About Childcare and Orphanage Assistance in Nepal
Every year in Nepal, hundreds of children leave their impoverished rural villages and travel to cities in search of work. After coming to the cities, many of them work as child laborers in restaurants, hotels, and factories. These children are deprived of many opportunities necessary for their development. World Endeavors Childcare and Orphanage Assistance volunteers work with these and other children, providing support, education, and compassion, and helping them to break the cycle of poverty and exploitation. Volunteers assist local orphanage staff in their daily work, and often provide English language classes for the children, as well as other activities such as health education, art, or sports.
A Typical Day in the Life of a Volunteer in Nepal
World Endeavors volunteers in Nepal can expect their days to be a combination of meaningful volunteer work, cultural experiences, and free time for relaxation and reflection. The sample schedule below represents a typical day for a volunteer in Nepal. Keep in mind that when volunteering abroad, a typical day can be anything but typical!
7:00am: Wake up for black tea or milk tea with crackers.
8:30 am: Breakfast with your host family. A typical Nepali breakfast usually consists of rice, lentils, and vegetables.
9:00 am – 9:30 am: Walk to your volunteer placement.
9:30 am – 1:00 pm: Work at volunteer placement.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Break for lunch and tea. Typical lunches in Nepal include beaten rice and vegetables, noodle soup, or other local snacks.
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Work at volunteer placement.
4:00 – 7:00: Free time to explore the village or city—mingle with the locals, visit an internet café, swim in the river, play soccer with neighborhood kids, or practice speaking Nepali with your host family.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Dinner with your host family. Dinners in Nepal usually consist of rice, lentil soup, and vegetables.
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Relax at home, read a book, prepare for the next day’s volunteering, or plan a weekend excursion to go hiking, rafting, or on a jungle safari.
Project and class schedules, meals, and free time activities may vary depending on the details of your placement.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in Nepalese culture.
I feel like I have a second family and cannot wait to go back to see all my friends and the children.
-Katie, Childcare and Orphanage Assistance Volunteer in Nepal
Kelly is a math and science teacher from California. She volunteered teaching children in India with World Endeavors.