Fundraising and Grant Writing Volunteer

AntarDristi Nepal - Patan, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-447 Location: Patan, Nepal Sector: Community Development Category: Organizational Support Min Duration: 4 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Antardristi works in the field of mental health and aims to empower youth and children to overcome various psychological problems and lead healthy lives.

Antardristi's three residential centres in Kathmandu take in children who are in need of victim support and counselling. The main goal of Antardristi is to provide counselling services to victims of child sexual abuse and allow these children to have a brighter, safer future. The children Antardristi care for live in the centre for one year and are provided with food, shelter, access to education and counselling.

An event planning volunteer at this placement would be working for the organization in support of a great cause. The centres need funds to help maintain the homes and to be able to afford the resources necessary to assist these children.

Volunteers would be asked to help the organization in their efforts to raise funds while at the same time work to create awareness in the local, national and international communities of the programs in order to possibly obtain grants of an ongoing nature for these needy children.

This is an important placement for the organization and they are looking forward to working with passionate and motivated volunteers. The event planning volunteers should have researched various successful events that have been done by organizations in the past to obtain funds in order to have as many ideas as possible to bring to Nepal. Come prepared to make a positive contribution of your time and effort.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Rafting Excursions

Rafting is one of the most popular and easy ways to enjoy a weekend. An event planning volunteer may consider organizing a rafting excursion with a local organization to support Antardristi. A volunteer would need to print out tickets to sell. Backpackers enjoy this type of outing; Thamel and Jhamsikhel, are famous as stopovers for backpackers.

Mountain Biking

Another way to engage more and more people is by organizing mountain bike rallies. An event planning volunteer must first do the all important marketing for events in order to achieve success.

Charity Shows

An event planning volunteer may consider arranging for a charity show to raise funds. An international volunteer may be able to go to their embassy and talk with expats about upcoming events they may be having or discuss possible events they may consider participating in to support this great cause.

Fate

Volunteer can organize in the premises of Antardristi and organize fate, a program where kids of Antardristi can participate and make all the local as well as foreigners to participate.

Host Organization Details

AntarDristi Nepal

Antardristi Nepal, a non-governmental organization (NGO) and member of the Nepal Social Welfare Council, has been braving a new path in the future of women's and children’s rights. Established by a team of women seeking to promote greater mental health among minors, AN was founded in an attempt to combat sexual violence against young Nepali women and children. Giving young survivors a voice and a choice—AN provides them with a brighter, safer future.

Antardristi Nepal (AN) works in two facets: Education/Awareness and Healing/Empowerment.

• Education/Awareness: AN hosts a number of community outreach efforts like educational workshops, seminars, family empowerment training and student-based dramas designed to raise awareness in schools, for both teachers and students. Programming is aimed at educating the wider community on the realities of sexual abuse and its prevention with a goal to change the perceptions of abuse within the local belief system in the Nepali community.

• Healing/Empowerment: AN operates 2 residential centers at the moment (Pokhara and Hetauda)—providing a safe sanctuary for survivors of abuse up to 19 years of age. These young women and children victims have their basic needs met at these centers. They receive psychological counseling, job-skill training and/or schooling (depending on their ages). Over time they are encouraged and supported to realize their potential and rebuild their confidence—empowering them for the eventual reintegration into their communities.

The care and support AN provides has a enormous impact in the advancement of the lives of the survivors, their families, and the wider community.

When They Were Founded

Antardristi works in the field of mental health, and aims to empower youth and children to overcome various psychological problems and lead healthy lives. Established in 2003, Antardristi Nepal has three residential centers: Kathmandu (2007), Pokhara (2008) and Hetauda (2010). At present the two centers at Pokhara and Hetauda offer teacher sensitivity training, community outreach, awareness classes and mothers' groups.

It was establish to help in the psychological healing of children and to help reintegrated them back into society.

How Are They Funded

Antardirsti is funded by different donor organizations, and also with individual foreign and local donors. Nobal House Foundation is supporting eight children for education and accommodations. Max Khatri is supporting the Hetauda Center of Antardristi with electronic supplies and carpeting.

They organize different fund raising programs as well.

Donation Requests

The list of donations: that can be helpful for Antardristi

1) Used computers 2) Laptops 3) Children books 4) Children Movies 5) Television 6) Badminton 7) Football 8) Basketball 9) Notebooks 10) Pen 11) Erazers 12) Pencils 13) Scholarships 14) Cash 15) Recreational books 16) Stickers 17) Shoes 18) Clothes 19) Mosquito nets 20) Soccer 21) Books regarding Child Psychology

Placement Location Information

Patan, Nepal

This placement is located in the heart of the city, so the surrounding neighborhood is very busy. The location is on the first and second floors of a rented house. Since it is at the core place of the city, it is bit crowded outside.

This placement hosts separate offices for most of their staff, as well as an account department, administrative office, project room, executive director's room, kitchen, store room, lobby and meeting hall. They have computers as well as a back up generator for when the power goes out. There is a small library where they have lots of books related with women rights, the organization's publications and human rights.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, take a bus to Jamal, then walk for two minutes to Ratna Park. From there catch a Tuk Tuk (public transit) heading to Sanepa and get off at the Swarwanga Hospital. Walk straight towards the main street for five minutes and you will eventually see a black gate on your right hand side. This is the head office of the Antardristi Nepal in Kathmandu.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 5 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:35

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 September and is when the most rain fall occurs in Nepal. During the monsoon season rain does not usually fall continuously but extremely hard for short periods of time and then remains cloudy and cool until the next rain fall.

City/Village Description

Patan is a tourist destination which has all kinds of tourist shops like: restaurants, museums and clubs. This is an artistic city with different styles of temples and monuments.

Patan is on an elevated tract of land in Kathmandu Valley on the south side of the Bagmati River, which separates it from the city of Kathmandu on the northern and western side.

Walking is the easiest method of transportation within the city as the core is densely populated. In terms of motor transport, Kathmandu Valley Ring Road which encircles the central part of the valley is a strategic road in the city. Connection to Kathmandu over the Bagmati River is provided by a host of roads and pedestrian bridges. The most trafficked and important bridge connecting to the center of Kathmandu is Thapathali Bridge. Since pedestrians and vehicles often have to share the same road, traffic congestion is a major problem in Patan.

Nearest Medical Clinic

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

Placement Address

AntarDristi Nepal
Sanepa
Patan
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.

Feb 01, 2019 Mar 01, 2019 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

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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