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PROJECT NAME: ENGLISH TEACHING
LOCATION: POKHARA, NEPAL
START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)
ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE (SHARED ROOMS)
MIN DURATION: 2 WEEKS
MIN AGE: 18+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
Most people in Nepal can’t afford to travel, and in the villages, there is sometimes barely any contact with the outside world. Foreign teachers can provide students the opportunity to form relationships and learn about different backgrounds and cultures. Local teachers can also learn new teaching methods and techniques.
Volunteers on this project will mainly assist the regular school teacher, so no teaching experience is required, just an enthusiasm to help out!
Not only is teaching English beneficial but your presence and guidance can also help the children become self-motivated and independent. You will mainly be teaching basic conversational English, and any other subjects you wish to teach. The children will be aged around 5 to 16 years and will have different levels of knowledge.
You will teach at small local schools and take part in extra-curricular activities to inspire them and broaden their perspectives, through creatively structured lessons.
You are welcome to use different methods to teach but can use the course book as a reference. If you wish, you can teach them other subjects such as mathematics, history, science, geography, computer, technologies, music, arts and crafts, personal development, environment awareness, general health and safety, etc.
All higher education in Nepal is in English, so it is vitally important that children learn English to continue further higher education. During the project, you will gain valuable experience and learn by observing the methods of the local teachers. The project can take place in either government, private or community schools around Pokhara.
Generally, you will be teaching four to five classes a day. The standard curriculum can often be a little ‘dull’ so any creative activities and games to get the kids in the mood for learning is much appreciated!
Pokhara, which is located 200km West of Kathmandu, is a popular tourist destination in Nepal and one of the main starting places for the stunning Annapurna trek. The surrounding areas have spectacular views of snow-capped mountains. Set amongst the foothills of the Himalayas, there is plenty for adventure lovers here, from white water rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding, some of the best trekking in the world, caves, museums, lakes and so much more!
- To help the kids grow in their confidence and learn better English
- Teach other subjects and inspire your students into further learning
- Get creative and fun with daily lesson plans!
Food & Accommodation
Your accommodation will be at a volunteer house in Pokhara, located in a calm and peaceful neighbourhood. You will stay in shared single gender rooms with shared bathrooms, 2-4 people per room. The house is complete with living areas, dining areas and a balcony overlooking the mountains.
Fans, mosquito nets, hot showers, wifi, lockable rooms, and bed linen are provided with laundry facilities at an extra cost. There are ATM’s close to the house, about a 15-minute walk away. The closest local supermarket is a 33 minute walk from the house.
Three meals per day during weekdays and two per day on weekends. The meals are Nepali food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself.
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- Primary School Teaching Kathmandu
- *Stray Dog Rehabilitation Kathmandu
- *Community Construction Kathmandu
- Woman's Empowerment Kathmandu
- Kindergarten Kathmandu
- English Teaching Pokhara
- Kindergarten Teaching Pokhara
1 Week - $395
2 Weeks - $510
3 Weeks - $725
1 Month - $945
2 Months - $1795
3 Months - $2695
1 Day Orientation
24/7 In-Country Support
Project Materials & Equipment
Pre-departure Expert Advice
Preperation Tools & Checklists
Certificate of Completion
If you love working with young people, are energetic and want to inspire the furture generation, then yes absolutely! The kids here need English to be able to do the courses in further education, so the knowledge you can pass on is invaluable.
- 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
- Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
- Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
- 1 day orientation
- Daily transportation to project
- In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
- Fundraising support
- University course credits (where applicable)
- Certificate of Completion
- Travel Insurance
- Tours, Souvenirs & spending money
You will be picked up at Kathmandu airport and spend the first night (Sunday) at the accommodation in Kathmandu. On Monday you will have an orientation day in Kathmandu (no orientation is offered in Pokhara). On Tuesday, you will be transferred to Pokhara, before starting your project on the Wednesday.
Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.
A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)). You must arrive between the hours 06:00 to 24:00 on Sunday.
If arriving outside the pickup times on Sunday, you can book a private transfer for US$50.
If arriving during the week, or on Saturday, we charge US$50 for any extra night’s accommodation before your program, and another US$50 fee for a private transfer.
Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).
From the airport to Kathmandu accommodation, it takes 45 minutes by taxi.
For Pokhara placements you will be picked up at KTM airport and spend the first night (Sunday) at the accommodation in Kathmandu. On Monday you will have an orientation day in Kathmandu (no orientation is offered in Pokhara). On Tuesday, you will be transferred to Pokhara, before starting your project on the Wednesday. If your first project is in Pokhara then the transfer is included. If first volunteering in Kathmandu, and then changing to a project in Pokhara, you will need to pay extra for the transfer.
Monday to Friday
The school opens from 10:00 to 16:00.
You will volunteer alongside the local teacher, with a class of 25 students. Lunch will be provided at the school at noon. After lunch, you can choose to continue teaching at the school until 16:00.
Pokhara is an adventure lover’s paradise with plenty of adrenaline activities for all. You can also spend time wandering around the stunning lakes, visiting museums, caves, markets, go for a bike ride and so on. Of course, there are plenty of hiking opportunities around to suit different levels.
Casual dress is appropriate during your time at the school. However, no-see through clothes or low cut tops are permitted.
It’s a good idea to bring posters, pictures, music tapes and so on to brighten up lessons.
Warm clothing as it can get cold.
Nepal is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich countries in the world. Nepal ﬁrst opened its borders to outsiders in the 1950s. It is home to Mount Everest, the birthplace of Buddha, and an astonishingly beautiful landscape, ranging from the well-known peaks of the Himalaya to the low-lying regions of the Terai.
The Nepali people are as diverse at the geography, with over 70 languages or dialects and scores of traditional festivals celebrated throughout the year.
However, Nepal is also one of the most under-developed countries in the world, with low rates of literacy, high rates of poverty and a persistent gender imbalance. The government is frequently unable to provide adequate education and health facilities throughout the country and both urban and rural areas are forced to live without necessary resources to promote growth and development of their communities.
Nepal is a year round destination, and the cliate can vary between the North and South regions. The best overall times to visit are during spring and autumn (particually for trekking).
December to Febuary is winter, and it can get extremely cold in the mountains (down to sub zero). Summer in this region has a pleasent temperature but still bring some warmer clothing for the evenings.
Summer in southern Nepal can get extremely hot (plus 40°C) in some areas. Winter temperatures in this area can range from 7°C to 23°C.
Kathmandu has a pleasent climate on average. The monsoon rains start from June to September in Nepal.
The majority of Nepalis are either Hindus or Buddhists, but there are many other religions here too like Islam, Christianity, Jainism and Sikhism. You will find many temples and monasteries around Nepal. The right hand is used for important things such as passing money, eating and the giving of gifts.
Nepalese people love their food and much of it has been influenced by Indian and Tibetan cultures. Nepali people have a lot of respect for elders and will call each other didi (“older sister”), bahini (“younger sister”), etc, even if they are not actually related. The family unit is very strong and having a close knit family is important for the local people.
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