HELP IN GLOBAL CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Step 3: Apply for the project
Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. This is a bustling city & Aii Nepal is approximately 20 minutes from the airport. Most people travel by foot, minibus or bicycle. Volunteers here have all the conveniences of Internet connections, Western style food, both Internet and Landline telephone network coverage. Volunteers working in this region should bring appropriate clothing for this environment. It is warm during the days, but gets cold once the temperatures drop. Volunteers are also advised to bring sunscreen lotion, lots of insect repellent and appropriate inoculations and vaccinations for Malaria, Meningitis, Typhus fever, Hepatitis A & B, and appropriate clothing to be working in this environment. All of the villages are located within a half to one and an hour's bus ride to Kathmandu's center. Most have a well developed infrastructure, with water readily available and reliable roads. Primarily, the village economy is agrarian you will eat many fresh vegetables. In addition to a local "Tea House" most of the villages will have a few shops where you can purchase bottled water, biscuits (cookies), and stationery. Local phone calls can usually be made and international phone calls accepted, but Internet access is usually not available.
In Kathmandu we are working with 04 Orphanages
Orphanage home no. 01
This Orphanage Home is situated in Jorpati within Kathmandu. There were previously 82 children in this home which has now been reduced to 55 all aged between 1 and 14. The majority of these children have been orphaned although there are some which have been placed there as their parents cannot afford to feed them. Currently 8 staff run the orphanage, which has 8 bedrooms and a kitchen. The orphanage runs by donations they receive from various charities and private donations, for the food, clothing, rent and all outgoing costs, however this is a constant day to day struggle. All the children who are old enough attend the nearby Eyelens English School, are sponsored by Aii local coordinators, who provide their school admission fees, tuition fees, books and stationary. So far we have placed 50 volunteers till 2015 in this orphanage, who help out with the daily routine including basic hygiene. There are currently 30 children who receive this funding so that they can get a good education and further their chances in life. We hope that in the future we will continue to work with and improve the conditions and the everyday lives of these young children.
Orphanage Home no. 2
This orphanage is based in Maharajgung in Kathmandu which currently has 41 children, aged between 4- 14. These children share 3 bedrooms, with many to a bed. The funding supplied by Aii goes towards the education of the children, again paying for school fees, tuition fees and all other school equipment. We have been working with this orphanage for the last few years and through donations (Dean Close School and Aii is a donor) we have provided them with 2 large pots (they were big enough to fit a couple of small children), an 8 liter pressure cooker, some wastebaskets, mops and dustpans. We also ordered a table and benches to be built by a local craftsman. The table can be broken up into 6 pieces, with an equal number of benches. We also ordered the benches to be made with a storage area underneath the seats so that the children could store their school books in an organized way that is accessible. In total, we can seat approximately 24 children at the table, and additional 10-15 children on the floor. We have also placed 5 volunteers to work at the home and to help teach the administrators there proper hygiene. We are sure that they will be able to teach better management, and eradicate the various infestations (bed, body, hair lice etc) that the children suffer from, and improve their lives. We will continue to work at the home, and to slowly implement more changes, eventually supply proper blankets and bed sheets for all the children there. Everyone at the home is thrilled with the changes we have made so far.
Orphanage no. 03
This small children's home is in the region of Balaju, a rural suburb a few km north of Kathmandu. There are 13 children in the home, ranging in age from 3 to 13. They live in four rooms of a shared house, and share a backyard with the other families who live there. Aii has only recently established contact with this home, and has made a commitment to sponsor the educational costs of the children, providing them with the school fees, tuition fees, and stationary. The children were recently presented with their brand new school uniforms to start school with, and for some of them these were the only other change of clothes that they owned. The home has no formal support from the Government, and is dependent on donations from many sources to provide for the day to day living costs of the children. As this is such a new arrangement we have so far placed just some volunteers there, who encouraged improved hygiene, taught English, and encouraged play activities. There is a bare room, designated the school room, which has now been improved by the addition of carpets, making posters for the walls, and starting English lessons. We hope to continue our work with this orphanage as we feel they have already benefited so much from our support.
Orphanage no. 04
Roughly 30 children stay in this nice orphanage home, located 45 minutes from the Aii office. Volunteers can stay at the orphanage, help with the children in the morning and after school, helping with homework, meal time, personal grooming, and games. During the day, volunteers can either help at the orphanage if there is work to do, or they can teach at a local school.
Orphan kids from 01 year to 18 years
No. of Beneficiaries
Hundreds of them
Volunteering Days (In a week`s time)
05 days in a week (Monday to Friday)
Volunteering Hours (In a day’s time)
05 to 06 hours (In a day)
Any Special Background Required
No (For 16 years or elder)
Project Recommended for
Open for all
Project Duration (Minimum to Maximum)
01 Week to 20 weeks
ACTIVITIES (MOST POSSIBLE)
Specding quality time with the kids
Teaching them something extra other than their syllabus like English poems, stories and other things
Introduce them to the new world that is growing & developing
Helping the kids in their home work and handling the situations
Help the staff in making food, claening the orphange
Hygiene, sanitation and teach them about personal hygiene
Games and extra curri-cular actiities with them
Computer teaching, internet, e-mailing, social media
Helping them in management of the orphanage with your creative ideas
All other work asked by the orphanage staff and management
Things to know before applying
As We understand that as a volunteer you are dedicating your time and capabilities to the less fortunate, so naturally it seems strange that you should have to pay to volunteer. Understand that your program is all-inclusive with a variety of services. Additionally, we have a professional staff that is responsible for finding and screening volunteer projects and accommodations while also providing 24/7 on-location service to our volunteers. Our amazing staff and all-inclusive services necessitate operating costs that we must cover in order to guarantee you an organized, safe and top quality helping and traveling adventure. Also need to raise funds to contribute materials and other resources to the volunteer projects and communities they work in. Think of your fee for volunteering abroad as part of your commitment to volunteering by fundraising for the project and community where you will be volunteering.
Once you book the program and deposit the fee, our team will start assisting you with all the necessary information about the country, project location and project. We will be helping you out with the visa, flights, insurance and other related stuff that is mandatory to have. Some other documentation would get done from our side as well. You will get a complete e-guide on Nepal projects, pre-departure kit, packing list, vaccinations and medicines etc. Before departing to Nepal we will make you all set go.
By the time our team will take flight information from you. This is the responsibility of the volunteer to inform us via e-mail about the flight details; carrier, date and time. In case there is any delay or sudden change in the flight schedule it`d volunteer`s duty to inform us immediately. We will share some Whatsapp contact no. for instant contact. Once we get the details of the flights we will transfer the details to ground Nepal team for arranging your pick-up from Kathmandu airport. Please notice that all Nepal project volunteers must arrive in Kathmandu only. From here after orientation they will be send to their respective locations.
PICK-UP FROM KATHMANDU AIRPORT & TRANASFER TO HOTEL
Once you arrive at the airport you will meet our team member with Aii pla-card and your name on it. You can go with them to the hotel/guest house managed to take for the sightseeing. Please attention that in case you don`t find anyone, don`t panic wait for some another minutes and they will be there. In worst condition, if you don`t find anyone, immediately contact the Aii head office no. that are shared with you in the pre-departure kit. That no. is available 24X7. You are going to stay at night in the hotel and all meals are on you. The next day would be your orientation and Kathmandu sightseeing.
ORIENTATION, KATHMANDU SIGHT-SEEING & NEPALI LANGUAGE CLASS
In the morning our coordinator will be there for your orientation about the Nepali culture, program, country, people, beliefs and language. Then your Kathmandu sight-seeing will start followed by the orientation. In Kathmandu sight-seeing you will visit magnificent ancient temples like Baoudhnath, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath along with the royal architecture & historical Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kopan monastery and some other places if the time allows. Here the meals are on you. The next day would be a free day for you to travel by yourself or arrange a tour by us for the rest of the places. The night stay would be at the hotel.
TRANSFER TO VILLAGE PLACEMENT
Next morning you would be taken by the local coordinator to your village placement or the project location you have chosen like Chitwan, Pokhara or Kathmandu.
MEET WITH YOUR HOST FAMILY AND KNOW THE LOCAL AREA
After reaching the project location, the local coordinator will take you to your project stay with a host family. Be gentle and open to ask questions and be friendly because you have to stay for the entire duration with the family. The people are so welcoming and calm and you will really enjoying staying with them.
PROJECT VISIT AND MEETING WITH BENEFICIARIES
The same day if time allows you will be visiting the project area with the local staff and you will meet the beneficiaries with whom you are going to work. The local projects are real and they really need volunteering assistance and care. The teaching projects need a real and practical plan because the English language of Nepali natives is very low and as the global requirements for any job is English.
FIRST VOLUNTEERING DAY
Here from the same visiting day you can choose to stay on the project or you can come the next day as well. The next day after waking up you will be having a Nepali tea with the rest of the family members. Then you will take an authentic Nepali breakfast and then you will leave to the project. Meet your supervisor there for the schedule for the day and start your work out there. In lunch you can come back to the house and can have it with the family or take a lunch-box with you there. After finishing the project you can come back to the host family by walking because mostly the projects are at walking distance. Enjoy your evening with the family, neighbors and walking around. Have your Nepali dinner and stay at night. This is how a typical volunteer day would be.
REGULAR ROUTINE AND WORK DAYS
This would be your regular routine and you will work from Monday to Friday on the projects. Weekends would be totally off and you can use them as you want to be. Relax, trekking, visiting, enjoying, clubbing, washing clothes etc. Choice is yours. You can take travel excursions and information from our local coordinator and make a group with the other volunteers to go on group excursions; the cheap and best way to wander. Our local coordinator will check you on every two weeks and would be in contact through phone with you, host family and project.
The last Friday of your volunteer project would be slightly different and fun-filled. Take group pictures, selfies and show your gratitude towards the staff and other volunteers for the cooperation, affection and support. A small party with the host family at the last day and spend some emotional moments. Meet all the friends you made during your stay, thank them and have your own time. This is how your last day would be.
DROP AT KATHMANDU AIRPORT
The local team would take you to the Kathmandu airport before a day of your departure to avoid any discrepancy. The final day of your departure you will be dropped at the airport and from here you are on your own. Say a final good bye to the team member and here your journey ends with a lot of memories and learning of life.
Services of the program
SERVICES INCLUDED IN THE FEE
Nice question! Yes, there are a plenty of services those are most needed and important to know. In this project fee you will get the following services included:
Pick up from Kathmandu air port
One night stay on arrival during the orientation period in Kathmandu at Volunteer's home where you will meet 2 to 5 Volunteers from different country
Volunteer placement and Project
Nepali Language and Culture information during orientation – 2 hours a day
Orientation about project before you head to the placement – 1 hour
Local transportation to the placement and back to Kathmandu
Project accommodation in a host family near by the project
Daily two main meals a day during your stay in the placement
Visits every two weeks during your time
Contacting you by phone two times every week
Regular local coordinator visits
One night stay in Kathmandu after finishing the project
Assistance & support 24 hours available
Financial assistance to the projects
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED
Every other service(s), that is not mentioned in the above list 'SERVICES INCLUDED IN THE FEE'
During the project you will be staying with a Nepali host family near by your project placement. The host families are so welcoming and believe in lasting relationships. The stay would be a basic one with all basic amenities. Staying with local host families will enable you to know the real nepali culture, tradition and you can get a chance to celebrate the local festivals as well.
During the project you will be getting 02 major meals of the day. The food will be authentic Nepali food and if you wish to cook for yourself sometimes you can take permission from the family to cook for you. In most cases volunteers are treated as a family member and they are free to do cooking very often. Everythinh depends on your attitude towards the family and cooperation with them.
There are many things to see in Kathmandu. There are many roadside temples (both Buddhist and Hindu), and areas of interest here depending on your travel taste. Highlights of Kathmandu include: ·
Three Goddesses Temple
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Pasupatinath · Bodhnath
Dakshin Kali Temple
National museum of Nepal
Garden of dreams
Langtang National Park
And so many other places as well. If you request to our local team to o organize tours for you, they would love to do it for you.