Nursing Student Volunteer

Om Disable Child Care Home - Kathmandu, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-796 Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Sector: Health Care Category: Nursing Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: None
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Volunteer Job Description

OM Disable Child Care Home provides support to physically disabled and mentally challenged children. They provide food, shelter, personal hygienic care, trips for medical check-ups, as well as physiotherapy and/or speech therapy whenever it is available.

Approximately 10 children are staying at the home at the present time; they have two staff who provide 24/7 care. The home has few supplies or equipment due to lack of funding. Right now, it is almost fully supported by the founder. Occasionally they receive cash donations from individuals or local organizations but this is usually needed for food.

Nursing student volunteers would be most welcome at the home to help provide care to these needy children. If a volunteer decided on this placement it would be greatly beneficial for the children in the home if the volunteer expanded his/her knowledge in primary physiotherapy and speech therapy before arriving in the host country, in order to begin to assist these children in this division of care.

However, many different aspects of childcare could be explored with the staff such as knowledge about basic first-aid, signs and symptoms of diseases and illnesses prevalent in Nepal or teach personal grooming and health and hygienic issues to appropriate children etc.

Since they do not have enough staff, nursing student volunteers are needed in all areas of care for these children and the students would have the joy and personal rewarding experience of tending to children who sincerely require assistance.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Personal Hygiene of Children

Nursing student volunteers would be expected to teach good grooming habits and personal hygiene to the children at the home. These lessons would need to be reinforced on a daily bases with many of the children due to their disabilities.

Teach Basic First-aid

Nursing student volunteers may be asked to teach staff basic first-aid. Since the staff are staying 24/7 with the children it is important that they have knowledge about first-aid so they can utilize those skills.

Medical Records of the Children

Nursing student volunteers may be asked to develop personal medical files on the children or update active files. Since the files would contain medical data, help in developing said files, from a nursing students would be of benefit.

Speech Therapy

Nursing student volunteers may be asked to do speech therapy; especially with the children with autism. The students would only be asked to do this if they felt in their comfort zone to do so.

Host Organization Details

Om Disable Child Care Home

Om Disabled Child Care Home was established in 2010 and since than has been running a shelter for physically and mentally disabled children.

In Nepal there are thousands of children who have been forced to live a difficult lifestyle struggling with problems like Cerebral Palsy (CP) and other physical and mental disabilities. In Nepali society disabled children and their mothers do not get adequate support even from their own families. Most of these children have no access to proper treatment and counselling to improve their conditions. Many such children are abandoned just because of their disabilities and many others are a big burden to their families who have a difficult time making enough to survive. These children are in extreme need of love, care and support in their lives.

Ten such children are living in the shelter now, some of whom have been rescued from the street and sent to the shelter by the Central Children Welfare Council. Others, have parents who are not able to support a disabled child due to their financial situations.

OM Disable Child Care Home is one of the few organizations which provides support to special needs children by managing and maintaining a shelter for children with disabilities. They provide food, shelter, personal hygienic care, physiotherapy and medical check-ups.

Their main objective is to provide special rehabilitation and skill development programs for physically and mentally disabled children.

When They Were Founded

The founder of OM Disable Child Care Home is Mrs Ratnakala Dallakoti whom has a son suffering from cerebral palsy. It was hard for her to raise her son and through caring for his many needs came to realize the plight of so many other families and children. Thus she decided with the support of others to establish a home for disabled children in 2010.

How Are They Funded

The OM Disable Child Care Home Organization gets a certain amount from the government of Nepal as a disable allowance, geared according to the number of children. However, that money is not enough to fully support the organization. They do not have any regular donors but so far the founder and national and international donors have being supporting them.

Donation Requests

Om Disable Child Care Home appreciates everything but also here is a list of some of the items needed.

- Physiotherapy kits - Groceries - Fruit - Vegetables - Dresses all sizes - Blankets - Soap - Toothbrushes - Toothpaste - Shoes all sizes - First aid kits - Carpets - DVD movies - Chocolates - Meat

Placement Location Information

Kathmandu, Nepal

The Om Disable Child Care Home is situated in the little village of Suchyataar - it is not that far from the city but provides a sense of village life.

The home is in a rented house and they have very few resources. They do not have physiotherapy kits or equipment, nor do they have enough beds or quilts to go around. The home needs more carpets and rugs for the floors. There is a TV and a DVD player to entertain the children, but there is no internet access. Altogether there are four rooms - two for the kids, one used as a kitchen and one used as both an office common room. The house is only one floor and outside they have small area where the children can play.

They have two paid staff for cleaning and cooking and they sometimes hire a part time physiotherapist when they have enough funds or if someone donates money.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, walk north for 10-15 minutes, to Balaju and catch a bus to Kalanki Chowk. It will take around 20-25 minutes to reach there depending on the traffic. After getting off at Kalanki Chowk, cross the road and walk through the alley of Shahid Memorial Hospital. Walk for 15 minutes to reach the Electricity Power House and then take left and you will see the OM Disable Child Care Home.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 7km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:45

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
Lazimpat
Kathmandu
TEL 1: 4424111
TEL 2: 4435232

Placement Address

Om Disable Child Care Home
Suchayataar
Kathmandu
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.

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 Feb 05, 2021 Mar 05, 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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