VOLUNTEER & INTERN FAQS

Details and Costs

  • Every year 29,000 people are trafficked from Nepal
  • Every day 54 Nepalese children go missing
  • Girls living in rural areas, where the poverty is high, are the most vulnerable
  • Girls aged 11-19 years are the most targeted by traffickers

If you have an interest in combating trafficking and empowering former victims of trafficking, your skills and knowledge can and will further the anti-human trafficking movement.

Build lasting relationships with friendly and enthusiastic members of SASANE, contributing towards the lives of survivors of human trafficking, by equipping them with language skills necessary to enter legal and hospitality sectors.

All volunteers must be over the age of 18, fluent in English and be able to commit to at least 2 weeks, bringing their own laptop for office and field work

The trafficking of women and girls is a form of gender-based violence that frequently involves sexual, physical, and psychological abuses.

Due to the long-term effects of these abuses, we accept applications from females over the age of 18 for both our office and field work opportunities. We also accept applications from male-female couples over the age of eighteen for positions in the SASANE office.

We have volunteer and internship placements in Kathmandu, Pokhara and multiple mountain villages in Nepal.

Opportunities for volunteering are 2-4 weeks in length, current opportunities include;

  • Supporting with research, reports, and projects as needed

Placements are 4-12 weeks in length, current opportunities include;

  • Teaching English classes
  • Teaching computer skills classes
  • Assisting with research
  • Fundraising
  • Grant or proposal writing
  • Advocacy programing
  • Counseling (psycho-social and legal)
  • Legal and human rights training
  • Leading capacity building activities for survivors

All costs include accommodation at the SASANE house, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner.

All meals are traditional Nepalese style, freshly prepared by members of SASANE who live at the house.

Length of Program Cost
2 Weeks US $280
3 Weeks US $420
4 Weeks US $560
5 Weeks US $700
6 Weeks US $840
7 Weeks US $980
8 Weeks US $1120
9 Weeks US $1260
10 Weeks US $1400
11 Weeks US $1540
12 Weeks US $1680
PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • Pick-Up from the Airport in Kathmandu/ Pokhara
  • City Tour/Orientation Half Da
  • Volunteer/Internship Position
  • Accommodation at SASANE’s House located walking distance to each working location
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at SASANE’s House
  • 24/7 Emergency Service
PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Return Trip to Airport (it’s a short taxi ride)
  • Required Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Visa Fees
  • Additional Treks/ Tours whilst staying at SASANE’s House can be arranged at an additional cost

SASANE Volunteers and members live together in the SASANE house for a truly immersive experience.

SASANE houses are located nearby each office, and for rural areas we arrange homestay.

Bedrooms are shared when the house is at capacity, so be prepared to have lovely roommates during the busy seasons (Summer and Autumn).  There are western style flushing toilets, stand-up showers and free WIFI in the main living area.

Although volunteering and internships can be organized year round, we recommend for any specific internships involving education and schools during Sept-May.

Creating a culture of respect

Living in a new culture can be exciting, rewarding, and stimulating. Foreign volunteers are given an opportunity to experience both SASANE and Nepalese culture first-hand.

This can also involve certain responsibilities, such as adapting to local customs and expectations. Volunteers should always remember to;

  • remove their shoes before entering a temple or home
  • ask permission before entering a Hindu temple
  • ask permission before taking photographs of objects or people
  • be aware that public display of affection such as kissing might be considered offensive
  • volunteers traveling to rural areas should keep their knees and shoulders covered at all times and avoid wearing clothing that is too tight or low-cut

One of the most difficult parts of being a survivor of gender-based violence is being treated by some people as if you are damaged, broken, or somehow beneath them. Unfortunately, this can unintentionally come across when volunteers from the West travel to developing nations for humanitarian and philanthropic work.

SASANE volunteers are expected to treat all members, staff, and associates with the highest level of respect and dignity. We ask that volunteers are polite, thoughtful, and caring in all interactions. Nepali people are generally friendly by nature. So, have a genuine interest in the people you meet. Talk to members, staff, and associates.

Volunteers are expected to understand and follow strict guidelines of confidentiality. Member, staff, volunteer, planning, and financial information, available in paper copy or online, and/or transmitted verbally, on paper, or electronically, should not be discussed outside of the organisation