Dear Visitors, Namaste!

The Women’s Empowerment Program is one of the major programs being conducted in Jitpurphedi. You may participate in our women’s empowerment internship project round the year. This program was targeted for overall development/empowerment of women in terms of imparting them education, life skill, income generation and health.

Furthermore, a saving credit co-operative (Jitpurphedi Agriculture Co-operative) has been formed in 2008 which now includes over 500 women groups from 66 communities in Kathmandu Valley. It encourages women to save money to get interest. They can also loan money to start their own income generation activities like goat keeping and vegetable farming. To support the women´s income activities, VIN conducts training for the skills they need for it (farming, sewing cutting skills etc.). Additionally, there are trainings for account keeping and business related topics. 

Case study

Rita (25, married) lives in Jitpur and joined the Microcredit Cooperative in 2012. Her family, involved in vegetable farming, went through a financial crisis before she took a credit by which she could invest in new farming technologies due to the Micro Cooperative`s support. Rita took part in five days agriculture farming training provided by VIN where she could increase her knowledge. She is happy about her new “male” role in family and hopes to increase her harvest income profit in the next season.

Women Studies internships provide students with the opportunity for hands-on application of the research and theories they have studied in their classes. For an internship, students volunteer 15 hours per week for a term in the organization whose work benefits women at VIN’s working communities. Some work as teaching assistants for Women empowerment classes. For many students, the internship is a path to a career. For others, it is an experience that helps them develop valuable skills that they are able to use in whatever work they choose.

Women and girls in Nepal are discriminated against both social and legal settings. Socially and traditionally especially in remote rural areas, child labour (especially of girls), domestic abuse, and sexual exploitation are socially accepted norms. Additionally, girls are traditionally not educated and kept illiterate, increasing their financial dependency and keeping them unaware of their basic human rights. If you say to parents and neighbor about the discrimination, then they will say there’s not any since it is traditionally and culturally accepted and they don’t realize. A number of laws also discriminate against women’s citizenship, inheritance rights, divorce rights, and even by meting out minimal to no punishment against their physical or sexual abusers. The recent conflict has only added to the problem, causing many fathers and husbands (on whom women were dependent) to be killed or disappeared and making it more difficult for women to seek justice and enforcement of the few protections they do have under the law.

VIN’s organization by a group of professional people to address the problems of women in Nepal by increasing public awareness of opportunities for economic and social self-development, income generating by fostering social responsibility and self-reliance in developing villages, and by empowering women to improve their lives and community. The issues surrounding women’s rights touch every area of society and skill from agriculture to health care to teaching, so VIN has developed a variety of social, educational, legal, and financial programs, and almost anyone can help in some way. Volunteers Initiative Nepal places volunteers with on its own established programmes providing language and culture training that will enable them to maximize their potential to contribute and learn, arranges a home stay experience, and provides support for volunteers for the duration of their stay.

 How can a volunteer/Intern help?

Any of the following volunteer activities may be done full time, or combined with another VIN volunteer in Nepal program:

Teaching English for local youths and women

Volunteers will teach English to local women at VIN’s working site Jitpur. Groups and times for women’s classes are more flexible. Generally age group is 15 to 26. Skill training, income generating activities   You can do a variety of activities through VIN’s established women empowerment projects.

VIN’s got following programs in operation.

  • Women literacy (which is now in operation, 150 women)
  • Income Generative Activities (e.g. Vegetable farming, chicken farming, sawing and handicrafts) about 150 women directly benefiting
  • Micro Credit and saving groups Community health and sanitation
  • Forage development (Environment) and community environment education

Other skill training programs identify local resources and use local materials for the development of skills, which contribute to sustainable resource use and economic development. Examples of skill training programs offered include sewing, weaving methods, tailoring, beautician training, paper making, retail shop running, animal-farming, toy-making, and other small business production training or marketing. 

What could I do to help?

Volunteers can hold workshops, classes, training, etc. on existing programs or production methods, or for a longer stay, even introduce new products and training programs.

 Where would training take place?

Training would generally take place at our community site, Jitpur, in Kathmandu, but depending on the type of training, length of stay, and ability of volunteer, another location can be arranged. Work on an Organic Farm at Jitpur

Why an organic farm?

Over 80% of the population of Nepal is involved in some type of agriculture, and immensely impacts the lives of Nepali women. Poor farming methods, misuse of pesticides and chemicals, deforestation, and lack of agricultural education contribute to rural poverty and the desperate condition of many families, women, and children. 

What can a volunteer/intern do?

Work may vary greatly depending on a volunteer’s experience, time of year, and other factors. Volunteers may do manual labor on the farm, or may hold training or workshops on environmental education or organic farming methods. You can help and encourage women to organic farming and work along side. VIN’s just conducted training on organic vegetable farming for 45 women in association with District Education office Kathmandu and Agriculture office. 

Where is the farm?

The farm is located in outskirt of Kathmandu Valley, 10 km away from Kathmandu city.

What are the Requirements?

  • Willing to work with the women of marginalized communities
  • Respect on local culture
  • Some sort of women’s strengthening skills and ideas
  • Volunteers must be female
  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old
  • Flexible on working hour and strategies

If you are planning a gap year or career break and contemplating a job in journalism or print media, Journalism Abroad  Nepal with VIN can set you on the right track. International volunteering / internship in the form of a journalism internship is a great way to enhance your resume and make you stand out from the crowd. Whether you are currently studying journalism or are considering it in college, Journalism Abroad with VIN will give you first hand international journalism experience.

Introduction:
The International Journalism Internship in Nepal is a professional program which enables interns to develop a portfolio of work in an international context. The internship is facilitated by VIN in partnership with Spotlight magazine . There are also opportunities to work in other forms of media. As a journalism intern, you will gain working knowledge of how national media functions and you will also gain invaluable experience of writing articles which will be printed nationally.

If you are planning a gap year or career break and contemplating a job in journalism or the media, Journalism Abroad  Nepal, photo journalism, documentary making with VIN can set you on the right track. International volunteering in the form of a international journalism internship in Nepal is a great way to enhance your resume and make you stand out from the crowd. Whether you are currently studying journalism or are considering it in college, Journalism Abroad with VIN will give you first hand international journalism experience.

If you are already a practicing journalist, then volunteering / internship abroad in Journalism will broaden your horizons and show you a different way of working in journalism against the backdrop of a new and exciting country. You will learn the ins and outs of print or broadcast journalism overseas and might be able to teach your new colleagues something about how you work at home.

The structure of the internship tailored towards each individual intern and the publication they will work for. VIN considers each intern as a person with unique expectations, needs and experiences and these are considered when deciding which publication is most suitable for you. However, one thing which is common for all journalism interns and that is the gaining of practical experience in your chosen field.

The general structure of the program begins to form even before an intern has left their home country. VIN will contact suitable publications with an intern’s CV so that the partner has knowledge of the intern’s previous experience and thus can assess how much support will be required once the intern has arrived. Also, at this stage, if there an intern has a preference toward working on a particular publication or section, VIN will attempt to cater for this.

Then once in Nepal, VIN will arrange an initial meeting with the media partner; a representative will come to the office to discuss their expectations of an intern and a working schedule will be arranged. Also, at this initial meeting, there will be an opportunity for the intern to discuss things like house-style, structure, and the goals of the publication.

Throughout initiation, VIN will work to support and guide the intern whilst they adjust to life in Nepal- and to the demands of their internship. This support will still remain once the internship has begun, and VIN will work to address any problems that an intern may face whilst at their placement. Whilst working in Nepal, a journalism intern will be able to access both the facilities of the publication office and VIN’s office in Kathmandu.

Both offices have a WIFI connection (subject to power cuts), and it is generally useful to bring a laptop to work with for your own ease and productivity. There will also be opportunities for interns to observe the entire process of creating a publication from idea formation to distribution; there will be meetings which an intern should attend where the team that they work with will discuss and delegate work and this is an opportunity to use great initiative to benefit from an opportunity to control the content of a national newspaper.

Expectations:

It is basically the case that interns can choose to spend every working day at the publication office, or they can work on articles more independently. Each intern will have to take some responsibility for how often they attend the office and how much effort they put into their work. The more direct communication an intern has with their media office the more encouraging the relationship between the team and the intern; to make the most out of an internship, it is important to continually maintain contact with the paper and to conform to deadlines. There will be an expectation that as an international intern, a sustained level of enthusiasm will be present for the whole internship and a high level of professionalism and integrity will be required.

Equally, it is essential to highlight that interns are not individuals with years of journalism experience and some of them have worked on the internship with a little experience but lots of enthusiasm. Therefore it follows that interns are still learning and they are gaining working experience so support will be given whilst writing and it is important to ask for feedback when submitting work. To gain the most from such a unique experience, it is beneficial to have a close and good working relationship with the team at the office; they can give you advice and can help edit your work before it goes to the main editor, and indeed to print.

Equipment for Journalism: The publications do not have extra resources to give for interns, nor does VIN. All of our professionals prefer to have personal equipment and we have found that our interns have different taste and experience with photo equipments. Many interns bring laptops in addition to their equipments, but you are not required to bring anything but your own preferred photo gear. By taking the necessary precautions of any trip, you can feel safe in bringing your equipment to Nepal.

Why should you apply as an international journalism intern with VIN?

Firstly, the field of journalism is an increasingly difficult field to break in to. For this reason, it is essential that an aspiring journalist has some kind of work experience before apply for a job. To work at a national newspaper is a unique addition to your CV; and to express that you have international work experience will also impress recruiters.

But what is also special about this internship is that there are opportunities to really explore different political and social issues which hinder Nepal. As a country, Nepal has a rich and devastating history of civil war and political corruption; and for these reasons, it provides a wholesome context for journalism. You could create articles which have depth and the diversity of Nepal will inspire your ideas. Upon completion of a journalism internship, you will have a portfolio which stands out. It will demonstrate aptitude, confidence and an interest in global affairs; qualities which are essential if you are to succeed as a journalist.

Previous interns:

Previous interns have worked on a variety of publications such as Republica newspaper, Spotlight magazine, Kathmandu Post, Image Nepal and some interns have even developed the structure of their own internships with assistance from VIN. One particular intern worked as a documentary maker and produced her own documentary, click here to watch her documentary with us, whilst in Nepal. If there are specific projects that an intern wishes to complete, VIN will help to facilitate an internship which will fulfills these wishes.

One of the most beneficial aspects of working on a journalism internship with VIN is that as an NGO, VIN provides a working environment which is focussed toward development, empowerment and eradicating poverty. These key themes can enrich your journalism whilst in Nepal and there are plenty of human resources to use (staff, community members) if you need to ask / interview someone for your work.

Testimonials from previous interns:

Learn what one of our interns, Chloe Bolton -22- UK, who worked with us from May 15 to July 9, 2010 says about her internship experience with us.

Why did you choose to do a journalism  with VIN?

I had not studied journalism at university but I had written for a local and student newspaper and I was passionate about pursuing a career in journalism. In the UK it is so hard to even find unpaid positions with newspapers so I thought I would look abroad for something that gave me some responsibility and opportunity to put my journalism skills to the test. I had an interest in Nepal and I had traveled to India so I found the opportunity to work on a national publication in an interesting and diverse country promising- so I applied.

What was your role at Republica newspaper?

Republica newspaper was an English publication based in Nepal. I worked as a journalism intern there for eight weeks. During my time at the paper, I worked as a writer for the arts section and as a features writer for their weekly paper. As an international intern, I was often delegated work which could utilise my perspective as a ‘foreigner’ looking in at the situation in Nepal. The paper did not have a rigid ‘house-style’so it was easy to begin writing. Aside from writing articles, we had a weekly meeting on Friday in which interns and correspondents would generate ideas for the content of the coming week’s paper. It was interesting to see ‘the brains’ behind a national newspaper.

What kind of articles did you produce?

As an arts writer, I had to interview influential Nepali artists about their ideologies, perspectives and techniques. One of the articles was titled ‘What is art?’ and it was my job to interview a popular artist in Nepal to question his definition of art and the changing world of aesthetics. It was incredibly insightful and thoroughly enjoyable.

Also, I wrote for the Week which was a newspaper produced by Republica. It had sections on culture, leisure and life-style and I wrote articles under these sections each week. One of the articles featured a Buddhist monastery where VIN works and which I stayed at and reviewed. The article was a success and the monks at the monastery were so impressed by the article.

What was the most challenging aspect of the internship?

The most challenging part of the internship was initially working out how to organise my time. The paper was flexible and it enabled me to do as little or as much as I wished- also, it was difficult to determine the paper’s expectations of me at times. With all of the excitement of arriving in Nepal and with my trekking, I did not write as much as I could have and I had to find a lot of self-motivation. But overall, I was productive and I learnt so much from doing an internship.

Do you have any advice for future interns?

Attend the office as much as possible and get to know the staff. Spend time asking questions and make the most of a great opportunity. It is unlikely that you will ever find yourself in such a position again, so whilst interning, try to be as productive as possible! Oh, and enjoy yourself!!

What you should bring to Nepal:

The primary thing is an open mind. Things will run differently in Nepal and sometimes cultural differences can be frustrating; for example, Nepali people will often be late to appointments. Also, it may take some time to understand the systems in place in Nepal. With particular reference to the journalism internship, the teams you will work with are flexible and they will give you a lot of scope for independence and initiative and sometimes you will need to be assertive.

Other useful things to bring: laptop, camera, dictionary, some knowledge of Nepal and its political history.

If you have any questions about the journalism internship, or if there is something that you would like us to clarify; please contact us at: info@volunteeringnepal.org or Click here to Apply Now!

Fill the online form and send it to us with your current Curriculum Vitae, two referees’ contacts and photo.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Students may choose from the following options: reporting, editing, photography in daily, weekly, biweekly or monthly magazines. Students are given assignments with English language publications, but they may choose to work with Nepali language publications if they have knowledge of the Nepali language as well.

The following are some of daily English newspapers in Nepal

The Kathmandu Post

The Rising Nepal

The Himalayan Times

Weekly, fortnightly & monthly Newspaper in Nepal

People’s Review, Nepali Times, New Spotlight Magazine, Nepal Post (political), New Business Age, ECS,

The Boss (economy), Fame (fashion, art, music, entertainment), Life (social), Kathmandu Info Tiser (youth),

VOW-Voice of Women (women), VOC-Voice of Children (Children), Nepal Traveler (Tourism)

And more….

Most of these publication also have Online Media publication.

 

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