Care for the ElderlyProgram Fees
Each of us will grow old. We can only hope that as we begin to slow down we have sufficient resources, financial and human, to ensure this time is dignified, without anxiety and deprivation. Nepal’s elderly enter old age in poor health without money or material assets to support them. VIN seeks skilled and passionate volunteers to join care for the elderly project to support elderly people at their old age and make them feel they aren’t alone.
In Nepal, those of 60 years and over are considered elderly. The majority of elderly people are living in poverty due to lack of resources. They are suffering the cumulative effects of a lifetime of deprivation, lack of education, poor health and nutrition, low social status, discrimination and restriction of mobility.
Traditionally, it was the responsibility of family members to care for the elderly within the extended family home. But, as society begins to change, families have become much smaller, women are beginning to work outside the home and many family members move from rural Nepal to seek employment in the city or abroad. With only one elderly care centre in Nepal, Pashupati Briddha Asram, the country has no workforce experienced in caring for the elderly.
VIN is seeking experienced volunteers to work with the elderly in Nepal and pass on their knowledge to local people. Your knowledge will be vital in creating a stronger care system for the future. Volunteers who have no experience but much enthusiasm are also welcome. Dependent upon your experience, you will help to nurse sick elderly people, perform health checks, provide first aid, work as a care taker, assist with food preparation and sanitation and organise recreational activities.
During your placement you will live with a Nepali host family. This will enable you to become immersed in Nepali language and culture and experience the backdrop against which the elderly you care for have survived.
VIN’s primary objective is the empowerment of marginalised communities, with a focus on women and children. We have been working with Jitpur Phedi community, 12km from Kathmandu, since 2007. During this period we have operated an integrated development approach to the community, focusing on education, health, the creation of tools to bring about economic well-being and the creation of basic infrastructure. We are now looking forward to implementing our integrated development approach in Okhaldhunga, in the Everest region.
VIN operate programs inside and outside these communities. When you volunteer outside the community, you will still be helping to support these efforts, financially. Furthermore, you will also be helping to strengthen our relationships with partner organisations and raise VIN’s visibility.
You will typically work five to six days a week, up to five hours per 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.