Why volunteer with Umbrella?
It’s An Ethical Programme
The Umbrella Foundation is firmly against ‘voluntourism’, the industry of fabricating opportunities to meet increasing demands of Western volunteers. We are committed to ethical and responsible practices and we prioritise the employment of Nepali staff facilitated by a small international support base, thereby providing opportunities for local skill development, personal empowerment and sustainable job creation.
We Are Not A Volunteer Agency
Umbrella is a for-impact and non-profit charity that welcomes volunteers to assist with our projects. Volunteer agencies, on the other hand, act as intermediaries for local organisations, significantly decreasing the amount going directly to their work. Whilst our programmes are designed first and foremost to benefit the children, schools and communities within our care, we do our utmost to provide safe, happy and memorable volunteering experiences for all who come to participate in our objectives.
We Put Emphasis On Reintegration
In accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Umbrella believes that the best place for a child is always with their family. We make every effort to reintegrate those in our care back with their local communities, supporting the preservation of the family unit and resisting child-trafficking through projects which combat the causes of it. These include our reintegration programme, and the organisational raising of awareness in remote communities.
Money Really Does Go To The Children
Financed by personal donations, child sponsorships and fundraisers hosted by our supporters around the world, we work tirelessly to ensure every rupee goes directly to the care of the children in our projects. Volunteers are asked to fundraise for their placement, which spreads awareness about the charity, covers the cost of your stay, and acts as a valuable contribution to the continuity of our work.
The safety, well-being, health and happiness of the children in our care is Umbrella’s number one priority. We are dedicated to promoting safeguards in accordance with highest international standards. To establish and maintain clear professional boundaries that provide for the safety of everyone, all volunteers are required to undergo a thorough background check, take training on our child protection policy, and agree to adhere to our code of conduct.
Best Practice Compliance
Umbrella are signatories to Comhlámh’s Code of Good Practice and Dóchas’ Code of Conduct on Images and Messages which hold organisations to the highest standards. We are registered (CHY17247) as a charity in Ireland, the UK, the USA, Australia, Holland and Nepal. Furthermore, we are registered with the Social Welfare Council (SWC), Association of INGOs Nepal (AIN) and are approved by the District Authority Office.
NGO Support Placement
Volunteer with the team in our NGO office in Kathmandu, Nepal. We work to empower displaced, trafficked and vulnerable children and their families in Nepal through projects which promote the preservation of the family unit, education and community development.
As a volunteer, you will provide assistance to our small but dedicated Nepali and International team. We’re looking for volunteers willing to share their own skills and background to help the local staff. There is a strong emphasis on education both academic and holistic therefore volunteers help with workshops and extra-curricular activities including arts, music, sports and other creative outlets! If you feel like your skills match up with our needs then please reach out to us!
Why not take this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the Nepali culture, learn about the challenges and goals of development, make a genuine difference in the lives of vulnerable children, and have a personally enriching and life-changing experience?