Child Care: Orphange Homes

Background:

VIN has been working in collaboration with various orphanages in Nepal to set up Child Care Orphanage Volunteers program. Every year hundreds of orphaned children wonder the streets of Kathmandu. A majority of them become child laborers and never get time to actually enjoy childhood. VIN aims to give them their childhood. If you were to become a volunteer, you could be placed into one of the orphanages VIN works with, giving the children the care and support they never received.
The Orphanage Volunteer program in Nepal under VIN offers the street children the support and devotion they deserve. Volunteers teach basic English, creative writing, and other subjects such as math and science to these eager learners. As a volunteer, you also organize tours, games, drawing activities, performing arts (singing, dancing), painting and other activities that the children enjoy and learn from at the same time. While being able to help the children with strictly academic material, preparing them for school, and helping with their homework, volunteers may also contribute to the children’s emotional intelligence, enhancing their communicative skills and ability to interpret various situations.

Volunteer's Role:

VIN runs different educational and skill training programs for orphans under VIN child care in Nepal. So depending on the need of the projects themselves and the skill/interest of participants, volunteers can get involved in any of following activities:

Teach English (2-3 hours a day) in an orphanage or school (when the orphanage kids go to school during the day).
Sanitation (help kids brush their teeth, shower, and learn personal hygiene).
Organize games, drawing, singing, dancing, and other creative extracurricular activities.
Take kids on educational tours.
Help kids do their homework and monitor academic progress.
Provide Child care services for orphans who cannot go to school.
Help kids get dressed and reach safely to school.
Help in food distribution, kitchen duties, and the chores of the kitchen garden.
Provide other forms of help in the administration.
Help in other activities or programs designed for kids.

Room/Food/Supervision:

VIN manages lodging and food for the volunteer. In most cases, volunteers stay with the kids in the orphanage where they get a separate room, and Nepali food three times a day. In some other cases, volunteers stay with a host family.

Location:

Orphanage programs are located in the outskirts of Kathmandu (within 6 - 10 KM). Kathmandu is the dynamic capital city of Nepal with places of great tourist attraction such as Thamel, Patan, Swaymbhu, etc. Kathmandu has a wide range of restaurants, internet cafés, clubs, shopping centers, and banks. The volunteers will have numerous opportunities to explore the sites of cultural heritage during their free time. Our volunteers may hike in nearby villages, ride bikes in Kathmandu, walk around the tourist area of Thamel, and the list goes on.

Requirements:

There is no need of a specific qualification for Orphanage Programs in Nepal. However, the volunteer should be interested in working with the orphans as well as be loving towards them, having a willingness to share themselves with the children, and be passionate about the cause that VIN is promoting.