It’s said that the most important thing you can give to a child is your time. That’s especially true for underprivileged children. Volunteer teaching in Nepal is one of the best ways to experience local culture and make a significant impact in a short time. Even if you’ve never taught before, this project provides the perfect opportunity to help improve a child’s life and education.
Volunteer Teaching in Nepal
Volunteer teaching in Nepal means you will be working with children typically between the ages of 6 and 16. While the main responsibility will be teaching them English; there is a fair amount of flexibility on this project. In addition to your formal teaching duties, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with other activities at the school and in community life in general. Volunteers have the potential to run their own projects – a story writing club, putting on a play, or starting a recycling center or sports clubs. The more involved you get, the more memorable your experience will be!
The volunteer teaching in Nepal project runs for 4 to 5 hours per day, Sunday to Friday, with Saturdays off. There are numerous festivals throughout the year and schools normally close during these times, in which case you’d have some additional free time. Our NGO partner supports 3 schools (1 government, 2 semi-private) with enrollments ranging from 500 to 800 students. Class sizes range from 15 to 30 students.
Experienced teachers and individuals with certifications in teaching English as a foreign/second language are highly encouraged to apply!
One look at the smiles on the students’ faces and you’ll immediately feel the impact of volunteers working on this project. Volunteers have the ability to directly influence students’ progress through additional attention and support. Teaching a single student or an entire class topics that they have not yet been exposed to creates a lasting impression and motivation to continue learning.
- Public government school = about 60% of students go on to university
- Semi-private schools = about 90% of students go on to university
- The remaining students either pursue vocational training at a technical school or enter the workforce after high school graduation
Room & Board
Accommodations for Nepal projects are either with a host family, in a volunteer hostel, or at the local NGO’s headquarters.
- Shared room (same-sex) in a host family house or volunteer hostel
- 2 meals per day plus coffee & bread in the morning & snacks in the afternoon
- The volunteer hostels have western toilet facilities, whereas host family houses only have squat toilets — this is very common in Asia and may take some getting used to for those unaccustomed to these types of facilities
- WiFi is not available, so volunteers are encouraged to purchase local SIM cards for their unlocked phones
- Mosquito nets provided
As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.
Included: Airport pick-up & return (unless otherwise stated) • Location, language, and cultural orientation • Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu • Shared accommodation in volunteer HQ/hostel or host family home • 2 meals per day • 24/7 emergency phone & in-country support • Project Donation
NOT Included: Flights • Visas • Vaccinations • Travel insurance • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees
For custom lengths of stay not listed, please contact us for pricing.
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Special Considerations | Volunteer Teaching in Nepal
For special considerations regarding projects in Nepal, please visit the Nepal page.
Criminal Record Check
GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children. Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee). U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.
The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.