The most rewarding and valuable experiences are the direct result of finding the right internship or voluntary placement. We tailor all internship and volunteer opportunities to suit your expertise, timeframe, and interests. Placements include hospitals, schools, NGOs and social enterprises, as well as The Mountain Trust's own innovative health and education projects in Nepal.
Volunteering and Internships
The Mountain Trust offers rewarding internships and volunteer placements designed to benefit participants and the people of Nepal. To work with us apply here.
Internship and volunteering applications have three stages:
Stage 1 - Apply using our online form.
Stage 2 - We will contact you by email to discuss your application and suggest suitable placements.
Stage 3 - Phone interview to clarify any details and arrangements to do with your placement.
Applying is very easy and we aim to design a rewarding and interesting placement for all applicants. The Mountain Trust has recruited hundreds of talented volunteers to work in Nepal, from a very wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, fulfilling a broad array of assignments. Our programmes and opportunities to get involved are growing rapidly. Simply get in touch and we will suggest some placements that might be right for you.
Options: Depending on your background and interests we have numerous options for long- and short-term placements in Nepal. Doctors, nurses, and trainees are encouraged to apply for Medical Internships, High Altitude Genetics Research, and Health and Hygiene Teaching. If you wish to teach or work on our education programmes you can apply for an Education Placement. If you are looking for a placement in human rights or development work in Nepal you can apply for an NGO Internship. Law Teaching Fellowships, UK-based Internships and other tailored placements are available. Simply contact us for more information.
Support: We offer free airport pickups to all of our interns. We also offer support for internal travel and finding accommodation as well as 24hr emergency contacts. Interns and volunteers visiting Nepal can travel independently or our network can help to organise transfers, accommodation (including homestays with Nepali families) internal transport and onward travel. We encourage applicants to take a partner or travel in a group as it invariably proves to be a rich experience. We have staff on the ground in Kathmandu and Pokhara and a permanent network of contacts, which volunteers and interns working in the field can turn to at any time. Be sure to read our volunteering pack, legal notice and FAQ page.
Reports: Interns and volunteers are required to produce a short report outlining the activities that you undertook, what you achieved and what you learned and would recommend. We also ask that you use social media to tell others about your placement and that you share a few choice photos with us. Many of our past interns have written about their experiences on our updates page. Please take a look for a better idea of what you can expect as an intern with The Mountain Trust.
Recognition: We provide formal recognition to all interns and volunteers in the form of references and letters of thanks or commendation. Outstanding Interns are invited to contribute a short article on their experiences and reflections for publication in the quarterly Himalayas Nepal magazine. Exceptional contributions to our work in Nepal may merit the title of 'Mountain Trust Scholar' and prolonged exceptional achievements may lead to the position of 'Fellow of The Mountain Trust'.
Recommendations: In addition to the first-hand reports of our interns on the updates page, we have been recommended by the Lonely Planet Guide to Nepal for volunteering opportunities for a number of years and have the endorsement of a number of UK universities. Take a look at what they said:
"The Mountain Trust ... partnership brings together academic expertise and rigorous analysis with practical project-based work in one of the world's newest (and highest) democracies."
Professor Todd Landman
Executive Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Essex
“The Mountain Trust offers students the chance to work on challenging field work projects in Nepal – a life changing experience for the Nepalese and the students themselves.”
Employability Co-ordinator, University of Essex.
"Students seeking field work experience that has a real and lasting impact in Nepalese society should look no further than The Mountain Trust."
Placement & Career Centre, Brunel University.
Costs: In order to make placements affordable and accessible to all we ask only for a £100 deposit and a commitment to fundraise for us (there is the option to pay a flat fee). The Mountain Trust also has considerable experience (and success) in supporting applications for travel grants from university bodies. See the FAQ page for more information.
Interns and volunteers come from all backgrounds, levels of experience, and ages. Professionals, students, academics, retirees - all have worked with us and all have proved valuable.