Orphanage Childcare Volunteer

AntarDristi Nepal - Pokhara, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-627 Location: Pokhara, Nepal Sector: Social Services Category: Childcare Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

The Antardristi Centres work in the field of mental health and aim to empower children and youth to overcome various psychological problems that leads to healthier lives. Antardristi Nepal has three residential centres and all three centres offer teacher sensitivity training, community outreach programs, awareness classes and mothers' groups.

Antardristi's residential centres take in children who are in need of victim support and counselling. The main goal of Antardristi is to provide counselling services to victims of child sexual abuse and allow these children to have a brighter, safer future. The children Antardristi cares for live in the centre for one year and are provided with food, shelter, access to an education and counselling. Antardristi also provides parents of a victim, with support and access to vocational training to assist them in providing a stable environment for the child when they return home.

Limited staff makes taking care of the children of the Antardristi Pokhara Centre a challenge. Childcare volunteers are needed to assist the current staff and help make the work load more manageable.

Volunteers will be asked to help the children: get ready for school, take younger kids to school in the morning and then to the centre in the afternoon, assist with clean up, teach the kids about proper hygiene, read books etc.

Childcare volunteers can also develop and implement extra curricular activities to engage the children, as well as help the staff with administrative tasks.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Play with Children

Childcare volunteers can play with the children. These kids are sensitive, so to become friendly with them first by playing fun activities is a good way to start. Later volunteers can introduce them to hygienic and other learning activities through play.


One of the concerns in the children's academic education, is their handwriting skills. This is sometimes one of the barriers to obtaining better marks in exams. Childcare volunteers can help them to make their handwriting more legible by writing slowly and with care.

Teaching Art

Childcare volunteers can teach them how to draw a cat, house, dog, tree etc. Art is sometimes a great way for a child to express their feelings when they are unable to do so by other means.

Teaching Rhymes

Childcare volunteers can sometimes connect with children more easily through song and dance. In general all kids like to sing and dance. Volunteers may teach the children basic educational games through rhymes and fun songs and at the same time improve their English skills.

Host Organization Details

AntarDristi Nepal

Antardristi Nepal, a non-governmental organization (NGO) and member of the Nepal Social Welfare Council, has been braving a new path in the future of women's and children’s rights. Established by a team of women seeking to promote greater mental health among minors, AN was founded in an attempt to combat sexual violence against young Nepali women and children. Giving young survivors a voice and a choice—AN provides them with a brighter, safer future.

Antardristi Nepal (AN) works in two facets: Education/Awareness and Healing/Empowerment.

• Education/Awareness: AN hosts a number of community outreach efforts like educational workshops, seminars, family empowerment training and student-based dramas designed to raise awareness in schools, for both teachers and students. Programming is aimed at educating the wider community on the realities of sexual abuse and its prevention with a goal to change the perceptions of abuse within the local belief system in the Nepali community.

• Healing/Empowerment: AN operates 2 residential centers at the moment (Pokhara and Hetauda)—providing a safe sanctuary for survivors of abuse up to 19 years of age. These young women and children victims have their basic needs met at these centers. They receive psychological counseling, job-skill training and/or schooling (depending on their ages). Over time they are encouraged and supported to realize their potential and rebuild their confidence—empowering them for the eventual reintegration into their communities.

The care and support AN provides has a enormous impact in the advancement of the lives of the survivors, their families, and the wider community.

When They Were Founded

Antardristi works in the field of mental health, and aims to empower youth and children to overcome various psychological problems and lead healthy lives. Established in 2003, Antardristi Nepal has three residential centers: Kathmandu (2007), Pokhara (2008) and Hetauda (2010). At present the two centers at Pokhara and Hetauda offer teacher sensitivity training, community outreach, awareness classes and mothers' groups.

It was establish to help in the psychological healing of children and to help reintegrated them back into society.

How Are They Funded

Antardirsti is funded by different donor organizations, and also with individual foreign and local donors. Nobal House Foundation is supporting eight children for education and accommodations. Max Khatri is supporting the Hetauda Center of Antardristi with electronic supplies and carpeting.

They organize different fund raising programs as well.

Donation Requests

The list of donations: that can be helpful for Antardristi

1) Used computers 2) Laptops 3) Children books 4) Children Movies 5) Television 6) Badminton 7) Football 8) Basketball 9) Notebooks 10) Pen 11) Erazers 12) Pencils 13) Scholarships 14) Cash 15) Recreational books 16) Stickers 17) Shoes 18) Clothes 19) Mosquito nets 20) Soccer 21) Books regarding Child Psychology

Placement Location Information

Pokhara, Nepal

The facilities of this placement are quite Spartan by Western standards. They each have a common area where the girls play, work on arts and crafts, do their daily studies and just socialize. There is also a room where counseling sessions take place, an office for the house staff, and a room for worship.

Each facility has a basic kitchen, but there are not enough tables or chairs to go around, so even eating in shifts, many of the girls are relegated to sitting on the floor to eat. The meals are the same for breakfast, lunch and dinner; the traditional Nepali staple of Dal Bhat which is white rice, lentils and curried vegetables when available.

The sleeping arrangements are dormitory style with multiple bunk beds in the bed rooms. Even with the bunk beds to maximize space, many of the younger girls share a bunk.

The girls appear to come to the facility with barely more than two changes of clothes and a uniform for school. Their clothes are threadbare and soiled despite washing them by hand every few days.

While the girls are fed and have a safe haven to live and sleep, there are still many opportunities that could be remedied with your financial and volunteer help. They are in desperate need of school supplies; books, paper, pencils, erasers, etc., clothing, financial resources for social outings, medical care and for community education about the ongoing problem of sexual abuse of the young girls of the community.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, take a taxi to Tourist Bus Park, and from there catch a bus heading to Pokhara. This is around a 200km trip, but by bus can take around six to seven hours, depending on traffic and stops. Once you reach Pokhara, Antardristi staff will be there to pick you up and take you to the placement.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 202
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 6:30

Weather in the Area

Pokhara has a mild climate ranging from a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius in the summer, down to 10 degrees Celsius in the coldest month of January. The green hills and snow-capped mountains play an important role in keeping the temperature relatively cool, even in the scorching heat of the summer. In general, the humidity is higher in the morning than in the evening.

On average, the Monsoon season begins in Pokhara around April. The beginning of April brings torrential downpours with sudden strong winds and storms. The rainfall becomes more intense during the months of July, August and September. Pokhara receives heavy rainfall when the warm and humid winds from the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea form heavy clouds over the valley. For this reason, the valley is also known as Cherapunji of Nepal - Cherapunji being the Indian town that receives the highest rainfall in the world. The heavy rainfalls gradually die down and the weather is clear from October to February. There are lighter winter rains in the valley from January to March.

City/Village Description

The Pokhara Valley, a land of spectacular beauty crowned by the majestic Himalayas, conjures visions of calm but vibrant green hills. Loaded with luxuriant vegetation and dotted with shimmering lakes, the valley offers awesome vistas. Magnificent images of Mount Machhapuchhare reflected in the clear waters of the Lake Phewa, leave everyone spellbound. As one of the Nepal’s adventure hubs, it has reputation of being the second home for tourists worldwide.

Pokhara's rich topographical conditions are responsible for the profusion of flora and fauna. The geographical location has made Pokhara one of the biggest valleys in Nepal. The valley is encircled by lush green hills ranging in height from 1077 meters in the South East from 2738 meters in the North East. Snow clad mountains add a special radiance to the valley. They also form snow-fed rivers that run through the heart of the valley.

Among other advantages, the valley is popular for many different ethnic groups known for their rich art and cultural heritage. The combination of stunning natural beauty and spectacular art and culture has attracted visitors to the Pokhara Valley.

Pokhara is also recognized as one of the major destinations for adventure tourism. Micro-light flying, paragliding, rafting, sightseeing, boating, pony trekking and caving are extremely popular form of adventure tourism.

Because Pokhara is such a popular tourism destination, there is no shortage of amenities in the area. There is a wide variety of hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions to choose from, all at a variety of price points.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Manipal Hospital
TEL 1: 061-440387
TEL 2: 061-440600

Placement Address

AntarDristi 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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