How to be the best volunteer in Nepal ever.

Posted: Oct 9, 2014   |  

The best volunteers are Being, not Doing. Not long ago a volunteer posted on a blog about a conversation with the local school principal. In that conversation she asked what the principal thought about volunteers at the school. He replied that he was not sure since he'd never been outside of Nepal and couldn't know what changes would look like, what our life looked like. It's an important point.

We go to volunteer thinking we want to DO something. The people we wish to help may have no idea what we are talking about or thinking about, they have no frame of reference for understanding. It first takes building friendship and trust and that comes from Being, not from Doing.

How volunteers interact with villagers, how we speak ...

Confused about volunteer placement companies for volunteering in Nepal ? Get unconfused here.

Posted: Aug 16, 2014   |   From Our Director

Mountain Volunteer Nepal

I get emails all the time from people who are confused about volunteer placement companies and how we differ from them. Let's try to sort that out. Volunteer placement companies are, for the most part, sales agencies. They sell opportunities to travel to Nepal and volunteer with NGO's, or nonprofit organizations, who are doing work in Nepal. Seldom do they have much connection to the work on the ground other than sending you, the would-be volunteer, to Nepal to work with some local organization there. Typically they have no staff of their own in Nepal or they have a foreign "manager" who works for them but does not work for the NGO you may be volunteering with. More often, they just have the email address of an NGO and the name of a contact ...

How our volunteers to Nepal help fund our work

Posted: Jul 14, 2014   |   Poverty & Hunger

School Uniforms for Girls

We've been working in Nepal for about a decade, on the ground, doing real projects like hospitals, clinics, schools and support of women and children. Income earned from supporting volunteers helps to fund these projects. Under the US IRS rules, an educational organization can be classified as a charity or 501c3 even though they don't do any work at all on the ground in countries where they send volunteers, or in some cases, very, very little. When you volunteer with us, you are working on our very own project sites and helping to support other projects such as the school uniforms for girls project which you can learn more about here.

Come join us in Nepal. Have a great experience for yourself and see first hand what we are doing ...

Volunteers help create village learning center in rural Nepal

Posted: Jun 26, 2014   |   From Our Volunteers

Volunteers in Nepal setting up internet learning

The tiny village of Mankhu, home to The Mountain Fund project, "Her Farm" became home to the first internet learing center in the entire VDC and perhaps the first in the entire district, certainly in rural villages. Volunteers in Nepal helped install software, create lesson catalogs and more on the large, classroom computer as well as installing programs on the individual computers. 

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