Yoga VolunteerProgram Fees
VIN aims to bring Yoga to Nepal. Yoga could give the underprivileged people of Nepal a better life that comes from within, away from the challenges and changes taking place on the outside. Inspired by the positive impact Project Air has had on victims of war crimes and rape in Rwanda VIN believes that making Yoga available to the poor and marginalized communities of Nepal would be an invaluable gift to support positive change.Yoga is all about harmonizing the body with the mind and breath through the means of various breathing techniques, Yoga postures and meditation.
Nepal is a rich country in many ways, full of contrast and wealth. However, it is struggling to find a modern identity in the midst of long-term poverty and continuing political struggle. The weight of poverty and discriminatory cultural traditions weigh heavily upon the most vulnerable; women and children.
Despite Nepal’s proximity to India, Yoga is not wide-spread here. Yoga is often perceived as a western luxury, far from its original form; bringing a state of awareness from where we can see our own divinity. Yoga can help to manage stress, provide periods of rest and reflection, promote joint and muscle flexibility and provide a place from which people can find self-worth, leading to a positive daily attitude and physical health.
VIN seeks certified Yoga practitioners and intermediate to advanced students to join us from around the world. Our Yoga volunteer will be assigned a VIN project area – Jitpur Phedi community, one of our partner Buddhist monasteries or an orphanage in the Kathmandu Valley – where safe, clean room space will be provided from which you can teach Yoga.
The yoga volunteer will live local to their project, either with a host family or at the monastery or orphanage. You will live among the Nepali people, having the opportunity to take part in their culture and immerse yourself in their way of life.
Buddhist Monastery Study Exchange
VIN also offer a project during which volunteer’s will have the opportunity to closely mingle, study and learn Buddhist ancient practices such as meditation, chanting, philosophy, and other subjects of interest to the volunteers. The monasteries will exchange English and Yoga lessons for Buddhist subjects during the volunteer’s stay in a specific monastery.
This is a opportunity for Yoga teachers interested in Tibetan Buddhism to be fully immersed in the monastery life and practices while performing Karma Yoga. Similar to an Ashram experience, the Buddhist Monastery exchange is an opportunity to deepen spiritual practices and serve in a safe, peaceful, enriching and very rewarding environment.
Whichever placement you chose 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 in the Nepali culture you will get from living with a host family or Nepali institution. 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 and partners 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.