Working with Pre-school children in Nepal

The Begnas day care centre was built about 5 years ago by a large NGO who did not continue to fund and support the centre and staff after its completion. As a result EHN is now paying one of the staff wages to help run the day care plus the cost of food supplied for lunch and of course volunteers to help run the centre and look after the children. The day care centre is situated on a small hill between Begnas and Rupa lakes in the district of Kaski, mid central Nepal.

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What to Expect?

The home stay for this project is only a 10 minute walk from the day care centre and about a 15 to 20 minute walk to Begnas Lake.

On a clear day volunteers will able to see the snow-capped mountains of the Annapurna range rising up above the terraced paddies fields of the valleys. It is a rural location so life is slow and simple but should volunteers wish to find a more touristic area you are only 20kms from Pokhara one of the main tourist areas of Nepal. Here you will find ATMs, money exchange, western style restaurants and shops supplying many western goods such as soap, chocolate, books and clothes.

Volunteering for this project do not need a background in childcare as the centre has two full time staff to manage it but of course some experience in day care or kindergarten would be an advantage as we are always looking for ways to improve.  The day care centre is open 6 days a week and closed on Saturdays as Nepal runs on a 6 day working week. The working hours are from 10 am to 3 pm with an early 1 pm finish on Fridays but please expect at least one or two days off due to religious festivals with more days during major festival months such as August and October. In some months you can expect several days off or during Dashain and Tihar towards the end of the year it will be 5 to 10 days.

The volunteers day to day duties will be managed by the staff at the centre and include washing, cleaning, cooking, feeding and playing with the children. Some days will have a focus on music and others art or games so please be ready to utilize your creative side to teach and entertain the children aged from 1 to 2yrs old.

EHN is also working with the day care to introduce a fixed rota to vary the activities the children enjoy. This project helps support local families who need a safe environment for the children while they are at work or in the fields.

  • Program ID: # 1668
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Sauraha Chitwan
    27° 37' 30.504" N, 83° 57' 27.072" E
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Pokhara (PKR)
  • Costs From:
    Less than $500
  • Program Type:
    Community Development Projects
    Women's & Youth Programs
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