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VOLUNTEERS INITIATIVE NEPAL (VIN)

Description

Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN) is a non-governmental, non-profitable organization, founded in 2005 by a diverse group drawn from development workers, educationalists, social activists and other professionals.

VIN’s mission is to empower marginalized communities through enhanced Education, Health, Income generation & Basic infrastructure programs with special focus on women and children by conducting training and research through mobilizing local and international volunteers to promote equality, economic well-being and basic human rights.

VIN's main focus is on our four key programs. These are:-

1. Women's Empowerment

2. Children's Development

3. Youth Development

4. Community Health Program

Our volunteer Program includes:

Child Care: Early Childhood Development

Child Care: Orphanage Homes

Children's Clubs Facilitation

Computer Technology

Construction and Manual Work

Environment and Agro forestry

Fundraising and Grant Writing

Health / Medical Care

Language/Culture/Home Stay

Nepal Teacher Development

Office Administration Summer Volunteer Program

Teaching English at Buddhist Monastery / Nunnery

Teaching English in Nepal - Community Schools

Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer in Agro Farm

Women's Empowerment

Working with Deaf and Disabled People

Youth Empowerment

In addition, VIN helps to place volunteers in monasteries and nunneries, and there are many additional smaller-scale projects including how to apply for grants, fundraising, computer technology and construction and manual work. Details for all of these can be found on the VIN website.

Adventure Programs: We also organize affordable adventure programs, e.g. trekking, hiking, sight-seeing, bungee jump, White water rafting, jungle safari, mountain flights through our partner institutes. The cost will be a way cheaper and it also gives a little money for the organization's projects in the community. So you can make many things in one with VIN. We ensure your memorable and life changing experience with us

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Start Dates: 1st and 15th of each month

Language Requirements: English (Basic Nepali is provided)

Food and Accommodation: Nepali Standard at host family in the working community

Key Activities: According to the programs

Beneficiaries: According to the programs

Working Hours: 4 to 5 hours

Required Qualifications & Skills: Keen interest to working with children, skills to perform above mentioned activities.

Current Volunteer Programs:

1. Child Care: Early Childhood Development

VIN’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres are set up in rural communities for children of 3 to 5 years of age. These centers work to surround children who belong to marginalized communities, with a friendly learning environment. You as a volunteer may offer your care and support for these children by having VIN place you in one of these ECDs. Being a volunteer/intern at an ECD is a hands-on experience that is sure to be rewarding.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/early-childhood-development/

2. English in Buddhist Monastery

VIN’s teaching English at Buddhist monastery/nunnery project aims to give volunteers/interns a true taste of life at the monastery. It aims for an exchange between the religious members of a certain community and foreigners from a drastically different community that have just one thing in common: the eagerness to learn. You may learn about Buddhist culture, while the monks and nuns may learn the English language, an extremely important asset for them.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/teaching-english-buddhist-monastery-nunnery/

3. English at Community School

VIN’s teaching in Nepali-Community Schools project targets international volunteers or interns who are looking to take part in a hands-on Nepali classroom experience. With your help, VIN hopes to deliver the children and their local communities a crucial life skill: speaking English. This life skill, if acquired will take the Nepali people much further.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/teaching-english-community-schools/

4. English for Deaf People

VIN’s Working with Deaf People project aims to give the deaf people of Nepal a better shot at a quality education. For too long now Nepal’s educational system has neglected the special needs of these people who end up dropping out of school due to the lack of attention to them. It is an incredibly fulfilling experience to help those that need it most.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/working-deaf-disabled-people/

5. Teaching Computer Science

Has the idea of giving back crossed your mind? Have you talent/know-how to donate? VIN put together the computer technology project in recognition of information technology as a fast-moving, efficient means of communication. As things stand, there is a severe shortage of IT-know-how in Nepal. The country will need to do much to improve, let alone catch up, with the outside world and join the IT-age. Help Nepal get ahead! Your participation is key to providing them these tools.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/computer-technology/

6. Teaching/Coaching Sports

There is truth in that sports bring people together. Seize the opportunity and share your love for sports, or a sport of your liking, with the people of Nepal. Football/Soccer and cricket are big in Nepal while other sports are only now beginning to take root. As a volunteer or intern sports coach/teacher you would bring joy and know-how to a Nepal full of warmth and enthusiasm but few means and little know-how.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/teaching-program/sports-volunteer/

7. Teaching Yoga

Nepal is a beautiful country of contrasts and natural riches, struggling to find its modern identity and development in the midst of political struggles. You would be bringing Yoga to Nepal and give people a chance to live a better life that comes from within, independently of the challenges and changes taking place outside of people’s own power. You would be teaching at a Buddhist monastery or in the local community. Namaste!

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/yoga-teaching-volunteer/

8. Arts and Crafts

Art is a powerful and creative means of expression. It can bring about positive life-enhancing change to you and the Nepalese people, both ways. As a volunteer or intern you will be given the unique opportunity to teach arts and crafts, of your choosing, and also learn the trade through the artistic lens of the Nepalese people. Arts and crafts would also include dance. Here’s your chance to make a creative difference in Nepal through art.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/teaching-program/creative-expression-arts-and-crafts/

9. Cultural Immersion & Teaching

This is for those who want to learn about Nepali culture. You will be placed into a typical Nepali home in a village. This project has been known to pull visitors out of that “visitor’s bubble” and integrate them into the place of an accepted family member of a Nepali household. You would be “giving back” by teaching English at the community school. This is a unique and unforgettable experience.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/teaching-program/cultural-immersion-teaching/

10. Child Care: Orphanage

Every year hundreds of orphaned children wander the streets of Kathmandu. A majority of them become child labourers and never get time to actually enjoy their childhood. VIN aims to provide them their childhood and an education. VIN has been working in collaboration with various orphanages homes in Nepal. If you were to become a volunteer or intern you could be placed into one of the orphanages VIN works with, providing the children with the care and support they never received.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/orphanage-homes/

11. Child Right’s and Children’s Clubs

VIN’s children’s clubs are co-curricular projects set up for children of 6 to 16 years of age. This is a platform provided for children that aims to develop their innate skills, develop their creativity, increase their awareness of community issues such as health and the environment, as well as help them apply what they have learnt in the classroom to real life situations. Make your mark and make a difference for the new generation of children in Nepal!

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/childrens-clubs-facilitation/

12. Working for Street Children

Bring a ray of hope and an embracing smile to the deprived street children of Kathmandu. This city alone has an estimated 1000 street children. School is not an option. They work the streets, seek meals in garbage heaps, sleep in the streets, and fall prey to traffickers and other abuse. As a volunteer/intern you could make a world of difference. The children take great comfort and joy spending time with those who truly care, that which has been lacking all along.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/children-development-program/working-for-street-children/

13. Health and Medical Care

The Health & Medical Care project aims to improve the health of the community through education, health services and public health improvements. VIN mobilizes local and international volunteers or interns with health backgrounds in the rural areas where people do not have access to health facilities. We support the local health post with a nurse and a doctor. Help us keep the project alive and provide medical care to those most in need. You as a volunteer or intern can make a difference.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/community-health-medical-care/

14. Health, Sanitation and Hygiene Education

VIN’s Health, Sanitation and Hygiene Education project was first set up in mind of the healthcare situation in Nepal and its many inadequacies. This particular project will be your way of making a significant impact on the Nepali rural communities as a whole and change the lives of hundreds of locals. You, as a volunteer/intern, with a basic background in health will be an extremely valuable asset to this project.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-health-program/health-sanitation-hygiene-education/

15. Waste Management

Waste management is becoming a major concern for both public health and the environment in Nepal. VIN’s Waste Management project aims for a clean and green community. Upgrading bins and making people aware of the advantages of a clean environment is the main objective. This is a highly effective and sustainable way to keep the community clean and maintain the natural beauty of Nepal. Come help us keep Nepal clean and beautiful!

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-health-program/waste-management/

16. Animal Care

In the Animal Care project people care for animals and animals care for people. The project aims to promote and protect some of the most vulnerable animals in Nepal, especially dogs. The project is much more than a shelter for animals in that it practices and promotes caring and friendly behavior towards animals. We are looking for those whose hearts are warm and loving, and beat for the welfare of the neglected animals of Nepal.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-interest-program/animal-care/

17. Agro forestry

Participate in a project which aims to reduce Nepal’s dependence on the more demanding and less profitable traditional terrace farming in exchange for agro forestry farming. This is a form of land cultivation where crops are grown among trees. It provides a greater biodiversity and greater harvests. This is your chance to help ease traditional subsistence farmers onto new methods which greatly improves the quality of their lives. You will be placed in the project living quarters.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/environment-conservation-program/agroforestry/

18. Environment Initiative

Due to the lack of awareness matched by a rapid population growth, natural resources have been depleted much more quickly than expected. VIN’s environment project is one that revolves around raising awareness to local people about the conditions of the environment. As a volunteer or intern you can make a difference by letting VIN place you in one of the rural areas, with a Nepali family. You may carry out this awareness campaign through drama productions, games, etc.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/environment-conservation-program/environment-initiative/

19. Water Research

VIN’s environment water sources research project is one that centers on the allocation of water within Nepal. VIN aims to designate interns/volunteers the job of investigating and analyzing the system. This is a particular opportunity suited for those who thrive in and learn from investigative research. According to past participants, this project is one of the best ways to uncover the truth about Nepal’s dysfunctional water situation.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/water-project-research/

20. Climate Change Research

"The dramatic changes in our climate pose significant threats to the environment, economy and society and is thus one of the most urgent issues for research towards solutions" (Earthwatch Institute). This is your opportunity to make an impact on pressing environmental issues facing today’s Nepal while working and exploring its natural beauty and endangered ecosystems, all against the backdrop of the towering Himalayas.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/environment-conservation-program/climate-change-research/

21. Agro farm

Living and working on a traditional farm in Nepal will no doubt be a getaway for those of you that feel a therapeutic need of getting closer to nature; feel the fresh earth in your hands and under your bare feet. Work the land the way our forefathers had, all on a traditional Nepalese farm. Tend and care for the animals on the farm. The rewarding work, the rural and exotic beauty of Nepal coupled with a warm and welcoming tradition-bound community will make this project worth your while. You will be placed with a Nepalese family.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/environment-conservation-program/agrofarm/

22. Construction and Manual Work

VIN’s construction and manual work project aims to building basic infrastructure for disadvantaged people in rural areas. A majority of the homes that VIN works with do not have proper toilets, do not have access to facilities such as libraries or classrooms. With your help we look to bring about life-altering improvements for the marginalized people of Nepal by providing them with these essential facilities. This is your golden opportunity to provide a helping hand for the less fortunate.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-interest-program/construction-and-manual-work/

23. Emergency Relief & Disaster Management

Nepal is particularly vulnerable to a series of natural disasters of potentially catastrophic dimensions ranging from earthquakes, floods/landslides, fire, avalanches, storms, epidemics and droughts. As things stand authorities cannot cope without the aid from abroad and NGOs. This is your opportunity to make a world of difference and take action to prepare local communities for disaster management. Other communities are sure to follow.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-interest-program/emergency-relief-disaster-management/

24. Civil Society Initiative

Contribute to the growth and development of civil society in this newly founded and fragile democracy. Strengthen local communities by bringing people together and engage them to work locally with their representatives to strengthen and broaden civil society in Nepal. Empower or/and encourage the establishment of broad or thematic civil society organizations. Lay the foundations of a flourishing and well-functioning democracy.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-interest-program/civil-society-initiative/

25. Traffic Management

In Kathmandu traffic jams are common and traffic is poorly regulated. Many drivers are neither properly licensed nor trained, vehicles are poorly maintained and public vehicles are often overloaded (US Department of State). This is arguably one of the visibly and audibly largest problems that afflict the city. As a volunteer or intern you would perform a valuable and socially important task by assisting the traffic police in traffic management and road user education. Prior to setting off you will undergo a specialized training.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-interest-program/traffic-management/

26. Research Initiative

VIN remains committed to working for the empowerment of marginalized communities, with a particular focus on women and children through enhanced educational and training projects. As a volunteer or intern you will be called to conduct research into the effectiveness of VIN’s past and ongoing projects and come up with concrete conclusions and recommendations which contribute to their overall improvement.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-interest-program/research-initiative/

27. Care for the Elderly

Our Elderly Care Project affords you the opportunity to help fulfil the social and personal requirements of senior Nepali citizens. With care and compassion you can assist them in living old age with the dignity they deserve. This project aims to provide assistance to senior citizens and safeguard their rights in their daily activities, but additionally (and just as importantly) in socializing; lending a friendly ear open to chitchat, life experiences, and reminiscing!

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-health-program/care-for-the-elderly/

28. Women’s Empowerment: Education, Rights & Life Skills

Women’s Education, Rights and Life Skills aims to uplift disadvantaged women in Nepal by addressing issues such as education/literacy, financial well-being, health and women’s rights. VIN adopts an integrated approach to women’s empowerment. We believe that doing everything from teaching women about health to teaching leadership skills and the art of communication empowers them in every respect. Join us and help us forge a better future for the disadvantaged gender of Nepal.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/internship/women-empowerment-studies/

29. Women’s Empowerment: Income Generation & Marketing

VIN has been instrumental in overseeing the recent growth of women’s income generation initiatives. In so doing women have been provided with critical livelihood training to generate income through primarily vegetable farming, livestock, sewing and cutting, incense making, candle making and dry food making. You will be key to overseeing and tracking growth and furthering these initiatives.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/women-empowerment-program/income-generation-marketing/

30. Women’s Empowerment: Microcredit Cooperative

Microcredit Cooperative Support projects have been key to the recent surge of women’s income generation projects. In this VIN:s support and training has enabled many women to join the Women`s Microcredit Cooperative. Women are now afforded credit. This in turn permits them to start their own income generation activities, such as goat keeping and vegetable farming. Your role is critical to advance the functionality of these cooperatives.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/women-empowerment-program/microcredit-cooperative-support/

31. Women’s Trafficking Prevention

Each year in Nepal an estimated 10,000-15,000 girls are trafficked across the border to be sold into Indian brothels or forced to become domestic servants, beggars, factory workers or other workers. This project aims to prevent the trafficking of girls from Nepal, within the country or outside. You as a volunteer or intern will contribute by making a detailed study on what causes women’s trafficking and how to minimize it.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/women-empowerment-program/womens-trafficking-prevention/

32. Youth Club and Life Skills

VIN’s youth clubs are co-curricular projects set up for youth of 16 years of age and above. This is provided for the youth and aims to foster teamwork, life skills, develop creativity, organization/planning, awareness of community issues such as health, the environment, and human rights. Additionally this project aims to help them apply what they have learnt in the classroom to real life situations. Would you like to inspire and spur on the emerging generation of Nepal? Here’s your chance.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/youth-empowerment-program/youth-club-and-life-skills/

33. Youth: English and Career Development

VIN’s youth empowerment project looks to inspire the young people of Nepal to become more proactive and take charge of their lives. The English language is a must for anyone willing to broaden their horizons and get ahead. Finding cause in youth or women’s empowerment issues, and learning pivotal life and career skills are other essential ingredients. You as a volunteer or intern will seek to inspire and provide workable solutions for the youth of Nepal. Click here for more.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/youth-empowerment-program/english-and-career-development/

34. Trekking and Volunteering

This project combines Nepali culture, trekking and adventure, volunteer work all together in a matter of weeks. We aim to deliver the experience of a lifetime. After orientation, you will be placed in a family in a Nepali village, where you will be able to visit schools or orphanages to teach English. After this you will be led on a trek - either Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp. Lastly, you will be given the chance to explore the city of Kathmandu. Capture the essence of Nepal all in one go!

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/adventure-and-volunteer-program/volunteer-trekking/

35. Travel Tour and Volunteering

Participating in our Volunteer and Travel Tour project will allow you to enjoy activities such as jungle safari, hiking, sightseeing and volunteering all in one. This project is a perfect combination for those of you who have only a short time of 3 to 4 weeks and want to both volunteer and travel. You can choose one of many volunteer projects such as an orphanage, early child care, health care education, along with women’s and youth empowerment projects. Live it up in Nepal!

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/adventure-and-volunteer-program/volunteer-travel-tour/

36. Hospitality Management

Nepal has established itself as an exotically attractive destination, drawing both mainstream tourists and adventure seekers. To this end tourism remains one of the mainstays of the Nepali economy. The Nepali Hospitality Management project offers you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the industry along with valuable career experience all set within the splendour of an enticingly beautiful country and an alluring culture. Get ahead and join us!

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/public-interest-program/volunteering-and-hospitality-management/

37. Film and Documentary Making

Write, shoot, direct and edit your own film or documentary in alluringly beautiful Nepal as a volunteer or an intern. Learn by doing coupled with valuable feedback from industry experts. You will either choose to work to shoot a film/documentary about the work of VIN or work together with one of the film/documentary studios in Nepal with which VIN has a cooperation.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/journalism-program/film-and-documentary-making/

38. Print Journalism

If you are planning a gap year or career break and contemplating a job in journalism or print media, Journalism Abroad Nepal with VIN can set you on the right track. This is a great way to enhance your resume and help you to stand out from the crowd. Whether you are currently studying journalism or are considering it in college, Journalism Abroad with VIN will give you first hand international journalism experience.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/journalism-program/print-journalism/

39. Photo Journalism

VIN is looking for a volunteer or intern photographer to shed light on some of the more pressing issues afflicting the more marginalized communities in Nepal. This is your opportunity to observe a cross-section of life in Nepal and tell their story and help raise awareness and alleviate the plight of the more disadvantaged people of Nepal. You will be joining us to document our efforts to make Nepal a better place.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/journalism-program/photo-journalism/

40. Editor/Writer

VIN’s Editor/Writer project is fit for volunteers or interns who would like to be a part of the empowerment cause in Nepal but would rather use their organizational and language proficiency skills within the VIN office headquarters than be out in the rural areas of Nepal. This opportunity can be seen as good work experience with altruistic intentions for the less fortunate of Nepal. You will be an integral part of the workings of the office.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/management-and-administration-program/editor-writer/

41. Coordinator

VIN’s Coordinator position is open for any international volunteer or intern who would like to be a part of the management side of VIN. This will give you the opportunity to see different communities and places in Nepal. No doubt a fascinating experience! This is ideal for those that love to travel, meet people and provide direction to our volunteers/interns and projects.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/management-and-administration-program/volunteer-coordinator/

42. Human Resource Advisor

People remain the most valuable asset of a organization. The key is also fostering a living tangible vision. In keeping with these principles you, as a Human Resources Advisor for VIN, will have the opportunity to introduce the latest know-how in the branch and make a significant difference by coaching and bringing out the best in the staff and volunteers/interns, developing an all-encompassing HR strategy and laying the foundations for years to come.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/management-and-administration-program/human-resource-advisor/

43. Marketing Advisor

Jump-start your career by joining VIN as a volunteer or intern in the Marketing Project. Work to generate new ideas, disseminate and promote the charitable contributions of VIN to targeted audiences by providing maximum exposure. This position offers you valuable hands-on experience in a branch where you can make a pivotal difference. Do you have an interest and skills in marketing? Then this can be a great opportunity for you to get involved.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/management-and-administration-program/marketing-advisor/

44. Grand Writer & Fundraiser

VIN’s fundraising and grants writing project focuses primarily on securing much-needed resources for the continual support of its different projects in aid of marginalized communities in Nepal. This project is an excellent way for you to combine your writing skills with another aside of you that seeks to do something good or charitable for the greater community.

Site link:- http://www.volunteeringnepal.org/programs/fundraising-grant-writing/

45. Website & SEO Professional

VIN is looking for a Website and Search Engine Optimization professional to volunteer or work as an intern to help to redesign and optimize its webpage. This is a great opportunity for you to use your expertise and gain experience in the field and support marginalized communities in Nepal. You’ll also find opportunity to immerse yourself into the captivating beauty and alluring culture of Nepal. You do not need to be present in Nepal for this project.

Site link:- http://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/management-and-administration-program/website-seo-professional/

FRIEDENSDORF INTERNATIONAL (Peace Village International)

Description

Since 1967 Friedensdorf International has worked with wounded children from war-torn and crisis areas including Afghanistan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Angola, Armenia, Georgia and Tadzhikistan who need medical treatment in European hospitals. After appropriate treatment the children stay in the Peace Village care station in Oberhausen for rehabilitation until they return to their native countries and to their families. The children range from two years up to 11 years of age. About 15 volunteers/interns work in the Village every year. In PEACE VILLAGE there is a possibility to do a training which is for interested candidates who would like to gather some practical knowledge or want to try out their capabilities. Applications in the following departments is possible: ·Children's home ·Rehabilitation center ·Kitchen/ house keeping services ·Children's schoolhouse included wood- metal, garden and kitchen training units ·Sorting second hand clothes, things in second- hand shops ·Public Relation ·Educational establishment. (We would like volunteers/interns in the department of Children’s home or Reha-Center to stay more than 6 month long, because it is very difficult for our children to adapt to many different persons. A high fluctuation means that they always have to say good bye to someone whom they just started to love, and they desperately need some stability. In other departments like Kitchen/ housekeeping services or technical departments, the duration could be more than 3 month-long.) The applicants are supposed to mention their desired work area in PEACE VILLAGE. Since we have only limited positions to offer in the different departments, we cannot guarantee that the applicant's desire can be definitely fulfilled. But we would try our best to meet the requirements. Unfortunately, it is not possible to get paid training, however, we offer free lodging and food to the volunteers/interns in PEACE VILLAGE. It's also a great chance to work along with a committed team having an international atmosphere and be engaged in a variety of tasks where high amount of responsibility is expected. Volunteers/interns also receive a certificate and of course last but not the least, a sense of personal achievement. Applicants are advised to gather information about the concept of PEACE VILLAGE INTERNATIONAL before they apply. Please send written applications to the address above. Knowledge of German language is necessary. Most of our staff members do not speak English, and the communication with the children is done in German.

GLOBE AWARE, ADVENTURES IN SERVICE

Description

Globe Aware develops short-term volunteer programs in international environments that encourage people to immerse themselves in a unique way of giving back, focusing on the principles of cultural awareness and sustainability. This process naturally instills in them values to become lifelong advocates for a better world. Simultaneously the volunteers help to empower the host communities in creating renewable, sustainable programmes. Globe Aware's financial assistance benefits the community economically, but it is actually the involvement and collaboration between volunteers and the community that is of the greatest mutual benefit. We believe that understanding other cultures helps everyone to create better-informed solutions, not to mention leading a more enjoyable life!

Globe Aware adventures provide volunteers the opportunity to live and work side by side with a host community and to develop a real appreciation for cultures unlike our own. The host provides a safe and interesting setting in which to learn, help and have fun! The communities with whom we work choose the projects that they feel are most important to develop. The work is varied and can encompass everything from helping provide a better life for captive elephants in Thailand, playing word games with Peruvian children, planting trees in India, to painting a community centre in Costa Rica, amongst many other activities. We feel it is of supreme importance to respect the culture and heritage in which the volunteer is working. The goal is not for volunteers to change the host communities, but rather to help them in the needs that the host community has identified as important. Those who will enjoy the experience the most are those who bring an open mind and willingness to help. The natural healthy exchange of ideas and opinions leads to a mutual understanding of cultures.

TIME FOR GOD

Description

Quality Volunteering Changes Lives

We are a charitable organisation based in the UK and recruit dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers matching them to full-time, long-term placements. We aim to enable people to grow professionally, personally and spiritually through full-time voluntary service.

TFG currently hosts around 100 volunteers per annum within its core young adult volunteer programme, most serving in the UK.

Volunteers come to us from many different countries …

UK, South Korea, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Ukraine, Brazil, Mexico, Kenya, USA, Spain, Egypt, Slovakia, Poland, Uganda, Netherlands, Finland, Russia, Norway, Italy, Estonia, Israel, France, Mexico, Belgium, Germany & New Zealand.

Training and support is central to TFG’s philosophy, so each volunteer attends 2 residential conferences to meet other young adults and to hear about a range of issues relevant to their situation. The staff team keep in touch with volunteers in their placements by phone and email, and the Field Officers visit them through the year to check all is going well.

Volunteer placements include churches of most “flavours”; youth work; residential care of elderly, adults with learning difficulties and/or other special needs; activity centres and projects; debt counselling work; YMCAs; rehabilitative projects for a range of substance abuses; and so on.

We see it as our role to help each volunteer explore their faith journey, starting from where they themselves are, rather than where we would like them to be. Thus we welcome young people from all the mainstream Christian traditions, and both those with a passionate/personal faith and those with a more casual/nominal approach or no faith at all – and all points in between – with the understanding that we are all committed to exploring or journeying together.

We are therefore balancing our personal faith positions with the need to enable our volunteers to find their own paths – of which we are a part.

ANIDASO NSAE FOUNDATION

Description

We work in Ghana to provide impoverished, orphaned and street children with Health Care and Education.

We need volunteers to help with teaching in one of our partner schools (any subject of your preferred choice), helping in local hospitals (i.e. during child delivery in the Maternity Unit), holding HIV/Aids awareness talks etc. These are only a few examples of the things you could be doing here in Ghana and we are willing to accommodate you with any skills you may have. If you have an idea in which area you would like to volunteer you can also let us know and we will see if such an opportunity is available.

people and places - responsible volunteering

Description

people and places, an international award winning organisation, provides well-matched, rewarding, challenging and safe experiences for volunteers and local people – with their mutual informed consent.

Volunteers’ skills and experience are matched specifically to the projects’ needs – we put the right people in the right places, at the right time.

people and places is a social enterprise and is not run for the benefit of shareholders.

At least 80% of volunteers' funds are spent in the host country – and volunteers know HOW and WHERE their money is spent.

people and places matches skills and experience to need – our role is to enable both volunteers and local communities to gain mutual benefits. Crucial to this role are our relationships with our local partners.

The planning and development of projects is through our local partners, our project management teams – people who are inspired and inspiring, and who are in and of their community – they are the ongoing link with projects and volunteers, thus maintaining sustainable development and continuity in the project.

Volunteers are fully involved in the planning of their own individual placement – we match their skills to the project’s needs; we discuss the project’s proposals with the volunteers; with mutual agreement, the volunteer’s placement is confirmed.

BULBULIR BASA WELFARE SOCIETY (ORPHANAGE IN KOLKATA)

Description

Helping Needy Children Find A Loving Home Since 2000

The Bulbulir Basa orphanage was found in December 2000, as a direct response to the high levels of homeless children and street children in Kolkata. This orphanage provides a safe and secure environment for these vulnerable children. The orphanage is a loving family atmosphere, dedicated to helping the children build character and advance in academics.

The name "Bulbulir Basa" comes from the word "bulbuli" which is the name of a small, grey, singing bird found in India, and "basa" which means home. The children of this devoted establishment are like little birds, lost and uncared for, with no place to call home. This orphanage welcomes them to a home that gives them a family.

Bulbulir Basa is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious society. It is registered in the West Bengal Societies Registration Act (registration number S/IL/3311). We also have a Tax exemption & FCRA (Foreign Contribution Registration Act) papers from Government of India.

Come join our family by volunteering and experience something life changing.

Objectives of the Orphanage:

1) To maintain a safe and pleasant environment for abandoned children and care for all their needs, including medical, education and cultural. The children will attend school and recieve classes in Bengali music and arts in order to strengthen cultural ties.

2) To promote and encourage the advancement of literacy. A free coaching center will be maintained at Bulbulir Basa for street children.

3) To help the sick, aged and destitute. The on site dispensary will offer free medical treatment to people of all ages and religions in the community.

The goal for which the Bulbulir Basa society was established will benefit the orphans and with your support it can become reality. Shelter, education, health and culture are the main activities in our orphanage.

OUTPOST CHARITY

Description

Providing Emotional, Social and Practical support to Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families

We give our beneficiaries the opportunity to rebuild confidence, self-esteem, self-belief and encourage and motivate towards integration and socialisation.

The alternative therapy we provide through our programs and support uses concepts that possess a potential to significantly id in the treatment of Mental Illnesses and physical Injuries in members of the Armed Forces, in combination with standard therapies.

Cosmic Volunteers

Description

Cosmic Volunteers is US-based non-profit offering international volunteering trips since 2000 to China, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand, and Vietnam. Volunteers stay from 1 week to 1 year. They volunteer at orphanages, schools, clinics, media companies, Buddhist monasteries, AIDS clinics, women's groups, and wildlife parks and more. Ages 14-70+. Group trips & individual programs available. Led by American Scott Burke, Cosmic Volunteers is not affiliated with any government or religious organizations. We receive all of our funding from program fees paid by our volunteers. Contact Scott today to find out why: We're the Best Volunteering Organization You've Never Heard Of!

VOLUNTEERS WITHOUT BORDERS

Description

Volunteers Without Borders (VWB) is bridging the gap between international volunteers and local NGO organizations. Volunteers Without Borders opens doors and guides you to help make a difference to those less fortunate while volunteering abroad. We offer 100's of different programs in 18 different countries. We CONNECT international volunteers with opportunities to make a difference in countries that need it the most. While volunteering abroad, you will gain valuable experience that will change your life as well as changing the lives of those around you.

Whether you're looking to live & help out at an orphanage, work with street kids or children from the slums in India or Indonesia, volunteer abroad at a Sea Turtle conservatory in Sri Lanka or Kenya, get involved in Wildlife Conservation efforts in South Africa, or teach English in South East Asia or Africa, we have so many unique opportunities to offer you. We provide a means for people seeking to make the world a better place with the opportunity to do so at the most affordable rates possible.

VISION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Description

Vision for Sustainable Development. (VFSD) is non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in Uganda, East Africa and located in Kampala District-Kawempe Division-Kazo anogla II lugoba zone just behind the division headquarters. It was registered in 2005 with the ministry of internal affairs under the department of community welfare services. We work on the following objectives and activities:- · HIV/AIDS counseling and sensitization to the affected and infected groups. · Educating orphan children and vulnerable groups through the provision of school fees assistance and scholastic materials e.g. books, sets, rulers. pens, pencils, coloured pencils, brooms and toilet paper etc. · Promotion of health programmes in hygiene, sanitation and nutrition. · Promotion of income generating activities and development activities. · Educating training entrepreneurship skills to the youth. We have been working for three years with help from volunteers, membership, local individuals and well wishers' contributions. With the spirit of charity and volunteering in VFSD-Uganda over 150 orphans, vulnerable children and families in Kampala and the Kumi District have been helped and we have brought hope and joy into their lives VSFD is looking for volunteers to help us continue our services.

WORLD AT PLAY

Description

Introduction

World at Play's fourth expedition will travel to Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo and Bulgaria in Autumn 2012 to deliver high-quality sport and play sesssions for disadvantaged children and disabled adults. Working in partnership with local organisations, we aim to make a lasting impact in the communities we work with.

For volunteers, this is an amazing opportunity to get hands-on sports for development experience, develop leadership skills and go beyond the tourist trails to experience the countries in a unique way.

Expedition will happen from 23rd September til 24th Novemer 2012 (including training)



Project description:

• Planning and delivering high quality and exciting sessions for the children and adults we work with¬• Building positive relationships with our partner organizations in sessions, ‘train the trainer’ workshops and more informally¬• Supporting the Expedition Leader with tasks and responsibilities as they arise¬• Helping with expedition housekeeping e.g. cleaning the bus, sorting equipment etc.¬• Keeping the driver company sometimes on those long rides!¬• Having fun!!

Full details can be found on our website at www.worldatplay.org.uk/2012

TRAVELLERS WORLDWIDE

Description

Travellers Worldwide is a Leading International Provider of Volunteer Projects Abroad, Work Experience Internships and Study Abroad courses overseas for your gap year, sabbatical or career break. Established 1994.

Choose from over 200 exciting projects in 20 countriesTravellers also arranges professional work experience internships in every area of study, to really give your CV a boost as well as language courses, cultural courses and an abundance of adventure fun projects.

Projects Types:

Hands-on Conservation placements with Orang-Utans, Dolphins, Elephants, Rhinos, Lions, Creatures of the Amazon Rainforest, Sharks, Monkeys plus many more.

Teaching English and many other subjects such as Music, Maths, Drama, Computers, Science, etc.

Rewarding Community Development projects across the globe for example - Townships in South Africa, Refugees in Australia, Street Children in Brazil, Orphans in Argentina, and much more.

Coach & Play Sports, 22 sports including Football, Cricket, Netball and Basketball all over the world.

Professional Work Experience Internships in many fields, including Journalism, Law, Medicine, Business, PR, Tourism, Veterinary, Architecture, Design and much, much more.

Language Courses. The best way to learn a language is to live it, eat it, and breathe it! Learn Spanish in Argentina or Ecuador, Mandarin in China, Portuguese in Brazil.

Each project is different with different requirements however no qualifications or previous experience are necessary for many of these projects - just a good dose of enthusiasm!

Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities.

Costs vary depending on length of placement and you can participate for 1 week or up to one year as you wish and subject to visa requirements. Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. With a team of support staff available 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24-hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. Meals and accommodation are provided, unless otherwise stated. You will be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you will see them frequently.

Our country managers are long term members of the Travellers family and extremely friendly and helpful! Their job is to ensure your wellbeing and safety during your time overseas with Travellers.  

Pre-departure you will receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, wellbeing and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout.
International flights not included.

Projects run throughout the year.

WORLDWIDE EXPERIENCE

Description

Are you looking to take a gap year abroad, a career break, a possible sabbatical or even a simple summer holiday? Do you want to do something that will change your outlook on life? If yes, then you need look no further than Worldwide Experience. We also run exciting group challenges allowing your school or college to tailor make their conservation and community experience. Worldwide Experience strives to conserve what man is fast destroying- our own environment. We support conservation and community projects through the recruitment of volunteers from around the world to help work on these diverse and worthwhile projects. We have projects in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Sri Lanka, and our experienced team will help place you on a project that will suit your needs the most. Moreover, all the programmes have been set up with the needs and requirements of the placement in mind. This means that whether you’re helping to dart a lion, track a cheetah, ID an elephant or teach a class of children, you are making a difference through your work there. Your safety is also in the forefront of our minds, and as a fully bonded tour operator, all volunteers booked to travel through us will be protected by bonding, as required by ABTA and ATOL. We can also organise all flights direct from our UK office. Placements are offered all year from two to twelve weeks. Projects include: Conservation and rehabilitation projects. Working alongside conservation departments and wildlife on some of the worlds greatest game reserves, primate conservation and rehabilitation centres. Marine Conservation. Researching sharks, whales and dolphin behavioural patterns near Cape Town in South Africa. Community work and teaching in an underprivileged community in South Africa.

CAMPHILL VILLAGE MINNESOTA

Description

The mission of Camphill Village Minnesota is to create and sustain a community where people with and without disabilities live, work, and care for each other to foster social, cultural and agricultural renewal. This village is an intentional community of approximately 55 people, including adults with developmental disabilities. The community is based on the belief that every individual, regardless of ability, is a spiritual being, worthy of dignity and respect. Developmental disabilities are treated not as illnesses, but as part of the fabric of human experience, and all members of the community are cared for in the context of a healthy home and village life. Camphill springs from the holistic worldview of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), called Anthroposophy. Camphill is located on a 500 acre working farm ten miles north of Sauk Centre in central Minnesota. People live together family-style in seven different homes. Everyone shares in the responsibilities of life in the community. The village has a strong agricultural component made up of farming and gardening. Craft work includes weaving and woodwork, as well as a bakery that provides for the needs of the village and sells in the surrounding area. Life in the village revolves around the cycles of nature and the Christian festivals which are connected with the changing seasons. Plays, concerts, lectures and continuing education add depth and color to the fabric of the community.

ZARTONK-89 NGO

Description

Zartonk-89 (which acts in Republic of Armenia) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) founded in 1989 and registered as an NGO with the Ministry of Justice in 1995. Since its foundation, the NGO has been actively engaged in the promotion of health, education, environment and social assistance for needy segments of rural and urban populations in Armenia. The active support creativity of our partners and local volunteers has made it possible to extend its presence to other regions of Armenia. There are branches of our NGO in three regions of our country. Our mission is to improve the lives of parentless, needy and refugee children and youth in Armenia. We implement various educational, social and health projects focused on improving the mental, physical and social skills of youth and on building their self esteem. In addition we have implemented several development projects that benefit entire communities. Our projects range from summer camps and basic education programmes for parentless and needy children to basic hygenic education for elementary school children and first aid training for rural villagers. In addition, we have installed flour mills in agricultural regions to create work places by the aim of self-funding. From an organisational viewpoint, our NGO has a collegial management. The NGO board is directly responsible for electing the NGO President, Vice President and Secretary respectively. The operational work lies with the NGO staff, which comprises some permanent staff and volunteer members. Our modest resources have allowed us to establish and maintain partnerships with other partner organisations abroad whose support for our NGO activities has been active and consistent. The support, for instance, of the Catholic Committee against Hunger and Development in France is worth mentioning. Zartonk-89 actively monitors the issues it has undertaken as part of its vision. This monitoring allows the organisation to conduct brainstorming sessions for the identification and generation of new project proposals. We are unable to place volunteers with an offending background.

HAVILLA CHILDREN CENTRE

Description

Havilla Children Centre. The name of the proposed project is “Support for orphans and vulnerable children in Kibera slum of Nairobi-Kenya-Africa."

Project Location: The project is situated in Kibera slum Nairobi with offices situated in the same place because of proximity of the needs of the community.

Project Objectives: The Havilla Children Centre, support for orphans and vulnerable children is aimed to; advocate for child rights and reduce mortality among school children in Kibera slum of Nairobi Kenya through the following specific objectives:

1. To improve the education standards of orphans and vulnerable children in Kibera.

2. To improve the quality of life of children through provision of quality education and basic needs.

3. To advocate and protect the rights of children through community empowerment and support of those affected and infected with HIV/AIDS.

4. To help poor children in Kibera slum achieve their goals, realise their potential talents and achieve their dreams through provision of basic needs.

Twiga Vision Tanzania

Description

Background
Twiga Vision Tanzania (TVT) is a local non-government organisation based in Arusha, Tanzania. TVT is registered under the NGO act No. 24 of 2002, and its registration number is ooNGO/00006791. Its umbrella goals are to promote education, combat poverty, raise awareness on health-related issues and improve self-awareness and self-esteem among community members. We mainly target women and youths
We currently have our main office in Arusha, and have embarked on small projects such as local primary and secondary schools, adult English lessons, providing members of the community with training on various issue facing them, and the Nyongeza Fund program, designed to support small businesses and create opportunity.
Mission and vision:
Our vision is to enable local communities to achieve individual and collective goals with regards to essential life skills such as food, health education and settlements.
Our mission is to provide sustainable development to local Tanzanian communities.

EXIS

Description

EXIS is your ticket to put together a different kind of travel experience. EXIS got started in 1982 with restlessness and an urge to ramble – before globalization was a household word and the world could be Googled in five seconds. EXIS made sure nearly 30 years ago that Danish au pairs could drink tea on the High Street in London – and now offers unique language study and voluntary work on five continents. You can probably still be an au pair, but a lot of travellers think it is just as exciting to tend elephants in Sri Lanka, help out at an orphanage in Costa Rica, work with Masai women in Tanzania, teach English to young Buddhist monks in Thailand or work on conservation in the Grand Canyon, USA. EXIS’ philosophy is still the same – to make it possible for you to satisfy your curiosity and thirst for adventure. We work with partners all over the world to build the most secure starting gate for unique experiences – and you take it from there! Forget all about the world getting smaller. It’s bigger than ever and right within your reach. Join the world... it's yours !

CHANGE AFRICA FOUNDATION

Description

How would you like to spend this summer working with children in Kenya? Change Africa Foundation (CAF) is the only charity which gives volunteers the best opportunity to experience life at the point of delivery and to see first hand how we are helping children in this region of Kenya. We run a centre for orphaned children in Kisumu in Western Kenya and are now recruiting a limited number of volunteers. The programmers will run for 3 weeks in February and 6 weeks in July 2013. It will represent a major cultural experience over a period of 6 weeks which they will never forget.Experience another culture? Share and exchange ideas and skills with community and local volunteers where we work? Want to boost your CV by learning a lot, working in a team and gaining lots of new skills? Want the opportunity to stay involved and help run a charity? Then look no further....You can be part of CAF..It is not all Work and no Play, During the stay some of the time is spent on Safaris in the Masai Mara, visiting the home village of President of United States Grandma; Sara Obama who is supporting Change Africa Foundation. Volunteers will live with the villagers in thatched mud huts for part of their stay, they will learn to live like the villagers participating in the everyday tasks that maintain village life in rural Kenya. Tasks like fetching fire wood,fetching water from a stream, attending to crops and small holdings and milking cows.Volunteers will experience cooking over a wood fire and making African dishes. Volunteers will have the opportunity to witness Kenyan celebrations, festivals, weddings, funerals and witch doctors; part of daily life in the surrounding area.Volunteers will stay at the Change Africa Foundation orphanage helping out with painting and general maintenance at the orphanage. Spending time with the orphans - playing and talking to them, helping with homework and learning English.Helping out in the local hospitals,schools and sightseeing around Kisumu,

We include a beach holiday in Mombasa, visits to museums, visit to the Big Rock (Kit Mikayi)and to Fort Jesus.

Change Africa Foundation is a UK registered charity set up to try to address the poverty, education and ill health in Kenya. We run a centre for orphaned children in Kisumu in Western Kenya and are now recruiting a limited number of volunteers.

We now run two programme one in February 2013 for 3 weeks.To book the February one:Please upload the application form from our website,fill it in and send it to us.The July one will run for 6 weeks. Four weeks will be spent working in the orphanage and with the community in Kisumu. The last 2 weeks will be spent in Nairobi where we will visit Nairobi slums and orphanages and do some touristy things.To engage in cultural exchange and skill sharing in a variety of settings, including schools, communities and children's homes. We aim to form and maintain long and lasting relationships with volunteers,local community and organisations to ensure a sustainable positive impact.

For more information and how to upload CAF volunteers programme form.Please visit: www.changeafricafoundation.org



Caf will support the volunteers locally with fundraising activities.

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