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  • Locations: Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Summer Internships
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Global Internship Program (GIP): United Helping Hands Nepal

UHHN LogoThe Internship: This internship allows those interested in education to make a difference in a less-developed country.

Number of Spots Available: 6-7

Duration: 8-12 weeks

Start Date: May 2018

The Organization: Established in 2012, United Helping Hands Nepal (UHHN) is a nationally-recognized, non-government, non-profit social organization.  UHHN is registered under the Government of Nepal and affiliated with the Social Welfare Council and was founded by a very dedicated, diverse, young, and energetic group of social workers, health professionals, educators, and other professionals.  UHHN aims to build up more attention from the national and international community for the development of Nepal and for the welfare of Nepalese people.  They seek support from individuals, agencies, and both government and non-government organizations, to fight back against social problems and help people in need.  UHHN advocates for children, elderly care, health care for all, education, environment protection, agriculture, community development, family empowerment, and many more meaningful social causes.

The Location: Nepal is one of the poorest nations among the world, despite being rich in numerous resources, due to long run internal conflict and insurgency.  Students will be placed around the Kathmandu Valley (i.e. the suburbs), with a commute to downtown Kathmandu of 40 minutes.
 

Internship Details

There are two types of internships available at United Helping Hands Nepal.

1. Orphanage Intern
  • Location: The interns will be placed at orphanages in either Balaju or Hattiguada, two towns outside of Kathmandu.
  • Number of Spots Available: 4
  • Work Hours: Interns will work 35-40 hours per week, Monday through Friday
  • The interns will:
    • Develop training and teaching sessions for the orphans
    • Assist the house mother in various house tasks, helping with house work and with teaching various subjects (English, Math, Science, etc.)
    • Conduct workshops for students in various subjects and promote skill development (Sports, Science, Health, etc.)
    • Develop extracurricular activities (games, drama, dance, etc.)
2. Monastery Intern
  • Location: The interns will be placed at a monastery outside of Kathmandu
  • Number of Spots Available:¨ 2-3
  • Work Hours: Interns will work 35-40 hours per week, Monday through Friday
  • The interns will:
    • Develop training and teaching sessions for monks
    • Assist local teachers in teaching English
    • Conduct workshops for monks in various subjects and promote skill development (Sport, Science, Health, etc.)
    • Develop extracurricular activities (games, drama, dance, etc.)

Eligibility

All GIP applicants must be current full-time, degree-seeking University of Pennsylvania students who are returning to their degree program full-time in the Fall semester.  All GIP applicants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing.  Additional requirements for individual internships are as follows:

1. Orphanage Intern

The Orphanage Internship at United Helping Hands Nepal also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Able to teach English to the children
  • Friendly and creative
  • Passion for working with children
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Specific skills (such as arts and crafts) or child-friendly soft skills
     
2. Monastery Intern

The Monastery Internship at United Helping Hands Nepal also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Able to teach English to the monks
  • Able to take control and initiative when dealing with students of mixed age and education levels
  • Willing and able to create their own curriculum for the students
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Ability to work independently
  • Prior teaching and/or curriculum development experience
  • Excitement at tackling challenging situations and work environments

Please Note: Students who have participated in this program in the past OR who accepted a placement through this program in the past but then withdrew are not eligible to apply again.

Accommodation

Kathmandu Valley, NepalAccommodation is included in the program fee.  Interns will be placed in either homestays or shared housing with other Penn students at the specific work site.  Most Penn students choose to live at the work site when possible to avoid having to commute.

Students should be aware of the difference of Nepalese culture compared to those of the American culture.  Most of the businesses and services in the area will shut down around 8:00pm, and interns are not permitted to return to their housing late at night.  Interns are also asked to keep in contact with their supervisor on the ground and let him know when you are traveling outside of the area due to safety concerns.

 

Money Matters

All students accepted to the GIP will be awarded a Global Internship Program Scholarship.  GIP scholarship amounts vary by student, and award amounts are based on location of internship, length of internship, the student's need, and the student's merit. The internship placement application process includes the GIP scholarship application essay.

The program fee* is $1,300 and includes the following:
  • Housing
  • Airport pick-up
  • 3 meals per day of standard Nepalese cuisine (bread, tea/coffee, juice, fruit, rice, lentils, curry, pickle, and other non-vegetarian items)
  • Orientation & a basic Nepalese language course
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Wireless internet at most of the housing placements
  • Drinking water (both boiled and filtered)
  • A one-day sight seeing trip to a major world heritage site in Nepal
  • Appreciation certificate at the completion of the internship

The estimated budget for this internship is as follows:
 
Expense Estimated Cost  Notes
*Program Fee $1,300 Includes accommodation and most meals
Round trip airfare $1,500 Estimated cost PHL - KTM
Accommodation $0 Included in program fee
Meals & Personal Expenses $200 Most meals included in program fee
Visa $100 Tourist Visa 90 days US Citizen
Local Transport $100 Public transport
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $3,200  

How to Apply

Ready to Apply?  Follow These Steps:
 
1. Click Apply Now above to login with your PennKey and password and begin the application
2. Complete all requirements listed in the online application, including:
  • CV/Resume upload
  • Cover Letter or Personal Statement upload
  • Unofficial transcript upload
  • Scholarship award essay
  • Required advising appointment with the Global Internships Manager (schedule yours by clicking here)
  • Other program-specific requirements, as needed
3. Once all requirements have been received and checked off, submit your application by the deadline
 
Don't Forget:
  • You may apply to a maximum of two (2) GIP programs.  You may open your first program application by following the above instructions.  To open a second application, you must first meet with the Global Internships Manager for an advising appointment.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to schedule your advising appointment, as appointment slots may fill!  Advising appointments will not be available from December 23rd-January 1st, so please plan ahead.

Application Deadline: January 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST
 

Resources

Schedule an Advising Appointment: Don't forget that meeting with the Global Internships Manager is a required component of applying to the GIP.  Schedule your appointment by clicking here, and don't wait too long, as appointment slots may fill!

Past Participants: Want to connect with a student who participated in the Global Internship Program?  Click here to view a list of past participants and get in touch.

Career Services: The Career Services office on campus can help you in several ways.  You may find the following links helpful: Visas: Depending on your citizenship and destination country, you may need a visa or work permit to participate in this internship.  It is your responsibility as a GIP participant to determine your visa requirements and obtain a visa, if needed. Past participants have found the following resources helpful in determining visa requirements:



This program is currently not accepting applications.