Information Book

Our Mission

Wine To Water is committed to supporting life and dignity of all through the power of clean water.

Since 2004, Wine To Water has provided over 600,000 people with access to clean water.


Motto: “Mother and Motherland are Greater than Heaven”

Capital: Kathmandu

Population: 29,384,297

Currency: Nepalese Rupee

Religion: Hinduism

Government Structure: Federal Parliamentary Republic

GDP: $24.07 billion

Per Capita: $2,700

Official Language: Nepali

Major Exports: Carpets, clothing, hemp, leather goods, jute goods, and grain

Major Imports: Gold, machinery, petroleum, and fertilizer

Meet the Nepal Team

Jaleigh Jensen

International Fellow

Ram C Timilsina

Logistics Manager

Roshani Karki Sapkota

National Program
+977- 9841466504 (Nepal)

Bhumika KC

Nepal Admin Assistant

Lisa Merritt

Director of Volunteer Program
Lisa currently lives in Raleigh, NC and serves as the Director of Volunteer Programs. She has been coordinating volunteers internationally since 2005 and is passionate about connecting people to service opportunities around the world, while exposing them to the global water crisis.
770.851.4132. (US Cell)

Emily Hendrickson

Volunteer Program Manager
Emily joined the W|W team in August of 2018 with a desire to connect people around the world to each other. She has experience in traveling both domestically and internationally and volunteering cross culturally.


1. Apply on our Volunteer Application.

2. Once accepted, decide on the country in which you want to volunteer: Amazon, Dominican Republic, or Nepal.

3. Decide on the best dates for your desired country.

4. Register for your trip using the link provided in your volunteer acceptance email.

5. Start raising money and awareness for your trip! Begin your campaign with GiveEffect! After creating your own campaign page under your desired trip, you can share it online to raise donations from family and friends!

b. Donations can also be made by check. Please make all checks payable to Wine To Water and personally collect them before sending them into us. When you have the full amount raised, write “Volunteer in YOUR COUNTRY-YOUR NAME” on the memo line of each check and mail it to: Wine To Water-Volunteer Programs/ PO Box 2567/ Boone, NC 28607.

6. Obtain all necessary travel documents (passports and visas).

a. Many times the airlines will not allow you to travel if your passport only has 6 months before expiration.

b. Apply for a visa, if it is required for your trip.

7. We recommend that you talk to your medical provider regarding travel immunizations and vaccines for your specified area of travel.

a. Although we do not require immunizations, we highly encourage you to check with your doctor or Governmental Travel Department for recommended vaccinations and medicines.

8. Have your entire payment uploaded on your W|W GiveEffect Campaign page NO LATER THAN 60 DAYS PRIOR to your departure date.

a. This means any time between when you have been accepted and the 60-day mark.

b. All major credit cards are accepted (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AMX).

c. You may send a check to the main W|W office, but cards are preferred. Checks must be in our office by the 60-day mark.

9. Check with the Volunteer Coordinator before making your flight arrangements, but once you have received confirmation to purchase your flight, submit your flight information HERE.

Look over all resources given by this Guidebook, as well as the additional resources (i.e. InfoBook, Websites, and Travel Advice).

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at: | o: 828.355.9655 | c: 770.851.4132

*Email if you are interested in the donations list or creating a children’s program*

Typical Trip Schedule

Day 1
PM: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2
AM: Travel to Chitwan National Forest
PM: Orientation and Cultural History

Day 3
AM: Work Project Introduction

PM: Work Project

Day 4
AM: Work Project
PM: Work Project

Day 5

AM:Work Project
PM:Work Project

Day 6
AM: Work Project
PM: Work Project

Day 7

AM: Work Project
PM: Project Follow-Up

Day 8
AM: Final Reflection

PM: Tourist Activity

Day 9
AM: Tourist Activity
PM: Travel to Kathmandu

Day 10
AM: Everest Flight/Monkey Temple/Shopping
PM: Depart Kathmandu

Frequently Asked Questions

What should a team pack?
Work clothes, face masks, shorts, warm jacket, toiletries, notebook, reusable water bottle, work shoes (tennis shoes are fine), sunscreen, bath towel, camera (optional), hat, sunglasses, personal medications, and passport. You do not need to bring pillows or bedding; those will all be provided for you.

What airport should we plan to fly into?
Kathmandu, Nepal (KTM)

Is there an age requirement?
Individual: As an individual, you are required to be age 18 or older.
Group: Age requirements are dependent on the leader of the group. Keep in mind that Wine To Water requires anyone age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

Is there a dress code?
WOMEN -shorts, flip-flops, or running shoes are fine for walk around. Jeans or shorts may be worn on work projects. Sweatshirts or warm jacket is recommended for the cool evenings.
MEN -Guys can wear pants or jeans shorts, flip-flops, or running shoes. Jeans or shorts may be worn on work project. Sweatshirts or warm jacket is recommended for the cool evenings.
SUGGESTED CLOTHES TO BRING: Work clothes, old jeans or shorts, old T-shirts, work gloves, work shoes, hat, sunglasses, masks, long sleeve shirts.

Will a children’s program need to be prepared? If so, for how many children? What ages? What is the environment like? (indoors with desks or outdoors on a soccer field?)
Yes! You will have an opportunity to do a children’s program at a community school. The children range in age from 2–15. The location/school will determine how many children will be present, but usually we plan for 100 students. We plan to implement WASH programs for kids and train them on water and sanitation. We might have the opportunity to play soccer, cricket, do crafts, or other local games.

Do we need a visa to enter your country?
For a US citizen, you do not need to apply for a visa before coming down. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be given a tourist visa for 30–90 days for $25 USD. Your passport must be valid.

What vaccinations and medications are needed?
As an organization, we do not require that you receive any vaccinations for your trip. However, we strongly recommend that volunteers check We highly recommend that you check with your doctor (ideally 4–6 weeks before departure) for any personal medications or recommendations, letting them know when you will be traveling and your destination.

What is the recommended group size? Is there a max or minimum number that you can host?
We ask that group sizes stay around 10–20 people. Please email us if you have any questions or special requests.

What are the living conditions like?
You will most likely be staying at Hotel Lemon Tree with your team, interns, and the site coordinators in Kathmandu. There are showers with hot water, twin beds, US capable outlets, wifi, and a lobby. Some hotels provide towels, and others do not, so please bring your own towel. There may be air conditioning and slow, but moderate, WiFi available.

What is the weather like?
We recommend you checking the weather online before you come down. During June, July, and August, it is summer time in Nepal, which means the warm (up to 90F) and also lot’s of monsoon rain. Winters (December — February) are cold and may get to 10–15F. October and November are fall-like weather in Nepal.

What will meals be like?
You will get to experience some of the best food in the world! Nepali food is delicious! Meals are prepared with the utmost care. You will have opportunities to try food that is typical to Nepal, which is usually Lentil soup (Dhal), rice, curry (Chicken or vegetable) and chutney.

Will there be snacks to purchase?
There will be a few opportunities to purchase your own snacks with your own spending money. We also recommend you buy only packaged items or bring snacks from home.

Is there a way to contact home?
Most places we will stay have wifi services but often times the bandwidth is slow. Even though wifi is available in most places, we encourage volunteers to “unplug” as much as possible while serving.

Are the electrical outlets the same as they are in the US?
Some outlets can differ, but most of the time you will be able to plug in your devices right into the wall. Many times outlets are limited and it is encouraged to bring a portable charger for long days without electricity.

What type of payments are accepted in your country?
You will want to bring clean cash (torn bills or bills with markings will most likely not be accepted). Smaller bills ($20 or less) are preferred. You also want to do the exchange to Nepali rupees, which you can do in the airport or in the city of Kathmandu. Credit and Debit cards are rarely accepted, but there are ATM machines available. We do not recommend checks, travelers’ checks or money orders, as they are difficult to use!!

If you are curious about exchange rates, we recommend that you take a look at these at The Money, as these can change daily.

What can a team bring to donate?
First-aid kits, hand sanitizers, color pencils, books etc. We have a “Wish List” that is created by the ground team that has larger ticket items they need. Email for an updated list.


Lemon Tree Hotel
House №94, Paknajol Marg Shree Ratna Marg, Thamel Kathmandu 44600, Nepal 
Phone: 01–4701505

Kathmandu Garden Hotel
Thamel 29 Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone: +977–01–4700622 & 014700623

Madi Village Resort
Basantapur Chitwan, Nepal