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Hands for Help Nepal offers volunteer programs in education, community development, health and the environment for the duration of 1 week to 5 months. Volunteers work as English teachers, community facilitators, health workers, or environmental instructors. Volunteers are placed in various urban and rural areas throughout the country during their service. The program can be classified as having two primary stages:
a) the orientation phase and
b) the direct service phase.

Orientation Phase - The Orientation phase begins when the volunteer first arrives in Kathmandu and continues until the volunteer departs for their direct service placement. A Hands for Help staff member will meet the volunteers at the airport and will escort them to a hotel or guest house in Kathmandu where they will stay during the orientation period. During the orientation phase, volunteers will receive training that will be relevant to their direct service. Training includes activities such as an introduction to the Nepali culture, town visits, spoken Nepali language classes, and instruction on teaching English as a second language. Throughout orientation, accomadation will be provided.

Direct Service Phase - Volunteers will move to the respective direct service placements after completing the orientation phase. They will stay either with a Nepali family or on the school premises in a dormitory. Direct service varies for each volunteer but generally consists of placement in government or private schools, sub-health posts or health centers, orphanages, or local welfare-oriented organizations. Volunteers are assigned based on their service interests. Upon arrival in their communities, volunteers will be introduced to the local community partners who they will be working with throughout their service. During their placements, volunteers will work an average of 5-6 days a week and approximately 4-6 periods a day. Throughout their service, volunteers will have contact with both Hands for Help staff and their local community partners.

In Kathmandu, volunteers receive Saturday and Sunday as vacation days. Outside of Kathmandu, volunteers typically receive a day on Friday and all day Saturday as vacation. After completion of volunteering, volunteers will participate in an informal workshop known as the wrap-up program with Hands for Help Nepal and its partner NGOs for sharing ideas and exchanging feedback.

NOTE: If volunteers are interested in trekking, rafting, or traveling they may contact Hands for Help staff members for suggestions.

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