Dashain Camp

Dashain Camp

Calling all Nepali friends!  Every year, the Kopila Valley School closes for a few weeks around the Dashain/Tihar holidays. While some of our students use that time to visit family in other villages, many of them stay in town. Our camp is designed to provide fun, educational activities to keep them busy for the month, just like summer camp! 

Although our Dashain Camp 2017 applications have closed and we have not yet opened them up for 2018, we're always looking for motivated, creative, and kid-loving Nepali volunteers each year around October/November. Do you like working with kids? Do you know how to cook, paint, dance, or play football, and want to teach kids about it too? Are you Nepali? Volunteer with us!

Fill out our volunteer interest form and we'll let you know when the Dashain Camp applications open: www.blinknow.org/volunteer.

We usually offer fun courses like the following ones. Courses are often designed for younger students, for older students, or occasionally for both:

  • Art
  • Cooking
  • Dance 
  • Drama 
  • Event Planning
  • Games
  • Gardening & agriculture
  • Jewelry making
  • Kite-making
  • Leadership Skills
  • Music 
  • Outdoor skills (hiking, camping)
  • Sewing
  • Story-making 
  • Sports (football, cricket, badminton, etc.)  
  • Swimming

Sound interesting? Join our volunteer mailing list!



Daily Schedule 

The daily schedule is usually something like this:

9:00 - 9:30Students arrive and check in
9:30 - 10:00Assembly with morning song or game
10:00 - 11:00First period
11:00 - 12:00Second period
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 3:00Afternoon activities and games


Volunteer Responsibilities 

Volunteers are responsible for teaching both periods a day. Often, one period will have younger students and the other period will have older students. During class periods, volunteers responsible for planning and teaching a class on their own or in teams of two. All volunteers also help with afternoon activities and games, with plenty of other opportunities to take on additional responsibilities, such as running the morning assembly. 

  • For multi-week volunteers: classes may have some of the same students from week to week, so the lessons/activities should vary.
  • We usually ask each volunteer to submit lesson plans for each course they intend to teach. Usually, we require one lesson plan for the younger students and one designed for the older students, depending on the class.
  • Ideally, at the end of camp, each class will produce a tangible result such as: a dance performance, a short skit, a story, kites, an original board game, etc.
  • If you need supplies for your class, we ask that you have your family & friends help fundraise for them before you arrive! (We're limited by what's available in our town.)

Our hope is that every Dashain Camp volunteer creates a wide range of engaging activities for the students. 




Please note: The roles outlined above are volunteer positions.  After completing the application process, anyone selected to serve in this position who lives outside of Nepal will be expected to cover all travel costs and any other expenses that may arise. As with any international travel, this can be expensive. In addition to flight(s) here, all tourists are required to purchase travel health insurance, cover visa fees, pay for meals, etc. More details on expected costs can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Class Lesson Plans 

We ask each volunteer to submit lesson plans. Below we have included a template for creating one as a guide.