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Volunteer in Nepal: Early Childhood Education

Project Overview

Project Child Care: Early Childhood Development
Start Dates: 1st and 3rd Monday of each month
Language Requirements: English (Basic Nepali is provided)
Food and Accommodation: Nepali Standard at host family in the working community
Key Activities: Organizing creative and child friendly activities, teaching, arts, musics
Beneficiaries: Children age 3 to 6, local volunteers, teachers,
Working Hours: 4 to 5 hours
Required Qualifications and Skills: Keen interest to working with children, skills to perform above mentioned activities
Program Fees: €240 – €1185 / depending on the length of stay


Early Childhood Development

As a general rule, little effort is made on the behalf of the Nepali government or the private sector to address early childhood nurture and development.

Recently, however, the government has encouraged the setting up of Early Childhood Development Centres (ECD) in rural communities , but often does not provide the required facilities and teachers: the teachers are not trained at the centers, which generally lack child-friendly classrooms and resources.

VIN therefore aims to render the ECDs safe and child-friendly environments, to train ECD teachers to make their classes joyful and creative for children, to supply resources for the centres and to encourage teachers to collect locally available resources.

VIN has also set up a Child Development Centre (ECD) at Panchmane Community, Jitpur, Kathmandu, in partnership with the District Education Office. We have 20 children, aged between 4-6 who have been benefiting from the program. The Centre still needs to be equipped with child friendly furniture and the materials for the children need to become more extensive, but progress is already being made.

Roles of Volunteers

  • Assisting local teachers in their roles.
  • Teaching children different motor and kinesthetic skills.
  • Playing games and rhymes with children.
  • Providing child care support.
  • Creating resources for the children.
  • Taking the children on excursions.
  • Participating in a variety of other activities.

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