Primary School Teaching Nepal

The adult lteracy rate is 67% compared with 90% globally. As one of the poorest countries in the world, most families in Nepal also cannot afford to travel and in the villages there is very little contact with outside people and cultures. Volunteers assist in intercultural learning and a broadening of awareness and opportunity to Nepalese children.

Primary School Teaching Program Nepal

Project Type

Standard Placement | Volunteer Center shared rooms


1 Week+

Start Dates

Every Monday year round (Arrival Saturday or Sunday)



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Program Fees

Whats Included

  • Arrival  airport transfer
  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
  • Daily ground transportation (to/from project)
  • Training & supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Touring & excursions as per itinerary
  • Certificate of Completion 

Whats Not Included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

Background Information

As a volunteer, you’ll mainly assist the regular school teacher so no specific experience is required, however qualified teachers and aspiring teachers are very encouraged to apply!  All higher education in Nepal is in English, so it is vitally important that children must learn English to continue further higher education.

Teach children from different age groups and different learning capability.  Establish relationships with the local people and learn about their unique culture in the process.  You will be free to use different teaching methods, however a course book will be provided as a reference guide to assist you in making a real difference.  


Example day to day (breakfast lunch, dinner included daily)

  • Sunday – Arrival Day.   Pick up in the airport/ Check in at the House Center
  • Monday – Friday  – Teaching at various small local village schools. Teach English, maths, science, music, geography, computer technology, arts, crafts, economics, environmental protection…. so many possibilities.   There is a light schedule of approx 4 to 5 lessons p/day.    
  • Sat/Sun – Free days at leisure


Located in the heart of Kathmandu, about 1 hours drive from the airport, the large volunteer center has 4 bedrooms which hold up to 12 people maximum, with 3 to 4 people sharing one room. They have modern bathrooms; a modern kitchen and dining room, mini library, a fully furnished living room; live-in staff on call 24/7; a garden complete with a comfortable covered area and 24/7 security.  

Centrally located, there are several gym’s nearby as well as local supermarkets, ATM’s, mobile phone shops etc.   For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodation options available for an additional cost (approx US $150 p/room p/week).  This must be booked well in advance and is subject to availability. 

Kathmandu accommodation includes;

  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays,  2 Meals p/day weekends (mostly vegetarian cuisine)
  • 4-6 persons p/room
  • Wifi in public areas (Quality is not the best though.  You may want to purchase a local SIM data plan)
  • T.V, DVD player, computer
  • Laundry facilities (at an additional fee)
  • Lockable rooms
  • Hot shower
  • Private bathrooms
  • Bed Linen (no towels)
  • Mosquito protection
  • Fans (no air-con)


3 vegetarian meals are provided p/day on weekdays and 2 vegetarian meals p/day on weekends for the duration of your program.  You can expect chicken dishes approx twice per week.  You are free to eat as you like when you are out and about and there are many exciting options available.

Nepalese cuisine has Indian & Tibetan influences with lentils and rice forming the base of most meals and a diverse range of herbs, vegetables and smoky flavors.  The national dish is daal bhaat tarkaari, which is spiced lentils over rice served with tarkari and cooked with spices.  Cow meat is forbidden because Hindus consider cattle to be sacred. In fact, many tribes and communities in Nepal are strict vegetarians.

Weekends & Extra Tours

Shopping in Kathmandu is an experience all its own. Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist hotspot, is where shoppers can find Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian artifacts, woodcarvings, handicraft and an assortments of unique clothing and apparel. There are also several malls where you can find fashionable clothing and grocery stores, offering everything from wine to breakfast cereals. There are numerous dining options available throughout the city, including Italian, Indian, Thai, Korean and Chinese in addition to a variety of local cuisine.

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.