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APPLICATION PROCESS

We strongly recommend to start the application process 3-4 months before you plan to travel to Asia.

Step 1. Fill in the Application form available here. Send it to us at wolontariat@autokreacja.org with your CV in English.

Step 2. We will reach out to you and arrange a meeting to discuss your project choice and further steps.

Step 3. After you meet with us and decide to apply, it is necessary to pay a non-refundable fee: 200 Euros.

Step 4. As soon as you receive payment confirmation and letter of acceptance from our partner organisation, you can begin preparations.

From this moment you should check your passport validity, buy your flight tickets and take care of such issues as visa, vaccines and health insurance.

You can count on our support and good advice 🙂

When do projects start? On the 1st or on the 15th of every month.

English skills: All projects require English skills at communicative level.

Volunteering vs Internship: When you apply, you can choose one of the two forms: volunteering or internship. Those who decide to apply for an internship are usually students or graduates who want to gain new skills and improve their CV. That’s why the range of tasks or supervision of an intern differs from the volunteers.

PROJEKTY

You don’t have to be a qualified teacher, you only need to have the will to teach and at the same time learn too. You can be an English teacher, Sign Language teacher, Yoga teacher or Sports teacher, the list goes on… It is completely up to you what you would like to teach your students. They wait for teachers like you, encouraging them in making their dreams come true. All you need to do is to choose from the projects below:

English in Buddhist Monastery – project aims to give volunteers/interns a true taste of life at the monastery. You may learn about Buddhist culture, while the monks and nuns may learn the English language, an extremely important asset for them. You’ll be creating teaching plans and teach regular English classes.

English at Community School – you will deliver the children and their local communities a crucial life skill: speaking English.

Due to school holidays this project will remain closed during the months January & sometimes in April, July & October.

Teaching Computer Science – as things stand, there is a severe shortage of IT-know-how in Nepal. The country will need to do much to catch up with the outside world and join the IT-age. Help Nepal get ahead!

Arts and Crafts  – As a volunteer or intern you will be given the unique opportunity to teach arts and crafts, that will also include dance. It’s your chance to make a creative difference in Nepal through art.

English for Deaf People – project aims to give the deaf people of Nepal a better shot at a quality education. You will teach English and if you don’t have a background in sign language, there will be many other ways for you to help at school.

Due to school holidays this project will remain closed during the months January & sometimes in April, July & October.

Teaching Yoga – you would be bringing Yoga to Nepal and give people a chance to live a better life that comes from within, independently of the challenges and changes taking place outside of people’s own power.

Teaching/Coaching Sports – seize the opportunity and share your love for sports, or a sport of your liking, with the people of Nepal. As a volunteer or an intern sports coach/teacher you would bring joy and know-how to a Nepal full of warmth and enthusiasm.

Cultural Immersion & Teaching – This is for those who want to learn about Nepali culture. You will be placed into a typical Nepali home in a village and integrate with local community. You would be “giving back” by teaching English at the community school. This is a unique and unforgettable experience.

Due to school holidays this project will remain closed during the months January & sometimes in April, July & October.

Childcare: Orphanage – Every year hundreds of orphaned children wander the streets of Kathmandu. The project aims to provide them their childhood and an education thanks to working in collaboration with various orphanages homes in Nepal. You will teach them basic English, organize creative activities, walk children to school etc.

Early Childhood Development – Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres are set up in rural communities for children of 3 to 5 years of age. These centres work to surround children who belong to marginalized communities, with a friendly learning environment. As a volunteer you will play games with the children to develop body, mind and soul, create activities and teaching materials.

Due to school holidays this project will remain closed during the months January & sometimes in April, July & October.

Child Rights & Children’s Clubs ­– children’s clubs are set up for children of 6 to 16 years of age. This is a platform provided for children that aims to develop their innate skills, develop their creativity, increase their awareness of community issues such as health and the environment, as well as help them apply what they have learnt in the classroom to real life situations. Make your mark and make a difference for the new generation of children in Nepal!

Working for Street Children – Bring a ray of hope and an embracing smile to the deprived street children of Kathmandu. They work the streets, seek meals in garbage heaps, sleep in the streets, and fall prey to traffickers and other abuse. As a volunteer you will teach basic cleanliness and hygiene, provide education activities and spend time with and provide them with love and care, and direction.

Education, Rights and Life Skills – aims to uplift disadvantaged women in Nepal by addressing issues such as education/literacy, financial wellbeing, health and women’s rights. You will lead activities like teach life skills and provide other support depending on your skills and needs of the local community.

Income Generation & Marketing – women have been provided with critical livelihood training to generate income through primarily vegetable farming, livestock, sewing and cutting, incense making, candle making and dry food making. You will be key to overseeing and tracking growth and furthering these initiatives.

Microcredit Cooperative Support – this project permits women to start their own income generation activities, such as goat keeping and vegetable farming. Your role is critical to advance the functionality of these cooperatives.

Women’s Trafficking Prevention – Each year in Nepal an estimated 10,000-15,000 girls are trafficked across the border to be sold into Indian brothels or forced to become domestic servants, beggars, factory workers or other workers. This project aims to prevent the trafficking of girls from Nepal, within the country or outside. You as a volunteer or intern will contribute by making a detailed study on what causes women’s trafficking and how to minimize it.

Health and Medical Care – aims to improve the health of the community through education, health services and public health improvements. As a volunteer you will work with doctors and nurses  and provide basic counselling to the patients.

Health, Sanitation & Hygiene Education – Teach basic health & hygiene habits to school children & community people, consult with local community about their current health condition and most of all work on improving basic sanitation habits with the local community.

Waste Management Project – aims for a clean and green community. Upgrading bins and making people aware of the advantages of a clean environment is the main objective. You will for example launch “No litter” campaigns to manage waste in the local communities.

Animal Care – this project aims to promote and protect some of the most vulnerable animals in Nepal, especially dogs. Animal care project practices and promotes caring and friendly behaviour towards animals. We are looking for those whose hearts are warm and loving, and beat for the welfare of the neglected animals of Nepal.

Water Research – this environment water sources research project is one that centres on the allocation of water within Nepal. You will be designated the job of investigating and analysing the system. This is a particular opportunity suited for those who thrive in and learn from investigative research.

Environment Initiative – revolves around raising awareness to local people about the conditions of the environment. As a volunteer or intern you can make a difference by letting our partner place you in one of the rural areas, with a Nepali family. You may carry out this awareness campaign through drama productions, games, etc.

Climate Change Research – this is your opportunity to make an impact on pressing environmental issues facing today’s Nepal while working and exploring its natural beauty and endangered ecosystems, all against the backdrop of the towering Himalayas.

Agrofarm – living and working on a traditional farm in Nepal will no doubt be a getaway for those of you that feel a therapeutic need of getting closer to nature; feel the fresh earth in your hands and under your bare feet. Work the land the way our forefathers had, all on a traditional Nepalese farm. Tend and care for the animals on the farm.

Agroforestry – Participate in a project which aims to reduce Nepal’s dependence on the more demanding and less profitable traditional terrace farming in exchange for agroforestry farming. Carry out research activities and work under skilled Nepali farmers’ instructions, cultivating land and engaging in agroforestry.

Youth Club & Life Skills – Youth Clubs are set up for youth of 16 years of age and above and they aim to foster teamwork, life skills, develop creativity, organization/planning, awareness of community issues such as health, the environment, and human rights. You will hold workshops, organize creative activities and facilitate the learning of English and job-hunting skills through stimulating activities.

English & Career Development – you will conduct English language classes at the local community, run workshops on career development topics, conduct life skills trainings.

Construction and Manual Work  – you will be working with skilled constructors, along with locals, helping with digging, mixing concrete and carrying materials and raise awareness with community of the importance of sanitation.

Care for the Elderly – this projects gives you the opportunity to help fulfil the social and personal requirements of senior Nepali citizens. With care and compassion you can assist them in living old age with the dignity they deserve. This project aims to provide assistance to senior citizens and safeguard their rights in their daily activities and in socializing; lending a friendly ear open to chitchat, life experiences, and reminiscing!

Traffic Management – In Kathmandu traffic jams are common and traffic is poorly regulated. This is arguably one of the largest problems that afflict the city. As a volunteer or intern after a specialized training, you will perform a valuable and socially important task by assisting the traffic police in traffic management and road user education.

Emergency Relief & Disaster Management – Nepal is particularly vulnerable to a series of natural disasters of potentially catastrophic dimensions ranging from earthquakes, floods, landslides, storms, epidemics and droughts. Create a disaster risk reduction strategy for a local community and raise awareness on need for disaster management preparation.

Research Initiative – as a volunteer or an intern you will be called to conduct research into the effectiveness of our partner organisation past and ongoing projects and come up with concrete conclusions and recommendations which contribute to their overall improvement.

Civil Society Initiative – together and engage them to work locally with their representatives to strengthen and broaden civil society in Nepal. Conduct various meetings and networks on human rights issues and facilitate the functioning of civil society organizations among the local community.

These projects are especially for those who, except for travelling and experiencing new culture want to share their professional skills with others. If you prefer working in the office these are projects for you:

Editor/Writer – it is perfect for volunteers or interns, who would like to be a part of the empowerment cause in Nepal, but would rather use their organizational and language proficiency skills than be out in the rural areas of Nepal. This opportunity can be seen as good work experience with altruistic intentions for the less fortunate of Nepal. You will be an integral part of the workings of the office.

Co-coordinator – this position is open for anyone who would like to be a part of the management side of our partner. This will give you the opportunity to see different communities and places in Nepal. No doubt a fascinating experience! You will receive international volunteers/interns, interview them and prepare for their projects.

Marketing Advisor – work to generate new ideas, disseminate and promote the charitable contributions of our partner organisation to targeted audiences by providing maximum exposure. As a volunteer or an intern you will participate in the launch/implementation of the Strategy and Campaign, promote our partner using various social and other media.

Grant Writer & Fundraiser – this project is an excellent way for you to combine your writing skills with another side of you that seeks to do something good or charitable for the greater community.

Website & SEO Professional – this is a great opportunity for you to use your expertise and gain experience in the field and support marginalized communities in Nepal. You will train local people in creating user-friendly websites, develop and maintain our partner’s websites.

Human Resources Advisor – your tasks will be developing HR strategy of our partner, training staff and volunteers, develop an internal communication plan.

Promote Volunteerism in Nepal – the volunteerism is deep rooted in our religion and culture in the oriental country like Nepal but yet to be institutionalized like in the west. You will create presentations and information materials with the best practices of volunteerism in human civilization, give presentations to community people, students, teachers on the importance and need of volunteerism.

Photo Journalism – this is your opportunity to observe a crosssection of life in Nepal and tell their story and help raise awareness and alleviate the plight of the more disadvantaged people of Nepal. You will be joining us to document our efforts to make Nepal a better place.

Print Journalism  – this is a great way to enhance your resume and help you to stand out from the crowd. Whether you are currently studying journalism or are considering it in college, this project will give you first hand international journalism experience.

Film and Documentary Making  – write, shoot, direct and edit your own film or documentary in alluringly beautiful Nepal as a volunteer or an intern. You will either choose to work to shoot a film/documentary about the work of our partner’s or work together with one of the film/documentary studios in Nepal with which our partner has a cooperation.

Nepal has established itself as an exotically attractive destination, drawing both mainstream tourists and adventure seekers. The Nepali Hospitality Management project offers you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the industry along with valuable career experience all set within the splendour of an enticingly beautiful country and an alluring culture. Get ahead and join us!

Nepal was hit by massive earthquakes in April and May 2015. The earthquakes and aftershocks took over 8500 lives. Many are still missing under the rubble, over 18,000 thousand people were injured. Thousands of houses and schools were fully destroyed. Our partner organisation started immediate relief work from the next day of the earthquake and continues the reconstruction.

WASH project – you will educate community people in Hygiene Education, run WASH campaigns in the schools with the involvement of children, construct toilets in the community.

Rebuilding Earthquake Resistant Infrastructure (RERI) – this is fully hands on activities. The volunteers under this project in involve in the construction of earthquake resistant infrastructure.

Earthquake Resistant Home Construction Education (REECH) – you will raise awareness in the community people, students on construction of the earthquake resistant home. You can also develop a concept paper on REECH with more research.

Entrepreneurship Building – this project will help overcome financial challenges for the earthquake victims through multipurpose agro farm, vocational trainings like plumbing, masonry, electrification, furniture, professional farming, dairy products, water filters making training, etc.

Working with earthquake victim children – the main objective of this project is to support and care the earthquake victims children for their overall development and protect their child rights by providing them favourable environment for their growth.

3 weeks of volunteering + 12 days of trekking

As a volunteer you will stay with one of Nepali families and help  to teach women and youth English, by running classes at schools and orphanages. Every day you will learn more and more about Nepali culture, the language and discover Kathmandu. All that will be a great introduction to your further travel. After this, you will be led on a trek – either Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp. Capture the essence of Nepal all in one go!

Regarding Everest Base Camp (EBC), a volunteer has to cover the cost of the flight ticket to EBC (more less 320 USD).

If you plan your visit in Nepal for 3-4 weeks, this might be a perfect way to experience the beauty of Nepal. As a volunteer you will teach English in Buddhist Monastery, run classes for children or work with local community women. Next, on the weekend (3 nights and 5 days) you will explore Kathmandu and surrounding cities, spend 2 nights in Chitwan National Park, where you might even see a tiger, or choose to head to the lakeside of Pokhara. The list of attractions goes on…

The Work Camps offer is for all those, who plan to stay in Nepal for short time and want to help with an urgent problem. Due to a short term character of your volunteering, you will be able to observe the results of your work day by day. Apply for projects below!

Total Sanitation Project

Dates: 19-30 November 2017

Location: Tarakeshwor

Fee: 230 Euros (+20 Euro for transportation)

This project is expected to generate a significant improvement in the health and sanitation conditions of the community and protect the environment as a reduction in the occurrence of sickness within the community and an improved quality of life. As a volunteer you will raise awareness on health, hygiene and sanitation among the community people and help to construct sanitation facilities.

Library Camp

Dates: 4-16 February 2018; 17-28 February 2018

Location: Tarakeshwor/Okharpawa

Fee: 230 Euros (+20 Euro for transportation)

The focus of this project is to exchange the experience, help school manage the library and teach children to use it in regular basis. As a volunteer, you will not only manage the library, but also organize a lot of activities with children at school, including for example painting and decorating the library room.

Fun with Kids

Dates: 24 October-5 November 2017; 5-18 December 2017

Location: Tarakeshwor/Okharpawa

Fee: 230 Euros (+20 Euro for transportation)

Fun With Kids project aims to provide opportunity to the local community kids learn through fun activities. As a volunteer you will conduct sessions on experience sharing, creative writing etc., teach basic English and Mathematics, organize some sports, fun activities etc. You will be also helping in renovating and constructing earthquake affected schools, classrooms painting and decorating.

Practical information

After your arrival, you will receive one-day induction training, when you will learn the basics of the language and culture of Nepal and some practical tips. While your project, you will get your leader’s support. During your stay or after the end of your project, you will have an opportunity to explore Kathmandu for few hours. Every volunteer will be asked to write a short report about the time spent in the project.

As a volunteer, you will stay with one of the Nepali families or in a hostel. You will receive 2- or 6-person room. There will be also a common space, available to every tenant. A volunteer is requested to take a sleeping bag.

Other issues, like food or costs not included in the fee, are the same as in case of regular volunteering.

Fees:

Our program fees vary depending on the program and length of stay.

Program Duration in Weeks / Program Fees in Euro (€)
Program Type 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 Each additional week
Volunteering 380 460 540 680 820 960 1100 1240 1380 70
Internship N/A N/A 600 760 920 1080 1240 1400 1560 80
Volunteer & Charity Trekking 3 weeks volunteering & 12 days Charity Trekking     1250
Volunteering & Travel Tour 4 weeks volunteering and weekend (3 nights 5 days) travel tour    780

You may pay in advance. If possible, we advise you to pay the program fee at least 2 weeks before the placement begins. However, you need to cover the transfer fees charged by the bank. You can also pay on the first day of your program induction. You will NOT be placed until you make the full payment.

There will be 70 EUR Extra fee if multiple projects are chosen, to cover logistic support.

Buddhist Monastery placements are available 4 + weeks only.

The program fee excludes the following:

  • Costs of airplane tickets, visa, vaccines, health insurance;
  • Stationeries during volunteering period if you wish to use much;
  • Breakfast and dinner during program induction (€5 per day will be enough);
  • Return transfer to airport – although our partner organisation staff can help you to drop you off the airport if you need help;
  • Transportation during weekends travel;
  • Entrance fees to the cultural Heritage
  • Laundry, internet access, telephone, drinks or other costs accrued during training and placement;

A volunteer covers all the costs not connected to volunteering. You will also need a weekly budget of up to $20 to cater for all your other expenses, like bottled water.

If you wish to spend more time in Kathmandu pre and post placement period, please remember to budget accordingly!

Accommodation

Our partner organisation arranges accommodation for your induction period and your placement period, this means two to three nights at a hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu and then your host family or monastery/nunnery. The costs are covered by your project fee.

In placement accommodation, your sleeping arrangements may be private or shared and in most cases you will be required to share a bathroom and toilet facilities with your host family or the monks/nuns. It is important for you to realize that bathroom and toilet facilities and standards of hygiene will be in accordance with local standards. These facilities and standards may sometimes be very basic and may not be up to in western standards. You must be prepared to cope with this.

Participants are also asked to be flexible when arriving during major Hindu festivals such as Dashain and Tihar as there is often a disruption to services during these times and it may be necessary for our partner organisation to assign a temporary alternative work placement.

Food

You will receive at three meals a day throughout the placement, which will be of Nepali standards and usually Daal Bhat (lentil soup and rice), vegetable curry, pickle etc. If you wish to supplement your diet with other food the responsibility and cost lies with you. We will only cover food and accommodation for the period agreed for your placement and only at your placement.

In most cases you will be staying with a host family after the project induction and will share the same food with them. Should you have any specific dietary needs, please let us know before your arrival in Nepal. Should you wish to visit the city on the weekends then you must cover your own food and accommodation costs.

Travel

You are responsible for arranging and paying for your own travel (including your air fare) to the airport closest to your placement, and for your return journey at the end of your placement. Our partner organisation will not plan a program until you have sent us your flight details.

You will be responsible for arranging your travel and medical insurance coverage for the period of your placement. You are responsible for ensuring that the amount and type of coverage is sufficient and appropriate for the nature and location of your placement. You must provide us with a copy of your certificate of insurance as soon as possible.

Airport Pick up and Drop Off

On receipt of your flight details, our partner organisation will organize an airport pick up and drop off to your accommodation in Kathmandu for the induction training. An employee will meet you just outside the main EXIT Hall with a name plate.

Training / Program Induction

You will receive an induction/orientation to include Nepali language lessons, health/culture advice and program related topics e.g. TEFL tips. The length of training (3 days to a week) depends on the nature of the work and the length of your stay. Training/orientation is included as part of your volunteering program and is mandatory.

You will also be taken on a half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley to help you learn about the culture and history of the area, e.g. Patan Durbar Square and/or Pashupatinath/Baudhanath/Swoyambhu. You should however cover the entrance fees.

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