Are you looking to spend an unforgettable time teaching amazing children surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range?
You came to right place! Heaven Hill Academy is truly amazing in so many ways!
Come, teach, live and learn in the mountains of Nepal! You'll be living and working with the local Nepalese teachers at a progressive, free and independent school!
Heaven Hill Academy was founded because, all too often, children in rural areas are still discriminated against and unable to attend school. It is fundamental that they attend school and learn - it's the only way they are going to better themselves and their families in the future!
Your role would primarily involve teaching English Language and Grammar but may sometimes include subjects such as Science, Maths, etc. to several different age levels, (Lower Kindergarten to Grade 3, roughly ages 4-8). The lessons are 40 minutes long and they study English daily. The lessons go by really quickly though - these students are incredibly keen to learn!
We do ask that you are a certified ESL teacher as learning English is paramount to the progress and futures of the students. Previous experience is not necessary.
Students attend class from Sunday to Friday, although there are many festivals throughout the year which mean that the school is closed another day (or two or three!) almost every week. Unfortunately the festivals are decided, very often, at short notice by the government so it's hard to say when they'll be each year! It may sound difficult to work around but you will be invited into the lives of the students and local teachers, and soon experience the easy going, festival spirit first-hand!
You'll be expected to be at school on school days but arrangments can be made if you wish to go hiking or elsewhere for a short trip, though this is a teaching job so consistency with teaching is integral. The total teaching hours will be roughly 30-36 a week (unless there are festival days which means even fewer!)
You will also be asked to lead, or assist, in the weekly teacher training sessions for the Nepalese teachers. This is a chance for you to share more current teaching methods and ideology, or even share your ideas on how to improve the school and lessons you have taught/observed. It is a relaxed and friendly session to allow the local teachers to learn and improve, as the Nepalese government education which they received as students is often all they know how to do.
The day starts at 9am with the opening of the school and finishes at 4pm, with an hour break for lunch and two 10 minute breaks between classes. The work is not taxing but requires a serious intention to improve the English language teaching and students' lives. You will have time during the day to plan lessons, and time after school (as well as days off) to explore the villages and towns nearby.
Heaven Hill Academy does not condone corporeal punishment and believes that a kinaesthetic approach to learning has the greatest benefit - which is unlike many other schools in Nepal and is unique in Gaunshahar! You will be a part of this school and it's progress as it grows and evolves.
There are also, currently, three students enrolled who have Downs Syndrome so any experience or knowledge on special education and the needs of those with learning difficulties is very appreciated! There is a severe lack of awareness and skills when it comes to those with special needs in rural areas.
Living and working in Gaunshahar is unlike other teaching jobs - you will be a member of the family at Heaven Hill Academy and with that you will be valued, respected and loved by all its many members!
The children are silly, inquisitive and love to attend school - you will have no problem with attendance or classroom management! You will be in charge of the English language lessons so you will be given several responsibilities (depending on experience) as to how the children are taught, the classroom management system, homework, examination development and implementation, curriculum design, et al. Whether you are newly qualified or have years of experience, you will have a valued role at the school and be able to learn or refine the skills you already have.
The village of Gaunshahar itself is around 1,300 people who rely primarily on farming. There are many oxen, goats and chickens scattered around the plateaus of rice fields! As you explore the village and surrounding communities, you will find paths winding to homes of friends and relatives of the students.
Everyone here knows each other, it is a strong community and so Heaven Hill Academy is very much a community school. The people here are invested in the school and the futures of the students and as a teacher you will be respected and cherished for helping their children - so expect to be invited in for lots of tea and the occassional meal! The people living here are some of the most welcoming and friendly in a country renowned for its hospitality. You'll have no problems making friends or learning the local language and customs!
The homestay, where you will live with the founder and principal of the school's family, is one of the most 'western' styled houses in the village. You will be in either a shared or private room, have a shared bathroom with western plumbing, and be given two meals a day at the house. Lunch is not provided but can be arranged, although the two meals does tend to be enough!
If this sounds like the role for you then please get in touch! The position is for immediate start and open to both single applicants or couples, no age restrictions. The duration of the role is 5 months, due to visa restrictions, but can be renewed depending on the satisfaction of both parties.
You will have an experience like no other in Gaunshahar, it is a beautiful environment with beautiful people!
This is a volunteer position in the poorest country in the world. As such we ask all volunteers, whether teaching or not, to contribute to the running of the homestay. We cannot pay anyone to teach at the school.
We ask for $5 a night, which works out to $150 a month, and it is asked that you pay it directly to the family at the homestay in Nepalese rupees. You will see for yourself that the money is required to host volunteers.
All air flights, transport to the school and back, spending money, insurance and visa fees are to be covered by the applicant. We are happy to advise but we cannot help with costs.
We hope to hear from you soon - this will truly be a life changing experience!
- Child Development
- Special Needs
- Teaching / Instruction
- English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
- Reading / Writing
- General Education
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Up to 6 hours daily, 4-6 days a week.