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Anyone volunteered with Third Eye Volunteer (TEV) Nepal before?
Posted December 31st, 2012 - 3:34 am by from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Permalink)
Hi people,

Was wondering if any of you or anyone you know that has volunteered with Third Eye Volunteer (TEV) Nepal?
(http://volunteersummernepal.org/)


I am doing some background check before I attach myself with them as I visit next month.

Appreciate if anyone can shed some light on this.

HAPPY NEW YEAR IN ADVANCE! (:

Cheers,
Jessica

Posted January 8th, 2013 - 1:53 pm by from Kathmandu, Nepal (Permalink)
Jessica,

I found in the given website of the organization's registration fee (US$100) as well as program fees quite too much. How did you get in touch with the organization; is that in internet or recommendation through someone's to whom you know personally?

There are few testimonials on the left side of their website listed and one of "volunteer" has given the link of her work. You can ask her experience volunteering with them by flling up their form provided in "Contact Us" chapter. Enjoy volunteering in Nepal!

Posted January 10th, 2013 - 8:54 am by from Bad Kreuznach, Germany (Permalink)
Hi Jessica!

I have to absolute agree with Krishna: The fees seem to be really high! For one month you'd pay about 500 USD.
You should know that the situation in Nepal is somehow really twisted: In general, Nepal is a poor country and there are a lot of people living in poverty, who are really in the need of help. And there are also a lot of people from richter countries who want to experience Nepal while actively helping as a volunteer. Therefore, and unfortunately, there are a lot of organisations that take advantage of the situation by charging volunteers really high fees. In some cases this isn't too bad, because the money is used to finance the project. But in other cases the money is just used to make profit.
So, you should be really careful not to support the wrong people in the end. I know, it's not a nice situation, but that's what it is and, unknowingly, a lot of volunteers are supporting this.
I know that it's possible to life and work in an orphanage for about 45 EUR per month (food incl.). Of course, the living standard then is much lower, since you would life together with the people there, i.e. shared room and shared food. And there won't be a special guided city sightseeing tour and a language course included, but you'll have your private ones for sure.

Please, just choose the organisation wisely and don't support the wrong one! In addition to asking other people who have volunteered there in the past for their experience, you can also ask the organisation directly for a breakdown of the expenses. A reliable organisation should not feel offended by that question neither should they have any problems to tell you.

Cheers,
Christian

Posted January 10th, 2013 - 10:39 am by from Kathmandu, Nepal (Permalink)
Small brother learns exactly what big brother does. I'm against the ideas of most of international as well as local organizations doing in Nepal. First of all, why would you like them to include your food? Why none of the organizations ask your skills and expertise? Taking care of the kids can't be an excuse because they don't need you for that. There are thousands of women in Nepal who go to Israel and Middle East to work as 'caregiver'. Volunteerism is another way of selling package trips to Nepal especially from international organizations (Nepalese are also doing that because they are learning slowly). One of the volunteer from Third Eye was talkimg more about trekking experience with TEV than volunteering experience. Trust me, proffessional trekking and travel agencies are more expertise on their field on competitive prices. Come to Nepal for volunteering with skills and expertise, don't pay any money, don't include your food because you can pay for your food by yourself. Happy volunteering!

Posted January 11th, 2013 - 2:37 am by from Kathmandu, Nepal (Permalink)
Too expensive!!

If you want to just help...Im building a small park for 20 Mentally challenged kids in a place called thali( about 10 km from bouddha). And im little bit helpless with ideas on what kind of park should be designed. If you are good with these things, You could help me... Let me know ANd we can talk in detail.

Pemba
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Posted January 11th, 2013 - 2:56 am by from Bad Kreuznach, Germany (Permalink)
Hi Pemba!

What kind of park are you think of? Like a playground or something adventurous where you can play and explore? Or more for relaxation with flowers and plants? Or maybe something with animals? You could also build some kind of labyrinth? Maybe a small pond? ... There would be tons of thing you could do! Sounds like a really nice project to me. :)
(The very first thing I would build, would be a swing! And then some kind of tower.)

When exactly are you planning to build this park? Because I'm planning to travel to Nepal in May/June and will stay quite some time (a couple of month up to half a year). Maybe I could help you then?

Cheers,
Christian

Posted January 15th, 2013 - 1:34 pm by from Kathmandu, Nepal (Permalink)
Hey Christian!!

Thanks for showing an interest.
Well i dont have big budget, We do everything in a very simple way..Its basically a 1000 Sq ft And there are 20 Mentally challenged kids. Their shelter is dirty and little messy so i want them to hangout at the park during the day time. So im thinking theres gonna be a wall surrounding the park. And inside i want to build things they can play with, Something that keeps them busy...big Colorful toys or small bushes..i actually dont have much idea on it. Not sure if i should put artificial grass on the ground.

we will probably start by late february, So yeah may will be little late. But when you come, I can take you there, If you see any changes that needs to be done.
Stay in touch

Pemba

Posted January 20th, 2013 - 10:30 am by from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Permalink)
Hi Guys!

thank you all very much for your replies.

I appreciate you taking the time to warn me about how some NGOs turn out to be tourist scams.

Unfortunately I have just seen your replies today and am already in Nepal. I am currently in Letang, working on some art projects for the local schools here.

My other volunteer trip should happen soon after I'm back in Kathmandu on the 27th of Jan, but I would just like to still double check as I found TEV mainly because I'd love to work with elephants (I am keen to learn to make elephant dung paper & general elephant care) as not many other organizations do and the ones who do charge waayyy more/aren't responsive.

Please do let me know your thoughts if I should still go ahead with this and if now maybe I should consider meeting up with Pemba to see how i can spend my remaining time in nepal?

cheerios guys & thanks in advance!
Jessica

Posted January 20th, 2013 - 11:06 am by from Kathmandu, Nepal (Permalink)
Jesicca,
I've met and heard Pemba on and off and heard and seen only good things about him. He has couple of interesting projects such as Earth bag and the Bottle house project which already sounds quite interesting projects and he is offering you voluntarily.
I would have given him a try as he has such these amazing initiatives.
Happy volunteering in Nepal!

Posted January 21st, 2013 - 7:44 am by from Kathmandu, Nepal (Permalink)
Krishna,

thanks alot for your generous words man. lets meet up soon, I have also heard only good things about you, I like the way you reply to posts.

Jessica,

I think i know which you are now involved in. With Belinda swank?? Shes great, I havent met her, But we are familier with each other on FB> exchanged few msgs.

Good luck with your volunteering.

Pemba

Posted February 7th, 2013 - 10:59 am by from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Permalink)
Thanks for the earnest advice, Krishna. Really appreciate it.

Pemba, what you're doing sounds amazing. Unfortunately for me somehow I couldn't access CS on my phone earlier to get in touch and plan my days in KTM. Yes, I was with Belinda in Letang. (: I have decided to return earlier instead and leave the rest for my next trip to Nepal. It's an eye opener to see so many hearts of gold working towards a better environment for the less fortunate. What you're doing sounds really amazing! (: Best of luck and perhaps there will be a chance to work together in future.

Cheerios,
Jessica


Posted February 22nd, 2013 - 9:25 am from Jaipur, India
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Posted January 14th, 2013 - 3:40 am by from Adelaide, Australia (Permalink)
I think you should be very hesitant about any program that offers volunteering at orphanages.

Volunteering at orphanages is inherent with so many risks... children can be put at risk of exploitation by allowing strangers to come in and care for them, also so many child psychologists have expressed serious concern at the fact that people come in, spend time with young children who are already traumatised, then the children get attached & the volunteers leave. A lot of people I have spoken to think we are putting children at serious risk of attachment disorders. Finally it is definitely not unheard of for children to be kept in terrible conditions at orphanages because it plays on the hearts of tourists and they donate more money.

I mean think about it, would you ever in a million years be able to visit an orphanage in your home country? I know in Australia if you asked to do that, you would get arrested!

Basically, I think voluntourism is generally a bad idea and I seriously worry that this organisation doesn't seem to have a child protection policy listed on their website... I personally would avoid it. If you want any more info about why I think voluntourism is usually detrimental to all involved, feel free to message me! Otherwise here are a few links:

http://www.thinkchildsafe.org/

http://matadornetwork.com/change/why-you-shouldnt-participate-in-voluntourism/

And this gives you some info about a book that investigated how many children in Nepalese orphanages were basically trafficked from their parents: http://www.nextgenerationnepal.org/How_It_All_Began


Posted January 14th, 2013 - 3:43 am by from Adelaide, Australia (Permalink)
Might just make a really quick disclaimer here btw - it's a different story if you have transferable, useful skills to bring along to your destination. E.g. if you are looking to help teach staff members how to use Microsoft office or something. But "orphanage voluntourism" and even some building projects etc can do more harm than good.

Posted January 14th, 2013 - 4:34 am by from Bhaktapur, Nepal (Permalink)
Volunteering by paying for it is very foolish in Nepal. It's like giving money to a drug addict 'to buy food for his children.'

The biggest reason people pay to volunteer is so they will have a connection when they get here. But the Nepali are very friendly and you don't need someone to pick you up at the airport. Yes, you might pay a bit too much for the taxi, but you are a lot better off, hundreds of dollars better off!

There are so many better ways to volunteer in Nepal. I just wrote a blog post about it. It will give you a couple of things to think about. FrugalTravelsNepal.Blogspot.com

Posted January 14th, 2013 - 5:42 am from Pokhara, Nepal
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