Fundraising and Grant Writing Volunteer

Sahayatri Nepal - Hetauda, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-418 Location: Hetauda, Nepal Sector: Community Development Category: Organizational Support Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Sahayatri Nepal (Working Together Nepal) is an organization that strives to create and initiate local and sustainable activities and education for women in the communities in which they live and work. They especially reach out to marginalized women, trafficked women, HIV women and their vulnerable children.

Through awareness campaigns that communicate the lack of gender equality, violence to women, discrimination and the trafficking of women in Nepal the organization strives to obtain public and family support in improving the status of women and in the support of women's endeavours. At the same time, they work with the children of these women to help them develop a respect for women.

The Sahayatri Organization in Nepal is short staffed and needs volunteers to assist in the Makwanpur District, in Hetauda which provides on-site counselling. They work in women's health issues, HIV/AIDS prevention, community development and social services.

Fundraising/grant writing volunteers who are assigned to this placement would work with members of the organization to learn what types of funding are required to meet their most urgent needs. Once the volunteers have a good understanding of what the organization requires, they would be responsible for creating proposals or submissions to different donor agencies in Nepal and internationally. They would also be expected to develop and implement fundraising activities.

The Sahayatri Organization in the Makwanpur District, in the city of Hetauda welcomes volunteers who are willing to learn about Nepal's concerns for women and are eager to participate in activities towards the improvement of conditions for these women. Individuals that have had experience in fundraising/grant writing activities would be a great asset but it is not a mandatory qualification for this placement.

The organization is eager to exchange ideas with volunteers and build experience working with foreigners. They expect volunteers to have good communication skills, understand cultural differences and be able to deal with problems beneficiaries may encounter when agreeing to donate.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Proposal Writing for HIV

A fundraising and grant writing volunteer may be asked to write proposals regarding HIV/AIDS issues. A volunteer may be expected to describe to possible beneficiaries what challenges these women encounter living in a conservative society, without an education or support from the government.


A fundraising and grant writing volunteer would be asked to develop and implement fundraising events, for Sahayatri. A volunteer may organize a mountain bike rally, a rafting, trekking or hiking expeditions. They may decide to organize a charity show of a movie in the local theater. It is up to the volunteer to exert enough effort and time in fundraising activities to make them successful.

Proposal Writing for Single Women

A fundraising and grant writing volunteer may be asked to draft proposals for single women in Nepal.These may highlight the need for educational programs geared towards future employment endeavours for single women. Others may point out difficulties single women have in Nepal in the social scene etc. Nepal is a male dominant society and it is very hard for women, especially single women, to live independently and mix in their local community activities.

Fundraising Through Social Media

Volunteers can 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 the Nepali women encounter they will be able to contribute more effectively towards social media data.

Host Organization Details

Sahayatri Nepal

Sahayatri Nepal (Working Together Nepal) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) working to empower marginalized and excluded women, with a focus on single women (WIDOWS) and vulnerable community members. This organization focuses on creating and initiating local and sustainable activities and education for women in the communities in which they live and work.

Their MISSION is to reach to the marginalized women, trafficked women and HIV women.

Their VISION is to empower and aid marginalized and excluded groups of women in order to encourage equality and awareness. Sahayatri Nepal's core OBJECTIVES are: to promote gender equality through awareness about violence to women, discrimination and the trafficking of women. They want to encourage women, especially marginalized women to feel empowered through their own personal development. Through this awareness campaign they strive to obtain family support in the women's endeavors and at the same time educate the children towards respect for women.

They want to help women gain financial independence through sustainable income generating activities. They also sponsor the children of these women to receive quality education. They support "Child for Education" in Shishu Sewa Sadan.

The Sahayatri Nepal Organization works in the Makawanpur District, with female community members and their children; providing educational support in an effort to empower them through informal education and general awareness on topics such as: caste discrimination, HIV/AIDS education, women's rights and domestic violence. They are also interested in providing skill oriented training, as well as, helping women within the community generate income through other various sustainable means. They believe that this will allow these women to become financially independent.

When They Were Founded

Aava Shrestha had worked with the Sahayatri Nepal Organization in Kathmandu since 2006 but due to some personal problems, she needed to return to her home town Hetauda, in the district of Makawanpur. Once at home, she was confronted with the same issues for women as she had been in Kathmandu. She registered Sahayatri in Hetauda in 2011 and has been operating the organization, (with the help of some of her friends), in that location, ever since.

Who They Work With

Women, Children, Ethnic Groups, Socially Excluded People and Conflict Victimized People are the main target groups of the Sahayarti Nepal.

How Are They Funded

Previously, Sahayati Nepal has received funds from national and international donors. Presently, they receive donations from local donors. They are currently seeking to obtain more funding globally.

Donation Requests

Sahayatri Nepal would appreciate any kind of donations such as:

Clothing : pants, tops, skirts, etc. (ranging from women's S-M-L sizes). Children's clothing Simple computer for the office English books, flashcards, dictionaries Women's books pertaining to health issues and magazines Scholarships for poor children Portable projector Shoes Umbrellas

Placement Location Information

Hetauda, Nepal

Hetauda is slowly developing town around a four hour drive away from Kathmandu city. It is near by from Indian boarder. Volunteer will be staying at the directors' house where you will have hot showers and wifi also.They have a small office at Huprachour for registration, but most of the time they are working in their President's house.

Hetauda has a wide variety of people. According to Census of 2011 female population is bit higher than male. Hetauda does not have many facilities in term of medical and most of the locals go to Kathmandu for treatment. Hetauda is one of the most industrialist areas of Nepal but there are also places for you to go hiking around the hills and river. There is also a nearby Forestry Campus. It is fun to walk around this small town and Rick shah rides are extremely popular.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, walk to Sorakhuttay and take a local bus to Balkhu. From here walk 15 minutes to Balaju and catch another bus to Balkhu - it might take around 45 minutes - and then take a Micro bus to Hetauda or Birgunj. It will go by the famous temple Dakchinkali, to Kulekhani, which is a hydro power station. On the way the bus will stop for lunch or for tea. When you get to Hetauda you can stop at Hetauda Bazar and call Aava, and she will come to pick you up.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 100km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 4:30

Weather in the Area

Hetauda has a tropical monsoon climate with high humidity throughout the year. This area is located in the central climatic zone of the Himalayas, where monsoon season starts in mid June and lasts until late September. During these weeks most of the 2,500 mm yearly precipitation falls – it is pours rain. After mid-October the monsoon clouds have retreated, humidity drops off, and the top daily temperature gradually subsides from around 36°C to 18°C. Nights cool down to 5°C until late December, when it usually rains softly for a few days. Then temperatures are rising gradually.

City/Village Description

Hetauda is considered one of the cleanest and greenest cities in Nepal, although there is no official data to support this claim. Due to its geographical features and its climate, it has been a popular choice for people migrating from the northern hilly regions to the south and from the southern Terai region, hence its causing increase in the population every year.

Hetauda is situated in a unique geographical structure called Doon, which means that it has a geography like a valley. It is surrounded by hills - the Mahabharata range in the north and the Siwalik range in the south. The rivers Rapti, Samari and Karra run through the city and flow southwest to meet Narayani, one of the bigger and popular rivers in the nation.

With so many entry and exit points leading in and out of this town, Hetauda is set to grow into a commercial powerhouse if only the country realized its potential.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Hetauda Hospital
Rapti Road
TEL 1: 057-520305

Placement Address

Sahayatri Nepal

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Nepal at our BaseCamp Center in Kathmandu. Given that this placement is more than a 1 hour 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers here will be living with a host family after your orientation. Living with a host family is an awesome experience for a person looking to really experience Nepal and its culture.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Nepal.

If you think that living with a host family is not for you, then this placement might not be the best fit with what you are looking for. You should try completing our application. It's totally free and will allow our team in Nepal to come up with a list of exactly which placements they would reccommend for you based on your personal preferences, background, skills and interests.

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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