Our History

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

In the early 2010s, some students and job holder wanted a break from study and work – a “gap year,” although the term wasn’t yet in common use. They had difficulty finding any opportunities for this kind of travel combined with work experience. This was how WIN NEPAL began in 2010.

Until 2012, WIN NEPAL was a small organization with just two part time staff receiving  university students to teach English in Nepal. But with more and more people taking time out on academic and work-related breaks, and with many developing countries in need of self-funded volunteers, our organized volunteer programs started to mushroom around the world. Our volunteers can still teach English in Nepal and India, but can also do many other types of work in many other places.

Win Nepal Today

Now after over 5 years, we have offices around the world, including Australia located in Sydney and Melbourne . With more than 100 trained staff in our destinations and hundreds of projects, we are the world’s leading international volunteer organization. With the help of nearly 10,000 volunteers to date, we have accomplished a lot in our first 5 years, and plan on accomplishing much more in the next decades.

WIN Nepal volunteers are aged from 16 to 75! University students and recent graduates still make up the majority of our volunteers, but increasing numbers join us for gap years or summer breaks before starting university or while still in high school. Furthermore, our fastest growing demographics are career breakers and retirees choosing to take some time out volunteering on our projects.

WIN NEPAL in the Global Economy

We help to create local employment wherever we send volunteers. We employ many people directly and provide plenty of work indirectly through the services we provide for volunteers. We have also devolved various “Head Office” functions, such as management accountancy, which is done in Nepal and design work in UK.

Because we work with local colleagues at all levels, our extensive network of local knowledge enables us to channel the skills of our volunteers to places they are really needed.

Cultural Exchange and Freedom of Choice

Volunteers learn from their chosen projects and the people they meet — and vice versa. Mutual learning and respect is what cultural exchange is all about.Now we are taking this theme of “respect” further than ever. We are truly global in our outlook. We welcome approaches from potential partners – schools, orphanages, hospitals and so on – from across the developing world; wherever they are or whatever they do, we will try to meet their needs. And we welcome ideas from potential volunteers too; if a volunteer has an idea for a new program or destination, we will do everything we can to enable them to work in their own way. We will cherish their ideas and meet their requirements. We believe that flexibility on our part is a necessary consequence of our respect for our partners and our respect for volunteers.

Read more about our Mission & Values.