Nepal is full of biodiversity. Due to the lack of awareness matched by a rapid population growth, natural resources have been depleted much more quickly than expected. If this continues, communities may face devastating natural disasters such as soil erosion, landslides and a consequent outbreak of epidemics. VIN therefore mobilizes people from home and abroad as Volunteers and Interns to make the community people aware of these impending issues in association with community based organizations and children clubs. In this program, volunteers / Interns
will help to develop village and school profiles organizing meetings with school management committees, students, and community members, in an effort to identify the further needs of the school and the community.
Volunteers will identify their needs by using Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) tools i.e. community mapping, Focused Group Discussions, sorting and Ranking. In this way, volunteers are positively contributing because succeeding projects can thus be prioritized and developed through this process and the platform it has set. During their stay in the community, the volunteers can also organize many awareness raising activities to help promote the understanding of various environmental and developmental issues. Awareness campaigns are achieved through drama productions, rallies, stories, games and competitions.
This process has strengthened and empowered children's groups, Women Groups and CBOs. These activities cover environmental and sanitation campaigns, conservation campaigns, health issue campaigns, etc. Agroforestry Projects:
VIN has been working together with "Kaule-ev", a German Association, working for Agro-Projects in Kaule, Okharpauwa VDC, Kathmandu, Nepal. If you wish to learn more about their projects please visit their website http://en.kauleev.org/kaulenepal
. Their goal is to support socially sustainable Agro-Projects. Here, the association alludes to the social, economical and ecological aspects of such projects. If you wish to volunteer through VIN in their projects, you are welcome! Please contact us at email@example.com
The volunteering opportunities with them include: working with farmers in their set farms; renovation of farms; Teaching English to farmers and their children. Possible number of volunteer placements:
maximum 4Time period of placement:
between April 2009 and May 2011Length of placement:
3 weeks – 5 month (limitation by visa regulations)Employment fields:
Working on farm in an agroforestry project, teaching English to farmers and farmer’s childrenDescription of placement: 1. Agroforestry Project
Volunteers can be placed after the agroforestry training has been given to farmers by NAF (Nepal Agroforestry Foundation) and CARD (Center of Agriculture Research and Development). The training will be for 3 weeks from the end of March to the start of April).
After the training, farmers will develop the restructuring plan of their own land. Based on those plans, rebuilding of the project area will be done with the help of volunteers who will follow the instructions of the farmer. Examples of possible elements included in the rebuilding of the project area are:
contour hedgerows of nitrogen-fixing plants
cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants
fruits and spices
Work areas for volunteers could be in any of the listed areas, depending on what farmers decide to include on their land.2. Teaching English to farmers, farmers children and in a primary school Evening class:
a) Number of children: 30 – 40
The children are between 5 and 18 years old. At least 2 classes should be formed depending on age and knowledge.Time:
5 – 5:45 pm first class 6 – 6:45 pm second classPlace:
teaching room in the house of Kaule e.V. or in a room of the primary school in Kaule
b) Number of farmers: 15 - 20 Time:
7 – 7:45 pmPlace:
teaching room in the house of Kaule e.V. or in a room of the primary school in KauleDay class:
Teaching in a primary schoolTime:
approximately 3 hours per dayPlace:
primary school of Kaule Food and accommodation for volunteers:
Accommodation will be in the Kaule e.V. house approximately 10 -15 walking minutes to the primary school.
Volunteers will get Dal Bhat for breakfast and dinner (or a comparable meal) and a snack for lunch.