Climate Change ResearchProgram Fees
The dramatic climate changes pose significant threats to the environment, economy and society and is thus one of the most urgent issues for research towards solutions” (Earthwatch Institute). VIN seeks experienced research volunteers to help make an impact on serious environmental issues facing Nepal today.
With an economy and population largely dependent on rainwater-fed agriculture and a dramatic geography rendering land prone to flooding Nepal is particularly vulnerable to climate change. Flash floods and glacial outburst remain the most significant events. Politically, Nepal is fragile. Having emerged from 10 years civil war in 2006, abolished the monarchy in 2008, the subsequent coalition governments have failed to write a constitution. While poverty reigns and funds are desperately needed to rebuild the economy and infrastructure, costly adaptations for climate change are not priority.
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, our ambition of sustainability and drive towards independence for the communities cannot neglect climate and environmental concerns that are the responsibility of the nation.
VIN seeks experienced researchers to work to gather more data, exploring Nepal’s fragile ecosystems agains the backdrop of the Himalayas. With the support of VIN you will carry out research using various tools in different locations across Nepal, assessing the effect of climate change. As part of your work you will become involved in raising awareness and writing a report on your findings.
During your placement you will have the opportunity to live with Nepali families on a home-stay basis. This will allow you to become immersed in the language, culture and rich heritage of Nepal.
Once you arrive, we will work with you at VIN to develop a schedule for your work.
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.