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As a developing country, Nepal’s attitude towards animals care is also developing. At VIN we are looking for volunteers or interns to work with animal care and rehoming centres in Kathmandu to help promote care, respect and responsibility towards animals among the Nepali people.
Chronically overcrowded with humans, more than 20,000 dogs also live on the streets of Kathmandu. However, dependent on people to survive, the animals can often become the victims of neglect and cruelty. Often starving, they live with parasites, open wounds, injuries from impacts with vehicles and in some cases are left to die. At times, when the dog population becomes too great, a community will act to control this by poisoning the dogs, inflicting on them a painful death.
VIN’s overriding mission is the empowerment of marginalised rural communities, with a focus on those most marginalised; women and children. We have been working with Jitpurphedi Village Development Committee (VDC) since 2007 and have recently begun to implement our integrated development approach in Okhaldhunga district, in the Everest region. While our work is community-focused we cannot disregard the immediate problems before us and invite caring volunteers or interns to contact us to help make a difference.
As an Animal Care volunteer or intern you will work with one of the animal care centres in or around Kathmandu. You will help the centre with their day to day running, spend quality time with the animals, helping to socialise them, provide exercise for sheltered dogs and work to promote the centre and provide education on animal care to the Nepali people.
During your volunteer placement you will live with a Nepali host family. Here, you will become immersed in the Nepali language and culture, allowing you a deeper insight into the challenges of the lives of Nepal’s people, as well as its animals.
Typically, you will work for five to six hours per day, up to six days a week, subject to agreement with our partner organisation.
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.