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Volunteering with FACE Nepal is a great way to experience Nepal and see first-hand the value of your contribution. Volunteer work is available in a number of areas and you will be asked to select your preferred options upon registration.

If you are flexible in your selection we will recommend an option for you in line with your skill base and confidence levels, and taking into account the needs identified in our development strategy. If you are traveling with a friend or spouse, joint activities and accommodation can also be incorporated.

The following Volunteer Programs are available:

1. TEACHING IN A GOVERNMENT SCHOOL (ages 5-16)

PROJECT SUMMARY

Teach children in a Government SchoolThe English teaching project covers teaching in several Government schools in Nepal. English does not form part of the primary school curriculum in public school. Many poor children cannot afford private English education and go on to higher schools with little knowledge of Basic English. The ability to speak and write proficiently in English greatly increases employment opportunities. Your volunteer role as an English teacher can make a significant difference to these children's lives, many of whom dream of speaking English.

Government schools currently have anywhere between 60-100 children to one teacher. The schools have minimal teaching resources and the classrooms are of a basic standard. The students value learning highly and any voluntary teaching support is greatly appreciated by both the pupils and the teachers. When volunteering in a school you will generally assist an existing teacher by providing support to students struggling to keep up with the rest of the class. If you come with teaching experience and the confidence you may wish to teach classes independently. Also with experience and confidence you could enhance the teacher's skills by demonstrating or explaining alternative or more advanced principles of teaching.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

Though no teaching experience or skill is needed, volunteers joining the teaching program in Nepal should have good English, both written and verbal. Volunteers are expected to be flexible, patient and committed to the program. If you have no teaching experience you may find it helpful to bring some resources including a guide to English grammar.

VOLUNTEERS RESPONSIBILITIES:

Volunteers in the teaching projects mostly teach conversational English for 2 to 3 hours a day in a public school for six days a week. Friday afternoons and Saturdays are free. Most of the students of the school are between the ages of 6 and 13. Volunteers will be assisted by other teachers of the schools. Outside of the teaching hours you can organize games, drawing, singing, dancing and other creative extra curricular activities. Volunteers are also expected to help with taking children on educational tours, helping them with homework, monitoring academic progress and in administration.

2. TEACHING ENGLISH IN COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS

PROJECT SUMMARY

Teach English and other skills to children and adults in a Community Learning Center.In the Nepali community many children and adults suffer from a lack of education. The educational needs of the community are not only learning formal subjects such as English language but also basic health care and hygiene training. Those who cannot attend school for various reasons (some are needed at home to help with animals/farming for instance) have the opportunity through the Community Centers and volunteers' help to access some of the education they are missing.

Volunteers will teach in these projects in the early morning and again in the early evening. The rest of the day can be used for assessing needs and planning or helping with other FACE Nepal projects.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

Again, although no teaching experience or skill is needed, volunteers joining the teaching programs in community centers should have good English, both written and verbal. Volunteers are expected to be flexible, patient and committed to the program. Materials which will help to plan sessions would be a useful resource to bring.

VOLUNTEERS RESPONSIBILITIES:

Volunteers who teach in the community will generally have one or two classes of children in the morning starting at around 7 am. Most of the children then go on to school. Ages of the children vary but can be as young as 3 and up to around 14 (hence the need to run two classes). Adult classes can be run in the evening depending upon current interest. The rest of the day can be spent in planning and becoming involved in other community projects. It may also be necessary for volunteers to conduct simple surveys to assess community needs or concerns for future projects.

3. CONSERVATION WORK

PROJECT SUMMARY

Volunteer as a conservation worker Nepal.Deforestation, land fragmentation and desertification are major environmental problems that Nepal is facing. Our local partner in Chitwan has established a community nursery program aiming to distribute indigenous tree seedling for free to local farmers, schools, communities and NGO’s. As a volunteer in the conservation work project in Nepal, you will support the activities of this community nursery.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

There are no specific qualifications for volunteers wishing to join the conservation project in Nepal. The work, however, is physically demanding for which volunteers should be prepared.

VOLUNTEERS RESPONSIBILITIES:

Volunteers working in this conservation project will be engaged in various aspect of the work in the nursery. This includes care of seedlings which, after nurturing, will be distributed to the villagers in various parts of Nepal. The work will also include the preparation of nursery beds, sowing seeds, weeding, trimming, pruning, filling plastic bags and watering Other tasks may include planting, collecting seeds, replanting, eliminating diseased trees and maintaining an inventory of fauna and flora. FACE Nepal also supports a small orphanage and as part of this project you will help in the gardens which provide vegetables for the orphanage.

A further option with this project is to teach English in the orphanage.

4. CARE WORK IN AN ORPHANAGE

PROJECT SUMMARY

Volunteer as a care worker in an orphanage.A country crippled with political instability and poverty, Nepal immediately needs help for children who have lost their parents in recent wars and violence. FACE Nepal partners with a number of local orphanages in Nepal and supports their activities by arranging volunteer projects and making donations. During this placement volunteers will teach English and engage the children in stimulating, creative extra-curricular activities.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

There are no specific qualifications needed to join this volunteer project. You must, however, feel able to develop a rapport and a caring relationship with children. As ever, volunteers need to be flexible and patient.

VOLUNTEERS RESPONSIBILITIES:

Teaching option: Volunteers will teach English for 3 to 4 hours a day in the orphanage or school. Some children also need help with activities of daily living (having showers and dressing, for instance). Help with homework may also be needed and volunteers help with monitoring academic progress. Outside of teaching you can organize games and activities.

Non-teaching option: Volunteers who do not wish to teach may look after those children who do not attend school during the day. This again involves helping children with their activities of daily living, help in the kitchen, gardens and cleaning and with administrative work.

5. HEALTH PROJECT

PROJECT SUMMARY

Volunteer in Health Projects in Nepal.Nepal's health care system is very resource poor and there is an evident lack of manpower. The local health care posts, located in the outer city areas and villages, urgently need help. As a medical volunteer you will work in rural health posts and community clinics. Volunteers will work mostly to assist the main doctor but responsibilities will vary depending upon skills and experience.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

Volunteers must possess some health care certification, such as an ID as a medical student, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician's credentials. Medical volunteers without credentials are not allowed to work in health programs because of the potential risk.

VOLUNTEERS RESPONSIBILITIES:

Responsibilities in health posts include BP measurement, and height and weight recording. Generally volunteers would not be involved in diagnosis or surgery but the role will vary according to the volunteers' qualifications and experience. Patients at health posts will also be in need of education re health, sanitation and nutrition. Treatment of minor wounds and injuries, keeping patient records and distribution of medicines will be other responsibilities.

6. IT WORK

Use your IT skills to help us advance technological knowledge and capabilities in Nepal.FACE Nepal is seeking volunteers who have IT skills such as web designing and researching. These volunteers will work in the head office in Narayangadh, Chitwan. The teaching of basic skills to students according to interest at the time will also be a part of this role. Computers are relatively new to everyone in Nepal so your teaching would be invaluable.

ACCOMODATION AND SUPPORT FOR ALL PLACEMENTS/PROJECTS

FACE Nepal arranges your accommodation which will be with a host family and your food will be included. Support is provided by FACE Nepal from the start to the end of your program. You will be either staying near to your placement/project or you will commute by bicycle each day. Host families offer a separate room but you will share the bath room and rest room with the rest of the family. Representatives of FACE Nepal are contactable at all times and we hold weekly meetings with volunteers to discuss projects, any issues that arise and to offer support.

If you are interested in any of our programs then please contact Info@facenepal.org

Managing Director
Mr.Shreeram Devkota
devkota.shreeram@gmail.com
www.facenepal.org

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