Why volunteer with Umbrella?

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 which minimise the impact on host communities, preserve the native culture, and benefit local people both socially and financially. Our priority is 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 rural education support programme, the 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.

Child Protection

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, be familiar with 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. Comhlamh Logo

Teaching placement

Rural School Placement

Volunteer to teach in a rural school. Poor rural standards in education are a leading cause of child-trafficking. Desperate parents, seeking the best for their children, unwittingly send them to Kathmandu with traffickers, who falsely promise access to good schools. Having rescued children prey to such tactics, Umbrella is determined to improve rural education standards, especially in high-risk areas, and thereby stem the flow of children to Kathmandu.

You do not need to be a qualified teacher, but should have a strong command of the English language. Of great  benefit to young adults seeking employment in the tourism sector, a native English speaker allows schools to model conversational and oral language skills. You will not be there to replace local teachers, but rather to work alongside them and plan complementary teaching activities. You can also assist in other subject areas and energise students by organising extra-curricular activities. And if you are a qualified teacher, you could make an even longer-lasting impact on the school by running teacher-training workshops.

Why not take this rare opportunity to live directly with a Nepali family, learn a new language, culture and way of life, teach local children, support a rural school community and have a challenging, memorable and life-altering experience?

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Childcare Homes placement

NGO Support Placement

Volunteer at our NGO and be affiliated with one of our Kathmandu-based childcare homes. We provide secure accommodation, food, healthcare and education in a nurturing environment for trafficked, abandoned or displaced children. Many come from remote rural areas who have ended up destitute on the city streets, working as domestic slaves, or living malnourished, neglected and abused in poorly-managed ‘orphanages’.

Given their backgrounds, you will be a welcome injection of energy, fun and creativity into their lives by organising activities, workshops and outings for them. You can act as a mentor in the house, being a friendly pair of ears and and an extra pair of hands. You may also serve as a role model, teaching by example the importance of respect, the value of education and the way to be responsible. A vital support to the running of Umbrella, you are welcome to get as involved in the organisation as you can!

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 children, and have a personally enriching and life-changing experience?

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