4 Tips to Make the Most Out Of Volunteering In Nepal
As an aspirant volunteer in Nepal, you will want to make the most impact as possible in the time you have. Whether it is 2 weeks or two years, the time passes quickly and you will want to accomplish your goals and finish your projects to the best of your ability. Here are a few ways to make the most impact during your time as a volunteer.
#1: Take language classes. You will want to be able to effectively communicate and share ideas where ever you go. This is particularly true if your volunteer assignment is brief. Brush upon your language skills with an online class or lessons at a local community college. You don’t have to be fluent to make a difference but you will want to know important words and phrases to make your interactions all the more influential.
#2: Choose a project that interests you personally and one you will remain committed to. Make a list of your interests, skills, and passions. Choose a project based on your educational background or career path. This way, you are more likely to stay committed and motivated in the face of any challenges you are bound to face. Remember, this is not only a time to help others, but a time to help you as well. You will grow personally and professionally, so choose a project that is going to benefit you in the long run.
#3: Think Sustainability. As tempting as it might be to jump right into the project, take a leadership role, and do everything yourself, be sure to think about the project in terms of how it will function when you leave. Instead of appointing yourself as leader, use your observation skills to identify leaders within the community. Partner with them, rather than bossing them, and teach them the techniques and knowledge necessary for the project to succeed. This way, when you leave, there will be people in the community who will have the desire and know-how to continue your work. You will not only be finishing a project, but empowering a people.
#4: Talk to past volunteers and read blogs and websites of people who have done similar projects to what you are considering. It is always helpful to gain insight from people who have already made the journey. Ask them what worked and didn’t work for them. Inquire about their biggest successes and most common frustrations; they will no doubt be similar for you. Everyone’s experience is unique, but the more knowledge you have going into your project, the more likely you are to make the most of the time you have volunteering.
There is no question that lending your time and skills abroad will impact the lives of others. You will teach new skills, learn new skills, and have the time of your life. By learning a few words in the local language, choosing a project suited to you, focusing on sustainability, and doing some research, you can make a great impact in a short amount a time. It isn’t the amount of time you spend volunteering in Nepal, it’s what you do with that time. Work hard and make the most of it. It is experiences that will benefit you for the rest of your life.