Child Care

Nepal

The project supports child care centres and children’s homes by creating exciting activities to develop the children’s creative and communication skills.

Volunteers work alongside the local team to inspire a passion for learning and increase the children’s confidence in speaking English. You will provide greatly appreciated extra assistance and deliver small group educational games as well as fun activities with the larger group. By offering the opportunity to improve their confidence in English, the team aims to help break the poverty cycle in the region by providing access to wider job opportunities.

Immerse yourself in Nepali life and explore the beautiful Himalayas. Enjoy adventure activities including paragliding, white-water rafting, kayaking and trekking.

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: Pokhara
  • Start dates: Every Friday
  • Duration: 2 - 16 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+ (13+ for families or groups)
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £775 / €905 / $990 - see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

You will join in the day to day activities at a nursery or child care centre working with children aged 1-5 years. You will help with day to day tasks such as cleaning, meal times and supervising play and also playing a valuable role in supporting the education of the older children. By taking groups of 5 or 6 children and teaching them basic English (such as the alphabet and numbers), you will free up local staff to attend to other children. Having volunteers also gives the children a head start in preparation for joining school later on.

You should come prepared with ideas for activities suitable for children of different ages – think of your old favourite playground games, nursery rhymes, stories and arts & crafts sessions! 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. There are lots of fun free time activities to get involved in on your days off.

Other volunteers

Child Care, Teaching and Sports Coaching volunteers in Nepal all live together. There are usually 1-5 volunteers with a maximum of 10, but this varies considerably throughout the year and there is a chance you may be the only volunteer working alongside the local team. Some volunteers choose to combine the different volunteer roles while in Nepal.

Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) award

This placement has been approved by the DofE as meeting the requirements for the Residential section of the Gold Award.

Child protection

Pod 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.

Volunteer Reviews

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

Why are volunteers needed?

Volunteers provide support by working alongside local staff to enable the achievement of both short term and long term goals. This happens through working with the children and inspiring a passion to learn and helping to develop creative thinking and vital problem solving skills.

The placements we work with are underfunded and understaffed and so the extra assistance that volunteers are able to provide is so important. Since the projects began, the local staff have seen that interaction with volunteers has naturally improved the children’s English and confidence and small group work helps to increase their self-esteem. The increased ability and confidence with speaking English gives the young people an educational advantage and an opportunity to move onto further education or better jobs. Tourism is a large source of income in Pokhara, so having a good command of English is essential to make a living. Education is key to solving many of the root causes of poverty and our volunteers on all three roles play a vital part in this process for these children.

“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

Closure dates

This project is closed between 29 Sep - 3 Nov 2017 and 28 Sep - 2 Nov 2018

Location, free time and accommodation

Nepal

Situated in the Himalayas, Nepal is a mountainous country located between India and Tibet. Nepal may be a small country, but it offers something for everyone.

Read our blog on our top things to see, do and visit in Nepal here

To find out more about this beautiful country see Lonely Planet Nepal

Local area and free time

Volunteers live in the beautiful city of Pokhara which is nestled between the snow topped Himalayan Mountains and a beautiful lake.

Pokhara is a great city to live in and life in Lakeside, the area of the city that our placements are based, is very laid back. It is an incredibly beautiful place and it’s impossible not to be amazed every time you look up at the Annapurna Range and the Fishtail Mountain. Volunteers have the weekends free and there a lot to do to fill your time!

Pokhara is the starting point for some of the most popular treks in the Himalayas and the place where travellers come to relax and absorb the culture and atmosphere of Nepal. There are plenty of activities in Lakeside such as trekking, paragliding, trips to Chitwan National Park, white water rafting and kayaking. These activities are best booked locally once you are at the project.

Lakeside is situated on the banks of the beautiful Phewa Tal Lake and is the area of Pokhara where most travellers stay. There are countless things to see and do such as hiring boats or kayaks to explore the lake, doing the short 1 hour trek up to the stunning Peace Pagoda or getting up early to watch the sunrise over the impressive Annapurna Mountain Range at the Sarangkot viewpoint. Pokhara also has a beautiful old town with many temples and is well worth visiting.

Accommodation

Volunteers stay in a family-run guesthouse which is located in the popular Lakeside area of the city. Volunteers have their own bedroom and ensuite bathroom. Accommodation is basic but clean and comfortable and has WIFI.

Read volunteer reviews from the Child Care project

Renee

“I had a rewarding time in the placement in Nepal. Pokhara is such a peaceful and pretty place where you would wish to stay longer. The placement there is well established and it is easy to find support from the local team whenever you need. Children there are nice and they love interacting with people in English. It is not hard to see that the interaction with volunteers in the past has helped with their English and I feel rewarding realizing that now I am a part of this.

The most rewarding part would be the time that I spent with street kids. They are really nice kids who love to communicate and play with volunteers. It is easy to tell that the street kids have better English than their peers at school, meaning that volunteers have helped them practicing English in their frequent interaction.”

Carly

“I had an amazing time in Nepal. The nursery students at Annapurna Primary were a wild bunch which made every day fun and the teachers were lovely to work with. The Street Kids Center was my favorite part of volunteering. All of the boys there are so incredible, everyday I learned something new about one of them that was just awe inspiring. And sometimes the house mother gives you tea- its delicious!

Janice provided support whenever I asked for it and her family felt like my own by the end of my trip. Most rewarding was working with Street Kids, earning their trust, and having them open up and share intimate stories with me that they do not get to discuss with other people.”

Katherine

“I really can’t say enough good things about Pod and the placement I was on in Nepal. The support in Lakeside was fantastic. It lived up to my expectations and more. I’ve made some fantastic friends, been lucky enough to work with amazing children and visited one of the most welcoming and exciting countries in the world! Would recommend to anybody of any age, background and experience!

I would recommend a volunteer placement with Pod to anyone. Value for money, a supportive personal company offering worthwhile placements in some of the most fantastic countries in the world! I want to do some more volunteering next year and I won’t be looking any further than Pod for a placement!!”

Jade

“I had the most amazing two weeks volunteering with Pod, they were so supportive from start to finish and Janice and Sarah are absolute stars who made me so comfortable from the start and could not have been nicer! I cannot recommend Pod highly enough as I had the most amazing experiences and will never forget my time in Nepal. You will be so well looked after with this organization and take home memories to last forever.

I loved it when the children would repeat back any English words that i would try and teach them and also any work we did with Street Kids as the boys are so appreciative of the time you spend with them and are the most lovely humbling, bright and intelligent children!! You HAVE to do it, you wont regret it and will have an amazing time and meet amazing people along the way!!”

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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 - Ellie is your dedicated Pod Volunteer Specialist
  • In-depth volunteering and planning your trip guides
  • 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 Pod Volunteer Specialist
  • 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 £775 GB Pounds
Extra weeks £85 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

"It was an amazing experience that will stay with me forever! Pod Volunteer provided the ideal amount of support and guidance"Satvinder

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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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AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • Tourism Concern
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Right Tourism
  • DOFE
  • theguardian
  • the independent
  • Sunday Times
  • Year Out Group
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Wall Street Journal