This epic adventure includes 28 days exploring colourful Kathmandu, trekking the Himalayas, exploring through Chitwan and volunteering in Pokhara. Nepal has been a hotspot for travellers, dating back many years. Whilst the world has changed, Nepal is still catching up – one of the many reasons that makes it such a fascinating country. Its landscape is diverse and harsh yet beautiful beyond belief. Many of its people live in poverty yet remain as proud and welcoming as ever. You may leave Nepal at the end of your 4-week programme but you are certain never to forget it.


PMGY’s Real Nepal Experience combines adventure travel with community volunteering as well as ticking off all the ‘must-do’s’ Nepal has to offer. The whole experience will be fun, diverse and culturally enriching whilst also making a positive impact on the local community.


1. Have fun practicing your Nepalese after free lessons
2. Stroll through the medieval city squares of Katmandu
3. Get stuck into some seriously life enhancing volunteering with a range of projects
4. 5 days trekking in the Annapurna region of the Himalayan Mountains
5. Bicycle tour round 20,000 Lakes and through indigenous villages
6. Gorge on authentic, super tasty and inexpensive Nepalese cuisine
7. White water rafting on the Trisuli River
8. Blessed with spectacular scenery, Pokhara is an adventure capital
9. Paragliding over the beautiful Phewa Lake anyone?
10. Spending time with the warm, friendly and resilient Nepalese people


Nepal is simply sublime. From the colourful, fluttering prayer flags to the ever present dramatic mountainous backdrop, this awe inspiring country beguiles travellers. The massive earthquake on 25th April 2015 had a devastating effect but Nepal has slowly bounced back with a strong, determined spirit. It is now considered perfectly safe to travel to Nepal and as you travel the breadth of the country you will probably not be aware there was a recent earthquake.


The trip starts in intoxicating Kathmandu where we will prepare you for the upcoming weeks through a combination of cultural briefings, language lessons and sightseeing. The trip continues onto Pokhara for a 5-day trek through the spectacular Himalayan mountain scenery, stopping on the way for a full day of white-water rafting. We then move onto Chitwan National Park where we will take a walk through the jungle and a bicycle tour round 20,000 Lakes and indigenous villages, followed by a 10-day volunteering placement, before returning to Kathmandu to complete the 4-week trip. Phew!


Your group will travel together visiting some of the best destinations Nepal has to offer, as well as some of the hidden gems most visitors never see! PMGY coordinators will accompany you throughout your stay, so you’ll get the chance to learn so much about the Nepal throughout your travels. Further details on your travel experience can be found by clicking the itinerary tab above.


The group will spend two weeks engaging in community volunteering at one of the English teaching or childcare placements that we support. You will volunteer in Nepal for around 3-5 hours each day. Your role will range from childcare and English teaching, to organising games and activities for the children. If you don’t have any teaching experience then there is no need to worry. You’ll be working alongside other members of your group, and our local team will assist you with planning activities and lessons so you have a clear idea of what to do at the project. We expect every volunteer to spend an hour or two each evening preparing activities and lessons for the following day. There may also be the chance to support in some rennovation and building work depending on the needs at the time.


Participants on the real experience are advised to note and be flexible when it comes to the volunteering aspect of the trip. The type of volunteering and location can differ as it is often dependent on factors such as the size of the group, the need at the time and volunteers project preference. So the volunteering programme is finalised when in Nepal and our local team will run through the options for this accordingly.


We encourage volunteers to prepare as much as possible for their teaching programme overseas. You can make the most out of your time by completing our convenient, inexpensive and international accredited 60-hour Online TEFL Course for just $150.


Please make sure you arrive into Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (KTM) on the selected Sunday start date.


Day 1 (Sunday) Welcome to Nepal


Namaste! You will be greeted at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu by one of PMGY’s local coordinators holding a PMGY sign. We will transfer you to the guesthouse in the Thamel area of Kathmandu, where you can relax and meet fellow travellers on the PMGY Mini Nepal Experience.


If possible, it is preferred if you can arrange for your flight to arrive during the day as we’ll have a group welcome dinner that evening so you can get to know everyone.


Your first few days will be spent learning about life in Nepal, site-seeing in Kathmandu and learning Nepalese!


Meals included: Dinner


Day 2-3 (Monday-Tuesday) Orientation Period in Kathmandu


After a refreshing morning breakfast, your day will kick off with a two-hour Nepalese language lesson. Learning Nepalese is not only a great cultural experience but also important preparation for your volunteer placement. Being able to readily communicate with the locals will make your experience all the more enriching.


Your orientation will continue with an introduction to the transport system, safety advice and all the projects we support in the community. You will also have the chance to change money, buy a local phone or SIM Card and visit the supermarket.


The orientation is based in the heart of the tourist centre in Kathmandu so there is plenty of options and variety on offer for lunch.


After lunch, our local team will take you sightseeing around Kathmandu where you will have the chance to check out the famous Monkey Temple, Boudha stupa and Pashupati temple. You will be accompanied by a member of our local team who will teach you all about Kathmandu’s rich and diverse history.


The next morning sees the orientation continue as we return to the office for the final part of the theoretical section of the orientation which is the cultural lesson. Our local team will teach you about life in Nepal, the do’s and don’ts, the local culture and religion.


Volunteers will then have the chance to try somewhere new for lunch in the bustling Thamel area and begin to pick an eye for some early souvenirs.


The afternoon is free for you to engage in more sightseeing and tick off some of the places you did not get to see in the previous day.


Entrance fees to the tourist sites we will visit during the orientation are not included in the Programme Fee and so you should budget around $15 for this.


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 4 (Wednesday) White-Water Rafting


It’s an early start on Wednesday morning, where we will take the bus to Trisuli River for your white water rafting adventure. On-arrival you’ll have breakfast whilst the rafts are prepared. The rapids are graded between 2 and 3 – not too crazy but enough to get your heart racing! Some of the scenery you’ll witness is breath taking plus the guides always make it a fun experience.


What a way to spend the day!


That evening you’ll set up for the night. You’ll spend the night in a tent, camping under the stars!


Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 5 (Thursday) Hello Pokhara!


After breakfast, we will travel to Pokhara. The journey takes around 5-6 hours.


On-arrival into Pokhara you’ll check into the guesthouse where you’ll be staying and then we will go sightseeing around Pokhara.


Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch


Day 6-10 (Friday-Tuesday) Trekking!


It’s the day that you’ve been waiting for! Time to get your hiking boots on as you set off on a life-changing adventure. Over the next five days you’ll be trekking the Himalayan Mountains. Something any trip to Nepal would not be complete without!


The first step is to take the bus to Naya Pul – at 1340m your trek starts here.


The group will be accompanied by a wonderful team of tour guides, porters and Sherpas who will carry your main bag throughout the trek and setup camp at each stop for your arrival. You will only need to carry your daypack with the essential items you’ll need throughout the day.


On your first day you’ll trek for around 5 hours. Your first stop for the night is the village of Ulleri (at an altitude of 1950m).


The following day will take you through Nagge Thati to reach Ghorepani (at an altitude of 2900m). Overall you’ll spend 4 hours trekking on the Saturday.


On the Sunday morning, we ascend out of Ghorepani to climb Poon Hill (3193m), aiming to reach the top for sunrise. The climb up takes approximately one hour and we hope to be rewarded by some stunning views of the Himalayas. We return to Ghorepani for a well-earned breakfast. Time to get trekking again! We’ll descend through dense forest, crossing small bridges and climbing down stone stairways until we reach Tadapani, where we’ll setup camp for the night. The total days trekking is around 6 hours. You’ll be rewarded with some breath-taking views of the Annapurna range including the mighty Annapurna South along the way.


The following morning we’ll trek for 4 hours until we reach Ghandruk, where we’ll take lunch. This small Gurung village has views of Machhapuchhre, the fishtail mountain, and Annapurna South. There is a local museum showing items from the local culture. The rest of your day is free to learn about Gurung culture and rest up.


Tuesday is your last day of trekking. Most of the walking will be in the morning. After lunch, we’ll say our goodbye to the guides and porters before being transferred back to Pokhara. It is customary to tip the guides and ports for their service. Generally, a tip of anywhere from $30 to $50 is acceptable.


The rest of your day is free – by this point you deserve a break! What a mind-blowing few days – just WOW!


Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 11 (Wednesday) A Well Earned Day Off


Today is all about kicking your feet up and relaxing. If you’ve got any energy left you can stroll around Pokhara, checking out the beautiful Phewa Lake. If you fancy it, you could even go paragliding!


Our local team can help you arrange any activities you may wish to do.


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 12-13 (Thursday-Friday) Off To Chitwan!


On the Thursday morning, we will travel to Chitwan. The journey takes around 5 to 6 hours. Over the next two days you’ll explore Nepal’s jungle, visit indigenous villages and jump on a bicycle as we take a bike tour round Bishazari Tal Lake.


Arriving on the early Thursday afternoon Chitwan, we will refresh for lunch before heading out for a jungle walk within Chitwan National Park and canoe ride down the river where you may spot a crocodile or two! We will be sure to take in sunset views and then in the evening we will arrange for you to watch a traditional Tharu indigenous cultural show.


On the Friday another exciting day lies ahead as we take a bicycle ride around Bishazari Tal Lake also known as 20,000 Lakes. The lakes are home to an incredible array of birds, a sizable population of crocodiles and the occasional wandering Rhino and Royal Bengal Tiger.


We will travel through authentic local Tharu Villages, rice fields and some stunning views across the 9km cycle! Cycling among Tharu villages is a good way to observe the lifestyle of this ethnic group from the southern parts of Nepal. A day of cycling in the Nepali countryside will definitely give you a different perspective of this country.


We will have some free time to head into Chitwan town as well and pick up any last minute souvenirs or try some local dialects!


During your time at Chitwan you’ll stay at a guest lodge close to the national park. There is a bar at the lodge where you can hang out in the evenings.


* It may be worth noting that traditionally Chitwan National Park is famous for its elephant safaris. However this is an activity that PMGY do not endorse or feature in the itinerary as we feel the elephants used for these jungle safaris with box riding, heavy loads and poor living conditions do not have their welfare and wellbeing accounted for. Thus we offer alternative exciting activities that take in the beauty of Chitwan in a more ethical and responsible way.


Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 14-25 (Saturday-Wednesday) Volunteering Period


The group will now begin their volunteer placement. You’ll spend the next 10 days getting involved in community projects. The Saturday will see you travelling to your project location and your Sunday will be a free day to rest before the busy volunteer schedule begins on the Monday.


On average you’ll spend around 4 hours each day at the placement working alongside fellow volunteers from the group. This is a fantastic opportunity to give something back during your stay in Nepal and learn about what life is like for Nepalese people.


Depending on the size of the group, you will all work together or be divided into groups. The volunteering work will largely depend on the community needs at the time. This may involve a renovation/building project and/or teaching and childcare opportunities.


No experience is required for the volunteer placements and you will always be placed with another member of your group. Our local team will also provide you with guidance, so you understand what your role is at the project. We also request that volunteers spend an hour or two each day preparing for the following day’s activities.


Participants on the real experience are advised to note and be flexible when it comes to the volunteering aspect of the trip. The type of volunteering and location can differ as it is often dependent on factors such as the size of the group, the need at the time and volunteers project preference. So the volunteering programme is finalised when in Nepal and our local team will run through the options for this accordingly.
Your accommodation during the volunteering period will be dependent on your project type and volunteer location.


Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 26 (Thursday) Back To Kathmandu!


Today you’ll head back to Kathmandu. The trip back to Kathmandu offers some stunning views and is a great time to reflect on what you’ve experienced over the past weeks. The journey takes around 6 hours. When we get back into Kathmandu, we will check into the guesthouse. The rest of the day is free.


Meals included: Breakfast


Day 27 (Friday) Kathmandu!


Today is your last full day of the Real Nepal Experience. Spend today exploring some of the sights in Kathmandu that you didn’t get the chance to see and doing any last-minute shopping.


That evening we will have a group farewell dinner with the PMGY Nepal team – all good things come to an end!


Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 28 (Saturday) Home Time


Unfortunately, it’s time to wave goodbye to Nepal and head home or continue with your travels. Our local team will transfer you back to the airport in time for your flight.


Meals included: Breakfast


* This itinerary is subject to change as a result of unforeseen circumstances. If this is the case it is done with the volunteers best interests at heart. This may be because of variable weather conditions at certain times or may also include alternative volunteering locations depending on the needs of the communities at the time.


What are the programme start dates?

The programme start dates are as follows –


5th July 2020
2nd August 2020

What are the requirements to join?

In order to join the programme, you need to be at least 18 on the programme start date.


We welcome volunteers of all backgrounds, nationalities and religions. You must be able to provide us with a clean criminal background check prior to your programme start date. We are unable to accept anyone who has any previous criminal convictions.


Although you do not need to speak English as your first language, we do require all participants to have a good level of English in order to join the programme.


You should also be physically fit, as volunteering overseas can be quite strenuous. If you have any medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas then these must be declared to us during your online application.

What date should I arrive and leave?

You should arrive into Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (airport code KTM) on the selected Sunday start date. You will be met at the airport by one of our local staff or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure.


The programme ends on the Saturday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day.

Are there any age restrictions?

In order to join the programme, you need to be at least 18 on the programme start date.


Generally, the average age range of volunteers is 18-22 but this is by no means definitive.


There is no upper age limit. However, we encourage anyone who is slightly older to contact us in the first instance and we can advise if there is a more appropriate programme/destination for you.

When should I apply for the programme?

For the majority of our programmes you can apply at any time. However, we advise that you apply as soon as possible to ensure we have availability on the programme – particularly if you’re looking to travel between June and August, as spaces can fill up very quickly during this period.


It is best that you apply sooner rather than later as some of our programmes only have a limited capacity and spaces get filled very quickly. However, you should always make sure you’re 100% committed to the programme before applying.


It is also possible to change your start dates once you have already applied and had your space confirmed. However, please note this does carry an administration charge of $60 and is subject to availability.


You need to apply online by locating the “Apply Now” button on the individual programme; this will guide you through our Online Application process.

Can I volunteer if I live outside of the UK?

We accept volunteers from all over the world. The majority of our participants are from the UK, US, Canada & Australia. However, we have hosted volunteers from countries such as Nigeria, Bermuda & Peru in the past.

Can I go with my friend/parent/boyfriend/girlfriend?

You’re more than welcome to travel and volunteer with friends, family members or with a boyfriend/girlfriend. If required, we can make sure that you stay in the same accommodation and volunteer at the same project (please note the majority of our volunteer accommodation is on a single-sex basis).


Please outline in the ‘Special Requirements’ box of your online application if you’d like to make sure you’re placed alongside another applicant/s.

Is it safe to travel to PMGY destinations?

Although our volunteers work in the developing world, we always ensure our host locations are safe. Each programme has been extensively researched and has passed our strict vetting process. Our International Team undergo an extensive routine when establishing the in-country infrastructures and we continue to monitor our safety procedures on a regular basis. Furthermore, we monitor the stability of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis. Through our constant contact with consulates and embassies and our reports from our overseas teams, we are able to ensure that our volunteers are never placed in unstable regions.


The PMGY team have visited and participated in every programme we offer and verify them based on our own independent criteria. We carefully inspect every little detail of our set-up. From inspecting the living conditions, checking out the neighbourhoods you’ll be staying in, to tasting the food you’ll be eating – each and every programme we establish has gone through a lengthy and rigorous vetting process. Risk assessments have been written for all areas in which PMGY operate and our experienced local coordinators are always on hand to manage any emergencies that may occur. Our International Team are always on the road reviewing our risk management procedures in the field and monitoring local conditions.


In emergency situations, we have the necessary protocols and equipment in place and we are able to evacuate our volunteers from potential dangers. Our local coordinators are trained to deal with emergency circumstances.


When you join PMGY we will send you a Volunteer Handbook. This document addresses a range of issues such as health, safety, visa issues etc. Furthermore, our International Team are only ever a phone call away should you wish to discuss any aspect of your upcoming programme. When you arrive in-country, you’ll be given a comprehensive safety briefing during your orientation course by our local coordinators. We will go through everything from emergency procedures, how to use local transport and cultural differences. You’ll also be given the opportunity to purchase a local SIM card, something we strongly suggest, so you’re contactable at all times. We will provide you with a full list of the important contact numbers that you’ll need to know.


All our local teams are experienced development professionals who have years of experience in hosting international volunteers. They are our representatives on the ground and will assist you 24/7 throughout your stay. Whether you need to call home, travel at the weekend or require urgent assistance – they are there to support you.


While we cannot guarantee your volunteer experience to be 100% trouble free we have taken all the necessary precautions to make sure each programme is as safe as possible.

When do I pay? Can I pay in instalments?

In order to confirm your place on a PMGY programme, you need to pay the Registration Fee ($249). The remaining Programme Fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your programme start date.


You’re only required to pay your $249 Registration Fee once we can guarantee you a place on the programme unless you’re applying within 60 days of your programme start date in which case you’ll need to pay the full amount to confirm your place. We will notify you by email that you have been successful in your application.


Any remaining payments must be made no less than 60 days prior to your start date. This payment can be made in one lump sum or in several instalments. If you chose to take our insurance or book a flight with PMGY then these must be paid for (in full) at the time of booking.


Payments can be made directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 3% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur.

Can I use PMGY’s programmes as part of a university or college placement?

It is certainly possible to use one of PMGY’s programmes as part of your university or college placement. Project staff can sign off any paperwork required by your course tutors. PMGY regularly receives medical, childcare, psychology and nursing placement students at our projects around the world and we have ties with some of the leading universities.


While our team will do their best to complete any paperwork we are unable to guarantee that we will be able to comply with every learning objective and requirement or your university or college. In the event that your university or college do not accept the paperwork submitted by PMGY then you will be unable to be refunded for your trip.


If you’re a course tutor and would like further information about how one of PMGY’s programmes could meet the placement requirements for your degree course then please contact us directly on to schedule a meeting.


Do you offer an online TEFL course?

For PMGY volunteers joining our teaching programmes the only real ‘qualifications’ you need are bags of energy, commitment and enthusiasm. If you’d like a chance to do some preparation work before you hit the classroom, we’ve got the perfect introductory course for teaching English abroad.


At only 60 hours and completed online, this course is hugely convenient because it can be done in your own time, at your own pace and you don’t even need to leave the house! You’ve got a whopping 75 days to complete the course, so there is no rush and you can fit it in when you can. An hour here and there certainly adds up over the course of the couple of months you have to complete it, so there really is no pressure.


Once completed you’ll not only have acquired some key skills for teaching English abroad but you’ll also gain an internationally accredited certificate. If you find that teaching really is your calling, this course can be built upon with more modules leading to a paid teaching position in the future.


As well as a core module in the ‘Principles of Teaching English’ which covers ‘Understanding language’, ‘Key English grammar points’ and ‘How to teach grammar in the classroom’ you will have a choice of one of three specialist modules. The ‘Survival teaching’ module is perfect for volunteers covering ‘Teaching large classes’, ‘Teaching with limited resources’, ‘Learner-based training’ and ‘Cultural awareness’.


The cost of the course is $150. If you’ve already signed up for one of our programmes and would like to enrol on the online TEFL course then please call us or email us.

Can I fundraise for my trip?

With PMGY the money our volunteers pay goes towards the structure you receive for your time with us overseas. The fundamentals of this structure include food, accommodation, airport pickups, around the clock support from our international and in-country teams, pre-departure training as well as the implementation and monitoring of the projects.


We do our best to keep our programme costs as low and affordable as possible, without sacrificing on quality and safety. However, with flights, travel insurance and spending money to factor into your overall budget, you may find you need a little bit of help with the finances. Therefore, a large number of PMGY volunteers decide to fundraise for their trip.


We recommend setting up an online fundraising page to allow friends and families to learn more about your trip and make donations. PMGY have partnered with the online crowdfunding website GoGetFunding.


This professional online fundraising service creates a personalised fundraising page for your PMGY trip, allowing you to set financial goals and get the message across about what you’re doing. You can also share your PMGY fundraising page across various social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the word.

Can I raise money for the projects?

The PMGY Foundation is a UK registered charity (1169415) that has been set up to help provide financial aid and assistance to the projects and countries we work with on an ongoing basis.


The objective of the PMGY Foundation is the prevention or relief of poverty of people living in the communities we support by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient.


The ultimate aim of the PMGY Foundation is to enable donations to be directed towards specific hand-picked projects in countries most in need. The project donations are determined by the charities trustees during our annual overseas visits.


If you are looking to help raise money directly for the PMGY Foundation you can do so via our Virgin Money Giving fundraising page.


100% of all money raised will be donated directly to the projects we support around the world. Please note that participants are unable to raise money through the PMGY Foundation to help finance the cost of their trip overseas.

How do I register for your online webinars?

On selected Tuesdays we hold our Pre-Departure Webinars. They are well worth attending, take only 45 minutes and will provide you with some invaluable advice on your upcoming trip.


There are three to choose from and it is well worth attending all of them:


Travel Essentials Pre-Departure Webinar – covers all the basics.


Programme Preparation Webinar – covers specifically childcare and teaching programmes.


Safety & Wellbeing Overseas Webinar – covers the risks associated with overseas travel and how you can keep as safe as possible.


The webinars are hosted by a member of our International Team, who all have extensive knowledge of our projects around the world. You can attend (and even ask questions) from anywhere in the world simply by logging in through your own computer. All you need is a computer, a good internet connection and a pair of headphones.


If any family or friends would like to attend the session as well, they are more than welcome to do so. Please note that you need to sign up for the webinar a few days in advance.

What about vaccinations and malaria tablets?

As we are not medical experts we cannot, unfortunately, tell you exactly what vaccinations you’ll need to obtain so it is vital you consult your local GP or travel clinic a few months before you intend to travel. Your local doctor/nurse will advise you as to what vaccinations and malaria prevention is needed for entry into your volunteer destination.


Additional information can be found on the NHS Fit For Travel website.

How do I arrange my flights?

You can choose to book your flights independently or we can help you in arranging them. Through our close partnerships within the travel industry, we are able to offer flights at very competitive rates. PMGY has a wealth of experience in travelling to and from our host countries; we know the most affordable ways to travel and the best airlines to use.


For peace of mind, PMGY holds an ATOL License (11262) that allows us to offer flight-based packages that are financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority in the unlikely event of our insolvency.


If you’d like to receive a flight quote from PMGY, you can submit an online enquiry by visiting the specific web-page of the programme you’re interested in joining, or by calling our office or dropping us an email.


When you apply for a PMGY programme we cannot guarantee your acceptance immediately. On receiving an application, we have to liaise with our local team to ensure there is space available on the programme and to assess your suitability for the specific project.


Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not make any flight and/or travel arrangements until your programme has been confirmed by us in writing. Once your programme has been confirmed you’re then free to book your flights either with PMGY or through a third-party travel agent.

Do you offer travel insurance?

It is mandatory that all PMGY volunteers hold travel insurance during the entirety of their time on our programme; this includes your travel to and from the host country. Although PMGY does everything to ensure your trip is safe, inevitably things can go wrong so you must adequately protect yourself.


PMGY have teamed up with the insurance company Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive travel insurance policy for our volunteers. The policy is specifically designed to ensure PMGY volunteers for all their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone up to the age of 65 and covers you throughout any PMGY destination and any onward travel you may arrange (excluding the US and Canada). You can purchase PMGY Travel Insurance during your online application or you can contact us directly to arrange it.


Please note that PMGY Travel Insurance is purchased in week-long blocks. Therefore, you should carefully identify how many days you’ll be away for, including the date you depart and return to your home country, to ensure you select the correct duration of travel insurance. For example, if you’re travelling for 29 days in total, you’ll need a 5-week policy, not a 4-week policy.

How do I obtain a background check?

To join any of our programmes you’ll need to provide us with a clean CRB or Police Check before you travel. We have a commitment to the projects we support to ensure the volunteers we send are trustworthy and of sound moral character. We are unable to accept participants who have had any previous criminal convictions.


If you hold a current CRB or Police Check then we can accept this providing it is issued no more than 18 months prior to your programme start date. Please scan and email us a copy of this document. If you do not have a CRB or Police Check then we will outline how to obtain this in your Volunteer Handbook. The CRB or Police Check must be submitted to us no less than 21 days prior to your programme start date.


If you don’t have a valid CRB check (also known as DBS or Police Check), then you will need to apply for one. UK volunteers need to apply for a “Basic Disclosure” through (which serves all people in the UK). 


This costs £25 and takes around 15 working days to process. Full information on how to obtain a CRB check through is outlined in the Volunteer Handbook you receive once you are signed up for the programme.


For international participants, we recommend you obtain a Police/Criminal Background Check through your local police station or official governmental body.

When will I receive my Volunteer Handbook?

All volunteers will receive a PMGY Volunteer Handbook once they have paid their deposit and confirmed their place on the programme. We will send you an email entitled ‘Welcome to PMGY’ which will include a link where you can download the Volunteer Handbook. Please note that we DO NOT send a hard copy of the PMGY Volunteer Handbook.


This Handbook contains literally everything you need to know – from what to pack, to how to obtain a visa, to local language guides. It is really important that you read through the Volunteer Handbook carefully once you’ve downloaded it. If you require any further information not covered in the Volunteer Handbook then our team are always on hand to assist you. You can contact us via email, telephone, Skype, Facebook, online chat…whatever works best for you!


Can I arrange a private room?

All of our accommodation options involve sharing a room with other participants (usually same-sex). Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange private room options for our participants.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.

Are there any public holidays that affect project availability?

We aim to communicate as clearly and accurately as possible all holidays that affect project availability and project closures in the Volunteer Handbook. However, due to the nature of developing countries holidays can often be sporadic or prone to change that directly effects project availability and we ask our volunteers to be flexible and appreciative of this. This usually represents a unique experience for volunteers to enjoy the festivities and holidays themselves and/or our local teams will always do their best to find alternative project work if applicable.

What is the dress code at the projects?

Dress code varies from country to country. We ask that our volunteers adopt a smart and responsible image during their time in the communities. We will outline the specific dress code requirements in your Volunteer Handbook so you know exactly what to pack.


The general rule of thumb for girls is to cover your shoulders and thighs and for men to not take their shirts off. Whilst we do not wish to impose strict regulations on our volunteers, we do ask that you respect the local culture during your travels. Dressing appropriately will earn you the respect of the people you’ll be working with.


It’s a good idea to take some nicer clothes for the weekends and special occasions but please avoid tight and very short clothing. You should also avoid clothing that may have potentially offensive slogans on it. Tattoos and piercings should be covered where possible whilst you’re at your placement, particularly if you’re working with children.

How much spending money will I need?

The amount of extra spending money you should take depends on where you travel to and how many travel activities you plan to undertake during your free time. If you plan to go for a safari in Tanzania, a scuba-diving course in Thailand or trekking in South Africa, then you should budget accordingly. However, for general expenses and some independent travel, you should find $75-$150 per week a suitable amount.

Will I be able to travel whilst on the programme?

You’ll have plenty of opportunity to travel during your time with PMGY. In fact, we encourage you to travel during your free time. All of our programmes have been designed so that you have weekends off. This gives you the opportunity to explore the local area or even travel further afield within your host country. Our local coordinators will provide you with all the travel tips you need to help you plan any independent adventures.


Furthermore, you’re going to meet so many new people during your time with PMGY that you’ll definitely meet some travel buddies along the way!


Before booking your flights, we recommend that you look into travel opportunities within the relevant country either side of your volunteering placement. It is always great to spend some time travelling and seeing more of the country you wish to volunteer in. If you do plan to travel extensively please factor this into your flight itinerary, as we only encourage travel during weekends while you’re volunteering as you have made a commitment to the project.


Guesthouse – For the majority of your time on the PMGY Real Nepal Experience you will stay in a guesthouse with the rest of the group. You will share a room with fellow members of the group, up to 6 per room. The rooms will be basic but comfortable. Each room will have a Western style toilet and hot water shower.


Camping – After your day of white water rafting you will camp out by the bank of the river. Tents will be shared, usually 2 volunteers per tent.


Teahouses – Over the course of the Annapurna trek you will stay at teahouses. The teahouses are extremely basic, especially during the third night of the trek. Generally they have a communal room downstairs, with two or three bed bedrooms above them (shared usually two people per room). Rooms are unheated but you will be provided with adequate bedding.


Project Residence – During your two weeks volunteering your accommodation will depend on your specific project type and location that you join us on. This could be anything from living on site at the children’s home or monastery to living with a host family. Accommodation can vary in comfort particularly in more rural locations.


Most accommodation will have western style toilets however some options only have Nepali style squat toilets so be prepared! More rural placements have bucket showers. Most accommodation does not have Wi-Fi access and electricity is intermittent so it’s a good idea to bring a torch and plenty of books! It’s a wonderfully rustic way to live and a million miles away from today’s hectic, hi-tech lifestyle, so enjoy every peaceful second!


All meals provided are traditional Nepalese cuisine, mainly Dhal Bhat (rice, lentils and potato curry), which is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are numerous western restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara where you can get some home comforts. Please see the itinerary for specific details on what meals are included in the Programme Fee.


Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.






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* These fees apply to each individual application and are displayed in USD.



In order to confirm your place on a PMGY programme, you need to pay the Registration Fee ($249). The remaining Programme Fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your programme start date.


You’re only required to pay your $249 Registration Fee once we can guarantee you a place on the programme unless you’re applying within 60 days of your programme start date in which case you’ll need to pay the full amount to confirm your place. We will notify you by email that you have been successful in your application.


Any remaining payments must be made no less than 60 days prior to your start date. This payment can be made in one lump sum or in several instalments. If you chose to take our insurance or book a flight with PMGY then these must be paid for (in full) at the time of booking.


Payments can be made directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 3% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur.








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