Volunteer

Chhori’s volunteer and internship programs provide a flexible experience for people from all over the world and many different backgrounds to put their skills to use in supporting a great cause. We offer both volunteer and internship programs, focusing on the fields of graphic/web design and marketing, business, advocacy, osteopathy, art therapy, and direct work with the women in our shelter.Because we are a nonprofit organization and use our funds to support our programs directly, we cannot pay our interns and volunteers. Instead, we charge a program fee that covers the costs of housing and food. We provide a volunteer house and 3 meals a day as well as an orientation with basic language lessons and trips around the city. For a review of our fees, please see our Fees page.3slide

Descriptions of our volunteer and intern positions are below. If you are interested in any of the positions or would like more information, please send an email with a personal statement explaining your interest, applicable skills, and dates of availability (in the case of internships, a resume and cover letter are preferred) to chhori.volunteer@gmail.com and our Volunteer Program Coordinator will contact you to see if you we can create a mutually beneficial experience.

Interested in promoting gender rights in Nepal? Apply for our new volunteer programme!  We serve women and girls in Nepal and advocate for their rights.  There are four programs for which we seek volunteers.  More information about the programme will be posted in the early months of 2014.

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Fees

Our fee includes:

• Housing

• Food

• Airport drop off and pick up

• Orientation

• Conversation partner

• Travel to/from Chhori will not be provided (ie. airfare from UK to Nepal) and Visa fees are not provided

• If you would like to raise funds for your trip, here are a few fundraising sites and fellowships to look into in order to lower the cost to yourself:

Fundraising sites

Volunteerforever.com

Fundmytravel.com

Kickstarter.com

Gofundme.com

Projecttravel.com

Fellowships

www.compact.org

www.opensocietyfoundations.org

www.skaddenfellowships.org

www.nationalgridus.com (for one year>

• We do not require you to purchase travel insurance in order to work with Chhori, but if you are interested we recommend a look at these low-cost websites:

For students:

www.betins.com

www.studyabroadinsurance.com

www.aifs.com

For everyone:

www.globalmedicalinternational.com

www.internationalstudentinsurance.com

www.mnui.com

www.volunteercard.com

Chhori

Congratulations on your decision to volunteer with Chhori! No matter what your position or how long your stay, we appreciate your interest in supporting women’s rights and our anti-exploitation efforts in Nepal. In this manual you may find all of the information you need to prepare for your trip, but if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our volunteer coordinator chhori.volunteer@gmail.com or director Hira Dahal at chhoriorg@gmail.com
Chhori is a nongovernmental organization established with the objective to eliminate gender based violence on women and girls in Nepal. Chhori focuses on four themes of violence against women: socio-cultural abuse, sexual exploitation, labour exploitation and political oppression.
Our objective is to educate the community on the importance of empowering women, children and socially discriminated people. We organize educational activities to teach people about the existing human rights violations of women. We conduct research/studies on emerging issues in many geographical areas of the country and work to solve such issues through the awareness promotion programs. We also provide community programs on contemporary health issues like HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and other diseases common in the community.

Travel Requirements
Visas
A visa is required in order to stay in Nepal. You can print out a form here: http://nepal.travisa.com/ApplicationSelector.aspx?CountryID=NP&PartnerID=TA, but they can easily be found at the Kathmandu airport. Bring a 2×2 ID photo to attach to the form. Passports must have an expiry date of at least 6 months after you intend to leave Nepal and must have at least one blank page to attach the visa. As of June 2014, visa fees are $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, and $100 for up to 90 days. Visa fees must be paid in US dollars. Visas can be renewed for a stay of over 90 days, but western visitors are not allowed to stay for more than 150 days in a given year on a tourist visa. The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens in Nepal to register with the US Embassy in Kathmandu through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which can be done here: https://step.state.gov/STEP/Pages/Common/Citizenship.aspx

Immunizations
In preparation for a trip to Kathmandu, vaccinations for typhoid, hepatitis A, and hepatitis B are advisable. If you plan to go into the rural areas of Nepal malaria pills are also suggested, but at this point it is not a concern in Kathmandu. For more information on health while traveling, we suggest a look through the Centre for Disease Control’s section on Nepal:
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2014/chapter-4-select-destinations/nepal

Travel Insurance
Chhori does not require you to purchase travel insurance for your trip. However, if you would like to purchase travel insurance, we recommend the following sites:
For students:
www.betins.com/index.cfm?assid=30%0D
www.studyabroadinsurance.com/
www.aifs.com/cisi
For everyone:
www.globalmedicalinternational.com/
www.internationalstudentinsurance.com/travel-medical-insurance/
www.mnui.com/
www.volunteercard.com
Living in Nepal
Living in Kathmandu will be an adjustment no matter where you are from. A new language, developing infrastructure, and cultural guidelines unlike the west can create culture shock in the first few days, but our staff will do everything possible to make Nepal a second home. In addition, time schedules in Nepal are much less strict than in many other places. Recognize that this is a societal trait and learn to adjust and perhaps become more flexible and accommodating yourself.
Housing
Chhori has a volunteer house in the neighborhood of Kusunti, about 5  minutes from our shelter in Lalitpur .A staff member will live there with you to cook and help orient you to life in Nepal (bus system, shopping, language, etc.) and answer any questions you may have.
Courtesy Guidelines
Volunteers are expected to follow certain guidelines out of respect for the Nepali people. Outfits should cover volunteers’ shoulders and knees at all times and should not be too revealing in any other part of the body.
Please inform us if you have any dietary requirements or other medical needs so that we can make sure to accommodate them.
Cost of Living
Cost of living in Nepal is fairly inexpensive compared to Western countries, and Chhori will provide meals and housing. As of June 2014, 100 Nepali rupees is equivalent to 1.05 US dollars and 0.78 Euros. You should not be required to spend any of your own money beyond the program fee as we provide housing, food, and in-city transportation costs, but you are certainly free to purchase food, clothing, and souvenirs in any of the many shops in Kathmandu. In addition, if you choose to do any kind of trekking or hiking trips on your own, that will be at your own expense.
Transportation
Transportation in Kathmandu generally takes place by taxi, public bus, or microbus. Our workers and volunteers will show you how to use busses and microbuses—a ride from the shelter to the office, a distance of about 4 miles or 6 km, should cost 30 to 35 rupees on public transportation.
Electricity
Power cuts are frequent year-round, with about 16 hours per day of electricity in the summer months and down to 6 hours per day in the middle of the winter. This means that it is very important to remember to turn off lights and power switches when leaving a room, as electricity is difficult to come by throughout Nepal. Internet is similarly inconsistent, so do not expect constant contact with friends and family from home. However we are trying to provide alternative electricity from the battery. We request that volunteers not upload or download significant amounts of information to or from the internet, as this can damage the internet connection that all volunteers share. Air conditioning and heating are very uncommon in Kathmandu and do not exist at any of our facilities.
Cell Phones
Cell phones and SIM cards are both fairly inexpensive in Nepal, and we recommend you buy one if staying for a few months. You will need to bring an extra ID photo to purchase a SIM card.
Cleaning
As washing machines and dryers are very uncommon in Kathmandu, laundry is done by hand and dried on a clothesline. The volunteer house will provide detergent. Showers may not be as comfortable as you are used to . However we would be trying to supply of hot water as much as possible. Bring your own personal hygiene supplies. For both washing clothes and showering, we request that you make an effort to conserve water as Nepal suffers from water shortage.
Climate
The monsoon season in Nepal lasts from mid-June through mid-September, and while this season is very wet it is also the summer. Temperatures stay around 20°C to 30°C (68°F-86°F) in the summer and 5°C to 20°C (40°F-67°F) in the winter, from November through February. During the non-monsoon months, there is very little rain in Kathmandu. If you plan to go trekking or visit other regions of Nepal, temperatures vary significantly.
Packing List
No matter what time of year you come, we advise lightweight, modest clothes. Try not to bring too much—you will be surprised by how little you need to get by, and should you need more supplies you can find most items in Kathmandu at very low prices.

  • 2-4 pairs of pants or capris covering the knees
  • Shirts covering the shoulders
  • 1-3 pairs of shoes. In Nepal shoes are taken off before entering a building, so bring practical shoes for walking outside.
  • Warm hat for the winter months
  • Light raincoat or poncho for monsoon season
  • Glasses or contacts as needed
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Sunglasses
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Shampoo/conditioner/soap
  • Other personal hygiene supplies as needed
  • Towel
  • ID photos: necessary for visa and volunteer card
  • Photocopies of passport and credit cards. It is advisable to have electronic versions of these as well.
  • Laptop/Surface/iPad/similar device if you will be working in the office
  • Earplugs—optional but useful, as the city can be quite loud at night

Nepali Language
Knowledge of the Nepali language is certainly not a requirement to volunteer with Chhori, and basic language information will be provided on arrival. In addition, volunteers who would like to improve their Nepali during their stay may partner with a member of Chhori or someone at the shelter for a language exchange, practicing Nepali while giving their partner a chance to practice English. If you would like to learn some Nepali before coming to Nepal, Nepali language books by companies such as Lonely Planet can be a valuable resource.
Fees
Because Chhori is a non-profit organization and funds go to fund our work directly, we must charge a fee for volunteering. This fee covers the cost of housing and meals, but travel to/from Chhori will not be provided (ie. airfare from UK to Nepal) and visa fees are not provided. This schedule is suggested; depending on need, we may be able to lower the fees. Since Chhori is a small organization and your placement is already decided, fees go directly to paying for your food and housing.
However the fees that Chhori takes from you to cover very basic cost of living. You can pay 10$ per day for your staying and food. We don’t accept volunteer who don’t stay at least for one week. If you are an intern and if you need more human resource to fulfill your objective you can communicate with the director of Chhori.
To fundraise for your program we suggest creating a page on websites such as fundmytravel.com, volunteerforever.com, and kickstarter.com. Writing to companies and local charities to request sponsorship is another means of raising funds, especially for companies with a specific interest in South Asia or in Chhori’s mission.

Contact
For information about Chhori as an organization, visit chhori.org and look through our programs and publications. If you have any questions about Chhori’s volunteer program or your stay in Nepal, please feel free to contact our volunteer coordinator chhori.volunteer@gmail.com or director Hira Dahal at chhoriorg@gmail.com. 

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 Public Relations Internship

Location: Kathmandu District (Kathmandu Valley), Nepal

Purpose: Use new and existing technology to support Chhori in graphic design, advertising, and marketing.

Responsibilities:

• The public relations intern will use technology to implement better design for Chhori website and promotional materials

• The intern will design the English edition of Chhori’s monthly magazine, Sankalpa

• The intern will be in charge of marketing the magazine and creating advertisements

• The intern will be expected to work on innovative and creative content for the English version of the magazine to create it as a sustainable long term publication

• The intern will be responsible for weekly blog posts

Qualifications:

• Background in web design and knowledge of html

• Background in art and graphic design

• Marketing experience is a benefit

• Ability to create and implement the online edition of a magazine

• Support in various activities and outreach from centre

• Photography experience is preferred (camera provided)

We Provide:

• An orientation fit to your expectations, including trips to sites in Kathmandu and basic language lessons.

• A language partner for the duration of your stay.

Accommodations:

• Lodging and food will be provided.

• Travel to/from Chhori will not be provided (i.e. airfare from UK to Nepal) and visa fees are not provided.

• Although this is a volunteer programme, the cost of lodging and food requires that we charge a volunteer “donation” relative to the duration of the stay.

This public relations internship fights for human rights and advocacy of girls and women in Nepal. Applicants must be creative, with solid writing skills.

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Women’s Shelter Volunteer

Location: Lalitpur District, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Purpose: The purpose of the Shelter Volunteer is to provide enrichment and education to the women living in the Shelter for Women, provided by Chhori/CAP Nepal. As of June 2014, 15 young women live at the house. These women come from different walks of life, and different education levels. A Shelter Volunteer will assist with English education, tutoring, basic therapy, cultural exchanges, and other knowledge based learning.

Responsibilities:

• Volunteers will be responsible for teaching English lessons for 1-2 hours per day. The curriculum will be set by the volunteer, and basic resources can be provided. Additionally, volunteers are asked to assist girls struggling with the language with tutoring.

• Volunteers will provide lessons on special topics ranging from building self-confidence, negotiating and reading, to colouring, sketching, and writing.

• Volunteers will offer seminars of their choice. Past examples include health, dance, business, speeches (competition), and etiquette (manners).

• Volunteers will have the opportunity for a cultural “exchange” – volunteers will be able to prepare their own meals with the girls to teach them how their respective culture cooks. In return, the girls at the shelter and staff will reciprocate with lessons on traditional Nepali cuisine.

• After working with the girls and young women, the volunteers will work with the job coordinator, psychologist, nurse, and shelter staff to identify an appropriate re-entry strategy.

• Volunteers will receive training on the various methods of art therapy from the psychologists and counsellors on the Chhori staff, and facilitate art therapy sessions with the girls and women.

Qualifications:

• Education or background in education or psychology preferred.

• Females only (as the environment of the shelter needs to be welcoming for the girls).

• Openness to new experiences and change.

• Ability to maintain confidentiality.

• English skills are important in this position.

• Must be able to commit to at least 65 days of service (2 months), preferably between 4 and 5 months.

We Provide:

• Lessons on art therapy, and basic counselling techniques

• Issue resolution, and cultural training

• An orientation fit to your expectations, including trips to sites in Kathmandu and basic language lessons

• A language partner for the duration of your stay

Accommodations:

• Lodging and food will be provided.

• Travel to/from Chhori will not be provided (i.e. airfare from UK to Nepal) and visa fees are not provided

• Although this is a volunteer programme, the cost of lodging and food requires that we charge a volunteer “donation” relative to the duration of the stay.

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Human Rights Advocacy Internship

Location: Kathmandu District (Kathmandu Valley), Nepal

Purpose: Advocate for women’s rights and anti-exploitation policy within the Nepali government and other Nepali institutions

Responsibilities:

• Research women rights movements within Nepal and understand the work that is already being done.

• Look into past movements around the world and find how Chhori can learn from their progress to do advocacy in Nepal.

• Lobby to various members of Nepal’s government such as the PM, President, and Ministers.

• Work with grade schools and universities in Nepal to make women’s rights and human rights a bigger priority in the curriculum.

Qualifications:

• Knowledge of women’s rights and human rights on an international scale.

• Academic coursework or experience in public policy preferred.

• Strong research skills required.

We Provide:

• An orientation fit to your expectations, including trips to sites in Kathmandu and basic language lessons.

• A language partner for the duration of your stay.

Accommodations:

• Lodging and food will be provided.

• Travel to/from Chhori will not be provided (i.e. airfare from UK to Nepal) and visa fees are not provided.

• Although this is a volunteer programme, the cost of lodging and food requires that we charge a volunteer “donation” relative to the duration of the stay.

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Business & Innovation Internship

Location: Kathmandu District (Kathmandu Valley), Nepal

Purpose: Work to expand Chhori’s scope as an NGO to improve the role of women throughout Nepal through specific business strategies and projects supporting women

Responsibilities:

• Develop projects to help Chhori expand as an NGO and support more women in ways that will help them

• Work closely with President & Treasurer to determine the feasibility of projects

• Look into new methods of publication and sharing knowledge/information (differing from the status quo)

Qualifications:

• Background in business and an understanding of strategies for expansion

• Some background in women’s rights and understanding of exploitation preferred

• Ability to research strategies for supporting the role of women used by organizations and governments around the world, and adapt them to a Nepali context

We Provide:

• An orientation fit to your expectations, including trips to sites in Kathmandu and basic language lessons

• A language partner for the duration of your stay

Accommodations:

• Lodging and food will be provided.

• Travel to/from Chhori will not be provided (i.e. airfare from UK to Nepal) and visa fees are not provided

• Although this is a volunteer programme, the cost of lodging and food requires that we charge a volunteer “donation” relative to the duration of the stay.

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Art Therapy Volunteer Programme

Location: Lalitpur District, Kathmandu, Nepal

Purpose: The Art Therapy Volunteer Programme is flexible: volunteers can stay for as little as one week and as long as a few months. The volunteer will work with young women who have experienced gender-based trauma of various sorts and now live in a shelter run by Nepali NGO Chhori. She will provide art therapy sessions for the women at the shelter and also train the shelter’s staff in art therapy so that they are able to continue using it as a method of helping the shelter’s beneficiaries

Responsibilities:

• Provide art therapy sessions for young women for approximately 2 hours a day, depending on the number of women and need for services

• Train shelter staff and volunteers in art therapy so that they can continue to use it as a recovery method in the future

Qualifications:

• Must have or currently be pursuing a degree in art therapy

• If the volunteer is using this as a practicum towards a degree, the responsibilities can be altered to create a program that meets the needs of both the volunteer and the shelter

• Experience working with women or victims of trauma preferred

We Provide:

• An orientation fit to your expectations, including trips to sites in Kathmandu and basic language lessons

• A language partner for the duration of your stay

Accommodations:

• Lodging and food will be provided.

• Travel to/from Chhori will not be provided (i.e. airfare from UK to Nepal) and visa fees are not provided.

• Although this is a volunteer programme, the cost of lodging and food requires that we charge a volunteer “donation” relative to the duration of the stay.

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Education Internship

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal

Purpose: The purpose of the Education Volunteer is to create and implement a curriculum in Nepali schools that will help decrease gendered violence in the country through its children and teenagers.

Responsibilities:

• Create curricula for children of various age groups that focuses on Nepal-specific issues of gendered violence as well as fundamentals of reproductive health

• Teach educators within Nepal about issues relevant to gender violence, and help them in creating lessons for students

• Work with school directors to implement this curriculum in the long term

Qualifications:

• Background in education, women’s studies, or human rights preferred

• Ability to create and implement curriculum for a variety of age groups

• Strong communication skills

• Research skills: must be able to condense information on various topics into lessons understood by children

We Provide:

• An orientation fit to your expectations, including trips to sites in Kathmandu and basic language lessons

• A language partner for the duration of your stay

Accommodations:

• Lodging and food will be provided.

• Travel to/from Chhori will not be provided (i.e. airfare from UK to Nepal) and visa fees are not provided.

• Although this is a volunteer programme, the cost of lodging and food requires that we charge a volunteer “donation” relative to the duration of the stay.

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Osteopathy Volunteer Programme

Location: Lalitpur district, Kathmandu, Nepal

Purpose: The osteopathy volunteer will provide osteopathic services to women living in a shelter and those working in the entertainment sector in Kathmandu, Nepal. She will provide physical care to women who have suffered gender-based violence, particularly in situations of sexual exploitation.

Responsibilities:

• Provide osteopathy services to young women of various ages who have dealt with varying experiences of gender-based trauma

• Train shelter staff and volunteers in osteopathy so that they can continue to use it as a recovery method in the future

Qualifications:

• Must have a degree in osteopathic medicine

• Females only (as the environment of the shelter needs to be welcoming for the girls)

• Experience working with victims of gender-based violence preferred

• Flexibility is critical as this will likely differ significantly from any previous experiences in practicing osteopathy

We Provide:

• An orientation fit to your expectations, including trips to sites in Kathmandu and basic language lessons

• A language partner for the duration of your stay

Accommodations:

• Lodging and food will be provided.

• Travel to/from Chhori will not be provided (i.e. airfare from UK to Nepal) and visa fees are not provided.

• Although this is a volunteer programme, the cost of lodging and food requires that we charge a volunteer “donation” relative to the duration of the stay.