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Volunteer Teaching in Nepal

Teach English amongst the Himalayas in support of community education programs in Nepal

Program Details

Program Type

Volunteering

Location

Asia - Nepal - Pokhara

Program Focus

Teaching

2 weeks from

£850.00

Code: NPHE0205P
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Program Information

Immerse yourself in Nepali culture when you travel to Pokhara and volunteer in education centers and overcrowded schools, helping students grow and discover their potential. Explore Kathmandu, visit Hindu and Buddhist Temples, and embrace your adventurous side on white water rafting and trekking adventures in your free time.
Overview
Project Life
Project Details
Free Time
The Team
Dates & Costs

Overview

Whilst full of natural and cultural beauty, the people of Nepal are financially poor. You will teach on much needed community and education projects against the incredible backdrop of the Himalaya mountains.

Surrounded by the beauty of the mountain scenery, and immersed in the local language and culture, you will start your time in Nepal with an orientation visiting sights such as world heritage Hindu and Buddhist temples.

Once your orientation is completed, you will provide invaluable support to the education centers and over-crowded schools through your work on your assigned placement. Through this work you will help students grow and improve their future opportunities, and provide the extra educational attention the students need.

Highlights include…

Being immersed in the Nepali culture, learning the language and culture during the orientation in Kathmandu, teaching and helping incredible children across the country, optional side trips such as white water rafting and amazing treks.

Testimonials

"I was immediately treated with unbelievable hospitality from the local people. Being the age that I am, most of the village is my age which helped me make friends with them and feel apart of the village. All were welcoming to help me learn more about the culture as well as answer any of my questions.

I taught at a local Mosque for an hour before school, then went to the local government school to teach for 2 hours. The afternoons were free to relax and work on lesson plans before an after-school program with local students."

- Ellie Boone, (USA)

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Students

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • A two day orientation, including an introduction to the Nepali language and culture
  • Shared accommodation within a local family home

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Parents

Why Study Abroad

GVI Difference

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • A two day orientation, including an introduction to the Nepali language and culture
  • Shared accommodation within a local family home

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Course Life

Monday to Friday

Your daily activities will include assisting local English teachers with the curriculum, providing support for extracurricular activities, and playing sports with the children in local school or community facilities. At the end of the day you will have time to plan for the following day, and to spend time relaxing with your fellow volunteers.

Field Conditions

Your accommodation will be shared bedrooms and bathrooms in a local family near to your volunteer placement, giving you the rare opportunity to truly experience life inside a Nepalese community. Typical food will include fresh vegetables, beans and rice for breakfast and evening meals, both of which are provided for you.

Accommodation Upgrades

If you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while on this project, this location does offer upgrades. Contact us for more information, or mention to your Country Expert who will be able to assist you.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • A two day orientation, including an introduction to the Nepali language and culture
  • Shared accommodation within a local family home

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Course Details

Your support and presence is key to the continued operation of educational facilities in which you will teach as many have few English teachers. You will teach English at a conversational level in schools and community centers, as well as sports, basic computer skills, and team working.

Raising cultural awareness and assisting in community-based conservation programs, are all ways in which you will serve as a community role model, promoting respect for Nepal’s heritage and environment, helping the children to develop into responsible citizens.

Our goal is to transfer new skills and develop a foundation to improve lives by providing enthusiastic volunteers to support the education centers in Nepal.

How this project makes a difference:

In Nepal more than one third of the population lives below the poverty line and most schools can’t afford the teachers or supplies needed to provide an effective education.

GVI supplies local schools with ongoing support to increase the community’s educational opportunities. If the students can improve their English skills they will have a better chance of getting further education and a good job, breaking them out of the cycle of poverty.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • A two day orientation, including an introduction to the Nepali language and culture
  • Shared accommodation within a local family home

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Life on the Internship

Monday to Friday

Your daily activities will include assisting local English teachers with the curriculum, providing support for extracurricular activities, and playing sports with the children in local school or community facilities. At the end of the day you will have time to plan for the following day, and to spend time relaxing with your fellow volunteers.

Field Conditions

Your accommodation will be shared bedrooms and bathrooms in a local family near to your volunteer placement, giving you the rare opportunity to truly experience life inside a Nepalese community. Typical food will include fresh vegetables, beans and rice for breakfast and evening meals, both of which are provided for you.

Accommodation Upgrades

If you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while on this project, this location does offer upgrades. Contact us for more information, or mention to your Country Expert who will be able to assist you.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • A two day orientation, including an introduction to the Nepali language and culture
  • Shared accommodation within a local family home

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Program Details

Your support and presence is key to the continued operation of educational facilities in which you will teach as many have few English teachers. You will teach English at a conversational level in schools and community centers, as well as sports, basic computer skills, and team working.

Raising cultural awareness and assisting in community-based conservation programs, are all ways in which you will serve as a community role model, promoting respect for Nepal’s heritage and environment, helping the children to develop into responsible citizens.

Our goal is to transfer new skills and develop a foundation to improve lives by providing enthusiastic volunteers to support the education centers in Nepal.

How this project makes a difference:

In Nepal more than one third of the population lives below the poverty line and most schools can’t afford the teachers or supplies needed to provide an effective education.

GVI supplies local schools with ongoing support to increase the community’s educational opportunities. If the students can improve their English skills they will have a better chance of getting further education and a good job, breaking them out of the cycle of poverty.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • A two day orientation, including an introduction to the Nepali language and culture
  • Shared accommodation within a local family home

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Project Life

Monday to Friday

Your daily activities will include assisting local English teachers with the curriculum, providing support for extracurricular activities, and playing sports with the children in local school or community facilities. At the end of the day you will have time to plan for the following day, and to spend time relaxing with your fellow volunteers.

Field Conditions

Your accommodation will be shared bedrooms and bathrooms in a local family near to your volunteer placement, giving you the rare opportunity to truly experience life inside a Nepalese community. Typical food will include fresh vegetables, beans and rice for breakfast and evening meals, both of which are provided for you.

Accommodation Upgrades

If you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while on this project, this location does offer upgrades. Contact us for more information, or mention to your Country Expert who will be able to assist you.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • A two day orientation, including an introduction to the Nepali language and culture
  • Shared accommodation within a local family home

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Project Details

Your support and presence is key to the continued operation of educational facilities in which you will teach as many have few English teachers. You will teach English at a conversational level in schools and community centers, as well as sports, basic computer skills, and team working.

Raising cultural awareness and assisting in community-based conservation programs, are all ways in which you will serve as a community role model, promoting respect for Nepal’s heritage and environment, helping the children to develop into responsible citizens.

Our goal is to transfer new skills and develop a foundation to improve lives by providing enthusiastic volunteers to support the education centers in Nepal.

How this project makes a difference:

In Nepal more than one third of the population lives below the poverty line and most schools can’t afford the teachers or supplies needed to provide an effective education.

GVI supplies local schools with ongoing support to increase the community’s educational opportunities. If the students can improve their English skills they will have a better chance of getting further education and a good job, breaking them out of the cycle of poverty.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • A two day orientation, including an introduction to the Nepali language and culture
  • Shared accommodation within a local family home

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Free Time

Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to participate on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program.

Our long term field staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. Remember to ask about discounts on local activities and side trips through your association with GVI. Our field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in Nepal!

Included Side Trips

During your orientation you will visit the Tal Bahari temple which is situated in the middle of the beautiful Fewa Tal Lake surrounded by the Annapurna Himal. You will also get the opportunity to learn about the local culture with local Nepali language lessons and cooking classes.

Optional Side Trips

In Nepal, you are in a true adventure region. Don’t worry if you forget to pack your adrenalin, with these options, there are ample opportunities to top it up!

From a two day rafting or kayaking trip on the white-water of the Trisuli or Seti Rivers, to paragliding over incredible scenery to mountain biking, canyoning and bungee jumping, you could spend weeks here and still not do everything.

But if the adventure side of things becomes too much, Nepal will continue to provide and surprise you. Besides sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you could try a three-day/two-night elephant safari in the Chitwan National Park staying at the Royal Park Hotel, chancing upon tigers and rhinos out on drives. Also, if throwing yourself off of high places attached to a kite is not your thing, Nepal boasts some of the best hiking trails in the world. Embark on a four-day trek in the Annapurna Mountains, where you will immerse with the villages and communities of the High Himal.

Further Travelling Opportunities

There are a wealth of opportunities in Nepal for further travel and exploration of the rest of the country. This can include the foothills of the Himalayas in Langtang National Park, the ancient temples and villages of Tansen, Newari architecture in Bandipur, the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, Everest Base Camp, the ancient Hindu center of Janakpur, and so many other options that will leave you wondering why you didn’t give yourself more time…

The Team

Lok Bahadur Gurung
Community Liason

Meet Lok, our Community Liason in Pokhara. Lok is bona fide Nepalese and worked as a kayaking instructor prior to joining GVI.

Being the Community Liason, Lok is involved in all projects we have based in Pokhara. His favourite aspect of his job? Working with the volunteers. “I get to meet amazing people from around the world and I love getting to know them. I feel that not only the volunteers, but myself as well gain a great cultural exchange.”

How do the volunteers assist Lok in his work on the projects? “They’re great at helping the kids gain the confidence to speak English and thereby improve their chances at a better future. Thanks to the volunteers, over 400 children now have access to a healthier learning environment!”

Jill Walker
Assistant Director of Programs

Meet Jill, our Assistant Director of Programs and line manager for Thailand, Laos, India, Nepal, Australia and Kenya programs. ‘Manow’ (lime), as she’s locally known in Thailand where she’s based, taught English, environmental education and art in the USA and Thailand before joining us to set up a TEFL and Community Development Expedition. “I haven’t looked back since!”

When Jill isn’t working, she likes reading or doing just about anything energetic. “I devour books, love cooking and enjoy finding some time to get some exercise – yoga, dancing and aerobics are some of my faves.”

What does Jill like most about her job? “It’s great to see volunteers rising above the cultural and language barriers between themselves and the communities. That, and every day is completely different, which is the way I like it- it keeps me from getting bored.” Being ‘allergic’ to being bored has led to Manow doing some pretty amazing things. “I once ended up spending a week living in a cave with some Buddhist monks while I helped them build a small adobe monk hut.”

Ruth Malthouse
Project Manager

Meet Ruth, our Project Manager in Nepal. Although she’s a qualified skipper and dreams of joining the Honour Fiji journey, she says there’s nothing quite like Nepal. “Waking up to the magical Himalayan Mountains is absolutely breath-taking!”

Apart from discovering that drinking turmeric in hot water cures a cold (!), Ruth has also seen the impact that the volunteers have had in the time that she’s been there by the changes in the local children’s English and learning abilities, and the trust that’s been built with the local community.

What does Ruth think about what the volunteers bring to the table? ‘Volunteers have assisted me with work that we couldn’t do without the extra pairs of hands. If we didn’t have volunteers, it would be simply impossible to help so many worthwhile projects in Pokhara.”

Kathryn Morris
Country Expert

Meet Kathryn, one of our most intrepid outdoors(wo)men. Her plan was to join GVI as a temporary office intern – gaining some work experience while spending time discovering a new country. She liked us so much that she decided to stay!

A lot can be said for Kathryn’s positive outlook on life… Even after telling us about an accidental full-frontal flashing of a Nepalese hotel staff member, followed by projectile vomiting all over a restaurant because of food poisoning, she smiles and says “At least my fellow travellers were entertained!”

Kathryn, aka Giggles, loves being at HQ because of the absence of traditional ‘office wear’ and recommends baby wipes as her one travel must-have to everyone – for that inevitable waterless shower.

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What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • A two day orientation, including an introduction to the Nepali language and culture
  • Shared accommodation within a local family home

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes

Our Impact

Location

Pokhara

Nepal is a majestic country full of cultural diversity and chances to enjoy a range of outdoor adventures. Volunteers will have a chance to explore Pokhara and its many temples, trekking and white water rafting whilst being placed at one of the various projects in and aroundbeautiful Pokhara, gaining a personal insight into the Nepali people and culture during your stay.

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