The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Mountains are important global ecosystems facing especially rapid socioeconomic and environmental changes, particularly the impacts of climate change. Our aim is to influence policy and practices to meet environmental and livelihood challenges emerging in the HKH region. To do this we bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers from the region and around the globe to generate and share knowledge, support evidence-based decision making, and encourage regional collaboration. ICIMOD delivers impact through its six Regional Programmes of Adaptation to Change, Transboundary Landscapes, River Basins, Cryosphere and Atmosphere, Mountain Environment Regional Information System, and Himalayan University Consortium (emerging). These regional programmes are supported by the four Thematic Areas of Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions and underpinned by Knowledge Management and Communication. ICIMOD seeks to improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and men, now and for the future.

Website: www.icimod.org

Possible volunteering opportunities

ICIMOD is willing to host up to 2-3 post graduate (or final year undergraduate) students every year at its Nepal office for a period ranging from 2 to 6 months. Students are encouraged to visit ICIMOD website to see the range of research and implementation activities that it is engaged in. Of particular interest to us are students who are interested to work in one of the four thematic areas of ICIMOD (Livelihoods; Ecosystems; Water and Air and Geospatial Solutions) and contribute to ongoing research activities. Particulars of a research project can be discussed nearer to the date of internship with relevant professional staff at ICIMOD who will host the student intern. We request CAMVOL coordinator to help students connect to the right professional staff.

Preferred skills

  1. Strong academic background and appropriate research skills. The following subjects are particularly suitable for these placements: Development Studies, Economics, Geography, Land Economy and Social Anthropology. For instance, a background in economics may be needed if working on a project that evaluates impact of a development project; while strong social sciences skills will be needed if the project involves data collection from communities.
  2. Good writing and analytical skills
  3. Ability to work with a team and meet deadlines
  4. Understanding and respect for local cultures and ability to work with people from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds.

Approximate cost

You should expect to spend about £1250 for eight weeks - this covers costs for food and accommodation, as well as local travel. There are no programme fees payable to Camvol.

In addition to these local costs, volunteers will need to book return flights to India (typically about £550 if booked early), and apply for a gratis visa, as required by the government of Nepal.

Vaccination and other medical costs have NOT been included in estimated costs, and applicants should take this into account while planning their budgets. If you intend to travel for recreation and tourism, these costs will be additional, so please budget accordingly.

Financial support is available, including Camvol-CMEDT Commonwealth Travelling Scholarships; support from Colleges; and from the University. If selected, the Camvol Director can advise about funding opportunities.