Early Childhood Education Volunteer

Orchid Garden Nepal - Kathmandu, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-737 Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Sector: Education Category: Non-Formal Teaching Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: None
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Volunteer Job Description

Orchid Garden Nepal is a daycare and a pre/primary school that teaches up to and including grade two, in the Kalopul district of Kathmandu who's basic aim is to educate, as well as protect the rights, welfare and health of discriminated and deprived children of Nepal.

Most families in this area can not afford to send their children to private schools and therefore without the Orchid Garden Daycare and School their children would not receive even a minimum education or any hope of improving their standard of living in future years.

Studies show that children who grow up in an enriched environment – one with lots of new experiences that engage their senses – have larger, more active brains than those who grow up without adequate sensory stimulation.

Orchid Garden wants volunteer to be proactive and to take the lead and directly supervise and guide the children. Volunteers must be motivated to work with young children and willing to develop interesting, enjoyable educational learning initiatives that stimulate the kids desire to learn.

An early childhood education volunteer at this placement may be asked to assist with the lessons, play games, read stories or at times just provide support and affection to these needy children. These kids usually come from homes where little attention has been able to be given to their emotional needs and a volunteer's efforts to involve the children in fun games and sport activities is most welcome and appreciated by all.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Recreational Games

An early childhood education volunteer would be asked to teach recreational games to the children. This would be appreciated by both the children and the staff as the school does not have a physical education teacher.

Rhymes, Songs and Dance

One of the best ways to connect with children is through music. It might be a little hard at the beginning but later it will be one of the best ways for them to learn and to leave a imprint in their hearts. An early childhood education volunteer should come to this placement with a repertoire that has both a fun and learning aspect to the musical activities.


An early childhood education volunteer would be expected to help teach English, as well as other subjects like Mathematics and Science. The children at the school have fun learning with flash cards and with stickers. The volunteer would be expected to develop and implement enjoyable forms of learning.

General Care of Children

An early childhood education volunteer would also be working with toddlers and sometimes due to lack of manpower a volunteer may be asked to help in their routine care.

Host Organization Details

Orchid Garden Nepal

Orchid Garden Nepal is a daycare and a pre/primary school that teaches up to and including grade two, in the Kalopul district of Kathmandu. It is a non-profit and non-governmental organization who's basic aim is to educate, as well as protect the rights, welfare and health of discriminated and deprived children of Nepal

Since its inception the founder, Bina Basnet has been striving to provide quality free education to the children in the Kalopul district. Her goal is to upgrade the educational standards at the school, increasing not only the scope of subjects taught in future years but also the development of the school into a fully qualified school with an educational level to secondary school completion which is grade twelve.

Most families in this area can not afford to send their children to private schools and therefore without the Orchid Garden Daycare and School their children would not receive even a minimum education or any hope of improving their standard of living in future years.

At present Orchid Garden Daycare and School has eleven staff which includes four non teaching staff. They have around 75 students on a daily basics but the number fluctuates due to migrating of parents. They provide lessons in mathematics, science, writing, art classes, dance classes and also teach students to make things from clay.

When They Were Founded

Orchid Garden Nepal was established in 2006. The founder Bina Basnet has faced many setbacks and obstacles in creating an environment for her “little orchids,” to thrive in. Despite the difficulties in creating a fully operational daycare and school, the organization has managed to overcome many of its challenges and remains hopeful towards future expansion.

How Are They Funded

Orchid Garden Nepal is funded by individual donors, both local and international. Some of the Nepali Corporate organizations also give donations. Local people from different walks of life provide different kinds of support when they are able to do so.

Donation Requests

Orchid Garden Nepal appreciates any items such as:

Books of Children Exercise note books Pencils Crayons Cartoon movies Dresses for children Shoes Toothpaste Toothbrushes Scholarships Children's sports equipment

Placement Location Information

Kathmandu, Nepal

Orchid Garden Nepal is situated in the local residential area of Kalopul in Kathmandu city. The roof is made of tin and there are eight rooms, all on the ground floor. The building was constructed with the help of local and international volunteers.

Each grade of student has their own classroom, with a white board, and a TV, speakers and DVD player for dance class. Students have their own books and backpacks to hold their supplies, but they may not have many recreational activity items. Outside there is a small playground. There is a library and a small office together in a shared area, as well as a kitchen where they make lunch for all the children.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, walk to Sorakhuttay and take a micro bus to Sundhara. After getting off at Sundhara, take another bus to KaloPul, then walk to the Hira Ratna Movie theater. Pass through the theatre and walk straight until you find a local grocery store at a small intersection. Continue walking straight then turn down the first small ally you come to and you will see the Orchid Garden.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 5km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:45

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 short periods of time; it then 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. In the winter you can see the Himalayas peaking over the hills first thing in the morning before the smog sets in.

There are numerous hotels, restaurants and trekking agencies that cater to tourists and offer day trips or longer adventures. The city can be a shock to travellers with a sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells.

Then there is Thamel...the world famous backpackers area...a home away from home for many travellers who need some extra comfort and a reminder of the western world, where you can find everything from fresh baked croissants to wireless internet.

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

Kathmandu is considered to be the economic, spiritual and cultural meeting point of Nepal and also serves as the administrative capital with many different aid organizations, government offices and embassies located within its limits.

Nearest Medical Clinic

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

Placement Address

Orchid Garden 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
  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

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.

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 Apr 02, 2021 May 07, 2021
Jun 04, 2021 Jul 02, 2021 Aug 06, 2021
Sep 03, 2021 Oct 01, 2021 Nov 05, 2021


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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