Cultural Exchange & Homestay

paying guests. It’s believed that the home stay started early when peace corp volunteers used to be placed in Nepali host families. In 70s and 80s expatriates and international research students also placed at host families. Currently globalization and information rapid development makes easy to network more international and local companies in placing people to host stay.
Nepali culture is diverse, there are numbers of tribal group reside in different parts of the country. Each tribal group has their own dialect they used Nepali language to communicate with inter group. They celebrate their own festival like sherpas, Gurugn and Tamang they celebrate “Lhosar”, Newari group celebrate “indrajatra, ghode jatra, kwanti purnimaa.” Similarly other tribal group Rai, Limbu celebrates Cahndipurne.

Home stay program is a unique opportunities to observe Nepali and other tribal group culture and their lifestyle. Hands for Help Nepal offers home stay program for students, expatriates volunteers or anyone who wants to see Nepal very closely. The home stay program could be arranged in rural, urban and other location in BB basis or full board basis. Our hosts have already served numbers of international paying guests who experience a worthwhile time. They are very hospitable, helpful, understand more western culture and respect it.

Hands for Help Nepal main objectives of this program is to introduce Home Stay program in Nepal and help to students who wish to research about related with Nepal and Nepalese. More over we aim to support volunteer in understaffed community schools, teach local women group and youth group. Depend on participants’ availability you can work 3 to 6 hours a day, 6 days a week.

As a participant for cross culture and home stay program you will:

  1. be flexible and able to demonstrate respect for another culture;
  2. be sensitive to local cultural values;
  3. be willing to observe prevailing workplace hierarchies and protocol;
  4. be able to work independently;
  5. be willing to serve others in the way they want to be served;
  6. be able to demonstrate initiative and have a sense of humor;
  7. be open to other possibilities, differing opinions, and values that may contradict your own;
  8. be able to function as a member of a team;

Project Location:

  1. Kathmandu & Patan
  2. Sindhupalchok
  3. Lamjung
  4. Parbat
  5. Chitwan


S.N Weeks Cost €
1 1 Week 250€
2 2 Weeks 325€
3 3 weeks 400€
4 4 Weeks 475€
5 Each additional week 50€


Upon your arrival, you will be picked up at the airport in Kathmandu and placed in a hostel. You will go to Hands for Help office to introduce with staff member, code of conduct about Hands for Help Nepal and briefing about your project and placement.

You will have your orientation appropriate to length of volunteering and necessities. During this time, you will participate in a 3-day volunteer orientation designed to ensure a smooth transition into Nepali culture life and a productive contribution to the local community. The orientation will provide you with extensive information about your new work situation, as well as tips on handling intercultural issues. After completion your orientation you will be taken to your placement.

  1. Nepali cultural orientation, dos and dos not in NepalDashain Festival
  2. Teaching English as foreign Language (TEFL) and peer teaching ( if necessary)
  3. Personal safety/health /communication system
  4. Sightseeing/ travel and tours information

Date and Duration:

  1. The program starts on the first and sixteenth of each month.
  2. You can volunteer from 2 weeks to 5 months in a calendar year.

School are closed in these dates:

  1. 17th to 27th October-The biggest festival, Dashain
  2. 29th Dec to 26th January-Winter Break
  3. 30th March to 15th April-Final Exam
  4. 15th June to 15th July-Summer Break

Due to exams and festivals, public holiday’s school schedules are normally disrupted. So it is recommended that you choose other program like, Teaching at Buddhist Monasteries and Orphanage Program.


During orientation volunteer will be placed in a hostel in Kathmandu. Either you will get your own room or share with your group friends.Depending on monasteries, if there is enough space then you will be staying at monasteries who provide you a room. You have to understand Nepal is a one of the poorest country so you do not expect very cozy board in rural host family. Some placement may not have electricity they use either solar panel electricity with few voltage power or they use candle and kerosene lamp.


During orientation you will have food as per your choice in Kathmandu. There are varieties of restaurants that offer Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Nepali and other continental foods. During your placement you will be provided with Nepali food Daal (lentil soup), bhaat (rice) with vegetable and sometimes eggs or meat if you are non-vegetarian. Most of the meals with host families are organic. If they have buffalo or cow they will offer you non-pasteurized milk. Usually host family eat food at 8:30 am and 7:30 pm in the noon they provide you snack that would be puff corn, beaten rice, noodles etc.


During orientation you will involve in a two days tour after finishing your daily Nepali language

  1. Day 1 - visiting monkey temple (a famous Budhhist stupa on the peak of hill swayambhunath) and Kathmandu Durbar square where old palaces are made by Lichchhabi, Malla and Shah Dynasties.
  2. Day 2 - Visiting the biggest Hindu Temple the Pasupati Nath and the world Biggest Budhist Stupa Baudha Nath
  3. During your placement your host family or our coordinator will escort you to explore beautiful locations around.