Construction and Maintenance Volunteer

Grace Home - Kathmandu, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-466 Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Sector: Community Development Category: Organizational Support Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Grace Home Orphanage is a small home that is completely run by a board of local and international volunteers. To keep the home operating everyday they need assistance with: the general care of the children, facilitating their education, (especially their English language skills), fundraising activities and keeping the home in good repair.

Grace Home was built by a Basecamp Millennium Volunteer Group and presently, twelve children live there. A construction and maintenance volunteer would be expected to assist in the general repairs of the Home be it: painting, renovations, repairs to furniture, (desks, beds, tables chairs etc.), or other jobs related to keeping the Home in good condition.

Volunteers may also be asked to assist with outdoor activities such as helping to develop and maintain the Home's garden plot or when volunteers have time, not occupied in their primary duties, they may be asked to participate in various sports with the children.

Volunteers are needed at this placement to help assist teachers with teaching activities and help provide the children with a fun and interactive environment to learn. Teaching English to the students is very important because as the children grow up and are looking for employment opportunities they will have a higher chance at getting a job. This is because many of the employment opportunities in Nepal are in the tourism industry and therefore English skills are required. And also to support in administrative level to draft annual report and proposal writing for funds.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Repair Plaster

A construction and maintenance volunteer would be asked to help with any plaster and/or brick repairs that are currently needed inside or outside of the Home.

Repair Roof

Nepal has a two month long rainy season. A construction and maintenance volunteer needs to be aware that the Home's roof is made with zinc and requires frequent repair. Both before and after the rainy season, the roof needs to be inspected to ensure that it is in good condition.

Play with Children

While a construction and maintenance volunteer's day would mainly consist of doing manual work at the Home, they would be welcome to participate in sport activities with the children during their lunch period or after school, as long as it doesn't interfere with their homework time.

Playground

A construction and maintenance volunteer may be asked to help clean the playground area and/or assist in the development and maintenance of the Home's garden.

Host Organization Details

Grace Home

Grace Home is an non-profit organization that provides lodging, food, clothing, protection and an education for poor, vulnerable, and orphaned children. Grace Home also helps to make disabled or destitute elders self-reliant through skill development while providing options to help with child care in return for food and lodging.

OBJECTIVES:

This organization shall: 1) remain a non-profit social welfare organization 2) maintain an orphanage for the poor and vulnerable orphan children, in which is provided, protection, lodging, food, clothing and an education 3) (depending on the resources available), strive to make disabled and dying, destitute elders, self-reliant, if possible, through skill development training 4) help Nepali people adhere to their religious beliefs through pray, preaching and disseminating the magazines 5) protect the victims of conflict, vulnerable young children and youth by undertaking massive awareness campaigns in the community

To achieve the aforesaid objectives, the organization shall abide by the following CODES of CONDUCT:

This organization shall: 1) establish and maintain a dormitory style orphan's home for at least 10 orphans with an area of 30 ft. for each child 2) maintain separate male and female accommodations and toilet facilities in the orphanage 3) provide a couple of changes of new clothing for each child per season, each year 4) provide nutritious food to the children both in the morning and in the evening, every day 5) keep the children in the home until they reach 18 years of age, at which time, they will be reintegrated with their families and/or have been made self-reliant,(while at the orphanage), through vocational training for employment opportunities 6) provide quality education to the orphans/children kept in the home. 7) keep orphans or children who are orphaned due to lack of kinship, as well as, those who are economically vulnerable and deprived. 8) work in favor of vulnerable children having established close contact and collaboration with different orphan homes, district children welfare committees and women development offices in the district. 9) keep current and accurate records of all financial matters pertaining to Grace Home

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

Yes. This organization has a religious affiliation to Christianity. They pray everyday and once a week they go to church.

When They Were Founded

Grace Home Organization was established in 2006. The infrastructure of the building was done by Basecamp Millennium Group Volunteers. This group of volunteers built and painted the main building. All funds were provided by the Basecamp International Center.

This organization is managed and was founded by the following executive committee: Lila Bahadur Gurung Beg Bahadur Gurung Sachina Rai John ( Kapil) Devkota Binod Prasad Shrestha Surya Chandra Rajbhandari Sumitra Gurung

Who They Work With

Grace Home helps homeless children and disabled/destitute elders in the community.

How Are They Funded

Grace Home is funded by individual donors, as well as, an advisory board. Some of the board members who support them, reside in the United Kingdom. Grace Home also conducts fund raising programs.

Donation Requests

The following items would be appreciated by Grace Home: school materials and supplies pencils erasers sharpeners exercise books donations to provide free lunches and clean water to the poor and vulnerable children who attend the school scholarships

Placement Location Information

Kathmandu, Nepal

Grace Orphanage and Grace Educational Foundation are located close to each other in a quiet, nice neighborhood about twenty minutes away from the BaseCamp house.

The Grace Educational Foundation building itself has a tin roof and inside the school there is one library/classroom, four additional classrooms, an office and girl's and boy's squat toilet bathrooms. The rooms are quite small, approximately 6'x 6'. There is also a dirt and cement courtyard outside.

Grace Orphanage is in the same compound with the same dirt and cement courtyard and in the middle of this outer space there are clothes lines and two solar cookers which the house uses to do all the cooking. The house has a tin roof and inside there are four bedrooms, a meeting room, an open area used as a common room with two couches, an open kitchen and both a girl's and boy's bathroom with Nepali style squat toilets. There is also a changing area and a shower. The Orphanage houses 18 people and would seem a dingy place if not for the vibrant paintings covering every possible surface. There's Tweety bird, toadstools and maps amid the murals and bright door frames and tables as well. The house has a water tank and a water pump. There is also solar panels on top of the kitchen area.

There is very rarely electricity at either the school or the orphanage.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, it is about a 20 minute walk to the placement. Head north from the BaseCamp house and at the second right hand turn where you can see an open area turn right. Walk straight ahead until the road intermingles,(about a 5 minute walk), then take the narrow gravel road to the next concrete road that turns left. Walk through the school and college area and then turn right at the Meyphi Temple. At the Police Station turn right again, about 100m. further there is a water tank, turn right and you will see a blue gate which is Grace Education Foundation (Community School).

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 1 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:25

Weather in the Area

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 it remains cloudy and cool until the next rain fall.

City/Village Description

Kathmandu is located in central Nepal and is the country's capital and largest city. The city is located in the Kathmandu Valley of the Himalayas at an elevation of approximately 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) above sea level, and is home to over one million people. Kathmandu is surrounded by four major mountains which provide a scenic view of the city. Kathmandu serves as the centre of Nepal's economy and is also a cultural hub and a gateway for travellers looking to explore the rest of the country.

In terms of religion, Kathmandu is largely Hindu with a strong Buddhist presence. Nepal recently changed from being a Hindu Kingdom with a ruling monarch to a republic. Kathmandu is full of evidence of the country's history. Kathmandu is considered to be the spiritual and cultural meeting point of Nepal.

There are two other cities located in the Kathmandu Valley: Bhaktapur and Patan which have rich architectural and cultural heritages. Both cities are accessible from Kathmandu and offer good options for day trips.

Kathmandu has the most advanced urban infrastructure in Nepal and its economy is largely dependent on tourism. Because of its rich cultural history and the fairly recent rise in tourism, the city is an interesting mix of old and new with areas of narrow cobblestone streets that feel unchanged since the middle ages mixed in with areas of congested traffic and pollution. Kathmandu is known for its ancient and intricate architecture and has numerous beautiful Hindu temples and Buddhist shrines. The streets are lined with local vendors selling their wares, local open air markets, as well as department stores which offer brand name goods.

Kathmandu became popular for tourists in the 1960's, and today has a mix of backpackers and mountain climbers who travel through the city. The city can be a shock to travellers, with its sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells.

Kathmandu serves as the administrative capital of Nepal with many different aid organizations, government offices and embassies located within its limits. There are also numerous hotels, restaurants and trekking agencies that cater to tourists and offer day trips or longer adventures. Thamel is the world famous backpackers area of the city and offers many different comforts to travellers such as internet access and western food.

Nearest Medical Clinic

CIWEC Travel Medicine Center
Lazimpat
Kathmandu
TEL 1: 4424111
TEL 2: 4435232

Placement Address

Grace Home
Mhip-29
Kathmandu
Nepal

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
250
 
  1 Week
295
 
  2 Weeks
400
 
  3 Weeks
505
 
  4 Weeks
610
 
  5 Weeks
715
 
  6 Weeks
820
 
  7 Weeks
925
 
  8 Weeks
1,030
 
 
 
  Additional Weeks
95
 
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


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.

Apr 05, 2019 May 03, 2019 Jun 07, 2019
Jul 05, 2019 Aug 02, 2019 Sep 06, 2019
Oct 04, 2019 Nov 01, 2019 Dec 06, 2019
Jan 03, 2020 Feb 07, 2020 Mar 06, 2020
Apr 03, 2020 May 01, 2020 Jun 05, 2020
Jul 03, 2020 Aug 07, 2020 Sep 04, 2020
Oct 02, 2020 Nov 06, 2020 Dec 04, 2020
Jan 01, 2021 Feb 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021

PLEASE NOTE:

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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