In Nepal often lack appropriate funding and resources to adequately teach children. As English is an international language, it is becoming more and more of the required skill for job placement, educational advancement, and future success. Many classes are delivered in English by Nepali teachers, who frequently have only a basic knowledge of English themselves. Therefore, there is limited opportunity for Nepali students to expand their knowledge and use of the English language without direct contact with a teacher fluent in English. Volunteering as an English Teacher in Schools program in Nepal, volunteers participate in teaching activities in Nepali schools by delivering conversational English and reading classes to Nepali children. To teach English at a Nepali school you don’t need to have formal teaching qualifications. You will need a good command of written and spoken English, plenty of enthusiasm, creativity, and a lot of patience.
The first few days of volunteering are spent observing the Nepali teachers or other overseas volunteer teachers’ classes. After observing a few classes, volunteers will start supporting the local teachers and take part in some classes. Later, when the volunteers feel comfortable, they can start teaching classes of their own.
Volunteers, who are professionally certified teachers or have previous teaching experience and TEFL certification, may train the local teacher as most Nepali teachers lack training and experience.
Children are approximately between five and 16 years of age and volunteers will teach three to four hours per day. Schools are open six days a week, Saturday being the day off. Class sizes range from ten to fifty students. Schools in Nepal often lack appropriate funding and resources to adequately teach the children. Many classes are delivered in English by Nepali teachers, who have only basic teaching skills.
- Teach English, mathematics, environmental science, pure science, international history, and computer science.
- Get involved in organizing activities that encourage the personal development of the students, using their initiative to learn life skills.
- Assist local teachers.-
- Form student groups, which allow further educational experiences for the children, with a particular focus on capacity-building. These groups are also useful for disseminating information on children’s rights, sanitation and hygiene, and adolescent health issues through various informal activities such as debates, quiz contests, art competitions, folk song competitions, street dramas, one-act plays, etc.
- Focus a great deal of their time teaching groups before and after school
- each or train the students in art, music, sports, P.E., and other vocational subjects.
- Run remedial classes for weaker students
Arrival & Introduction
You will be met at the airport by one of our staff (Bishal Shrestha or Anjila Joshi). Together with our driver, Bimal, you will be taken to either the Volunteer Society Nepal office or a hotel. Here you can drop your bags and relax. The Volunteer Society Nepal director, Bishal, will come to meet you to clarify your program for the first days. Depending on when you arrive, you will begin a Nepali language class or a sightseeing tour of some of the world heritage sights of the Kathmandu valley. In the evening you will enjoy your first Nepali dinner.
Nepali lessons and local amenities and sightseeing
After a leisurely start and breakfast, so you can recover properly from your journey, you will start your Nepali language course at the Volunteer Society Nepal office. After meeting the entire Volunteer Society Nepal team you will have 2 lessons from around 10.30 to 12.45 with our highly experienced language teachers. This will also give you a chance to meet any other volunteers joining at the same time. In the afternoon, one of our staff will take you around the local area of Pepsi-Cola where the office and Homestays are for the induction period.
Later that afternoon, you will be driven around being shown where all relevant amenities are: the nearest bank, shopping center, internet café, food shops, and post office. You will also be shown the local buses that can take you to Kathmandu or to Bhaktapur and also where you can catch a taxi. You will also be told where to keep your valuables and general information about life in Nepal.
At the end of the afternoon, you will be driven by our guide to see some of Kathmandu’s famous UNESCO world heritage sites. One of our guides, Gelu Sherpa, has over 15 years of experience taking foreigners around the ancient city and can answer any questions you have on ancient and contemporary Nepal. During your introduction, you can visit the famous Buddhist Boudanath and Swayambhunath stupas as well as the Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath. The Durbar squares on Patan and Kathmandu are also essential visits. If you have other sites you are particularly interested in then this may be integrated as well.
Nepali lessons and Volunteer Society Nepal’s projects
- In the morning we will continue the Nepali language training. Be aware we are aiming for a basic understanding. For example, to say ‘yes and no’ and to introduce yourself. We do not expect you to speak the language fluently after the training. After the lesson, you are driven round some Volunteer Society Nepal’s projects in the Kathmandu Valley. This may include the new CBIA school, our women center, our orphanage in the Pepsi-Cola suburb, or a visit to the village of Sunakoti where you will see new toilets, drinking water systems and environmental projects that have all been recently implemented by volunteers and fundraising efforts.
In the afternoon, you can do more sightseeing with our guide in Kathmandu, or if you desire to take some time for yourself that’s even so possible. This afternoon, it’s also a good opportunity to stock up with anything you may have forgotten before heading up to a rural placement. The tourist hub of Thamel will be able to furnish you with anything from Marmite to an extra pair of Merino socks.
Introduction Host Family and Start Project
After about two days of language classes and sightseeing, you will be moved to the host family. They will be fully trained in hosting volunteers and you won’t be left in the dark about anything: toilets, drinking water, bedding, how to work the shower, where to buy anything you need nearby, and basic etiquette. If you want an early night then that is fine, but you will also be given the opportunity to ring home or send emails from the Volunteer Society Nepal office so any parents or loved ones won’t be worrying about you.
It’s possible we already start this day at your project. If time appears to be short, we will start the next day in the morning. Our Volunteer Society Nepal direct, Dinesh, will discuss and finalize your program upon arrival so you know what to expect during the first days in Nepal.
While you volunteer with Volunteer Society Nepal you will be staying with a Nepali host family. Be part of a Nepali family. Eat together with the family. Play with the children. Experience the rich Nepali culture firsthand. Many volunteers tell us this unique insight into the culture of Nepal is a key part of why they come back again and again.
All our host families have conducted training regarding hosting volunteers adequately. They know how to ensure hygiene and provide security. They will treat you as a member of the family. To secure the knowledge of the western culture and desires we train our host families yearly.
Although we do not experience it frequently and it can be considered very rare, it could be possible you are not satisfied with your host family. In that case, it’s possible to switch host families. We want to guarantee your happiness and secure a positive experience of Nepal. Hence, we remain in contact if ever runs properly at your host family during your stay.
When you arrive on placement you will be introduced to your host family by the Volunteer Society Nepal representative and given a full tour of the premises. Many of our host families have children and it seems many of our volunteers enjoy helping them with their English, learning to cook Nepali food, and mixing in with their life. On the other way around, we experience volunteers learning a lot from the hosts and children regarding life in Nepal.
At the host families, you will stay with or without fellow volunteers. You can clarify your preference and we will take that into account while arranging your host family. It is always possible to stay as a couple or group of friends in one host family. You should consider the host family as your temporary family in Nepal. As they will treat and value you as a family member. They can even help you how to discover the neighborhood, advice on travels, and offer you warmth in times of homesickness.
You should not expect luxury during your stay in Nepal. Nepal is a developing country and may well be different from what you are used to at home. However, you will have your own room unless requested otherwise, and the rooms are always clean and comfortable. The quality of toilet and washing facilities varies significantly between placements. If you are based in Kathmandu you may find you have a hot shower and a Western-style toilet in your homestay. However, if you are in a rural placement then it is more likely that you will have a traditional squat toilet and a cold shower. If you feel like having a hot shower and flushing the toilet is a priority then make this clear when you are applying and we will see if it is possible to find you one of our better-equipped host families.
The electricity supply in all areas is limited. Due to nationwide electricity shortages, Sometime, the government imposes power cuts of for few hours a day. In the cities, some houses have backup batteries that will run low-power bulbs in key rooms, but in rural areas, you can expect to use candles. A head torch is a very useful thing to bring.
On placement, you will usually eat with the family and share the same food as them. At least two meals a day are provided for you while volunteering. The usual meal times are between 9 and 10 AM and 6 and 8 PM. You will usually be served the national staple of Dal Bhat Tarkari which is a tasty and filling plate of rice, vegetable curry, lentils and pickles. It may occasionally have meat such as chicken or mutton in it, although if you are vegetarian this can easily be explained. This may be supplemented occasionally by noodles, eggs and other snacks dependent on your host family and placement
Your host family will provide you with clean drinking water on your placement.