Why volunteer with Umbrella?

[We are currently suspending our volunteer programme due to the global Covid-19 outbreak. We will consider applications in the future when it is safe to do so].

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 youth, 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 Youth

Financed by personal donations, sponsorship 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 youth 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, have an induction 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, 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

NGO Support Placement

Volunteer with the team in our NGO office in Kathmandu, Nepal. We work to empower displaced, trafficked and vulnerable youth 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 help the local staff with a variety of general day to day tasks, as well as share their own skills and background, if suitable. There will also be the occasional opportunity to do activities with the Umbrella youth (visit the cinema, rock climbing etc.), however, as they live independently, with their families, or in foster care, this is only when they have a free day or during school holidays.

Why not take this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the Nepali culture, learn about the challenges and goals of development, whilst also contributing your valuable time and skills to support our team, and by doing so, the children and youth of Umbrella.

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