Seasonal Rice Planting or Harvesting

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Coordinator | Nabraj
Coordinator | Nabraj
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Unique opportunity to learn the traditional agriculture of Nepal Mountain Region
Your presence & work supports the villagers directly
Stay with Nepalese family in home stay sharing the culture, lifestyle and food
Various day trips and hiking opportunity in Mountain
Make a new friend in another part of worlds
Helping the needy Nepalese Farmer in the mountain region harvest rice as a seasonal volunteer while staying in a typical home stay full of culture and organic meals. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+

Every Year in Nepal rice plantation starts around Mid-June and last for couple months, whereas the Rice harvesting starts in the early Oct and ends in the last of Nov. These 4 months are considered as the most important time in Nepal village. Farmers are very busy with their seasonal work. they keep themselves busy and active working in their fields which are considered as a food bank for their family, and it has been the way of life since many generations.

Either in June July a volunteer can support the village farmer to plant the rice or October November to harvest the rice.  both have a unique experience where you will work with locals in the field. it's a unique opportunity to learn the different way of farming and observe the traditional life full of happiness.  try the organic fruits and meals available in the areas, make a new farmer friend in another part of the world,  etc

June and July are rainy season which are always hit by a strong monsoon that travels from Bay of Bengal . that is how the farmers have enough water resources for the rice plantations whereas in Oct/ Nov the sky is crystal clear and already rain stops, and farmers are ready to harvest the rice.  while plantation or harvesting they use the Ox as means to plough the field or at time of harvesting.  you can learn the duty quickly since it is nothing complicated, but a good health is required in order to perform your best work in the field. 

As a volunteer you can support the farmer and their family in Daly work that includes plough the field, making the field ready for rice plantations, or cutting the paddy while harvesting in order to safe land the grains in the farmers home which is the main lifeline for the whole years to the family.

Typical day

After a Breakfast you will get to the field with the host family and help to prepare the field ready for rice plantation if you are coming in June July whereas if you are working in harvesting time you will support cutting the paddy and bringing to the home and safely store the grains in house and the hay in barn.  these are the typical things you will perform under the family supervision; you will be feeded time to time as per the local standards.  roughly this will be the schedules 

  • 6 AM: Wake up 
  • 7 AM: Tea 
  • 8 AM: Helping to feed the domestic animals like cow, buffalo, goats, 
  • 9 AM: Lunch
  • 9:30 AM: go to the field like 5-10 minutes' walk from your home stay 
  • 10 AM -1:10 PM: Labour work either rice planting for rice harvesting works 
  • 2 PM: Tiffin hour, typical Nepali food served to boost your energy
  • 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM: Again enjoy the remaining field work 
  • 5 PM: Be back at home 
  • 7 PM: Dinner 
  • 8 -9 PM: Family meetings, review about the day work and make plans for next day work 
  • 9:30 PM: Bedtime 

Free-time activities

Volunteers can enjoy the wide ranges of activities available in the region including swimming, hiking's, etc



In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
any skills you can share in village and community is always appreciable like optionally teaching to the children's& mother group basic English language or some useful things.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Good Karma Foundation Nepal

Welcome to Nepal airport arrival transfer

  • Transfer by public Bus to Village 
  • Home stay accommodation
  • 2-3 Times breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the entire stay 

Airport Pickup at Tribhuvan International Airport

One airport arrival is arranged on your arrival time 


Volunteers are provided the village standard accommodations during their stay in village.  The rooms in the homes are average small but some time in barns also bigger rooms is available but there won't be any attach bathrooms in village, so bathrooms and shower are normally 5-10 Meter from your bedrooms. 

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Three times food are provided, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. all foods are directly form the farmers garden and they are fresh as well as delicious.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. We assist you to find cheap flights to Nepal.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Nepal provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Nepal you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Nepal.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Volunteer who wants to work on Plantation can come early June and stay up to end of July whereas who want to work on harvesting time can come around Oct beginning and stay until Nov end.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$125 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Good Karma Foundation Nepal will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Good Karma Foundation Nepal during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Seasonal Rice Planting or Harvesting

Helping the needy Nepalese Farmer in the mountain region harvest rice as a seasonal volunteer while staying in a typical home stay full of culture and organic meals.


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