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Women’s empowerment volunteer overseas program aims to uplift the women of disadvantaged communities in Nepal by addressing various issues of education /literacy, financial well-being, health and women’s rights. You as a women empowerment volunteer within this program will be given the opportunity to either simply participate /  conduct these workshops and mutual benefit.

Empowering women process will not only bring out leadership skills from the women being trained but will also teach them about independence, initiative, self-motivation, and raise awareness among them about how to take care of oneself. An international volunteer in this program will be given the freedom to create various activities that require the women to apply what they have learned from workshops.

VIN adopts integrated approach to women empowerment. We believe that doing everything from teaching these women about a community microcredit system, income generation, to teaching them the art of communication will empower them in every respect.    

Start Dates: 1st and 15th of each month
Language Requirements: English (Basic Nepali is provided)
Food and Accommodation: Nepali standard with host family in the working community
Key Activities: working with women in the field, account keeping, awareness raising, technical skills, small grant writing
Beneficiaries: women from disadvantaged community
Working Hours: 4 to 5 hours a day, 6 days a week
Required Qualifications and Skills: No formal training required, passion to work with women, flexible attitude

Hanne Jorstad
Nepal is a country that has always fascinated me. With some of the highest mountains in the world, green valleys and a rich cultural life, Nepal was a country that I definitely had to see. After having studied development studies it was also a relevant choice as Nepal is one......

VIN’s mission is to empower marginalized communities, with a focus on women and children, through enhanced educational programs and community training to promote equality, economic well-being and basic human rights within those communities.
Working towards women's empowerment enables one to support women in their pursuit of a healthy and sustainable livelihood. Women's groups provide a forum for issues such as family health, women's rights, access to resources, income generation, and other challenges women face in their daily lives. Volunteers have the opportunity to exchange ideas, collaborate in ongoing projects, teach Basic English skills, help with small businesses, and be positive role models. You can also provide support in many other ways, depending on your skills and interests and the needs of the local community.

VIN has the following key programs to empower the local women:

  • Education (Literacy), rights and life skills
  • Saving and credit - micro-credit through the establishment of cooperative
  • Income generative skills training - agriculture and non agriculture products
  • Women's health and maternity education
  • Teaching English Language for young women

VIN runs women education classes in the neediest communities on Nepal. by 2011, VIN has trained over 400 women through literacy classes, which were taught by other local women and overseen by the women’s program expert to help everyone learn to a sufficient standard. Women need to be able to speak good English to access career options through the internet, and to be able to impress companies that look for English speakers. Your role as a volunteer for women's empowerment will be crucial to help them learn English and get exposure to learning process.
 The women then receive skills-orientated training so that they can generate some income through projects such as vegetable farming (organic and non organic), livestock, sewing and cutting, incense making, candle making, and dry food making. So if you have nay skills to produce any handicrafts items would help these marginalised women generate some income.
They have regular meetings and save some money every month in their saving-credit groups. The women are also given training in organic agriculture to help the organic movement, which is labor intensive. These meetings give women a chance to discuss, learn and exchange views with others in the movement.
VIN will be indebted to any volunteers with experience in this area. The forage development project aims to save women time by having grass closer by to feed their animals, who are their major source of income.

Roles of Volunteers:

  • Work with VIN local staff to train women
  • Help women's groups in learning about account keeping
  • Work with women in their farm
  • Participate in and initiate awareness raising activities in various issues
  • Teach and promote women's rights
  • Discuss women's health issues
  • Lead activities that teach life skills, e.g. leadership skills, decision making, communication, problem solving, coping with stress
  • Teach English language to the young women
  • Develop small grant proposals to fund women's empowerment programs
  • Research for funding agencies and raise funds for local projects
  • Help explore possible market for women's products
  • Research and conduct case studies on women's programs, success stories
So, VIN invites all interested national and international volunteers to be a part of our women’s development programs. Come with expertise and help women learn or come with no expertise and learn together. Your small effort can make a big difference to women in the most marginalized communities! We do however request our volunteers to be flexible! It takes time for you to learn about the local women before you start your actual work and you need patience for that. Working in the community is not like a computer program, which is preset, where with a click of a button there are results produced. When one works with people from an entirely different culture and upbringing, ideals are bound to clash. The only thing one can take true comfort in is, each step will take place slowly, but surely. 
Volunteer with VIN in the women’s development / empowerment program and teach women to be literate, skilled and empowered. Let's help women leave their domestic spheres and once and for all experience the outside world!

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"...I was motivated to work in the women’s empowerment program, and I was very impressed with the goals VIN had helped the women set. I was able to aid the much needed new staff in gathering information about the current situation faced by each group, so they could focus on the present needs of the individual groups giving them the attention they need. With the staff routinely checking up on all the groups to monitor progress and provide assistance in mitigating problems, I think future volunteers will likely be able to greatly help the groups when they come to volunteer for even a short amount of time..."
Andrea Schmelcher, Canada
Women’s Empowerment Program Volunteer
January 12 to Feb 26, 2009

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Jitpurphedi Community, Kathmandu
Khutruke Saveing Program arranged for cooperative members
Khutruke Saveing Program arranged for cooperative members

Mineral block preparation at Jitpurphedi
Mineral block preparation at Jitpurphedi

Urea Treatment of Straw at Jitpurphedi
Urea Treatment of Straw at Jitpurphedi

After basic Animal management training at Jitpurphedi.
After basic Animal management training at Jitpurphedi.

newly literate women participating in a national Interaction programme
newly literate women participating in a national Interaction programme

organic vegitable training for women
organic vegitable training for women

women parctising organic farming
women parctising organic farming

Women in the Literacy classes
Women in the Literacy classes

Sewing training by VIN
Sewing training by VIN


1 week EUR 280.00
2 weeks EUR 355.00
4 weeks EUR 505.00
6 weeks EUR 625.00
8 weeks EUR 745.00
10 weeks EUR 865.00
12 weeks EUR 985.00

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I really enjoyed the program. the children are amazing and i learned so much from them. i taught the children many songs and dances and......
Meghan Vickery
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