Care Volunteer Projects in Nepal
- Placement locations: Kathmandu, Chitwan
- Types of care projects: Children's homes, special needs centres, specialist care centres (malnutrition and HIV/AIDS), early learning classes in schools, day care centres
- Age of children: newborn – 20s (some adults with disabilities)
- Number of people cared for: 10 - 30
- Role: Volunteers work on achieving the goals set out in the Care Management Plan, including improving literacy levels and English skills, providing emotional support and helping improve general hygiene.
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport,transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From two weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
There is a real need for assistance at the many children's homes, day care centres, early learning classes and centres for children with special needs in Nepal. The centres that Projects Abroad work with often suffer from a chronic lack of resources, so your work as a volunteer will be challenging. You may find that some of the children are malnourished or come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
You may find that some of the children with disabilities are cared for in a way unlike they would be in your home country; just remember you are working in another culture, and your presence alone is very beneficial for these children. Our Care placements enable you to get involved and really make a difference to the quality of life the children experience.
By volunteering on a Care project in Nepal you will make a real difference to the lives of children in the developing world. You do not need qualifications or previous experience to join a work experience placement, and we believe all volunteers have something to contribute.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Nepal Care Management Plan.
So whether you are on your holidays, a gap year or a career break you will have a role to play. These Care projects benefit the local community and make a difference to the lives of not only the children but also the many other people you meet along the way.
Voluntary Work with Projects Abroad
You could help with general, or more specialised, care work at the Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre, which was set up to provide a stable and nurturing environment for impoverished children suffering from varying degrees of malnutrition.
At children’s day care centres and the early education classes in schools you can help care for the children, as well as teach them some basic life skills such as health and hygiene (brushing teeth/washing hands), manners, ABC, 123, basic exercises, arts and crafts, environmental issues etc. These are often skills that they do not learn at home as their parents are sometimes uneducated and/or illiterate.
Whichever volunteer Care project you find yourself working on, you need to be ready for a challenge. Many of the children, adolescents, and adults will have health or behavioural problems, or may require extra attention due to mental or physical disabilities.
In order to support our care volunteers, the Care Coordinator in Nepal organises regular workshops for our volunteers. The workshops will provide you with tools and tips on how to better organise your work at your placement, depending on the age and abilities of children you’re working with. The workshops will also help you solve and discuss any issues. The Care Coordinator will also teach or suggest new activities and ideas which you may carry out at your placement.
Volunteering abroad on a Care Project in Nepal
As most children in children’s homes go to school during the day, these placements are normally combined with work in a day care centre or school. Your help after school is greatly appreciated and previous volunteers have spent time helping with conversational English and basic reading classes and helping the children with homework, which all benefits the children’s overall education. Some children, however, remain in the care homes during the day, recovering their health and learning from the volunteers.
You do not need to have any sort of qualification to get involved in teaching; you just need a good level of spoken English. Volunteers also spend time doing arts and crafts with the children, which can be therapeutic for those children who have been through traumatic experiences.
Volunteers at the community based rehabilitation centres for disabled children work with children who have physical and mental disabilities. They really appreciate the interaction and support our volunteers provide on a day-to-day basis. You will find yourself working with children who are some of the most neglected in Nepal, and by befriending the children you can work towards raising their self-esteem.
Volunteering on a Care project in Nepal is a chance to make a real difference to these children, not merely through the development of their social and life-skills, but also through exposing them to new ideas and cultures. Your assistance will also support the dedicated, but overstretched, staff who will always appreciate having you there to help.
You can join a Care project in Nepal for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.