Embark upon an adventure of a lifetime, accomplishsomething remarkable, immerse in a new culture, and discover what volunteering has to offer!
Sounds like a dream? Perhaps, but this is what our volunteers and interns have told us of their experience while volunteering in Nepal with Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN).
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Explore Buddhist Culture by Teaching English at a Buddhist Monastery
Experience the unique opportunity to gain insight into Buddhist culture and practice. And no, you don’t have to be a Buddhist. Just come with a smile, your desire to teach and learn, and you’ll feel right at home. Volunteering as an English teacher to children in a Buddhist monastery is a deeply rewarding and unforgettable opportunity to give back.
Make Dreams Come True by Teaching English at a Community School
Discover what it’s like firsthand to teach English in at community / public schools in Nepal as a volunteer or intern. When you volunteer to teach English you’ll be given an active role in the classroom. You’ll put your valuable skills to use by supporting dreams of students eager to learn English from teachers like you.
Empower Teachers of Nepal through Teacher Development
Are you a highly experienced teacher? Do you possess not only the desire, but the skill of a truly experienced teacher? Then this is your opportunity to share your gift and skills with fellow teachers of the world, in Nepal. As you already know one of the most instrumental keys to a student’s success is in the quality of the teacher. By volunteering to develop teachers through training and various approaches in Nepali community schools you help empower a platform of teachers for generations to come.
Teach Basic Computer Skills – Bring Digital Information Technologies in Nepal
Help spread the power of essential computer skills through VIN’s teaching Computer Science Program. For most of us, using Microsoft Word, Excel, or even everyday tools such as Facebook, Google, and Skype may be a walk in the park. Something many of us take for granted. Yet, for marginalized communities in Nepal it means connection to the world beyond. As a Computer Science Volunteer Teacher, you’ll help open new doors of hope and opportunity through information and communication technologies.
Inspire Creative Expression with Arts and Crafts
Do you love working with children? Do you find joy seeing their creativity come to light as they learn new means to express themselves? Then volunteering as a teacher of arts and crafts is for you. As a volunteer you’ll work directly with children and inspire them to reach their full potential through creative expression. Through self-expression, children can begin to connect and see the world in new ways.
Give Voice by Teaching the Deaf in Nepal
Are you fluent in sign language? Do you have background working in deaf education? This is your chance to utilize your skills and give a voice to deaf students in Nepal. Together we can empower the deaf children / youth in Nepal by giving them the training and resources they need to learn and grow through life.
Elevate Mind-Body Harmony by Teaching Yoga
Do you love the power of Yoga? Is it a practice you cannot live without? Would you like to share your passion for yoga with others? Through VIN’s Yoga Program you can help bring this timeless mindfulness art to people of Nepal. As a Yoga Teacher volunteer, you won’t just be teaching posture techniques, you’ll enable others to find mind and body harmony while elevating their mindfulness.
Share Your Passion for Sports with Children of Nepal
Do you love playing sports? Do you enjoy working with children? As a Sports Volunteer you’ll help children and underprivileged communities gain physical and mental health through the fun of sports. You can teach any sport you like to help underprivileged children and communities of Nepal.
Immerse Yourself in Nepali Culture While Teaching
Lose yourself by becoming a part of the colorful and ever more soulful culture and life in Nepal. As Cultural Immersion guest you’ll experience what it’s like to live a simplistic life in the rural areas of Nepal among the serene beauty of nature. During the day you will learn Nepali language and culture from an experienced teacher to help you feel even more at home. When learning, you’ll be assisting local community schools as well.
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More About VIN &Nepal
In countries across the world people have the basic human right to education; issues of gender, disability or religious hierarchy cannot remove it. In Nepal, these educational rights are not supported and discrimination and poverty stand in the way of nearly half the population attaining basic literacy, the literacy rate for the country being below 60%. For Nepali women the rate is lower, less than 50%, due to the barriers that poverty and a strongly patriarchal society present.
In underprivileged rural communities situations of discrimination and poverty continue unchecked. VIN has been working with Jitpurphedi community since 2007 and we have also started our projects in our new focus community, Okhaldhunga since 2012. VIN has started working in another district, Nuwakot from the year 2015.
VIN has a range of projects which promote learning in the community or within other marginalized groups. Help to develop the community teachers, many of whom are untrained and unqualified, or raise levels of IT awareness in the community classrooms. Become part of a unique cultural exchange, teaching English in Buddhist monasteries and nunneries, and taking away a rare insight into to the lives and practices of those dedicated to Buddhism or help share language with deaf children.
From our teaching volunteers or interns, all we require is energy, flexibility and open mindedness. You will be immersed in Nepali life, either living day to day with a Nepalese host family, or living among the monks and nuns. You will face and meet new challenges every day and will leave full of the knowledge of what you have achieved.
In 2006, when the 10 year Maoist insurgency ended, there was new hope for the Nepali people. Dogged by the constraints and discriminations of an impoverished, feudal society, over half of the population were illiterate. The abolition of the monarchy and establishment of a state government gave optimism for change and the possibility of equality. But eight years later, successive coalition governments have failed to provide Nepal with a meaningful constitution. Despite a literacy campaign being initiated by the then-government in 2009, little progress has been made and in the run-up to the December 2013 elections, the issue of literacy has not made it onto the main agenda of any of the running parties.
The hope has dimmed and, if anything, the tensions that make up the complex Nepali situation have intensified; male versus female, rural versus urban, caste versus caste. Amidst the legacy of a feudal, patriarchal society, poverty rules.
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, it being more pronounced in those rural communities that account for over 80% of the population and remains one of the most significant barriers to educational development.
Most of those living in rural communities survive through subsistence farming. In the harvest time, while the parents work the land, the children are needed in the home, to babysit or to do the household chores. There is no time for school. In the months where the land yields nothing, some families supplement their income with child-labour. Year round, the opportunity cost of sending a child to school is simply too great.
These are indirect costs, but there are direct ones too; stationary, books, uniform, exam fees. Many families cannot raise the money to enable their children to participate.
Poverty is universal, but religious and patriarchal discrimination ensure that there is no equality for female offspring in gaining access to education. Where there is money available, parents are unwilling to spend it on their daughters who are seen as the property of their future husband’s family. Child marriage is common, as parents, whose reputation relies on the sexual purity of their daughters become afraid of the risk of sex outside marriage that puberty brings. Once married, the woman will stay in the home and not return to school. While money spent on a daughter is viewed as waste that spent on a son is an investment. They are the hope for the family; continuation of the family line and a source of care and support in old age.
With continuing cultural prejudice surrounding menstruation, a predominately male teaching force and a lack of female specific facilities in schools, there is no surprise that female students are prone to drop out.
Within the schools themselves, the standard of teaching program is low. The community schools are government funded and community owned. The government will pay the wages of teachers at a ratio of 1:40. However, in the sparsely populated rural areas, the number of students can fall below this number. The government will not fund a teacher, so the community has to.
Many of the teachers working in rural community schools are untrained and unqualified. Teaching methods often take the form of a lecture and children often learn things by repetition, without developing the ability to reason and apply critical thinking. The curriculum does not support subjects such as art and craft, dance or sports. The children, therefore, do not have the opportunity to find a form of expression or explore their own skills and interests.
The necessity of and right to an education is one of the foundations of VIN’s work. Without education our ultimate objective to empower marginalised communities cannot be met.
Since 2007, VIN, with the help of local and international volunteers, has operated a program of work to develop teaching and learning within the Jitphurphedi community of Kathmandu, with complementary work at local Buddhist monasteries and nunneries and specialist care unit for deaf children running beside this.
VIN’s teaching programs support the overall development of the community and the long-term goal of independence. Our teaching involvement has grown considerably over the years. We initially focused on teaching english language and are now implementing further projects that will support the holistic development of the children in Jitpurphedi of Kathmandu and Taluwa, Thulachhap & Bhadaure of Okhaldhunga and Okharpauwa of Nuwakot, including Teaching Sports, Arts and Crafts and Computer Science.
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