Global Internships Programme

Pre-Departure Preparation

All our interns attend a pre-departure training day close to our office. The course aims to prepare you on all aspects of your placement. You will be able to meet your fellow interns, returned interns, and Global Action managers - all questions welcome! Through interactive and fun sessions, you will learn about:

  • Nepal: an introduction to Nepali history, culture and language
  • Effective fundraising: we have 10 years - experience in helping students fundraise, and will help you set realistic targets through activities with the maximum financial return
  • Your placement: location, job description, accommodation, communications, weekends and independent travel advice
  • Our support to you both in Nepal, and on your return; Health and safety during your placement and independent travel
  • Flights, visas and insurance, clothing, and spending money; Our values, and what we expect from you

Nepal Placement

Arriving in Nepal: The group flight departs from London and will be seen off by a Global Action manager. You will fly into Kathmandu, be met by our Nepal Co-ordinator, and taken to a small hotel in Thamel where you stay for two nights. The following day, you will have a guided tour of Kathmandu's famous 15th Century Durbar Square, and the stunning 7th Century Buddhist Stupa of Bouddhanath.

Nepal Orientation Course: 4 Days. The following day, you will travel out to the beautiful Shivapuri National Park, home to a wide diversity of amazing wildlife, north of the Kathmandu Valley. Here, our Nepal Co-ordinator, expatriates and local experts will run a series of fun and participatory workshops on:

  • Nepal's history, development challenges, Hinduism and Buddhism, ethnic groups, customs, do's and don'ts (dress, manners etc)
  • Nepali language
  • Safety, health and our support
  • Technical placement preparation (e.g. for Teacher placements, background on education in Nepal, expectations, teaching methods etc)

We will enjoy an afternoon of hiking, meet local villagers, and learn how the mountain economy really works! After the course, we will take your group to your accommodation, and ensure you are well settled in for your placement. Our Nepal Co-ordinator will visit you regularly, and will never be more than a phone call away if you need them!

Your Placement: You will be based in either the Kathmandu Valley, or the tranquil lakeside town of Pokhara in the foothills of the Annapurna Mountains. A Global Internship requires a minimum commitment of 2 months. We believe this commitment ensures a positive result for you, the organisation you will be interning for, and the communities you will be working with. As with any new job placement, it will take a few weeks to feel settled and master your new roles and responsibilities.

We suggest four months as the ideal duration of your internship. This way, you are more likely to have a longer-term impact in your job, and significantly improve your technical skills and professional knowledge.

Accommodation: During your internship, you will live in groups of 2-4 with a friendly host Nepali family, close to your host organisation or school. You will be provided with all meals, and enjoy a unique, (and privileged), insight into the relaxed yet traditional way of life in Nepal. Living with other interns fosters a great team spirit, and gives you the perfect travel partners!

Adventure Package - all included!

We think it would be crazy to go all the way to Nepal and not take time out to enjoy the spectacular scenery. So, after you finish your internship, we can provide you with a fantastic 18-day all-inclusive adventure package!

Lower Mustang Trek, Annapurna Mountains

You will enjoy a wonderful trek into the stunning Annapurna mountain range, fully supported by mules or porters, (who carry the heavy bags!). The Lower Mustang Trek starts in subtropical Alpine forests teeming with wildlife, and finishes in the semi-arid Tibetan plateau, surrounded by spectacular views of 8,000m peaks!

You will enjoy delicious freshly-cooked meals in traditional teahouses (Alpine lodges). Trekking up the Kali Gandaki gorge, believed to be the world's deepest gorge, you can explore ancient forts, colourful Buddhist monasteries, and visit the sacred temple at Muktinath, one of Asia's holiest pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists.

White water rafting, Chitwan National Park, Kopan Monastery

You then enjoy a day of thrilling white-water rafting, navigating through rapids, and passing amazing wildlife and jungle communities! Nepal has some of the best white water rafting in the world, and the river we use is perfect for beginners and intermediates.

We finish our adventure with two days in the breathtaking Chitwan National Park, home to the endangered Asian rhino, many species of birds, and elephants. You will have a unique safari experience riding on elephants, giving you a great view of the wildlife, before you join in bathing the elephants in the river!

The Kopan Monastery is a spiritual oasis that overlooks the Kathmandu Valley, and is a renowned international centre for Buddhist study and meditation. Here, we will conduct an individual and team review, how you can apply your new skills for your return, and the post-placement support we provide.

After celebrations in Thamel on the final night, we will provide a transfer to the International Airport the following day for your return / onward flight.

Post-Placement Support

We will give you strong support on your return to the UK, because we believe that this is key to reaching your career goals. Global Action will provide professional career support to you by telephone and email, including:

  • CV writing - how to promote your new skills and learning from your Nepal placement
  • Interview preparation and presentations
  • References for employers and universities, highlighting the employable skills and experience you have gained during your placement
  • We can work with your university or college, where applicable, so you can secure academic credit for your internship
  • For those interested in an international development career, we can give further advice on careers and postgraduate study options

Action at Home kit

We actively encourage all our returned Interns to engage with their old school, university, or community about your powerful experiences. Audiences will be fascinated to hear your stories from Nepal! We provide you with an Action At Home kit which includes presentation templates and ideas to engage your audience, (linked to the UN's Millennium Development Goals, climate change, environmental protection and poverty reduction). Be a catalyst for positive change, and help raise awareness for a more just and sustainable world. As the renowned anthropologist, Dr Margaret Mead, said:

"Never doubt that a small number of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Nepal Pewa Lake whitewater rafting Nuns Mountain Trek L Interviews Nakchu Clinic Tenzin and Dekyi trekking turtle

Nepal: Country Profile

Nepal is landlocked between the Tibet Autonomous Region and India. The country contains the greatest altitude variation on Earth, from the lowland plains (Terai) at almost sea-level, to the hills region, and mountain region of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest at 8,848 metres. In fact, Nepal has 8 of the 10 highest mountain peaks in the world!

The collision between the Indian subcontinent and Eurasian continent, which started 65 million years ago, continues today, pushing up the 1,500 mile-long Himalaya and the Tibetan Plateau: a spectacular example of the modern effects of plate tectonics. The dramatic differences in elevation found in Nepal results in a variety of biomes - from tropical savannas, grasslands, and subtropical broadleaf forests to coniferous forests, from montane grasslands, to rock and ice at the highest elevations.

Politics and Religion

Nepal has emerged from a decade of civil unrest. In 2005, protests by all political parties led to the establishment of a multi-party democratic assembly. Hinduism and Buddhism co-exist peacefully in Nepal, to the extent where both religions share some of the same deities and temples. For example, both Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims revere the sacred Muktinath temple in the Annapurna mountains (where Global Action treks to).

Development and Climate Change

Nepal, one of the least developing countries, (with a GDP per capita of $US 294), has made significant progress towards eradicating poverty and meeting the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The population below the poverty line has declined from 42‰ in 1996 to 25‰ in 2010. Net Primary Enrolment in schools has increased from 81‰ in 2002 to 94.5‰ in 2010. According to the World Health Organisation (2012) nutrition and food security are still serious concerns - about half of under-five children are affected by stunting.

Remittances can play a valuable part in family income. Nepal received up to $50 million a year from its renowned Gurkha soldiers who serve in both the British and Indian armies.

Climate variability related to climate change is already having serious impacts such as retreating Himalayan glaciers and reduced rice crops. However, Nepal's potential for hydropower is 100 times its existing use, and if Nepal could export its hydropower to India, it could raise an estimated $2 billion in revenue (UK FCO, 2012).

Nepal's spectacular landscape, diverse religions and rich cultures represent significant tourist potential. Trekking is by far the most popular activity for international visitors, pioneered by a Gurkha officer, Lt. Colonel 'Jimmy' Roberts, in the early 1960s.

Village in hills

Development Co-ordinators

Nepal, one of the least developing countries in the world, has made significant progress towards eradicating poverty. However, 25‰ of the population still live in absolute poverty. Global Action provides a range of exciting internships with international and local development organisations based in Kathmandu and Pokhara, with frequent fieldwork in mountainous rural areas.

Working as a Development Co-ordinator, you will gain invaluable field and headquarters experience, working alongside Nepali, and international, experts on long-term poverty reduction programmes. The amount of responsibility you will be given will depend on your skills, experience and confidence. This kind of hands-on development experience is often hard to get, and will look excellent on your CV - especially for future international work.


Potential roles include:

  • Supporting field-based monitoring, evaluation, and country-wide reporting on long-term poverty-alleviation programmes (health, education, disaster risk reduction, community-led microfinance and small enterprise management).
  • Engineers supporting community-driven activities: disaster risk reduction, early warning systems, community protection systems from landslides or earthquakes, installation of drinking water systems, and systems maintenance training for communities.
  • Supporting capacity building, accounting and finance, marketing, fundraising, research, advocacy, gender, livelihoods. We are often looking for graduates or career-changers with expertise in one of these specialist areas.

Please note: the above is an outline of the likely roles you will have in this internship. As internships are needs-based, your placement details will be confirmed on the pre-departure briefing day

Video Cam Pictures showing Nepal Girl Nacku MF Family Tap Stand


In Nepal, net primary enrolment in schools has increased from 81% in 2002 to 94.5% in 2010. However, drop-out rates are high, with only 38% girls and 46% boys attending secondary school, due to a variety of context-specific and complex barriers.

University students, graduates & career-changers

You will be placed in pairs in an English-medium secondary school, or an SOS school, in Pokhara, and rural schools outside Kathmandu. You can start off as an assistant teacher and progress as you grow in confidence.

School leavers

You will be placed as a teaching assistant in English-medium primary schools in and around Pokhara and the Kathmandu Valley. You need to show evidence for further study in your specific area (e.g. a place on a PGCE course) or a keen interest in a teaching career, in order to be considered for these placements.

Teaching in Nepal

Trainee Teachers

Many schools in Nepal are English Medium (instruction is in English). As a result, you are an invaluable resource as a native English speaker both in primary schools (where parents would like their children to start learning English as soon as possible) and secondary.

These schools have limited resources, and English teachers are in high demand as they are often able to bring imaginative teaching methods into the classroom.

Depending on your subject knowledge and the requirements of the school, you may be asked to teach English, maths, geography, IT or even science. The most essential skills you need are enthusiasm, creativity, and the ability to think on your feet!

We provide you with thorough teacher training during the Nepal Orientation Course, and a Teaching Guide developed by a TEFL-qualified teacher, who has extensive teaching experience in Nepal.

There are many rewarding extra-curricular opportunities to teach PE, coach sports such as football and netball, direct plays, and even help establish a library! The school students will be very enthusiastic to learn from you, and you will forge lifelong friendships with the school teachers and children.

Please note: the above is an outline of the likely roles you will have in this internship. As internships are needs-based, your placement details will be confirmed on the pre-departure briefing day

English Teaching Nacku MF Family Nepali SCH Video Cam Picture

Medical Interns

According to the World Health Organisation (2012), despite improvements in Nepal's health indicators, nutrition and food security are still serious concerns - about half of under-5 children are affected by stunting. Many people travel for days, often on foot, to receive healthcare.

Medical students are very welcome in both Pokhara and Kathmandu, working alongside local doctors and nurses, who are often understaffed. You will be taught key skills in return, so you will be able to work independently.

Pokhara Area: You will be working in either a large referral hospital, or a small community hospital, where birth asphyxia, pneumonia, and obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are common.

Kathmandu Valley: You will be working in a small village hospital or rural clinic, where healthcare access is poor, supporting Nepali doctors.

Trainee Teachers

In both locations, you will be expected to divide your time between shadowing and supporting Nepali medical staff, and provide participatory health and nutrition education workshops to children and mothers at local schools, and nearby orphanages.

The hospitals and clinics will be very grateful for your support and you will forge lifelong friendships with your colleagues!

Please note: the above is an outline of the likely roles you will have in this internship. As internships are needs-based, your placement details will be confirmed on the pre-departure briefing day

Nakchu Clinic Nomad mola and daughter

Veterinary Interns

In Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, thousands of dogs live on the streets. Many suffer from severe infections or starvation. We provide a unique veterinary internship working with an internationally respected Animal Welfare organisation, which aims to humanely create a healthy, stable dog population, and provide medical treatment for sick and injured dogs, vaccinations, and humane education.

Animal Ambulance

As a veterinary intern, you will work with staff vets, learn different approaches to veterinary medicine, and help treat illnesses and injuries of street dogs and cats that are uncommon in developed countries.

You will ride on the centre's animal ambulances with staff, who catch and release street dogs and respond to emergency rescue calls. You will also facilitate participatory workshops in local schools and universities, educating children and young adults in the humane treatment of animals.

Please note: the above is an outline of the likely roles you will have in this internship. As internships are needs-based, your placement details will be confirmed on the pre-departure briefing day

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Conservation Co-ordinators

Nepal's unique mountain biodiversity is currently suffering due to deforestation and poor management of natural resources. Increased population growth is causing a higher demand for fire wood, timber, fodder and land to grow food. Illegal timber harvesting and unsustainable tourism are also significant threats.

We arrange four internships a year working with an effective Nepalese conservation agency that manages the world-famous Annapurna Mountain area (over 7,600km - ).

This conservation area covers subtropical forests to Alpine and 8,000m ice-covered peaks, and is rich in biodiversity - over 1,200 species of plants, 100 different mammals and 400 bird species.

Lower Mustang Trek

The beautiful Kali Gandaki River has carved the deepest gorge in the world, and the conservation area includes the semi-arid Tibetan plateau in Mustang, dotted with colourful Buddhist monasteries. The area is home to some unique wildlife, including the snow leopard, golden eagles, musk deer, black bears, many different species of monkeys, Himalayan tahr, and Himalayan blue sheep.

As an intern supervised by the conservation organisation's Nepali experts, you will be expected to work on a range of activities:

  • Facilitating participatory environmental education workshops with local villages and lodge owners to promote ecotourism. This includes: promoting rules for kerosene use where firewood is prohibited, clean water and sanitation, solar and micro-hydro energy, biogas and improved cooking stoves, anti-poaching, and seed management.
  • Monitoring endangered species (e.g. snow leopards, red panda, musk deer) through camera traps and field census.
  • Natural resource management - supporting community reforestation, soil and water activities, building nursery programmes.
  • Researching, monitoring and reporting on all long-term environmental protection programmes for international donors.

This kind of hands-on experience is often hard to get, and will look excellent on your CV, especially for future work in this sector.

Please note: the above is an outline of the likely roles you will have in this internship. As internships are needs-based, your placement details will be confirmed on the pre-departure briefing day

Elephants Muktinath Tap Stand

Social Care Workers

In Nepal, there are approximately 602 child care homes, housing 15,095 orphan children (IRIN Asia, 2011). Most of these children live in extreme poverty. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, UK volunteers and interns are in high demand to support understaffed and under-resourced care workers.

You will provide invaluable support to the children and to the orphanage, in a range of activities:

Lower Mustang Trek
  • Teaching basic conversational English, maths, IT, and essential health and hygiene skills.
  • Help initiate extra-curricular opportunities to teach PE, sports coaching (e.g. football, netball), direct a play or concert, or even establish a small library! The children will be very enthusiastic to learn from you. We provide all our interns with a Teaching Guide developed by a TEFL-qualified teacher with extensive experience teaching in Nepali classrooms.
  • You will also act as an older sibling to the children, taking them on small excursions nearby to visit a local monastery or nunnery.
  • Global Interns will support the orphanage staff with improving reporting or administrative systems, and essential renovation works to the orphanage centre.

We place Global Interns at two orphanages in the Pokhara area and Kathmandu Valley where support is most needed. You will make lifelong friends with the staff and children, and the work is highly rewarding!

Please note: the above is an outline of the likely roles you will have in this internship. As internships are needs-based, your placement details will be confirmed on the pre-departure briefing day

Painter Rooftops of Kathmandu

2017 - 2018 Nepal Costs

Four months in Nepal costs £3,349 (excluding flights) and £4,221 (with London-Kathmandu return flights). This is fully inclusive of the following:

1. Pre-Departure Training and Preparation

  • Informal face-to-face interview, initial briefing and references taken up
  • Finding you a suitable placement in Nepal
  • Pre-departure training day, covering: fundraising, placement, safety, country advice, and discounts with Cotswold Outdoor and MASTA Travel Clinics
  • Comprehensive placement and pre-departure information, fundraising kit, individual support and advice by email and telephone. This includes advice on visas, insurance, group flight booking or individual flight arrangements
  • ATOL protection (if Global Action book your flights)
  • Group departure briefing from a London airport

2. Nepal

  • Meet and greet, transportation on arrival in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu: 2 nights hotel accommodation, food, and guided 1 day tour
  • 4-day Nepal Orientation Course at Shivapuri National Park, including food, accommodation, activities
  • Transfer from Orientation Course to your placement accommodation
  • Your accommodation and food whilst on your placement (you will need to budget for food if you want to do weekend trips)
  • 24-hour support from our friendly Nepal Co-ordinator, and our UK office staff during your placement
  • 18 day Adventure Package, which includes your fully supported Annapurna mountain trek, white-water rafting, Chitwan Jungle and Kopan Monastery activities. All food, accommodation, activities included
  • Transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport for your return flight

3. Post-Placement Support

You are responsible for: Travel insurance: our recommended and comprehensive policy starts at - 90 for 94 days; Tourist Visa: currently US$100 for 90 days, and US$60 for the next 30 days. We will advise you on how to obtain this; Inoculations; Independent travel costs.

If you do not wish to take advantage of the Adventure Package, we can arrange your Global Internship at a reduced cost.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions: our Directors have been interns and volunteers in Nepal, and we would be delighted to answer any questions you have!

Mark in Nepal White Water Rafting Group Photo