Background/Project: Children’s Development is one of the major programs at VIN’s Integrated Community Development Approach. The Goal of the Children’s development program is to protect the rights of all children by providing them access to basic quality education, developing their life skills (creativity, leadership etc.) & providing access to health & hygiene services. VIN has different projects under children’s development program such as Children’s Clubs (CC), Early Childhood Development (ECD), School Attendance (Teacher Development, Parenting Education, School Infrastructure Development, and Child Sponsorship) and Child Care.
Even in these days in Nepal, schools are focusing on mainly on examination and are not doing enough to develop life skills like creativity and leadership for children. Teachers only focus on reading and writing – rote learning. Creativity and individual differences in children are not explored. Due to the busy work schedule of parents, most of the children do not have an opportunity to socialize and be creative. That’s the reason why, this types of camps are so essential to provide life skills development opportunities to children aged between 6-12 years old. We work only with disadvantaged communities as these families cannot afford to take their children to holidays during their Winter & Summer breaks. Children don’t have a proper structure and environment at home, or a school to develop their innate talents. Children's camp (at winter and summer breaks) is one of the best places to explore their innate talents such as creativity and leadership. In this workcamp, national & international volunteers will facilitate different types of fun and creative activities for the children where VIN works.
- To provide unique opportunities for overall development (social, emotional, physical, mental, creativity) & provide fun-time for children aged between 6 and 12 utilizing their vacation period.
- To promote the friendship, understanding and solidarity among local young volunteers and cross-national volunteers.
- To provide an opportunity to understand and appreciate the Nepalese culture and traditions via cultural immersion.
Work / Activities: The volunteers will conduct children's camp to promote their innate talents & creativity for their overall physical, mental, social & emotional development. During the children’s camp volunteers will prepare sessions and take classes on following topics: Physical exercises, team building, drawing, colouring & painting, art, craft & origami, singing and dancing, drama, music, and hiking, teaching language and so on.
Placement Support Process: The first day is arrival day and each volunteer is greeted and received by VIN local staff at the airport and taken to a local host family. On the second day volunteers will receive a full day orientation at VIN offices in Kathmandu. The placement orientation will cover cultural tips, survival phrases on Nepali language, health tips, preparation for project activities and an introduction to VIN. Volunteers will always be guided by a Nepali camp leader and VIN supervisors will visit them time to time for follow up and support. Should you have any concerns on the workcamp, you may always call VIN for immediate help. During or after the workcamp, our staff will take volunteers on a half day sight-seeing tour a cultural heritage site. On the last day of the workcamp, volunteers will submit a detailed work report, fill up an exit form and sit with VIN executives for an exit interview and feedback session.
Location: Tarakeshwor : Tarakeshwor municipality is situated in the outskirts of Kathmandu District. It is around 10-15 km from main ring road to Balaju, Kathmandu covered with hills, fields and woods.
Accommodation: The volunteers will stay with the host family/hostel identified by VIN. The living facilities are simple and basic. Male and female volunteers will share the same living area with separate rooms. The volunteers sleep on simple beds / mattress. Please bring your sleeping bag.
Language: Basic English should be spoken among the participants
Participation Fee: The participation fee is 200 Euros (+30 Euro for transportation), which is to be paid on arrival at VIN Office, or upon booking the placement by PayPal or bank transfer before the placement.
The Participation Fee Covers:
- Food and Accommodation: Nepali Standard at a local host family – 3 meals a day
- Transportation: Airport pick up and pick up and drop to the working community site
- A half day guided sight-seeing to the world heritage site of Kathmandu
- Materials for the work-camp and community development projects support
- Local volunteers’ support cost
- VIN T-shirt, and certificate of participation
- 24 hours emergency support
- VIN admin cost.
Airfare, VISA, Travel medical insurance, return airport transfer, entrance fees on the world heritage sights, Personal travel and weekend activities expenses etc.
Meeting point: VIN staff will pick each volunteer from the airport. The volunteers are requested to send their flight details to VIN on time so that we can send our staff with your name card and VIN’s Logo.
If you want to come earlier and explore the country more, you may find pre-paid taxi at the airport or VIN may help you on that.
Airport : Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
Leisure Activities: VIN will take you to a half day cultural sightseeing. Either before, during or after your workcamp. VIN also organizes weekends travel tours to Chitwan Jungle Safari, Pokhara, Nagarkot at an additional cost if you are interested.
(The detail info sheet and acceptance letter will be sent from VIN after we receive your Complete Volunteer Exchange Form (VEF) from the sending organization)