Research InitiativeProgram Fees
VIN invites research volunteers or interns to help produce an accurate picture of the past and the present to inform our development for the future. VIN’s primary objective in the empowerment of marginalised communities, with a focus on women and children. We have been working with Jitpurphedi community since 2007. As we begin work with other communities, we want to evaluate our work so far.
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and despite only 20 percent of its land suitable for agriculture, nearly 80 percent of the population live in rural areas, most of whom depend on subsistence farming. Unsurprisingly, approximately 25 percent of the country’s population live below the poverty line.
VIN has been piloting its integrated development program with Jitpurphedi Village Development Committee (VDC) for five years. Initial studies determined that the education level and living standards of the inhabitants were very low. There are mixed castes within the communities. The Dalit and Balami communities are particularly marginalised; their schools being deprived of basic facilities and the community area being particularly dirty.
We need committed volunteers to work with us to tell us where we are now. To establish or confirm facts, reaffirm the results of previous work, solve new or existing problems, and develop new plans and strategies. The research findings will be used to test the validity of instruments, procedures, or experiments, research may replicate elements of prior projects, or the project as a whole. The volunteers will decide the most useful methods and design of research being based on the type of project they receive.
During your placement with VIN you will live in Jitpurphedi VDC with a Nepali host family. This will give some perspective to your research and allow you to be immersed in Nepal’s language and culture.
You will typically work five to six days a week, up to five hours per day.
You will assist VIN by:
- Identification of research problem
- Project review
- Specifying the purpose of research
- Determine specific research questions
- Data collection
- Analyzing and interpreting the data
- Reporting and evaluating research
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.