Orphanage Childcare Volunteer

Prabhat Children Home - Pokhara, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-794 Location: Pokhara, Nepal Sector: Social Services Category: Childcare Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: None
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Volunteer Job Description

Parbhat Children Home is an orphanage where approximately 15 children ages 3 to 13 years old live who are from the lower caste of Nepali society and considered untouchables, (even though the government in Nepal has outlawed this discrimination).

Volunteers can play an important role in this home by assisting in the daily chores, as well as partaking in the numerous activities related to the care and well being of the children.

Volunteers would be responsible to create and implement fun and learning activities for the children. These activities if carefully planned and thought-out could help the children to communicate better with each other and help to develop the strength, confidence and skills necessary to deal with discrimination issues they may be experiencing.

Volunteers would be asked to help the children: get ready for school, take the younger kids to school in the morning and then back to the home in the afternoon, assist with the younger children in the home during the day and perhaps help in preparing some of the meals, especially if the volunteer could introduce the children to some meals that children in their native country love to eat.

A childcare volunteer does not need to have any special educational requirements at this placement but should enjoy working with children of all ages, be able to create fun and stimulating activities for the children to participate in and have the energy and emotional stamina that this requires. Childcare volunteers can do so much for these children be it there emotional or physical well being.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Activities With Children

A childcare volunteer would be responsible to create new activities; be it sports, games, fun projects or storytelling sessions. These tasks are really important because the staff usually have little time to devote to these activities and the children need play time to interact with each other.

General Childcare

A childcare volunteer's help is always welcome by the staff at the orphanage, who are constantly busy. Volunteers may be asked to assist with the bathing of the children, dressing them, feeding them, as well as helping to keep them entertained and happy.

Teach Art

Childcare volunteers may be asked to conduct art sessions with the children. Art is sometimes a great way for a child to express their feelings when they are unable to do so by other means. The volunteers may be required to provide the art supplies.

Teach Songs & Rhymes

One of the best ways to connect with children is by singing and dancing. Most 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. Volunteers should do their homework prior to their placement and bring a repertoire of great songs & rhymes to teach various lessons.

Host Organization Details

Prabhat Children Home

Prabhat Paribartanshil Samaj Dalit, (Prabhat Children’s Orphanage) is a not-for-profit social organization set up to help underprivileged Dalit (low caste) children of Nepal and provide them with food, shelter, clothing, medical support and an education.

The Prabhat Children's Orphanage's GOAL is to provide the children with an education and help them to become good, honest and responsible citizens. It AIMS to help eliminate child poverty within Nepal and give needy children a better chance at a successful future.

At present caste discrimination is found within the semi urban and rural areas of Nepal although the government has made it clear that if anyone is found guilty of discrimination they will be immediately punished. However, people's perception and attitude towards low caste Nepali and their children has not yet changed. Basically low caste Nepali are still treated as untouchables.

The Orphanage currently has approximately 15 children from 3 to 13 years of age. Some of the children have lost their parents while others have families that could not provide for them. It has been a boon for low caste Nepali to be able to seek help for their children. Otherwise these children have no other choice but to become,"street kids" and the chance of improving their lot in life is next to impossible. The Prabhat Children's Orphanage is striving to help these children by providing for them the necessities in life in order to develop into successful Nepali citizens.

When They Were Founded

Prabhat Paribartanshil Samaj Dalit (Prabhat Children’s Orphanage) is a non-government organization located in the village of Sindurke, in Sarangkot. The charity was first registered at the Chief District Office in Pokhara, Kaski in 2006 (Reg.No. 2246/066). It was founded by Mr. Kul Bahadur a Nepali who is a trekking guide and also belongs to a low caste family. He knows first hand how people treat the,"untouchable caste people", in his country and he is striving to help to improve their lot in life.

How Are They Funded

Mr. Kul Bahadur the Nepali founder of this Orphanage donates 50 per cent of his monthly salary to secure the lease on a small hillside house in Sarangkot. A few individual donors from around the world and a few local donors support this Nobel cause.

Donation Requests

Prabhat Children's Home would appreciate all and any donations such as:

clothing (all ages/sizes) stationery school items toys and board games toiletries (i.e. toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, soap etc.) medical supplies first aid medical kits shoes groceries vegetables fruit scholarships children's books recreational supplies badminton rackets soccer equipment basketballs volleyballs art supplies

Placement Location Information

Pokhara, Nepal

The Prabhat Children Home is situated a little bit away from the lake side which is the main tourist area of Pokhara. It is situated on a hill which famous for paragliding and its sunrise views. This organization was established to support to provide education to untouchable caste. It was started by Mr. Kul Bahadur Nepali who is local tour guide, with 50% of his salary he rented the house and started with nine children. They have thirteen children at the center aged from 3 to 13 years old. There are separate rooms for the boys and girls.

It is not only an orphanage but also a shelter home for those who can not afford education for their children. The location is very good - there is a nice view of Pokhara city and only a short walk to the hill of Sarangkot.

They are poorly equipped and have very few recreational items. They have some children books, and sport items.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house, take a taxi to Kantipath - everyday tourist buses leave here at 6:30am 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 in Pokhara, a representative of Parbhat Children Home will be there to pick up the volunteers.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 225km
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
Manipal
Pokhara
TEL 1: 061-440387
TEL 2: 061-440600

Placement Address

Prabhat Children Home
Panchase Marg
Pokhara
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
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.

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
Apr 02, 2021 May 07, 2021 Jun 04, 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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