Teaching english in School:
Teaching English to Nepali children is very challenging and rewarding work. Seeing their progression and enthusiasm makes the experience exceptionally satisfying. Volunteers will teach students who are eager to improve their conversational English skills. You will also have the opportunity to teach other subjects such as math, science, music geography, art, sport and dance, depending on your area of interest and expertise.
Classes consist of students ranging from ages 5 to 16 years old, depending on the volunteers preference, with older students having more proficient language skills. Typical class sizes range from 30 to 40 students per class. The curriculum for the course will be taken from the Nepali students' standard book, but volunteers are encouraged to create their own lesson plans. Inspiration for creative lesson plans can be found on many websites.
Volunteers will have a permanent staff member there to assist with communication with the students and staff members. Classes generally run from Sunday to Friday, with four to six class periods each day.
The Libraries are being set up in small communities to offer educational opportunities to children and young people in some of the poorest regions of Nepal. The children attend before and after school. Volunteers do not need teaching qualifications to partake in this program, just a passion for helping children and having fun! Children enjoy new experiences as much as we do so anything you can bring from home to show them how your life and culture differs from theirs would be beneficial. Volunteers may also help to establish new libraries in other villages. For this, both technical and financial support from the volunteers will be highly appreciated. If possible, the volunteers are kindly requested to bring English books, teaching materials, stationery items and sports materials.
The Women Empowerment Program supports women in their pursuit of healthy and sustainable lifestyles. The program provides a forum for issues such as family health, women's rights, income generation, access to resources, and other challenges that women face. Volunteers will exchange ideas, assist with ongoing projects, teach basic English, help with small businesses, and provide the group with a positive role model. Support can be given in many ways other than those listed, depending on the skills of the individual volunteer, and the needs of the local community. The efforts of the volunteer make a huge positive impact on the women in the most marginalized communities.
In this program, volunteers teach environmental awareness and sanitation in local schools or at an Environmental Post for two to four hours a day, Sunday through Friday. The focus of these projects can be defined by the individual volunteer based on their area of interest and expertise, and also on the needs of the village. Projects include: creating "green" clubs, planting gardens and trees, education on garbage management, starting recycling programs, creating smokeless stoves, building toilet pits, etc. Volunteers can also share their knowledge by educating youth clubs and women's groups, and going door-to-door to teach the village about environmental issues.
Health care volunteer
This program is beneficial for doctors, medical students, nurses and nursing students. Volunteers have the opportunity to work in hospitals, community health posts and health clinics in various locations in Nepal. Volunteers will assist to doctor, nurse and health assistant depending on their expertise. They can also assist in dressing wounds, administering vaccinations, drawing blood, holding babies, as they are treated and helping to screen and organize patients. Volunteers can also assist in obtaining medicines and supplies, and helping out in daily activities. Volunteers can also organize health programs in their placement. This program provides a wonderful chance to support local doctors and nurses in rural areas where health care is limited, and the availability of trained staff is minimal. Volunteers have the opportunity to make a huge difference in these rural communities.
The Home Stay and Cultural Exchange Program is a great way to experience Nepali culture, and can be arranged in most areas of Nepal with one of our 30 host families. Participants will be placed with a host family in a small rural village, which provides volunteers with an excellent opportunity to immerse themselves in all aspects of Nepali culture, lifestyle, language, food, and people. The cultural exchange also allows the volunteers to share knowledge of their own culture and customs with their host family as well as the rest of the community.
During their stay, volunteers will help the host family in their daily activities like cooking, farming, gardening, animal care etc. There will also be opportunities to visit and help out at local schools. The Nepali culture is very friendly and hospitable, and many participants feel as though they are a part of the host family. Our local coordinators will be available to help volunteers.
For an orphaned child, the most beneficial thing that can be offered to them is education, as it can provide more opportunities for their futures once they leave the orphanage. Having access to education when their resources are low is a great advantage. Classes in English, drawing, music, dance, cooking, and more can be taught, depending on the interests of the volunteer. Volunteers will be responsible for getting the children ready for school, and looking after their general well-being.
Spending quality time with the children can have an enormous impact on their welfare. An average day for a volunteer consists of teaching for a few hours in the mornings and evenings. Afternoons are generally free to spend time with the children who are not at school. Volunteers can also to go the local school and teach, as well as help staff to develop marketing, fundraising, and program strategies for the orphanage. Upon completion of the volunteering program, volunteers have the option to sponsor a child if they so choose.
As a volunteer with the Agriculture Program, you will gain hands-on experience helping the farmers, and local communities to cultivate and harvest crops, vegetables, fruits, herbs through sustainable farming methods. There are many thriving farms throughout Nepal which welcome volunteers. The volunteer will stay in the farmer's house, helping the family in their daily activities, which will include animal care, seasonal planting, harvesting etc. Volunteers with specialist knowledge and expertise will be given the opportunity to teach the local community about organic farming and permaculture,
Teaching in Monasteries
This program involves teaching English to Buddhist monks. Volunteers will teach monks ranging from the age of 7 to 19. The volunteers and monks can spend a lot of time together and have fun, for example during meal times, at the weekends and in class, of course.
The monks are all friendly, very helpful and welcoming. Volunteers teach between two and four hours per day, depending on how many other volunteer teachers are there at the time. If a volunteer has expertise in other subjects, it is possible to run classes in maths, science, health etc. There are no classes at the weekend, and volunteers will have the opportunity to spend more time with the monks or may go sightseeing during their free time.
It is also possible to attend the daily puja in the morning and afternoon in order to learn about the Buddhist culture.
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