Volunteering at UMHT


Tansen Mission Hospital is partnered with United Mission to Nepal (UMN). UMN is a Christian INGO working exclusively in Nepal since 1954 and its mission is "To minister to the needs of the people of Nepal in the Name and Spirit of Christ and to make Christ known by word and life, thereby strengthening the universal Church in its total ministry". All non-Nepali UMN staff are Christian volunteers from many supporting partner organisations and include 18 nationalities.   

All long-term expatriate team members in Tansen are committed Christians and do not receive a salary or remuneration of any kind from UMN or Tansen Mission Hospital. All come through a sending mission organization from their own country, which provides backup and support. Expatriates work here on a voluntary, self-supported basis; however, mission organizations play a large role in helping their members to raise appropriate funding. All members are expected to agree with the UMN statement of faith. 

The clicks below give broad information on a variety of topics related to life in Tansen.   



There is a range of accommodation available both on and off the hospital compound.


To give you some idea of the climate in Nepal, the hot and humid months are from April to September. 


Wireless internet is now available on the hospital compound. For people who don't have their own laptop with them there is a public computer in the Guesthouse that provides broadband access as well as Skype facilities.

Cultural Tips

A few cultural tips for Nepal

Expatriate School

The Tansen Tutorial Group is a Christian, English-medium group designed to teach 5-11 year old children of expatriates working with the Tansen Mission Hospital.

Expatriate Team

For over 55 years Tansen Mission Hospital has had expatriates serving here from a wide range of countries. At present there are around 14 expatriate adults, plus children from countries as varied as Sweden, Australia, Korea, USA and the UK. 


Tansen Hospital Guesthouse offers good, clean accommodation for hospital visitors and short-term staff. 

How to get to Tansen

In terms of getting from Kathmandu to Tansen there are 4 options.

What to bring? (short-term)

In terms of getting from Kathmandu to Tansen there are 4 options.

Important Information for Short-Term Doctors and Surgeons

Language and Orientation Programme (LOP)

Pastoral Care

The expatriate team meets together fortnightly for an English worship service as well as at other times for prayer meetings.


Lots of walking as well as mountain biking opportunities.  On the hospital compound there is also a tennis court.


A good range of food items are available in Tansen now including 'bideshi' or foreigner food, items like – chicken, cheese, Pringles, coke, bacon, sausages, branded (Kelloggs) cereals, oreo biscuits, chocolate, nescafe / fresh local coffee, imported tea bags, powdered milk, etc, etc.


Tansen being situated on a hill offers a wide variety of walks from a 1-hour walk around the forest on top of the hill, to a 8 hour return trip down to a deserted Rana Palace.

Visas and Money

Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will need to obtain a tourist visa, if you haven’t already obtained one pre-arrival from your home country. 

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