Child Care

Nepal

Support child care centres and children’s homes by creating exciting activities to develop the children’s creative and communication skills, as well as delivering small group educational games in the beautiful Himalayan city of Pokhara. Live in a family-run guest house where you will receive a warm Nepali welcome.

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: Pokhara
  • Start dates: Every Friday
  • Duration: 2 - 16 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+
  • Availability: Spaces available from April
  • Cost: From £695 / €835 / $940 - see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers join support children in the Himalayan city of Pokhara working at a variety of placements including:

  • Child Care Centres
  • School Nurseries
  • Children’s Homes

Volunteers support the day to day running of these placement and may be involved in:

  • creating education activities
  • arts and crafts sessions
  • organising group games, songs and sports
  • running one-to-one lessons with the older children
  • assisting the day care staff with meal times

During your first week you will also receive an introduction to the Nepali language.

Working days and hours

Volunteers normally work 5 days a week with 2 days off. Generally volunteers start at 10am and finish at 6pm. Your schedule may vary but most volunteers work three hours in the morning at one placement and three hours in the afternoon at another placement.

Other volunteers

Child Care, Teaching and Sports Coaching volunteers in Nepal all live together. There are generally 1 to 5 volunteers in total however this may vary. Some volunteers choose to combine the different volunteer roles while in Nepal.

Child protection

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.

Closure dates

This project is closed between the 29th September to 3rd November 2017.

Volunteer Reviews

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Nepal volunteer reviews.

Why are volunteers needed?

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.

“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.”Janice, Volunteer and Charity Manager

How is the project making a difference?

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.

The Children’s Homes use their limited resources to provide the children with accommodation, food, education and support. They rescue children from living on the street and offer them a safe environment in which to live and grow.

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.

Where will I be living?

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.

What's included?

Before you go:

  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod UK team
  • Single point of contact - Sarah is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Discounted online TEFL course
  • Access to specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to Pod

On your placement:

  • Child care volunteering placement
  • Airport pick up (Kathmandu) and transfer
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Kathmandu
  • Transfer to and from Pokhara by bus
  • Accommodation - your own simple room in a family run guesthouse
  • Induction to the placement and culture
  • Nepali language introduction lesson
  • Welcome meal with the Pod team
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Incident Management and Emergency Response Plans

On your return:

  • Contact from your placement manager
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the Pod community

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.

Price table
2 weeks £695 GB Pounds
Extra weeks £75 GB Pounds
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Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com

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children benefit from the child care role in Nepal

"Pod is a no nonsense volunteer organisation looking to change lives"Cian

Sarah

Pod UK Manager

Sarah has visited the project, apply and you'll hear from her soon!

We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information.

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VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

  • Nepal Child Care volunteer – Edwina

    “Volunteering with Pod in Nepal was the greatest experience of my life. I loved it so much that I extended my time there. Seeing kids who have horrible situations at home smiling, dancing and singing; it was fantastic.”

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  • Nepal Child Care volunteer – Jade

    “I can’t recommend Pod highly enough. It is so rewarding knowing that you have left a positive impression and that this will shape the childrens lives in the future. You will be part of the bigger picture!”

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  • Nepal Child Care volunteer – Joanna

    “My Nepal childcare experience was everything I could have hoped for: the placement struck the right balance between cultural immersion and home comforts. The children I worked with were such a bundle of fun.”

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