VSN Tour & Treks

Philanthropic Tourism


Philanthropic Tourism is a part of travelling with a purpose: beyond simply seeing the sights and hiking the trails of Nepal, philanthropic tourism invites you to give back through monetary donations, donations of necessary resources, and volunteering time and effort.

International travel provides an opportunity for people of different cultural and financial backgrounds to interact, and philanthropy is one key way to make this interaction meaningful.

Before arriving in Nepal, we encourage you to think about what you could offer during your stay with us – could you fundraise beforehand? Purchase necessary items that are difficult or expensive to obtain in Nepal? Or spare a week at the beginning or end of your tour to settle into Nepali life working on a project?

Talk to us about what you can offer, or what you would like to do, and we will try our best to make it a reality. We have a suggested list of short philanthropic and volunteering activities that can be added to any tour package available on our Philanthropic and Volunteering page.


Volunteering Quick Stats:

  • 74.4% of Americans have volunteered while travelling
  • 95% of these people would do it again
  • 46% said they would dedicate a week or more to volunteering next time
  • 9% said the most important outcome was “giving back”
  • 58% continued to be involved with the project even after returning home
  • 10% of American families have taken a family volunteering holiday
  • 72% of these families would do it again


Note: As part of being a responsible community-based tourism operator, we may decline some offers if they will not be beneficial for the people of Nepal. Please talk to us about how your efforts and hard-earned money can be best spent so that both you and the community can benefit.

Travel with VSTN, and Make A Difference

Every Volunteer Society Treks Nepal tour contributes directly to local charitable projects that empower and educate Nepali people. By travelling with us, you are making a difference to the lives of hundreds of disadvantaged women and children; you are giving them a brighter future.