Trip Details

Animal Rehabilitation Volunteer Nepal

Do you go gooey-eyed at the sight of a puppy? Then join the TRU team to be ‘re-homed’ at our Animal Rehabilitation Volunteer programme in Nepal.  If you can’t bear the thought of animals suffering needlessly, this programme offers the opportunity to make a real difference to the many stray animals found in Kathmandu’s streets. Here you’ll find every day is different; however, the gratitude from the dogs who receive treatment here is pretty universal!

Join our Team! Rescue Stray Animals and Nurse them Back to Health

Conditions for animals in homes in Nepal are often very poor, with many dogs being turned out onto the streets as they grow older. Tragically, with no one to care for them, these poor animals become starved, and their coats matted. Primarily, at the Kathmandu Rehabilitation Centre, you join a dedicated team that rescues and rehabilitates these dogs, treating infected wounds and skin disorders, feeding and caring for them, and nurturing them back to health. Ultimately, however, the aim of this project is to find a loving home for every dog where they can live out their lives in doggy bliss!

Explore Kathmandu’s busy Markets and Vibrant Culture!

Everything needs balance – so after a day of giving love and affection at the Animal Rehabilitation Centre, you’ll want to find a little happiness of your own! Fortunately, Kathmandu is a great place to explore, with busy streets, markets and many historical landmarks to visit. However, at the weekends, our volunteers often team up together to head further afield. In fact, it would be wrong not to visit Nepal’s majestic mountains, forests and lakes whilst you here, as there is just so much to marvel at in this beautiful country! That said, you’ll want to chill too! And there’s plenty of time to relax the communal areas of our centre, or spend a relaxing evening with friends in the warm night air.

Why be an Animal Rehabilitation Volunteer in Nepal?

  • Make a huge difference to stray animals in Kathmandu
  • Gain valuable skills within a team, providing animal care and medical treatment
  • Explore the vibrant city and culture of Kathmandu and natural wonders of Nepal
  • Stay in our comfortable accommodation where you can kick back and relax with friends
  • Enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine with all meals and beverages* included in the programme

*tea, coffee and drinking water

Get in touch to find out more or browse through our many other volunteer experiences.

Trip Itinerary

You will spend your day here shadowing veterinary doctors and may be called upon to assist them and to also go out onto the streets of Kathmandu to identify and rescue dogs that need treatment.  Consequently, you may find that tasks vary depending on the needs at the time. However, the main ones consist of, but are not limited to:

  • Rescuing and treating injured street dogs
  • Sterilisation of female dogs
  • Help in feeding stray dogs
  • Cleaning their enclosures
  • Walking the dogs, cleaning and bathing them, etc.

Mandatory Orientation Day

On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day to get accustomed to your surroundings. Thereafter, your Animal Rehabilitation Volunteer Programme, here in Nepal, will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

Orientation Day Schedule (Monday)

  • Welcoming Ritual – Puja to the Gods & goddess and name-giving ceremony with ice-breaking activities
  • Review the schedule,
  • Social behaviours norms dos & don’ts in Nepali culture
  • Cross-culture seminar on eating, drinking, clothing bathing & toileting customs in Nepal
  • Lunch
  • Talk on safety & security during the program. Signing up the Code of Conduct, Child Protection Policy and Release & Waiver of Liability. Collection of passport copies, photos, and police clearance
  • Information on placement and visiting the placement site.
  • Assignment to find the local civics places in and around volunteer centre neighbourhood.
  • Clothes shopping at the local market.

Weekly Schedule

Tuesday – Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Animal rehabilitation volunteering  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Animal rehabilitation volunteering 2 hours
  • Dinner

Please note:

This schedule can be changed depending on weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Evenings and Weekends

At the end of your day as an Animal Rehabilitation Volunteer here in Kathmandu, you can choose to explore the area or simply relax with new friends back at your accommodation. In fact, many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their new volunteer friends during the week and plan their weekend adventures together!

Places to Visit

The highlight of Kathmandu has long been Durbar Square, the largest of the palace squares in the three royal cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Temples and monuments of varying shapes, sizes, styles, and faiths can be found here. Thamel is also a tourist hotspot, where shoppers can find Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian artefacts, wood carvings, handicraft and unique clothing. In addition, there are also several malls where you can find all the basics you will need whilst here. Furthermore, if dining out is your thing, you can have a dish from a different country every night, with a plethora of restaurants serving local and international dishes!

Trip Accommodation

Kathmandu Valley is a small, mountain-sheltered valley in the historical centre of Nepal, a place where kingdoms rose and fell, and where Nepali art and culture is central to its history. Rivers and streams run along the brick-red villages, and, excitingly, from here you can even catch a glimpse of the snow-capped peaks of the majestic Himalayas against the intense blue skies! Whatever you choose to do on you adventure, be sure that your stay here in Nepal as an Animal Rehabilitation Volunteer will be a memorable one!

About the Accommodation

Our volunteer centre is basic, but comfortable, and you will be staying in gender-based dorms. Additionally, you’ll find a mini library where you can read, a beautiful garden to relax in and dining and lounge areas where you can hang out with your fellow volunteers. Be aware, however, that there is a curfew of 22.30 at the house, to ensure the safety of yourself and others. Further, no alcohol can be brought into the houses.

Food Arrangements

Nepalese food is delicious, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables.  Three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends are included in our programme.  Further, our meals are a mix of Western and Nepalese food, and expect to have a chicken dish about once a week. (vegetarian options are always available). Alternatively, you can also choose to eat out at any of the local restaurants, however, there is also a refrigerator that you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.


Our house is located five kilometres away from the city centre, where you can find anything you might need. Further, the nearest ATM and supermarket are only a 15-minute walk away from our accommodation.


From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Buddhist Monastery
  • Kavre
  • Mate
  • Pokhara

Trip Country Info


Population: Approx. 28.98 million
Capital: Kathmandu
Language: Nepali
Currency: Nepalese rupee (NPR)
Time zone: UTC +5:45

Namaste and welcome to Nepal, a country of high Himalayan Mountains, artistic monuments, exotic wildlife, and diverse cultures. Located between 80 12′ east longitude and between 26 22′ and 30 27′ north latitude, Nepal extends along the south slopes of the Himalayas in central Asia.

Although Nepal is small, it has the greatest latitudinal variation of any country. The land rises from the southern plains of the Terai, barely above sea level at 70 meters, to the top of the Mt. Everest, the highest peak on Earth at 8848 meters above sea level, in a distance of less than 200 km.

Book your volunteer travel  holiday and experience one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world as well as the highest mountain ranges. Nepal has lush valleys that team with exotic wildlife ready to be explored on your gap year adventure.  It is a beautiful country located in South Asia bordering both India and China.  As you enjoy your volunteer travel experience in Nepal you will come across many remote monasteries and villages that adorn the stunning landscape where you will experience the best of Nepal.  The outstanding beauty and friendly Nepalese people are the main reasons people book gap year holidays to Nepal and why they are a popular choice with us.   We have a compreshensive selection of gap year holidays in Nepal with a number of teaching and community programs on offer.

Have a look at our latest gap year experiences in Nepal or contact us for more about work & travel in Nepal or your questions about specific programs.  The volunteer Nepal program is a very good way for you to experience the most of what the spiritual and enchanted land of Nepal has to offer. You may also choose to trek Mount Everest or smaller mountain hikes like Poon Hill.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Under 18, Parental Consent is Required
Travel Insurance

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa