Make a real difference to the children at several different project sites in Nepal, depending where the need is most. Not only will this be an amazing opportunity to provide much needed help to the local teachers, the children and their families, but you will be working towards the long term goal of sustainability of these projects and centres. You will be making a real difference towards the children’s futures in this community.
- Give a helping hand at the Street Children Rehabilitation Centre to the boys that need support with their homework, have fun with the kids in the sports program, and be an extra pair of hands if needed at breakfast time and for getting them off to school.
- At the understaffed Early Childhood Development Centre you will be a much needed help. You will be helping out with activities, games, lessons and lunchtime for the 3 – 5 year old children that spend the day here.
- The Children’s Paradise is a pre-school offering special attention to children with disabilities. You will be working one-on-one with the children that have disabilities and will be there to support them through the day’s activities from being at the bus stop to take them to school, to bringing the children home in the evening.
- The Conversation Club is based at Shanti Café, a local restaurant near your host family where Nepali boys and girls get to learn or improve their English through conversation.
Living with a host family where you will be sharing a room with other international volunteers, you will be immersed in the Nepali community and its culture. You will have plenty of opportunity to visit the local area. On your time off you can experience Nepal’s natural beauty or go white water rafting, bungee jumping or even travelling further abroad and experiencing an elephant safari in the Chitwan National Park. For those looking to take it easy, experience the spiritual tranquillity the region has to offer. Included in your orientation, you will visit the Tal Bahari temple which is situated in the middle of the beautiful Fewa Tal Lake surrounded by the Annapurna Himal. You will also get the opportunity to learn about the local culture with local Nepali language lessons and cooking classes.
What you need to know
Upon arrival you will get a comprehensive orientation including a Welcome Presentation, with introduction, background and objective of the project and Health & Safety briefing. You will also be given Nepali lessons over two morning sessions. You will then start getting involved with the projects and get continuous support from the local staff to help you where and when needed.
You need to bear in mind that you will be working with vulnerable children and young adults, some living in difficult circumstances or coming from challenging pasts. Working with children will be hard work both physically and mentally, but can also be one of the most rewarding things you will experience. The more you put in, the more you will get out of it.
Nepal is a conservative country (Hindu and Buddhist religious tradition) so remember to be respectful of local customs; it is worthwhile researching some of the country’s culture and (religious) traditions before arriving.
- Placement and pre-departure help
- In-depth travel advice on how to get to where you need to be
- Full training and orientation upon arrival
- Shared accommodation within a local family home, safe and to good standard
- Meals when on base
- Onsite support by experienced staff
- 24-hour emergency phone
What’s Not Included?
- Travel and health insurance
- Visa costs
- Local transport and spending money
- Vaccinations if required