The projects and programs offered on this page are ones that we are deeply committed to. Some are programs we've started ourselves, such as Her Farm that is the dream of co-founder Sunita Subedi Sharma (see the about page) and is a direct response to her own life challenges of living with domestic abuse in Nepal. Learn more about Her Farm at www.herfarmnepal.org.
The Kathmandu Hospital, where our pre-med program takes place has been a partner of ours for years and years and provides an unparaleled opportunity to learn about health care in a developing country. Our Global Health Internship takes place at both the Kathmandu hospital and a rural health post near Her Farm.
We've selected these programs for the superior experiences they offer you and because we personally believe in them and are deeply committed to them.
You can change programs and dates later if you want. You can even change programs once you arrive in Nepal. Look, we want this to be a great experience for you and our NGO partners in Nepal so we don't have fixed ways of operating that tie you down to one choice.
Please also take a minute to read our FAQ page to gain a better understanding of how we work in Nepal before making up your mind. You'll understand us better and why we are the very best place for you to volunteer in Nepal. We aren't a "placement company" that merely sends people to Nepal. You will live in our home, work alongside us on our projects and have a life-changing experience while doing so, we guarantee that.
Our medical education programs build on a decade of experience providiing healthcare in Nepal. If you really want to understand and learn about the challenges of healthcare systems in developing countries, this is the very best place to do that.
This program takes place in both our Kathmandu city hospital and a rural clinic about two hours outside of Kathmandu. In Kathmandu you will have the opportunity to spend time at a very busy hospital and observe surgeries.
The rural clinic is located in Goganpani in the Dhading District near Her Farm where you'll live. There are no surgeries taking place here. You will learn from the clinic staff and are under their supervision at all times. You will have the opportunity to be involved in treatments as supervised and allowed by the person in charge.
An incredible opportunity to observe all facets of medicine in a Kathmandu Hospital with English-speaking doctors. You will get experience in x-ray, laboratory, dental, eye-care, emergency, pre and post-operative, OB/GYN and the surgical theatre. Make daily rounds with doctors who will engage you in the diagnostic process and treatments. This will look great on your medical school application.
Nepal is a rural, agrarian society with 85% of the population residing in small villages and working family farms. This is the "real" Nepal and we provide an experience of it that is unmatched. You'll live and work in a community and immerse yourself completely in village life. Please watch this short video to get a sense of where you will be and how much fun it is to live and work in the real Nepal, see our volunteer run before and after school program HERE.
Her Farm Films is the name of our production branch at Mountain Fund. The mission of Her Farm Films is to provide the training and equipment needed for Nepali women to produce short films about life in Nepal for women.
Her Farm was built to provide poor, landless and homeless women and their children a sustainable home and livelihood. Her Farm is grass-roots community development that impacts the entire rural village where the farm is located.
Nepal is a primarily agrarian society with more than 80% of the population engaged in farming. Over the course of many years the traditional organic farming methods have been replaced with the use of chemicals to increase farm outputs. The chemicals have placed a heavy burden on farming both in terms of their financial cost and environmental damage. At Her Farm we are bringing traditional organic farming back to the village. Her Farm is a demonstration farm where experimental agriculture takes place to show villagers techniques that may increase production without the use of toxic chemicals.
At Her Farm you will work alongside the women who live at the farm as they grow vegetables, rice, millet and other crops with organic methods. Her Farm also has livestock such as cows, goats and chickens. You will help in the daily care of livestock. It's not easy work, but the women of Her Farm make it fun. You'll learn a lot about farming and about life in Nepal.
At The Mountain Fund farm in rural Nepal we have projects that are wonderful experiences and contributions for groups. Located in a small hilltop village our farm is home to women who are alone and have no means of support for themselve or their children.
There are unlimited community development projects at the farm. We welcome the opportunity to talk about the goals and desires of your group or oganization and plan out the perfect community development trip to Nepal.
Executive Director Scott MacLennan is awarded the
Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal.