Conservation Research and Advocacy

Skill & Education for the Underprivileged - Patan, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-844 Location: Patan, Nepal Sector: Wildlife and the Environment Category: Conservation Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic Placement Fee: 30 USD / week
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Volunteer Job Description

The Skill and Education for the Underprivileged Organization, ( SEFU), is an entirely volunteer organisation. SEFU is involved in activities of social development aimed at providing socio-economic enhancement to marginalized and rural people with special focus on children and the empowerment of women and low caste groups.

SEFU co-ordinates with community and government schools in the Lalitpur area. They seek volunteers who are able to teach students about environmental issues with emphasis on its impact on human life. An environment conservation awareness volunteer would work with members of the organization to develop and implement environmental presentations on flip charts and other appropriate methods of teaching said data. The volunteer would be expected to be able to contribute ideas on ways and means of educating the students. The volunteer would be giving presentations alongside local staff who would translate English into the locally spoken language if or when necessary.

SEFU expects volunteers to be a role model so that students can aim high and be motivated to remain in school. Most students (from low income families) once they are 14 years of age stop coming to school and seek jobs to help support their families. SEFU needs volunteers to go to community schools and stress the importance of an academic education in order to obtain better jobs in future years.

Volunteers would be expected to have researched and educated themselves in respect to the different aspects of the environment in order to teach the students their responsibilities towards, " Mother Earth", and how they can make their surroundings a cleaner and safer place to live.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Air Pollution

Conservation Awareness volunteers may be asked to provide information regarding types of air pollution. The negative results of such air pollution and what can be done to help improve conditions. Showing positive examples of what corrective measures can produce, as well as the negative impact of doing nothing to improve the air pollution.

Water Pollution

Conservation awareness volunteers may be asked to focus on the importance of clean water. What types of water pollution exist; what the causes are and how some types can be prevented or greatly decreased. Volunteers should come prepared to demonstrate some kinds of drinking water purification methods.

Land Pollution

Land pollution is also a big issue in Nepal. A survey concluded that if the people in Nepal, (tourists included), would dispose of their waste products in the proper manner that almost a 50% reduction in land pollution would result. Conservation awareness volunteers may be asked to teach the students the proper disposal of waste products.


Conservation awareness volunteers may be asked to help the students tend to their garden at the school. At this time, volunteers could talk about all types of pollution and how they have a negative impact on the soil, thus reducing the quality and quantity of products.

Question and Answer Period

Conservation awareness volunteers may be asked to conduct a question and answer period where students may ask questions about environmental issues they may have and the volunteers may question the students about the lessons taught to ensure that the information was understood correctly.

Host Organization Details

Skill & Education for the Underprivileged

The Skill and Education for the Underprivileged Organization, ( SEFU), is an entirely volunteer based non-governmental, non-profit and social development organisation. SEFU is involved in the activities of social development aiming to provide socio-economic enhancement to marginalized and rural people with special focus on the empowerment of women and low caste groups.

SEFU mainly works in rural and remote areas of different regions and sectors in Nepal. Its scope of help is very diversified and far reaching. Some fields of help include: safe drinking water, sanitation, poverty reduction, environmental conservation, forestry management, non-formal education for different categories of participants, health and HIV/AIDS awareness, disease prevention activities, children's education and community learning centres (CLC, programs) as well as, advocacy and net-working with organizations on common issues.

They want too conduct core program activities in regards to children's development and community education such as: non-formal education, community libraries and community learning centres (CLC). They have introduced programs that assist in raising public awareness on various issues such as raising a voice against social discrimination and unjust treatment. They have also been focusing on launching drinking water and sanitation programs in the most needy areas.

They have introduced awareness programs that promote human rights, democratic norms and values, good government and gender equality. They strive to initiate program activities with community people in the health sector through curative and preventative measures and to empower rural women to help make them socio-economically active.

They have introduced rural reconstruction and infrastructure development initiatives through vocational and skill oriented training, focusing on grass-root level people. They promote health and HIV/AIDS related programs, mainly focusing on low caste groups and the younger generation. They want to run programs that can mitigate environmental degradation and help improve environmental conditions and forest management, for sustainable development.

When They Were Founded

The SEFU is an organization that was establish in 2000. It is an entirely volunteer based non-governmental, non-profit and social development organization. SEFU seeks to channel the creative energy of the people and tries to innovate ways for the emancipation of unjustly treated people of the society, reducing poverty and mass illiteracy.

Who They Work With

The main target group is the marginalized and underprivileged people of rural and remote communities. They focus on assisting women and indigenous peoples.

Currently, SEFU is working at Kavre, Lalitpur, Rasuwa and Nuwakot districts of central development region, Nawalparasi, Lamjung, Gorkha and Kaski districts of western development region and Sunsari district of eastern development region.

SEFU also works closely with many small government schools in the Kathmandu Valley trying to improve the learning environment for both students and the teachers.

How Are They Funded

They have been supported by various organization. Some of the core organizations are: International donors National donors Local donors (contributions by local community people, contributions by local beneficiaries and individual people) They collected membership fees which helps with operational costs. They also generated funds through fundraising events and campaigns.

Donation Requests

SEFU would appreciated any kind of educational materials and/or supplies, books both educational and recreational, arts & craft books and supplies, puzzles and educational games, computers, laptops, and cameras. They are also looking for scholarships to various community schools for poor and needy students.

Placement Location Information

Patan, Nepal

Skill and Education For Underprivileged (SEFU) is situated in Jawlakhel near central zoo. They have rented the ground floor in Narayan Bhawan, an old structure of Roman and Greek architecture.

BaseCamp Summer Groups have newly painted the walls of this building. They have enough chairs and tables to conduct teachers training. They have two computers, but no emergency backup generator in case of power outages. They also do not have internet access. There are bookshelves and many children's books with stories, and related to education. Basically it is children's library and children from the local community and local students come to read books.

Outside the building there is garden nursery. It is small but many different kinds of local flowers can be seen there.

It is just 15 minutes away from Patan Durbar Square.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Walk 15 minutes from the BaseCamp center to Dallu, and catch a bus or Tuk tuk heading across the bridge to Lagankhel. Get off the bus at Jawlakhel and cross the road, walking towards the NTC building. Take a left to Ekantakuna then take a second left and walk straight towards Steel Tower. At the end of the road you can see the white SEFU building.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 8 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:50

Weather in the Area

The climate in Nepal varies throughout the country due to topography and altitude. In the low-land Terai region the altitude is approximately 305 meters and the climate is very tropical with temperatures reaching as high as 46 degrees Celsius. In mid-land regions the climate is mild year round with temperatures at around 26 degrees Celsius. In the northern region of Nepal is the beautiful Himalaya mountain range; the highest mountain range in the world. The Himalayan region of Nepal has arctic temperatures that range from -50 degrees Celsius to 15 degrees Celsius.

The Kathmandu valley is located in the central region which has a mild or sub-tropical climate most of the year. Summer temperatures range from 19 to 27 degrees Celsius and winter temperatures between 2 and 20 degrees Celsius.

Usually the hottest time of the year is between April and May when the weather is very hot and humid. In June the humidity lifts as the monsoon season starts. The monsoon season occurs between June and August and is when the most rain fall happens in Nepal. During the monsoon season rain does not usually fall continuously but extremely hard for a short period of time and then remains cloudy and cool until the next rain fall.

City/Village Description

Lalitpur, a beautiful medieval city of art and culture is situated in the southeast part of the magnificent Kathmandu valley.

The altitude of the city varies from a minimum of 1266 m. to a maximum of 1366 m. above sea level, which shows the relative flatness of the ground on which the city is located.

The city is spread over an area of 15.43 and is politically divided into 22 wards. Of the twenty two wards, area wise, ward no 15 is the largest with an area of 2.43 and with an area of 0.09 ward no 21 is the smallest.

The city is located over a plateau like area with its outer edges fanning out with gentle slopes towards the rivers that form its boundaries. This is in consonance with the traditional settlement and planning philosophy where the settlements would be located. The reason they were located in this area was because the land was on relatively high ground and therefore good land to use for farming purposes.

Judicious planning effort assured the optimization of the use of urban space and the farmlands have been carried out in a responsible manner, to economical as well as environmental significance to the urban residents.

Lalitpur has some sections of the city that are considered to have semi-urban infrastructure. However, there is a large part of Lalitpur that has not been developed as well as other surrounding areas such as the major city of Patan.

Nearest Medical Clinic

B & B Hospital
TEL 1: 00 977 1 5531933

Placement Address

Skill & Education for the Underprivileged
Narayanbhaban, Jawalakhel

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Nepal at our BaseCamp Center in Kathmandu. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Nepal. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Nepal you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

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: 30 USD / week

Program Dates


The following is a list of all months during which this placement is not available.

  • April
  • October

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
May 06, 2022 Jun 03, 2022 Jul 01, 2022
Aug 05, 2022 Sep 02, 2022 Oct 07, 2022
Nov 04, 2022 Dec 02, 2022 Jan 06, 2023
Feb 03, 2023 Mar 03, 2023 Apr 07, 2023
May 05, 2023 Jun 02, 2023 Jul 07, 2023
Aug 04, 2023 Sep 01, 2023 Oct 06, 2023
Nov 03, 2023 Dec 01, 2023 Jan 05, 2024


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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