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Volunteer Teaching Projects in Nepal

  • Placement locations: Kathmandu
  • Types of schools: Primary, Secondary
  • Age of students: 4 - 18
  • Class sizes: 15 - 30
  • Role: Teacher or teaching assistant
  • Extra-curricular roles: Art, Music, Drama, Sports
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
  • What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
  • Length of placement: From 1 week
  • Start dates: Flexible

Teaching in Nepal, School Children

Spending your time as a volunteer teacher in Nepal is a great way to spend your gap year, career break or extended holiday. You can gain invaluable work experience and you don’t require a TEFL qualification or previous training. Your English speaking abilities, energy and enthusiasm are all that is needed to make a difference in schools where there is a lack of conversational English language teaching.

Teaching English in Nepal

Local teachers are often very capable at providing their students with a good structural knowledge of English - the grammar and the vocabulary. However, they often lack the confidence to get the children speaking English, having had very little conversational English practice themselves. This is where our volunteers come in – helping students to improve their spoken English through lessons, games and other educational activities.

Teaching other subjects

Teaching in Nepal, Classroom

Volunteers may also find themselves helping to teach other subjects such as maths, life skills and hygiene. If you have any other special interests, please let us know when you apply. If you would like to organise extra-curricular activities such as art, dance, drama or sports, you may discuss it with your supervisor.

Volunteering on a Teaching project in Nepal

Our Teaching placements are based in and around Nepal’s bustling capital city, Kathmandu. Projects Abroad place volunteers in numerous primary and secondary schools, where you will work with children aged between 4 and 18. Schools are flexible in giving you as much or as little responsibility as you like, depending on your confidence levels and willingness to get involved.

On average, a class has around 15 to 30 pupils, and a volunteer will normally be in charge of half a class, the other half being taken either by another volunteer or a local teacher. Most of our Teaching placements require you to work from four to six hours per day, Monday to Friday.

Teaching in Nepal, Smiling Children

In order to support our Teaching volunteers, the Teaching Coordinator in Nepal organises regular workshops. The workshops will provide you with tools and tips on how to plan and organise your work at your placement, including advice on lesson planning, games and activities, and information about the education system in Nepal. The workshops will also help you solve any issues and allow volunteers to share ideas about different activities to try in the classroom.

Most volunteers in Nepal stay with a local host family or in a hostel, and those volunteering on a Teaching project are likely to find themselves living very close to the school they teach at, possibly even with a teacher or the school principal. Living in such a close-knit community will allow you to learn a great deal about typical Nepali life and will greatly enhance your experience of the country. You will also be part of a much larger network of volunteers, which is making a positive and ongoing contribution to the wider community.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Nepal Teaching Management Plan.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

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