Working with children in Nepal in a positive, well managed school
Working in Nepal with primary age children, volunteers can provide support to some of the most disadvantaged children in Kathmandu.
This project is a safe, affordable school for young children to gain a primary school education while their parents work, normally earning just enough money to buy food for a day. It is situated in a poor part of Kathmandu and most of the children are from disadvantaged backgrounds, with many suffering from multiple social issues, as well as poverty. This heavily subsidised school gives the children a chance to access education.
However, thanks largely to the fantastic head teacher they have a brightly painted, superbly run kindergarten and school. There is plenty of outdoor space, the classrooms are colourful with imaginative displays and the children take immense pride in their work. The children are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities, and in the past we have had volunteers lead music and dance classes for the children, as well as English lessons for the children & teachers.
The children get a healthy meal, room to play and plenty of tender love & care. There are around 100 youngsters aged between 4 and 13 years old at the school, plus a further 100+ graduates of the school who are then sponsored to go to a local secondary school by the project. Their parents can work and know their children are safe and getting a head start in education.
There is a good level of teaching staff and with reasonable English. Children are divided into age group classes with about 35 children in each group. Behaviour is excellent and the children really value their education.
This centre has a positive energy that radiates from the head teacher and the staff are thoroughly positive.
The local programme leader will brief each volunteer and agree an appropriate range of activities. Volunteers are needed to work as teacher assistants, helping teach English alongside the qualified staff. You would take groups of children and work autonomously with them following the main class activities. If you are experienced or have sufficient confidence then you would be asked to take your own classes.
The importance of academic subjects, particularly English, is recognised but there is an emphasis on fun, art, craft, constructive play, computing and practical-based activities. The children follow the school curriculum but you would have plenty of scope to work autonomously and utilise your skills to help the children.
Volunteers are also able to help the staff, by helping mark homework during school (which is hugely appreciated) and by helping teach English to them after school.
Volunteers who have experience in social work would be especially welcomed to help train staff on current practices.
The centre is open 08:00 until 18:00, and volunteers would agree the hours they are required locally.
English is considered to be the most important curriculum subject as it provides the opportunity to better employment. Although most of the staff have a knowledge of the language, they are not fluent and your English skills are needed to provide native-speaking skills and the added capacity to give more time to individuals and groups eager to improve their language.
If you are able to share your own talents in music, art, sport or dance, then you will be able to make a unique and lasting impression.
Read about Emily's experience working at the school in Kathmandu
Read Jessie's feedback from volunteering as a teacher in Nepal, at the project