What will I do on the Teaching Project?
As a volunteer teaching English in Nepal, you'll be based in a primary school. You will work with local teachers, who will guide and assist you. You'll get involved in work such as:
- Teach children English and make speaking lessons engaging and fun
- Design resources to contribute towards a literacy-rich environment
- Assist teachers with subjects like music, science, sports, art, life skills, and hygiene
- Attend workshops about the education system in Nepal
Your work in Nepal will focus on the following areas:
Teach children English and make speaking lessons engaging and fun
Your main task in Nepal will be to work with students to boost their English speaking skills. Each day you will work alongside local teachers, learning from them and assisting. As your skills improve, you will be given more responsibilities in the classroom.
Tap into your creativity when thinking of ways to encourage your students to have fun, while speaking in English. You can create role plays or teach students how to play a board game which encourages speaking.
Design resources to contribute towards a literacy-rich environment
You will help us fulfill one of our goals in Nepal schools: improving literacy. You will help us ensure that all children have access to the essential resources needed for development. We do this by assessing each school based on a list of criteria designed to promote reading and writing skills. You can then get involved with designing and creating resources like flashcards, or writing templates used to encourage reading, writing, and speaking.
Assist teachers with subjects like music, science, sports, art, life skills and hygiene
Your role as a teacher in Nepal extends beyond the classroom. You have a chance to teach subjects like music, science, sports, art or life skills. Depending on your skills and interests, this is a great way to gain experience in other subjects, and to see your students excel in a different field. Use this time to build a rapport with your students and fellow teachers.
Attend workshops about the education system in Nepal
In Nepal, you will have access to workshops which are aimed at supporting your work. They will also give you insight into the country’s education system. Use this time to learn new techniques, refine your teaching style, or chat to other volunteers about tips and tricks to use in the classroom. We run these weekly workshops for all Care and Teaching volunteers.
Where in Nepal will I be working?
You will live and work in Kathmandu. The city is the largest metropolis in Nepal, and serves as its financial hub.
Your time will be spent at local primary school. Most of the students at these schools are from disadvantaged communities, and are labourers’ and farmers’ children.
You will live with a local host family, in a comfortable and safe home. You will eat meals in your host family home, and get to know the family’s daily routine. This is the perfect time to learn a few Nepali phrases, while teaching your hosts a few words from your home country.
Home to Mount Everest, snow-capped mountains, and sacred temples, Nepal is the perfect place to explore in your free time and over weekends.
You may also stay in Chitwan, a smaller city but one that is famed for its higher education industry. This is one of the best places to be an educator, already being home to a knowledge-seeking culture. Although known as Nepal's medical city, it's an important region for educating the next generation in all subject areas.
Located 60 miles from Kathmandu, you'll be surrounded by the snow-capped mountains that Nepal is famed for. Let the natural beauty of this area inspire you in your volunteer work.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
When you think of Nepal, the first thing that comes to mind is the majestic Himalayan Mountain Range. This is just one example of the country’s extraordinary natural beauty. Combined with rich cultures, this makes it a unique country to volunteer in and explore.
There are a whole host of ways you can explore the stunning and incredibly varied landscapes of Nepal. You can drive off-road through Chitwan National Park, go biking through Kathmandu Valley, or trek in the foothills of Annapurna.
In the evenings and over weekends, it’s worth taking some time to see the sights in Kathmandu. This includes Durbar Square, where you can stand in the midst of an ancient palace. The towering spectacle of the Boudhanath Stupa is also a must-see.
Nepal is one of our most popular destinations, so there will be many other volunteers in the country with you during your trip. This gives you the freedom to spend your leisure time either exploring alone or in a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Nepal
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