English Teaching Pokhara, Nepal

Teach at small schools, assisting the local teacher! You will be able to be creative in your ideas, teaching children aged 5-16 years of age. Your presence can not only help the children but also give the local teachers new ideas for lessons!

WHY
we need you in Nepal

  • Around 25% of the population in Nepal are living below the poverty line.
  • Malnutrition is particually evident in children under 5, with 36% enduring stunting.
  • Children from poor families have low attendence at school, with 1 in 4 of the poorest not going to school at all.
  • Nepal can experience natural disasters, such as earthquakes. This can severly impact the local structures and roads.
  • Much of Nepal’s population lacks access to basic medical care.

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HOW
can you help?

  • Assist local teachers in schools in Pokhara
  • Help give an education to underprivilaged children
  • Teach kids from 5 to 16 years of age
  • Teach the children about your country and increase their cultural awareness

WHAT
you can do?

  • Teach the children basic English including speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
  • Think of interactive and engaging classroom games to inspire students
  • You may have students of different abilities in class, so prepare beforehand
  • Assist the local teacher and provide new ideas on teaching methods

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

  • Non Profit Organisation & Charity
  • Over 30 Years Expertise Globally
  • Low Program Fees – From US$295
  • Excellent Safety Record, In-Country 24/7 Support & Emergency Assistance
  • 1 Application Fee – Multiple Countries

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Project Description

  PROJECT NAME: ENGLISH TEACHING

LOCATION: POKHARA, NEPAL

  START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)

  ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE (SHARED ROOMS) 

  MIN DURATION: 2 WEEKS

  MIN AGE: 18+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Criminal background check required

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Overview

Most people in Nepal can’t afford to travel, and in the villages, there is sometimes barely any contact with the outside world. Foreign teachers can provide students the opportunity to form relationships and learn about different backgrounds and cultures. Local teachers can also learn new teaching methods and techniques.

Volunteers on this project will mainly assist the regular school teacher, so no teaching experience is required, just an enthusiasm to help out!

Not only is teaching English beneficial but your presence and guidance can also help the children become self-motivated and independent. You will mainly be teaching basic conversational English, and any other subjects you wish to teach. The children will be aged around 5 to 16 years and will have different levels of knowledge.

You will teach at small local schools and take part in extra-curricular activities to inspire them and broaden their perspectives, through creatively structured lessons.

You are welcome to use different methods to teach but can use the course book as a reference. If you wish, you can teach them other subjects such as mathematics, history, science, geography, computer, technologies, music, arts and crafts, personal development, environment awareness, general health and safety, etc.

All higher education in Nepal is in English, so it is vitally important that children learn English to continue further higher education. During the project, you will gain valuable experience and learn by observing the methods of the local teachers. The project can take place in either government, private or community schools around Pokhara.

Generally, you will be teaching four to five classes a day. The standard curriculum can often be a little ‘dull’ so any creative activities and games to get the kids in the mood for learning is much appreciated!

Please note: During school holidays, projects can be transferred to Construction/ Canine Rehabilitation/ Kindergarten.

Location

Pokhara, which is located 200km West of Kathmandu, is a popular tourist destination in Nepal and one of the main starting places for the stunning Annapurna trek. The surrounding areas have spectacular views of snow-capped mountains. Set amongst the foothills of the Himalayas, there is plenty for adventure lovers here, from white water rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding, some of the best trekking in the world, caves, museums, lakes and so much more!

Project Tasks

  • To help the kids grow in their confidence and learn better English
  • Teach other subjects and inspire your students into further learning
  • Get creative and fun with daily lesson plans!

Food & Accommodation

Your accommodation will be at a volunteer homestay in Pokhara, located in a calm and peaceful neighbourhood. You will stay in shared single gender rooms with shared bathrooms, 2-4 people per room. The house is complete with living areas, dining areas and a balcony overlooking the mountains.

Fans, mosquito nets, cold showers, wifi, lockable rooms, and bed linen are provided with laundry facilities at an extra cost. There are ATM’s close to the house, and local supermarkets close to the house.

Three meals per day during weekdays and two per day on weekends. The meals are Nepali food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself.

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fees

Standard
Projects

– *Cultural Orientation Week Kathmandu
– Primary School Teaching Kathmandu
– *Stray Dog Rehabilitation Kathmandu
– *Community Construction Kathmandu
– Woman’s Empowerment Kathmandu
– Kindergarten Kathmandu
– English Teaching Pokhara
– Kindergarten Teaching Pokhara
All prices in USD

  • 1 Week – $395
  • 2 Weeks – $510
  • 3 Weeks – $725
  • 1 Month – $945
  • 2 Months – $1795
  • 3 Months – $2695

*Cultural Orientation, Stray Dog Rehabilitation & Construction projects cost additional US$50 p/week
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What’s Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pickup
  • Local Transportation
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Pre-departure Expert Advice
  • Preperation Tools & Checklists
  • Certificate of Completion

– US$275 application fee applies in addition to program fees
– Application fee is one off per person (unlimited placements)
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– Discounts may apply if travelling in a pair or group!
– All credit card /international fees included in below pricing! 🙂

Testimonials…

It was such a great experience! The children are happy all the time, they really want to learn and they also want to play all day. After 2 days they knew me a little bit and they listened very well. We teach them Science, Maths and English.
Elke
ElkeNepal Kindergerten Project
I want to thank all the cute, kind, and lovely monks I met during my stay at the monastery. You are all awesome!! Thank you also to the teachers Labsum, Sonam and Ngawang Janpoo for your hospitality too!!
Anna Berke
Anna BerkeNepal Monastery Teaching Project
I feel grateful to have been part of an organization that is able to provide free education for these children, allowing to enter into public school. It has been an interesting journey to be able to communicate and deliver lessons to these children as they have very basic English skills.
Maria Edelskov
Maria EdelskovNepal Kindergerten Project
The highlight of the trip was working at the KAT center. It was so rewarding and I just loved being able to spend time with the dogs and able to bring them so joy throughout the day.
Monique
Monique Nepal Stray Dog Project
It was my first time in nepal and i really enjoyed being amongst mountains, experiencing a little of the local culture and making new friends from around the world.
Tunli
TunliNepal Construction Project
I would say the highlight was just meeting and working with the women I was teaching English to. Team, food and accommodation was good, I loved the Nepali food
Laura
LauraNepal Women Empowerment Project
The team were great, very helpful and supportive. I am vegetarian and the food catered to me perfectly, a great variety of traditional Nepalese food! Accommodation met my needs comfortably, enjoyed meeting people from all over the world.
Georgina Mullen
Georgina MullenNepal Kindergerten Project
Highlights of the trip: meeting and being able to work with a diverse group of like-minded people from around the globe. The people are what make the experience: being able to both have an amazing travel experience and also be able to give back to the world in some way.
Braedon
BraedonNepal Stray Dog Project
I did treat a couple of stroke patients independently which was the most rewarding, and got the Nepalese physios to give advice and education when required.
Katherine
KatherineNepal Physiotherapy Internsh
The atmosphere was cozy since the very beginning: the children were enthusiastic and excited to meet us and were ready to do many things together with us. The mood was really positive and the principal and all the teachers were happy to support us in our activities which were based mainly on memory and creativity games, which the students here are not used to.
Arrianna
ArriannaNepal Kindergerten Project
Doing the extra activities including the HealthOutReach program was really good as well because I could see there had been a lack of education around basic hygiene, nutrition and first aid so I think it was really beneficial to the schools that we went to to teach them this.
Jessie
JessieNepal Medical Internship
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FAQ

Is English Teaching in Nepal Right for Me?

If you love working with young people, are energetic and want to inspire the furture generation, then yes absolutely! The kids here need English to be able to do the courses in further education, so the knowledge you can pass on is invaluable.

What’s Included in the Volunteer Fees

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
  • 1 day orientation
  • Daily transportation to project
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion

What’s Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

Is there an Orientation?

You will be picked up at Kathmandu airport and spend the first night (Sunday) at the accommodation in Kathmandu. On Monday you will have an orientation day in Kathmandu (no orientation is offered in Pokhara). On Tuesday, you will be transferred to Pokhara, before starting your project on the Wednesday. 

Arrival Information

Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.

A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)). You must arrive between the hours 06:00 to 24:00 on Sunday.

If arriving outside the pickup times on Sunday, you can book a private transfer for US$50.

If arriving during the week, or on Saturday, we charge US$50 for any extra night’s accommodation before your program, and another US$50 fee for a private transfer.

Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).

From the airport to Kathmandu accommodation, it takes 45 minutes by taxi.

For Pokhara placements you will be picked up at KTM airport and spend the first night (Sunday) at the accommodation in Kathmandu. On Monday you will have an orientation day in Kathmandu (no orientation is offered in Pokhara). On Tuesday, you will be transferred to Pokhara, before starting your project on the Wednesday. If your first project is in Pokhara then the transfer is included. If first volunteering in Kathmandu, and then changing to a project in Pokhara, you will need to pay extra for the transfer.    

What does a Typical Day Involve?

Monday to Friday
The school opens from 10:00 to 16:00.

You will volunteer alongside the local teacher, with a class of 25 students. Lunch will be provided at the school at noon. After lunch, you can choose to continue teaching at the school until 16:00.

What Happens on Weekends?

Pokhara is an adventure lover’s paradise with plenty of adrenaline activities for all. You can also spend time wandering around the stunning lakes, visiting museums, caves, markets, go for a bike ride and so on. Of course, there are plenty of hiking opportunities around to suit different levels.

Are There Any Special Requirements?

Casual dress is appropriate during your time at the school. However, no-see through clothes or low cut tops are permitted.

It’s a good idea to bring posters, pictures, music tapes and so on to brighten up lessons.

Warm clothing as it can get cold.

Holidays
For information on holidays and any programs affected, please see the following link: NP – Holidays – All Programs

 

Country Information

Nepal is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich countries in the world.  Nepal first opened its borders to outsiders in the 1950s.  It is home to Mount Everest, the birthplace of Buddha, and an astonishingly beautiful landscape, ranging from the well-known peaks of the Himalaya to the low-lying regions of the Terai.

The Nepali people are as diverse at the geography, with over 70 languages or dialects and scores of traditional festivals celebrated throughout the year.

However, Nepal is also one of the most under-developed countries in the world, with low rates of literacy, high rates of poverty and a persistent gender imbalance. The government is frequently unable to provide adequate education and health facilities throughout the country and both urban and rural areas are forced to live without necessary resources to promote growth and development of their communities.

Climate

Nepal is a year round destination, and the cliate can vary between the North and South regions. The best overall times to visit are during spring and autumn (particually for trekking).

December to Febuary is winter, and it can get extremely cold in the mountains (down to sub zero). Summer in this region has a pleasent temperature but still bring some warmer clothing for the evenings. 

Summer in southern Nepal can get extremely hot (plus 40°C) in some areas. Winter temperatures in this area can range from 7°C to 23°C.

Kathmandu has a pleasent climate on average. The monsoon rains start from June to September in Nepal. 

What’s the Culture Like in Nepal?

The majority of Nepalis are either Hindus or Buddhists, but there are many other religions here too like Islam, Christianity, Jainism and Sikhism. You will find many temples and monasteries around Nepal. The right hand is used for important things such as passing money, eating and the giving of gifts. 

Nepalese people love their food and much of it has been influenced by Indian and Tibetan cultures. Nepali people have a lot of respect for elders and will call each other didi (“older sister”), bahini (“younger sister”), etc, even if they are not actually related. The family unit is very strong and having a close knit family is important for the local people. 

About Involvement Volunteers International

30 Years Non Profit Experience

IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering successfully placing over 20,000 volunteers globally.

Affordable Volunteer Travel

We’re not motivated by shareholder profits.   Our fees are fully transparent to ensure maximum benefit where it is most needed. 

Safe & Responsible Projects

All projects include a dedicated 24/7 in-country management team, operational & risk assessment & overseas support contact.   All projects are personally inspected to ensure very high quality. 

Work Experience & University Credits

We place thousands of Uni students and can assist you with course credits and in-field experience points.   Many of our project coordinators are qualified practitioners in their respective fields allowing unique in-field supervision and Uni accreditation options 

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Weekends & Extra Tours

This has to be one of the most popular things to do in Nepal. With so many different treks to do, this is a great way to spend your free time! Everest base camp and Annapurna are 2 of the most popular but there are many day treks also.
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Boudha Stupa is the largest in Nepal,situated in Kathmandu. This impressive building is best viewed late afternoon, when the locals are visiting for their rituals.
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For the adreneline junkies! Try this heart racing sport to get the blood pumping. Rafting is so much fun, especially when surrounded by stunning scenery.
White Water Rafting
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Paragliding over Pokhara’s boating lake is supposed to one of the most stunning sites!
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Chitwan National Park is situated in the lowlands down South. If you’re lucky you can spot rhinos, elephants, numerous bird species, or even the Bengal tiger (fingers crossed!).
Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National ParkNepal
Take some time to explore the many local markets in Nepal. This is a great way to get a teaste for local life and interact with the sellers.
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