Saturday, September 15, 2012

What activites should I bring with me to Nepal?

In the last few weeks I've have received several emails from volunteers who will be joining us in Nepal soon about what activites to pack for their work. Now that I have been in this job for 6 weeks, I have a much better idea of what works well out here, and a few ideas of what you can bring.

The majority of our placements are working with younger children (from 18 months to 10 years) and we have a few with teenagers, up to around 16/17 year olds and are either schools or child care placements. For the younger children, any kind of arts and crafts work really well, anything we can get them involved in and using their imaginations (the messier the better!).

Brydie teaching at Holy Kindergarten
Recommended items:
  • Plain paper, colored paper, card - very handy no matter which age range you will be working with. Card especially we have looked everywhere for and cannot find anywhere!
  • Pencils (make sure you bring sharpeners as well if you bring pencils as they are like gold dust!)
  • Glue sticks, celotape, PVA etc. 
  • Any kind of arts and crafts - in the last few weeks we have been making a lot of masks, bookmarks, paper mache, jewellery making etc. Use your imagination, anything messy will go down well here!
  • Tennis balls, footballs, pinpongs, skipping ropes - small sporting equipment is a great tool for teaching for example, using a ball to throw to a child to answer a question, or getting games of rounders going in some of our orphanages. This is especially important if you are coming out here to do one of our Sports Placements, don't expect that they will have any equipment, especially the standard of equipment we are used to at home.
  • Bubbles, balloons, felt etc - these are great if you will be working at our day care centres. anything tactile to get the children engaged is worth while. 
  • Story books
  • Cards
  • Glitter
  • Stickers 
  • Puzzels 
  • Parachute
  • Colouring books, sticker books, activity books.
  • Pictures from home - you will be amazed how much time can be spent showing the children pictures of your home, town, family, hobbies, the ocean etc. Theya re fascinated with it and it can be a great teaching tool. 
  • Blank exercise books
  • Whiteboard markers
  • Any educational books you have access to 
  • Simple stories books to help with teaching (For example 'This is Tim, Tim has a hat, the hat is black' etc. 
Sagar from the Street Kids centre enjoying one of our puzzles
This is just a general idea of things I have seen that will be well used out here, but obviously there are hundreds of other ideas that will be just as good. When packing, think about what you hobbies or skills you have that are transferrable here. For example, if you are good at Salsa or Ballroom, make sure you bring some music with you; if you want to teach cricket to the kids, make sure you bring all the equipment; If you are a pro on the recorder, bring a few out with you so you can teach the children.

If anyone has any other ideas that you think should be attached to this list then please send me an email and I'll add it.

For more information on our work in Nepal and how to join our team, look at our website or contact Gemma in the UK on 01242 250 901.  If you would like to help, but don't have the time to come in person right now, you can always make a donation to the PoD Charity and help fund our work here.

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