Volunteer Practical Information

Dear friend,

Thank you for volunteering with Rainbow Children's Home, we are happy that you have decided to take on this worthwhile challenge! Please take a moment to review this information package; we hope that you will find it helpful to prepare for your journey to Nepal.

Should you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Goma Dhakal, President Rainbow Children Home - Nepal.

On arrival

Please sendd us your confirmed arrival details, being: Time of Arrival and your flight number.

One of our staff will be waiting for you with a Rainbow Children's Home sign bearing your name. Please note: you will be approached by people at the airport attempting to help you and asking for money. We suggest that you carry your own bags and do not tip anyone.

Before you leave

Inoculations/medical supplies

Please consult your doctor / local travel clinic for the latest recommendations regarding the necessary inoculations for Nepal

You may feel more comfortable bringing your own First Aid kit. These are readily available in Thamel, but you may feel more comfortable bringing known brands. Any medication you need should be brought with you, as there is no guarantee you will be able to purchase this. In case of serious illness or hospitalisation, Rainbow Children's Home, will make every effort to assist you in getting treatment. If you do have medical concerns or limitations, please let us know upon your arrival.

What Should you Bring?

This will vary depending on what activities you want to participate in (trekking, white water rafting, etc.) and how much you need to be comfortable during your placement. With the exception of medicine, first-aid-kit and high-tech trekking gear, you can buy everything that you would need for your placement in Pokhara (likely cheaper than in your home country). Here are a few suggestions:

Sleeping Bag Camera
Hiking boots T-shirts, Trousers etc.
Tevas/ flip flops Mosquito repellent
Journal Sun cream
First aid kit Flashlight (torch)
Penknife Music, CDs
Earplugs (if you are a light sleeper) Fleece jacket (during winter months)
(Women) Sarong (or you can buy a lungi* cheaply in Nepal) Waterproof jacket (a fold-away windcheater is fine)
Light-weight cotton clothing (Essential for hot summer days) . Water purification tablets and/or good quality water purifier

*Lungi is a local sarong type of dress. It has an elastic top, and covers your body from your arms to your ankles. This can also double as a nightdress or housedress if necessary. For travelling, it is generally better to bring a travel size backpack rather than a suitcase. You will be taking the local busses to your placement and it's much easier when moving around to have a backpack.

We suggest you photocopy all essential documentation at least twice! If these documents are lost or stolen you will need the information and contact details. Rainbow Children Home can file one copy of your documents at the office. Insurance! - This is a MUST because you never know what may happen. Bank Information - You can find ATM's, banks, and currency exchange facilities in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Outside of these cities, the only banking facilities are for cash.

Entrance and tourist visa can be obtained on arrival into Kathmandu, it is not essential to get this from your home country.You can extend these visas in Kathmandu or Pokhara. If you think you may have problems, please check with your embassy before you travel.

Items to show and give to the children:

  • Books about your country Photos of your family / friends / home (essential, the children love to see them!!)
  • Basic Learner's English/Nepali/English dictionary – for simple definitions (You may buy a Nepali dictionary on arrival in Kathmandu)
  • A few examples of your local currency Coloured pencils and pens, drawing books, stickers Inflatable globe Books on teaching English/English Grammar for your reference Please make sure you don't bring any toys or games with lots of parts as these have a tendency to disappear

What should I expect on my placement?

You will be living in Rainbow Children Home. Or when you wish to experience daily live in Nepal you will be placed with a host family.

Both in the home and with the host family, you will have a separate room which you can lock upon departure. When you do not wish to be disturbed, just shut the door and the children in the home or the family where you are staying will respect your privacy.


You will be served Nepali food twice a day (around 10 o' clock in the morning and 7 o' clock in the evening). During the day a snack will be offered to you. Tea or Coffee is served in the morning and in the afternoon.


You may have the opportunity to get together with other volunteers and share their experience. We encourage you to plan short trips to visit other parts of Nepal depending on your interests. Rainbow Children Home has made arrangements for volunteers to get discounted rates for certain activities including: Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Trekking etc. If you are interested, please let us know, it's usually significantly cheaper to book this within Nepal than from your home country.

End of Your Placement

At the end of your placement you must leave the accommodation. You are welcome to stay in the area and participate in more activities and sightseeing or to visit other areas of Nepal. Another good reason to stay that little bit longer is for the shopping! The products here are more than likely a lot cheaper than they would be in your home country, so go mad with what money you have left!!

You can also continue to contribute through sponsorship of the children. You may leave Nepal, but you will never forget it.

What is not included?

You are expected to cover your travel expenses and costs if you are arriving before the volunteering starts, and when your placement has finished. Please bring enough money for any souvenirs, personal items, meals and drinks outside of the program, and extra drinks (beer!!). This cannot be paid for by Rainbow Children Home.

Drugs, Smoking & Alcohol

Many tourists are targeted by people who ask you if you want to ‘smoke' or the more bold ones ask you if you would like marijuana or hashish. We strongly recommend that you do not indulge. If you are caught, Rainbow children Home cannot help you, and your embassy will not make any effort to rescue you. Smoking is very common in Nepal.

While on placement, it is important that you stay aware of your surroundings. Please do not drink or smoke in sight of the children.

An A to Z of advice now that you're in Nepal Activities

Many volunteers like to try something in addition to volunteering during their time in Nepal. Previous activities have included trekking, rafting, visiting the jungle, bungee jumping, visiting Lumbini and much more. Most activities can be arranged by yourself or you may want to team up with other volunteers. However, if you do want to do an arranged activity, such as trekking tour. bungee jumping or rafting.

As a professional Nepal Independent trekking guide for all of the popular trekking destinations in Nepal ,we specialize a wide ranges of treks for either single or large groups to suits both novices and experience trekkers of Nepal. The trekking can be operated in both Tea House Style or Camping trek on request. Whether you have two days or several weeks to spend in the mountains we will tailor an itinerary to suite your needs.

Below is table that provides a broad overview of trekking possibilities in Nepal. we have designed the treks grading to assist clients in selecting compatible treks. Please read this page on the Trekking Grade to find a route to suite your fitness level in Nepal.

Trek Destinations Days Trek Style Mx. Altitude Grade Seasons
Annapurna Circuit Trekking 18-21 Lodge 5416 C Sep-DecFeb-May
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking 10-14 Lodge 4130 B Oct-May
Jomsom / Muktinath Trekking 7-10 Lodge 3800 A-B Sep-May
Ghorepani / Poonhill Trekking 8 Lodge / Camp 3194 A Oct-May
Ghandruk Trekking 5 Lodge 1940 A Oct May
Mustang Trekking 12-14 Camp 4300 C Apr-May
Tilicho Trekking 24 Lodge 4200 C Mar-MaySep-Nov
Royal Trekking 3-4 Camp 1730 A Sep-May
Panchase Trekking 8 Camp 2509 A Sep-May

Trekking in Langtang Region

Trek Destinations Days Trek Style Mx. Altitude Grade Seasons
Langtang Valley Trekking 9 Lodge 3900 C Oct-May
Langtang / Gosainkunda Trekking 14 Lodge 4381 C Oct-May
Helambu Trekking 7 Lodge 3800 A Sep-May
Langtang + Gosainkunda + HelambuTrekking 14 Lodge 4381 C Oct-May
Ganja-La Pass Trekking 13 Camp 5200 D Sep-NovMar-May
Ganesh Himal + Langtang Trekking 17 Camp 4600 C Oct-May
Shivapuri Trekking 4 Lodge/Camp 2800 C Sep-May

Trek Destinations Days Trek Style Mx. Altitude Grade Seasons
Dhaulagiri Trekking 18-25 Annapurna 5300 D Apr-maySep-Nov
Mustang Trekking 25 Annapurna 5135 B Apr-Nov
Upper Dolpo Trekking 26-28 Far Western 5400 D Apr-Nov
Kanchanjanga Trekking 22-29 Far Eastern 5400 D Apr-MaySep-Nov
Manaslu Trekking 22-24 Manaslu 5135 D Sep-NovApr-Aug
Makalu Base Camp Trekking 18-22 Eastern 5000 C Sep-May
Ganesh Himal Trekking 14-19 Langtang 4070 C Oct-May
Rara Lake Trekking 10-11 Far Western 3710 B Mar-Dec
Simikot Trekking 7-14 Mt. Kailash 5,600 D Sep-NovApr-Aug
Siklesh Trekking 7-8 Annapurna 2000 A Sep-May
Rolwaling Trekking 19-21 Everest 5310 C Oct-May

Trekking In Non Touristy Areas

Trek Destinations Days Trek Style Mx. Altitude Grade Seasons
Kilinchok Trekking 14 Langtang 3,579 B Sep-Dec Mar-May
Sailung Trekking 11 Everest 2,500 C Sep-Dec Mar-May
Singla Pass & Jemrung Trekking 10 Langtang 2,000 C Oct-Dec Mar-May
Trisuli - Gorkha (Lower Ganesh Himal) 8 Langtang 1,800 B Sep-Dec Mar-May

Language Basics

Learning a few of the basics is really opens up a country to the traveler, visitor, tourist... Just a little of the language will help you to get around, to meet people and to really deepen your experience of a culture. It shows the locals that you want to learn about them and care about their country and culture. So start with these basics... note: Underlined words are shown as samples only, you should substitute as necessary.

Basic Greetings & Pleasantries:
Nepali Language English Translation
Namaste Hello, Greetings, I bless the divine in you
Namaskar The more casual version of Namaste
Hajur All purpose term meaning yes? Pardon, Excuse me?
(Tapaiilai) Kasto Cha? How are you?
(Malai) Thik Cha I am fine
Khana khannu bhaiyo? Have you eaten? (used often as informal greeting)
Dhanybhad Thank you
Tapaiiko naam ke ho? What is you name?
Mero naam Ann-Marie ho My name is Ann-Marie
Maaph garnphnus Excuse me/ pardon me/ sorry
Maile bhujhina I don't understand
Maile bhujhe I understand
Pheri bhetaunla I hope we meet again
Useful Adjectives
Nepali Language English Translation
Mahango / Sasto Expensive / Cheap
Ramro / Naramro Good / Bad
Sapha / Phohar Clean / Dirty
Thulo / Sano Big / Small
Sajilo / Gahro Easy / Hard
Thada / Najik Far / Close
Chito / Dhilo Fast / Slow
Tato / Cheeso Hot / Cold (for food)
Garmi / Jaado Hot / Cold (for weather)
Naya / Purano New / Old
Dhani / Garib Rich / Poor
Add ‘dherai' to show ‘very'
Ex. Trekking dherai gahro cha Trekking is very hard
Question Words
Nepali Language English Translation
Ke What
Kahaang Where
Kati How much
Kina / kinabhane Why / because
Kasko Whose
Kahile When
Kun Which
Kasari How
Kasto How (of quality)
Feelings and Emotions
Nepali Language English Translation
Malaai ______ lagyo / lagena. I feel / don't feel ______.
Birami / sick Bhok / hungry
Raksi / drunk Thirkaa / thirsty
Khushee / happy Dukha / sad
Thakai / tired Alchee / lazy
Dar / scared Nindra / sleepy
Jaado / cold Garmi / hot
1 / ek 6 / cha 15 / pandhra 50 / pachaase
2 / dui 7 / saat 20 / beece 60 / sathi
3 / tin 8 / aath 25 / pacheece 70 / sattari
4 / char 9 / nau 30 / teece 80 / assi
5 / panchs 10 / das 40 / chaleece 90 / nabbe
100 / ek saye) 200 / dui saye 1000 ek hazar  

Trekking Cost:

We have our own trekking packages for our volunteers.

If you need any further information please contact to Rainbow Children Home- Nepal.

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