Working for Street ChildrenProgram Fees
Help VIN and their partner organisations make a difference in the lives of children on Kathmandu’s streets. These children, victims of poverty, neglect and abuse, have nowhere to turn. VIN needs volunteers or interns to work for street children on the street, at drop-in centres and to perform research in pursuit of solutions.
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. Poverty is a national concern and a daily reality. A 2001 study estimated that around 1200 children lived on the streets of Kathmandu, and more recent studies argue that there are approximately 5000 street children throughout Nepal. Some children were born on the streets to rick-shaw pullers and rag-pickers. Others, thrown from their homes, the victims of physical and mental abuse, simply arrive there with nowhere else to go.
Once in the city, the children, often uneducated, become part of its margins, collecting rags, shining shoes, begging and cleaning dishes in hotels. They are constantly vulnerable to disease, malnutrition, abuse by their employers, and are the helpless victims of paedophiles and the sex industry. Street children are a global phenomenon yet as a group they are significantly marginalized by the Development sector. The task of uplifting the lives of street children thus falls to private organizations, and the involvement of international volunteers is crucial.
These children need nutrition, health care, guidance on sanitation, education and most of all, your time. VIN is looking for international volunteers with the energy, time and interest in working for street children. You will work in Kathmandu, in the city’s drop-in centres, spending time with the children, teaching them about health and sanitation, creating makeshift recreational activities and most importantly, simply being with them. VIN knows there is more that can be done to help these children and we invite you to conduct your own research, presenting your own considered solutions for the children.
During your volunteer placement you will be based in Kathmandu. You will live with a Nepali host-family, allowing you an insight into Nepali culture and helping you to become immersed in day to day Kathmandu life.
You will work six days a week, up to six hours per day.
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.