Teach English and immerse yourself in the Nepalese culture
Nepal simply has it all - from the bustling city streets of chaotic Kathmandu to the tranquil villages you'll call home, from an expanse of flatland in the Terai to the world's highest mountain range, Nepal is certainly a country to fall in love with. Catch a jaw-dropping glimpse of Mount Everest before you've even landed, then acclimatise in a capital city that's striving to modernise while clinging onto traditions - all adding a unique charm to the fast-paced nature of Kathmandu. Delve into a proud nation that's steeped in history as you attend more festivals and weddings than you could possibly imagine!
Teach English in Nepal in the haven of a tranquil village within the picturesque Kathmandu valley, master the national speciality dish of dal bhat and learn to converse in Nepali with your friendly host family or fellow teaching staff.
Why four months? - From experience, we know that long-term volunteering in Nepal enables volunteers to make a lasting contribution to communities. The longer participants are able to commit to teaching, the better the outcome for children and volunteers alike. As with any school anywhere, it can take a few weeks to feel settled and for the children to really begin to learn from your teaching style (and accent!) four months is the perfect length of time for the total stay, enabling more than three great months of teaching and local life on top of almost a month of well-earned extras!
If you can only commit to a short-term experience, we have shorter trips available. Please contact us for details. Alternatively, if trekking is for you then look no further, we have recently launched a new website dedicated to trekking in the Himalayas!
All the extras... all included!
If you go to Nepal you are going to want to do some of the tourist bits along the way, such as trek in the Himalayas, visit Tibet, go white-water rafting and visit the famous Chitwan National Park. All of these trips will normally cost you extra - BUT NOT WITH OYSTER! Through our years of experience we have llinked up with the best operators of these trips and have included them in the price of your program! So, you can be sure of being well supported, not just on your project but also on the extra trips. What's more, with our links we are able to offer these trips at a far lower price than you would pay if you just turned up in Kathmandu and looked to book things on your own.
This unbeatable package of cultural trips provide you with a great way to get to know your surroundings and fellow volunteers, all expertly run by our friendly local guides and rep:
Langtang Trek - get to know your fellow Oyster participants with an 8 day Langtang trek, which eases you into Nepali life and culture before you begin volunteering. Reaching heights of 3800m, you will take in awe-inspiring views and be at one with the amazing wildlife, from the stunning rhododendrons which make this trek famous, right through to the musk deer and yak! For full details of the trekking trip, read our Langtang blog.
Cultural Tour of Tibet - our volunteers are treated to a breathtaking tour of Tibet, suitably taken in the middle of the four months during the school holidays. Spend 8 jam-packed days in this peaceful haven high up in the Himalayas and experience Tibetan culture and traditions.
Whitewater Rafting and Chitwan Safari Trip - the perfect end to the trip of a lifetime! Rejoin your new best friends for a final Oyster farewell holiday. Start with 2 days of exhilarating rafting and end in the beautiful paradise of Chitwan, experiencing elephant bathing before watching a stunning sunset while sipping on a mango lassi and chatting long into the night about your amazing time in Nepal.
Being one of the first organisations to send volunteers to Nepal, we are proud of our Nepal volunteer work experience. Starting over 10 years ago means we can be flexible, arrange other treks if you have one in mind and give you lots of advice - just get in touch if you would like more information.
What will I do in Nepal?
Four great reasons to volunteer in Nepal:
- Teaching: If you are cheery, resourceful and adaptable then you have the potential to become a fantastic volunteer teacher. Traditional teaching in Nepal typically lacks imagination and creativity, in part due to limited resources in many schools. Therefore, we send volunteers to schools where the kids already have basic English, though they seek passionate teachers who are fluent in the language and able to bring imaginative ways to make learning more enjoyable. You will be teaching in a primary or secondary school. Once you are confident with teaching English, have a go at other lessons such as art, music or drama. Read our blog for more information.
- Sports Coaching: Use the time after school or at weekends to coach sports to kids in your village and you may learn a trick or two from them as well.
- Immerse yourself: Nepal is one of our best destinations for those seeking a complete cultural experience - living with local teaching staff or with a traditional host family means a chance to be a part of the endless festivals that take place in the bustling city of Kathmandu and in the beautiful Himalayan valleys. Whilst we welcome volunteers from one month onwards, the longer you stay the more immersed you will become in the local culture.
- Explore: Take advantage of our experience and contacts in Nepal to explore the country during your stay. We can arrange treks, tours, rafting, safaris, paragliding and bungee jumping all at fantastic rates!
Basant is the perfect host for your gap year in Nepal. He has been our original Nepal rep since 2000 and has supported over 100 Oyster volunteers. Half Tibetan and half Nepali, he was raised and educated in India. He has lived in Kathmandu all his working life and is married to Prerana (daughter of a British Gurkha) with a young son called Kundun. Basant is a fantastic character. He is a great friend to every Oyster volunteer in Nepal and always has time for you with a constant smile and a fantastic memory, remembering every volunteer long after they have left. He runs a trekking company, combining being our man on the ground with organising the Himalayan trek, Tibet tour, rafting and safari.
On arrival in Kathmandu you will be welcomed with a comfortable stay in a central hotel in Kathmandu along with the other volunteers. This will be your home throughout your orientation.
While volunteering as a teacher, you will live with a friendly Nepali family based close to your project or in boarding school staff accommodation - either way getting a great insight into the relaxed yet traditional Nepali way of life. Whilst on your project, food is provided for you. If you travel into town at the weekend or go on any treks or trips you will need to budget for food.
Cost and what is provided?
Four months in Nepal costs: £3225, excluding flights.
This includes an exciting package of trips: 8 day Himalayan trek, 8 day Tibet tour and 3 day river rafting & Chitwan safari.
Excludes some food on trek and trips (approx £200 for food dependent on style).
What is Provided?
- Phone or face-to-face informal interview and briefing
- Thorough Pre Departure Course covering medical, safety and placement advice
- Help and advice from our UK office before departure and whilst in Nepal
- Advice on obtaining a visa
- Oyster polo-shirt
- Finding you a suitable volunteer placement in Nepal
- 8 day Himalayan trek
- 8 day tour of Tibet
- 3 day river rafting and Chitwan Safari
- For an additional £700 we can arrange return flights from London to Kathmandu with flexible return date (modest fee levied by airline for date changes).
- ATOL protection (as long as we book your flights)
- Food and accommodation during placement
- Support from the Oyster local representative, who will meet you at the airport and offer help and support when you need it
- Comfortable hotel based orientation course on arrival in Kathmandu with Nepali language tuition
- Transportation from the airport to Kathmandu and to your school.
- Free access to InterHealth's Travel Health Advice Service
- Free myTsafe secure document storage account - worth £39!
What do I need?
- A passport valid for at least 6 months after you return home. Most nationalities accepted.
- Tourist visa (at the time of printing $100 for the first 90 days. Extensions to this cost $60 the next 30 days, and $2 a day thereafter for up to 5 months). We will advise you on how to obtain your visa
- Tibet visa fee ($50)
- Insurance (covering your placement time and any planned independent travel)
- Cost of changing your return flight date if you need to (approx £50)
- Independent travel costs and pocket money
- Any home country travel costs (to airport and to interview if face-to-face)
- Cost of transport back to the Airport at the end of your placement