Programme: Volunteer with Children Pokhara Nepal is a naturally and culturally beautiful country, but the unfortunate truth is that the streets of Nepal’s cities and towns are where a lot of children end up when their families can no longer support them. Hundreds are found each year in this situation. Through placements in Nepal you will help create a nurturing and positive environment to provide the much needed educational support for these children
This programme runs for 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16 and 20 weeks. Contact us to find out the 2017 dates and start planning your adventure!
Room & Board (any housing, food, and transportation included). You will be living with other volunteers in a shared (same sex) rooms with shared bathroom facilities with a local host family. There is running water (cold) available for showers. Flush toilet facilities are available but they can also be eastern- style ?squat toilet?. You?ll have a private room and conditions will be simple but comfortable.
Does the project require any special preparation? It is not essential that you purchase a book before, coming, but reading (even skimming) one of the following books will give you a good foundation for what's to come, and will prove useful to you after the course if you continue child care. Insight Guides: Nepal by Hans Hofer
Lonely Planet Guide to Nepal
Child Care and Education by Tina Bruce
How Children Learn: From Montessori to Vygotsky - Educational Theories and
Approaches Made Easy by Linda Pound
Overview of the tasks and time commitment needed from the participant. Volunteers provide the local teachers critical support with the funding from program fees being almost the only source of funds. Our main aim is to keep these facilities running to allow the provision of education to continue.
What specific skills, education, or experience must the participant have? What skills, education, or experience are desirable? Volunteers need not have any specific skills just an enthusiasm and passion for contributing to the project and the local partner objectives.
Health and safety (site specific health and safety information). A change of environment, climate, food and lifestyle often results in minor, and occasionally more serious, illness. Please inform staff if you feel unwell at any time. The nearest emergency medical facilities are located in Pokhara and Kathmandu. You will never be more than a few hours drive from here and the facilities are of a very high standard.
Inclusions/things to do (trips or extra features). During the placement you will get a chance to explore Pokhara and the surrounding areas. There are several optional side trips available too; white water rafting on the Trisuli River, trekking in the Annapurna range and for those staying 6 weeks or more you can take a safari in Chitwan National Park. Before and after your programme you could trek to Everest base camp ($800), you could take flight around Everest ($175), take a 3 day trip down the Kali Gandaki river ($175), trek to Annapurna Base Camp ($465) or take a 3 day safari in Chitwan National Park ($160)
Orientation and Training (supervision and preparation the participant will receive). Staff in the field will provide training on the skills required, but you may benefit from learning more about local history, culture and customs before you travel.
Costs (detailed list of what’s included/not included and per diem estimate). What's Included
Pre-departure support and discounted services
24-hour emergency phone
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
Long term experienced staff
Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
All necessary project training by experienced staff
All necessary project equipment and materials
24-hour in-country support
Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
What's Not Included
Medical and travel insurance
Extra local excursions
International and domestic airport taxes
Additional Information. For your program you will need a tourist visa, for most nationalities this does need to be arranged in advance. The duration offered depends upon your nationality so please check to ensure you comply with immigration and airlines requirements regarding visas and entry prerequisites to the country such as proof of a return flight within a maximum number of days.