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With the community project coming to an end, I wanted to look over the different things that I encountered during the project. I'm also going to discuss the pros and cons of being part of the project. I have missed a large chunk of the project, due to my absents from the country and also my architecture course at Ual.
This has in term, led to me falling behind in some key areas, such as discussions with the group in class, were we would plan out and discuss the necessary adaptations to the shop. In addition to this, I had trouble with finding my school book, which I mistakenly left at the royal drawing school.

Community Volunteering Projects in Nepal
Volunteer in Nepal to participate in several community projects in locations throughout Nepal. These projects are aimed at promoting social wellbeing through teaching, cultural exchange and tackling healthcare issues. Projects include working in day-care centres, teaching English in government schools, reforestation & farming projects, school painting and healthcare volunteering in medical camps and hospitals.
You can join for 2 weeks up to 4 months and we have places available all year round.
About the Project
Volunteers are needed to help on the following projects in Nepal, both in rural locations across the country, as well as in the capital city of Kathmandu. You are welcome to spend time on more than one project during your stay, although some projects have minimum durations and varied availability.

1. Volunteer to Teach English in a Local School
Volunteers are needed to teach English as a foreign language in government run schools in Kathmandu, in Pokhara, between the Rupa & Bengas lakes, and in Gerkhu, in the foothills of the Himalayas, North of Kathmandu. These schools provide basic education for children typically from the poorer families of Nepal, who cannot afford private options. In many schools in Nepal, there is a lack of experienced English teachers, and your assistance as a volunteer English teacher will be invaluable in helping improve the children’s' English reading and writing abilities, which is a vital skill in the Nepalese job market or in pursuing education.
Volunteers ideally need some previous teaching experience, but simply talking with the children, reading stories, encouraging them to develop their English skills, and even singing, will make a huge difference. As a volunteer English teacher, you will find all students are very happy to engage you in conversation to practice their skills, so you will be busy most of the time. It is also encouraged for volunteers to bring your own ideas to the placement, and all new ideas are always welcome. Please note that to minimise disruption to the students, volunteers need to commit to at least 4 weeks for the teaching projects. This project is available year round, except during the school holidays and exam periods.
Project available year round, except from January to mid-April, and from mid-June to mid-July when the schools are on holiday.

2. Environmental Volunteering on a Traditional Farming Project
This is a primarily cultural placement for people who want to experience the lifestyle of rural Nepal, where the majority of people still farm using traditional methods. This project is very hard work and not for the faint hearted, but it shows the reality of life in rural Nepal. This project involves working with local farmers that rely on their land to sustain themselves and their families. Volunteers live with the families and help work the land, feed the animals and make repairs to fields and structures.
You will live alongside a family and help them work in the nearby rice fields. Placements are available in several locations including the terai of Chitwan in southern Nepal, and the foothills of the Himalayas near Gerkhu. By becoming a part of the family you will truly experience the real life of Nepal and its people. Depending on the season you will do many different jobs, from milking the buffalo, to planting rice, or cutting grown rice and carrying to the house where it’s beaten by hand. There is always something to do on the farm, but you will have plenty of time to relax and chat to the locals, and have the chance to experience the local community.
Project available year-round, but the best time to come is generally in April-May or October, which is when the rice is harvested & planted.

3. Working in a day-care center as a childcare volunteer
This project involves working with children in Nepal. We currently work with a few specific locations, including an all girl's home for abandoned children in Kathmandu, and a center for 11 disabled children who are unable to attend school near Boudha in Kathmandu. We work with day-care centers only rather than orphanages due to the problems that can be associated with childcare programmes in Nepal
At the project near Boudha, we are looking for volunteers to help look after 10 to 15 disabled children in Kathmandu helping with daily chores such as studying, fun, games and some basic physiotherapy through games and sport. As a volunteer your duties will be to welcome the children in everyday to play music and games to help with them learn and develop. You will also be required to help clean the home and children, prepare and serve lunch. On some days the children will watch a DVD and on others they may play volleyball or catch in the garden. A lot will depend on the time of year and weather. This position is a full time project meaning volunteers will help 6 days a week with Saturdays off but you will have time off during the day to use internet or do laundry. You are also only about a 15 minute walk from Boudha the biggest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and about 30 to 40 minutes from Pashupatinath, the main Hindu temple of Nepal.

4. Medical volunteering & establishing health camps as a healthcare volunteer
We currently offer two projects for medical volunteers in Nepal; working in a Government hospital in Kathmandu or Pokhara, and medical treks where we establish health camps in rural areas.
In Kathmandu, we are looking for medical students who wish to volunteer in Nepal’s only government hospital for children, with the option to help in various departments of the hospital. The hospital has various wards and departments including Oncology, Cardio, ICU, Radiology, Surgery, Physiotherapy and Neurology. As a volunteer you will be working alongside the doctors and nurses in whichever departments you choose. The standard week in Nepal is 6 days with Saturdays off and the day runs from 10AM to 4 or 5PM each day.
The hospital sees hundreds of outpatients a day and runs free vaccinations for all children 2 days a week along with the various other departments open 7 days a week. Many of the families that bring their children to Kanti hospital with serious conditions have to travel from some of the most remote parts of Nepal where they are unable to get the specialist care their children need. Without Kanti many children would get the care and treatment they need so supporting the hospital and they work they do is very important.

Proposal
What- we are currently undertaking the community unit in y12, where different people in our year have been assigned off into different community projects. I am in a group, that is working on setting up a pop-up shop/work shop area in the Whig gift center. We have all made different logos that are unique to every individual, that were screen printed onto the shirts for us to sell them. The place will also contain a screen printing area at the back, for the kids.
Who- the workshop will be open at the whit-gift center on Tuesday,Thursday,Saturday and Sunday. We are also planning to invite a small number of primary school kids, (y5-6) to come in and do print making.
When- The shop opening hours will be from 11am-4pm, every Tuesday,Thursday,Saturday and Sunday from the 1st July, for two weeks in the whit-gift center. This would allow us to try and get the community more involved.
Why- the goal is to build up the community, and make it stronger, through teamwork, cooperation and social skills. We choose the whit gift because of the many different age groups that go to visit the shopping mall which is the best place to attract a large amount of people there. The workshop is going to be art and design based, which would help us advertise it to a specific audience of people, so in this case younger kids to get them more involved.

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This is my design, which resembles different races, standing around the earth, to represent the diversity of a community, and how different people come together to form a community.
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The benefits of creative community projects is that it opens up a bigger understanding of the subject, which would expand the minds of different people. In addition to this, it demands everyone's participation, which would increase everyone's ability to brainstorm ideas and communicate efficiently.

The projects are funded through donations
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