Helping Mountain People

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Volunteering with Emmanuel Foundation

Emmanuel Foundation was founded 2014 by Sanze Lama (BA in rural development), local resident of Rasuwa area, and local friends and supporters. 

Volunteering with the projects of Emmanuel Foundation requires a healthy ethnical and christian attitude. You will be able to immerse yourself in local culture, learn new skills, share your experience and help empower local people. We also offer a combination of volunteering and trekking and tours in order to provide you in-depth experience of Nepal.

2016: At this moment of time Emmanuel Foundation is developing several branches of activity:

1.              Helping the local churches to develop, grow and to expand their vision; train staff

2.              Develop a new kind of eco trekking on newly developed trecking routes in the RASUWA area

3.              Helping orphans that lost their families in the earthquake to be established firmly in the local community and we help them get an education

4.              Teaching English language so the people can improve their chances of building better futures (especially tourist industry and local developement)

We need you for Nr. 4: teaching English language in remote villages.

You can gain valuable work experience without any previous teaching experience. Your English speaking abilities, energy, and enthusiasm are all that is required to make a difference in the villages and in the schools where there is a lack of conversational English language teaching. The impact you have on your students will be obvious as they start to develop their language abilities. The children will often have some more or less rudimentary English language skills but there is always lots of room for improvement. Your most important resource is yourself - your knowledge and your interests - so be sure to draw on them whenever possible. To do so will greatly enhance both your students’ and your own experience. Although your main role will be to teach English, it is possible to help out with other subjects. Local staff will be eager for you to organize extra-curricular activities such as art, drama, music, and sports. Participating in these activities will give your students a creative outlet, as well as helping to boost their self-esteem. Your skills and abilities in other areas will make you even more popular within the community.

We suggest the volunteer considers:

1) volunteering with the right mindset 2) volunteering that that not cause harm to others

We will explain:

Consider the sustainability of the project you want to work on. You should consider the long-term sustainable impact of your volunteer placement. This means:

• We do not want you to do a job that a local person could do, this defeats the point of volunteering;

• We do want you to consider how you can try and use your skills to train local people so that after you leave a local person can become the “change-maker” in their own community. This empowers local people and removes the need for a volunteer in the future, which means that your volunteering placement will have been a huge success for everyone;

• Consider whether or not, or how well, your activities can make a long-term impact, rather than a short-term impact. For example, if a group of foreigners built a toilet without any local people being involved, then the local people may not feel ownership of the toilet and when it degrades or becomes broken, nobody locally will know how to repair it; but, if local people are involved in the well's construction from the onset, they may feel more ownership over it and will understand better how to fix it after the foreigners have gone; and

• In relation to children 1) we work very hard to encourage childrenand orphans to remain with their own families, rather being made to leave or stay away from their families and communities; 2) we want to help poor and rural communities grow into economically thriving places where people want to stay and have prosperous lives; 3) help poor and rural communities improve their livelihoods and educational systems, so children do not need to leave their families and community to seek an education elsewhere.

• We ask the volunteer to put some time aside to talk with local people and learn about their lives and interests. Equally, it involves talking with local people and sharing information about your own life and interests. We ask you to recognize that you and the local person with whom they are engaging, both have equal amounts of valuable knowledge to contribute to each other. Through this honest and sincere cultural transaction, both parties will benefit, and so will the broader society.

With this in mind you may partake in all areas of village life and offer your help, expertise and skills.

What to expect:

You will be a pioneer at this point of time. The villagers have no experience working with volunteers, so you will have to let them know what your needs are. Your quarters will be simple, you live like the villagers, eat their food, spend time with them. You will need to pay for your own travel to Kathmandu, Nepal. From there a staff member will take you to the designed village. The village people will provide for your food. You may have to cook some of it by yourself.

Please apply for volunteering services with a short CV, picture and time frame and reason why you want to come. Send email with all information to emmanuelfnepal@gmail.com

Times of the year suitable for volunteering:

April, May (June – August is rainy season) and September, October and November (Dec.-Feb. It is too cold and in March students have exams, they have not time for extra studies)

What to bring:

Water sanitation (filter etc).

Sleeping bag

Your medication

Moskito net

Food you do not want to miss

Good hiking shoes, waterproof

Rain poncho or rain proof jacket

Sunblocker, etc.

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