Fundraising and Grant Writing Volunteer

Association for the Physically Disabled - Patan, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-637 Location: Patan, 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

The National Association of the Physical Disabled in Nepal, (NAPD), major activities are: awareness raising, advocating, lobbying, networking, providing skill based training, capacity building, as well as, research and study to explore the disability issues and leadership development.

A grant writing volunteer who is assigned to this placement would work with the members of the Association to learn what types of funding they are looking to receive. Once the volunteer understood the needs of the physically disabled you would be responsible for helping to create proposals or submissions to different donor agencies in Nepal and internationally.

The National Association for the Physical Disabled in Nepal ( NAPD- Nepal) have few staff and most of them are disabled. Due to lack of specialized manpower at the center they required volunteers who are good in writing grant application, reports, working at the general administration level, teaching English, IT specializations and can help out in graphic design, web design, network management and organizing campaigns and events with other team members to obtain funds.

If volunteers would also take the time to assist in the making of wheelchairs that would be awesome.

NAPD welcomes volunteers who are willing to learn about Nepal's concerns for the physically disabled and are eager to participate in activities towards the improvement of conditions for these individuals. Volunteers that have had experience in fundraising/grant writing activities would be a great asset but it is not a mandatory qualification for this placement. They expect volunteers to have good communication skills, understand cultural differences, be knowledgeable of various social media sites and willing to devote quality time towards grant writing and fundraising endeavors.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Proposal Writing

Funds are needed to conduct any programs as NAPD-Nepal is a non government association and their programs require donation from national and international donors. A grant writing volunteer can play a vital role by drafting proposals and delivering them to donor agencies. Thus helping to raise a voice regarding the needs of physically disabled persons in Nepali Society.

Report writing

NAPD-Nepal needs to have reports written that highlight problems confronting the physically disabled people in Nepal. A grant writing volunteer would be expected to take the time to research the problems and then write articles addressing these issues. Volunteers would also be expected to help edit reports done by other staff. These articles and reports would be used by the association to help raise their voice nationally and internationally.


NAPD Nepal would appreciate grant writing volunteers who would also help them in fundraising endeavors. Such as making fundraising brochures or by conducting various activities like half-marathons, selling t-shirts, organizing bike tours, conducting rafting expeditions, as well as collaborating various organizations to support NAPD-Nepal.

Social Media

Volunteers could raise funds through the social media in various ways such as: Facebook, Tweeter or Google Plus. Once volunteers are in Nepal and better understand some of the difficulties that the physically disabled Nepali people encounter they would be able to contribute more effectively towards social media data.

Host Organization Details

Association for the Physically Disabled

The National Association of the Physical Disabled in Nepal, (NAPD), is a non-government, non-profit, non-political, self-motivational association.

NAPD-Nepal stands for the comprehensive development of the physically disabled of Nepal through mobilizing existing resources and opportunities to an optimum level. NAPD-Nepal has been effectively carrying out several activities for the development of the physically disabled for over a decade. It has been proactively working in various developmental sectors to ensure and promote their rights. The major activities are: awareness raising, advocating, lobbying, networking, providing skill based training, capacity building, as well as, research and study to explore the disability issues and leadership development. Moreover, it has also been working as a member network association of the, “We Can”, movement of Oxfam International in Nepal to end numerous acts of violence against women.

Their VISION is to create a country where people with physical disabilities live in an inclusive, barrier free environment with access to human rights, rehabilitation and an independent and respectable lifestyle.

Their OBJECTIVE is to identify the problems and needs of People with Physical Disabilities through different avenues and strive to resolve them. They want to broaden, (strongly and effectively), social awareness of PWDs to ensure that equal human rights and duties are met. They want to explore appropriate programs to create opportunities for the PwPDs. They strive to inform agencies and organizations of the value of employing PWD's and what these people can contribute to their companies. Thus, increasing the inclusion of PwPDs into the mainstream workforce and into society.

They want to enhance capacity building mechanism for activists and NAPD-Nepal employees in the process of organisational development and also to rehabilitate and strengthen the economic status of PwPDs through several types of income generating programs. They want to improve the access of education for all PwPDs in order to work against the challenges of PwPDs issues, execute programs cooperatively and collaboratively.

When They Were Founded

In 1997 a group of local disabled people sat together to discuss their problems and the possible avenues of approach to resolve these problems. Some issues discussed were: to advocate and lobby for their human rights, to remove physical barriers that stop them accessing education, employment and health facilities and to increase awareness of the causes of physical disabilities.

The National Association of the Physically Disabled in Nepal, (NAPD), was registered at the District Administration Office, Kathmandu in 1997 under the Country Act. It is affiliated with the Social Welfare Council and is a member organization of the National Federation of the Disabled-Nepal (NFD-N), the Women Security Pressure Group (WSPG) and the Human Rights Treaty Monitoring Coordination Committee (HRTMCC).

How Are They Funded

This organization is funded partly by the government. They also receive donations from different NGO, INGO and Embassies. They receive national and international individual donations. For certain projects they send out proposals to different organizations and if it is accepted they obtain the funds for said project from that or those organizations.

Donation Requests

The organization would appreciate any of the following items: Official equipment Camera Laptop Projector Photocopy machine Computers Assistant devices, ( canes, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs etc.) Pressure mats Disable friendly bags

Note: wheelchairs are custom free if its a large number being donated

Placement Location Information

Patan, Nepal

when it comes to the facilities at the placement, the organization's building is of average in terms of condition, the building is two and half stored and its concrete. the physical equipments the organization has at its administration are: computer and printer with some furniture, the organization had no photocopy machines, laptop, projectors for official use. regarding immediate surrounding of the placement, the surrounding is in a landfill community and the road to organization is connected with different places.

Transfer From BaseCamp

In order to take local transportation from base camp to this placement. the one should take a micro from sorhakhutte to bus park( old one) which takes around 10 minutes and take a micro to bijulibazzar from bus park which will take another 10 minutes. after reaching the main road of bijulibazzar with the walk of 10 minutes just from the opposite of the road, one can reach to the organization.

Micros and Bus are easily accessible to reach the placement from base camp.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: In kilometers its around 8-9km from basecamp
Travel Time from BaseCamp: :

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

Norvic hospital
TEL 1: 977-1-4258554

Placement Address

Association for the Physically Disabled
Jwagal 10

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.

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 Oct 06, 2023
Nov 03, 2023 Dec 01, 2023 Jan 05, 2024


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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