Early Childhood Development
VIN’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Education centers are set up in rural communities for children of 3 to 5 years of age. These centers work to surround children who belong to marginalized communities, with a friendly learning environment. You as a volunteer may offer your care and support for these children by having VIN place you in one of these ECDs. You will be teaching basic English as well as playing with the children.
Children's Club Facilitation
VIN’s children’s clubs are extracurricular programs set up for youth of all ages. This is a platform provided to the children that aims to develop their innate skills, develop their creativity, increase their awareness of community issues such as health and the environment, as well as help them apply what they have learnt in the classroom to real life situations.
You as a volunteer, placed into the workings of one of these children’s clubs, will be responsible to organize creative activities, whether they are oriented around contemporary dance, or formal debate, as well as help the children in strengthening workshops that deal with leadership training, life skills and many other important factors. While you work within these local children’s clubs, VIN will sort out your living arrangements by placing you in a Nepali host family where you will get the chance to observe the Nepali culture and everyday practices.
Most public schools in Nepal have untrained and unqualified teachers. It's estimated that more than 60% of the teachers - mostly at primary school level - have not had any formal training. We therefore aim to train and educate these teachers who will lay the foundation for a child's education. We want to break the cycle of poor education.
Are you a teacher? Would you like to impart your knowledge and ideas to other teachers? We are very interested in connecting with schools and start a training exchange program. We have seen that the teachers in our local communities have benefited tremendously from these teacher trainings.
If we ever to have a real peace in this world, we shall have to begin with the children. -M.K. Gandhi
PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
Many children are in Nepal's orphanages are not actually orphans. They are 'just' children who come from extremely poor families who struggle to feed their children, let alone giving these an education.
Michael Tamang and his wife Sabina run a children’s home called Compassion for Nepal from their own family home in Lalitpur, Kathmandu. Michael himseld comes from an impoverished background and he, his sister and mother suffered particularly after his father left the family when Michael was 8, to marry another woman. His mother struggled to feed him and his sister, but they were both able to attend school – a two-hour walk each way every day.
Michael left home at 17 to work so he could earn and save money to attend college. He started a career as a trekking porter in 1997 and in 2001 his English was good enough to become a trekking guide. Since he was young he has had a desire to help children who are in a similar situation to his, and via his job as a trekking guide he has a chance to meet these children on his travels throughout Nepal. The goal is to invest in children from marginalized areas and so far, he has adopted 4 children.
Child Care: Children's Home
Your job would be to teach the children basic English, and science and math if you can, help them with their homework, teach them about basic sanitation, put together little fieldtrips or creative activities such as arts and crafts for them, inspiring them to pursue what they are good at, and overall ensure their physical and emotional well-being. You will also be a helping hand in their daily routines, preparing them for school every morning.
Does this sound like something for you? - Please contact us for more information on how and when!