Civil Society InitiativeProgram Fees
The term Civil Society can be defined as ‘the individual and collective efforts for the common public good,’ it is known as the ‘third sector,’ working for people, independent of government and business. VIN seeks motivated volunteers or interns to contribute to the growth and development of civil society in marginalised communities of Nepal.
Nepal is notorious for political instability and for a want of effective leadership. Despite becoming a Federal Democratic Repulic in 2008, successive coalition governments have failed to write an effective constitution and the country’s identity and infrastructure remain in a state of flux.
VIN’s overall objective is the empowerment of marginalised communities with a focus on women and children. We adopt an integrated approach to development of the community, focusing on health, education, the provision of basic economic tools and a basic infrastructure. We have been working with Jitpurphedi Community since 2007 and have recently begun foundation work with Okhaldunga, in the Everest region. Our ultimate aim is to bring about a sustainable improvement in the quality of life, leading to independence.
VIN need confident volunteers to help to work towards that independence by strengthening the communities, bringing people together to engage in local representation and organisation. You will help to encourage the formation of, or empower existing broad or thematic civil society organisations. You will encourage participation in public affairs and conduct meetings or create networks to promote human rights. You will also help to strengthen these community-based organisations by providing management training to responsible representatives.
During your placement you will live in the community with a Nepali host family. This will ensure that you become immersed in Nepali language and culture and will also help you to understand how civil society and interaction take place in the community.
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.