Elderly Care Volunteer

Mudita Service Home - Lalitpur, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-798 Location: Lalitpur, Nepal Sector: Social Services Category: Personal Support Work Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Presently in Nepal, more and more elderly people are being neglected by their children and families. There is a saying in Nepal that one father can look after 10 children but none of them can look after him when he grows old. The government of Nepal is striving to establish elderly homes in all of its 75 districts and more and more elderly care homes are being opened by various concerned citizens, groups and individuals.

Mudita Sewa Griha is a residence that strives to have a supportive family environment for less privileged, destitute and orphan girls, single women and female senior citizens. The home also provides daycare services for female senior citizens.

Staff have difficulty in meeting the everyday needs and attention that the senior residents need and deserve. An elderly care volunteer would be able to relieve some of the stress from the overworked staff by assisting with the essential duties in the daily operation of the residence.

Volunteers can help in a lot of areas but the main ones are related to: assisting in the daily routine of its residents, providing physical support and assistance when necessary and encouraging and joining in with the elderly in entertainment activities.

Volunteers do not need to have had any geriatric studies but experience working with elderly people would be a plus.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Daily Activities

An elderly care volunteer would support staff to help the elderly residents in their daily activities such as taking them for walks around the immediate area, helping them into their wheelchairs, assisting them to get to different activities and at mealtime if necessary.

Exercises

An elderly care volunteer may be asked to conduct mild exercise classes for those who are able, as the organization can not afford to hire a physiotherapist for its residents.

Personal Hygiene

Personal hygiene is important for everyone and an elderly care volunteer may be asked to assist the staff in the personal grooming of the elderly who are no longer able to attend to all their needs.

Entertainment Activities

An elderly care volunteer may be asked to create entertainment activities such as: bingo games, card games, art and craft activities or just a quiet time to read to them. Some activities may only be conducted through the generous donations of supplies by the volunteer.

Host Organization Details

Mudita Service Home

Mudita Sewa Griha is a not-for-profit organization service for female senior citizens, orphans, destitute children and marginalized single women in Nepal.

MUDITA means- to be willingly serving and be merry at success and achievements of others. Inspired by support of friends and well wishers with essence of Mudita feelings.

Mudita Sewa Griha aims its primary focus in the Lalitpur district and strives to provide: access to quality education to orphan female children, help create a 'home away from home' environment for elderly citizens with a residents, as well as day care services plus provide vocational empowerment through livelihood programs to single women for increased self independence. All in all, create a supportive family environment for less privileged, destitute and orphan girls, single women and female senior citizens.

Mudita Sewa Griha seeks to promote family and social re-integration of the female senior citizen, children and single women. They strive to increase awareness and understanding of the ageing issues such as respect for the elderly people as citizens who have contributed to society and must continue to occupy a worthy place in it. Therefore, assist in rescuing and rebuilding their self-esteem and helping to assure their participation in the community with equal respect for all.

Mudita Sewa Griha's main objectives are to provide a resident's as well as, daycare services for female senior citizens and also for orphan girls with access to an academic education.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

No, but since most of the people are Buddhist and Hindu seniors, they sing Gods songs during the day. Volunteers do not need to participate.

When They Were Founded

After the success of Patan Community Based Rehabilitation Center in the field of disability, one of the other major problems in Nepal is directed at senior women, orphans and single women. Mudita Sewa Griha established this organization under the sub committee of Patan CBR with the coordinator and founder of Patan CBR on February 2009. Coordinator is Mrs Rajya Laxmi Bajracharya and other members are Motisanti Sakya, Indira Joshi, Bijayalaxmi Shrestha, Chhyya Juwa, Gunalaxmi Bajracharya and Rajesh Bajracharya.

How Are They Funded

Mudita Sewa Griha does not have any particular donor but the founder Rajya Laxmi Btajracharya provides support whenever necessary. A few individual local and international donors also contribute. Besides this, the organization also collects money, rice and other grocery items through MUTHHI DAAN (Handful giving) campaigns.

Donation Requests

Mudita Sewa Griha appreciates any and all donations such as:

- Groceries - Vegetables - Stationery for kids - Clothes for women of all ages - Shoes for women of all ages - School bags - School dresses - Books - Scholarships - Cash - Fruit - Recreational game items - Childrens books

Placement Location Information

Lalitpur, Nepal

Mudita Service Home is situated in the Lalitpur District, neighboring Kathmandu city. This area use to be fertile for agriculture, but dure to urbanization, there is now a lot of residential construction. Nearby is the local Kist Medical college.

Mudita Service Home is on the first floor of a newly constructed building. They have beds, blankets and quilts. There is a small office room as well as three rooms for elderly people and children to stay.

Presently there are four elderly people, and four orphans staying here. They have a TV for the entertainment, a phone to make local calls and one computer for official use.

This organization is poorly equipped. They have only two paid staff who prepare food, does the cleaning and stays over night with the patients.

They do not have necessary kits like physio kits, speech therapy kits, wheelchairs, or other things essential in elderly care.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, walk five minutes to Sorakhuttay, and take a bus to Jamal -this takes around 7-10 minutes, depending on traffic. From there walk for two minutes to Ratna Park and get a bus to Imadol, getting off at Imadol Bridge - this takes around 30-40 minutes. Walk towards Kist Medical College and you will see a new building with a sign for Mudita Service Home.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 9km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:10

Weather in the Area

Lalitpur has very hot summers, with an average temperature of around 30 degrees Celsius. They have very mild winters with temperatures rarely dipping below zero degrees Celsius at night. However, the fog makes the winter nights and mornings feel very cold and damp.

The lack of central heating requires warmer clothing than you would expect. Afternoons warm up to an average of 15-20 degrees Celsius. During monsoon season, which is late June to late September it becomes extremely wet, rainy and humid.

City/Village Description

Lalitpur, a beautiful medieval city of art and culture is situated in the south-eastern 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 located over a plateau like area with its outer edges fanning out in gentle slopes towards the rivers that form its boundaries. 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 efforts 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 cities such as the major city of Patan under similar condition.

Because of its rich cultural history and the fairly recent rise in tourism, Lalitpur is an interesting mix of old and new with areas of narrow cobblestone streets that feel unchanged since the middle ages. Lalitpur is also known for its ancient and intricate architecture and has numerous beautiful Hindu temples and Buddhist shrines.

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

Nearest Medical Clinic

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

Placement Address

Mudita Service Home
Imadol
Lalitpur
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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