Early Childhood Education Volunteer

Prisoner Assistance Nepal - Kathmandu, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-642 Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Sector: Education Category: Non-Formal Teaching Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

PA Nepal supports prisoner's children. In Nepal, if a mother or father commits a crime, the children frequently have no place to go; to solve this problem children stay in the prison with their parent.

One of PA Nepal's objectives is to provide a safe, secure and positive environment for the children of prisoners. A recent project was the construction of a new children's home and school in Sankhu. The school is where approximately 70 children, (both local and PA Nepali children) receive an education. Volunteers are needed to help educate the kids and provide extra curricular activities to brighten their days.

An early childhood education volunteer at this placement may be asked to assist with the lessons, play games, read stories, assist with the general care of the children 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.

Volunteers do not need to have had any specialized teacher's education but previous experience working with children is preferred but not mandatory. The volunteers need to be mature individuals who can manage and understand children who usually come from stressful family situations and have a lot of emotional difficulties to work through.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Read to Children

Reading out loud is one of the most important things that a early childhood education volunteer can do to help children build their vocabulary, stimulate their imagination and improve their language skills. It also gives the volunteer an opportunity to socialize with the children and through discussions about the reading material perhaps bring out concerns that some children may be having.

Teach Art and Crafts

Early childhood education volunteers can teach arts and crafts to the children. Some children find it difficult to voice there concerns but are able to express some of there feelings in a drawing and then perhaps discuss what they drew with staff and/or volunteers. Teaching art and crafts can be a great source of fun and entertainment for the children especially if the volunteer takes the time to prepare lessons ahead of time.

Play With Children

Children have a lot of energy and early childhood education volunteers must be prepared to be very active. Creativity will be an important tool to help the children keep busy. Create new games and sport activities or help to organize and participate in existing ones.

Teach Songs and Rhymes

The best way to connect with children is through music. An early childhood education volunteer may be asked to teach the children some fun songs and/or rhymes. The volunteer should prepare a repertoire of songs and rhymes ahead of time so the children can not only have fun but learn as well.

Host Organization Details

Prisoner Assistance Nepal

PA Nepal is a grass-roots organization whose," VISION", is to improve the human rights of women and the children affected by women who have been sent to prison. They provide community based education and counselling to both women and children to help reintegrate them into society by providing them with vocational training, social skills and self confidence. They also work with similar CDOs and the community to improve awareness and attitude towards this target group.

PA Nepal also has a home which provides accommodation, food, care, education and friendship to about 370 plus children and young adults.

They have a very holistic approach to their mission and their door is open to help virtually anyone in need. A Nepal’s ethos centres on keeping families in contact whilst ensuring that innocent children are not required to endure the traumas of prison. To this effect, their "OBJECTIVES", are to provide a safe, secure and positive environment for the children of prisoners.

They want to ensure reintegration of children into their families and local regions when appropriate and also promote and support income generation for vulnerable individuals affected by imprisonment. They also do advocacy for prisoners’ basic rights and human rights to help ensure their welfare.

PA Nepal wants to improve the life skills and opportunities of the most vulnerable ex-prisoners and their dependants and reduce crime by engaging individuals in meaningful activities.

Some of the most recent projects started by PA Nepal include the construction of a new children's home and school in Sankhu and the creation of PA Nepal's Junkiri schools in Eastern Nepal which are a response to the needs of children who are unable to prosper in a restricted and formal environment.

PA Nepal has also created a Youth Centre in Western Nepal and a program to teach children farming skills while respecting the environment. PA Nepal is also acting as a role model in the field of self-sustainability in Eastern Nepal, by providing farming skills and knowledge.

Finally, they are continuing to create new partnerships with other organizations to improve the life of the most vulnerable people in prison.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

When They Were Founded

PA Nepal was established in 2000 by Indira Ranamagar. This was a continuation of the prisoner welfare work started by renowned writer and human rights activist Parijat, (also known as Bishnu Kumari Waiba), in the early 1990's. Indira worked closely with Parijat during this time and was inspired to found PA Nepal.

Throughout the years, PA Nepal has grown into a well established NGO that provides education, skills and rehabilitation training for the most vulnerable groups (women, children, sick people and mentally ill people) while advocating for their rights.

How Are They Funded

Presently PA Nepal is supported by various organizations such as: Anchor Web Hosting Ashoka Fellowship, (Indira was honoured with Ashoka fellowship) Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative BikeZone Nepal CCS Italy Children Trust (UK) GALA Global Fund for Children (USA) HAGIN Nepal Kamala Foundation NAFA Orphan Help Centre (New Zealand) Tides Foundation and Individual Sponsors from Nepal and abroad.

Donation Requests

PA Nepal would appreciate any items that are on the list and also anything that volunteers think would be suitable for children.

Children's books Educational games Recreational supplies Arts and craft supplies Warm clothes Musical instruments Exercise note books Note books Pens Pencils Crayons Water colors Badminton set Table Tennis Soccer ball Food Supplies Shoes School bags School uniforms Slippers Toothbrushes Toothpaste Emergency lights Flash lights Bed sheets Pillows Beds Mats Sleeping bags Mountain bikes Used computers

Placement Location Information

Kathmandu, Nepal

PA Nepal's building at Shakhu is their own property. It is a concrete building with ample space for playing both in and outside, especially compared to other Nepali buildings.

There are separate buildings for the boys and girls. They have a small first aid medical box with a few supplies. They have desks, chairs and a white board in almost all of the classrooms. They have three separate buildings. One is used as an office and the girls' hostel, one is the Junkiri Sarbajanik School along with the kitchen and one is the boys' hostel which has been newly constructed. In each bed two kids are sleeping together.

Outside there is a small field where they grow vegetables and fruits. They also have a small cattle house and a few goats. This location is situated an hour drive in a private vehicle from the BaseCamp center. The environment over there is very lovely and pollution free.

Transfer From BaseCamp

If volunteers are traveling by local bus it will take more than two hours so the best option is to stay in a homestay nearby the placement.

From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, take a taxi from Sorakhuttay and it will take you to Chahabil, bouddha and will pass through Gokarna Forest Club, Thali, and lots of vegetable fields. And also can see the Chagu Narayan Hill on your right hand side. Once you reach the Sakhu, the taxi will take you to Bajrayogini Temple and stop on the way by a small alley. From there walk for ten minutes and you will see beautiful PA Nepal's building.

Distance & Time

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

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

Nepal Medical College
Dakshin Dhoka
TEL 1: 977-01-4911008

Placement Address

Prisoner Assistance 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.

Oct 01, 2021 Nov 05, 2021 Dec 03, 2021
Jan 07, 2022 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


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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