Home-stays and cultural exchange programs can be arranged in most areas of Nepal with our 35 Host families. Participants will be placed with a Nepali family in a small rural village for the duration of their stay.
This provides the volunteers with an excellent opportunity to learn about all aspects of Nepali culture, lifestyle, language, food and people. Volunteers should remember that this is a cultural exchange and that an effort to offer some knowledge of their own home culture and customs to the family with whom they stay will be appreciated. During their stay, volunteers will attend 2 hours of language lessons in the morning and in the afternoon.
Help out at a local school:
They will also have the opportunity to visit and help out at the local school. Home stay programs are best organized from August to December which is the time when most large Nepali festivals take place. This makes for an overall more exciting experience for the volunteer. Nepali culture is distinctively friendly and open and often participants are made to feel as though they are part of the family. VIN’s local coordinator will be on hand to help volunteers.
Nepali language lessons:
VIN has a number of experienced and professional language trainers. It applies learner centered teaching methods with a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Trainers can be available at a convenient time and place for the learner.
Although VIN has its own designed course book, lessons and teaching techniques can be adjusted in accordance with the learner’s needs and suggestions. VIN guarantees that the learner will feel a difference and a new kind of confidence within just a few hours of being a student. We provide short term (hourly basis) and long-term (more than two weeks) language classes. In the long term courses, the learner can learn different cultural norms and values from the community in addition to the basic Nepali taught. Learning a language means to assimilate oneself into the culture of the target language and essentially to integrate into that particular society. Keeping this socio-linguistic principle in mind VIN believes that village (family) stay is the most effective component to learning the Nepali language and culture.