Working with children in Nepal

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PRICE FROM
£161 p.w.

Price is based on 3 months
MINIMUM DURATION
1 month

Working with children in Nepal in a positive, well managed day centre & school

  • Working with children in Nepal in this well assessed project offering schooling and day care for disadvantged children
  • Provide support to local carers in the kindergarten
  • Teach English and put on recreational activities in the small school
  • Additional requirement for trained social workers to help provide expert support to staff on social issues
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Project summary

Working in Nepal with children provides support to some of the most disadvantaged children in Kathmandu.

This project is a safe, affordable day centre for young children to stay and gain a primary school education while their poor 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.

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 get a healthy meal, room to play and plenty of tender love & care. There are over 150 youngsters, aged between 4 and 13 years old, at the centre each day and in addition 100+ are 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.

This is one of our busiest projects. There is a good teaching staff and their levels of English are high. Children are divided into age group classes with about 35 children in each group. Behaviour is excellent and the children really value their education.

Volunteer roles and responsibilities

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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 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 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.

How you can make a difference

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.

What is distinctive about this project:

This teaching project is an absolute jewel in a neighbourhood of economic deprivation. This is thanks largely to the superb team of dedicated, hard-working teachers. Their pride is reflected in the pride of the children and support of their parents.

Blue Tiger Features:

This is a project suitable for most volunteers, working in support of local staff in the city. Despite the bright surrounds of the centre, volunteers need to be prepared for the poverty that is so prevalent in the city and remember that Kathmandu still suffers in the wake of the earthquakes of 2015, which layered more difficulties on poor neighbourhoods who were already suffering from the lack of services.

Season:

The centre closes for short holidays and religious festivals to be confirmed at time of application.

Languages:

Learning some basic Nepali is both a courtesy and fun, but your work will be mainly in English

Experience required:

No experience is required for support workers but we would recommend that volunteers prepare for their trip by learning about teaching English through the multitude of courses available. Volunteers with experience in social work, dealing with those issues common to disadvantaged families, would be especially welcome (and would need to supply a reference and CV for acceptance).

Good to know:

Volunteers live in the house of our local co-ordinator alongside those volunteers working on other projects in Kathmandu. The house is large, although sparsely furnished, but with good facilities by Nepali standards.  Travel around Kathmandu is a fascinating experience, but a potentially dusty and tiring one too.

Price table

4 weeks8 weeks12 weeks16 weeks20 weeks6 months
£1,281£1,612£1,933£2,245£2,573£2,872

Includes: Comprehensive travel insurance (supplements may apply to older travellers). Pre-departure support and briefings. Online teacher training. 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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