Volunteer opportunity posted by: Volunteer-Nepal.org
Posted on: February 16, 2013
This program invites those people who are having summer break and willing to volunteer and travel in the beautiful different region of Nepal. The focus of the program is utilizing participants time for doing some work for Nepali society as well as spending summer break in different parts of Nepal. This exciting project seeks, with the aid of motivated international volunteers, to improve the lives of the poorest and most marginalized members of Nepalese society through a variety of different fields including orphanages and social work, informal and formal English teaching and education, and health and sanitation. As a volunteer in this project, you will contribute your skills and knowledge to the benefit of the Nepalese people, while gaining an in-depth experience of their culture and community. You will live with a local Nepalese family and meet other like- minded volunteers from around the world.
Location: We offer various country side locations for this program- Kathmandu, Pokhara, Parbat, Lamjung, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and many other urban and rural areas.
Initial Program in Kathmandu: All volunteers arriving in Kathmandu are given between 2 to 3 days of training, language lessons and initiation in Nepali life. The amount of time volunteers spend in Kathmandu will depend upon the length of their placements however all volunteers will start their stay in a guesthouse near the office and will have 2 days training and sightseeing in the centre of the city. Most of the villages are located within one and a half hour's bus ride from Kathmandu's centre and most have a well- developed infrastructure, with water readily available, and reliable roads. After your training is finished you will go to your placement village with our staff member. Training will focus on Nepali language lessons; culture and survival tips and travel instruction along with classroom immersion; cultural Introduction; and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Volunteer Work: Your placement will be fixed during training period. Your interest will be considered and a suitable placement will be decided for you. • Orphanages & Children's Homes We have partnered with different local institutions in many areas. School classrooms have 2o to 30 children and each orphanage have approximately 14-25 children. In the orphanages volunteers will work to improve the childrens' daily life by teaching them basic hygiene (brushing their teeth, personal care, etc), English, and assisting the children with their studies.
• Teaching in Schools Volunteers will have the opportunity to teach in primary and secondary schools which are located in villages. Volunteers work together with a local teacher to help improve English skills including listening and speaking, grammar, and reading. You will also assist local teachers in a variety of other subjects including environment, maths and history. Schools work- week runs from Sunday - Friday with Saturday being the only day off. You will work from 2 to 4 hours a day with the opportunity to work more or less if you choice, each classes run for 45 minutes.
Accommodation and Food: Most of the volunteers live with a host family near the school or orphanage, in some placements we have rooms inside orphanage or local hostel. This will give you a good opportunity to learn about all aspects of Nepali life, culture, food and people. Nepali households have very basic facilities compared to households in the west. Many bathrooms have squat toilets and cold running water. You will sleep in a single room and may share with another volunteer depending on your interest. Mattresses are quite hard! Do not expect luxury. You will essentially become a member of the family, and participate in all activities including cooking, washing, working in the fields, and generally caring for the house and family. This is the best way to experience the real life of Nepal. In your home stay you will eat with your host family. Traditional Nepali food is Dal Bhat which is rice, lentil and vegetables, which is eaten at every meal. If you would like to bring extra snack food or Western food to your home stay you should purchase these in nearest town. Eating out at a restaurant normally costs between 80 and 200 rupees ($2-$4).
You Could do other activities: If you would like to take a break to do some sightseeing or trekking, contact your coordinator and a small break can be arranged. The main attractions are visiting Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, trekking and other many places to go.