Nepal Women’s Empowerment Short Term Internship

Join our long-term and sustainable women’s empowerment initiatives in the stunning town of Pokhara, Nepal.


Program Information

Help us make a difference in Nepal by addressing UN Sustainable Development Goal #5, Gender Equity. Your assistance will help give women and young girls the tools necessary to fight poverty, stay in school and close the unemployment gap between girls and boys in developing countries.

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Overview

Supporting women in Nepal is vital in helping the communities overcome critical global social issues, such as countless young girls still not receiving an education.

By supporting women in society and giving them access to equal opportunities such as an education, jobs and health care, everyone benefits. Infant mortality rates go down, more children stay in school, incomes increase and the cycle of poverty can be broken. By joining this internship you will join a dedicated team of international interns who assist on sustainable women’s empowerment initiatives.



In Nepal, women are born into a society where their rights are subordinate to those of men. Girls are often married off at an early age with little or no education, no land rights or independent income options available to them. Our initiatives in Nepal, hope to turn the tide against gender discrimination by empowering local girls and women. We do this by working closely with the women to determine their needs and then working together to meet their desired goals. We work with several partners including; girls at a village school, young women who are survivors of human trafficking, mothers at a village primary school and young women who have moved to Pokhara from remote villages to seek educational opportunities. Typically women are keen to develop English conversational skills, learn basic maths skills and develop skills such as resume writing. We also work on skill development such as crafts and sewing which enables them to become self-sustaining or potentially income generating.

Our internships are geared at developing your leadership skills, allowing you to develop a variety of key soft and hard skills that will put you a step ahead the rest of the pack. GVI have been running community development, education, and conservation projects since 1997 and our highly motivated field staff will help you gain and improve vital skill sets to improve your future job prospects.

Highlights include
Making a difference by supporting local women develop skills and confidence, discovering the culture, traditions and spectacular landscapes of Nepal; immersing yourself in Nepalese culture through living with a host family and meeting interns from across the world.

Program Details

Program Type: Internship
Location: Asia - Nepal - Pokhara

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Life on the Internship

Your accommodation will be a homestay with a Nepali family. You will share an ensuite room with one or two other volunteers or interns. This will be a great opportunity to truly experience life in a Nepalese community.

Typical food will include a mix of Nepali and western food including traditional Daal Bhat.

From Monday to Friday you will be delivering workshops to women and girls. Women’s workshops include teaching conversational English and other confidence building skills. We also support the women to develop skills such as sewing, crafts and computer literacy through fun and interactive workshops. In the longer term, we will work towards supporting women in setting up income generating initiatives. Importantly the workshops provide a supportive and positive environment for the women.

Our girls’ leadership workshops focus on developing optimism and confidence wiith h a view to employment and income generating initiatives in the future. Computing skills are a focus as well as highlighting positive female role models both in the local community and further afield.

As a short-term intern, time will be set aside for leadership development that will further assist the projects and contribute to your personal and professional development. As part of your internship you will plan and implement your own project that contributes to the long term development goals of the project and the community as a whole.

Weekends will be yours to explore the surrounding area and delve deeper into the Nepali culture. With adventure activities such as white water rafting or world class hiking trails and the nearby Tal Bahari temple, the “Jewel of the Himalayas” offers something for everyone.

Accommodation Upgrades
If you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while on this project, this location does offer upgrades. Contact us for more information, or mention to your Country Expert who will be able to assist you.

Project Details

Our women's empowerment project strives to address the SDG #5 Gender Equity in a range of ways including:

  • supporting women to develop confidence in conversational English

  • Providing workshops on human rights and life skills

  • teaching skills which allow the women and girls to become self sustaining and potentially income generating

  • Educating women and girls on healthcare with a focus on preventative measures

  • Providing additional educational support to young girls in local schools


As an intern you will be expected to take a leadership role on project and be a positive role model for both the women/students and other interns .

How this project makes a difference
Through education, females become more confident to address social issues and it inspires girls to stay at school longer and to seek opportunities for further education. Increased education leads to more employment opportunities helping to break the poverty cycle. By educating women and girls through healthcare workshops, disease and illness can be prevented leading to healthier families and communities. Developing a greater understanding of Human Rights through our workshops can also help address some of the issues that affect Nepal such as Human trafficking.

*There are many religious and cultural festivals throughout the year in Nepal, as well as school holidays and exam periods. During these periods we may run activities and programmes that are slightly different to our regular programmes. Its possible that during these periods you might support the running of 'Holiday Programmes" for children in local communities, create lesson plans and resources to support our work, facilitate adult training programmes related to a range of issues or help out with some construction or maintenance work to improve educational facilities. Where possible we would also like you to enjoy the festivities and engage with our partners in the community to share these experiences. There may be times when we are able to enjoy the celebrations, food and traditions that Nepal has to offer.

Nepal's short, mid, and long-term objectives
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.

Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Nepal:


  1. Support students to reach learning goals appropriate to their Age (under 5s) Grade level (5-18 year olds) or Individual Need (students with Special Needs)

  2. Increase the knowedge and understanding of Healthcare in the community with an emphasis on prevention

  3. Increase the exposure of books and reading as a means of developing a broader English vocabulary

  4. Develop the skills of women in the community in order to improve their potential to generate income or to become more self sufficient

  5. Improve facilities to support learning goals

  6. Support the local community with improved facilities

  7. Reduce the amount of litter in the environment with a focus on recycling

What's It like?

If you’d like to find out what the experience of joining a GVI project is really like, simply contact us and we’ll put you in touch with one of our many Alumni.

We’ll try to match you to an Alum based on your location, nationality, age, stage of academic career, gender, and program interests. This allows you to gain insights into the experience that is most relevant to you.

Depending on your location you might be able to speak to an Alum over the phone or online, or meet up with them face-to-face at a coffee shop nearby. We also run a series of small events around the world where you can speak to GVI Alumni, Ambassadors and staff members.

Our Ethics

Below is a list of core ethics and best practices we believe are essential to the operation of high quality, ethical volunteer and sustainable development programs. We believe that all responsible volunteer and sustainable development operations should focus upon these principles. If you are considering volunteering, these are some of the key considerations you should question, to ensure that your time and money contributes towards positive change.


Our 10 Ethical Commitments

 

Locally Driven, Collaborative Projects

We aim to design all our projects in collaboration with local organizations and communities and ensure that they are locally driven.


 

Clear Objectives & Sustainable Outcomes

We aim to clearly define short-, mid-, and long-term objectives with sustainable outcomes for all our projects.


 

Impact Reporting

We aim to track, record, and publish the impact of each of our projects.


 

Working Against Dependency

We aim to build in-country capacity by assisting local organizations in becoming self-sustaining.


 

Responsible Exit Strategies

For each local organization we work with, we aim to have a plan in place for withdrawing support responsibly.


 

Clear Roles & Specialized Training

We aim to ensure that ever participant is assigned a clear role and that they are fully trained and supported to carry out their work by specialized staff.


 

Respect for all

In all our actions we aim to respect the skills and efforts of all and seek to protect the rights, culture and dignity of everyone who engages with GVI.


 

Local Ownership

We work to ensure that credit for the results of any project, along with any data collected, research conduct, or Intellectual Property developed, remains the property of local organizations.


 

Transitioning from the Orphanage Model

We do not condone and aim to withdraw support of orphanages and residential care centers.


 

Child and Vulnerable adult policies

We will live by our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult policies.


Continual Development

As an organization, GVI is committed to striving toward best practice, and to educating both our potential participants, our partners, and the world at large about them. Both the volunteering and sustainable development sectors are increasingly, and rightly, under scrutiny. Many recent local and global articles highlight poor practices and questionable ethics GVI is widely recognized for striving to apply global best practice in the volunteering, education and sustainable development sectors throughout our operations by reputable organizations such as ChildSafe.


However, global best practice is always evolving and we dedicate both time and resources to engage with internationally respected experts and learn from the latest research to ensure our programs both fulfil their potential to create maximum positive impact, and minimise their potential to create unintentional negative impact. Along with and as part of the sustainable development and volunteering community, we are constantly learning and applying this learning to practice. We do not always get everything right, but we seek feedback from our community members, partners, participants and our staff, and react accordingly. We know are already doing a great job, and feedback we have received confirms this, but we aim to do even better and are continuously refining our operations to improve upon our already excellent reputation.


What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Exploration

Nepal’s second largest city Pokhara is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Nepali culture while still having access to a few home comforts. Situated at the base of the Annapurna mountain range in the Himalayas the city sits snuggly around the banks of glorious Lake Phewa Tal; a phenomenal destination for those looking to soak up the local culture before they head to the mountains.

Weekend Explorations!
Nepal boasts some of the best hiking trails in the world. Embark on a four-day trek in the Annapurna region, where you will immerse with the villages and communities.. Shorter treks are also great options for weekend trips. Adventure activities abound in this area from rafting trips to kayaking the white-water of the Trisuli or Seti river, mountain biking, or canyoning.

Further Afield!
There are a wealth of opportunities in Nepal for further travel and exploration of the rest of the country. This can include the foothills of the Himalayas in Langtang National Park, the ancient temples and villages of Tansen, Newari architecture in Bandipur, the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, Everest Base Camp, the ancient Hindu centre of Janakpur, and so many other options.

Gastronomic Delights!
As part of your arrival weekend you will have the opportunity to sample a range of traditional Nepali food. We’ll teach you how to eat Daal bhat, the traditional way, and you will have the opportunity to try momos, pakodas, chowmein and fried rice just to name a few. There are plenty of opportunities to sample local food in your time here including our delicious meals prepared by the host mother at the home stay. Momo’s are Nepali dumplings filled with vegetables or meat, they can be eaten as a snack or a meal depending on how many you order. You'll not only have a chance to eat them, some of the local women will also teach you how to make them! Pokhara also boasts a range on international food selections.

The Team

Shayle Havemann

Director of Programs
Meet Shayle, our innovative and driven director for all our projects around the world. She has two honours degrees, one in Industrial and Organisational Psycology, and another in Developmental and Education Psycology. Shayle also has over 10 years experience in setting up, managing and evaluating environmental and community programs across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

She is well-practiced in facilitating meaningful and effective intercultural engagement and this makes her the perfect person for overseeing our operations in the multicultural country of South Africa.

When not attending meetings or planning her next endeavour, Shayle can be found spending time with her family or taking part in some or other exciting outdoors activity!

Binita Gurung

Field Staff
Meet Binita, one of our lovely field staff members working on our childcare projects in Pokhara, Nepal. Before joining GVI, this Nepalese music lover helped struggling students in Kathmandu with their studies and decided that she wanted to help more.

Binita is passionate about her job at GVI and how she has been able to make a difference in the lives of others. She is enthusiastic about motivating the local local staff and helping them to learn new ideas. “My main highlight would be meeting the volunteers from around the world and sharing my country with them.” She loves welcoming new volunteers and appreciates all the fresh ideas that they bring to the project.

Her most memorable travel experience was when she travelled to Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini, Nepal, to visit the different temples and to learn more about her religion. Binita’s proudest accomplishment since working with GVI was seeing the children become more confident in their English and achieving higher grades. She is not all work and no play; she can make 15 momos (steamed dumplings) in a minute!

Jill Walker

Assistant Director of Programs
Meet Jill, our Assistant Director of Programs and line manager for Thailand, Laos, India, Nepal, Australia and Kenya programs. ‘Manow’ (lime), as she’s locally known in Thailand where she's based, taught English, environmental education and art in the USA and Thailand before joining us to set up a TEFL and Community Development Expedition. “I haven’t looked back since!”


When Jill isn’t working, she likes reading or doing just about anything energetic. “I devour books, love cooking and enjoy finding some time to get some exercise – yoga, dancing and aerobics are some of my faves.”


What does Jill like most about her job? “It’s great to see volunteers rising above the cultural and language barriers between themselves and the communities. That, and every day is completely different, which is the way I like it- it keeps me from getting bored.” Being ‘allergic’ to being bored has led to Manow doing some pretty amazing things. “I once ended up spending a week living in a cave with some Buddhist monks while I helped them build a small adobe monk hut.”

Lok Bahadur Gurung

Community Liason
Meet Lok, our Community Liason in Pokhara. Lok is bona fide Nepalese and worked as a kayaking instructor prior to joining GVI.


Being the Community Liason, Lok is involved in all projects we have based in Pokhara. His favourite aspect of his job? Working with the volunteers. “I get to meet amazing people from around the world and I love getting to know them. I feel that not only the volunteers, but myself as well gain a great cultural exchange.”


How do the volunteers assist Lok in his work on the projects? “They’re great at helping the kids gain the confidence to speak English and thereby improve their chances at a better future. Thanks to the volunteers, over 400 children now have access to a healthier learning environment!”

Cheryl Martin

Project Manager
Meet Cheryl, our Base Manager in Nepal. A former teacher, headmaster and special needs educator, she was the first volunteer on our ‘Grade R’ project in Cape Town, and was exactly who we needed.

Cheryl’s main highlight since being involved with GVI? “When we first started 'book-time' at the educare centre, the children didn’t really appreciate books and stories. We were pretty persistent and the children now easily sit and enjoy a book for almost an hour, even the toddlers! It’s led to such a great improvement in their language skills, attention span and ability to learn. I’m also really proud of the work we have done concerning protecting children’s rights, especially in social media. We’ve set a really good standard.”

What does Cheryl think volunteers bring to the project? “The volunteers never cease to amaze me with their skills and talents! It’s so important to use these talents as best we can. These things have made a difference to the teacher’s ability to provide a program, and therefore, to the children’s ability to learn.

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Parent Info

‘If only every student could do this. It changes your life in all the right ways,’ says Chris Heritage, parent of Luke Herritage, one of our teen volunteers who has participated on two GVI programs, one in Costa Rica and another in South Africa.

We are a parent-run organisation that is incredibly serious about health and safety, and increasing the impact, as well as the long-term career benefits of our programs. Our programs help young people develop the skills to select a career path that is personally fulfilling, and live a life aligned to the well-being of our planet and the global community.

Ken and Linda Jeffrey, whose son Sam volunteered with GVI in Thailand, talk about how the experience affected Sam. He also went on to volunteer with GVI again in South Africa. ‘I know it sounds like a cliche but in a sense, he did go away as a boy and he came back as a young man. Both of us could recommend GVI without any hesitation to any other parent thinking about exploring an opportunity for their children to explore the world and to see different parts of it.’

Parent Info Pack

Download the Parent Pack and learn more about:

Our staff: All our projects are run by staff, selected, vetted, trained, and managed by our central office.
Health and safety: Our safety practices include a child and vulnerable adult protection policy.
Staying in touch: See what’s happening on base, by following a hub’s dedicated Facebook page.
Free parent consultations: We would love to talk to you about exciting opportunities available for your child.

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Arrivals

When it comes to support, we ensure that each participant is provided with unparalleled, 360 degree support, from your initial contact with the GVI Family, all the way through your program, and even after, as you become part of the GVI Alumni Team.


As part of this promise, we will ensure, whenever possible, that one of our dedicated staff will be available to meet you at the airport. We will arrange with you prior to your departure that, should you arrive in the agreed upon pick up window, a member of our staff will be there to welcome you, easily identifiable in a GVI t-shirt or holding a GVI sign and wearing a friendly smile. This means there will be someone there to greet you as you land, and from there you will be transported to your GVI base to start your adventure and meet the rest of your team.