What is the Family Volunteering: Women and Child Empowerment in Nepal project all about?
Bring your family to Nepal and spend your holiday volunteering in either a rural setting while giving something back to the local impoverished community. Your family will support a project in rural Nepal and work on a women’s farm cooperative just outside of Kathmandu. The community already struggling, was also hit by the earthquake in April 2015. While thankfully, there were no fatalities, many homes were destroyed. Support has been fantastic for the community but assistance is still much needed. Raising the profile of the project is important in gaining much-needed funds to help with the rebuilding work and to fix the access road to the village and the ladies have been developing photography and film skills to promote the organisation online. Why not help these ladies and their families build a better future?
Working in our rural location offers the chance to connect with simple village life in Nepal. With 85% of the population in Nepal residing in small villages and working on family farms, there is a real need to improve the educational resources in those areas, giving children in rural communities equal opportunities. You will work on a farm that was established to provide a place for disadvantaged women to work and support themselves. Assisting these women with daily tasks and helping them raising their children will aid the development of the rural population and give your family a chance to get back to basics.
Why choose this Women & Child Empowerment Family Volunteering project?
You will be spending time on a rural agriculture placement and doing something as valuable. You will be providing support to farmers, who work on a cooperative day in and day out. The farm provides work for women to live and sustain themselves. Your help means they can increase the pace of their work while improving their English language. In exchange, you will learn sustainable techniques from them.
Role of the Community Volunteer
Families will be involved in a variety of activities, which will be largely determined by the needs of the project at the time. Typically, you can look forward to gaining practical knowledge of organic agriculture and working alongside the local community to improve farms in the area. If you are fit enough and are interested in helping there will be plenty for you to do. Those who have an interest in childcare can get involved with activities such as reading, running homework clubs and playing games. Anyone with social media and photography skills can help the ladies improve their skills in advocacy and fundraising for the community.
Children will particularly enjoy taking part in activities with the animals and helping local children with their English through reading stories, singing songs and playing games. It is a great place for your family to connect with a community that despite their difficulties enjoy their life and way of living.
What skills do I need to be a Community Volunteer in Nepal?
There are no skills required to participate in this project. However, you will need to be reasonably fit to walk to the project site and to participate in building and agricultural activities. If you have any experience in teaching or childcare, these will be very useful. The ladies are learning to use cameras and filming skills so if you have a passion for photography please come and share this. A willingness to get stuck in and help where needed is a requirement for this placement as well as sharing your own stories with local families.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To have an unforgettable experience together as a family
To gain an insight into Nepalese lifestyle and culture in rural areas
To support local efforts to provide opportunities for those who need it the most
Where will I work in Nepal?
The city of Kathmandu is a bustling capital, with plenty to keep children entertained. Being the centre of Nepalese culture, there are numerous things to see and do including many world heritage sites. Some of the oldest structures were destroyed in 2015 but many remain. Sampling the local culinary delights and bargaining in the labyrinth of small shops are favourite past times, or simply sit and take in the tuk-tuk taxis buzzing around, cows roaming the streets freely, Buddhist monks in wingtip’s shoes and more.
Your project is located in rural Nepal just under a 2-hour drive from the capital. It suits families who want a tranquil and rustic experience, complemented by impressive mountain views and many hike trails within reach. Being only 35 km from Kathmandu, there is easy access to the capital if you wish to explore during your free time and experience the contrast between the two locations. Families will need to walk up to the village on arrival so be prepared for this – it is all part of the experience!
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2 weeks
– 16 and Above: £ 1295 / $2022
– Children 8 to 15: £461 / $720
– Additional weeks available on request.
- Requirements: Minimum age 8 yrs.
- Location: Rural Nepal
- Project activities: animal care, digging, building, playing games, reading support, running English classes, photography, social media training
- Working hours: Monday –Friday, times vary
- Project availability: open all year round
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: Room in a volunteer house. 1st night will be spent in a volunteer house in Kathmandu
- Food: 3 meals per day – Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Transfer from Kathmandu to your project on public transport
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator
- 24/7 emergency number for volunteers and families
What is not included
- Police/Government Background Check US and UK citizens processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check – Required for over 18 years of age
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.