Teaching in Nepal
Our teaching in Nepal program takes place in the beautiful, spiritual capital of Kathmandu and during your 2 to 12 week volunteering experience, you will work towards improving the education system here in Nepal. Your work will contribute to an ongoing project to build better lives for children and opening up new opportunities for the next generation. Quality education is lacking in many areas of the country and we work together with local schools and partners to try and create better, more accessible learning for kids of all ages. For volunteers to truly succeed and make a difference, it’s important to have a positive, proactive attitude this program is extremely hands on and a little willingness to help will go a long way.
Your time here will consist of teaching English and other subjects but you will also play a key role in every child’s personal development. Not only are you here to impart important life skills to help the children of Nepal get a better start in later life, but your work as a teaching volunteer will be essential to building confidence and helping young people reach their potential. Working as a teacher in another country will also help you gain invaluable work experience and as someone who cares about giving back to the world, you will meet some great friends and like-minded people along the way. Our Nepal teaching volunteer experience allows new teachers or career breakers to see the world with fresh eyes, improve teaching skills with new challenges, and put existing skills to the test by being placed in a completely different work environment.
Your volunteering program will be between 2 and 12 weeks in total and you will be based in Kathmandu, living with a host family. Our host families have all been carefully selected so every volunteer will get the opportunity to get to know the local people and fully immerse themselves into Nepalese culture; we find that placing teachers with host families allows for the most authentic travel and you will definitely be well looked after. The families we work with are extremely hospitable and welcoming, and they will treat you as a member of their own family. Main meals will be included during your stay so you will have the chance to taste real Nepalese cooking and you will have plenty of time during evenings and weekend to go exploring or sightseeing in and around Kathmandu.
Your teaching experience will require you to teach English and Maths to students aged between 6 years and 13 years in local schools and in local community centers. Volunteers must also have some flexibility and have the desire to help out in other areas too, as every school is different and will have its own needs. You may work with students in other subjects such as sports, art or music. And there may be some extra-curricular or after school activities involved.
Resources are limited and you will have to plan your lessons. Basic school books and local teachers and our local teams are there to guide you. You will be assisting local teachers or taking your own class. During holidays you will be working in community centres or in Buddhist schools teaching monks.
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- Pre-departure support and materials – to prepare you for your trip
- Accommodation in a homestay and first two nights in a hotel
- Experienced bilingual local staff team
- Daily breakfast and dinner – local Nepali food
- Kathmandu area tour
- Project training with the local Program Manager
- 24 hour support in your location
- Donation to the project
Whats Not Included in your program fee :
- Flights to the program destination
- Airport Transfers
- Project Travel Cost
- Daily Lunch
- Medical and travel insurance (compulsory)
- Visa costs
- Personal shopping and gratuities
- Local excursions
Local Team On Ground
Anish Neurone, Program Manager Nepal
Anish has more than 14 years of experience working on social development projects, having different roles in Project Management, Planning & Development, Management Information Systems and Qualitative Research. Currently he is Director of our program Nepal, where his role is mainly tooordinate the relationships between Volunteering Journeys anddifferent international organizations around the world, ensuring having the appropriate volunteer programs and social projects in place
- The nearest airport for this program is Kathmandu Airport ( KTM )
- If you wish to book flights to Kathmandu fill in this form
- Visas are on arrival in Nepal.
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program.
- We have partnered with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel guidance to Nepal. Goto www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo to find out how best to avoid trouble when abroad. Packed with essential travel advice and tips, the website also offers up-to-date country information.
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What your first few days looks like:
Day 1: Volunteers are welcomed by a Volunteering Journeys representative at the airport in Kathmandu before being guided to a local hotel where you can relax.
Day 2 : You will be shown around the local sights and get acquainted with the area. You will also have personal meetings with the representative to determine how to best utilise your skills, time and experience.
Day 3: You will be starting project work and also shift to your homestay.
You will primarily work as English instructors either in public and private schools of Nepal or with a local charity on their education program. Depending upon the need, you may be asked to assist in other school extra curricular activities.
- Teach English (2-3 hours a day) in public or private school for six days a week.
- Most of the students of the school age between 6 and 13. You will be assisted by other teachers of the schools
- Organizing games, drawing, singing, dancing, and other creative education and extra curricular activities
- Taking kids on educational tours
- Helping kids to do homework, monitor academic progress,
- Other helps on administration
- Help in other activities or programs designed for school children (If any)
There is so much to see and do in Kathmandu and Nepal, so your time here will never present a dull moment. Not only is the capital and its surrounding region a trekker’s paradise, but it’s a cultural hub filled with sights, temples and monuments. Don’t miss the Boudhanath Temple, Swayambhunath Temple, Pashupatinath Temple or the Kopan Monastery if you love history. For shopping and nightlife, the stylish neighbourhood of Thamel is a great place to go ‘“ especially if you’re meeting new friends / colleagues. Or to explore Nepal’s gateway to the Himalayas, make tracks for Langtang National Park. For a spiritual adventure, head North West from Kathmandu and hike to the glacial basic of Annapurna Sanctuary.
What Happens When I Arrive?
Living Arrangements for Volunteers in Nepal:
Accommodation will be arranged and checked by Volunteering Journeys, and will be within the home of a selected host family in the local area. You will be based in the capital of Kathmandu and will be housed with a warm, hospitable family either close to your place to work, or transport will be arranged on your behalf to get you to and from your volunteer location every day. Meals are provided by your host and will consist of cooked home dishes that authentically represent the local way of life. Although your accommodation may not be shared with other volunteers on the program, there will be plenty of people to socialise and Volunteering Journeys will always encourage socialising and meeting new friends who are just like you.
Included with your room and board (most meals provided) is also the chance of getting language classes, city tours, transfer and transportation assistance, and full orientation and training.
Health and Safety :
When you join our programs you can be assured we have carried out Risk Assessments to identify potential safety and health risks on projects and in the community. We share this information with you in our pre departure documents and on arrival. Our local staff are well trained and we provide 24/7 emergency numbers to all participants. We protect the safety of children and vulnerable adults on our programs by police verification checks on all participants. Please read our Child Protection Policy for more details.
Volunteering Journeys Foundation:
Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Volunteering Journey’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities in the places that we work in. 100% of each donation goes directly to support our projects. Go to our Donation page if you want to support or fundraise for Nepal.
Volunteers Love Us!
‘My experience in India was absolutely fantastic. Having never done anything like this before, Volunteering Journeys made sure I settled in well and supported me throughout my time. Being placed with an amazing family gave me the chance to experience Indian culture first hand. I was part of the Disabled Childcare Programs for two weeks. Although short, I felt the time I spent was so valuable for the children. If this is something that you are interested in I would 100% recommend it. The memories, friendships and experiences you will develop will be ones that you will never forget.’
‘The teaching experience was second to none. I was overwhelmed by the respect and politeness all the children have, which made it some much easier to work with them, even with the language barrier. The amazing thing about the schools I visited was that all the children are like little sponges, they absorb everything you say, teach and do! It’s quite outstanding how much they gain from just a small conversation in the playground or in the class room.
So in general if you are questioning whether you want to volunteer and you don’t know what company to go with, it has the be Volunteering Journeys. You will be well looked after, gain an immense experience and make friends for life!!!’
‘I took a short sabbatical from work in November 2013 and decided to come to India. I was helping at a small school in Fort Kochi, teaching English, Maths, Science and the odd nursery rhyme. The school where I volunteered had amazing teachers and the kids were great. Ridhi and the team organised everything brilliantly – from cycling tours to the backwaters, to hosting me with a family that made my stay feel like home. If you’re going to volunteer in India then I highly recommend Volunteering Journeys’
“J’ai passé deux mois formidables à Kochi en travaillant comme volontaire avec Volunteering Journeys. Deux mois de ma vie que je n’oublierais jamais. J’ai rencontré des gens incroyables et participé à des projets qui me tenaient vraiment à coeur. J’ai pu voir l’aboutissement de mes efforts et le sourire sur le visage des enfants. Une expérience magique que je recommande à tous. Merci Rainbow”
‘I spent 3 wonderful weeks with the Volunteering Journeys team in Kerala, it marked the beginning of almost 2 months adventuring through India, and I can say without a doubt it was one of my favourite experiences of my time spent in incredible India! From the moment my plane landed and I was greeted by a friendly face and whisked away to a wonderful home, the local staff were incredibly welcoming, helpful, supportive and great fun to be around!
I spent my time volunteering in 2 local schools, assisting with English studies. The enthusiasm and joy with which the children approach their days will ensure you never want to leave!I cannot recommend Volunteering Journeys highly enough, it was such a joyful introduction to India – it’s culture, people and crazy beautiful way of life. You will leave with some fond memories and firm friendships’
‘I volunteered by teaching English both at a school and at an all girls’ orphanage for two months. It has been the best experience of my life so far. I really got to know the children I was teaching and seeing the children’s English improve over my time was an incredible feeling. From being introduced to yoga to tasting delicious flavoursome Indian cuisine and living in “God’s own country”, has left me eager to return. I have made friends across the World who made my time spent in Kerala unforgettable. I highly recommend volunteering with Volunteering Journeys; Kerala is beautiful and you will gain fun memories.’
‘I spent two weeks running an art workshop which was absolutely fantastic. The children were so enthusiastic and bustled about with paste and paint, putting together the most amazing creations. They were not used to producing collaborative work and were thrilled when their individual efforts achieved a glorious whole. Their personalities really shone through and I became very fond of them in the short time I was with them. Thank you to Volunteering Journeys for enabling me to have such a wonderful experience!’
‘There is some kind of magic that happens when you’re in India. The climate, the people, the warm welcome, the happiness in every person, the culture, it’s simply inspiring. On top of that having a group of friendly, thoughtful organizers guiding me through the program made my time volunteering with Volunteering Journeys one of the most memorable moments in my life.
If anyone reading this is considering becoming a volunteer, don’t hesitate, become a volunteer. It will be the most rewarding experience and adventure of your life. I assure you that you will have a vital impact on the community, the place and the children. I would recommend Volunteering Journeys without hesitation. Well organized and hassle free adventure. You get help and guidance with everything you need. Kerala was my destination. Safe, beautiful and very friendly. Just do it and have an adventure of your life!’
“Volunteering at the schools was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Once again the friendships you create are irreplaceable. Admittedly, the first few days were scary, in the sense that my partner and I were only 18 & 20 yrs old and we were teaching women and children a language that was not their first. However the persistence and willingness of Indians is not to be tested. Each of our students put in 100% and naturally we became very personal with everyone and these women and children taught us much more. We came out of this experience with more than we had ever anticipated. It can’t be put into words just how much we learnt from volunteering. Ever aspect of our lives and mindset has changed.”
‘I think it was quite an eye opening experience to kind of see how people live and enjoy their lives very differently to what we do probably in UK. Even though comparatively they didn’t have as much, the children still came to school with a smile on their face and they were really keen to learn. They were ever so happy and always had a smile on their face regardless of the circumstances that they are living in, and I think that was an amazing experience for us to take back. We have comparatively much more wealth in the UK and we have much more available at our fingertips. Yet we were quite not so happy’
‘We decided to volunteer as part of our family vacation. It was the perfect balance: making a contribution but not being asked to do too much, with Volunteering Journeys staff with us every step of the way to help, support, clarify, etc. I was also impressed that they didn’t feed us a line about how we were changing the world in a week; I knew going in that *we* would be the ones most changed, and the staff’s perspective’s was the same: we were making an impact by showing we cared and sharing experiences, which hopefully meant something to a lot of people.’