Volunteer program in Nepal

Thamel 29, Paknajol
Kathmandu, Nepal (general)
The VCD Nepal is a non profitable volunteer organization. VCD currently has volunteer opportunities available in several parts of Nepal. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational and community aid programs. 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 its culture that will stay with you the rest of your life.

(A)Teaching various subjects in Schools
In this program, volunteers teach various subjects at theirs choice at government schools to students of varying age and ability, although most students are aged ten to sixteen. Depending on the school, volunteers will either teach independently or with another Nepali teacher. Volunteers teach between two to four 45-minute classes each day, six days a week (Saturdays are holidays).Volunteers enrolling in this program will also be expected to share their own teaching methodologies/experiences as well helping the school's teachers to develop their own conversational English skills. Prior to their placement, volunteers will receive two weeks of Nepali language and cultural training. During their placement, volunteers will stay with a local Nepali family located between a half-hour to one hour from the school. This will be one of the most fulfilling experiences of your life.

(B) Volunteering at Orphanage
Volunteers will be placed in an orphanage where they will live with the children, or with our host family, assisting them in their day to day routine. The children are mostly between the ages of four and fifteen, and have a basic understanding of English. The general role of the volunteer will be to act as an older sibling: to care for, look after and encourage the children. Volunteers will teach the children general life skills, including health and sanitation, as well as arts, crafts and music. Depending on your own skills and interests, though, you can also teach songs, music, dance, cooking, or any number of activities, and generally just spend quality time with the children.

(C) Cultural Exchange & Homestay Program
Homestays and cultural exchange programmes can be arranged in most areas of Nepal with our 40 Hostfamilies. 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 learn about 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. 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 programmes are best organised 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.

(D) Health Post & Sanitation Issues
VCD Nepal's health post program provides a wide variety of experiences depending on the time of year. While at your placement, volunteers may be doing very hands-on work such as giving shots and treating wounds; conducting home-visits; developing and delivering information on health issues such as birth control and personal hygiene; providing office support; and providing knowledge transfer to the health post doctors on the latest first aid techniques. Volunteers usually work approximately two to four hours a day in the health post, supplemented by teaching health education classes at a local government school or women's group. Prior to your placement at the health post, volunteers will receive two weeks of Nepali language and cultural training. During their placement, volunteers will stay with a local Nepali family located within a half-hour to an hour from the post. VCD Nepal local co-ordinator will be available to help volunteers.

(E) Environmental Awareness
Volunteers will teach environmental awareness at the local school and/or Environmental Post for 2 to 4 hours each day, Sunday through 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 assist 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 one half hour from the school/Environmental Post VCD Nepal local co-ordinator will be helping to volunteers.
This is a non-campus group.
Geographical Scope: National
Added on 02-22-2008
Updated on 02-28-2008

Log in to write a comment.