Care Volunteer Projects in Nepal
While rich in culture, history and geographical wonders, the country is also one of the world’s poorest. While they are making great strides in reaching their development goals, Nepal does suffer from many of the issues associated with poverty, such as malnourishment, a lack of resources
- Placement locations: Kathmandu, Chitwan
- Types of care projects: Special needs centres, specialist care centres (malnutrition and HIV/AIDS), early learning classes in schools, day care centres
- Age of children: newborn – 20s (some adults with disabilities)
- Number of people cared for: 2 - 30
- Role: Volunteers work on achieving the goals set out in the Care Management Plan, including improving literacy levels and English skills, providing emotional support and helping improve general hygiene.
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From two weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
From special needs centres to specialist care centres for malnutrition and HIV/AIDS, day care centres and early learning classes in schools, there is a wide range of options for you to get involved on a Care placement in Nepal.
You do not need qualifications or previous experience to join this programme – energy, dedication and a desire to help others are all that is required. Through your efforts, you will help to provide educational and emotional support to disadvantaged children, and foster early childhood development skills.
There are a number of different placements you can join, depending on your area of interest.
- At the day care centres and early education classes in schools, you will work with preschool children, teaching basic life skills focused on health and hygiene such as washing hands and brushing teeth, and basic literacy and numeracy skills such as the alphabet and counting. Other activities include organising sports activities, games, and arts and crafts sessions.
- You could help with general, or more specialised care work at the Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre, which was set up to provide a stable and nurturing environment for impoverished children suffering from varying degrees of malnutrition. There is also the option to work at a specialist care centre for children with HIV/AIDs. Find out more about volunteering on the HIV/AIDS placement.
- Volunteers at the special needs centres work with children who have physical and mental disabilities. You will help to provide invaluable interaction and support on a day-to-day basis, and work to improve their overall quality of life. This will be done through introducing creative activities to increase stimulation, working on basic English literacy skills, and maintaining the record-keeping system at the placement. Some of the placements also care for disabled adults.
Whichever volunteer Care project you find yourself working on, your efforts will help to support local staff and support some of the most vulnerable groups in Nepalese society. It’s a challenge, but a rewarding one.
In order to support our Care volunteers, the Care Coordinator in Nepal organises regular workshops. These workshops will provide you with tools and tips on how to better organise your work at your placement, depending on the age and abilities of the children you’re working with. You will also be able to discuss any issues you might have, and share ideas on different activities to carry out at your placement.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Nepal Care Management Plan.
You can join the Care project in Nepal for one, two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.
Volunteering abroad on a Care Project in Nepal
Over the years, our volunteers have worked with children at orphanages and residential care homes in Nepal. They have done incredible work at these placements, improving living conditions there and creating opportunities for children by supporting their education and care. However, we have decided to move our focus away from orphanages and homes toward community and family-based care. This is because we believe stable family environments are best for the children we work with. Read more about orphanage volunteering and our position on it. This means that instead of volunteering in orphanages in Nepal, volunteers will work in placements like day care centres, kindergartens and schools, or support groups for the elderly and mothers and babies. This will help Projects Abroad build stronger relationships with local communities and – most importantly – help families stay together and flourish.
Nepal Care Management Plan