VCD Nepal (Volunteer for Community Development )

Website

http://www.vcdnepal.org

Address

Z-Street, Thamel
kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan

01
Nepal

About Us

VCD Nepal (Volunteer for Community Development - Nepal) is an officially registered non-governmental volunteer organization. It is a non-profitable organization, registered with the social welfare council.

Our mission is to promote community awareness and aid Nepal in it's move forward toward development. In order to help Nepal we work with individuals and teams of volunteers on community projects. These projects include: increasing awareness of the importance of the English language, teaching English in government schools as well as Buddhist monastaries, working with various orphanage homes, environmental and health education, sanitation and argricultural projects and income-generating activities. By educating and helping the rural communities of Nepal, we aim to decrease poverty one community at a time.

Nepal is a country with a rich culture. However, as in other third-world countries, more than 80% of our people have to live with inadequate provisions for health and nutrition, poor sanitation and a lack of education. The ultimate goal of VCD Nepal is to give Nepali people the necessary tools to help themselves. Your time, talent and contributions can help us do that. VCD Nepal offers the unique opportunity to experience the richness of life in Nepal at first hand, while having a direct influence on the quality of life for its people.

The different programs offered are:

Working in an orphanage home

Program Description

For orphaned children one of the most beneficial things for them is to be able to have access to Education. As it will provide more opportunities for them in the future once they have to make their own way in the world. Resources are often scarce so if they have access to a teacher it will be a great advantage to them. Depending on your own expertise and interests, though, you can also teach drawing, songs, music, dance, cooking, or any number of activities, and generally just spend quality time with the children. Some orphanages can provide accommodation for volunteers; alternatively you can stay with a local host family and work at the orphanage during the day/evening. Your duties will include many things, basically taking care of the needs of the children, teaching them, helping with cooking, getting them ready for school. Consequently it is can be challenging but also one of the most rewarding experiences you can have, as you are improving the lives of the children. Your day will consist of teaching for a few hours in the morning and in the evening, and in the afternoon looking after the general wellbeing of the children. Alternatively in the afternoon you can go to the local school and teach there instead of staying at the orphanage. Most orphanages also welcome assistance from Volunteers for the organizations themselves. This involves working with staff to develop marketing, fundraising, and program strategies for the orphanage. Working at the orphanage home includes: Helping children for their school work, encouraging the children, teaching them English language and other discipline.

Requirements - There are no specific requirements for the program other than fluency in written and spoken English. However the best things you can have are patience and a genuine desire to teach and help the children; plus a sense of humor!

Program Dates - Are very flexible, the minimum time for the program is 1 week and the maximum length of stay is 5 months.

Suggestions - Depending on the subject, volunteers can bring along teaching materials such as picture books, instruments, flash cards, art supplies, and songs. It's also useful to have sweets or chocolates to reward the children when they do well in class.

Accommodations - A simple room with a bed. We advise you to bring Sleeping bag and mosquito net with you or you can always by here which is 2-3 times cheaper than back home.

Meals - Breakfast occurs at 6:30 am and consists of a cup of tea and biscuits. Lunch is served at 11:30 am and is usually dal/bhat (rice, lentils, and vegetables). Dinner is at 4:30 pm and is once more Dal/Bhat. The food is very simple but also extremely tasty and filling.

Location - Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara

Volunteering to work in an orphanage • Helping the children with their school work • Donating money for their education • Fundraising • Encouraging the children

Teaching English Program Description Teaching English to the children in Nepal is at times challenging, but seeing their progression and enthusiasm make the overall experience extremely satisfying. The volunteers will get the opportunity to teach students who are eager to improve their conversational English skills. Volunteers in this program will teach English to children in government schools; you can also teach in other disciplines such as math, science, music, geography, art, dance, etc. Depending on your specific area of expertise The students that you will be teaching range from 5-16 years old, and are typical in groups of around 30-50 students per class. The subject material that you will be teaching i.e. the curriculum for the key subjects will be taken from the Nepali students' standard book. However volunteers are also encouraged to create their own lesson plans; lots of inspiration for classes can be found online as well. The age range of children is approximately 5-16 years old and the teaching curriculum for each major subject is based on the students' standard book. Volunteers are also encouraged to create their own lesson plans; lots of inspiration for classes can be found online as well. Each institution has its own permanent staff member who assists volunteers with their teaching and in communicating with the children and colleagues. Classes generally run six days a week, with four to six class periods each day and a break for lunch. Teaching English includes: Teaching English at the school, Orphanage, women's group and village community library.

Requirements - There are no specific requirements for the program other than fluency in written and spoken English. However the best things you can have are patience and a genuine desire to teach and help the children.

Program Dates - Are very flexible, the minimum time for the program is 2 weeks and the maximum length of stay is 5 months.

Suggestions - Depending on the subject, volunteers can bring along teaching materials such as picture books, instruments, flash cards, art supplies, and songs. (and a good sense of humor!)

Meals - Breakfast occurs at 6:30 am and consists of a cup of tea and biscuits. Lunch is served at 9:00 to 9:30 am and is usually dal/bhat (rice, lentils, and vegetables). Dinner is at 6:30 to 7:00pm and is once more Dal/Bhat. The food is very simple but also extremely tasty and filling.

Accommodations - A simple room with a bed. We advise you to bring Sleeping bag and mosquito net with you or you can always by here which is 2-3 times cheaper than back home.

Locations - Kathmandu, Chitwan, Dhulikhel, Godawari, Pokhara (If needed we can arrange placement all over Nepal)

Teaching English in the Monastery

Program Description

In this project you will be educating Buddhist monks in the age range of approximately 5-16 years old. In The monastery at any given time there around 30 to 40 monks, of which there will be 2 classes, one for seniors and one for junior students.

VCD Nepal will provide you with a guide to planning lessons for the students but it encouraged that you compose your own lessons and games for the students to keep them stimulated.

Requirements - There are no specific requirements for the program other than fluency in written and spoken English. However the best things you can have is patience and a genuine desire to teach and help the children.

Program Dates - Are very flexible, the minimum time for the program is 2 weeks and the maximum length of stay is 5 months.

Suggestions - Depending on the subject, volunteers can bring along teaching materials such as picture books, instruments, flash cards, art supplies, and songs. Other good items to bring include: books about Buddhism, Chocolates/sweets for rewarding the children when they do well in class. Pictures of your family and country are always also a very good thing to take.

Accommodations - A simple room with a bed, shower and western style toilet. Located on the 4th floor with beautiful views of the hills at the edge of Kathmandu valley. We advise you to bring Sleeping bag and mosquito net with you or you can always by here which is 2-3 times cheaper than back home.

Meals – Breakfast occurs at 7:30 am and consists of a cup of tea and biscuits. Lunch is served at 11:30 am and is usually dal/bhat (rice, lentils, and vegetables). Dinner is at 4:30 pm and is once more Dal/Bhat. The food is very simple but also extremely tasty and filling. Additional food such as cookies can be bought at the local shop if you should still be hungry.

Locations - Kapan, Kathmandu Kwaling Monastery, Kapan, approximately 20 minutes from Bouddha, where there is access to internet, phones and every western appliance or comfort you might want. In the villages around the monastery there is a small western style supermarket which stocks such things as toiletries and international brands. The monastery is situated at the edge of Kathmandu valley with in easy walking distance of the surrounding foot-hills.

Home Stay/Cultural Exchange: Program Description Home stays and cultural exchange programs is a fantastic way to get more out of a trip to Nepal and can be arranged in most areas of Nepal with our 30 Host families. Participants will be placed with a Nepali family in a small rural village for the duration of their stay. This provides the volunteers with an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the depth of all aspects of Nepali culture, lifestyle, language, food and people. Volunteers should remember that this is a cultural exchange and that an effort to offer some knowledge of their own home culture and customs to the family with whom they stay is appreciated. The best time to come is between August and December, the time when most large local festivals take place resulting in an overall more exciting experience.

During their stay, volunteers will attend 2 hours of language lessons in the morning and in the afternoon. They will also have the opportunity to visit and help out at the local school. Home stay programs are best organized from August to December which is the time when most large local festivals take place. This makes for an overall more exciting experience for the volunteer. Nepali culture is distinctively friendly and open and participants are made to feel as though they are part of the family. VCD Nepal local co-ordinator will be on hand to help volunteers.

Requirements - No specific Requirements needed.

Program Dates - Are very flexible, the minimum time for the program is 1 week and the maximum length of stay is 5 months.

Suggestions - Since it is a cultural exchange volunteers can bring along things relevant to their culture, and pictures of their family and where they live.

Accommodations - simple room with beds.

Meals – Breakfast occurs at 6:30 am and consists of a cup of tea and biscuits or pop corn. Lunch is served at 9:30 am and is usually dal/bhat (rice, lentils, and vegetables). Dinner is at 6:30 to 7:00 pm and is once more Dal/Bhat. The food is very simple but also extremely tasty and filling. Additional food such as cookies can be bought at the local shop if you should still be hungry.

Locations - Kathmandu, Chitwan, Dhulikhel, Godawari, Pokhara (If needed we can arrange placement all over Nepal)

Health and sanitation program Program Description

This program is especially for Doctors, nurses, nursing students and medical students. Volunteers will work at hospitals and community health clinics in Kathmandu, Chitwan or Pokhara. Volunteer will be helping doctor or health assistance at the clinic performing tasks like dressing wounds, administering shots, drawing blood, holding babies while they are being treated, helping to screen and organize patients. They can also assist local staff with getting medicines/supplies, and generally helping out in whatever capacity you might be needed. This program offers you a wonderful chance to support the work of local doctors and nurses in a country where health care is a major issue, and the number of trained staff in rural areas is low. As such your presence could make a huge difference to a community.

Requirements - Due to the responsibilities involved volunteers must be studying or practicing in the healthcare field, as doctors, nurses, EMT's, and medical and nursing students with clinical experience. We do not accept premed students into the program.

Program Dates - Are very flexible, the minimum time for the program is 1 week and the maximum length of stay is 5 months.

Suggestions - If it is possible volunteers can bring along with them materials such as First aid kit, medical books, instruments, and supplies.

Accommodations - A simple room with a bed. We advise you to bring Sleeping bag and mosquito net with you or you can always by here which is 2-3 times cheaper than back home.

Meals - Breakfast occurs at 6:30 am and consists of a cup of tea and biscuits. Lunch is served at 9:00 to 9:30 am and is usually dal/bhat (rice, lentils, and vegetables). Dinner is at 6:30 to 7:00pm and is once more Dal/Bhat. The food is very simple but also extremely tasty and filling.

Locations Kathmandu, Dhulikhel, Godawari and Chitwan

Environmental Awareness Program

Program Description

Volunteers will teach environmental awareness at the local school and/or Environmental Post for 2 to 4 hours each day, Sunday to Friday. Environmental awareness projects will be defined by the individual volunteers based-upon their areas of expertise and the needs of the village community. Example projects include: creating "green" clubs, planting a flower garden, planting trees, garbage management, recycling programs, making a smokeless stove, building a toilet pit, etc. Volunteers may also provide assistance to youth clubs or women's groups in the community sharing their ideas, skills and knowledge about environmental issues. After completing the Nepali language and cultural training, volunteers will be placed with a Nepali family in one of the program villages. The host family will live no more than a half hour from the school/Environmental Post VCD Nepal local co-ordinator will be helping to volunteers.

Requirements - No specific requirements are needed for this program and upon your arrival you will receive relevant training towards the projects you are interested in.

Program Dates - Are very flexible, the minimum time for the program is 2 weeks and the maximum length of stay is 5 months.

Suggestions - volunteers can bring teaching materials for the villagers about environment awareness.

Accommodations - A simple room with a bed. We advise you to bring Sleeping bag and mosquito net with you or you can always buy here which is 2-3 times cheaper than back home.

Meals - Breakfast occurs at 6:30 am and consists of a cup of tea and biscuits. Lunch is served at 9:00 to 9:30 am and is usually dal/bhat (rice, lentils, and vegetables). Dinner is at 6:30 to 7:00pm and is once more Dal/Bhat. The food is very simple but also extremely tasty and filling.

Locations - Kathmandu, Dhulikhel, Godawari, Chitwan and Pokhara


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