Training/ Workshop/ Seminars
Upon arrival in Nepal a Mamata volunteers employee will be waiting directly outside the airport holding a sign with your name on it. From there you will be taken to Thamel, the main tourist area of Kathmandu where your training will commence:
As a Mamata Volunteer you will take part in a rigorous training schedule designed to help you settle into your placement successfully. The aim of the training is to teach you enough Nepali language to communicate with people that speak limited English and learn about cultural differences that determine how you conduct yourself within the host family and within traditional Nepali villages. If the placement with Mamata involves teaching English, additional classes on teaching English as a foreign language will also be included. The length of the training program is determined by how long you will be in a placement with Mamata, for volunteers on the short 2 week placements the training period will last only a day or so, for those on longer placements training will last for up to a week.
- 2 to 3 hours of basic Nepali language a day
- Classroom Survival Tips
- Cultural Information
- Education on Gender Issues
- Education on Environmental and Social Issues
- Sightseeing in Kathanmandu
Your first days with Mamata include language training and sightseeing around Kathmandu. The language training takes place in the morning, after a light breakfast. Language classes last for about 2 to 3 hours and are in small groups of 3 or 4. This allows for more intensive training and gives our language teachers the opportunity to provide better personal attention to each volunteer. After the language class, volunteers will be given lunch and about an hour to rest. This is followed by sightseeing around Kathmandu accompanied by member of the Mamata team. The afternoons will also be spent giving you cultural information regarding Nepali traditions and some of the social issues that you may encounter during your placement. You will be given safety training, which will provide you some knowledge about how to conduct and present yourself around the village, resource centers, schools or orphanage. An important part of this phase, will be meeting volunteers returning from their placements. Evening meals are often in Nepali or Newari restaurants, where new volunteers will get the opportunity to interact with current volunteers and learn from each others experiences.
This initial period of your volunteer work is aimed at providing you all the tools necessary to excel in your volunteer placement. Programs will be uniquely adapted to each volunteer in order to ensure that you receive training particularly suited the type of volunteer work you plan on doing. Mamata also provides all of our volunteers with a Neplali phrasebook, to further insure ease of communication between you and those you will be working with.
After initial training is complete volunteers will be escorted by a Mamata employee either by taxi or tourist bus to their placements.