Govt. Regd. No.: 1290 | Social Welfare Council Affilation. No. 39746

Home Stay

Home-Stay

This is a cultural exchange program which provides an opportunity to learn about all aspects of Nepali life, culture, food and people.Volunteers will be placed with a Nepali family in a small rural village for the duration of their stay. Participants share their own culture, customs, and information about the family with the host families and community. They can become a member of the household and can participate in all activities if they wish.

Nepal is a place of culture and temple. Most of the local festivals take place August to December. In this particular time, a volunteer may feel the exciting experience. Nepali culture is specifically friendly and open. Participants are made to feel as though they are part of the family.

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION 
 
Program:         Home-stay and Cultural Exchange Programs
Project:        Home-stay and Cultural Exchange Programs
Start Dates:        1st and 15th of each month
Language  Requirements:      English
Food & Accommodation:        Nepali standard with host family in the working community
Key Activities:      Working with youth Club: English Language, computer technology, career development workshops, sports
Beneficiaries:       Host families, volunteers, and community
Working Hours:        3 to 5 hours a day, 5 to 6 days a week
Required Qualification: Learning interest in family and culture
Working Areas:        Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Dolakha, Parbat etc.
Terminal:        Kathmandu, Nepal-Tribhuvan International Airport
Benefit:        Observe natural beauty, typical Nepali food, and home-stay, cultural exchange,     increase praise and prestige, Knowledge exchange, good friendship and so on.
 
These programs can be arranged in most areas of Nepal with our 20 Host families. Participants will be placed with a Nepali family in a small rural village for the duration of their stay.   Such programs provide the volunteers with an excellent opportunity to learn about all aspects of Nepali culture, lifestyle, language, food, and people. Volunteers should remember that this is a cultural exchange and that an effort to offer some knowledge of their own home culture and customs to the family with whom they stay will be appreciated. During their stay, volunteers will attend 2 hours of language lessons in the morning and in the afternoon. They will also have the opportunity to visit and help out at the local school. Homestay programs are best organized from August to December which is the time when most large Nepali festivals take place. This makes for an overall more exciting experience for the volunteer. Nepali culture is distinctively friendly and open and often participants are made to feel as though they are part of the family. VCN’s local coordinator will be on hand to help volunteers.
 
Learning Language and Culture 
Nepali is the national and official language of Nepal. It is used throughout the country on a regular basis. Learning the Nepali language gives you a different experience. Your stay will be richly enhanced when given the opportunity to communicate outside the tourist realm.Nepal is a very rich country in culture and landscape. The country is a hodgepodge of ethnic groups and sub-groups who speak over 100 languages and dialects. There are numerous festivals that are celebrated throughout the year in traditional style highlighting enduring customs and beliefs.
 
VCN has a number of experienced and professional language trainers. It applies learner-centered teaching methods with a comfortable and friendly environment. Trainers can be available at a convenient time and place for the learner. Although VCN has its own designed course book, lessons and teaching techniques can be adjusted in accordance with the learner’s needs and suggestions. VCN guarantees that the learner will feel a difference and a new kind of confidence within just a few hours of being a student. We provide short-term (hourly basis) and long-term (more than two weeks) language classes. In the long term courses, the learner can learn different cultural norms and values from the community in addition to basic Nepali taught. Learning a language means to assimilate oneself into the culture of the target language and essentially to integrate into that particular society. Keeping this sociology-linguistic principle in mind VCN believes that village (family) stay is the most effective component to learning the Nepali language and culture.
 
While preparing for village stay, the learner will be given detailed information about cultural aspects of village life. Then, the learner will be taken to a village and placed with a family by a language trainer. The host family will be given an orientation on how to deal with and serve food to the volunteers.