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Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN)

About

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.

Reviews

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Mailys
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

VIN Medical Program

I had the chance to be part of a VIN volunteering medical program in the end of 2021 . As a medical worker, it has been one of the most rewarding and meaningful experience ! I learned so much from this community, this country both professionally and personally .
I was lucky to meet so many wonderful people, our mission in the village was extremely interesting and we felt useful, Sophia (the other volonteer) and I
Thank you Bhupi for your kindness, and the VIN team too, this is an experience I will never forget !

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Gaspar
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Marketing Advisor

For 2 Weeks, my cousin and I worked as marketing advisor and artistic director. We had to give VIN's a new breath & visibility so more volunteers would be able to help in their hard work. Collaborating with them was a great experience, even if our time was short considering the amount of work on the social medias and most of all on the new website. We did our best to deliver the right things so the team would be able to appropriate their new skills. Our stay was really nice, even considering the sanitary situation that left many beds empty, we had the chance to share great moments with the team and most of all with Dinesh and it's family, those moments will be unforgettable.
The VIN's headquarters in Katmandu are really good and the garden is really pleasant. As said above, we wish we could to extend our stay to help them more but home was calling.
This experience was great and the team is gold.

Thank you

What was your funniest moment?
Sharing those moments with Dinesh family during the Tihar Festival on the day of siblings.
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Helenka
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Enriching Interning experience from a Belgian Journalism Student

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

Great volunteer experience

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

My best volunteering experience!

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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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.