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Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN)

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Our volunteer work is dedicated to empowering the most marginalised communities in Nepal. Our volunteer and internship service programs include women's empowerment, child care at early childhood development centers, orphanages, teaching English in schools & monasteries, health care service, construction and manual work, child rights and education etc.

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United States

Reviews

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Helenka
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hi, I am Bachelor student in Journalism from Belgium. I did a 5 week long internship in the Women Empowerment and Film and Documentary making project. I loved every moment of it!

Everyday I enjoyed my one hour walk to Tinpipple to take pictures of women and their products. The views are beautiful and the people are lovely. I have worked on a project that gives women from marginalised backgrounds the opportunity to set up their own online business. Not a single day passed with me not wanting to go to ‘work’. I was motivated to see and listen to what the women had to tell me. Although it was not always simple to communicate, language isn’t the only means of communication.

It was also a great opportunity for me to practice my journalistic skills. Not only the contact with the local community and the culture, but also patience, flexibility and independence are important. I grew throughout my internships, and this wouldn’t be possible without the friendly and loving staff, and the way Nepali people can give with heart and soul. I feel like even as an intern, I was able to give something, for everything that these 5 weeks gave me!

I would love to return in the future and work on another project.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you get the change, really stay at a host family. It’s your second home, and the people are so lovely and warmhearted. When volunteering and interning make sure you don’r think too much about he future and let yourself lead by the events. If you open up, things will open up for you. Just enjoy and try to help with the important work the VIN does!
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Cassie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I volunteered with VIN for 2 weeks through the ICYE program from Volunteer For Peace Vietnam. VIN has a lot of volunteer projects of different lengths and in different areas for international volunteers to choose from. My project was a women's empowerment project called the Raising Peace Campaign. I got opportunities to meet with volunteers from many different countries and worked alongside some local volunteers as well. VIN has many friendly staff who are helpful. Overall, it was a great learning and volunteering experience (and Nepal is a beautiful country with rich culture). Highly recommend.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
For my projects, some other volunteers, VIN staff, and I went to three different communities to talk about domestic violence. It was surprising for me to see how different these communities are, despite the fact that they are only about 30' walking apart. One day, we walked for about an hour up the mountain to teach at a local school. The road was extremely dusty and bumpy, but the mountain scenery was stunning, and within our team, we had some great conversations to learn about each other's cultural backgrounds and work.
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Thomas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am a teacher from the UK who has previously spent 5 summer holidays volunteering in education in countries including Guyana, South Africa, Tanzania and India. In summer 2018 I worked with VIN on a 4 week teacher training volunteer programme in conjunction with Limited Resource Teacher Training (LRTT). They were incredibly hospitable and, perhaps more importantly, incredibly well organised. They went out of there way to ensure that every volunteer remained safe and healthy (they benefit from having a practising doctor working within the organisation).

The accommodation is clean however it is quite cramped and there is not much storage space. Be prepared for the vibe of a good but basic hostel. The food prepared on site was delicious and very healthy.

I strongly recommend anyone interested in doing a volunteering programme to work with VIN.

What would you improve about this program?
More storage space in the VIN accommodation and more stable hot water in the showers would make the experience slightly more comfortable but this is a bit nit picking.
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Lea Ann
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education. VIN provided me an opportunity to provide training for 16 ECD teachers from 8 rural schools outside of Kathmandu. The teachers were experienced teachers so during this time I learned probably more than they learned from me. Before the training VIN set up days for me to observe in the classrooms. After the training I conducted post training observations. My two week experience was wonderful. I would recommend this opportunity to other professors in any field. VIN can use your skills to help with any of their programs.

With VIN I was able to plan and deliver early childhood teacher training. It was a wonderful experience. I learned a LOT and hope the participating teachers did too. Staying in the community with a host family made the experience even more meaningful. I would recommend volunteering with VIN to all Professors who would like to do international volunteering. VIN will put all of your experience and knowledge to good use.

What would you improve about this program?
VIN is there to support you if you reach out. They are proactive in helping with the basics and it is up to you to take the initiative to make your project happen....so no improvements are necessary on the part of VIN.
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Serena
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I'm back home now, in Italy, and every morning I recall the beautiful shining smiles of those lovely children I saw during my stay in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in the outskirts of Kathmandu. I taught them English 4 hours a day, we had fun with Justin Bieber's songs, Bingo and some Nepali games they explained me. I loved watching them falling asleep during the morning prayer, I loved playing with them with a roll of rubber band they called ball and I loved that they touched my hair and asked what it was! It was the best experience of my life, which helped me discover some of my strenghts, weaknesses,and gave an impulse to my future decisions. Thanks to VIN's staff and their support before and during my stay, they made my Nepal experience wonderful!

What would you improve about this program?
I wish there was more collaboration and dialogue between VIN and the manager or people in charge of the places where the volunteers are sent (school, community, monastery), so that the volunteer knows the real needs and can manage even better his/her time for a successful project.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Ann Wilson

Ann Wilson, volunteered with VIN after her honeymoon to Mount Everest Basecamp. She's Danish, but lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Ann is a demand and supply planning supervisor in an multinational company. Upon my return from Nepal she founded Friends of VIN – who now partner with VIN.
nepal children volunteer

Morning: I lived in a village about a 45 min. bus ride outside Kathmandu. A typical day would start around 6am. Aama (mother in Nepali) would start washing the dishes from the night before and start preparing breakfast; daal bhaat (rice and lentil soup).

Preparing breakfast in rural Nepal isn’t as simple as it sounds – it takes about 90 min. to cook the rice, grind the masala, cook the lentils…all done over an open fire.

Afternoon: After breakfast I would walk to school where the students sang the national anthem every day at morning assembly followed by some simple exercise. There were about 35 children in the ECD (early childhood development) class where I taught basic English and math. We would always start with a bit of singing and then divide the group of 3-12 year olds into small and bigger children.

nepal classroom

Evening: After school I would sometimes visit other volunteers, go for walks in the hills or prepare for the following school day, but I would always be home just before dark. That’s when we start preparing dinner – daal bhaat – and around 8-8.30pm we would usually go to bed. It’s limited what you can do when you don’t have any electricity.

Highlights: My very first day was a bit of challenge but I learned so much. I had agreed with the Nepalese teacher that I would just follow her and then we would discuss how to continue, but in the last period she had to go to another class to teach and asked me if I thought I would be OK having the kids on my own…

The minute she exited the class, the kids went CRAZY. I eventually gained the children’s respect and it was much easier after that.