Health and Hygiene Volunteer

Punarbal Plus - Kathmandu, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-783 Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Sector: Health Care Category: Public Health Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: None Placement Fee: 20 USD / week
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Volunteer Job Description

The stigma attached to people with HIV/AIDS is a problem in society throughout the world and Punarbal Plus is an institution providing education to HIV infected and affected children and orphans who are deprived of an education due to their HIV status and poverty.

An HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer would work with members of the organization in one or all of their three separate projects which are: the primary school, the community care centre and the awareness and interaction section for the HIV/AIDS education of the general public.

Volunteers would prepare and plan HIV/AIDS presentations on flip charts and other appropriate methods of providing presentations at the targeted sites. The volunteers would be expected to contribute ideas on ways and means of educating locals about the causes, effects, as well as preventive measures regarding this affliction.

They would like to have volunteers who have had experience working in a HIV/AIDS awareness program before. However, this is not a mandatory qualification. They must be mature individuals who have good communication skills and a sincere desire to help in the fight against AIDS.

Volunteers should have previously researched and educated themselves in respect to the different aspects of the illness including the up-to-date different types of anti retrovirus therapies that are prescribed to individuals infected with HIV, so that they can make a meaningful contribution during their volunteering commitment, at this placement.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Nutritional Awareness

HIV/AIDS awareness volunteers may be asked to share their knowledge in the field of nutrition for HIV infected children. Volunteers must keep in mind the availability of certain foods and the cost factor in their host country.

Prevention Awareness

An HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer may be asked to teach the children and/or the people in the surrounding communities about steps to take to prevent getting AIDS or if infected how to help protect others from becoming infected.

Health and Hygiene Awareness

An HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer may be asked to teach the children about health and hygiene issues especially related to those HIV infected children. What steps they should follow to promote a healthy body and what are some of the small things that may cause them to be sick. Volunteers can focus on how important proper hygiene is for everyone and why it is specially necessary for HIV infected children.

HIV/AIDS Complications

An HIV/AIDS awareness volunteer may be asked to teach about the complications of the illness. What to watch out for and simple changes in the body that should be addressed when and if they occur to prevent further deterioration of the body.

Host Organization Details

Punarbal Plus

Punarbal Plus is an organization that is dedicated to providing care and education to the children of Nepal who are either infected with the HIV virus or have been directly affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The program consists of three separate projects all operating under the Punarbal Plus title: Punarbal Shikshya Sadan, Punarbal Community Care Center, and the Punarbal Awareness and Interaction Project. There is only one Punarbal Plus building, in which the administration and activities of these projects takes place. Each project attacks a different aspect of the issue of HIV/AIDS in Nepal, yet all are very closely interconnected.


The Punarbal Shikshya Sadan or, “Primary School,” was the first project to be established, in February of 2007. Noticing immense neglect for the education of children infected/affected by HIV, the school was initiated in order to provide these children with the education they deserved. Punarbal Plus, believes that education is a fundamental right of all children and to deprive them of this is truly immoral. The school began with 35 children and since than the enrollment has more than tripled.


Despite the immense success and growth of their existing project, Punarbal Plus, recognized a piece missing from their efforts. Many of these children had lost one or both parents to the AIDS virus and had nowhere to call home. In November of 2009, the Punarbal Community Care Centre was established. This care centre aims to provide care and guidance, as well as nutritional and medical care to children that would otherwise go without. Currently, the centre is home to 30 children and 5 HIV positive women.


This aspect of Purnabal's actvities focuses on building awareness of HIV/AIDS related issues in the community. By providing educational seminars in the surrounding areas Punarbal helps to combat the social stigma of AIDS and to increase awareness of preventative measures that should be practiced.

The Major Programs of Punarbal Plus are:

a) Home for HIV/AIDS orphan children b) Primary school c) Community integrate support projects d) Skill development training for HIV/AIDS single women

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

When They Were Founded

The organization was founded by Apsara Karki, in 2007, to contribute towards minimizing prevailing stigma and discrimination towards the HIV infected and affected in society. Punarbal Plus, provides a safe and positive environment for the infected/affected children, where their educational, medical and other emotional needs are met in a stigma free environment.

Punarbal Plus, has a educational institution name," Punarbal Shikshya Sadan," established in 2007, (the first project of the organization), which provides education to HIV infected/affected and orphaned children, who are deprived of education due to HIV status and poverty. In addition to providing education the school also offers psychological support in a safe and enabling environment to prepare the children for a brighter future.

How Are They Funded

This organization does not have any specific donors. So far, it is running with help from well wishers, locals and the founder. They receive donations on an individual bases, depending upon the project. This organization needs funds and volunteers.

Donation Requests

The organization would appreciate any games, sports equipment, stationary, clothes and other child friendly materials as a donation.

Placement Location Information

Kathmandu, Nepal

Punarbal Plus has their own building for school and home. It is situated near Swoyambhu which is known as Monkey Temple. It is concrete, three and a half story building. There is a library for the school children.

Prior to living at the Home, these children were enduring a life of extreme poverty and were ostracized and discriminated against by the community. Though there are provisions from other donor organizations to provide monetary incentives for those guardians who take care of the orphaned children, our experience is that many guardians were accepting the funds only through greed and not to support the children in their care. Therefore, Punarbal Home houses some very needy children who have nowhere else to go.

At this home, children receive nutritional food, a clean environment, weekly medical check-ups, psycho-social support and above all, a stigma free environment. Psycho-social support is crucial to establish a healthy state of mind following the traumatic events experienced by these children. We provide such psycho-social support and offer them counseling that attempts to help the children cope and resolve such issues.

We ensure that children grow up in a safe and loving environment without discrimination, and will be provided with the resources they need to build a secure future.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Walk north from the BaseCamp house towards Balaju Chowk. This is fun to walk that takes around ten minutes. After crossing the bridge, you will see the Balaju intersection and from there you will have to take a micro bus west - which will take you directly to Sitapaila Chwok, and from there it is only a five minute walk to Punarbal Plus.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 6km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:30

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 short periods of time; it then 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. In the winter you can see the Himalayas peaking over the hills first thing in the morning before the smog sets in.

There are numerous hotels, restaurants and trekking agencies that cater to tourists and offer day trips or longer adventures. The city can be a shock to travellers with a sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells.

Then there is Thamel...the world famous backpackers area...a home away from home for many travellers who need some extra comfort and a reminder of the western world, where you can find everything from fresh baked croissants to wireless internet.

In terms of religion, Kathmandu is largely Hindu with a strong Buddhist presence. Nepal recently moved from being a Hindu Kingdom with a ruling monarch to a republic and Kathmandu is full of evidence of the country's history.

Kathmandu is considered to be the economic, spiritual and cultural meeting point of Nepal and also serves as the administrative capital with many different aid organizations, government offices and embassies located within its limits.

Nearest Medical Clinic

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

Placement Address

Punarbal Plus

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

Placement Fee Alert

This placement has a placement fee!

In some cases, a placement will have to take on certain expenses in order to host a volunteer. For example, some medical internship placements take time away from paid medical staff to help with educational assistance. This has a cost that is compensated by a placement fee. In other cases, the organization may have to pay for additional equipment, energy consumption or other expense in order to put a volunteer to work.

In such cases, the organizaiton charges a fee. This fee is paid directly to the organization in cash on the ground.

One of the reasons that we keep this fee separate is so that volunteers who do not pay us for accommodation, meals etc (Program Fees), will see that they will still have to make this payment directly to the organizaiton upon their arrival.

The placement fee for this organization is: 20 USD / week

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.

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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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