Thinking about travelling to Nepal? Well you are certainly not alone. Nepal is a trekkers’ paradise, combining Himalayan peeks, elaborate temples, charming villages tucked between hills and jungle adventure. Additionally, each year, hundreds of travellers arrive here to give back through volunteering, working on an incredible range of development and conservation projects.
Need a little more convincing before taking the leap? Let’s view one volunteer program here that is supporting the principle of ethical volunteering.
Rainbow Children Home Nepal was founded by Goma Dhakal, who has dedicated her life in social work. Over the last 30 years, she has led a variety of social organisations, but has always dreamed of leading her own project dedicated to women and children.
Today, that dream is a reality has Rainbow Children, is home to over 40 children whom otherwise would have no place to live. Founded in 2007, this project has now grown to support a variety of projects such as employing 60 women for organic farming and supporting another 44 children by sponsoring their education.
The future is a bit up to question for the Rainbow Children, as the United Nations and Governments around the world continue to hold negative sentiments regarding orphanages. However, they plan to continue to outreach as many children as they can, and hold a special place in their hearts for those coming from rural areas.
Volunteers can accept to arrive promptly at 8 in the morning to join us for breakfast and begin the morning studies. The afternoon can be spent enjoying the beautiful grounds or helping out with some handiwork, crafts, errands or farming. In the evening, we resume our studies with the children, and help them to settle down before rest time.
Volunteers often step away with a sense of great accomplishment after their stay with us. They hold a sense of pride in the work being accomplished with children, empowerment of women and production of organic food.
The accommodations of the volunteers are homestays which are 5 minutes from the orphanage. Here volunteers should expect to share a room, and if lucky they may be able to have a single accommodation. Meals are provided three times per day
8am is breakfast of bread with jam and at 12 lunch of Nepali cuisine-mainly rice, lentils and veggies. 6pm is time for another hearty Nepali dinner.
Before arriving, volunteers should at least have an idea of the economy and culture of Nepal. This is helpful for adjustment and for a more fulfilling and insightful experience. Things are not hard and fast here, as people are calm and gentle. Volunteers should come with a mindset to understand and have an open-minded experience. Basically, if you are willing to help, you will always be welcome!
There is nothing specific to bring with you, but a few chocolates or toys for the kids will always bring a smile!