Teaching English Volunteer

Teaching English volunteer program empowers volunteers to gain teaching experience in public and private schools, monasteries and women’s education centres across Nepal. The country has a lack of financial and physical resources, as well as mountainous geography, which makes good quality education difficult to access for many students. Teaching English volunteers provides an important opportunity for these students to hone their English skills by practising with and learning from a fluent speaker. Teaching English volunteer can help improve their future job prospects and lead to eventual financial security.

With Nepal’s remote geography and lack of resources, the majority of Nepali children do not have access to a good standard of education. Teaching English volunteers makes an important difference in the lives of these students by helping them improve their English – a skill that can serve them well in the course of their futures and open many doors to employment and further education.

Teaching English Volunteer Highlights:

  • Improving English Language Education Outcomes
  • Helping students develop life skills in a safe place
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining teaching experience
  • Immersing yourself in Nepali culture
  • Exploring the fantastic mountainscapes of Nepal

As a teaching English volunteer in Nepal, you will assist local teachers or lead your own classes in public or private schools, monasteries and women’s education centres depending on your program duration and the need for volunteers at the time. Students generally have a good grasp of English already and are eager to learn more to enhance their later job prospects. Teaching English volunteer tasks may include:

  • Teaching English
  • Tutoring students
  • Lesson planning
  • Assist in creating low-cost teaching materials for schools
  • Arranging health checkups for students
  • Organising other school activities, such as sports or sanitation programs.

What will do teaching English volunteer program volunteers?

Volunteers under the teaching English volunteer program are mostly placed in primary school or secondary school placements. You will work with local teachers, who will guide and assist you. You will 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
  • Include extra-curricular activities, such as playing games, dancing, going to a picnic or outing to the way of teaching
  • You are also welcome to participate in other activities of the school such as sports, music, and arts.

What are the aims and impact of the teaching English volunteer program?

The aim of this project is to provide students from disadvantaged communities with the opportunity to learn and improve their English.

Nepal is currently one of the most underprivileged countries in the world. Our main objective is to provide students with the opportunity to learn from English speakers and support local teachers in their classrooms. Improving literacy, numeracy, and classroom management are the key areas we are focusing on. To make this happen and achieve the goal, we need your help.

Orientation begins on the morning of next day your arrival and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Nepal – an introduction to Nepal, Nepalese customs, language training details, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Nepal, and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to visit local temples, sample authentic Nepali food, meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. The program may vary depending on your time of arrival. We will manage to include all below mentioned activities in you introduction program.
• Arrival and introduction host family
• Survival Nepali lessons and cultural discussion
• Local amenities and sightseeing and project start

On arrival in Nepal, volunteers stay in a host family in Kathmandu for their orientation.

Volunteers are then accommodated together in homestays and hosted by local families who have been approved by our program staff. We give your host family a fee for your support, food and board. It is exciting to stay with a host family, providing you with a unique opportunity to learn about the Nepalese way of life, meet local people, try traditional food and speak the local language – especially when host families in Nepal tend to have limited English.

Living is basic but comfortable and most homestays have electricity and running water, with the exception of some rural homestays which are without these conveniences during the dry season. Squat toilets are the norm in Nepal and you will not come across many western toilets. Volunteers can also expect low-pressure showers that are generally not heated; however, this is refreshing after a day in the heat.

You can expect to share a room with one to three other volunteers and bedrooms have single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided. It is recommended volunteers bring their own sleeping bags and mosquito nets for any trips away.

WiFi is available in most of the volunteer homestays. If you would like to keep connected during your stay, we recommend bringing an unlocked mobile phone and purchasing a local SIM card when you arrive in Nepal.

The staple meal for most Nepali families is dal bhat, which consists of lentil soup (dal), rice (bhat) and vegetables in curry (tarkari) and/or meat (masu) with a side of pickle/sauce (achar). Volunteers are served two meals per day at their homestay and can purchase additional food to supplement this if they wish.

Volunteers can have a meaningful impact on Nepalese communities by providing assistance with a wide range of activities that help make life, and the future, better for local people. Volunteer World Nepal has a number of volunteer projects in Nepal. Some are located on the outskirts of the capital city of Kathmandu in rural and urban areas, while others are in Pokhara and Salleri. Pokhara is located in mid-western Nepal and is a popular tourist destination, renowned for its amazing mountain views. Salleri is the Everest Mountain region: beautiful landscapes, hillsides dotted with villages, a lively weekend bazaar, a Tibetan camp, and many spectacular Buddhist monasteries. In Salleri you can teach in Schools, teach English in a monastery, work in a Health Clinic or work in Construction. Salleri is a small Himalayan Region town that serves as the headquarters of the Solukhumbu District.

Low-cost, fully hosted volunteer abroad programs in Nepal.
Your registration fee and your program fee provide access to a fully hosted volunteer experience with Volunteer World Nepal. In order to apply to join Volunteer World Nepal you are required to make your registration fee payment of 100 dollars.

Key Information:

Improve access to quality education
Various locations in Nepal
Homestay accommodation
Based in schools across Nepal
Up to 4 - 5 hours volunteers a day
Fully hosted experience from 200 dollar for 1 week
Base Camp treks and other tours available
Durations from 1 - 4 weeks
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Program fee for two weeks: 350 USD
  • Most Affordable Program Fee
  • Best Price Gurantee
  • No booking or Credit Card Fee
  • Free Cancellation

What's included:

  • Two meals (breakfast and dinner)
  • Accommodation
  • Orientation and survival Nepali language lesson
  • Cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • 24/7 email and telephone support
  • Volunteer handbook
  • 24/7 hours emergency support
  • Dedicated VWN program and travel co-ordinator
  • Regular program inspection
  • Scholarships for low income students

What's Excluded:

  • Flights to Kathmandu
  • Visa cost
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Domestic flight costs
  • Transportation costs for the volunteers who want to work outside the Kathmandu Valley
  • Personal items, extra beverages and entertainment expenses
  • Personal travel and sightseeing
  • Transportation service during weekends travel
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