Speech Therapy Volunteer

Patan Community Rehabilitation Organization - Patan, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-784 Location: Patan, Nepal Sector: Health Care Category: Rehabilitation and Therapy Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Intermediate Placement Fee: 20 USD / week
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Volunteer Job Description

Community Based Rehabilitation, (CBR) is implemented through the combined efforts of disabled people themselves, their families and communities, as well as the appropriate health, education, vocational and social services.

In Nepal where government resources are scarce, services for disabled children are extremely limited. CBR therefore, shifts the emphasis from institutions or hospitals, (which only offer medical rehabilitation), to the community. The CBR organization works with people with disabilities in achieving equal opportunities, equal rights and dignity. In much of Nepal, CBR is the only viable approach to reach thousands of otherwise unreachable disabled persons.

Patan CBR is a very flexible placement. It has a very wide range of working exposure. Basically our volunteers go and help out special needs children to improve their functional capacities towards independent living in society.

In Nepal, there is a lack of speech therapist and they are in huge demand. Patan CBR is not able to hire speech therapist due to financial restraints and therefore many children requiring speech therapy do not receive this care. The organization is seeking speech therapy volunteers who can not only assist these needy children and their families but also educate the staff. Another important endeavour would be to produce written programs for speech therapy development.

Volunteers may be working with autistic children and/or those who have harelips and/or cleft palates, as well as other speech impediments.

A speech therapy volunteer for this placement must be a qualified speech therapist with some experience in said field. Must be a mature individual who understands the depth of this responsibility and is willing to accept this challenging position. The organization requests that the volunteer's commitment be at least two weeks however, there is so much that needs to be accomplished that a longer stay would be much appreciated.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Speech Therapy

A speech therapy volunteer may be asked to work with autistic children and/or with children with other speech impediments. Many of these children have not had the opportunity to receive any speech training and the volunteer's job can be most rewarding for all concerned.

Staff Education

Most of the Patan CBR staff do not have knowledge regarding speech therapy. A speech therapy volunteer would be asked to educate some of the staff as to different techniques and approaches to enable these children to develop their speaking skills.

Documentation of Data

One of the important roles of a speech therapy volunteer would be to develop a written program for children with different speech impediments which could be continued by staff after the volunteer leaves, as well as a guideline for any future speech therapy volunteers.


Speech therapy volunteers would be working directly with the children and may be required at times to attend to some of their immediate needs. This may involve helping them at lunchtime or at times with their personal grooming.

Host Organization Details

Patan Community Rehabilitation Organization

Patan Community Based Rehabilitation Organization, (Patan CBR), is a non-profit organization that is utilizing community based rehabilitation practices for the betterment of disabled children within the Lalitpur, Kathmandu and Nuwakot districts of Nepal.

Services include: A daycare centre Home visits Structured play groups Assistance to educational institutions Training and skill development

The World Health Organization has described,"Community Based Rehabilitation", as a strategy within community development for the rehabilitation, equalization of opportunities and social integration of all people with disabilities.

CBR is implemented through the combined efforts of disabled people themselves, their families and communities and the appropriate health, education, vocational and social services.

Although CBR is an international strategy, it is recognized that because all communities differ in socio-economic conditions, terrain, cultures and political systems, there cannot be a single model of CBR for the world.

In Nepal where government resources are scarce, services for disabled children are extremely limited. CBR, therefore, shifts the emphasis from institutions or hospitals, (which only offer medical rehabilitation), to the community. The CBR organization works with people with disabilities in achieving equal opportunities, equal rights and dignity. In much of Nepal, CBR is the only viable approach to reach thousands of otherwise unreachable disabled persons.

When They Were Founded

Patan Community Based Rehabilitation Organisation (Patan CBR) is a non-profit organization established in 1995 AD. Initially providing rehabilitation services to just 60 children within the historic town of Patan. It has since expanded to cover three districts of Nepal - Lalitpur (including Patan), Kathmandu and Nuwakot.

Patan CBR provides services for children with disabilities and is implemented through the combined efforts of disabled people themselves, their families and communities, as well as, appropriate health, education, vocational and social services.

Who They Work With

They serve the people in the community, especially kids, who are physically and mentally disabled.

How Are They Funded

Previously their main donor agency was," SAVE THE CHILDREN", Norway. But now they have stop receiving fund from them. Presently they receive very nominal funds from the Government of Nepal. Some funds are also provided by individual donors and charitable organizations. They have many local individual donors.

Donation Requests

Aids and Appliances Educational Materials such as: Books on Autism, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy, Recreational and Capacity Building Books Educational Supplies such as: Stationary, Pencils, Erasers, Pencil Sharpeners, Colored Markers, Blackboard Markers & Chalk Sports Equipment Scholarships Medicine(EPILEPSY) Physiotherapy Kits Cash

Placement Location Information

Patan, Nepal

Patan Community Based Rehabilitation Center ( Patan CBR ) is situated on the banks of the river of Bagmati near Shakhamul.

Patan CBR has their own concrete building which was built with the support of local and international agencies. They have separate rooms for kids according to their needs. There is an office in the basement, where they have an electric back-up system. They have a physiotherapy room with a small amount of physio equipment on the ground floor. The first floor has four rooms where they have lessons for autistic children and other special needs children. They have a separate room to teach and to make handicraft products and goods, to help generate a little income. In a separate building there is a daycare facility. Patan CBR has a few simple toys and a little bit of educational materials. They have a white board, markers, a desk and chair and benches for students to sit and learn.

It is a quiet place near the river but they don't have a playground for their students. Nearby there is an UN Park, and it is just a 10 minutes walk south to Patan Royal Palace which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Walk 5 minutes to Sorakhutay, and get on a micro bus to Jamal. It may take around 8 to 15 minutes depending upon traffic. Next walk 2 minutes to Ratna Park. Then get on a bus to Shankhamul, it may take around 20 minutes to reach Shankhamul which is the last bus station. Walk over the suspension bridge to the south and take a left after the bridge. Walk west and you will see Patan CBR. It may take around 5 minutes.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 5 KM
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:50

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 September and is when the most rain fall occurs in Nepal. During the monsoon season rain does not usually fall continuously but extremely hard for short periods of time and then remains cloudy and cool until the next rain fall.

City/Village Description

Patan is a tourist destination which has all kinds of tourist shops like: restaurants, museums and clubs. This is an artistic city with different styles of temples and monuments.

Patan is on an elevated tract of land in Kathmandu Valley on the south side of the Bagmati River, which separates it from the city of Kathmandu on the northern and western side.

Walking is the easiest method of transportation within the city as the core is densely populated. In terms of motor transport, Kathmandu Valley Ring Road which encircles the central part of the valley is a strategic road in the city. Connection to Kathmandu over the Bagmati River is provided by a host of roads and pedestrian bridges. The most trafficked and important bridge connecting to the center of Kathmandu is Thapathali Bridge. Since pedestrians and vehicles often have to share the same road, traffic congestion is a major problem in Patan.

Nearest Medical Clinic

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

Placement Address

Patan Community Rehabilitation Organization

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


The following is a list of all months during which this placement is not available.

  • October

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.

Oct 01, 2021 Nov 05, 2021 Dec 03, 2021
Jan 07, 2022 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


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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