Train, Teach or Assist in Schools
As a volunteer you will give your students better opportunities in life. Train, teach or assist with English, Math, Science or ICT.
Join us for our 3 or 4 week special Volunteer and Tour Nepal program. Volunteer in one of our schools and go on a tour of Nepal after!
As a volunteer you will help teachers and children to improve in these subjects. Either by training the teachers, assisting in classes or you teaching yourself. Volunteers may also get involved in extra lessons for struggling children or lead recreational activities in the schools.
The situation of schools in Nepal
The schools throughout Nepal are in desperate need of extra help with their English, Math,Science, Sports, Music, Dance and ICT classes. English increasingly becomes the language of business and opportunity. Fluency in English creates more opportunities for children when they leave school. Math is always something that teachers find complicated to teach and many teachers do not have any experience in ICT.
What does a volunteer do?
Volunteers either train, teach or assist in teaching at primary or secondary schools in Kathmandu, Pokhara or in small villages in the mountains. Volunteers spend up to 6 hours a day at the school. Depending on your experience you may:
Train: Observe the teachers and give feedback
At the beginning you will work closely with the Principal of the school. You will establish where there is most need for teacher training and support. From here you can use your own initiative to build a framework for providing teacher training. You will spend up to 6 hours a day at the school and conducting your work in an office. Overall, you will be responsible for training teachers, sit in with lessons and conducting showcase lessons in your preferred subject. If you have 2 months or more to spend at the school then you can help plan the subject curriculum for the term or year. We like to encourage you to bring new and innovative teaching methods to the classrooms. They help the school determine what resources are needed and how to get hold of them.
Teach: Give classes on your own
As a teacher you look at where the need is most in terms of teaching and step in where is needed. Sometimes there are not enough teachers and you will teach a class yourself. It is also possible that the teacher is there and you will teach the class together. The teacher can learn from your teaching methodologies by observing and joining the teaching.
Assist: Be a teacher’s assistant
As an assistant you will work alongside a local teacher helping with all the subjects. We encourage you to think of creative ways to help teaching the children, for example to bring in new teaching resources. The age of the children varies from 4 to 16 years. You can decide which age group you like to assist.
Do I need any qualifications or skills to do this work?
For being a teacher’s assistant you do not need any qualifications for this placement, but you do need to have a good command of the English language. It helps if you have had experience of working with children in the past, but if you have not then being a confident and enthusiastic person is important. There will be basic support materials to use but these are always in short supply, and so anything you can provide to help will always be appreciated.
On arrival you will meet with the principal to discuss your ideas, aspirations and experience. At all times we ensure that you are comfortable with your level of commitment and involvement. Don’t worry, you won’t be thrown into a classroom of 60 children on your first day, unless you want to!
For being a teacher we advise you to have some teaching experience. If not, you can observe and assist in the classes first and step in when you have prepared yourself well enough to teach.
The placement as Teacher Trainer is for qualified teachers, teaching assistants, or TEFL holders only.