Embark upon a Volunteer adventure of a lifetime, accomplish something remarkable, immerse in a new culture, and discover what volunteering has to offer! Like in many third world countries Nepal has suffered from mass migration to the cities with Kathmandu being the main target for rural Nepali. Over the last fifteen years due to mass has been unemployment, the civil war that finished several years back & the hope to give their children a better life the population of Kathmandu has increased considerably. With the lack of funding and a struggling education system the government has opened up numerous schools to try and give a place for all children. With the private school system flourishing in Nepal many parents goes to considerable lengths to send their children there leaving places in the government schools for only children from the poorest families.
The acquisition of the English Language is a vital skill for the Nepali people:
It gives them a voice and offers them a chance to change their future. Our teaching volunteers will work with the school’s existing English teacher who will provide classroom curricular and assistance with teaching methods and language barriers. At the same time the volunteer will help the English teacher to develop their own language skills.
Nepali community schools can be unpredictable:
It is not uncommon for them to be closed due to holidays, exams and other circumstances, e.g. strikes. During these times volunteers will be asked to teach in the community, helping those who are financially unable to attend school.
Vision Nepal has been working:
With Phulasi community since 2013, striving to empower the villager’s teachers, parents and schools to enable children to receive an education, explore their creativity and develop for the future of the community. The Children’s Development Program combines four major initiatives to achieve this; placing volunteers in our partner schools is just one component of this work.
We do not ask that our volunteers be native English speakers:
We do ask that they are flexible, with a positive attitude & willingness to learn. During the placement you will teach two to three hours per day, six days a week. Nepali government school age is between 6 and 16 years old and class sizes can range from 15 to 60 children. And During your volunteer placement you will live in the community with a Nepali host family, offering you the chance to become immersed in Nepali culture and language.
Nepal’s Community Schools:
One of Nepal’s Millenniums Development Goals, as member of the United Nations (UN), is the achievement of Universal Primary Education. While Nepal will suggest it is well on the way to achieving this, quoting 93% enrollment, the reality is that while enrolled, many of children will fail to attend school, drop out and not complete their primary education or progress to secondary education.
Within the communities are public, funded in part by the government & owned within the community. In theory; the government commits to provide teachers in community schools based on a ratio of 1:40. In practice, in the sparsely populated rural areas, there are not enough children to make this quota. The government does not supply the teacher, so the community must provide their own.
Many of the teachers working in public schools are unqualified and untrained and most teaching takes the style of a lecture, requiring that the children copy from a blackboard. Ultimately, the children are taught to repeat facts and figures parrot-style, without deeper understanding, so they unable to effectively use what they ‘learn’.
Vision Nepal’s Approach:
Vision Nepal’s works with partner schools in Phulasi and schools in the Ramechhap community and Teaching English in Community School project is a component of Vision Nepal’s wider scope of work in Child Development within the communities.
The number of students in your class will vary from 10 to 50 and you will teach free standing English lessons or teach English from the government text book of English Language. Those who can are invited to teach Math’s and Science as well. Each period will be between 40 and 45 minutes and here, in Nepal, the teacher moves from class to class, not the student. Our objective is only that you help the children to communicate in English.
Throughout your placement you will have the full support of Vision Nepal. Your safety is our highest priority on arrival of you will be greeted at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transported to your hotel (alternative arrangements can be made for those already in Nepal prior to the start of their placement). Then you will receive a comprehensive three – day induction, during which time you will be provided with information about your particular placement as well as general information, including basic Nepalese language and culture. This is also a good time to mix with other volunteers or interns who may be great sight-seeing companions and a source of support during your volunteer placement.
The induction you will be accommodated in a hotel. However, a large part of the Vision Nepal experience comes from the immersion of a home stay with a Nepalese host family. While this is an essential part of the experience we also recognize that it can be a challenging one, becoming part of a new culture and becoming accustomed to facilities that will be more basic than those you are used to. However, all our host families are experienced in accommodating volunteers-although their ability to speak English will very-and you will have 24 hrs. Accesses to contact and support from our members during your placement.