Waste ManagementProgram Fees
Waste management is a major public health and environmental concern across Nepal. VIN seeks volunteers and interns to work in rural communities to help establish best practices for waste management and develop effective and sustainable ways to keep the community clean to make the best of beautiful Nepal. Nepal’s ability to cope with solid waste is inadequate. The Solid Waste Management Act 2011 placed responsibility for the dealing with general waste with municipalities and the action which each municipality takes varies. As at 2012 only 30 percent of households were segregating their waste. With limited rubbish removal, some of which is from open dumps at the side of roads, and no significant recycling industry, practices such as burning and open dumping are still wide spread. When collected, waste is finally deposited at crude dumping sites, where it is left untreated, regardless of the public health risk it presents. At VIN our overriding objective is the empowerment of marginalised, rural communities. We have been carrying out work with Jitpurphedi Village Development Committee (VDC) since 2007 and have recently begun formative work with Okhaldhunga district in the Everest region. Health and the provision of a basic infrastructure form two of the foundations of our community work and effective waste management is crucial for success. Volunteers and interns will work within the community to raise awareness of the advantages of a clean environment. You will help to establish best practice for waste management, educating on composting, recycling and safe disposal, while helping to mobilise the community to embrace a ‘No Litter’ campaign to effect sustainable change. While you work with the community you will live with them, hosted by a Nepali family. Here, you will be immersed in the culture and community you are giving your time to help.
Your Experience :
You will typically work five to six hours per day, up to six days a week. 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.