Teaching Volunteer in Nepal &India
This teaching volunteer experience takes you to two of the most beautiful, spiritual and spectacular destinations in South Asia. India and Nepal. These neighbouring countries offer the intrepid traveller a true adventure and a chance to really go off the beaten path in a journey of self-discovery and world exploration. You will take part in an important teaching program which will take place over the course of 4 to 10 weeks and you will spend your time living in shared accommodation with other like-minded volunteers or within the home of a host family who will take care of you and show you the ropes of local life. Wherever you end up staying, we can guarantee that your experience will be amazingly immersive and culturally explorative. Not only will you be helping children in the developing world get a better chance of education during your teaching experience, but you will also be broadening your own horizons and learning new skills along the way.
With India being home to more than a third of the world’s poor and underprivileged, and with quality education so hard to come by in Nepal, this voluntary teaching program is designed to give you the unique opportunity to help change the vicious poverty cycle for the next generation. The rich/poor divide has never been so apparent; when you witness multi-millionaire housing placed just streets away from Kolkata’s biggest slums and when you see the poor classroom conditions of schools in Kathmandu, the reality can be extremely shocking. But together with our partners and other people who care about the same humanitarian issues, we can try to make a difference.
This program is available as a 4 week experience, 6 week experience, 8 week experience or a 10 week experience. And the two locations covered will be Kolkata in the West Bengal State, East India plus the city of Kathmandu which is the capital of Nepal.
Teaching in both countries will involve working with kids ranging all the way from 3 years to 16 years of age, and your time will be split across the two volunteer locations equally. In Kolkata, your teaching assignments will be based in a community centre in the run down urban slum areas of Topsia. You will work together with local teachers and the local teams with education projects for the slum children. In Kathmandu, you will also be teaching in poor, run down schools and you will be expected to English and Maths as well as helping out with other subjects if required. In Kathmandu, school facilities will be at the most basic and conditions are extremely poor for the children you will work with.
Both teaching locations feature schools deprived of classroom space, learning tools and up to standard facilities. So your teaching abilities will be put to the test as you discover the true principals of working with what you have; this whole experience is what you make it and the lives you touch will mark the path of the future. Whilst school facilities are lacking, enthusiasm from the kids is not. And working with these unique children who are so happy and willing to learn will really help to change the way you view the world.
During school holidays in Kathmandu you will be given alternative placements teaching local buddhist monks or in a local care home for children.
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- Pre-departure support and materials – to prepare you for your trip
- Accommodation in homestays
- Experienced bilingual local staff team
- Daily breakfast and dinner – local food
- Area Tour
- Project training with the local Program Manager
- 24 hour support in your location
- Teaching Placement Fees
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
Shalini Deo, Kolkata Program Manager
Shalini has spent a decade as a corporate trainer for language and behavioural skills for IT, banking to hospitality sectors. She is founder of New Agragati, a self help group which empowers 140 women by skill training and employment. Her passion to contribute to society introduced Shalini to us. She conducts cultural orientation and immersion programs, language courses and helps volunteers adjust better in India and particularly Kolkata. Shalini is basically super awesome to have around.
- You can reach Kolkata by flight. The airport is Subash Chandra Bose Kolkata Airport CCU
- You can reach Kathmandu by flight. The airport is Kathmandu Airport KTM
- Visas are on arrival in Nepal. For India you can get e visas if you are coming for 4 weeks or less or else apply for regular visas. Our volunteer guide books will give you more information on visas.
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program.
- We have partnered with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel guidance. 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.
- For support on any of the above email us email@example.com
Your first few days as a teaching volunteer:
Day 1: Volunteers are welcomed by a Volunteering Journeys representative at the airport who will take you to your new home. You will meet the Program Manager on arrival. Your first day will be quite relaxed.
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 time and skills on the education program.
Day 3: You will be starting your teaching volunteer placement and also shift to your homestay. The program manager will be taking you to the teaching placement site and introduce you to the local teachers and you will begin your teaching placement.
Kolkata is the bustling capital of India’s West Bengal State so there is much to do during your own free time. To learn about the city’s rich history and colonial past, don’t miss the Victoria Memorial, the Indian Museum, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Eden Gardens, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Marble Palace. Other activities in West Bengal include hiking or camping in Darjeeling and numerous national parks. In Kathmandu, you will be ideally located to explore the Himalayan Mountains and close to major national parks plus there’s a lot of sightseeing to be done within the city too ‘“ don’t miss the Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath temples.
What Happens When I Arrive?
Living Arrangements for Teaching Volunteers:
Volunteers will be placed in shared accommodation with other volunteers on the program and/or within the homes of our selected and partnered host families. In shared accommodation, all rooms will have fans and en-suite bathrooms plus basic WiFi connection but if you would like to upgrade to a private room or a room with air conditioning facilities, this can be requested prior to travel. Meals will be provided for all volunteers either by your host family or sourced from a local cafÃ© / restaurant where food is cook by a local chef. We encourage living and eating just like a local for an authentic, immersive travel experience so meals will be either local Nepalese cuisine or Keralan / Indian food.
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 protect the safety of children and vulnerable adults 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. Go to our Donation page if you wish to support our programs in India and 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.’