In January 2016, we began with the construction of the school in Makaising, in Gorka province, travelling to Nepal one month later to manage the project first-hand. We had the opportunity to spend a few days with the Chepang community in Makaising, which confirmed that we could do a lot more to help them to escape poverty, illiteracy and isolation.
The school is almost finished, and we are currently focusing our efforts on developing a project to channel water and finalize its construction. With education in mind as a powerful tool for getting out of poverty, we plan a volunteer program to help develop and improve the living conditions of the Chepang in Makaising.
My volunteering in Nepal was a wonderful experience that made me to connect with the authentic; nature and human being in its purest essence. A lesson of humility linked to unparalleled and unforgettable happiness
Volunteering at Makaising School has been a very enriching experience. I would repeat without a doubt.
Volunteering in Makaising has been a wonderful experience that has made me grow personally and professionally: an approach to the most basic and important values of life through contact with Nepalese people (humility, generosity, happiness ...); a connection with vocations and skills development
Participating with the Karunamaya Foundation Nepal in the project that is taking place in Makaising has been one of the most incredible experiences I have ever lived. I keep a bit of Nepal in my heart
My name is Paula Álvarez Arenas, I am a 26 years old Spanish doctor, that just finished my studies. I had always wanted to work in a project involving children that was focused in their education and development, as I find this the way for building a proper future for them. When I found out about KFN, I immediately knew that it was the right place for me, and I was right.
In order to take advantage from my skills, the KFN team and I planned to do not only some health courses related, but also a check up on the kids, that included issues as number of meals, access to water, and height and weight, among other things. With these data, we plan to do a report on their health and their living conditions.
Living in Makaising and collaborating with other Nepalis has helped me to learn a lot about the culture, which I have found extremely helpful to understand some of the main issues in the community, and also to look for solutions that suit them properly. This in particular is what makes the volunteering programs so necessary. Finding the right solutions, or having good ideas, is not an easy task if you don’t know how this community works. Being exposed helps you to rebuild the priorities that really have to be taken into account, and not the ones that we think they need.
Because of this, now I am proud to say that I am working as the coordinator for the volunteering program, and my aim is to make things easier for the next volunteers to come and put them in contact with KFN team in Kathmandu, so they can concentrate on working in the field.
My experience living in Makaising, working with the KFN team and specially working with the children has been life changing with both sad and cheerful experience with them.
We need highly committed and enthusiastic people with big ideas to carry out the exciting task of bringing the Chepang community of Makaising out of isolation and to drive them forward with regards to their development.
You will have a unique experience and you‘ll get to know another culture with very different traditions. You will grow as an individual as you become aware of the inequalities that exist in world and very different cultures too.
You will obtain a volunteering certificate, which is great for your CV and it will open doors for other experiences including future study or work abroad.
You will be able to carry out investigations in areas such as healthcare, education, the environment, agriculture and water supply.
Accommodation, elementary meals and basic resources like water, electricity and services will be provided. There will be a KFN team in permanent contact with you, providing you with help and support.
Budget: An individualized budget will be developed for each volunteer with a breakdown of costs. The plane ticket is not included in the budget. A calculation of a basic budget for 18 days would be approximately € 260 which would include:
• Pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel + Transfer from the hotel to the airport
• 2 nights in a hotel in downtown Kathmandu,
• Transfer from Kathmandu to Makaising + Transfer from Makaising to Kathmandu
• Two weeks in Makaising with accommodation, water and food.
• 2 nights in a hotel in Kathmandu.
(This budget is only an example, the duration of the trip, etc. may vary and be adjusted to the volunteer)
The budget is only to cover the expenses of the stay and the transport, no part is destined to KFN.