Volunteer with Children in Nepal
- Placement locations: Kathmandu, Chitwan
- Types of care projects: Children’s homes, special needs centres, specialist care centres (malnutrition and HIV/AIDS), early learning classes in schools, day care centres
- Age of children: new-born – 20’s (some adults with disabilities)
- Number of people cared for: 10 - 30
- Role: Volunteers work on achieving the goals set out in the Care Management Plan, including improving literacy levels and English skills, providing emotional support, and helping improve general hygiene.
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Host families
- Length of placement: From 1 week
- Start dates: Flexible
A lack of adequate infrastructure and high unemployment rates are some of the biggest challenges that Nepal faces today. Sustainable development is vital for uplifting Nepalese communities, especially for children and young adults, which is why volunteers are needed. As a Projects Abroad Care volunteer in Nepal, you will work to ensure that the children you help look after receive the best care and education possible. By giving them this kind of educational and emotional support, you will give them the tools to build a better future for themselves.
Our Care placements are based in Kathmandu and Chitwan. We have a variety of different placements available and you can choose to volunteer in a children’s home, day care centre, early learning class, or a special needs centre. You might also be interested in volunteering at a specialist care centre, where you can work with children affected by malnutrition and HIV/AIDS.
These placements often suffer from a chronic lack of resources, so your experience as a volunteer will be a challenging one. Some of the children are malnourished or come from difficult backgrounds. However, these children are the ones most in need of assistance. Your support and friendship will be essential to helping them grow and develop into well-adjusted adults.
You do not need qualifications or previous experience to volunteer at a Care Project in Nepal and you can participate as part of a vacation, summer break, gap year, or career break. Projects Abroad believes that each volunteer has something to contribute to the communities we work in, and you will make a difference not only to the lives of the children but also the many other people you will meet along the way.
Volunteering at a Care Centre or Children's Home in Nepal
You can get involved at your Care placement in a number of different ways. At the children’s day care centres and the early education classes in schools, you can give the children the extra attention that local caregivers are often too busy to give. You will also teach basic life skills such as health and hygiene (brushing teeth/washing hands), ABCs and 123s, basic physical exercises, environmental issues, and more. You can also spend time doing arts and crafts, which can be therapeutic for children who have been through traumatic experiences.
At the children’s homes, most of the children go to school during the day. As a result, these placements are normally combined with work in a day care centre or school. Your help back at the home after school will then be greatly appreciated. Previous volunteers have spent time helping with conversational English and basic reading classes, helping the children with homework, and other activities designed to benefit the children’s educational development. Some volunteers also stay at the homes throughout the day, as there are usually several children who don't attend school as they are recovering their health. During this time, they are taught by volunteers so they don't fall behind with their education.
If you have an interest in health care, you could also help with care work at the Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre. The centre was set up to provide a stable and nurturing environment for impoverished children suffering from varying degrees of malnutrition. If you would like to get involved at this placement, let us know when you apply.
Volunteering in Special Needs Centres in Nepal
In Nepal, you have the option to volunteer at community-based rehabilitation centres for children who have physical and mental disabilities. The children and staff will appreciate the interaction and support that you will provide on a day-to-day basis. You will find yourself working with children who are some of the most neglected in Nepalese communities, and by befriending them you can work toward raising their self-esteem.
You might find that some of the children with disabilities are cared for in a way that they would not be in your home country. It is important to remember you are working in another culture, and your presence alone is beneficial for these children.
Volunteering at a Care Placement in Nepal with Projects Abroad
At whichever volunteer Care placement you find yourself, you need to be prepared for a challenge. Many of the children and adolescents will have health or behavioral problems, or may require extra attention due to mental or physical disabilities. It is important to remember, however, that the children will benefit enormously from your presence and support. By contributing to the goals set out in our Care Management Plan, your impact will be significant and long-lasting.
You can read more detailed information about these goals in our Nepal Care Management Plan.
In order to support our Care volunteers, our Care Coordinator in Nepal organizes regular workshops for our volunteers. The workshops provide you with tools and tips on how to better organize your work at your placement, depending on the age and abilities of children with whom you are working. These workshops are a great way for you to discuss and solve any issues you may be having with the coordinator and other volunteers. The Care Coordinator will also teach or suggest new activities and ideas you can use to make more of an impact at your placement.
Volunteering on a Care project in Nepal is a chance to make a significant difference to these children’s lives, not merely through the development of their social and life-skills, but also through exposing them to new ideas and cultures. Your assistance will also support the dedicated, but overstretched, staff who will always appreciate having you there to help.
The Care Project in Nepal is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period. Volunteers who can only join us for one week will be based in Kathmandu.
Projects Abroad also has an HIV/AIDS Care Project in Nepal for volunteers interested in supporting those affected by the illness.
If you are a high school student and first-time traveler you may want to consider our High School Special programs in Nepal.
For those ages 50 and above we recommend taking a look at our Grown-up Special program in Nepal.