Namaste and warm welcomes from all of us at Volunteers Initiative Nepal. Our volunteer work is dedicated to empowering the most marginalized communities in Nepal. Our volunteering and internship service programs include women’s empowerment, child care at early childhood development centers, orphanages, teaching English in schools & monasteries, health care service, construction and manual work, child rights and education, etc.
Whether you are planning to take a gap year, career break, or short travel holiday, VIN’s volunteer programs can be right for you! We offer wonderful volunteer and travel opportunities, with our well structured grass-root level rural community programs which target women, children, youth, and teachers being able to accommodate volunteers of any age group.
Volunteers Initiative Nepal’s (VIN) mission is to empower marginalized communities, with a focus on women and children, through enhanced educational programs and community training to promote equality, economic well-being and basic human rights.
Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN) is a non-religious, non-political, non-governmental, non-for-profit organization (NGO) which was founded in 2005 by a diverse group drawn from development workers, educationalists, social activists and other professionals. VIN is officially registered under the Society Act with the District Administration Office Kathmandu (Reg No. 147/062/63), and is also affiliated to the Social Welfare Council Nepal (SWC) (Affiliation No. 20910). VIN focuses on community-based projects involving local volunteers backed by international volunteers in Nepal.
VIN aims to give people the proper tools and knowledge to help themselves. The focus is on helping women and children through special educational programs and community training projects conducted independently and/or in association with like-minded organizations. VIN has adopted an integrated community development approach through voluntary services by welcoming overseas and local volunteers.
Community Based Volunteer Placements
Volunteers participating in community based projects will be placed with a host family within the community in which they are working. In addition to receiving food and accommodation, this is also an excellent opportunity for volunteers to immerse themselves in the Nepali community, within a supportive environment, learning about Nepali lifestyle, culture and language and sharing their culture in return.
VIN has a number of volunteering opportunities within the rural community, these include:
- Women’s Empowerment Projects such as women’s education; income generation; savings and credits; and health, sanitation and the environment.
- Child Care Initiatives such as children’s clubs; early childhood development; schooling for conflict victims and orphanage support.
- Youth Development Schemes such as a community youth club to develop life skills and English language classes.
- Teacher Training and Education, including workshops, seminars and exchange visits.
- The Health Program, which mobilizes volunteer healthcare professionals to see and treat patients and raise awareness on sanitation issues.
- Additional volunteer projects in the community include the establishment of a community learning center; construction and manual work, and environment and agroforestry.
Monastery and Nunnery Placements
Although VIN’s main focus is on development projects within the rural community, VIN also provides volunteer placement opportunities in monasteries and nunneries. This program helps educate young monks and nuns in conversational English, as well as developing their life skills and providing an opportunity to participate in creative activities.
Volunteers are placed in the monastery or nunnery in which they are teaching, and in addition to receiving food and accommodation, they are also able to witness and gain a fascinating insight into Tibetan Buddhist practices and rituals.
We also organize affordable adventure programs, e.g. trekking, hiking, sight seeing, Bunge Jump, White water rafting, jungle safari, mountain flights through our partner institutes. The cost will be a way cheaper and it also gives a little money for the organization’s projects in the community. So you can make many things in one with VIN. We ensure your memorable and life changing experience with us.