What does my program fee cover?
Your program fee will cover your pre-departure support and materials, food, accommodation, training and orientation, long-term HIMALAYAN VOLUNTEERS field staff, 24-hour in-country support, and project equipment and materials. Not to mention the unforgettable, off-the-beaten track, life changing experiences!
I can’t seem to decide which project I would like to join, can I chat with someone to get more information?
Absolutely! Our team of Country Experts are here to answer any and every question you have about our programs. Our Country Experts are HIMALAYAN VOLUNTEERS member so we know all about the life changing experiences you can expect while volunteering with us
Do I need any experience or qualifications?
No, our trained field team will provide you with all of the training you need when you join your project. Regarding your interest
Is there any age limit??
No, there is no age limit to join our projects and in fact, our oldest volunteer to date was 70! Our projects do have a minimum age of 18,
How far in advance should I book?
Expeditions are normally booked up 2-6 months in advance while projects tend to have more availability. Contact us to check availability for any program that interests you!
Can I come with friends or as a couple?
Yes. Couples and friends are welcome, dependent on availability and the size of the group. Please be aware that we cannot always guarantee private accommodation.
Do I need to have experience?
No experience is required for project . Most projects do not require experience either. Those positions that certain skills or experience have these details listed on their respective program pages under Skills Required. Where required we provide full training and supervision. All we ask is for you to keep an open mind and bring passion and enthusiasm.
Can I travel before/after?
Yes, you can! Many volunteers arrive early to start exploring or join a HIMALAYAN VOLINTEERS expedition / project half way through a longer trip round the world. A HV project offers volunteers the chance to slowly acclimatize before you head off alone in a new country, as well introducing you to a large group of potential travelling companions. We are happy to assist post project travelers with insurance policy alterations as well as flight arrangements. We can arrange your placement wherever you are in the world!
Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards. You can also meet us and our network of ex-volunteers at any event we attend throughout the Nepal, as well as listen in to webinars hosted by our dedicated field staff.
How much does it cost?
Costs vary between projects and expeditions and are dependent upon our partners’ requirements, requests and geographical locations. View different program home pages for specific information on dates, costs and what is included.
How can I pay?
You can pay your deposit and balance by bank transfer, debit or credit card. We can accept payment in British Pounds (GBP), US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR) or Australian Dollars (AUD) Chinese (RMB) Japanese (YAN) etc
Are there any extra costs?
This is dependent upon your chosen program. Expeditions, projects and internships include all your food, accommodation, training, project equipment and global support unless stated otherwise.
Can I fundraise?
Yes, with prior planning and hard work you can raise all the money for your expedition or project. Get in touch with us for more information on fundraising advice!
Can you arrange my flights?
We recommend consulting the various flight comparison and airline direct web pages online to get the best possible flight price to your chosen HV program destination.
Do I need insurance?
Absolutely, this is an essential part of joining an expedition, project or internship. You will not be allowed to join unless you have fully comprehensive insurance. Information on insurance is contained within your field manual which we will send you upon receipt of your application form and deposit.
Do I need a Visa?
This depends on your country of origin and the location of your project, expedition or internship. The HV field manual contains further information on Visa requirements for each specific location.
Will I be met at the airport?
On most programs you will be met by a HV representative at the airport if you arrive on specific dates prior to the program start date. Please ask our dedicated advisors to explain the arrival logistics if you have any further questions.
What support and guidance can I expect?
The very best! We pride ourselves on our local knowledge and network of enthusiastic and well informed staff and representatives. On our expeditions and projects you will be working directly alongside full time HV staff with the experience and skills to make your expedition fun and fulfilling. Our partner projects are chosen for their commitment to the projects and to you as a volunteer. We provide you with regular updates before departure and we are always there at the end of the phone or via email throughout and after your trip.
What is the accommodation like?
Accommodation will often, though not always, be more basic than what you would expect on a tourist holiday or guided tour and are often shared with your fellow volunteers. For detailed information on accommodation check the program homepages or contact us
What is the food like?
The food will be nutritious and healthy throughout your stay. Most locations will serve vegetarian meals, utilizing locally sourced produce.
What happens if I have special dietary requirements?
Most of our locations can provide for special dietary requirements. However, if you have any specific concerns we would encourage you to contact with us .
Will I have any free time?
This depends on your chosen program. We always try to allow weekends off to explore surrounding environments and to make trips to other locations however, there are some exceptions to this where the requirements of our project partners dictate otherwise.
What happens if there is an emergency?
HV staff and field representatives are fully trained to deal with any type of emergency and all our projects are linked with HV staff . In case of an emergency we would link up with field members to arrange local medical treatment or air evacuation.
How do I apply to be a partner of Himalayan Volunteers and to receive volunteers?
Please send a brief description of your requirements and project aims and objective and your interest with us to work together with . A HV member of staff will then be in touch to discuss your application.