Mountain Sherpa Foundation Volunteer Program is primarily designed to bring forth coordinated efforts of all the experts and individuals in different areas under one platform and thereon work towards achieving its common goal and mission. It provides a unique opportunity for volunteers to live and work in Nepal. Upon selected for volunteering, an individual gets a chance to make a contribution for the sustainable development of Nepal especially in Solukhumbu district ( Kanku, Mera and gorpeteng villages).
Through our placement of the volunteers into the homes of Nepalese families, where they share in the daily life of the average Nepalese while working in the community, we have found that the experience is life-altering and affirming for both the Nepalese and the volunteers. Teaching is more than reciting knowledge; it’s about giving a part of you over to the local people you work with and students. It is about building bridges, creating links, it’s about inspiring, it’s about sharing and more than anything it’s about giving.
Volunteers are placed in schools, health post, local village and other project implementing areas in Gorkha district in accord with their interests and abilities. The volunteer program provides following options for volunteers:
Teaching in Schools:
Volunteers will teach for three to five hours per day. Schools are open six days a week, Saturday being the day off. You will need a good command of written and spoken English, plenty of enthusiasm and a lot of patience. You don’t need previous experience but you will need to be creative to make learning English fun for the children, past volunteers have taught using word association games, drawing pictures of animals/people, singing (eg “head shoulders, knees & toes!”). Minimum time commitment: 2 weeks.
We are also seeking fluent English-speaking volunteers as the village lacks enough qualified English teachers. If you are interested in volunteering as an Eglish at higher levels (grade 7 – 10), please contact us with your credentials. We prefer individuals who hold a minimum of a college-level degree. If your first language is not English, you can still be considered for the position provided you have experience teaching or tutoring English. MInimum time commitment for the position of an English teacher: 6 months.
Working in Health Posts:
Our Village Health Volunteer Program also mobilizes medical personnel and health experts to the rural area where the government is unable to provide a formal health institution. With health infrastructure alack, many people in rural villages are required to travel impossible distances just to receive basic medical attention. Further, superstition and orthodox methods of treatment is also rampant. Witchdoctors and shamans are revered as all-cures because there is no access to modern medicine.
In the health volunteering program, the main activities include administering drugs, conducting general check-ups, diagnosing the patients and spreading awareness in community. An invidiual volunteer’s responsibilities, of course, depends on his/her medical background, including training received and experience. Our work is particularly pertinent to hygiene, nutrition and immunizations focusing mainly on women and children. By living and working with rural communities, the health program volunteers also increase the exposure of rural Nepali people to modern medicine. Mountain Sherpa Foundation welcomes all interested and experienced medical and health personnel, students including students, professionals, organizations, associations and other groups to volunteer their services in our health volunteer program.
Additionally, we are seeking supporters and contributors to establish a health post in different Village in lower part of Solukhumbu. We plan to construct an advanced facility, fully equipped and staff, which would serve more than 3,000 local people from thirty different villages.