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
Construction and Manual Work
Environment and Agro forestry
Fundraising and Grant Writing
Health / Medical Care
Nepal Teacher Development
Office Administration Summer Volunteer Program
Teaching English at Buddhist Monastery / Nunnery
Teaching English in Nepal - Community Schools
Volunteer in Agro Farm
Working with Deaf and Disabled People
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/
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/
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/