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Daycare Assistance

Pokhara, Nepal show on map

Spend time caring for children and assist the staff with tasks like washing, picking up kids from school and playing with them.

The program

The mission of this essential program is to care for some of the most impoverished children in the city of Pokhara. Poverty and a very low standard of living sadly result in cases where children are left uncared-for, often finding their way on to the streets. Some manage to be placed in community-care centers. These, however, are poorly resourced and rely on donations and on volunteers to help with the children. The children in this program require a lot of care, attention and most importantly, companionship. Volunteers spend their time caring for the children, helping with their education, playing games and arranging fun activities during leisure time. Attention and companionship is what the children on this program crave the most. For volunteers who truly want to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children, this program serves to protect and care for those who need it most. Every child deserves a safe and happy upbringing, and this program aims to offer that chance. Volunteering on this program will truly make a difference to the lives of children facing a bleak future. 

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide childcare and education to children and youth
  • Expose non-English speakers to native English speakers in order to improve pronunciation and conversational skills
  • Improve the future prospects of some of Nepal’s most impoverished people, and help them to break the poverty cycle
  • Expose volunteers and children to different people and cultures

How you can help

Volunteers play an essential role in helping disadvantaged children through this program and gain so much in return. Participants will experience this amazing culture and learn so much about the world and its people. It promises to be the trip of a lifetime! 

Volunteers will spend their time taking care of children and will assist the local staff with a range of tasks, from helping with the cooking, washing of dishes, laundry and basic building maintenance, to organizing and running educational and recreational activities for the children (games, arts and crafts, music etc).

Volunteers on a childcare placement will also assist with teaching, not only English but also subjects in which they have an interest or skill. The children are always happy to see international volunteers and are very welcoming and eager to learn. Volunteers make a huge difference to the lives of these vulnerable children and are truly needed and appreciated.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Caring for the children’s basic needs
  • Teaching basic subject matter to the children, including English
  • Playing games, reading to the children and organizing fun activities
  • Teaching children good hygiene and life skills
  • Helping on tasks for the center such as maintenance and administration

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 3 and 4 hours, following the 6 day Nepalese working week, Sunday to Friday. While we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

6:30am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

Volunteers assist with the children's morning routine

7:30am Breakfast at the project center

9:00am Accompany children to school

10:00am Assist with tasks as required

Volunteers may be involved in helping around the care center with various tasks and/or preparing activities for the children.

Midday Lunch at the project center

4:00pm Accompany children home from school

5:00pm Helping children with homework, running activities and assisting with evening routines

7:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

Dinner is provided at the project or volunteers can eat out when they prefer

Evening Free time

Relax or spend time catching up with friends and family, shopping and socialising in nearby Lakeside.

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SATURDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

Volunteers on this program have the enviable opportunity to stay in Pokhara; one Nepal's most popular tourist destinations.

Well known for its relaxed atmosphere and stunning natural scenery Pokhara is also an epicentre for adventure travel. While trekking remains the biggest drawcard for the region it is also gaining fame for paragliding and white water rafting activities.

With a mild year round climate and so many excuses to get out and enjoy the countryside it's understandable why so many international travelers are drawn to this location and we are certain our volunteers will love it too.  

Water Sports
Climbing
Hiking
Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School, University level
Required Documents
Emergency Contact and Resume
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers with suitable education, qualifications or experience are highly sought after. Regardless, a volunteer’s individual role can often be tailored to suit their particular skills and interests. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 06:30 - 19:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation
  • Food & Meals
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Registration Fee included
Airport Pickup at Tribhuvan International Airport

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu you will be collected at the airport and delivered to your accommodation. Time permitting you will receive an orientation to help you settle in and provide an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. 

The following morning our local representative will collect you from the accommodation and assist you onto the bus to Pokhara. The bus journey takes roughly 7 hours and includes stops for both breakfast and lunch. Previous volunteers have described the bus trip as quite an adventure!

The Pokhara coordinator will meet you when you arrive and take you to the project site where you will meet with your hosts. An overview of the program and the local area will be given and you will have the opportunity to ask any last minute questions.

  • Program Arrival Day: SATURDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (Code:  KTM)

Accommodation

Volunteers on our wonderful childcare program in Nepal are fortunate to stay on-site. Four dedicated volunteer rooms are located on their own floor, each sleeping up to 4 volunteers in dormitory style (bunk) beds.

Facilities are basic in Nepal and volunteers are advised to take bedding (a sleeping bag and small pillow is ideal) as well as personal toiletries and towel(s). Electricity and internet coverage are available at the project but both are unreliable and it is recommended that volunteers purchase a local SIM card and data package on arrival in order to stay in touch with friends and family.

The center is located near to the picturesque and popular Lakeside region of Pokhara where volunteers can go to explore the sites, make use of a laundromat or internet café or enjoy one of the many restaurants and cafes.

As the project is located in Pokhara, volunteers are accommodated on arrival at a hostel in Kathmandu before catching the bus to Pokhara the following day. All arrangements are made by Love Volunteers and our local team and detailed in the Arrival and Orientation section.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Three meals per day are provided at the project and the fare is simple and delicious. Volunteers are also welcome to eat out in nearby Lakeside where restaurants and cafes abound, serving both local and international cuisines.

Please note that all meals provided at the project are included in the program fees. When eating out it is the volunteer’s responsibility to cover the costs.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. We assist you to find cheap flights to Nepal.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Nepal provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Nepal you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Nepal.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$938.00
5 weeks
$1,068.00
6 weeks
$1,198.00
7 weeks
$1,318.00
8 weeks
$1,448.00
9 weeks
$1,558.00
10 weeks
$1,678.00
11 weeks
$1,798.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,908.00
Average fees
$197.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Pokhara/Nepal between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Nepal.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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