Travel to Nepal’s beautiful city of Pokhara and volunteer alongside an international team in a care centre or children’s home, providing educational and personal development support to children. Visit traditional Hindu and Buddhist temples and embrace your adventurous side with white water rafting or mountain trekking trips in your free time.
Immerse yourself in the rich Nepalese culture amongst breathtaking Himalayan scenery and volunteer in a care centre or children’s home. Nepalese traditions are an important part of local life that have remained largely unchanged in centuries, allowing you to fully experience life in this amazing country.
Upon your arrival into the beautiful country of Nepal, volunteers will have an orientation in the second largest city of Nepal and visit traditional Hindu and Buddhist sights. During this time, you have the chance to explore the area, live with a Nepali family, learn some basic Nepali and visit many of the local sights.
Monday to Friday
In the mornings you will work at a children’s home helping with homework, playing sports and working on creative projects with the children. You will then work alongside staff at a local childcare centre to provide an educational programme including art activities, songs, stories and games. In the afternoons Conversation Club where English language and creativity is a focus, is a chance for you to work with local children in an after school programme. Evenings are free time for you to relax and get to know your fellow volunteers.
During orientation and the program you will enjoy home cooked meals in your home stay.
Your accommodation will be shared bedrooms and bathrooms in a local homestay, giving you the rare opportunity to truly experience life inside a Nepalese community. Typical food will include a mix of Nepali and western food such as vegetable curry, beans, rice and pasta which are provided for you.
If you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while on this project, this location does offer upgrades. Contact us for more information, or mention to your Country Expert who will be able to assist you.
Nepal is a naturally and culturally beautiful country, but the unfortunate truth is that the streets of Nepal’s cities and towns are where a lot of children end up when their families can no longer support them. Hundreds are found each year in this situation.
Through placements in Nepal you will help create a nurturing and positive environment to provide the much needed educational support for these children.
Our volunteers provide critical support to run educational programmes at centres which are under staffed and faced with lack of resources and funding.
How this project makes a difference:
Our volunteers help provide positive and stimulating learning environments for children. We support local staff with new ideas and resources. Our hands-on work helps run programmes that would otherwise be difficult due to low staff numbers..
*There are many religious and cultural festivals throughout the year in Nepal, as well as school holidays and exam periods. During these periods we may run activities and programs that are slightly different to our regular programs. Its possible that during these periods you might support the running of ‘Holiday Programs’ for children in local communities, create lesson plans and resources to support our work, facilitate adult training programs related to a range of issues or help out with some construction or maintenance work to improve educational facilities. Where possible we would also like you to enjoy the festivities and engage with our partners in the community to share these experiences. There may be times when we are able to enjoy the celebrations, food and traditions that Nepal has to offer.
Nepal’s short, mid, and long-term objectives
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.
Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
Volunteering with JCR not only allows you to participate on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program.
Our long term field staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. Remember to ask about discounts on local activities and side trips through your association with JCR program partners. Our field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in Nepal!
Included Side Trips
During your orientation you will visit the Tal Bahari temple which is situated in the middle of the beautiful Fewa Tal Lake surrounded by the Annapurna Himal. You will also get the opportunity to learn about the local culture with local Nepali language lessons and cooking classes.
Optional Side Trips
In Nepal, you are in a true adventure region. Don’t worry if you forget to pack your adrenalin, with these options, there are ample opportunities to top it up!
From a two day rafting or kayaking trip on the white-water of the Trisuli or Seti Rivers, to paragliding over incredible scenery to mountain biking, canyoning and bungee jumping, you could spend weeks here and still not do everything.
But if the adventure side of things becomes too much, Nepal will continue to provide and surprise you. Besides sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you could try a three-day/two-night elephant safari in the Chitwan National Park staying at the Royal Park Hotel, chancing upon tigers and rhinos out on drives. Also, if throwing yourself off of high places attached to a kite is not your thing, Nepal boasts some of the best hiking trails in the world. Embark on a four-day trek in the Annapurna Mountains, where you will immerse with the villages and communities of the High Himal.
Further Travelling Opportunities
There are a wealth of opportunities in Nepal for further travel and exploration of the rest of the country. This can include the foothills of the Himalayas in Langtang National Park, the ancient temples and villages of Tansen, Newari architecture in Bandipur, the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, Everest Base Camp, the ancient Hindu centre of Janakpur, and so many other options that will leave you wondering why you didn’t give yourself more time…
We partner with a Street Boys Rehabilitation Home where we work with up to 10 boys (6-15 years) who live in this family environment. We provide individual and small group support with homework, foster their creativity and problem solving skills through a range of hands-on tasks and get the boys active with sports activities-soccer being their favourite.
The second site is Male Patan Child Care centre where we provide support for the local staff in a programme for approximately 25 children. This is in the form of support for routines such as handwashing and toothbrushing, teaching lessons to the children either individually or in small groups. We have a focus on ensuring the children
Cultural homestay experience
You will be based a short walk from the local town and working in the surrounding communities.
During the placement volunteers will get a chance to explore Pokhara and the surrounding areas. There are several optional side trips available too; white water rafting on the Trisuli River, trekking in the Annapurna range and for those staying 6 weeks or more you can take a safari in Chitwan National Park.
Before and after programme volunteers could trek to Everest base camp (approx US$800), you could take flight around Everest (approx US$175), take a 3 day trip down the Kali Gandaki river (approx US$175), trek to Annapurna Base Camp (approx US$465) or take a 3 day safari in Chitwan National Park (approx US$160) – the possibilities are endless! Please contact Himalayan Encounters if you wish to do any of these additional trips. All prices are subject to change at the time of booking.
2 – 12 weeks
NPHE0030P Nepal Childcare
2 WEEKS $945
4 WEEKS $1,215
6 WEEKS $1,485
At JCR we have successfully been organising and sending young Australians on overseas placements for over 15 years. We think JCR has some great programs and we sincerely believe that cultural travel is a wonderful experience, an amazing learning curve and can help to positively prepare you for life’s rewards and challenges.
JCR have one goal and that is to make your volunteer experience the most amazing it can be. We work together to ensure that you are matched with the right program, we discuss your options and answer any questions you may have.
It is the reason JCR Volunteer overseas was created: to create lasting memories from amazing cultural exchanges.
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