Nepal's landscapes are simply overwhelming with the huge Himalayan Mountains. The flora and fauna is surprisingly varied for such a small country, exotic wildlife unfolds in the jungle, while the country has some of the best mountain trekking in the world. The country has a rich cultural heritage and is the birthplace of Buddha. Nepal has fascinating temples, shrines and sculptures.
In Nepal, there are an uncountable number of street children who can neither read nor write. Unfortunately, child labor is highly utilized. Children can be made to work long hours, earning less than a dollar a day. As a volunteer, you not only get a lot of great experiences and new skills, you will also have the opportunity to give something back to the people by helping their community. Volunteering in Nepal, will also allow you the opportunity to experience other aspects of Nepal, such as, the stunning natural beauty in the form of trekking, hiking, rafting and more.
Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and is situated at an altitude of 1,350 m. almost all types of facilities are available in the Kathmandu Valley, such as hospitals, transport, hotels, restaurants, etc. This city is one of the richest cities in culture and history throughout Nepal, lots of interesting local festivals and cultural events and shows can be observed. There is almost a festival every week. There is also a wide range of interesting places to see around Kathmandu, from ancient temples to stunning landscapes.
IWASHERE invites individuals, couples, families, students, researchers and groups to volunteer in Nepal. The minimum requirement is 18 years old, if you are under 18; we require a written and signed permission slip from a parent or guardian. We also recommend that you have a good command of English. Volunteers from all countries, backgrounds and experiences are welcome to participate in programs in Nepal. Everyone has something to contribute!
A typical week
The structure of the week may vary from project to project. As a volunteer you work approximately. 4-8 hours a day and have and weekly days off. Working days are planned with our project, it is possible to get time off if you need to do something such as going on a trip, just remember to inform the project coordinator in good time.
Volunteers can expect to get up around 8:00 and eat breakfast with their host family. Depending on their project, they will either start work in the morning or have several hours free before starting in the afternoon. In the evening, the volunteers are free to see the local sites, visiting restaurants, cafes and meet the locals.
Saturday is the main holiday in Nepal. Volunteers can use this day to explore the country. There are exceptional opportunities for climbing and rafting, as well as mountaineering and trekking. More sedate activities include riding elephants in Chitwan National Park, and relaxing by the beautiful mountain lake in Pokhara. The many Nepalese festivals are fascinating and often spectacular events you should not miss.
When you arrive at the airport, you will be picked up by a project coordinator. You will then be taken to a guest house for volunteers or a hotel where you start your introductory course. During the introductory course you will learn about the local language, culture and taken on a tour of Kathmandu. After the introductory course, you will stay with a host family. Some host families accommodate up to four volunteers at a time. You are likely to share a room with one of the other volunteers.
Volunteers will be accommodated by a Nepali host family. Host families fully screened by our partners in the country. This will give you an opportunity to get closer to the culture.
EDUCATION (OPTIONAL & INTERSHIP)
Most people in Nepal cannot afford to travel and in the villages there is little chance for contact with the outside world. As a volunteer, you give students the opportunity to form relationships with someone from a different culture. This can be learned through different teaching methods and techniques. Volunteers are also welcome to teach various subjects, such as mathematics, history, physics, geography, computer, technology, music and other topics. All higher education in Nepal is in English, so it is extremely important that children learn English in order to further their education. With an adult literacy rate of 51% for men and 24% for women, there is plenty of room for improvement. There is great lack of resources. It would be a good idea to bring posters, pictures, music bands to brighten up lessons. You need no experience or qualifications to teach English language in Nepal, but it is important that you have good English skills. You will help to develop your students' language skills, as you will be part of a larger network in Nepal which contributes positively to the local community. The English level is relatively good, however students struggle with pronunciation. The local teachers are good at teaching both grammar and vocabulary, but actual conversation lacks tremendously. Volunteers can help by speaking English to the teachers and students and by explaining to them how words should be pronounced.
ORPHANAGE (VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP)
Most of the orphanages in Nepal are poorly managed, understaffed and lack funding. They struggle to remain open. There is a great need for help and support. There are many areas where volunteers can use their skills and time to make a meaningful contribution in the lives of orphans in Nepal. Orphanages are in desperate need of help with education and fund administration. Children in orphanages are mostly between the ages 5 to 14 years and each orphanage has approximately 14-25 children. Volunteers will work towards improving the children's lives. Volunteering on a humanitarian project in Nepal can has a positive influence on the children around you. You need no experience or qualifications to work in an orphanage in Nepal, but you have to be ready to share, care and you be prepared to be challenged.
As a volunteer you will typically help with the following:
• Arranging physical activities for children, such as sports
• Games and singing games
• Painting and drawing
Many of the children are desperate for attention and care, and you should be prepared to help them with everyday things that you normally take for granted. As a volunteer from another continent, you can introduce to the children, a new culture and teach them that there is a world outside of Nepal and generally expand their universe. It may be hard, but also very rewarding.
MEDICINE & HEALTH (VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP)
Volunteers can be placed in health centers or hospitals that are either run by the government or managed by local communities in rural and urban areas. In the most impoverished groups in Nepal's population, there is a continuing need to mobilize health workers. Volunteers in Nepal will work closely with the Nepalese doctors and nurses. Volunteers in Nepal who work in the health and medical programs must be either doctors / medical students, or have demonstrable knowledge of health and medicine. The activities that volunteers are involved in include, advising the community on health, hygiene and sanitation. In addition listening to and advising the local people of their health problems and monitoring patients and distributing medicines.
BUILDING (VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP)
Most schools, orphanages and health centers in Nepal do not have toilets, proper classrooms, playgrounds, libraries or even clean drinking water. These are some of the reasons why people in the communities have so many problems. In this program, we are interested in volunteers who willing come and lend a hand. Volunteers do not need to have any skills or knowledge of construction, since they essentially have to dig, mix sand and cement, carrying rocks, sand and bricks, fetching water and paint school buildings. There will be local skilled and unskilled workers, who will provide free labor for the benefit of their communities. Volunteers who want to stay for long periods can join our other volunteer programs in Nepal. This project requires a minimum of 2 persons.
TEACHING AT ABBEY (VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP)
As a volunteer on this project your job would be to teach English to the monks living in the monastery. This is a good project for volunteers who have an interest in the Buddhist culture and religion. Volunteers will stay near the convent or monastery. On weekdays you will teach the monks, children and adults English. You will teach for 1-2 hours and you will also help teach at local schools for 1-2 hours. You will in total work approx. 4 hours per day. This project requires that volunteers stay for a minimum of one month. When you arrive at this project in Nepal, you will the first 3-4 days, take language and culture classes and be briefed on the program. During this time, you have the opportunity to visit the holy sites around the Kathmandu valley. After the 4-day introduction, you will either be placed in host family near the monastery or stay in a house provided for volunteers near the monastery. The monks spend much of their time at the monastery. This project gives them the amazing opportunity to learn English and experience different cultures.
You need no experience or qualifications to teach English in Nepal, but it is important that you have good English skills. You will help to develop your students' language skills, as you will be part of a larger network in Nepal which contributes positively to the local community. English levels are relatively good, but the students struggle with pronunciation. The local teachers are good at teaching both grammar and vocabulary, but actual conversation skills lack tremendously. Volunteers can help by speaking English to the teachers and students and explaining to them how words should be pronounced.
CULTURE & LANGUAGE PROGRAM
This project is not a voluntary project, but you are welcome to combine it with one of our volunteer projects. If you are interested in learning about Nepal's rich culture, a country with a lot of ethnic groups and sub-groups who speak more than 70 languages and dialects. Nepal holds many festivals that are celebrated throughout the year in traditional style. Our partner abroad, offers a number of experienced and professional language teachers.
Our partner in Nepal has structured the program in three phases:
1 Phase I class learning
2 Phase II Class Education + culture, language with the locals
3 Phase III class tuition + Family / Host Family
4 The 1st class lesson
Here you will be prepared to go out to have conversations with the local community.
5 2nd class lesson
There is no better way to learn a language than to speak and interact with the community. After you have been out and tested your skills, you will have the opportunity to discuss your strengths and areas of development in class.
6 3rd class lesson
To learn a language, it is also important to understand the culture. Staying with a local family is the best way to learn languages and cultures. You will not only get better at the language, but you will also get a great opportunity to see and experience Nepali lifestyle, cultural diversity and participate in local festivals. While you live with your host family, you will still have to attend classes.
MARTINE WHO JUST CAME HOME FROM NEPAL, HERE IS HER STORY.
Nepal is an amazing country, one of the countries that have made the biggest impression on me. All the people I met on this journey throughout the land were incredibly helpful and friendly. They will do anything for you without expecting anything in return. It is clear to see the Hindu / Buddhist lifestyle in the country.
The country is unbelievably beautiful and lush, in the Kathmandu Valley (where I volunteered), you are surrounded by mountains and always have the most beautiful view of green mountain peaks!
Before staying at the orphanage, I got two days of language teaching as well as a tour that included some of the most beautiful temples in Kathmandu. It was a great start to the trip, to get a little insight into the language and culture. I was introduced to some of the other sweet volunteers who also lived in the same guesthouse. Some worked at the hospital, while others, like me, were in orphanages. The work at the orphanage was a great experience, fun to get a glimpse of the locals and see the children's imaginative games.
Martine 22 years old Denmark