Each year, hundreds of children
leave their destitute villages to find work in Nepal's crowded cities. Most of
these children deprived of education end up working as child laborers in
restaurants, factories, and hotels. These disadvantaged children need attention,
love, care, and a decent education that could eventually provide a window of
opportunity, for future success.
The Orphanage Volunteer program
in Nepal under VIN offers the street children the support and devotion they
deserve. Volunteers teach basic English, creative writing, and other subjects
such as math and science to these eager learners. As a volunteer, you also
organize tours, games, drawing activities, performing arts (singing, dancing),
painting and other activities that the children enjoy and learn from at the
same time. While being able to help the children with strictly academic
material, preparing them for school, and helping with their homework,
volunteers may also contribute to the children’s emotional intelligence,
enhancing their communicative skills and ability to interpret various
VIN Volunteering in Nepal Orphanage
program is an enriching and life changing experience for our volunteers as well
as the children. Many of our former volunteers have reported that this project,
in particular, has been memorable and fulfilling, and has changed the way they
view the world itself.
VIN has been working with two
different orphanages of Kathmandu. There are 9 kids in one orphanage and 15 in
the other. VIN has been supporting them by making donations and placing
volunteers in the orphanages. VIN is also in the process of establishing model
children's home - "Nepal
for orphans. Most of the orphanages in Nepal are poorly resourced, under
staffed, and are struggling to run their programs. There is an urgent need of
any kind of help and support. There are many areas where volunteers can use
their educational skills, and time, making meaningful contributions to the life
of orphan kids of Nepal. Aid is urgently needed in education, skill training,
sanitation, and administration.
VIN runs different educational and skill training programs for
orphans under VIN child care in Nepal. So depending on the need of the
projects themselves and the skill/interest of participants, volunteers can get
involved in any of following activities:
- Teach English (2-3 hours a day) in an orphanage or
school (when the orphanage kids go to school during the day).
- Sanitation (help kids brush their teeth, shower, and learn
- Organize games, drawing, singing, dancing, and other
creative extracurricular activities.
- Take kids on educational tours.
- Help kids do their homework and monitor academic
- Provide Child care services for orphans who cannot go
- Help kids get dressed and reach safely to school.
- Help in food distribution, kitchen duties, and the
chores of the kitchen garden.
- Provide other forms of help in the administration.
- Help in other activities or programs designed for kids.
There is no need of a specific
qualification for Orphanage Programs in Nepal. However, the volunteer
should be interested in working with the orphans as well as be loving towards
them, having a willingness to share themselves with the children, and be
passionate about the cause that VIN is promoting.
VIN manages lodging and food for the
volunteer. In most cases, volunteers stay with the kids in the orphanage where
they get a separate room, and Nepali food three times a day. In some other cases, volunteers stay with a host
Orphanage programs are located in
the outskirts of Kathmandu (within 6 - 10 KM). Kathmandu is the dynamic capital
city of Nepal with places of great tourist attraction such as Thamel, Patan,
Swaymbhu, etc. Kathmandu has a wide range of restaurants, internet cafés,
clubs, shopping centers, and banks. The volunteers will have numerous opportunities
to explore the sites of cultural heritage during their free time. Our
volunteers may hike in nearby villages, ride bikes in Kathmandu, walk around
the tourist area of Thamel, and the list goes on.
Working with the Street Children:
VIN also mobilizes its volunteers to
support the street children along with its partner organizations that have a
great deal of expertise when it comes to working with the children. The
volunteers can do their own research and recommend sensible solutions for these
kids. VIN recognizes that the street children can be sent to the day boarders
or even to schools. VIN also suggests the children get counseling to bring them
into the idea of a main stream education. In order to aspire for such a thing,
they need shelters. However, it is only with your help that VIN can do this. It
is only with your help that VIN can deliver the right to food, shelter and
education to these children on the streets.
Working with elderly Citizens
We also support interested personnel
who want to serve elderly people, however this is not our main focus.
Interested volunteers will be placed in the care centers for the elderly and
can help the elderly citizens with their daily activities. If you would like to
serve elderly people then contact us. We can be your means to them.
“I participated in VIN’s Volunteer
program during my spring break, and I can honestly say that it was the
one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.It was a perfect way to really
experience Nepalese culture, as well as share my culture with them.I
loved the family I stayed with, and will continue to stay in contact
with them. I also really enjoyed working with the kids at the
orphanage.They are amazing children, and I feel lucky to have gotten to
know them.I got the opportunity to see more of what VIN does with the
community, and completely support its activities.I left Nepal with
sadness, but its people will always have a place in my heart.I will
surely return! I recommend this program to anyone who is interested in a
unique, positive way to contribute to the people of Nepal, and have a
first-hand cultural experience with them. Please feel free to contact me
if you have any questions.”
Jennifer Vahanian, USA
University of Sharjah, English Instructor