English Teaching Volunteering Projects in Nepal
- Placement locations: Kathmandu
- Types of schools: Primary, Secondary
- Age of students: 4 - 18
- Class sizes: Approx. 30
- Role: Teacher or teaching assistant (English)
- Extra-curricular roles: Art, Music, Drama, Sports
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- 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 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
No Prior English Teaching Experience Required
Donating your time as a volunteer English teacher in Nepal is a great way to spend your gap year, career break or an extended holiday. You can gain invaluable work experience without any previous training and you don’t require a TEFL qualification. 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.
The impact you have on your students will be obvious as they start to develop their language abilities. You will also be part of a much larger network of volunteers, which is making a positive and on-going contribution to the wider community.
Some Background on Nepal
In Nepal, a large proportion of the population lives below the poverty line and there is widespread unemployment. However, with great trekking and adventure sports potential, there is a living to be made from the tourist industry. This means that learning the English language is one way in which people can improve their chances of building better futures.
Teaching Placements in Nepal
Our Teaching placements are based in and around Nepal’s bustling capital city, Kathmandu. Projects Abroad places volunteers in numerous schools and you can choose between teaching in primary schools, with children aged between about 4 and 12, or in secondary schools, with children aged 13 to 18. Schools are flexible in giving you as much or as little responsibility as you like once you have gained their trust.
On average, a class has around 20 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 up to four hours per day from Monday to Friday.
The schools are basic but very welcoming. The main resources you will have in your classroom are a blackboard and a piece of chalk. Despite this, the enthusiasm of the children and the appreciation of your colleagues are sure to make voluntary teaching in Nepal a highly rewarding experience.
The Value Volunteers Bring to the Class
The children will often have some English language skills but there is always lots of room for improvement. Your most important resource is yourself; your knowledge and your interests, so be sure to draw on them whenever possible. To do so will greatly enhance both your students' and your own experience.
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 practise themselves. Once you are able to break down this barrier you are likely to find that students and teachers alike will be able to make rapid progress, as the knowledge they have stored in their brains is suddenly given an outlet.
Opportunity for Involvement in Extracurricular Activities
Although your main role will be to teach English, teaching other subjects is also possible and you may find that you also want to help out by coaching the football team or setting up an art club at lunchtimes. Your skills and abilities in other areas will make you even more popular within the school, and you should be sure to let us know about them on application, so we can match you to the most suitable placement.
Participate in Teaching Workshops
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 and discuss any issues or cultural differences.
Learn about Local Life in Nepal
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 rapidly feel like an integrated part of the local community, although you are sure to stand out from the crowd and may find yourself treated as something of a local celebrity.
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.
Interested in other volunteering opportunities? What about teaching in Philippines?