Elderly Home

7+ Days
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Start of the project: every Monday

This project is located in Pashupatinath, one of the most famous sanctuaries for Hindus. It is located at the riverbank of the holy river Bagmati, on whose shore the believers burn their dead relatives.  In this elderly home which is organised by the government of Nepal are living on the whole 230 people. They don't have relatives anymore or their children don't care for them so that they have no other option than living in the elderly home or begging on the streets. Here are working 21 employees everyday and also volunteers and nursing students. The people who can care for themselves are living upstairs, the others downstairs and the people who are completely disabled and need much help live in another sector. As volunteer you help in this sector most of the time. Some people there even can't eat without help not to speak from washing themselves or walking out in the courtyard for sitting in the sun.
You help older people with their daily tasks like washing clothes, cleaning the room, giving food, making beds ...
In Nepal there is no social system which cares for people when they are old. Normally they live in the house of their children and they care for them. If they have no children or no other relatives who care, sometimes they beg on the streets or find a place in the elderly home.
Many of the people can't speak english, but if you talk to them they will talk to you in Nepali and they will be happy, only because you are sitting next to them and they have somebody to talk with. It is always great to see them smiling. 

Daily tasks in the elderly home in Pashupatinath:

-          clean the sleeping rooms
-          make beds
-          help the people with hygienic things
-          help them with eating
-          wash up the dishes
-          talk with them (even they often don't speak English, if you laugh and only speak with them they will be happy)

Introduction days:
Day 01: Yoga Lesson, Language Class, Sightseeing in Swayambunath and Thamel, Welcome Dinner
Day 02: Yoga Lesson, Language Class, Sightseeing in Pashupatinath and Boudhanath
Day 03: Drive to Bhaktapur and Sightseeing at Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Surroundings, Visit of Changunarayan Temple
Day 04: Free time, Momo cooking lesson in the afternoon 
Day 05: Transfer to your project and begin of your work there
From day 06: Work in the Project

This project will take from about 9 oclock in the morning to 12 o'clock, so you can easily combine this with another project located in Kathmandu if you want, for example the dog project.

Accomodation: Host family 
minimal age: 16
Beginning: every Monday
- minimal: 1 week
- maximum: no limit
(Tourist Visa can be extended until 150 days in one year)
language ability: average english
Location: Kathmandu


Introduction days:


Arrival in Kathmandu
You arrive in Kathmandu and are transferred to your new host family. Today is no programme, so you have time to rest and recover from the long flight.


Day 01: Yoga, language class & sightseeing in Kathmandu
Today in the morning you have a yoga lesson and after breakfast language and culture class. You get to know something about the traditions in Nepal and learn little bit of the language, so that you are able to talk a few words in Nepali. Your family will be happy!
After that you go for sightseeing in Swayambunath, the "Monkey Temple" of Kathmandu, a buddhist temple with a stupa. Then you go to Thamel a quarter in Kathmandu, where you can find innumberable shops, restaurants and cafes, where you can buy souvenirs or go out for eating.

Day 02: Yoga, language class & sightseeing in Kathmandu
Today in the morning you have again yoga and language class. After that you visit Pashupatinath, one of the most important and famous temple complexes for Hindus. At the riverbank of Bagmati, the believers burn their dead relatives and strew the ash in the river. After that you visit Bodnath, a buddhist stupa where the buddhists come and pray.


Day 03: Sightseeing in Bhaktapur and Changunarayan
Today after breakfeast you drive to Bhaktapur by local bus. 
Bhaktapur which is located in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley is an ancient Newar city abought 8 miles far from the capital city Kathmandu. It was the largest of the three Newa kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley, and the capital of Nepal during the great "Malla" Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century. It is famous for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks. Because of this it is also listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
In the afternoon you will visit the big Changunarayan Temple and then go back to your house.

Day 04: Free time and Momo Cooking Lesson
Today in the morning you have free time. If you want you can visit Thamel again or make a trip to Kirtipur, which is only about 30 minutes away, a small town from where you can see the mountains if the weather is good. In the afternoon about 16pm you have a Momo cooking lesson. Momo is a traditional tibetan food.

Day 05: First day in volunteer project
Today you have your first day in your project. After breakfast a guide picks you up and accompanies you on the way to elderly home in Pashupatinath. He shows you which bus you have to take the following days/weeks and where you have to get off and how you get there. Then your work starts.

Daily tasks in elderly home:
- You get up and have breakfast about 8.00 oclock in the morning
- You drive to Pashupatinath, get gumboots and skirt and start your work
- First help to clean the ground by wiping it out with water
- Support the people who are not able to walk or wash themselves alone. Be prepared that this is very different than in your homecountry. You can help also to get them dressed.
- Make their beds
- Go out with them in the small courtyard so that they can sit in the sun
- wash their clothes in big buckets and hang them on the washing line.
- help them with eating
- clean the dishes
- maybe you can also cut their nails. Especially the women are happy about that.
- talk with them (even they often don't speak English, if you laugh and only speak with them they will be happy)

Your work will take until about 12 oclock. So if you want you can combine this project with another project in Kathmandu.

Your program ends on a Friday and you will fly home on the following Saturday or Sunday.
If you have any special wishes please don't hesitate to contact us. It is also possible to end your volunteering work with trekking or a roundtrip so that it is possible for you to get to know all regions of Nepal.

Please book your trip at least 2 weeks before your preferred start date!

By clicking on 'customize your trip' you can indicate an individual start and end date.
The program starts on a Monday and ends on a Friday, so please choose a Monday for your start date.
You should arrive in Nepal the Saturday or Sunday before.
The program ends on a Friday, so please choose a Friday as end date and book your flight so that you fly back on the following Saturday or Sunday.

Duration Price 
minimum 1 week                       US$ 540
2 weeks US$ 735
3 weeks US$ 945
4 weeks US$ 1090
5 weeks US$ 1220
6 weeks US$ 1290
7 weeks US$ 1390
8 weeks US$ 1480
9 weeks US$ 1545
10 weeks US$ 1590
11 weeks US$ 1720
Start Date End Date Availability Price  

Cost Included

  • Transfer from/to Airport 
  • Our team will care for you
  • Sightseeing as described in the program
  • Momo Cooking Lesson
  • Accomodation (in host family) and meals during your whole Stay
  • Transportation to the location of your project and back to Kathmandu
  • Information and guidance before and during your trip (for your trip as well as optional trekking tours or visits which are not included in the programme)
  • Contact Person during your whole Stay
  • Nepali Sim-Card for your mobile so that you can call for a very cheap Price
  • Handling cost for the organization of your stay
  • Certificate (on request)


Cost Excluded

  • Visa for Nepal (EUR 35,- or USD 40,-)
  • International flights
  • Sightseeing which is not described in the program
  • Personal expenditure: e.g. drinks, souveniers, laundry, snacks, etc.
  • Vaccination and travel insurance
  • Extra payment in case of illness, rescue, changes of the program because of acts of nature beyond control, and additional expenses for overnight accommodations, etc. resulting from this

- Proof your insurances: Do you have a valid travel- or health insurance for Nepal? Do you also need a luggage insurance?
- Your passport has to be valid at least 6 months when you entry Nepal and you need at least 1 empty page
- make passport pictures (you need one for visa on arrival and other for Trekking permit)
- check if you have to refresh imunisations or visit a travel medicine doctor and maybe take immunisations against rabies if you work with street dogs or take malaria prophylaxis if you stay longer in Chitwan. 

- get visa in your home country or on arrival at the airport (until 15 days: USD 25,00/ until 30 days: USD 40,00/ until 90 days: USD 100,00/ if you stay more than 90 days you have to extend your visa in Kathmandu or Pokhara)
- make copies of your travel documents (passport, flight tickets..)
- check if you have a credit card like Visa or MasterCard with which you can get money from the ATMs in Nepal. There are also money changer everywhere where you can change euros or dollar in Nepali Rupees. 
  • Passport (maybe with Visa or Visa on arrival) and copy of passport
  • Warm cap in winter. headband
  • Copy of vaccination card
  • gloves
  • Cash
  • sleeping bag (for trekking)
  • Credit card
  • backpack
  • Flight ticket
  • pocket lamp, headlamp
  • Insurance card
  • towel, hair shampoo, body shampoo, body lotion
  • Mobile and emergency numbers
  • maybe adapter
  • Tshirts and sweater
  • glasses, contact lenses
  • ¾ and long trousers, maybe light trekking and warm softshell trouser, leggings, tights…
  • tissue
  • underwear
  • USB flash drive
  • cardigan, jacket, in winter warm jacket
  • book, mp3-player…
  • rain shield: umbrella, rain jacket, (rain trouser)
  • hiking stick
  • different kinds of socks
  • laptop
  • sports shoes, loafers, trekking shoes, sandals, flipflops for shower
  • recharger, rechargeable battery,
  • pyjamas
  • mosquito net, mosquito protection spray
  • swimwear
  • medicine: against headache, diarrhea, vomiting, cough syrup, nasal spray… cream against insect bites and sunburn, disinfectant, plaster, …
  • sunscreen: suncream, cap, sun hat, sunglasses
camera and memorycard (recharger)

Trip's Quick Facts

Duration: 7+ Days
Seasons : whole year
Type: Volunteering
Activities :
No. of Pax : 1+
Maximum Access :
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : Kathmandu

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In this volunteer project you can help the elder people with their daily tasks in Pashupatinath, located at one of the most famous sanctuaries of Hindus.
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