Creative Arts and Child Development

Creative arts and child development programs are based in schools, monasteries and disability centres. Creative arts and child development program was developed as art offers a platform to escape from reality and the hardships of everyday life for vulnerable and disadvantaged children, while also teaching skills that can positively impact their futures.

Creative arts and child development have included arts as part of the curriculum in the hope to improve the children’s creativity, and ultimately, their lives. Creative arts and child development programs allow students to express themselves, tapping into their inventiveness and creativity and are a fun outlet that helps positively stimulate and motivate.

By teaching youth creative skills and allowing them the freedom to express themselves, volunteers are imparting these youth the skills to help them towards a happier, more fulfilling life. Since this is a new initiative in the education system, there is a severe lack of creative arts teachers and a desperate need for volunteers to help staff the project.

Creative arts and child development volunteers are encouraged to teach any creative subject or activity that will benefit the children. Resources are limited so donations from volunteers are greatly appreciated. Creative arts and child development volunteering programs are important for those volunteers who are designing activities that might be new and need additional materials.

Creative arts and child development program volunteers gain teaching experience while sharing their love of art and music in a way that helps encourage students to learn about and raise awareness of global issues, and to make positive changes in their own community and way of life.

Creative Arts and Child Development Highlights:

  • Assisting children with art and music
  • Addressing global issues with young people
  • Helping students develop life skills in a safe place
  • Practising your Nepali
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining teaching experience
  • Immersing yourself in Nepali culture
  • Exploring Nepal’s ancient history

Creative arts and child development opportunities enable individuals to share their creative passions with communities, youth and teens around the world. As part of a well-rounded education, it is critical that children have access to creative resources and outlets.

In many low-income communities, however, art and music are not a focus or a priority within education systems. As a creative arts and child development, you will support local teachers by putting structure around artistic programs. By bringing your own creative flair and talent, you will help teach youth and teens the importance of art, music and creativity, whether it be playing the guitar, dancing or general arts and crafts.

Orientation begins on the morning of next day your arrival and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Nepal – an introduction to Nepal, Nepalese customs, language training details, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Nepal, and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to visit local temples, sample authentic Nepali food, meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. The program may vary depending on your time of arrival. We will manage to include all below mentioned activities in you introduction program.
• Arrival and introduction host family
• Survival Nepali lessons and cultural discussion
• Local amenities and sightseeing and project start

On arrival in Nepal, volunteers stay in a host family in Kathmandu for their orientation.

Volunteers are then accommodated together in homestays and hosted by local families who have been approved by our program staff. We give your host family a fee for your support, food and board. It is exciting to stay with a host family, providing you with a unique opportunity to learn about the Nepalese way of life, meet local people, try traditional food and speak the local language – especially when host families in Nepal tend to have limited English.

Living is basic but comfortable and most homestays have electricity and running water, with the exception of some rural homestays which are without these conveniences during the dry season. Squat toilets are the norm in Nepal and you will not come across many western toilets. Volunteers can also expect low-pressure showers that are generally not heated; however, this is refreshing after a day in the heat.

You can expect to share a room with one to three other volunteers and bedrooms have single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided. It is recommended volunteers bring their own sleeping bags and mosquito nets for any trips away.

WiFi is available in most of the volunteer homestays. If you would like to keep connected during your stay, we recommend bringing an unlocked mobile phone and purchasing a local SIM card when you arrive in Nepal.

The staple meal for most Nepali families is dal bhat, which consists of lentil soup (dal), rice (bhat) and vegetables in curry (tarkari) and/or meat (masu) with a side of pickle/sauce (achar). Volunteers are served two meals per day at their homestay and can purchase additional food to supplement this if they wish.

Volunteers can have a meaningful impact on Nepalese communities by providing assistance with a wide range of activities that help make life, and the future, better for local people. Volunteer World Nepal has a number of volunteer projects in Nepal. Some are located on the outskirts of the capital city of Kathmandu in rural and urban areas, while others are in Pokhara and Salleri. Pokhara is located in mid-western Nepal and is a popular tourist destination, renowned for its amazing mountain views. Salleri is the Everest Mountain region: beautiful landscapes, hillsides dotted with villages, a lively weekend bazaar, a Tibetan camp, and many spectacular Buddhist monasteries. In Salleri you can teach in Schools, teach English in a monastery, work in a Health Clinic or work in Construction. Salleri is a small Himalayan Region town that serves as the headquarters of the Solukhumbu District.

Low-cost, fully hosted volunteer abroad programs in Nepal.
Your registration fee and your program fee provide access to a fully hosted volunteer experience with Volunteer World Nepal. In order to apply to join Volunteer World Nepal you are required to make your registration fee payment of 100 dollars.

Key Information:

Improve access to quality education
Various locations in Nepal
Homestay accommodation
Based in schools across Nepal
Up to 4 - 5 hours volunteers a day
Fully hosted experience from 200 dollar for 1 week
Base camp treks and other tours available
Durations from 1 - 4 weeks
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Program fee for two weeks: 350 USD
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  • No booking or Credit Card Fee
  • Free Cancellation

What's included:

  • Two meals (breakfast and dinner)
  • Accommodation
  • Orientation and survival Nepali language lesson
  • Cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • 24/7 email and telephone support
  • Volunteer handbook
  • 24/7 hours emergency support
  • Dedicated VWN program and travel co-ordinator
  • Regular program inspection
  • Scholarships for low income students

What's Excluded:

  • Flights to Kathmandu
  • Visa cost
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Domestic flight costs
  • Transportation costs for the volunteers who want to work outside the Kathmandu Valley
  • Personal items, extra beverages and entertainment expenses
  • Personal travel and sightseeing
  • Transportation service during weekends travel
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