Trip Details

Special Needs Volunteer in Nepal

We live in a world where inclusion and access are not ‘givens’ – even in the UK. However, life for those with special needs in developing countries is incredibly tough, with little or no chance of reaching their potential. On our Special Needs Volunteer programme, you will have the opportunity to support some of these children and help them to succeed in gaining an education. Your input could make a huge difference as you devote your time and talents to building their confidence and language skills!

Support Special Needs Children to be the Best they can Be!

On this programme, you will work with children of different age groups and different disabilities, such as autism and cerebral palsy. Primarily, each day will be a mix of providing fun activities, indoors and outdoors, with games, songs and rhymes. However, you will also support staff to deliver other activities, depending on what’s needed. Importantly, kindness and motivation are key here, but also, a real sense of fun, as you are encouraged to try out your own techniques for engaging the children in your care. In fact, you are more than welcome to bring your own resources from home – anything goes, if it will spark the interest of your learners!

Explore beautiful Nepal on this exciting Volunteer Project!

Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, is a popular tourist spot, with its bustling markets and brick red villages built along its winding rivers and streams. And, for those who love a bit of adventure, there are superb action activities here, from white-water rafting to hiking and amazing treks through incredible scenery! However, after a long day as a Special Needs Volunteer, you can also simply kick back with friends at our comfortable accommodation, as you take in some sunshine and good banter!

Why be a Special Needs Volunteer in Kathmandu?

  • Give something back to the community, supporting its disabled children
  • Learn new skills and improve your existing knowledge on access and inclusion
  • Get to know locals and find new friends as you work together on your projects
  • Enjoy staying in comfortable accommodation with plenty of communal areas
  • Discover authentic Nepali cuisine, with all meals and beverages* included

*tea, coffee and drinking water

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

Trip Itinerary

The school timings are from 10.00 am to 15.00 pm, and you will work with classes suited to your skills and knowledge. Your working day will, primarily, include such activities as preparing lesson plans, engaging with the children, as well as sharing your ideas and skills with local teaching staff.

You will arrive on Sunday and have plenty of time to relax and be refreshed ahead of your exciting week as an Education Project in Kathmandu!

Weekly Schedule

Tuesday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Special Needs Volunteer project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Special Needs Volunteer project  2-3 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 a Special Needs Volunteer, you can choose to explore the area or simply relax with new friends back at your accommodation. Many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their new volunteer friends during the week and plan their weekend adventures together!

Places to Visit

Shopping in Kathmandu is fun!  Thamel is a tourist hotspot, where shoppers can find Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian artefacts, wood carvings, handicraft and unique clothing. There are also several malls for picking up fashionable clothing and grocery stores offering everything from wine to breakfast cereals. And if dining out is your thing, you can have a dish from a different country every night, with many restaurants serving local and international dishes!

Trip Accommodation

Our accommodation is comfortable with basic facilities and gender-based dorms. Inside, there is a mini library where you can read, as well as dining and lounge areas where you can hang out with your fellow volunteers. Further, the centre has a beautiful garden to relax in – perfect for sociable evenings! Importantly, be aware that there is a curfew of 22.30 at the house, to ensure the safety of yourself and others. Further, no alcohol is permitted in the centre.


Nepalese food is delicious, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. We provide three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends, and our meals are a mix of Western and Nepalese food. Whilst vegetarian options are available every day, you can also expect to have a chicken dish about once a week. Alternatively, you can also choose to eat out at any of the local restaurants. In addition, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.


Our house is 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

Please note – transport for your own outings is not included.

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
DBS, Police Background Check

Additional Requirements

Team Player
Caring Nature

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