Legal Support and Research Volunteer

Women Security Pressure Group - Kathmandu, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-696 Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Sector: Community Development Category: Human Rights Min Duration: 3 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Women Security Pressure Group has taken on the role of developing their organization as an open forum where individuals from all regional and national agencies who are focused on women's rights issues can share their research.

This platform for social change is one that WSPG believes will help strengthen their effectiveness because groups will work together to educate one another about the different issues that they are trying to tackle. WSPG expects a legal volunteer to understand what Nepali Women are advocating and what their rights are. Volunteers would assist in the daily administrative work and fundraising programs. They would also contribute by sharing the knowledge of their native country's human right laws and discussing their host country's laws and the necessity of promoting change, if deemed required, by the Nepali people.

Volunteers would participate in various activities like: peaceful picketing, seminars, donor organizations' programs and fundraising campaigns. Volunteers would also assist by drafting proposals and correcting grammatical mistakes in reports and/or proposals done by others.

Volunteer Tasks Required


A legal volunteer may be asked to help WSPG by writing letters and emails. Volunteers may also be asked to send updated reports to the present donor organizations and individuals so they are kept informed on the WSPG's current activities.

Written Reports

A legal volunteer may be asked to write reports on current programs, edit previously written reports or write reports on future endeavours that the organization may be considering.

Social Network

Social networking has become part of life and a legal volunteer may be asked to update and then keep current their face book account. It is one of the best ways to communicate with others about different avenues of endeavours to improve the status of women world wide.

File Systems

Currently many filing systems have become digital, however in Nepal, they have both systems in use. A legal volunteer may be asked to update the organization's current system or they may be asked to discuss the pros and cons of the system they are presently using. This discussion may also include details about the system used in the volunteer's native country.

Volunteers may be asked to contribute data towards publications in their magazine. They also may be asked to rearrange books on the shelves in a more subject oriented manner.

Host Organization Details

Women Security Pressure Group

Women Security Pressure Group, (WSPG), is a non-governmental organization that strives to develop programs that promote equal rights and improved conditions for women in Nepal. The members of WSPG believe that Nepali women are entitled to the same freedom as men and strive to encourage individuals to actively work together, to promote social change. To increase public awareness is one of the key GOALS of this organization. Their AIM is to tell other Nepali's about the challenging situations that many women in the country face and the daily discrimination that prohibits some women to live in a safe and inclusive environment.

Developing a strong sense of community and strong solidarity among women will help to increase awareness and encourage women to speak out about their experiences. Through, " open forum discussions about women's rights, in Nepal ", issues can be addressed and actively perused through policy revisions, education and open-discussions. Through education and awareness programs the, Women Security Pressure Group, is fighting against oppression, discrimination and exploitation against women.

The social issues that this organization is targeting are different situations in Nepal that prohibit women from a safe and inclusive environment. Women in Nepal are responsible for all household duties and managing the daily necessities such as preparing all meals and collecting water. Many women start performing these chores at a very young age and therefore, often do not attend school. In 2002, the literacy rate in Nepal for women was 23% whereas for men the literacy rate was 67%. WSPG, strives to create educational programs to help bridge the educational gap between men and women so that more women can actively be involved in management and political activities.

The members of the, Women Security Pressure Group, want to encourage social change by working with political officials to revise certain policies that exclude women or do not promote equality. By influencing policy makers, government officials and political parties the organization believes that they can achieve one of their primary GOALS, which is to ensure that women have an equal ability to participate in all levels of government. They believe that women should be able to help revise and create policies from a local to a national level.

In order to achieve their goals, WSPG, believes that education and open discussions are a key component. They are trying to develop WSPG, as a resource centre that encourages other agencies to: network, share resources and develop large scale educational workshops.

Women Security Pressure Group, has also taken on the role of developing their organization as, " an open forum", where individuals from all regional and national agencies, who are also focused on women's rights issues, can share their research.

This platform for social change is one that WSPG believes will help strengthen their effectiveness because more groups will start working together to educate one another about the different issues that they are trying to tackle.

An example of one of WSPG successful projects was: on March 7, 2006, WSPG organized a round table discussion in SAP-Nepal, Falcha Hall on " Inclusive Democracy- Why & How ? ". The program's participants included: human rights activists, former justices, intellectuals, politicians, women activists, lawyers, and media personnel. The event brought media attention to various topics and influenced people from various sectors of Nepali society to develop improvement strategies for women's rights in Nepal.

When They Were Founded

Women Security Pressure Group, was founded in 1991. The Executive Committee people are: Ms. Sahana Pradhan Chairperson Mr. Sarada Pokharel Vice Chairperson Ms. Sabitri Thapa General Secretary Ms. Kalpana Rijal Secretary Ms. Karyani Shah Treasurer Ms Tula Rana Member Ms Sushila Shrestha Member Ms. Hari Priya Pandey Member Ms. Bimala Tumkheva Member Ms. Samjha Shrestha Member Ms. Durga Sov Member

Advisory Board Ms. Kamal Rana Ms. Ambika Shrestha Ms. Angur Baba Joshi Dr. Meena Acharya Dr. Shanta Thapaliya Ms. Durga Ghimire

Who They Work With

Womens Security Pressure Groups is an organization that wants to work with any individual who is interested in helping to improve women's rights in Nepal. Their main office in Kathmandu which is were all of our volunteer are placed. However, they have established branches through out the county to ensure that they are providing educational opportunities to both urban and rural Nepali communities.

This organization develops programs to serve Nepali women of all ages. Although the organization is based in Kathmandu, the group strives to create programs that will impact women throughout the country.

How Are They Funded

Women Security Pressure Group has received funding from a number of international non- government organizations. Some of their main donor agencies are OXFAM, ActionAid, and AED. Besides these they receive donations from the government of Nepal for certain projects.

Donation Requests

The members of WSPG would appreciate any type of donations. The items that would really help their day to day operations include the following stationary that can be used to help supply their workshops: pens, pencils, erasers, chart paper, notebooks, rulers, scissors, tape, felt markers, construction paper and envelopes.

Other types of donations include: women's clothing, women's shoes, hair brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, printer, ink and a basic computer to help with more planning and research.

Books are also in great demand. They are requesting books that focus on issues regarding gender issues, women's rights issues and public speaking tips.

Placement Location Information

Kathmandu, Nepal

Women Security Pressure Group has also taken on the role of developing their organization as an open forum where individuals from all regional and national agencies who are also focused on women's rights issues can share their research.

WSPG conducts a lot of programs in different parts of Nepal. This placement is their head office, they used to call all their grass root partners here to have talk with them in their hall. There is a common room, Program Officer's room - where our volunteer will be working closely with them. There is a kitchen and also an administrative room on the first floor. On the second floor they have a meeting room, Executive Directors room and one extra room for other program or project coordinator.

They have computer and WiFi and also they have an emergency generator incase of power outages.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, catch a bus to Jamal - this drive takes around 10 minutes. Once in Jamal, go over the bridge to cross the road and walk to Ratna Park. Again cross the road on the over head bridge and walk through Bagbazzar or Bhaktapur Bus park until you reach the intersection. After crossing the intersection, walk east and on your left hand side you will see a small alley - walk down the alley for one minute and you will see the WSPG office.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 3km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:40

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 a short period of time and then it 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. Kathmandu serves as the centre of Nepal's economy and is also a cultural hub and a gateway for travellers looking to explore the rest of the country.

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

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

Kathmandu has the most advanced urban infrastructure in Nepal and its economy is largely dependent on tourism. Because of its rich cultural history and the fairly recent rise in tourism, the city is an interesting mix of old and new with areas of narrow cobblestone streets that feel unchanged since the middle ages mixed in with areas of congested traffic and pollution. Kathmandu is known for its ancient and intricate architecture and has numerous beautiful Hindu temples and Buddhist shrines. The streets are lined with local vendors selling their wares, local open air markets, as well as department stores which offer brand name goods.

Kathmandu became popular for tourists in the 1960's, and today has a mix of backpackers and mountain climbers who travel through the city. The city can be a shock to travellers, with its sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells.

Kathmandu serves as the administrative capital of Nepal with many different aid organizations, government offices and embassies located within its limits. There are also numerous hotels, restaurants and trekking agencies that cater to tourists and offer day trips or longer adventures. Thamel is the world famous backpackers area of the city and offers many different comforts to travellers such as internet access and western food.

Nearest Medical Clinic

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

Placement Address

Women Security Pressure Group
Dilli Bazaar

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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