Teach English in Kathmandu
Call the Himalayas your second home and become so much more than a tourist. Immerse yourself in local life as a volunteer English teacher in vibrant Kathmandu, living with a family as part of a close community.
Live in breathtaking Kathmandu and teach English, sports or art in local schools. Stay with a welcoming local family to experience life in Nepal as a local. Nepal will soon become your home away from home.
Teaching and sports coaching
Education is incredibly important in Nepal and teachers are highly respected. The schools and children love to meet volunteers and value their contribution. There is no better way to experience life as a local than as a community teacher.
You can choose to teach English, arts or sports. However, if you have other skills or interests, do get in touch and let us know. As a volunteer teacher, you can expect to teach 2-3 lessons a day.
To volunteer as a teacher, you do not need previous experience and you will be supported throughout. However, if you already have experience working with children, this project can give you an opportunity to experience working in an unfamiliar setting and to develop your own teaching practice.
Living with a host family
The highlight for most volunteers is living with a host family. Volunteers form great friendships with their families and often keep in touch when they return home. There are many festivals in Nepal and volunteers often get invited to join in the celebrations – creating unforgettable memories. Nepali people are known for their friendliness and this is definitely true of our fantastic families!
All family homes are thoroughly checked before they host volunteers. Your host family will live close to your school.
A trip to Nepal is not complete without trekking in the Himalayas, going white-water rafting on the Trisuli River or learning yoga. Nepal is a stunning country and we thoroughly recommend taking time to explore it fully. You will have weekends and holidays free. As you are volunteering in Nepal, we can offer a range of trips at discounted prices. Before you travel, we can add some or all of these fantastic trips to your itinerary:
- Trekking Annurpurna Base Camp – £980
- 4 day yoga retreat – £220
- White water rafting on the Trisuli River – £210
Accommodation and Food
On arrival, you will be welcomed with a comfortable stay in a central Kathmandu hotel. This will be your home throughout your orientation and includes all meals.
Whilst on the project, you will live with a friendly Nepali family based close to your school. The houses are basic, but comfortable and you can expect your own rooms.
Whilst on your project, meals are provided. Expect home cooked meals, such as Dal Bhat – a delicious lentil curry.
If you travel at the weekend, or go on any treks or trips, you will need to budget for your own food/accommodation, unless you add an additional trip where food is included.
- Get involved in local schools and bring enthusiasm and a love of English to the local children
- Experience full immersion in the Nepali culture as you are welcomed into a family and the local community
- Fall in love with Nepal’s scenery
- Eat delicious, authentic Nepali food
Whyshould I do this?
Although schools in Nepal already teach English as part of the curriculum, the children truly benefit from having a native English speaker in the classroom. Someone who can help with pronunciation is essential and volunteers can really help the children to start using their imagination with English.
We’ve worked with the same schools and families for many years. They have been carefully selected and are used to working with our volunteers. This means that the schools can make the best use of you straight away so that you can start contributing to school life.
Nepal is a country sandwiched between the two growing powers of India and China in the heart of Asia. Given its geopolitical significance, very few people know much about Nepal. Apart from visitors looking to trek, Nepal is still one of the few countries in the world that can be classed as ‘off the beaten track’, which adds to its mystery and charm. Taking a gap year or career break in Nepal will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in this unique culture.
You will need to fly into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).
Basant, the Oyster representative, will meet you and take you to Kathmandu.
Basant is the perfect host for your gap year in Nepal. He has been our original Nepal rep since 2001 and has supported many Oyster volunteers. Half Tibetan and half Nepali, he was raised and educated in India. He has lived in Kathmandu all his working life and lives with his wife, Prerana, and their son, Kundun.
Basant is a great friend to every Oyster volunteer in Nepal and always has time for you, providing a thorough orientation and 24/7 support. He also runs a trekking and activitiy company, combining being our representative with organising amazing trips for Oyster volunteers.
What is provided
- Phone or face-to-face informal interview and pre-departure advice
- Access to your personal ‘My Oyster’ account
- 24/7 support from the UK and in-country team
- Financial protection with IPP or ATOL if we book your flights
- Airport pick-up
- Hotel-based orientation course on arrival in Kathmandu
- Oyster Worldwide volunteer t-shirt
- Oyster luggage tag
On your return:
- Welcome home pack
- Certificate of Recognition (on request)
- References (on request)
What do I need
- Flights (we can arrange return flights for an additional £700)
- A valid passport
- Travel insurance
- Independent travel costs and spending money
- Cost of transport back to the airport at the end of your project