Participate in a project which aims to reduce Nepal’s
dependence on the more demanding and less profita- ble traditional terrace farming in exchange for agro- forestry farming. This is a form of land cultivation where crops are grown among trees. It provides a greater biodiversity and greater harvests. This is your chance to help ease traditional subsistence farmers onto new methods which greatly improves the quality of their lives. You will be placed in the project living quarters.
Work under skilled Nepali farmers’ instructions, cultivating land and engaging in ag- roforestry.
Help maintain the living quarters and surroundings. Carry out research activities .
Teach techniques of agroforestry (for experts in agriculture).
VIN arranges accommodation for your induction period and your placement period, this means two to three nights at a hostel or hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu and then your host family or monastery/nunnery. The costs are covered by your project fee. In placement accommodation, your sleeping arrangements may be private or shared and in most cases you will be required to share a bathroom and toilet facilities with your host family or the monks/nuns. It is important for you to realize that bath- room and toilet facilities and standards of hygiene will be in accordance with local standards. These facilities and standards may sometimes be very basic and may not be up to in western standards. You must be prepared to cope with this.
VIN provides food during the placement from the project fee. You will receive at three meals a day throughout the placement, which will be of Nepali standards and usually Daal Bhat (lentil soup and rice), vegetable curry, pickle etc. If you wish to supplement your diet with other food the responsibility and cost lies with you. We will only cover food and accom- modation for the period agreed for your placement and only at your placement.
In most cases you will be staying with a host family after the project induction and will share the same food with them. Should you have any specific dietary needs, please let us know before your arrival in Nepal. Should you wish to visit the city on the weekends then you must cover your own food and accommodation costs.
You will be received from the airport and dropped of at the hotel on the day of your arrival. After the induction period you will be placed with your host family or monastery/nunnery. At the end of your entire volunteering period you will be picked up from the host family and dropped off at a hotel or the VIN office. All of the above mentioned transportation facilities will be provided by VIN. Your personal travel (not including the first drop off at your placement and your final pick up from your placement) will be at your own costs.
The induction is spread over three days and starts on 1st and 15th of each month. During the induction you will have different sessions.
These sessions include:
Introduction to the organization:Brief introduction about VIN - history, projects, working communities etc.
Arrival review: We will have a talk about how your first day was, about the airport pickups, as well as answer- ing questions about problems and con- cerns.
Sightseeing: S ightseeing is also part of the induction period, comprised of two different places of cultural importance heritage of Kathmandu valley, such as Boudha, Patan Square, Pashupatinath etc.
Cultural Tips: When compared to western culture, there are a lot of differences in culture. We provide tips which will help to adapt into the Nepali life style smoothly.
Placement Information: You will receive a support pack with detailed information about the host family, your daily schedule, their traditions and family members.
Project Orientation: Briefing about your chosen proj ect, e.g. teaching Tips
Health Tips: You will be provided with some vital health tips by the VIN doctor.
Nepali Language: You will receive two to three basic Nepali language classes.
** Volunteers must send their flight details so that VIN staff can receive the volunteers from the airport. Please arrive one day prior to the project start date with your method of trans- portation (this is usually flight). Our project starts on the 1st and 15th of every month.
*** FEE STRUCTURE:
4 weeks 555 EUR ( volunteer) 615 EUR (intership)
5 weeks 630 EUR ( volunteer) 700 EUR (intership)
6 weeks 705 EUR ( volunteer)785 EUR (intership)
7 weeks 780 ( volunteer) EUR 870 EUR (intership)
8 weeks 855 ( volunteer) EUR 955 EUR (intership)
For each extra week + 75 EUR ( volunteer) + 85 EUR (intership)