Volunteers Initiative Nepal put together the computer technology volunteer program, in recognition of information technology as a fast-moving, efficient means of communication. If the locals learn some basic IT skills, then they will be much better connected with the rest of the country and even the world.
VIN aims to raise awareness of social, political, and health issues among the village people in order to ensure they are progressing properly. Your role as a volunteer within this program will be to teach basic IT to students in public / community schools as well as their teachers, community youth, women. An alternative to this would be to help out in the main VIN office in Balaju, Kathmandu, where you may help maintain and improve VIN’s online websites.
The majority (more than 90%) of public and community schools do not have access to computers. Very few public schools have newly introduced Information Technology (IT) centers and if they do, there are limited computers. This access is only possible in the cities; not in the villages due to lack of electricity. The schools that do have computers don't have experienced or qualified IT teachers. This is because Nepal has just begun to provide IT education and in many respects is just an amateur in the field.
VIN recognizes that Information Technology is the most efficient and innovative means of communication. It also acknowledges that future success lies in, if not an advanced, then at least a basic form of IT. Therefore, VIN requests any interested parties involvement in its seeking to progress with the teaching of basic, yet in hindsight, crucial IT skills to the local people.
IT teaching volunteers will teach information technology to school children aged 9 to 15, local community youth aged 16 to 30 and teachers. All are very keen to learn these technological skills, as they too would like to integrate into the modern, efficient way of living, where technology is the means to better connect with people in other parts of the world.
Volunteers will assist school children with theoretical and practical classes. Generally a class lasts for 45 minutes and a volunteer should be teaching 3 to 4 classes a day. Public schools are closed for Saturdays. If a volunteer is experienced they may also conduct IT classes to the teaching staff and our partner Organizations.
The volunteer gives courses from basic level computer skills up to advanced. If possible, they can provide some basic hardware maintenance training as well.
Please contact us if you desire to contribute to our local community and the youth by teaching them these IT skills. It will be greatly appreciated as we believe an IT education is valuable in that it is an investment for future gains; something that will remain with the children, and in the long term, in times of need, serve as a marketable skill that they can make full use of for their own good.
You may also volunteer and support VIN to achieve its goal by promoting VIN's community development work through its program websites. By this we mean, you can help us redesign our website to make it more appealing, or you may simply endorse it and as a result create a more aware global community. Our Websites
At this moment, VIN hosts multiple websites
for the publicity of multiple community programs like Nepal Children's Home
, Buddhist monastery programs
, women's empowerment
, Teaching volunteer
programs, Travel and adventure
programs and some of these websites are incomplete.
These websites require constant maintenance and improvement. We need help to look at these sites from the perspective of a foreign/customer/volunteer. The organization of the website might seem logical to us, but to a visitor it might not always seem clear so as to what our goals are. Also, we are in great need of publicity, and advice on how to make our website more accessible (e.g. how to make sure we are easy to find for potential volunteers. Maybe even advice on how to be more accessible to those utilizing a search engine such as Google.)
A volunteer with some IT knowledge of website maintenance and ideas for improvement can be of great value to our organization. If you were to help us out in this department of expertise, although you would not be having a hands-on experience of those in need, in the rural areas, you would, still be one of the largest benefactors to their wellbeing.
The IT volunteer will be responsible for helping us maintain and enhance the websites. His or her suggestions for improvement are more than welcome. It will be helpful (though not required) if the volunteer has knowledge of the following:
PHP, CSS, HTML, XHTML, Ajax, MySQL
Open source packages (e.g. Joomla)
Search Engine Optimisations (SEO)
The IT volunteer working on our websites will mainly be located in the VIN office, in Kathmandu.