only accept payment once you are accepted for the program.
  • You may contact us for customized group Volunteering & program fee.
  • If you wish to work for more than one placement, then you are required to pay €60 extra to cover our extra logistic work.
  • Program Induction (Please watch our Program Induction Video, click here to learn what to expect): 2 start dates are usually available each month. We start program induction 1st and 15th of each month. It varies from 1 to 3 days or even a week depending on program duration. Induction period is considered part of your volunteering / internship program period. If you wish to come in between for a short period, you will receive a basic orientation before the placement. Please arrive one day prior to the program induction date.
  • Please read VIN's online "Terms and Conditions" before you confirm your placement;
  • We mainly accept cash payment. If you wish to pay by Paypal, there will be 5.5% extra cost to cover paypal transaction and bank transfer fees. You can also pay program fee in major currencies like USD, Sterling Pounds, Australian dollars, Canadian dollars.

The program fee covers:

    1) Transportation

  • a) Airport pick up by VIN staff with Nepali culture
  • b) Pick up from hotel to VIN office
  • c) Hotel to project site on the first day with your luggage
  • d) From the project site to VIN office / Hotel on the last day with your luggage;
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    2) Program Induction (Pre service training)

  • a) Presentation on VIN history, development, strategies, success and failure stories
  • b) Survival Nepali language course ; 2 hours each day during the induction
  • c) Nepali culture & Do's & Don'ts
  • d) Presentation on Nepali history, politics, economy, social problems
  • e) Health & safety Tips
  • f) Program related orientation, e.g. teacher training -TEFL tips.
  • g) A half day sightseeing of world heritage sites, e.g. Patan Darbur Square, Pashupatinath / Baudhanath Stupa;
  • h) Stationary & handouts of the presentations
  • i) Safe travel, trekking, adventure assistance

    3) Food & Accommodation

  • a) Accommodation at a budget hotel on same sharing basis and lunch at VIN's office during program the induction.
  • b) Food & accommodation during placement with a host family / hostel / monastery / orphanage homes (depending on your program)
  • c) The living standard will be of Nepali standard and 2 to 3 meals provided;

    4) Administrative Cost

  • a) Staff salaries
  • b) Office rent & office supplies
  • c) Regular follow up support
  • d) Meeting & socialization with volunteers & interns from different countries
  • e) 24/7 emergency support
  • f) Free wireless internet at our office
  • g) Communications like Internet & phone, letters
  • h) VIN promotional visits
  • i) Online offline advertisement
  • j) Administrative charge
  • k) Local taxes & membership fees

    5)Community Project Funding

  • a) Women's empowerment: 65+ women's clubs, women's cooperatives, income generative projects, education & life skills
  • b) Children's development: 20+ early child development centers, 19 children's clubs, 5 orphanage homes, hundreds of children's education , school building, compound, classroom, toilet construction and material support, teacher training
  • c) Community health: Free medical check-up for over 3000 poor people by professional VIN's doctor. Lab, medicine, mobile clinics, school health and toilet construction for each poor families
  • d) Youth empowerment: 11 youth clubs and their activities to empower local youth
  • e) Project staff salaries
  • f) Support for local volunteers

The program fee excludes the following:

  • Airfare, Visa and Visa extension fee - (check with your embassy or Nepal Immigration for the latest fee structure)- Visa (tourist) fee in US$: 15 days:- US$25 30 days:-US$40 90 days: US$100 Per additional day:- US$2;
  • Stationeries during volunteering period if you wish to use much;
  • Breakfast and dinner during program induction (€5 per day will be enough)
  • Return transfer to airport -VIN staff can help you to drop you off the airport if you need help;
  • Transportation during weekends travel;
  • Entrance fees to the cultural Heritage - $22 max for main cultural sites;
  • Personal travel and sightseeing (trekking, jungle safari etc. If you are interested VIN can organize for you with affordable prices);
  • Laundry, internet access, telephone, drinks or other costs accrued during training and placement;
  • Gifts to project staffs and host family, if you wish to buy any;
  • Should you wish to spend more time in Kathmandu pre and post placement period, please remember to budget accordingly!
  • Travel and medical insurances, immunization, health expenses;
  • You will also need a weekly budget of up to US $20 to cater for all your other expenses like bottled water.

Please use the following bank address to send money for VIN:

Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN)
Current Account No: 02000105200185
Everest Bank Limited
Balaju, Kathmandu, Nepal

Remember: If you wish to pay using Paypal, then you should pay 5.5% extra for Paypal fees and transfer charges and you are required to cover the bank transfer fees, if you transfer to our above bank account.

Note: Once you start your placement, if you wish to discontinue in any reason, the programs fee you pay are not refundable.

VIN is solely funded through the Program Fees paid by volunteers like you. VIN receives no funding from other donor agencies. Independent donations are welcomed and will be applied toward various projects established by VIN. If you are interested in providing a donation, please use our online DONATE NOW button.

Thank you for reading and understanding!
I really enjoyed the program. the children are amazing and i learned so much from them. i taught the children many songs and dances and......
Meghan Vickery
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Volunteers Initiative Nepal
Volunteers Initiative Nepal
Charity Regd: 147/062/63
SWC Affiliation: 20910
PAN: 302408474

Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN)

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00977 9851070 477 (mobile)
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Postal Address:
Post Box # 19877 
House # 735, Saibaba Marga
Balaju - 16, Kathmandu, Nepal

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