Child Care / Orphanage

Overview

The high mortality rate for mothers during childbirth, as well as the short life expectancy in general, leaves thousands of children without parents each year. The high mortality rate for mothers during childbirth, as well as the short life expectancy in general, leaves thousands of children without parents each year.

volunteering-at-child-care-center-in-nepal As a result, most of these needy children are deprived of education and find work as child laborers in restaurants, factories, hotels, slaves, and as trash collectors. These disadvantaged children need attention, love, care, and the opportunity to further their education. Orphanages provide these kids with daily meals, a bed, and some hope.

Volunteering in the orphanage in Nepal is a really great opportunity to experience the obstacles and rewards of serving helpless people. Volunteers will be placed either in orphanages or host families near to the orphanages, where they will spend most of their time with the children, assisting them in their day-to-day routines.

The children are mostly between the ages of four and fifteen and have a basic understanding of English. The general role of the volunteer will be to act as an older sibling: to care for, look after and encourage the children. Volunteers will teach the children general life skills, including health and sanitation, as well as arts, crafts and music.

As a volunteer, you may:

  • Help the children with their schoolwork and homework
  • Take children to their schools
  • Organize tours to various places on their vacations
  • Play games
  • Teach drawing classes
  • Have fun organizing singing, dancing and painting
  • Organize other activities that children enjoy.
  • Help at kitchen to cook food, cleaning, washing the dishes

Once you arrive we organize an introduction for you. We deem this to be highly valuable and it’s a program valued by many volunteer in the past. By means of an introduction you can acclimatize and prepare for your volunteering. You can begin at you project rested and prepared. In this way you can be really effective.

introductieArriving to work in a foreign country can be a nerve-wracking experience, this is why at EFN we provide a friendly and in-depth welcome. The in-depth welcome encompasses basic language training, cultural training and sightseeing through Kathmandu and surrounding. This is what you can expect from the moment when you touch down at Tribhuvan Intl. Airport. The program may vary depending on your time of arrival. We will manage to include all below mentioned activities in you introduction program.

You will be met at the airport by one of our staff . Together with our driver, Bimal, you will be taken to either the EFN office or a hotel. Here you can drop your bags and relax. The EFN director will come to meet you to clarify you program for the first days. Depending on when you arrive, you will begin Nepali language class or a sightseeing tour of some of the world heritage sights of the Kathmandu valley. In the evening you will enjoy your first Nepali dinner.

introduction-3After a leisurely start and breakfast, so you can recover properly from your journey, you will start your Nepali language course at the EFN office. After meeting the entire EFN team you will have 2 lessons from around 10.30 to 12.45 with our highly experienced language teachers. This will also give you a chance to meet any other volunteers joining at the same time. In the afternoon, one of our staff will take you round the local area of Pepsi-Cola where the office and home-stays are for the induction period.

Later that afternoon, you will be driven round being shown where all relevant amenities are: the nearest bank, shopping centre, internet café, food shops, post office. You will also be shown the local buses to that can take you to Kathmandu or to Bhaktapur and also where you can catch a taxi. You will also be told where to keep your valuables and general information about life in Nepal.

In the end of afternoon, you will be driven with our guide to see some of Kathmandu’s famous UNESCO world heritage sites. One of our guides have over 15 years experience taking foreigners round the ancient city and can answer any questions you have on ancient and contemporary Nepal. During your introduction, you can visit the famous Buddhist Boudanath and Swayambhunath stupas as well as the Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath. The Durbar squares on Patan and Kathmandu are also essential visits. If you have other sites you are particularly interested in then this may be integrated as well.

Volunteer NepalIn the morning we will continue the Nepali language training. Be aware we are aiming for a basic understanding. For example to say ‘yes and no’ and to introduce yourself. We do not expect you to speak the language fluent after the training. After the lesson, you are driven round some of EFN’s projects in the Kathmandu Valley. This may include the new CBIA school, our women centre, our orphanage, or a visit to the village of Sunakoti where you will see new toilets, drinking water systems and environmental projects that have all been recently implemented by volunteers and fundraising efforts.

In the afternoon, you can do more sightseeing with our guide in Kathmandu, or if you desire to take some time for yourself that’s even so possible. This afternoon, it’s also a good opportunity to stock up with anything you may have forgotten before heading up to a rural placement. The tourist hub of Thamel will be able to furnish you with anything from Marmite to an extra pair of Merino socks.

After about two days of language classes and sightseeing, you will be moved to the host family. They will be fully trained about hosting volunteers and you won’t be left in the dark about anything: toilets, drinking water, bedding, how to work the shower, where to buy anything you need nearby, basic etiquette. If you want an early night then that is fine, but you will also be given the opportunity to ring home or send emails from the EFN office so any parents or loved ones won’t be worrying about you.

It’s possible we already start this day at your project. If times appears to be short, we will start the next day in the morning. Our EFN director  will discuss and finalize you program at arrival so you know what to expect the first days in Nepal.

While you volunteer with Everest Foundation Nepal you will be staying with a Nepali host family. Be part of a Nepali family. Eat together with the family. Play with the children. Experience the rich Nepali culture firsthand. Many volunteers tell us this unique insight into the culture of Nepal is a key part of why they come back again and again.

teej-festivalAll our host families have conducted a training regarding hosting volunteers adequately. They know how to ensure hygiene and provide security. They will treat you as a member of the family. To secure the knowledge of the western culture and desires we train our host families yearly.

Although we do not experience it frequently and it can be considered very rare, it could be possible you are not satisfied at your host family. In that case, it’s possible to switch host family. We want to guarantee your happiness and secure the positive experience of Nepal.  Hence, we remain contact if every runs properly at your host family during your stay.

When you arrive on placement you will be introduced to your host family by the EFN representative and given a full tour of the premises. Many of our host families have children and it seems many of our volunteers enjoy helping them with their English, learning to cook Nepali food and mixing in with their life. The other way around, we experience volunteers learn a lot from the hosts and children regarding the life in Nepal.

kitchenurbanAt the host families you will stay with or without fellow volunteers. You can clarify you preference and we will take that into account while arranging your host family. It is always possible to stay as a couple or group of friends in one host family. You should consider the host family as you temporary family in Nepal. As they will treat and value you as a family member. They can even so help you regarding how to discover the neighborhood, advice on travels and offer you warmth in times of homesickness.

gastgezin-2You should not expect luxury on your stay in Nepal. Nepal is a developing country and may well be different from what you are used to at home. However, you will have your own room unless requested otherwise, and the rooms are always clean and comfortable. The quality of toilet and washing facilities vary significantly between placements. If you are based in Kathmandu you may find you have a hot shower and a Western style toilet in your homestay. However, if you are in a rural placement then it is more likely that you will have a traditional squat toilet and a cold shower. If you feel like having a hot shower and flushing toilet is a priority then make this clear when you are applying and we will see if it is possible to find you one of our better equipped host families.

The electricity supply in all areas is limited. Due to nationwide electricity shortages the government imposes power cuts of around 12-14 hours a day. In the cities some houses have backup batteries that will run low power bulbs in key rooms, but in the rural areas you can expect to use candles. A head-torch is a very useful thing to bring.

Volunteer in NepalOn placement you will usually eat with the family and share the same food as them. At least two meals a day are provided for you while volunteering. The usual meal times are between 9 and 10 AM and 6 and 8 PM. You will usually be served the national staple of Dal Bhat Tarkari which is a tasty and filling plate of rice, vegetable curry, lentils and pickles. It may occasionally have meat such as chicken or mutton in it, although if you are vegetarian this can easily be explained. This may be supplemented occasionally by noodles, eggs and other snacks dependent on your host family and placement

Your hosts family will provide you with clean drinking water on your placement.

We offer the  Orphanage / Child Care Placements at the following beautiful working places

Kathmandu Valley

kathmanduThe Kathmandu Valley lies at the crossroads of ancient civilizations of Asia, and has at least 130 important monuments, including several places of pilgrimage for the Hindus and Buddhists. The cities of Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur and Chobhar are located in this valley, and each displays excellent examples of Newar art and architecture. The valley is the cultural and political hub of Nepal, but this melting pot of traditions and different Nepali >>>>



Pokhara valley

pokharaPokhara valley is located at the very center of Nepal and is dominated by the peaks of the Annapurna mountain range. The town of Pokhara (913 meters), is only fifty kilometers from Annapurna 1 (8,091 meters), and the sharp decline of six thousand meters within the short distance of only twenty-nine kilometers gives the region. It is famous for the peaceful Phewa Lake and the magnificent >>>>

Women’s Empowerment

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The discriminatory cultural and social norms of Nepalese society still play a dominating role in governing the lives of Nepalese women. There continues to be a widening gap in the ability for women to interact positively within their society. Many women frequently face issues around health, education, lack of income, self-confidence, the ability to make self decisions, access to policy making and human rights.

 

Health

The health status of Nepali people is one of the lowest in the South Asian region and this is highly emphasizes within the female population. Not only is the average life expectancy for females significantly lower than those of men, many young women also faces issues of premature pregnancy due to marrying young. About one fifth of women are married between the ages to 15-19. High birth rates, low life expectancy, high infant and maternal mortality rates have reflected the poor health status of women in Nepal.

Economics

The economic statuses of women continue to be hindered by the fact that “women’s work” is still not recognized as a part of economic productivity. As a result only 45.2 per cent of women as oppose to 68.2 per cent of men are classified as economically active. In addition, women’s participation in the informal sector has increased significantly in both urban and rural areas – for example vending, petty trade liquor making and vegetable selling are often common means for women to find income. In rural areas women tend to be limited to jobs around planting, weeding, and harvesting, while in urban areas many find themselves employed in low level positions and jobs that are predominately viewed as women’s work.

Over 70% of women workers are confined to self-employed, unpaid and low-wage informal sector work with few formal job opportunities. The problems faced by women in the job market stem from a number of factors including stereotypical roles confining women to the household, limited access to education and skill/vocational training, exploitative and unsafe working conditions, discriminatory wage rates, sexual harassment at work and discrimination in employment opportunities.

Women in Nepal work for longer hours than men, have fewer opportunities for gainful employment, and possess limited property rights. In addition many women are expected to juggle multiple roles both inside and outside the family home, including reproduction, caring for the family home and generating income to support the household. In spite of the vastly important contributions women make for their family homes, their low income earning status and the absence of right to property have limited the role of women in their ability to make decisions the allocation of household income.

Cultural Traditions

The majority of the women in Nepal are overworked, uneducated and under privileged. They sorely lack self-confidence and consistently consider their status as below men due to the attitudes of the prevailing cultural societal norm. Many continue to carry the weight of the caste system, the pressure of the dowry system, and the guilt of being a burden to their family.

In the Nepali culture if a husband dies, she faces the horrors of widowhood and in many cases in the villages means being completely hated by their family and community. Widows are often kicked out of their in-laws homes and if they are allowed to remain, they are given ever-decreasing portions of food and resources. Many restrictions are also placed on the women as the underlying assumption is that the man is her other half and if he is no longer around she also should not want to be living a full life.

In too many cases these women may be victims of both physical and mental abuse. Many women are bound to live a life that is detrimental to their well being and that of their children. It often perpetuates a cycle of ignorance and dependence which is carried on generation after generation.

Educating Women

The deprivation of education and job opportunities has made it difficult for many Nepali women to break out of the cycle. At Everest Foundation Nepal we recognize the need to not only educate but also to provide a safe support network or the women of Nepal.

We have established literacy classes, vocational training, income generation program, regular health checkup and health awareness programs for the women in Nepal. Through our program more than 50 women are getting opportunity to enhance their Nepali and English reading writing and mathematical skill and as well as opportunities to develop income generating skills. It is our hope to continue to build and provide a safe space for women to grow and learn essential skills for themselves so that they may break the generations of ignorance and dependency and gain better control over their lives and betterment of their children’s lives.

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Our Projects

Pre-Medical Volunteer

Everest Foundation Nepal offers Pre-medical Nepal. This program provides students with three main opportunities: to Help those less fortunate, to Learn first-hand knowledge about the medical field, and to Discover the amazing diversity of Nepal. If you are in college, studying biology, chemistry or any.

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Group Volunteering

Nepal is highly appropriate and recommended destination for teenagers, high school students, university students, seniors over 50s, corporate groups, friends from clubs and institutions also who eager to volunteer and travel in group. We provide group opportunities up to 20 participants at once in different.

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Family Volunteering

Everest Foundation Nepal offers a family volunteering program. This program is a great way for families to get closer. This is the best way to combine all the efforts on a community development project and explore a new country, a new culture, and a new.

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Gap Year Volunteering

Everest Foundation Nepal offers a remarkable insight into a land of beautiful mountains, ancient traditions and secrets of enlightenment. For the real explorer Nepal is the perfect gap year destination, with its spectacular Himalayan peaks alluring adventurers for centuries! As a gap year volunteer in Nepal you will.

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Teaching at Deaf School

With each volunteer opportunity, individual experiences differ based on expectations, desires, personal background, etc… Working at the Deaf School not only allows you to make an important contribution to the education of the students, but also provides opportunities to gain knowledge about the deaf community.

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Teacher Training

Everest Foundation Nepal offers the opportunity for qualified teachers and education experts to come in Nepal and train the school staff in more advanced methods. This can be done through general teaching skills coaching for all school staff, or if you have subject specific expertise.

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Content Writing and Social Media

Everest Foundation Nepal is looking for Content Writing and Social Media Volunteer / Intern to develop and promote volunteering and internship activities in order to attract interested participants from all over the world to have an amazing time and an excellent opportunity for personal and.

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Film and Photography

Everest Foundation Nepal is looking for volunteer to take photographs and films which can be used in promotional activities for the charity portfolio, fundraising and marketing. Volunteers will be involved in capturing images and film of the local people, area and lifestyle and the activities.

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Child Care / Orphanage

The high mortality rate for mothers during childbirth, as well as the short life expectancy in general, leaves thousands of children without parents each year. The high mortality rate for mothers during childbirth, as well as the short life expectancy in general, leaves thousands of children.

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Women’s Issues

Women are traditionally not educated and kept illiterate, increasing their financial dependency and keeping them unaware of their basic human rights in Nepal. A number of laws also discriminate against women’s citizenship, inheritance rights, divorce rights, and even by meting out minimal to no punishment.

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Teaching English to Buddhist Monks

This program is designed for people who are interested in religious culture, to teach English in one monastery for a period of two months or more. EFN Nepal can provide longer stays upon request. Volunteers will teach English to the monks, both young and old,.

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Health Care

Everest Foundation Nepal is playing an active role in linking rural Nepali people with experienced medical and health personnel from both Nepal and around the world. The EFN Health Program mobilizes volunteers experienced in medical and health areas, to rural places where the government is.

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Construction

Most of the schools in rural in Nepal consist of four wooden poles supporting a thatched roof. No blackboard. No desks. Few books. Open toilets, no proper classrooms, no playgrounds, no libraries, not even drinking water. In order to address the lack of basic educational.

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Centre for disabilities/Special Education

Most of the disabled individuals in Nepal are ignored, neglected and forced to live in dark rooms, because most of the family members of disabled individuals feel shame at having lost the prestige due to them in the community. As a result, they are dying.

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Teaching

Schools in Nepal often lack appropriate funding and resources to adequately teach children. As English is an international language, it is becoming more and more of a required skill for job placement, educational advancement and future success. Many classes are delivered in English by Nepali.

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