Volunteer as a teacher in Nepal
Pokhara in Nepal is a dream location for volunteers looking for a city bursting with culture and beauty. Live in Lakeside a popular area in Pokhara and the start point of many world-famous treks. Volunteer in local school, working with incredible teams and energetic children.
Live in breathtaking Pokhara and teach local children living in Pame Village. Stay with a welcoming family to experience life in Nepal as a local. Nepal will soon become your home away from home.
Teaching in Nepal
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. In schools, resources are often scarce and so children appreciate the energy and creativity that volunteers bring to the classroom.
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.
What will I be doing?
Predominantly, volunteers work with 8-12 year old children. However, there will be plenty of opportunities to work with younger and older students as well.
This project is split between two schools in Pame, a village on the outskirts of Pokhara. You will travel to one of the schools each morning and you will spend the day with small groups of children or 1-1 , helping them to improve their spoken and written English, maths or science. If you feel more confident, there may be opportunities to run bigger sessions. Typical days, start at 8:15am and you return to the accommodation at the end of school at 3pm.
At lunch time, you can get involved with sports clubs or play board games with the children – often a real highlight!
You will receive training on lesson planning, TEFL skills and specific project training. You will also be able to chat to a teaching mentor regularly and access resources used by past volunteers.
Accommodation and Food
You will stay with other volunteers at a host family’s house. This is a great project for meeting other like-minded volunteers. You will live with at least one volunteer coordinator, who is there to answer any questions you may have and to ensure that you get the most out of your adventure in Nepal.
The Nepali family that you will be living with lives on the top floor of the accommodation. All volunteers are spread across the bottom three floors. Each room is single sex, dormitory rooms. The rooms have en suite bathrooms that have cold showers and western toilets. Living with a host family will give you a unique insight into the Nepali lifestyle.
All meals are included. You will be provided with two home cooked meals a day by your host family. Dishes include rice, lentils and vegetables and you will get to sample the delicious Nepali dish ‘Dal Bhat’. For lunch, you will be provided a delicious snack, such as momos, chowmein or fried rice at your project.
When should I book?
Whilst late-availability is possible, we would advise booking as soon as you can to guarantee your ideal dates. Our projects are very popular and spaces can fill up several months in advance, especially for the months of June to September.
- 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.
Schools 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. Travelling to Nepal will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in this unique culture.
You will need to arrive in Pokhara, either by bus or by domestic flight from Kathmandu. The airport in Kathmandu is Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). From there, you can organise a bus, when in country, or travel with a domestic airline to Pokhara Airport (PKR). The flight is 25 minutes and all you need to do is walk 10-15 minutes from Tibhuvan International Airport to the domestic section.
The project starts at 10am on the arrival day so you will need to arrive the day before. Transfers from the airport can be organised. You will need to book pre-project accommodation.
At the end of the project, we advise you book a night in Kathmandu, before flying home. This is because internal flights can often be delayed.
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
- Orientation on arrival
- 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