Volunteer Opportunity posted by: EVA Nepal, Inc.
Posted on: April 2, 2014
Gaky's Light (GL) is a two-year Fellowship for high school graduates from impoverished and predominantly uneducated communities in Nepal. Fellows receive a college scholarship and meet weekly for workshops in technology, journalism, leadership, enterprise-creation, and career development. These activities allow disadvantaged Nepali youth to use higher education as a platform for income-generating professional, intellectual, economic and social contributions in their home country of Nepal. At the same time, Fellows learn to see themselves as empowered members of a global society.
GL is a program of Eva Nepal, a U.S.-based 501(c)-3 organization, operated in partnership with Alternatives Foundation, a national nonprofit in central Nepal.
GAKY'S LIGHT RESIDENCY – English and Media (3-4 Months, May to August)
The summer residency covers a unique time period for GL Fellows, who will be doing professional internships for the month of June. During most of the year, fellows meet for weekly workshops, but in the summer, the Teaching Resident helps with final preparations and supervision and support during the internship period. Additionally, the Teaching Resident will review last year's workshop curriculum and make recommendations for next year.
The summer teaching residency has the possibility of becoming a longer placement, or, for highly qualified volunteers, a paid teaching position from approximately August – May.
The summer teaching resident will have the following responsibilities:
• Help research other youth career development programs to design methods for supervising internships. These may include schedules and question sets for phone calls and site visits, plus any other ideas you come up with to help the staff make sure our fellows have the best internship experience possible.
• Start looking at this year's lesson plans to see what fellows have been doing in their weekly workshop.
MAY - JUNE
• Get to know fellows, living with them in their community house. Find time to organize English lessons, bonding activities, and anything else that spontaneously occurs to you, such as helping them make headway with the new bicycle they've been trying out.
• Internship preparation: working on internship-specific skill sets, plan workshops or other tasks that fellows are expected to have ready during their internships, help fellows research the organizations where they will be interning, and learn about the issues their host org works on
• Work with Nepali counselors to finalize and internship plan for each fellow, including a time schedule and what skills they're focusing on.
• Graduating Fellows (in the second year of their fellowship) are applying for jobs. Help edit letters, offer extra tutoring, and help coordinate with ED in the US.
• Accompany fellows to Kathmandu Internships to help them settle in.
• Help implement internship supervision plan designed in May.
• Review last year's lessons, and talking with the kids about their experience. Brainstorm ideas for the upcoming year
• Look for partners: guest teachers, collaborating orgs, speakers for upcoming year.
• Sketch out some year-long objectives and ideas for Nepali staff and 2014-15 teaching residents to work with.
JULY - AUGUST
• Help plan and implement a 2-day retreat at the beginning of the new school year, mid-July.
• Teach / co-teach in workshops in the early part of the school year; take a leading role in English and media/journalism projects.
• Implement any of your own plans or ideas you've developed in the first two months.
• Help prepare a smooth transition for the 2014 teaching residents (one of them could be you!).
To see a description of the full-year 2014-15 teaching residency, click here.
• A background in education is essential, but we are open to teachers, nonprofit education, volunteer experience, afterschool, etc. You should be able to read and edit lesson plans, and design workshops of your own. You must be confident trying out different ideas to assess competencies of different students, and adapting to meet the needs of a range of abilities in one classroom.
• You'll be working with teenagers who are friendly and eager to get to know you. You should like teenagers.
• The teaching residency contains a significant element of friendship and mentorship outside the classroom that is effective as you make it. You should be enthusiastic about building relationships with GL fellows, and using your other interests and competencies to enrich their fellowship experience.
• Previous travel/volunteer experience abroad is required. You must be adaptable, independent, and bring a sense of adventure to the inherent chaos of living in the developing world.
• GL Residents must be 20 years or older, fluent in English, and commit to the full residency period (longer commitments will be strongly considered and possibly given preference).
• Residents must be able to bear all costs besides lodging (travel, visas, food, etc.). A small stipend of $50 per month will help to offset the costs of daily living, which are very inexpensive in Nepal.
•This is slightly less than a full-time position, but precise hours are somewhat flexible. There will be time to travel and experience the beauty and culture of Nepal.
ESTIMATED COSTS FOR GL RESIDENT:
International Travel: $1300 - $1700
Internal Travel: $0-3 / day plus plane tickets for sightseeing etc. (about $90 each way)
Food: $5-10 / day plus meals out (about $10 for a nice meal)
Please note that we are also looking for afull year teaching residentfrom May - August. The summer volunteer placement has the potential to become the full-year placement, and for exceptionally qualified summer volunteers, may become a paid position from August 2014 - May 2015.See posting for full-year residency here.
Send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis for 1-2 summer interns. Couples are invited to apply and will be able to live together.