Volunteers Initiative Nepal: Volunteer Opportunities Nepal

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Early childhood teacher training
Early childhood teacher training
putting what was learned in action
putting what was learned in action
final day early childhood teacher training
final day early childhood teacher training

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Join Volunteer Initiatives Nepal on one of many types of volunteer programs in Nepal! VIN volunteer program in Nepal offers an affordable opportunities to volunteer in Nepal. This is your chance to make a considerable contribution to Nepali society, while at the same time experiencing the rich culture, natural magnificence, and daily life of Nepal. Volunteer programs include Early Childhood Development, working at an orphanage, local business development, health and medical care, women empowerment, youth empowerment and teaching English. For more information about volunteering in Nepal, and to apply online, please visit our website.

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based on 17 reviews
  • Impact 9.1
  • Support 9
  • Fun 9.4
  • Value 8.5
  • Safety 9.4
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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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Lea Ann
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful experience for US Professor

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

The kids' smiles warm up my heart!

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.
Julie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great 2 weeks experience in Nepal !

VIN proposes several types of projects (education, construction, health...) from 2 weeks to few months. The staff is quite supportive and helpful. I was togteher with a couple of other volunteers in a host family around 15km from Katmandu. The family was very welcoming and we had a nice project about Education: we were 3 people on the projects going in several schools around the community area. Nepal is a beautiful country but don't forget warm clothes if you go between December and February !!!

What would you improve about this program?
I would have stayed more time because short programs do not feel such like a big achievement but still better than nothing and a very good first volunteering experience ;-)
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John
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Community health volunteer in Jitpur

I did a 6 week stint with VIN back in 2012. It was a fantastic experience. The physician who works with the health volunteers, Dr. Laxmi, is a great individual to work with and did an amazing job guiding my work. I ended. Up helping him out at his clinic, writing a grant and doing exploratory research, and doing health talks in local schools, for which VIN provided an interpreter. The host family experience was out of this world -- I was with the family of Saila Dai.

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Anna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering in Nepal with VIN

When I first got to Nepal, I was so scared. I was by myself and I had never been out of the United States before. I was really homesick for the first week or so. I thought, “What have I gotten myself into?” and as the first two weeks went by, I realized that I had gotten myself into the most amazing experience I had ever had. It is hard to do construction every day. It is tiring and sometimes you’ll feel like you just cannot get through the day, but please trust me on this: it is so rewarding at the end and it is worth all of the blood, sweat, and tears. I met so many amazing volunteers, local and international, through VIN. The host family were some of the greatest people I have ever met. They are my second family. I hated having to say goodbye to all of these people that I met, because honestly, they have all impacted my life so much in such a short period of time. I enjoy every single second of this experience through VIN. It went by so quickly. I hope others have similar experiences and it impacts their life in a positive light, because it definitely did for me.

What would you improve about this program?
The one thing I would change would just be the quality of the food. While I was there, I had two different stomach infections, most likely from the chicken I ate at the host home. It definitely wasn't fun spending 3 days in the hospital.