Teaching in Nepal in a rural community school

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PRICE FROM
£160 p.w.

Price is based on 3 months
MINIMUM DURATION
2 months

Teaching in Nepal as a volunteer teaching English in a rural village location

  • Teaching in Nepal, teach English plus after school activities with children of all ages
  • Experience the real Nepal in a humble but welcoming village
  • Become a part of the community and enjoy the best of Nepal
  • Suitable for teachers and those who want to work with children in Nepal
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Project summary

Teaching  in Nepal

The Nepali national curriculum is meant to be delivered in English, but in reality this is rarely achieved due to the language barriers facing both staff and children. This school does better than most, but would benefit immensely from a native English speaker supporting teachers and children, both inside and outside of the classroom.

The school attracts around 500 children, from nursery age through to 17 years old. There is also a small special needs unit for 25 blind children who are resident in the school. The children are taught in class sizes of 30-45, so there is plenty of need for teaching support.

The school was badly damaged by the earthquake of 2015, but is being rapidly rebuilt by the community and NGO support. The school attracts children from a wide radius, but sits alongside a small rural village in the hills, offering volunteers an authentic and rewarding volunteer teaching experience.

This volunteer teaching placement would suit a volunteer with some previous budget travel experience, who is equipped to live more independently in a local setting.

Teaching experience is helpful rather than essential. We will provide you an online learning course that will help get you started. Volunteers are able to support in all classes, from English, Maths, Science, to environmental and social studies. Plus activities such as quizzes, debates, sports and essay writing.

Read Bethany’s review of her time at this project

 

Volunteer roles and responsibilities

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Teaching in Nepal

English is the most important subject as knowledge of the language can open the door to a significant range of employment opportunities. You will act as a teaching support to students, primarily in English lessons, but also other classes that are supposed to be taught in English. 

Your native English speaking ability is the asset that students and staff are all keen to tap in to, and your role helping teach English informally outside the classroom will be as important as the help you can offer inside the class. We encourage all volunteers to take any skills and hobbies with them, to create after school clubs and activities that can add something more to the school programme and enliven the children. Art, sport, music, drama are all initiatives that you could start in the time you are there.

How you can make a difference

Nepal is a country where the whole curriculum is supposed to be taught in English, yet most of the teachers cannot speak English well, limiting the chance of the children to improve.

Teachers, pupils and many of the adults in the village want to improve their English but to do so need a native English speaker to practise with. If they can imrove their English, then their employment opportunities in tourism, business, teaching and the civil service are all greatly improved.

What is distinctive about this project:

This is a unique opportunity teaching in Nepal, to be part of a community in the stunning Himalaya, swapping your teaching services for the warm hospitality and cultural experience offered by the Nepali people.

Blue Tiger Features:

The increased level of remoteness of this project, (a 4 hour bus / 2 hour car journey from Kathmandu), means that the volunteer will need to accept and be capable of acting with a reasonable of independence. You are less likely to see Westerners, never mind other volunteers, so you need to be confident in your ability to live independently and enjoy the cultural experience of living in the community.

In return the community will be extremely supportive and the cultural opportunity is incredible, but volunteers should be clear about the scale of the undertaking they are signing up to.

Season:

The schools close for holidays which need to be clarified upon application.

Languages:

Your role would be teaching English, but the level of immersion in the community means that you should be willing and determined to take on as much Nepali as possible in the time available.

Experience required:

Volunteers teaching in Nepal do not need formal teaching qualifications but we would provide volunteers with an online learning course before you travel, to help you understand the basics of teaching in a low resource environment.

You will be living as one of the community in a homestay, so volunteers also need to be prepared or have experience in living with more basic conditions – no western loos, and no hot showers for example!

Good to know:

You will be in a remote part of the Himalaya, offering you the very best opportunity to enjoy the ultimate outdoor experience.

Price table

8 weeks12 weeks16 weeks20 weeks6 months
£1,617£1,931£2,233£2,553£2,851

Includes: Comprehensive travel insurance (supplements may apply to older travellers). Pre-departure support and briefings. Online teacher training course. Accommodation, food, airport transfer, travel to projects, in-country and UK support throughout. Outreach T-shirt.
Excludes: Flights, visas, vaccinations

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Ram Hari Basnet

Country co-ordinator

Ram Hari Basnet

Ram Hari is a respected businessman based in Kathmandu, with a wealth of local connections. Ram Hari built up 17 years valuable experience working in the prestigious Kathmandu Guest House and so has an excellent cultural understanding of foreign travellers. He used this platform to successfully start his own business and he now supports a number of charitable projects, including funding his own private school in his home village.

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