Sports VolunteerProgram Fees
VIN has created the Sports volunteer project to make a difference in marginalised communities through sports. Sports bring people together and through sports children learn important values while enjoying a positive impact on their health and growth. If you can teach a sport you love, please take this opportunity to share it to help underprivileged children and communities.
VIN’s overall mission is the empowerment of marginalised communities. We have been working with Jitphur Phedi community since 2007; striving to empower the villages to enable their children to receive an education, explore their creativity and develop for the future of the community. VIN believes part of that development can take place through sport. Benefit of sport is not only on physical well-being but also have strong influences on inclusion and community building, character-building and community safety.
Nepal’s public education system provides rudimentary education for those living in rural communities. Teachers are often untrained and unqualified and the most common teaching method takes the form of a lecture. Sport is not recognised in Nepal as a means of learning and development.
VIN are looking for volunteers with firm experience in any sport to teach in community schools. Football and cricket are now becoming established in Nepal, but volleyball and basketball are also becoming popular. However, as a sport volunteer, you can teach the sport of your choice. You will work up to six hours a day, six days a week. The children will be aged from 6 to 16 and what they lack in know-how, they will make up in enthusiasm.
There are times when the Nepali schools are closed; either for exams, festivals or something more unforeseen, such as a strike. During these times volunteers can teach in the community, helping those who are financially unable to attend school.
During your volunteer placement you will live in the community with a Nepali host family, offering you the chance to become immersed in Nepali culture and language.
A Little Bit More
Rural community schools are government funded institutions, managed by the community in which they are based. VIN has 11 partner community schools in Jitpur Phedi community and 23 partner schools in Okhaldunga. The children will be between ages 6 to 16 and class sizes will range from 10 to 50 students. You will work five to six hours per day, six days a week.
VIN wishes to use sports and physical education to help develop children living in marginalised communities. We recognise the value that learning and playing sports will bring the lives of the students. Not only will they learn values such as respect, honesty and team work, the physical activity will help them to develop their physical and mental health.
During your teaching program you may help the children with other activities such as teaching English language, helping with homework and showing them basic sanitation habits such as teeth brushing and washing your hands. Overall, your time with the children should be about giving them the attention and affection they deserve.
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.