Youth Club and Life SkillsProgram Fees
VIN invites volunteers and interns to support the work and development of Youth Clubs in marginalised, rural communities. You will be part of a long term project with the aim of inspiring the emerging generation of Nepal and helping them to become confident ambassadors, for themselves, their community and their country.
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. It lacks a political constitution, an effective infrastructure and economically it is dependent on labour-intensive subsistence farming. Consequently, Nepal has little to offer its youth and everyday, more than a thousand migrate with the hope of better pay and conditions overseas.
VIN aims to change this trend, providing strength for communities and for the future of Nepal by developing and retaining community youth. Our overall objective is the empowerment of marginalised communities. We have worked with Jitpurphedi Village Development Committee (VDC) since 2007 and have begun initiation work with Okhaldhunga district, in the Everest region. Our approach is the integrated development of the community, working on health, education, economic tools and basic infrastructure. Community youth are an essential force in achieving our aims; a valuable source of volunteers and a meaningful example of inspiration for change.
VIN need volunteers or interns to work with our Youth Clubs. Here, you will hold workshops giving leadership training and education on rights and life skills, such as thinking, relating, working and being. You will organise creative activities to encourage community youth to debate the concepts they are being taught and you will engage them in and help them become a part of the development work taking place in the community.
During your volunteer placement you will live with a Nepali host family. This will enable you to become immersed in this rich culture and allow you to experience the environment from which today’s youth are trying to emerge.
More About Our Youth Club and Life Skills Program
Our long term goal is for the Youth Club to operate as an autonomous and active local institution. Moreover, to serve as a responsible body of the community able to raise the concerns of the youth and community, which are often ignored. Through our program we will provide periodic strengthening, such as management training, for the youth clubs themselves.
Youth Club and Life Skills volunteers will typically carry out some of the following activities, please remember activities assigned to you will be subject to the need of program and your interests, experience and skills. The training need identified by VIN for the youths are:
- Club Management Training
- Orientation of Youth club members on their rights and responsibilities
- Life Skills training
Typically, you will work up to six days a week, between five and six hours each 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.