Our programs provide a safe, enriching experience working in a community clinic, rural village, with At Risk youth, and little babies and toddlers. Take part in meaningful community service work, while discovering the people, sights, smells and tastes of Nepal.
Pre Medical Nurse: If you are an undergraduate studying biology, chemistry or any of the sciences and are considering a career in medicine this is the ideal program for you. You will have an opportunity to see what life as a healthcare professional will be like. Having this experience is a great way to strengthen your application to medical/nursing/PA school. As a volunteer you will be able to rotate through every department of a very busy hospital, including the emergency, OGGYN. radiology, laboratory, in-patient, pharmacy and out-patient departments. Volunteers have been able to scrub in and observe surgery with doctors who are willing to explain to you, step-by-step, what they are doing and why. This is an observational project with limited, if any hands on clinical work. This program is combined with an opportunity to visit and partake in a rural village clinic project in Sipaghat. Here the hospital in village has a full time doctor and English speaking support staff on site. Volunteers will stay in the assigned volunteer house which is a 5 minute walk to the hospital.
Child Care/Education: Volunteer in a local daycare center and preschool in located in Kalopul neighborhood. Many poor women, especially single mothers, have to work all day, but have nowhere to place their children, which results in many accidents and tragic deaths, either in the home or at construction sites where the women work. To address this problem, the Center was created where mothers can safely place their children while they work. The daycare currently has 63 children under the age of five, and many more wait to be admitted. The Center provides a healthy meal and snacks to the children, also tries to facilitate sponsorship of individual children. In these programs volunteers help with taking care of the children, showing them love and affection, playing with them, stimulating creativity and even teach a bit English to the older children. Volunteers can also teach basic things such as numbers, alphabet and songs. Prior experience not necessary, volunteers should have a lot of patience, an open mind and a sense of compassion.
Woman’s Support & Farming: Domestic abuse in Nepal is rampant. The leading cause of death among women of childbearing age is suicide. Widows are tossed out and branded as witches. Victims of the sex trade are shunned by families. These women have nowhere to go. They are skilled farmers, they can support themselves and feed their children if they have a little land. Our farm cooperative will provide them with shelter and place to grow food. That's the essential needs, without which they will stay trapped in abuse. We examined other programs that help women in these situations. Most of these programs are skill development based and attempt to train women to sew, weave or make handicrafts. These are marginal incomes, at best. 80% of Nepal is agriculture and 90% of the work done on farms is done by the women. Nearly all Nepali women have a great skill-set as farmers. Given a plot of land to farm and a roof over their heads, these women can, and will, produce enough crops to feed themselves and their children. That's a sustainable solution. Nepal is a rural, agrarian society with 85% of the population residing in small villages and working family farms. This is the "real" Nepal and we provide an experience of it that is unmatched. You'll live and work in a community and immerse yourself completely in village life. We are constructing housing for women and volunteers at the farm. You can help with construction projects. The farm has a lot of land that needs to be put to use for organic farming. You can help directly and work on the land. We need to improve irrigation at Her Farm to extend the growing season. You can help construct farm ponds. Existing buildings on Her Farm need repairs, painting, and improvement. You can improve these buildings. You can work right along side our women farmers and grow the food that you, and they, will be eating. Farming is hard, but fully satisfying work and nothing tastes better than a meal prepared from the food you've grown yourself. You will be helping these women to provide a sustainable future for themselves and their children.
Cost and Session Information
Since A Broader View Volunteers is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, US tax payers' program fees and related travel expenses are tax deductible. Our programs strictly adhere to the IRS requirement that you volunteer/work 8 hours per day, 5 days a week. For questions on tax exemptions refer to IRS publication form 526. Our charity number is 26-0594308.
Most of our volunteers successfully fundraise for their programs expenses. Friends, family, employers, universities and matching programs of local corporations are a great resource for many of our volunteers. Our fundraising material include a sample letter to send to prospective donors, tax receipt coupons, as well as ideas to expand your reach. We also encourage you to utilize the online ABV Fundraising account: - See more at: https://www.abroaderview.org/inclusions-payments/fundraising#sthash.qT1ilNk5.dpuf
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I am 18 years old and choose to volunteer in Nepal to experience a new culture and country and impact the lives of people from underprivileged country. I did the pre-nursing program to gain a greater experience in the medical field. While I was here I got to view future being put in and taken out, medical professionals giving medicine & taking vitals, simple dressings, and an endoscopy. I did not spend much time here, but the longer you stay the more they will teach you. I did enjoy experiencing a healthcare setting much different than one and the US. While at the hospital we got to explore around and new doctors and nurses in the EP, general ward, and pathology lab, so it was nice having a little priority. The country itself was amazing and very different than the one I am from. I loved getting to explore and learning about the country. Everyone here was very welcoming. I even got the inviting to have lunch at a nursing student’s home. The host family was also very welcoming and did a good job of making us feel safe and at home. If you have time I would take a weekend to go near Pokhara, I personally did not have time to leave the Kathmandu area because I came for a short amount of time. There are also several great areas to visit around the Kathmandu area that I got to experience.