|Start dates||Every week on a Friday|
|Duration||2 - 16 weeks|
|Age requirement||18 +|
|Cost||From £695 / €895 / $1105 - see fees table below|
Volunteers join the Pod Volunteer team in Nepal to help support children in the Himalayan city of Pokhara. Child Care volunteers can work at the:
During the day volunteers support the day to day running of the understaffed child care centres or the school nursery. Volunteers may be involved in:
In the late afternoon volunteers assist at the Street Children’s Centre by organising fun after school and holiday activities. This can include games, arts and crafts, sports or activities involving any skills that volunteers may want to share.
Each Friday all volunteers visit the Children’s Home on the outskirts of the city where they organise group activity sessions.
Volunteers will be supported by a Pod volunteer coordinator. During your first week you will receive an introduction to the Nepali language. There are normally 2 - 5 volunteers with a maximum of 10.
Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Nepal volunteer reviews.
Since 2007, the Pod team in Nepal have been supporting Child Care Centres, Schools, Street Children's Centre and Children Homes by providing volunteers and financial support through the Pod Charity.
Pod’s support has meant that the Children’s Home is able to provide children with accommodation, food, education.
The Street Children’s Centre is able to work towards its goal of reintroducing children with their families. The centre works closely with local organisations to provide support for the whole family unit. When it is not possible to reunite children with their parents, the centre helps to find children a safe, permanent home. The Street Children’s centre also assists the children in gaining the skills required for school since some children that arrive at the centre and have never attended formal lessons.
The Children’s Homes use their limited resources to provide the children with accommodation, food, education and support.
The Child Care Centres and nurseries allow low to middle income families to work while their children are at a day care centre in a safe and secure environment.
The nurseries and child care centres have limited staff and resources so volunteers are able to help support the local staff and provide focused educational assistance to the children.
Volunteers work act as positive role models for the children, inspiring a passion to learn and developing creative thinking.
The interaction with volunteers will naturally improve the children’s English but will also improve the children’s confidence and small group work helps to increase their self-esteem. To read about our current Pod volunteers and achievements please see our Nepal volunteering blog.
“Volunteers are very valuable since they bring with them a variety of skills and experience that can be shared with the local teams of workers to enhance the lives of the children we are working with. The centres are severely underfunded and understaffed and so every hour that our volunteers spend at these places enhances and enriches the lives of the local children.”
Sarah, Volunteer and Charity Manager
Pod Volunteer is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - please see our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy.
All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check, which we will arrange with you.
Volunteers live in the beautiful city of Pokhara which is nestled between the snow topped Himalayan Mountains and a beautiful lake.
Volunteers stay in a family run guesthouse, which is located in a popular Lakeside area of the city. Volunteers will have their own bedroom and en suite bathroom. Accommodation is basic but clean and comfortable with electricity and running water - though these can all be unreliable in Nepal!
The guesthouse is in close proximity to restaurants, internet cafes and shops. This project location is ideal for those wanting to relax and admire the surrounding mountains and visit temples. Pokhara is an ideal location to explore the Himalayas, with many adventure activities available including paragliding, white-water rafting, kayaking and trekking.
|Before you go||On your placement|
|On your return|
|Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa, criminal records check, food. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.|
Pod is run as a non-profit volunteer organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the Pod Charity - for more details click here.
Prices in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com
We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information
Sarah in the Pod UK team was the volunteer coordinator at this project and is now the placement manager so if you apply you will hear from her soon!
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Population: approx 29 million
Currency: Rupee (NPR)
Life expectancy: 67.5 years
Percentage living on less than US $1.25 per day: 33.9%
Number of threatened animal species: 86
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