Program Details

Raleigh's Nepal Expedition is a life-changing programme for 17-24 year olds that combines sustainable travel with volunteering. You will live with a host family in a remote community in Nepal and work on meaningful projects that create lasting change.
Kathmandu, Nepal
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Gap Year
Work Types:
Children, Construction, Disaster Relief, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health
3-4 weeks, 1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:

A gap year can help shape your future, so do something that matters

A Raleigh Expedition is a life-changing programme for 17-24 year olds that combines sustainable travel and volunteering. You will live with a host family in remote communities in Nepal which are not frequented by tourists and work on meaningful projects that create lasting change.

Raleigh offers more than just the opportunity to travel the world making a difference. It also gives you the chance to build skills for future careers or study that will help you stand out from the crowd.


About Raleigh International

Raleigh Expeditions are delivered by Raleigh International, a sustainable development organisation with more than 30 years of expertise in working with young people to create lasting change.

With our project partners, local communities, funders, and over 42,000 previous local and international volunteers, we form a global community who are passionate about working together to build a sustainable future.


Why volunteer in Nepal?

Nepal is a land that has captivated travellers for generations. Sandwiched between India and China it is at a cross roads of cultures and religions. With the vast Himalayas as its backdrop, few other countries rival Nepal’s natural beauty. On your Nepal Expedition, you’ll be enchanted by the country's landscape and friendly people.

Despite this, there is a tangible need for us to be there. 42% of the population live in poverty and only 27% have access to improved sanitation.

“Since spending time in Nepal, I have learned to value the people and love I have in my life, rather than material objects. I want my priority to be to appreciate and value them above all else.” - Holly, volunteered in Nepal

What will you be doing in Nepal?

We run Expeditions in Nepal for five, seven and 10 weeks throughout the year, so you can choose the programme length that best suits you. Dependent on the length of time you go for, you will take part in up to three exciting, sustainable projects with different teams.

As we base our projects on the needs of the local communities we work in, we don’t currently offer an Environment project in Nepal. Although, watch this space as this may change!

Joining a community

Home for 20 days will be a homestay in a local village in the Gorkha region. Arriving here will give you your first insight into the famous Nepali hospitality. You will be living and working alongside the local community. Your arrival will be met with a sense of curiosity and excitement, particularly by the local children. Days will be spent working on a community led project, contributing to the Global Goals. Gorkha was badly hit by the 2015 earthquake and many villages are still recovering.

Community Project 

85% of homes in the Gorkha area were affected by the 2015 earthquake. You and your team will play a vital role in helping to rebuild the country and create lasting change for the communities you work alongside.

You'll be working on a water and sanitation project to help improve access to drinking water, handwashing and toilet facilities, as well as raising awareness of these issues in the community. Your team will be working alongside local project partners and community members to create lasting change. You could be helping construct toilets one day and be building handwashing stations the next. It might be hard work at times but your effort and energy will make a real difference.

Adventure Phase

You and your team will embark on an exciting 19 day adventure in the Ruby Valley in Dhading. You'll trek up hills, through local villages, beautiful farm terraces and see stunning views of the central Himalayas.

Led by our local guides and Raleigh leaders, your trek will allow you to explore the incredible scenery that Nepal is famed for. After a day's trekking through the foothills of the Himalayas, you and your team will set up camp out under the stars and cook outside together. It’s a pretty magical time.

Everyone starts and finishes trek together, come rain or sun and no matter what trekking experience you have beforehand. It requires courage to do something beyond your comfort zone, and there are highs and lows. Supporting one another through these moments, not giving up and sharing your achievements together will be some of the most memorable and defining moments of your Expedition. The friendships formed on trek, whether through laughter, sweat or tears, are often some of the strongest on Expedition because of all that you have shared and learnt together.

Unique memories to last a lifetime…

Whether you are travelling after your Expedition to explore the wonders of the wider region, returning to study, work or something else, Expedition isn’t the end of your Raleigh journey. You’re joining our 44,000-strong alumni community, a group of people where everyone involved has shown courage and determination to help create a more sustainable future.


Raleigh International needs volunteers, like you, from around the world to work side-by-side with communities to create lasting change!

Setting Description:
A stunning country, Nepal is home to eight of the world's ten tallest mountains; snowy peaks and fluttering prayer flags will dominate your view. On your Nepal Expedition, you’ll be enchanted by the country's landscape and friendly people. Our friendly team will meet you at Kathmandu airport and your adventure will begin.

Additional Program Information

You can join a Raleigh Expedition as a volunteer if you are aged 17 – 24. If you are 25 – 75, you can apply to join our volunteer manager team. Our Expeditions are open to all nationalities. You will need a basic level of English so you can follow health and safety instructions. We welcome people from all over the world, regardless of background, education, skills and experience. We ask volunteers to share our belief in young people’s ability to create change. You’ll also need a positive attitude and an open mind. If you want to challenge yourself and learn about different cultures, then a Raleigh Expedition could be for you.

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