Teaching English in a Remote Village
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Experience life in a remote Nepalese village near the majestic Annapurna Conservation Area during this unique teaching placement, all while contributing to the educational development of local children.
Based at a school in the beautiful Baglung district (around four hours’ drive from Pokhara), you’ll work alongside local teachers to introduce creative learning methods and develop teaching aids that can be used to enhance their classes. The children are aged between 4 and 14 years, with core subjects including English, maths, science and computing.
In addition, the school runs literacy classes for women in the village and volunteers are also encouraged to contribute to the learning environment here. Aside from literacy, the school needs help running workshops on topics that range from women’s health to nutrition, basic first aid skills and income generating ideas. Education for women hasn’t been a priority in many parts of Nepal. But with the assistance of volunteers, the village women are being given this life-changing opportunity.
Meals included as per the itinerary
Private Vehicle for airport transfers, city tour and transfer to and from the placement on arrival and departure
Accommodation (twin share)
4 nights in a guesthouse in Kathmandu
2 nights in a guesthouse in Pokhara
Volunteers will live with a host family located within approx 30 minute walk from the school. All volunteers, unless they chose otherwise will have their own room. All homes will have a toilet (may be an outside squat toilet) and generally with an outside tap to shower and wash.
Entrance fees for all attractions included in itinerary
DAY 1 - Namaste and welcome to Nepal
On arrival, you will be met by your in-country team and transferred to your hotel in the tourist district of Thamel. From the moment you step off the plane, you’ll be mesmerised by the sights, sounds and smells of Kathmandu.
DAY 2 - Kathmandu
Over the next 2 days you’ll get to explore some of Kathmandu’s famous ancient monuments and UNESCO world heritage sites, you’ll also gain a deeper understanding of the culture and customs of the local Nepalese people.
You will start the morning with cultural and language classes, orientation and a few “do’s and dont’s” to help you relax into this exciting new country.
Spend the afternoon watching the golden glow wash over the Kathmandu Valley as the sun sets on the Swayambhunath Monkey Temple. According to legend, the Kathmandu Valley was once a lake (geographical evidence supports this) and the hill on which Swayambhunath now sits spontaneously rose from the waters. Hence the name Swayambhu, which means “self-risen”.
DAY 3 - Kathmandu Valley
This morning after breakfast you will make your way to Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple, Pashupatinath. Set on the banks of the holy Bagmati River (just as Varanasi is positioned on the Ganges), Pashupatinath is an open-air crematorium that is accessible to the public. Sadhus and devotees of the Hindu God Shiva are often found here worshipping and, if you’re lucky, you may get the chance to have a photo or two taken with one of these famous dreadlocked holy men.
After Pashupatinath, you will head to Boudhanath – the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet. The original stupa was built sometime after AD 600 but was reconstructed again in the 14th century after being wrecked by Mughal invaders. Boudhanath is an impressive monument and thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a kora (ritual circumnavigation) of the dome under the watchful eyes of Buddha, which gaze out from the square tower.
DAY 4 - Road to Pokhara
After an early breakfast, you’ll leave Kathmandu behind aboard a tourist bus (approximately 8 hours) and make the scenic journey to the charming lakeside town of Pokhara. This stunning journey offers a glimpse into Nepal’s rural lifestyle, with patch-worked landscapes carved by meandering rivers and peppered with picturesque villages.
You will arrive in Pokhara by late-afternoon where you’ll have time to explore the town at your leisure, with plenty of funky cafes, restaurants and handicraft shops all within walking distance from your guesthouse.
DAY 5 - Village Life
Today is the start of an exciting journey in which you will get to experience life in a remote village in Nepal. After breakfast you will be transferred (approx 4 hours) by private vehicle to your village home for the duration of your placement. This is an adventure within itself as you navigate the rugged roads of rural Nepal. The last hour of this journey takes you on a steep climb to an elevation of approx. 1300m where you will be met with breathtaking views of lush green rice terraces and brightly coloured mud brick homes.
On arrival you will be introduced to your host family and given an orientation of your school. You school will be located within a 30 minute walk from your new home.
Living with a local family is truly a unique experience and alongside with volunteering at the school a great way to immerse yourself within the local community. It’s an amazing opportunity to observe, learn and experience a new lifestyle and cultureand a great way to practice both your Nepali language and local cooking skills.
DAY 6 - Sunday to Friday Volunteering
Today you will put your teaching skills to the test as your volunteer placement begins. Here you will be met by the smiling faces of your dedicated students and fellow teachers. Spend the day attending lessons and interacting with the young learners as you discover the challenges of education in Nepal and the role you are playing in offering a brighter future.
As a volunteer your primary responsibility is to work with the teachers to introduce them to creative learning methods in lieu of the traditional rote learning practices taught. The school has expressed a particular interest in Montessori teaching.
The village school houses approximately 125 students from Nursery level to Grade 8 (approx. 4- 14 years). There are currently 5 government teachers and 6 community teachers working together to provide education to the village children.
Being a remote school, you may be working as the sole teacher in the classroom or in partnership with a Nepali teacher. It is also highly likely that you will be the only volunteer on this placement. Wherever possible, we ask that you work in partnership with the local teachers, introducing them to new, practical teaching techniques and creative learning ideas, rather than teaching in their place. The more work you can do with the teachers, ultimately, the greater number of children will benefit from your placement.
Saturday - Free Day
Saturday’s are your free days.
The village is surrounded by terraced rice fields and other small villages, spend your day exploring the beautiful countryside of this area whilst immersing yourself into daily village life. Venture into Baglung Bazaar (approx 1 hour jeep ride) if you would like to stock up on supplies or visit a restaurant. Located in the forest just a short distance away from Baglung is Kalika Bhagawati Temple, a significant hindu temple where devotees come to offer puja (offerings) to the goddess Kalika (Kali).
Additional weeks (Sunday - Friday)
Choosing to volunteer for a longer duration will not only allow you to acquire a deeper understanding of the local culture and language, but more importantly the longer you spend in the classroom the greater the rapport you will have with your students and the greater impact you will have on their education.
Transfer back to the picturesque town of Pokhara where you can enjoy one last night before making your way back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus.
Pokhara is an gorgeous town very popular with tourists, you may like to extend a few nights here or use this as a base to start your next adventure, trekking in the Annapurna region.
Back in Kathmandu you will spend one night before being transferred back to the airport in time for your departure flight.