At a glance
Take part in HIV/AIDS volunteer work in Nepal and help to make a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable children. Many people with HIV/AIDS are stigmatised, and children affected by the disease are often abandoned or socially isolated. Our goal is to improve the wellbeing and education of children affected by HIV/AIDS.
You’ll work at a centre which provides support, treatment, and care to these children and their families. You’ll teach basic skills such as reading and counting, and organise fun, educational activities to help kids thrive.
You will live and work in Kathmandu, and stay with a host family. During your time off, you’ll have the chance to take in the sights, smells, and sounds of this beautiful country.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
Is HIV/AIDS volunteering in Nepal right for me?
Do you enjoy spending time with children? Do you want to help those in need? Are you planning on a career in social work, childcare, or teaching? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this is the project for you.
You can join us at any time, as our start and end dates are flexible. You need to commit to a minimum of two weeks, but you’re welcome to stay as long as you like. The longer you stay, the greater the impact you can make.
You will have a supervisor for the duration of your placement, who will ensure that you get the most out of your time abroad. Upon your arrival, you will also receive a thorough induction, which will provide you with everything you need to know before you start work.
At your placement, you will be working alongside qualified local staff, who are there to help and guide you if needed. The official language of the country is Nepali, but English is widely spoken as a second language. While some children won’t speak English, you’ll be able to overcome this with gestures, help from staff, and learning basic Nepali phrases.
What will I do as an HIV/AIDS volunteer in Nepal?
On this project, your role is to provide children with social interaction and educational assistance. You can get involved in:
- Teach basic skills such as literacy, numeracy, and hygiene
- Organise activities to encourage early childhood development
- Use sport to improve physical skills
- Help staff out with the daily running of the centre
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Teach basic skills such as literacy, numeracy, and hygiene
Basic skills such as literacy and numeracy are the fundamental building blocks of a child’s education. You will work with the children at our partner centre to improve their abilities in these areas. Using games, songs, and other formats will keep things fun and interactive.
Life skills such as practicing good hygiene regularly are also important to learn. This is especially significant for people with HIV, who have compromised immune systems and need to avoid infections. You can demonstrate hand washing, for instance, to show the children what to do.
Organise activities to encourage early childhood development
Early childhood is one of the most important stages of a person’s life. During this time, children learn social, physical, and cognitive skills that will form the basis for their future development.
It is important that we invest in their future well being by encouraging play, mental stimulation, interaction, and physical activity. You will do this through a range of activities, such as reading books, doing puzzles, and colouring in.
Use sport to improve physical skills
We all know the importance of exercise and physical wellbeing. Physical activity has the added benefit of limiting the effect that HIV/AIDS has on children’s development. Children with HIV/AIDS often have neurological issues such as delayed developmental milestones or poor motor skills. You will organise sporting activities such as football and badminton, which helps to improve motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Help out with the daily running of the centre
You’ll also help out with the daily running of the care centre. This will involve helping the children get ready for the day, working in the kitchen or garden, and doing some basic cleaning. If there is a need, you can also assist with administration work in the office.
Where in Nepal will I work?
You will be based in the bustling capital of Kathmandu, home to around 1.5 million people. Volunteers work at a local center that cares for young children under the age of ten who are affected by HIV/AIDS. Here, they receive nutritious food, medical treatment, and psychological counselling, in addition to the education and support you provide.
The centre is easily accessible by public transport. It is also surrounded by all the amenities you might need, such as convenience stores, restaurants, and banks.
Tourism is the biggest industry in Nepal, and for good reason. In your time off, you can visit one of the many historic temples, go hiking in the stunning Kathmandu Valley, or peruse stores for some unique, handmade souvenirs.
A typical day on the Care HIV/AIDS Project in Nepal
After breakfast at your host family, you’ll travel to your placement via public transport, either a bus or tuk tuk. Sometimes your project may be within walking distance. On your first day, our staff will be with you to show you the way.
A typical day on this project runs from 10am - 3pm, Monday to Friday. You’ll have the weekends and evenings free to travel or take part in leisure activities.
You’ll spend the morning organising fun and educational activities for the children. These can range from colouring in and singing songs to physical activities such as badminton and football. You can also provide individual tuition with English or other subjects.
During the afternoons, the children take a nap. You will use this time to help the staff with cleaning, updating the children’s documents, and planning activities for the next day.
Once you’re done for the day, it’s time to take advantage of all that Kathmandu has to offer. Explore the different neighbourhoods, each with their own distinct character. Spend some time getting to know your host family, sharing experiences over a delicious dinner. We’d also love for you to join us at our regular volunteer socials, where you can make new friends while having fun.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The main aim of this project is to improve the wellbeing of children living with HIV/AIDS in Nepal.
While the rate of HIV/AIDS infection is decreasing in Nepal, there are still many stigmas surrounding the condition. Children with the condition often face social isolation, medical neglect, and physical and emotional abandonment. Furthermore, few organisations in the country are taking care of children who have HIV/AIDS. The help of volunteers at these organisations is incredibly important.
By taking care of these children during the day, you allow parents to return to work and earn a living. This in turn provides more stability to these vulnerable families.
You will also provide the children with educational support and help them reach childhood development goals. By working on their physical, mental, and social skills, you lay the foundation for their wellbeing and future learning.
Join us in Nepal and help to make a long-term, positive impact in the lives of vulnerable children.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Food And Accommodation
You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns during your stay in the Kathmandu Valley. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and interns, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together.
The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Leisure Activities And Free Time
When you think of Nepal, the first thing that comes to mind is the majestic Himalayan Mountain Range. This is just one example of the country’s extraordinary natural beauty. Combined with rich cultures, this makes it a unique country to volunteer in and explore.
There are a whole host of ways you can explore the stunning and incredibly varied landscapes of Nepal. You can drive off-road through Chitwan National Park, go biking through Kathmandu Valley, or trek in the foothills of Annapurna.
In the evenings and over weekends, it’s worth taking some time to see the sights in Kathmandu. This includes Durbar Square, where you can stand in the midst of an ancient palace. The towering spectacle of the Boudhanath Stupa is also a must-see.
Nepal is one of our most popular destinations, so there will be many other volunteers in the country with you during your trip. This gives you the freedom to spend your leisure time either exploring alone or in a group.
Safety And Staff Support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Nepal
Not quite what you’re looking for?
Take a look at the following pages where you'll find collections of similar projects: