Animal Care and Rehabilitation Volunteer

Children and Women Promotion Centre - Sauraha, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-638 Location: Sauraha, Nepal Sector: Wildlife and the Environment Category: Animals and Wildlife Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic Placement Fee: 100 USD
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Volunteer Job Description

An animal sanctuary assistant volunteer would be working with elephants at Chitwan adjacent to Chitwan National Park in Nepal.

In the early morning and late evening the volunteers would assist in the direct care of the elephants. In the hours between they may be asked to assist with numerous other tasks involving the care and maintenance of the elephants.

Elephants eat around 250 kilograms of food each day and drink about 200 litres of water. An elephant has to eat most of the day because of its poor digestive system. As well, an elephant needs to provide moisture to his hard, rough exterior at least once a day and therefore is taken for a bath daily. This is truly an enjoyable time for all, as elephants love water and swimming.

An animal sanctuary assistant volunteer at Chitwan duties may involve assisting the "Moutes", (elephant drivers) in the care of the baby elephants, helping to bath the elephants, as well as feed them, (grass is the main food of elephants and they also eat leaves, twigs, bamboo, bark, roots, fruit, seeds and flowers). Volunteers may also be asked to assist with duties at the bee hives.

The fees charged for the food and lodging at the Centre helps to support it.

The Children and Women Promotion Centre (CWPC) was established for the sole purpose of supporting children and women who are socially, economically and educationally disadvantaged by providing them with basic education and vocational training.

CWPC is a "bridge" which allows volunteers to work with elephants. There are only a few locals who own elephants and CWPC connects volunteers with them. When volunteers are not busy with activities involving the elephants they would be expected to assist in the care and entertainment of the children at the Centre.

An animal sanctuary assistant volunteer does not need any specialized training for this placement but should have educated themselves as to the care and conditions prevalent in elephants prior to arriving in Nepal. Since this placement also involves the care of young children volunteers should enjoy attending to the many needs of kids.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Prepare Food

An animal sanctuary assistant volunteer would be expected to help to prepare food for the elephants. This may involve gathering logs for the fire, as well as assisting in the cooking of the food. Basically their food is a mixture of grains and cover grass.

Elephants Bath Time

This is a very exciting and fun time for an animal sanctuary assistant volunteer. An elephant's skin is very rough and hard so with the help of small stones, dirt is cleaned from their bodies.

Elephant Diseases

An animal sanctuary assistant volunteer may be asked to teach, (with the help of a translator) the "Moute" elephant rider about the signs and symptoms of different kinds of elephant diseases and when it is necessary to call a veterinarian. The volunteer may be able to point out ways and means that some of these diseases can be prevented. So do your homework and research the care and treatment of elephants prior to your placement.

Teach English to Moutes

Since "Moutes" are always around tourists who are wanting elephant rides, an animal sanctuary assistant volunteer may be asked to teach the "Moutes" basic English language skills. By improving their English this would enhance the experience of the tourist, as well as themselves.

Host Organization Details

Children and Women Promotion Centre

Children and Women Promotion Centre (CWPC) is a non-governmental, non-political organization that has been registered in the Chitwan District Administration Office since 2000. They maintain affiliation with the Social Welfare Council of Kathmandu. It was established for the sole purpose of supporting children and women who are socially, economically, and educationally disadvantaged by providing them with basic education and vocational training.

The main role of the organization is to work for needy, destitute children and women who suffer from poverty, conflicts, or natural disasters, in Nepal and to provide educational projects to those neglected by society so that they can grow up to be responsible, independent citizens.

They also have environmental projects within the region; creating opportunities for the local people to learn about the importance of conservation.

Their future plans are to focus on poor and needy children by providing vocational training to those who have completed their high school education. Thereby, providing them with an avenue to feasible employment resulting in an independent life obtained through their own skills and capabilities.

They strive to help local women from society by providing vocational skill based training. They also conduct literacy educational sessions to women, which allows them to live a more independent life.

They have already sponsor 13 children who have completed their education and are now living an independent life in society.

Presently they have 10 children, 4 girls and 6 boys at their center, who are provided with food, accommodation and an education.

When They Were Founded

Chairperson Mr. Sher Bhahaur Sunar, had a bitter childhood. He lost his parents at the age of 4 and grew up under poor living conditions. After years and years of hard work, mainly due to his lack of an education, he was able to accumulate some money. Looking back at his early years, he realized that many of the hardships that he had to endure were the result of his lack of an academic education, as well as, a lack of vocational training. Therefore, he decided to strive to improve conditions for the children and women of Nepal who were in difficult situations.

CWPC was founded in 2000. Presently, his son is the administrator of this organization.

How Are They Funded

CWPC does not receive any funding from the Nepali government. They depend on donations from individuals and private organizations. They are trying their level best to get funds from different donor agencies. As for the children's academic learning; they receive their education free in government sponsored schools.

Donation Requests

CWPC would appreciates all kinds of items: Books Clothes Shoes Exercise Note Books Pen Pencils Sharpeners Blankets Bed Sheets Scholarships Food Packages of Rice Toothpaste Toothbrushes Toys Computers Printers Cycles Rain Jackets Mosquito Nets Project materials for skill based training

Placement Location Information

Sauraha, Nepal

Chitwan National Park is an exciting and diverse wildlife haven. Chitwan National Park is located in 175 Kms south’s west of Kathmandu. It provides excellent opportunities to view rare species such as the sloth bear, bison, leopard and the elusive tiger. The common species such as deer, rhinoceros and wild boar are in abundance. A serene float down Rapti river in dugout canoe offer the chance to view many of the more than 450 species of exotic birds including Giant Hornbill, Lesser Florican and Paradise flycatcher.

The area is covered with lots of tourist hotel and Tharu lodges, Tourist information centre, restaurant etc. This is a small tourist spot.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From BaseCamp to Kalanki local transport is available and from Kalanki the Micro station vehicles are available to Chitwan. There are various classes of buses available for the trip. We recommend taking the tourist class or better.

The trip to Chitwan is a fantastic journey that takes you from the foothills of the Himalayas down to the lowland jungle of the Teri.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 180km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 5:30

Weather in the Area

Chitwan has a tropical monsoon climate with high humidity all through the year.[3] The area is located in the central climatic zone of the Himalayas, where monsoon starts in mid June and eases off in late September. During these 14–15 weeks most of the 2,500 mm yearly precipitation falls – it is pouring with rain. After mid-October the monsoon clouds have retreated, humidity drops off, and the top daily temperature gradually subsides from ±36°C / 96.8 °F to ±18°C / 64.5 °F. Nights are cooling down to 5°C / 41.0 °F until late December, when it usually rains softly for a few days. Then temperatures are rising gradually.

Before we visit this place we request our volunteer to consult with doctors for Malayria.

City/Village Description

Sauraha is a village in Chitwan District of Nepal situated close by the Rapti River and the Chitwan National Park. It is the eastern gateway to Chitwan National Park and jungle safaris for budget, mid-priced and 3-4 star tourists. Beginning literally as small and very quaint Tharu village of mud and daub huts and houses, with a half dozen mud and daub hotels, it has grown into a small quiet town full of western style hotels and resorts, restaurants, internet cafes, and gift shops. Tharu is one of the indigenous people of Nepal, they make the mud houses and rooftop of hay. It is a village, most of people make houses of muds, bamboos and hay and will paint with red mud. Presently, people are constructing modern houses as well. Their main profession is agriculture. Sauraha is also one of the best agriculture place in Nepal since the land over there is plane. And most of the land have access to water from the different river. We will be able to see different plantation of grains through the year.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital
Bharatpur-10 Chitwan,
Bharatpur-10 Chitwan,
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Placement Address

Children and Women Promotion Centre
Sauraha, Chitwan National Park

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Nepal at our BaseCamp Center in Kathmandu. Given that this placement is more than a 1 hour 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers here will be living with a host family after your orientation. Living with a host family is an awesome experience for a person looking to really experience Nepal and its culture.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Nepal.

If you think that living with a host family is not for you, then this placement might not be the best fit with what you are looking for. You should try completing our application. It's totally free and will allow our team in Nepal to come up with a list of exactly which placements they would reccommend for you based on your personal preferences, background, skills and interests.

BaseCamp Nepal

BaseCamp Nepal
BaseCamp Nepal Address

Uttam Chowk, Ekikaran Road
Ward No 16
Kathmandu, Nepal

BaseCamp Nepal Contact Details

Tel: (977) 1-438-9397
Mobile: (977) 980-314-1173

BaseCamp Nepal is located in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu just a few minutes walk from the popular backpacker district of Thamel. We are situated in a beautiful four story building, with nine rooms and a capacity for almost forty guests. Each level of the house has four balconies, plus the hostel has two roof top patios. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided.

The second and third floor of the hostel each have a spacious common area. The kitchen and large dining room are on the fourth floor. A fire pit and plenty of seating make the roof top patio a favourite gathering spot. Great for viewing the rising or setting sun, planning your next adventure or relaxing with a cup of chiyaa.

Back on the ground, there is an organic community garden in our courtyard in which interested guests are always welcome to help tend. Wireless internet access is available throughout the house, making it easy to stay in touch with friends and family back home.

The meal plan at BaseCamp is a 14 day rotation of various dishes from around Nepal. The idea behind our plan is that volunteers will familiarize themselves with local dishes and meal table etiquette before moving on to a host family. For the volunteers who stay in BaseCamp throughout their program, the meal plan offers a diverse and authentic diet.

BaseCamp Nepal is also where language training and orientation workshops take place. We have a classroom area for the more formal parts of our orientation and each day we will visit various parts of Kathmandu as volunteers become familiar with life in Nepal.

Living With a Host Family in Nepal

Living with a host family in Nepal is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Nepal.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Nepal

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks
All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Placement Fee Alert

This placement has a placement fee!

In some cases, a placement will have to take on certain expenses in order to host a volunteer. For example, some medical internship placements take time away from paid medical staff to help with educational assistance. This has a cost that is compensated by a placement fee. In other cases, the organization may have to pay for additional equipment, energy consumption or other expense in order to put a volunteer to work.

In such cases, the organizaiton charges a fee. This fee is paid directly to the organization in cash on the ground.

One of the reasons that we keep this fee separate is so that volunteers who do not pay us for accommodation, meals etc (Program Fees), will see that they will still have to make this payment directly to the organizaiton upon their arrival.

The placement fee for this organization is: 100 USD

Program Dates

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Feb 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022 Apr 01, 2022
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Aug 04, 2023 Sep 01, 2023 Oct 06, 2023
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These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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