Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN) is a non-religious, non- political, non-governmental and not-for-profit volunteer and internship organization founded in 2005. We aim to empower marginalized communities by implementing integrated and holistic approaches for community development.
Participate in a project which aims to reduce Nepal s dependence on the more demanding and less profit- able 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 agroforestry.
- 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 peri-
od, this means two to three nights at a 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.
Jitpur community of Kathmandu District, which is only about 11 km away from main ring road to Balaju, Kathmandu. Nuakot and Okhaldhunga, a beautiful and hilly district, is located in Everest Region of Nepal. It has limited developmental activities and facilities. From Kathmandu, the shortest bus route is about 250 km which is rough and takes one day to reach there.
Meeting point: 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.
Basic English, knowledge about project.
- Team work
- Open mindedness
- Willingness to learn and adapt
- Flexibility & Creativity
- Positive attitude
- Taking initiatives
- Adaptable to basic living conditions
- Respect for local culture.
Four weeks is 540 Euro, then 70 Euro for each extra week
The payment can be made prior to or on the first day of the induction. We accept only cash or Paypal
(if you wish to pay by PayPal, there will be 5.5% extra cost to cover PayPal’s cost and transfer fees).
For Okhaldhunga minimum duration: 12 weeks (extra 100 Euro for the transportation).
Please note that this project is available all year long.
The induction is spread over three days and starts on 1st and 15th of each month (introduction to the organization, arrival review, project orientation, etc)
All the registration formalities will be completed in the first three days during the induction period. This will consist of understanding and signing a contract and paying the project fee.
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.
Each volunteer is allocated an L/MTV Coordinator on his/ her arrival. The L/MTV Coordinator is a staff of VIN and s/he supports you with your project.
At the end of your volunteering period you will have to submit a few reports.