Volunteering in Drama in Nepal
- PLACEMENT LOCATIONS: Kathmandu
- ROLE: To create and coordinate dance groups and lead workshops on different styles of dance
- ACCOMMODATION:Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT:From 3 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
If you have a passion for acting and amateur dramatics, then we have the perfect project for you in Nepal! You will be leading acting workshops, coaching drama groups, and helping students prepare a production for local performances. In addition to this, you will be using drama techniques as a tool for improving students’ English language skills. This gives you the opportunity to volunteer by sharing your knowledge with young artists while exploring theatrical practices abroad.
Volunteers work with secondary school drama groups founded both by WIN NEPAL and other established drama groups. Drama volunteers also have the opportunity to teach English through drama at primary schools. WIN NEPAL will provide you with materials to help translate your theatrical skills in the classroom and studio.
Teaching Drama with WIN NEPAL
Our drama projects are based in the ancient city of Nepal, where there is a growing theater community but a lack of theater education. Drama volunteers are immersed in a variety of theatrical forums by helping secondary school students with directing, production and even the acting of English language plays that are put on throughout the year. There is a great enthusiasm for English language theater in Nepal and it is an excellent way for children and young adults to improve their English language skills.
The project ranges from working in primary schools using games and songs to creative writing and conversational improvisation with older children. Volunteers can also get involved in drama workshops with university students or at our care placements. With various theater festivals taking place throughout the year, volunteers are given the chance to coach amateur actors in script analysis, performance or direction.
You may also get the opportunity to work on an intercultural project with primary schools. You could teach children about your traditions and cultures through drama activities and in effect learn more about the Nepalese culture through the school’s performances.
Volunteering Abroad on a Drama Project in Nepal
This project was initially started by a small group of teaching volunteers in Kathmandu who recognized the benefits of using drama in the classroom to teach conversational English.
In addition to getting involved with the drama workshops and English classes, volunteers have the opportunity to meet and work with experienced English drama groups from Kathmandu and other cities in Nepal. This may involve workshops, discussions, collaborative performances, presentations or even assisting with a current production. There is also potential to see performances by these groups and invite them to participate in our WIN NEPAL Drama Show.
Once a month, volunteers have the chance to prepare, direct and perform children’s plays for orphanages. The WIN NEPAL Drama Group is their only chance of knowing and seeing what theatrical culture means.
In August 2013, WIN NEPAL put on the first Drama Show. This is put together to showcase the results of the volunteers work while experiencing Drama in Nepal. The event is popular and brings together WIN NEPAL staff, collaborators, project supervisors, friends and host families. The show involves volunteers coaching the drama groups, helping them with the writing and performing of their own plays and even organizing the lights, sound systems, and stage sets.
WIN NEPAL will support you to plan and carry out the workshops and help to develop your drama skills. However, it is worth noting that without drama experience it is difficult for volunteers to work alone, so a drama background is helpful.
Volunteers on this project work flexible hours due to the changing academic schedules of the students; some workshops and performances taking place during evenings and weekends.
Our hope was that the children would learn to work together, and to hopefully start to respect each other, so when they saw each other outside of camp they would be able to get along in a way they had not previously. When I left, there had definitely been a shift in how the kids regarded each other.
I wanted to go and work in Nepal working with orphanages, and then I stumbled across the WIN NEPAL website. It seemed like it was too good to be true. They offered projects in Nepal, and in addition to being able to work with the children, I would also be able to use my degree in theater on the Drama project as well.
You can join the Drama project in Nepal for three weeks if you don’t have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period. Volunteers seeking a different cultural experience have the option of participating on a more unique project for one week at the end of their project.