Your placement and activities:
This work camp is a great way to see your impact in the local community from the start.
Schools might have book collections but they might not be organised well. We need volunteers to create an inviting library room.
• Painting walls and bookshelves,
• Sorting books by genre and author in alphabetical order
• Creating a book borrowing system.
You will then teach children in a fun and creative way how to use the library. This is also a great opportunity to support children aged 5 to 12 years in their reading and writing skills.
There will be one rest day in the middle of your work camp. If you’ve volunteering at a school, the Saturdays will be a rest day also.
Festive Camp: Teej and paschami celebration- extra information
Teej is a festival where married women celebrate and pray for a long life for their husband and a strong relationship between them in this life and all the lives to come. Teej celebrates marital happiness, the wellbeing of husbands and wives and the purification of their own soul and body.
The main colour scheme of the festival is red. This is because the teej (a red insect) only comes out of the soil in the rainy season.
Women wear red sarees and a red tika on their forehead, they dance and sing and the main event takes place at the Pashupatinath Temple.
Here is more information about the Teej celebration. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teej
However, not all ethnic groups celebrate this festival.
Volunteers stay with the host family/hostel identified by VIN.
The living conditions at the host family/ hostel are simple and basic. Male and female volunteers will share the same living area but have separate sleeping rooms.
The volunteers sleep on simple beds / mattress.
Please bring your sleeping bag.
The work camp is based in Tarakeshwor and Okharpauwa municipality, which is situated in the outskirts of the Kathmandu District.
It is around 10-15 km from main ring road to Balaju, Kathmandu covered with hills, fields and woods.
There are lots of sightseeing options in and around Kathmandu.
If you arrive early or if you’re planning on staying in Nepal after your work camp finished, VIN also organises weekends travel tours to Chitwan Jungle Safari, Pokhara, Nagarkot at an additional cost if you are interested.
Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN) is a NGO with the mission to empower marginalised communities through inclusive and holistic development programmes.
This is done through the following project areas:
• Health and Environment
• Basic Infrastructure
Within the above project areas, we conduct the following programmes:
• Women’s Empowerment
• Children’s Development
• Youth Empowerment
• Disaster Risk Reduction
• Environment and Conservation
• Public Health and Medical Care