Teaching Assistant Volunteer, Nepal
Gain first hand experience of Nepalese life, by volunteering to teach English to lively children in and around Kathmandu & Chitwan.
Nepal has a well-deserved reputation of being one of the most beautiful countries in the world; however, it is still a developing country where most of the population live below the most basic poverty line. Thousands of children are deprived of educational opportunities in Nepal - the effect of this being that as they get older they are severely hindered when looking for employment.
Why you are needed:
Being able to stand in front of a classroom and assist in the teaching of a child, is a privilege that few people are fortunate to experience. The project desperately needs volunteers from all walks of life to teach eager young minds. For those of you who were students yourself not so long ago, this programme will allow you to use your own personal experiences to find ways to connect with the children in Nepal and impart life-changing skills that can positively alter their young lives.
- What's included?
- Dates & duration
- Project life
- Flights & Visas
- Pre-departure information and advice
- In-country assistance and support
- 24-hour emergency contacts
- Sightseeing activities
- In-country induction or training
- Transportation: airport pick-up
- Accommodation: volunteer or on-project residence or homestay
- Food: Three meals included and provided by staff or host family during workdays
What's NOT included?
- Monthly stipend
- Transportation: airport drop-off
Dates and duration
Please check availability with a Twin Work & Volunteer travel advisor. Call 0800 80 483 80 or contact us.
- Minimum age 18 yrs.
- Teaching experience is desirable but not mandatory.
- A good command of oral and written English.
- Volunteers need to be independent, enthusiastic, adaptable and hard working, as well as have an open-minded attitude.
- Most importantly you need to enjoy working with children and be respectful of the Nepalese culture.
- International volunteers are welcome.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport and taken to your accommodation. All volunteers will receive a one-week induction/training period before their project begins – this induction takes place in Kathmandu and is facilitated by the language instructors 'Sanju' and 'Sila'. This week is designed to allow you to familiarise yourself with the town and the surrounding area, as well as learn about Nepali culture, food and language.
During this time, you will be required to visit several schools so that you can decide which one you will eventually be based at.
You will be working with children aged roughly between 6 – 16 yrs old, and whilst your main responsibilities will be to teach them English you will soon discover that there is a fair amount of flexibility in this teaching programme. In addition to your formal teaching duties, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with other activities at the school and in community life in general; you could for example run your own projects – a story writing club, putting on a play, or start recycling centres or sports clubs. The more involved you get, the more memorable your experience will be and all volunteers are encouraged to play an active role at their project.
Expect to work approx 4 - 6 hours per day from Sunday to Friday, with Saturdays off. Also, be aware that there are numerous festivals throughout the year and schools normally close during these times.
We encourage you to come equipped to teach songs, dances, and games that will aid your classes and promote increased vocabulary among the students regardless of their initial ability.
In your free time:
Whether your placement is based in Kathmandu or Chitwan, there will be a huge amount of attractions for you to enjoy. You can arrange to go rafting on the Tibetan border, trekking the Annapurna circuit, kayaking along the Himalayan River, or even bungee jumping with the longest free-fall bungee jump in the world.
Almost every month of the year festivals take place in Nepal. The main festival in Nepal is Dashian, usually in November. Schools are usually closed during these periods so if you're lucky enough to be around during some of these festivals you'll be able to celebrate them with your host family and fellow volunteers.
Accommodation and Food
- Shared accommodation is provided either with a host family, or a shared house in the community.
- To keep things comfy volunteers are required to bring their own sleeping bag.
- Three meals a day will be provided during workdays - except during the induction period!
- Cups of tea are served every morning and afternoon.
- Food will be healthy, nutritious, and locally sourced. One of the staple parts of most Nepalese meals is Dal Bhat (rice), which you will have to eat with your hands – it is uncommon to use cutlery in Nepal.
Flights, Transportation & Visas
- Flights are not included
- You need to book your flight to the international airport of Kathmandu, where you will be met and taken to start your induction.
A visa is necessary to enter Nepal. You can obtain your visa from Royal Nepalese Embassies or consulates as well as at entry ports into Nepal.
CIBT Visa advice...
For expert visa advice we advise our volunteer, work placement, and internship participants to get in touch with CIBT - a company that we work in partnership with. Our UK, Canadian, and US travellers can use CIBT for visa advice and to get their visa applications processed - with visas returned within a week.
Safety & Insurance
- All of Twin Work & Volunteer's placements are in partnership with recognised and established local organisations, run by or employing local people. These organisations, depending on the nature of what they do, might be small-scale NGOs, family projects, schools or orphanages, or local initiatives with environmental or social goals.
- We often use local businesses to provide logistical and support services to volunteers such as transfers, pick-ups, accommodation and so on. In this way, we support the local economy through helping independent local businesses to thrive. We take our partnerships very seriously and work extremely closely with all our partners.
- We provide 24-hour emergency support from the UK and our partners provide support locally.
- We have an agreement with the crisis management service Tranquillico, should the very worst situations arise.
- If any wider safety concerns arise in the destination, such as civil disturbances or natural disasters, we seek advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and implement their recommendations where appropriate.
Comprehensive insurance is available for all programmes. You have no obligation to take up insurance with any of these companies, but insurance of a suitable sort is mandatory on all our programmes.
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