What is the Film, Photography & Community Volunteering in Nepal all about?
Spend time assisting disadvantaged Nepalese women raise the profile of their plight and raise funds for their great work through film, photography and community volunteering in Nepal. Victims of domestic abuse or rejected by society as they are widows a status which is looked down upon by society, the women live and work together in the rural hills of Nepal. They are raising their children and trying to develop better futures for themselves. The project has provided the women with a roof over their heads, access to food for themselves and their families. In addition they provide education for their children and the opportunity to develop their own skills and improve their self esteem.
The photography and film element of the project helps to gain new skills and raise the profiles of the women and older children within the community. Through the use of donated resources, such as cameras, the women are developing movies, building photo stories and recording podcasts. These help to raise the profile of their agrarian lifestyle and the challenges that they face. Not only do these materials form the basis of fundraising campaigns, they enable self expression and help the women to deal with some of the past events in their lives. Join us in helping the women to develop their photography and film-making skills, improving their presence on social media and assisting with their healing process to achieve long term security and better lives.
Why choose this Film, Photography and Community Volunteering programme in Nepal?
As a photography, film and social media volunteer you will spend time getting to know the women and assisting them with developing their skills and confidence. This will help them to raise their profiles within their community and demonstrate to their children what they can achieve. You will gain an incredible insight into rural life, approaches to empowering women to escape poverty and build better futures. As you will be living on a farm working you will also develop your farming skills! This is a great placement to add to your CV/resume to learn about solutions within international development, as well as putting your film-making and photography skills into practice.
Role of the Art and Business volunteer
As a photography, film and community volunteer you will spend time each day looking at photos and recordings and helping the women and older children to develop their practical skills. Your editing skills will be needed and you will help to sort resources. You may find yourself discussing situations and feelings that perhaps they haven’t explored before during this process. There are a range of cameras, iPods and lighting available and you will be able to help the women learn to get more out of these. You can also teach them more about sharing footage online.
Please note that building rapport is as important as having a good skills base to share with the women. Your role will depend on your skills and experience but you will spend time with the women, helping them with their daily duties and learning more about their lives. This will include helping with farming and maintenance tasks, as well as feeding and educating the children, as these are aspects of the women’s lives that will form the basis of their recordings.
What skills do I need to be a Social Media and Community Volunteer?
Volunteers must be healthy and fit to be able to participate in this project as most of the duties involve some form of physical activity, working outdoors in a hot or humid climate. You must be a people person and enjoy being with children to participate in this project. If you are self sufficient and enjoy getting away from it all this placement could be perfect for you as you will be living in a rural community. Volunteers with skills in camera operation, film making and social media are sought for this placement . Come with an open mind and a willingness to adapt as needed and you will make a greater impact, personally and on the community.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Dream of seeing the mountains of Nepal
Desire to share your skills and experience in film with others
To learn more about another culture first-hand
Where will I work in Nepal?
Volunteers will spend the initial couple of days in the new volunteer house in Kathmandu getting a feel for Nepali life before going on to the rural placement. Kathmandu is noisy, polluted and chaotic and you will get an overview in your first couple of days. Your project is located in Nepal’s countryside and after a drive you will take a 1.30 -2 hour hike up from the main road. The rural Nepal experience provides the ideal opportunity to fully immerse yourself in authentic Nepalese life and culture. With access only to a small shop this is a great get away from it all location.
It is worth adding some extra time onto your stay in Nepal so that you can visit some of Nepal’s many captivating sights, or even take part in a trek once your project has finished!
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2+ weeks
- Cost: £1295 / $2021 for 2 weeks
£383 / $597 for each extra week
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Rural Nepal
- Working hours: Project open from 7 am to 5 or 6 pm.
- Project availability: Every Monday throughout the year
- Arrival day: Saturday or Sunday
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared room in a volunteer house, western bathrooms in both locations, terrace space
- Food: 3 meals per day, mainly vegetarian
- Airport pick-up and drop off
- 1 or 2 night’s stay in Kathmandu on arrival
- Bus to rural placement from Kathmandu
- Training: Pre-departure pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support
- Excursion planning: Staff can help organise trips and activities in your spare time (activities may cost extra)
What is not included
- Police background check: US and UK citizens processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
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.
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