GVI has been operating in Nepal for over 10 years and are well established and respected amongst the community. GVI teams work in a care centre, local schools and on a variety of women’s empowerment initiatives. GVI’s long-term involvement, capacity building and commitment to our projects, ensure that the service elements of your students’ trips are contributing to long-term sustainable projects helping to achieve our partners’ objectives. These local partnerships along with stakeholder discussions drive the service elements of our trips to ensure they are fully focussed on the most prevalent issues and produce the results required locally.
Project Aims and Objectives
Following the tragic earthquakes in April 2015 the country is trying to rebuild its badly damaged infrastructure. GVI’s teams are working closely with our local partners and disaster relief practitioners to ensure any work we do is as impactful as possible, without putting further strain on the already stretched resources of the region. GVI believes it is vital that aid continues to flow and that any travellers coming to the region are well prepared and managed by experienced professionals on the ground. As a group your team will be involved in construction and renovation projects, working along side GVI staff members and local partners we have long, established relationships with. Days are long and physically demanding in an environment quite unlike most students are used too. Expect to be challenged emotionally as well as physically!
Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal and lies in the centre of Kaski District, Gandaki Zone and the Western Development Region. It is also known as the City of Seven Lakes and three out of the ten highest mountains in the world are within 30 miles of the city making it one of the adventure sports capitals of the world. It is a city of breath taking beauty.
Nepal's short, mid, and long-term objectives
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.
Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Nepal:
1. Support students to reach learning goals appropriate to their Age (under 5s) Grade level (5-18 year olds) or Individual Need (students with Special Needs)
2.Support students to expand their English vocabulary
3. Increase the knowedge and understanding of Healthcare in the community with an emphasis on prevention
4. Develop the skills of women in the community in order to improve their potential to generate income or to become more self sufficient
5. Support the local community with improved facilities with an emphasis on educational and health and safety needs
6. To minimize our environmental impact in Lakeside and raise awareness of environmental issues amongst volunteers and the students with whom we work
All the staff and fellow volunteers I met during my time in Nepal were so friendly and supportive; you really feel part of the family.