Volunteering programs of Riddhi Nepal are absolutely the most affordable in Nepal. The fees that volunteers pay are utilized for their food and accommodation, training, sponsoring Nepali children, the costs for their Nepali counterparts, and travel.
RIDDHI NEPAL is a non-government organization, and is always working to raise funds through various activities and fundraisers, and by trying to coordinate programs with like-minded organizations. Thus, we charge our volunteers a nominal amount for raising the funds needed to carry out all of our projects. Volunteer fees starts from US$250 per week on-wards, depending heavily upon the program and the length of stay. Certain programs follow a stricter schedule and include a good deal of traveling, trekking, and other activities. These programs are thus slightly more expensive, in order for RIDDHI NEPAL to provide for all travel arrangements and accommodations. The volunteering period ranges from 1 week to 5 months, depending upon the time availability of the volunteers. The volunteer fee is to be paid upon arrival in Kathmandu
Program Periods (weeks-Amount per person
1 week US $ 250
2 weeks US $ 350
3 weeks US $ 450
4 weeks (one month US $ 550
6 weeks US $ 700
Extra week added US $ 100
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM COST
The program fee covers Airport Pickup, transportation during Kathmandu sightseeing program
Program Induction: Basic Nepali Language, Cultural Class and program orientation etc
Sightseeing tour expenses
Hotel accommodation or home-stay cost during program induction period
Land transportation to project site including drop & pick up
Accommodation and meals during your placement
24 hours availability of Riddhi Nepal staff for emergency support
Contribution to projects and host family
Support for ongoing community development projects
Riddhi Nepal staff visit to placements
Assistance to extent your visa (if required
Return transportation from Project site to Kathmandu
Assistance for your departure
The program fee excludes the following
Airfare and Visa fees ( Visa fees: US$ 25 for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days, US$ 100 for 90 days and US$ 2 per additional day–Visa can be obtained upon arrival in Tri-Bhuwan International Airport
Insurance fees Personal and weekends travel expenses (trekking, rafting, jungle safari etc
Personal expenses (Generally, US$ 10-30/week – depends on you
Travel and medical insurances and immunization
World heritage sites entrance fee (US$ 10-20)
Gifts & personal purchases
For detail break down of costs:
Orientation costs; guided tour; sightseeing; Transportation Costs; Airport Pick-up /Drop; transportations to placements and tours; Host Family Cost; Food & Accommodation cost; Volunteer Support Administrative cost; Office rent; telephone; Internet; Electricity; Salary of staff; Staff transportation; Stationary & Marketing Cost; Advertising, Internet Marketing; Program Marketing cost; Website Updates & Maintenance.
Direct to Projects: This amount goes to ongoing projects in schools (books, constructions, rebuilding & furnishing of classrooms), monasteries (Foods & Clothes), Orphanages (Bed, Foods, Educational expenses), in Child Sponsorships & Scholarships, Health and hygiene (Medicines & Equipments) Support to women groups and centers. These are the final costs for a single volunteer program. There are not any hidden charges or surcharges to it. Thank you
WHAT AM I PAYING FOR?
Organizations employ full time staff to build partnerships and recruit, support, and manage volunteers. There is a lot of work that goes into ensuring your program is set up and you are supported before and during your trip.
Recruiting Volunteers: Most local NGOs are unable to afford the cost of recruiting international volunteers. This cost is taken up by the organization and includes advertising, brochures, and customer service for prospective volunteers. A portion of a volunteer's fee goes directly into maintaining this recruitment drive for the future to ensure a consistent flow of volunteers.
Supporting Volunteers: Many international volunteers have never traveled overseas. Organizations provide a wide range of support to their volunteers including pre-departure help with information about vaccinations, travel insurance, and fundraising.
Managing Volunteers: Depending on the goals, the projects can take weeks or years to complete. Short term volunteers often cannot complete an entire project during their stay. To manage the flow of volunteers to and from projects. This management allows volunteers with limited time to hit the ground running.
Supervising Volunteers: Fees paid by volunteers often support one or more persons from the organization to provide daily or regular coordination and direction to the project. Their daily costs such as meals, accommodation and transport are also considered. Professional group leader, who works alongside the volunteers and is with the group 24/7 to oversee safety, the educational experience and assist with project logistics.
Training and Orientation: Many projects require volunteers to have orientations and training in special skills. A portion of the fee paid by volunteers goes towards this orientation and training when necessary.
Meals and Accommodation: Fees paid to a volunteer service organization cover costs of meals and accommodations for volunteers. Host location receives a stipend to provide food and accommodations, usually in hostels, family home stays, or group accommodations. Organization ensures and provides a safe and welcoming atmosphere for the volunteers.
Local Transport: Local transportation in a foreign country can be intimidating, especially when you are new to the country. Sending organizations often arrange safe local transport to and from the airport and other destinations. On a project site, if local transport is required, normally a project’s fees will include transport between the project accommodations and the work site. It is usual for volunteers to pay for their own transport during free time.
The Project Itself: The most important use for the volunteer fees is on the project itself. Program fees help fund the project activities and pay for much-needed resources, from school supplies to construction materials. That said, it’s not uncommon for organizations to have a “wish list” of additional donation items that may be difficult to source locally, anything from second hand electronics, to English books for children. Depending on the scope of the project, an organization may also need to source additional funding through grants or local fundraising. However, every dollar, peso or rand, counts; with every new volunteer comes the funding to continue the project into the future.
Besides my volunteering fee, is it necessary to raise extra funds before I start volunteering with Riddhi Nepal?
It isn’t necessary for volunteers to contribute additional money once they have paid their volunteer fee. However, many previous volunteers have raised additional funds through donations from their friends and families, prior to arriving in Nepal. These volunteers dispense their collected funds by creating their own projects within Riddhi Nepal, in an area the volunteer deems appropriate. To begin and complete a project of your own undertaking can be a very rewarding experience. Riddhi Nepal encourages volunteers to consider this as an option as it is a wonderful contribution.
Also you will need a weekly budget of approximately up to US $60 to cater for all your other expenses like bottled water, snacks, personal items, beverages and entertainment, etc.