Third Eye Volunteer Nepal(TEV Nepal)

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Testimonials

Daniela Suceava


Daniela Suceava
I embarked upon an adventure through Nepal in October 2011, and was mesmerized by the beauty I found in this country's places and people. Our trip was designed and coordinated by Third Eye Volunteer Nepal & Good Karma Trekking of Kathmandu and I am thankful to Raj and Bijaya for giving me the opportunity to experience their culture so genuinely. Among the many surprises they had in store for us, there was also the chance to visit and volunteer in an orphanage in Pokhara. Seeing as how I am also involved in a charity here in Romania (we provide medical treatment, shelter and adoption for stray dogs), I was more than happy to visit the orphanage. I arrived there to find a small, well-kept and clean building and was shown around the premises and given thorough explanations about the project and it's impact on the children's lives. It was heartwarming to see that no matter the culture, people who want to make a difference will struggle and fight to see their dream come true, and regardless how small the initiative may be it will generate a ripple effect upon society that may prove to stretch far beyond imagination. So thank you, my friends, for making the world a better place! Daniela Suceava, Romania www.rescueme.ro Read More

Cassia-Poland


Cassia-Poland
I am Cassia From Poland and was in Nepal in 2010 Sep/Oct for volunteering and trekking package and I had choose Third Eye volunteer Nepal and I confidently say that my choice was right. I had decided to work for women empowerment and was placed in one of the village and it was time of Dashain the great festival of Dashain so mine experience was wonderful. I was cared and respected. The peoples were so friendly and in the mid of celebration I felt like a same village's girl. I Volunteered for two weeks. I simply recommend Third eye Volunteers for those who are seeking best realiable charitable organization. After volunteers I did Annapurna Circuit Trek. Wish may I be luckier enough to go back in that wonderful world once again. Cassia-Poland Read More

Bartosz Warmuz


Bartosz Warmuz
I Travelled Nepal for one month volunteering program and I chose Third Eye Volunteer Foundation Nepal and now I can say that I made absolutely good selection. I made small contribution to Nepal but I am feeling that I learned many things from Nepal. I was received in Airport; I got opportunity to see touristic places of Kathmandu, stayed with local Nepali family as a local and many more. I was sent to typical village in Annapurna region. I was teaching English in a school to grade one to grade eight kids. I lived with my host family who were very nice. They were caring me like their own son. I learned value of family seeing typical families living in rural Nepal. I was provided basic tourist standard facilities. The food provided was very fresh, hygienic and organic. The buffalo milk was so delicious. The tree ripe banana was so tasty. The local people were so friendly. All this was managed in $300 dollar. I bet nobody can offer all these activities in the budget price. They say that their volunteer programs are free and they charge only minimum cost for food, transportation, accommodation etc and I felt so. They do exactly what they say- so I can confidentially say that if you are planning to volunteer in Nepal, Go with Third Eye Volunteer Foundation Nepal. They are simply the best.

Volunteer Training Program

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Training At First
Third Eye Volunteer Nepal runs the first phase of the program at Kathmandu. It covers language and cultural class, visits to important places in Kathmandu valley. We organize guided city tours of Kathmandu.

The length of the training program depends on the duration of the volunteering period. If you are volunteering for less than four weeks, the program may be shortened. This basic training program is needed to prepare you for the cultural differences, to understand enough Nepali language to function in a village where few English speakers live.
Then Second
After general orientation in the first phase, volunteers leave for village/home stay. Volunteers will live with local families, eat traditional Nepalese food, observe village culture and get a general feel for village life. During this time volunteers will have some classroom observation and practice teaching sessions in the local school to prepare for placement.
This is an example of 2 weeks program:
Day 1 – 3 : Arrival in Katmandu, airport pickup and transfer to your accommodation. Relax and explore Katmandu. Training and orientation in Katmandu with sightseeing in the afternoon.
Day 4 – 13 : Transport to your project location. Your volunteer work starts at your project.
Day 14: End of the program. Return to Katmandu for your onward journey or tour trekking programs on your choice.

We normally place our volunteers in local host-families. This provides these families with a regular income – we always pay above the market rate – and this enables them to afford additional benefits, such as extended education for their children or better access to healthcare. It also develops cultural understanding – on both sides – but perhaps most importantly for our younger volunteers: perhaps the experiences they have today will help to shape their attitudes when they become the opinion-formers of tomorrow.

The people who host interns are of all kinds. Couples with or without children, joint families, single parents, single people etc. Host families provide accommodation, food, emotional and moral support, and guidance for the exchanges (interns). A routine day in a host family is the behind-the-screen-look into the culture of the hosting country and gives a large insight into the customs of a family; an experience like no other can give to one who wants to learn about another culture.

Not only learning but also understanding why the culture is like the way it is. Host families help the exchanges (interns) to interact with the local community, which increases their chances of making friends and contacts. Members of the host family play an important role in guiding the exchanges (interns) in their everyday life during the exchange term, as they will be the first ones to whom the exchanges would ask questions. Host families expect the exchanges (interns) to follow the house rules, duties and live exactly like any other member of the home or household. Also it is expected that exchanges (interns) be treated in the same way as any other member of the family.

A Nepali host family requires that the volunteer who live in their home should be willing to become part of his/her host family with the same rights, that he/she should be prepared to help with the daily household chores (clean his/her room, help to prepare meals or to clean the dishes, etc.)
What we look for in You!

Volunteers should exhibit cross cultural sensitivity and a creativity and willingness to work with diverse communities.
A basic understanding of the historical and contemporary religious, political and cultural realities of their site is expected.
Volunteers should be friendly, mature, adaptable and independent. The ability to deal with uncertainty, ambiguity and contradiction is a plus, as are patience, persistence, initiative, good listening skills and a sense of humor. Volunteers should demonstrate flexibility that will be needed to respond to unique situations and circumstances.
Some sites will require certain language skills or the willingness to learn a new language. In other cases, additional language skills are helpful, but not necessary.