Children’s Life Skills FacilitationProgram Fees
VIN has implemented the Children’s Development Program to support communities to enable children to receive an education, explore their creativity, and develop for the good of the community. VIN’s Children’s Life Skills Facilitation Clubs provide a platform for children to develop their life skills and explore innate talents. VIN seek committed volunteers or interns to help facilitate the children’s clubs, bringing with them energy and creativity to inspire the children.
While more than 40% of Nepal’s population are under 16 years of age, the children of Nepal remain a marginalised, voiceless section of society. Poverty and discrimination are barriers to a good quality education. Within the education system, teaching quality is low, often provided by untrained teachers. Rights, creativity and expression are not promoted in school or at home; childrenlack life skills and their interests go unrealised.
VIN’s overall mission is the empowerment of marginalised communities by focusing on women and children. VIN has worked with Jipur Phedi community since 2007. We have established eight children’s clubs in the community with the ultimate goal that they will become autonomous, active mechanisms to exercise and advocate children’s rights.
Over the last five years the children’s clubs have organised camps and provided children’s life-skills and sanitation training and creative classes, such as writing and street drama. VIN continue to review the children’s clubs annually, providing children’s life skills education for overall child development.
VIN is looking for volunteers or interns to support our Children’s Clubs in JitpurPhedi and our new focus community, Okhaldhunga. You will help to facilitate the clubs, arranging interactive games, club meetings, outdoor activities, debates and creative events. You can also help to organise and participate in our children’s camps.
Participating in the Children’s Life Skills Facilitation Project provides volunteers with a unique opportunity to directly impact Nepali children by creating a positive and fun environment while simultaneously teaching them important life skills that will allow them tolead empowered lives.
During your volunteer placement you will live in the community with a Nepali host family, ensuring that you become immersed in the texture and language of Nepali life.
The children’s clubs are attended by children aged 6 to 16. It is testament to the success of the Children’s Clubs that most of the teachers of JitpurPhedi and Okhaldhunga believe the clubs are vital to the development of the children.
Throughout the year a range of activities are conducted to strengthen the children’s club and empower the children. Some of the major activities are as follows:
- Children’s Camp for community children (Workshops on arts, crafts, games, singing, dancing, music etc.)
- Life Skills Training for children (leadership, decision making, interpersonal communication, goal setting, managing feelings, self-esteem, active listening, team building, group facilitation, problem solving, critical thinking, creative thinking)
- Training on creative writing-poems, stories, essays (both in English and Nepali)Yearly reformation of existing children’s clubs with a view to strengthening themClub Management Training
- Event Management Training
- Yearly Magazine Publication
- Report Writing Training
- Child Rights advocacy training for children’s clubs
- Training on street drama and puppet shows for children
- Training on children’s clubs facilitation to their coordinator teachers
- Representation and participation of children’s club at national and international network
- Developing proposals on children’s club activities and fundraising
- Orientation of children’s rights to parents, youths, teachers and school management and the children themselves.
You will work six days a week, up to six hours a day. Much of your work will be outside school hours to accommodate the clubs, so you will need to be flexible.
Throughout your placement you will have the full support of VIN. Your safety is our highest priority. On arrival you will be greeted at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transported to your hotel (alternative arrangements can be made for those already in Nepal prior to the start of their placement). You will then receive a comprehensive three-day induction, during which time you will be provided with information about your particular placement as well as general information, including basic Nepalese language and culture. This is also a good time to mix with other volunteers or interns who may be great sight-seeing companions and a source of support during your volunteer placement.
During the induction you will be accommodated in a hotel. However, a large part of the VIN experience comes from the immersion of a home stay with a Nepalese host family. While this is an essential part of the experience we also recognise that it can be a challenging one, becoming part of a new culture and becoming accustomed to facilities that will be more basic than those you are used to. However, all our host families are experienced in accommodating volunteers – although their ability to speak English will vary – and you will have 24 hour access to contact and support from our staff members during your placement.