"FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS"

IEI Pakistan’s programs are tentative to our year of work and the communities & schools we work with. Generally, the programs run in two sessions during a year:
Spring: Feb – May
Fall: August – November

We also conduct Summer School and Training activities during Summer which are announced on our social media accordingly.
Our current work region is: Gilgit Baltistan
IEI Pakistan has a couple of focus areas:
Academic Teaching: Targets focused subject teaching with Innovative Modern Teaching Techniques that promote Activity Based Learning.
Art Program: Targets individuals with a background in Creative Arts including Fine Art, Design, Musicology and Film Media. The applicants are required to design activities to engage the students using mixed media and promote Peace, Inclusion, Diversity by focusing on enhancing students Self Expression & Creativity.
All Inclusive Spaces: Targets individuals with a background in Architecture and a passion to design all inclusive spaces using limited or reused material.
We encourage volunteers from diverse backgrounds to come onboard. A sense of civic responsibility and passion to give back to the community and adaptability to survive in an adventure lifestyle in harsh climate & limited facilities is an absolute MUST.
The application process is fairly simple. Once the call for applications is shared on our Website and/or Facebook page; follow the application link sharing with us a personal statement, activities you would like to conduct & samples of your work (for artists & architects).
First Round: Shortlisted Applicants will receive Emails
Second Round: Phone Interviews
Final Round: Selection Emails & Program Fee Payment
IEI Pakistan is not linked to any donor organization, our operations are solely conducted on the basis of the donations we receive which is why we work on a Program Fee Model. The program fee varies on the basis of the geographical location we are working in and covers the following:
1- Return Travel from Hunza to Location of Work
2- Meals for your Volunteer Duration
3- Insurance for Emergency Situations
4- Accommodation for your Volunteer Duration (We rent out a private residence for the duration of our programs in the valleys we work with)

IEI Pakistan sponsors the following costs:
1- Educational Supplies
2- Art Supplies
3- Excursions including Adventure Treks & Trails
IEI Pakistan works on the donations we receive from across Pakistan & abroad. You can donate:
Cash: Operations & Supplies
Books: For our Libraries
Art & Educational Supplies: For our Teaching & Art Programs.
We are always looking for collaborations with organizations working on areas that fit our organizational goals & vision. Areas for collaboration include but are not limited to:
1- Teachers Training
2- STEM Learning Workshops
3- Art Exhibits
4- Film & Media Collaborations

WHAT TO EXPECT AS AN
"IEI PAKISTAN VOLUNTEER FELLOW"

Our volunteer programs require commitment & adaptability. Before you apply for a Volunteer Cohort, make sure our programs are a good fit for you.
Please carefully consider the following expectations.

You have decided to take time out of your life to live & work in a remote mountain valley.To make the most out of this experience

Engage with and appreciate local communities and the IEI Pakistan Team with an open mind and in a spirit of mutual learning and respect.

Be open minded & flexible, participate without expectations or judgment on how you may envision the experience.

Ask yourself “How can I contribute?” As an IEI Pakistan Volunteer Fellow, you are a creative contributor, you add value to the program & are not a consumer of the experience. Creative contributors are flexible, explore possibilities, invest in collective success, and take responsibility.

Self-motivate, challenge yourself and stay organized. Leadership for Fellows is given both pre program and in the form of 24/7 on-site support, however as a volunteer your commitment to the experience is what makes a difference.

Teach by Example: teach curiosity, open-mindedness, confidence, empathy, respectfulness, and the willingness to play and have fun.

Have a positive outlook. Focus on possibilities rather than problems. Concentrate on resources & potential rather than deficits.

Exercise good judgment and personal care to protect the safety and health of yourself and those around you.

You are a representative of IEI Pakistan and will be responsible for your personal and work-related conduct at all times.

Embrace adventure travel to make the most of the experience. Our programs provide an opportunity to experience simple, organic life.

Stay physically active to enjoy the landscape and what it has to offer.

You are prepared to adapt to the day-to-day life in a rural mountain environment.

Toilets. There are squat toilets with water availability. Winter Months: March/April & November/December have no running water in the toilets. Water for use, has to be fetched from the nearby water source.

Bathing. Showers may not happen as frequently as you are used to. Most volunteers shower once or twice a week. Water at the IEI Residence is Electric heated and is dependent on the availability of power. Winter Months: March/April & November/December have no running water in the toilets. Water for use, has to be fetched from the nearby water source.

Laundry and dishes are done by hand. Volunteer Fellows wash their own spoons, plates and cups.

Food at the IEI Residence is seasonal and mainly vegetarian. Meat is purchased depending on the availability. All meals are prepared & taken together.

Early to bed, early to rise. We start early in the morning and our days are full with engagements at school & in community.

Respect spaces & resources. We all care for our physical space and materials and use resources carefully and without wasting.

Reduce waste. We encourage and organic lifestyle & limit the amount of packaged goods we bring to or buy at our work locations.

Time off is relatively nonexistent. Personal commitments & Travel around Hunza and visits with friends and family should take place before or after your commitment.

Internet is non-existent at our work locations.

Bugs and rodents are commonly found in mountain villages. You have to adapt to the environment.

Communal Living IEI Residence is a local home with traditional architecture. The home consists of a central hall (used as a lounge & sleeping space) & a kitchen.

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