Volunteers, usually from abroad, become known as “aunties” and “uncles” or “sir” and “Miss” by the children. The main job of the volunteer is to help the children in the classroom, assist with their homework and class work. If you are confident then you can take the extra class too.
How to become a volunteer?
The most important requirement to be a volunteer is that you love connecting with children. It is also important that you are willing to learn about Nepalese culture, as it is a poor country and it can sometimes be a major cultural adjustment.
The information you need to know:
- MEI provides free food and accommodation to all the volunteers.
- Airfares and transfers (taxi to and from the airport): you are required to fund your own way there.
- Food: if you want to eat with the children, the MEI will provide meals for you; predominantly dahl baht, a Nepalese dish consisting of white rice, potato curry, and lentils. Many volunteers like to purchase Western food or fruit and vegetables, which are not provided at the orphanage (MEI). We recommend that you put enough money aside for this option, and also ask that you don’t eat such food in front of the children.
To see what our past volunteers say about their experience, please visit our Testimonials Page.
For students wanting to intern with us, we highly encourage them to be familiar with the term social entrepreneurship. Social Entrepreneurs are innovators with realistic ideas and problem-solving solutions to society’s most crucial social problems. Social entrepreneurs ask a question such as “what can I innovative using the resources that are already here to benefit the community (project) and improve the lives of people in a sustainable manner?”
Students or anybody wanting to intern with MEI will work alongside MEI team and community members in the villages of Nepal. Students on inter must be able to manage the programs and project with the resources that are available in the project or have been brought off while planning the internship program.
Any individuals wanting to intern with MEI has to have a mentality that can adapt to cultural changes. An individual need to have the patience to listen and value people from any background such as color, sex, race, gender, ethnicity, etc. He/she must have a mentality of service learning, a driving passion to make it happen most of all positive attitude backed by enthusiasm and smile.
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