Volunteer in Nepal
Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational and community aid programs in the beautiful country of Nepal. This will give you a chance to make an important contribution to the people of Nepal and while doing so, gain an in depth experience of the country and their culture that will stay with you the rest of your life.
Volunteer in one of five different projects:
In Nepal English is becoming a required skill for job placement, educational advancement, and future success. Volunteers will teach in an adult literacy school which is comprised of Nepalese, Tibetan refugees and Monks. Those who wish to volunteer on a long term basis (two months or longer) will have the option of teaching children in a government school as well. No formal teaching qualifications are needed. However, volunteers should have a good command of written and spoken English. Minimum: 6 weeks.
In this program volunteers will be placed in a Children's Home located an hour and a half bus ride from the heart of Kathmandu. Your role as a Volunteer is to be a big brother or sister to the children. Other tasks may include helping with medical visits, cleaning, paper recycling, gardening, doing repairs, mending clothing, preparing meals, assisting with homework, and planning after school activities. Some of the older children may be encouraged to develop skills that may help them in later life such as paper making, sewing or maintenance work.
Health volunteers will work within the Children’s Home. The main focus is on preventative measures through regular basic health checks, administering necessary childhood immunizations and teaching the children about health, personal hygiene and sanitation as a disease prevention method. Please note that for this program we prefer medical students or advanced degree holders. Depending on experience/qualifications, there are various roles health volunteers can undertake, however this is not a medical program and you should not expect to be performing any medical procedures.
Community Maintenance Program
This is an opportunity to help in a wide range of practical village-based projects. These projects could be as basic as painting or plastering; however, those with additional skills may be able to help in more advanced work. Projects are usually decided when consulting with local communities, but you can also use your initiative to suggest projects of your own. Often you'll also work alongside villagers, learning about traditional methods of building and working. Example projects include school repair and decoration; toilet building; drinking water projects; road drainage projects; recycling projects; stove building; and construction work on our partner organization's own children's home. You can also take more of an environmental education focus by informing children about appropriate waste disposal, recycling, composting and creating vegetable and flower gardens.
Home Stay, Cultural Exchange
This is a fantastic way to get more out of a trip to Nepal, especially if your time is short. You will be placed with a Nepali family as soon as you arrive in Nepal, and will live in a small rural village or within a city. During your home stay you will learn about all aspects of Nepali culture, lifestyle, food, and be able to attend 2 hours of language lessons in the morning and in the afternoon. As the experience will be a cultural exchange, you should also try to offer your host family some knowledge of your own home culture and customs as well.
The placements are 2 weeks to 1 month and are available in Kathmandu Valley only. It is best to do this program between August and December when most local festivals take place.
The volunteer program starts on the 1st of each month. The minimum placement period for the Teaching program is 6 weeks, and for the Home Stay, Cultural Exchange Program it is 2 to 4 weeks. The Adult Literacy Program is offered year round. However, the schools are closed during March, April, June, July and October so the teaching English program is limited during this period.