Volunteer as a teaching assistant in Nepal

“My friends told me I was mad going on a teaching assistant placement, when that is what I do all year round. Nepal's a whole other ball game from Newham though. And oh so much more beautiful. ”

Highlights

2-12 week teaching assistant volunteering programs in Nepal | Kathmandu | Homestay accommodation | Options for onward travel in Nepal | Responsible tourism guidelines all met

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2017: 18 Nov, 25 Nov, 2 Dec, 9 Dec, 16 Dec, 23 Dec, 30 Dec
2018: 6 Jan, 13 Jan, 20 Jan, 27 Jan, 3 Feb, 10 Feb, 17 Feb, 24 Feb, 3 Mar, 10 Mar, 17 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar, 7 Apr, 14 Apr, 21 Apr, 28 Apr, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, 26 May, 2 Jun, 9 Jun, 16 Jun, 23 Jun, 30 Jun, 7 Jul, 14 Jul, 21 Jul, 28 Jul, 4 Aug, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep
Top tip:
Donations are always welcome, but please buy things locally and then give them as gifts. That way you support local people in two ways.
Trip type:
Tailor made but working with other volunteers.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome.
Accomm:
Standard, clean and comfortable homestay accommodation. First two nights in hotel.
Meals:
Breakfasts and dinners provided. Local Nepalese cuisine.
Included:
Airport transfers, accommodation, breakfasts and dinners, Kathmandu guided tour, 24/7 support.
About this vacation company:
Ridhi set this organization up in 2014, after a life changing volunteering trip that she made to South Africa herself. After that, she returned from London to her home country of India to set up volunteering projects there and in Nepal, with trips varying from teaching to building to medical care.
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Volunteer as a teaching assistant in Nepal

Environment

Our volunteer placements are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. There’s plenty to gain personally from this. But we make sure that local people benefit too by choosing projects that bring tangible improvements to their lives. Our local Nepali partners are leaders in sustainable tourism. All activities and itineraries are designed in collaboration with the villagers themselves, based around the principles of community-based tourism. We are committed to providing local people with a complimentary source of income while still continuing their traditional way of life.


Pre-departure preparation
All of our participants receive pre-departure guides. This covers topics on how to be culturally sensitive, how to best look after the environment when in the country and how to stay safe as well as up to date information on the political situation. They are also briefed on how to dispose of waste properly and where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles as these are not easy to dispose of environmentally.

Meaningful Volunteering
We are working with an established charity in Nepal that provides a Rehabilitation Programme for the child labourers as one of the main components of child development programme. The children removed from the carpet factories of are placed in such centres who either are orphans or are from broken families with no possibility of family re-union or are in a very poor economic condition to support their schooling even after returning to home.
We are also working in local schools who are in desperate need of volunteers to help with education. This is particularly so after the earthquake of 2015.

Child Protection
We have a strong child protection policy and require police checks and DBS from all our participants. Staff who take photos are required to ensure they are up to a standard approved by our local partners or schools. We have strict expectations of volunteers as far as how they interact with the children. We also give no information to the volunteers about the children’s backgrounds.

Environment overseas:
We send out comprehensive pre-departure briefing, which includes a section on protecting the local environment. In particular we advise participants to take care with water, which is an issue in many of our destinations. We recommend they avoid unnecessary washing, using hand wash gel where they can. We also instruct them on how to dispose of waste properly, not to litter and, where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles which are not easy to dispose of environmentally.

Community

All of our activities and itineraries are designed in collaboration with the villagers themselves, based around the principles of community-based tourism. We are committed to providing local people with a complimentary source of income while still continuing their traditional way of life.

Local Experiences: For any excursion, the guides, host families, handicraft cooperatives – receive fair wages as stipulated by the community- based tourism committee. We ensure that a majority of the money from each trip goes directly to the villagers and contributes to the community fund. This creates jobs to help families stay together instead of working in towns far away, and supports scholarships, youth activities, and other initiatives.

Everest and tours in Nepal : Our ground partners share our commitment to responsible travel. Our accommodation and destination partners ensure respect for both the environment and local culture. When you book with us, you can be sure that you will have a responsible and fun-filled tour.

Volunteer and Service Placements: Volunteer time, effort, and attention are of great value to the villages, schools, and children’s homes that we serve. We also provide our partners with financial support as they rely on limited government funding and/or donations. A project donation to the volunteering location is included in the program.

Cultural sensitivity: We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in Nepal. Our policy is to send people to the developing world in small groups or individually. This minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community.

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Reviewed on 22 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Everything! Nepal is an amazing country with wonders to see around every corner... but the children were delightful to teacher which added value to the whole experience.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go for it! And go for longer...I only taught for 2 weeks and was just finding my feet. Go with high expectations of the children's learning- I learnt some grammar constructions that I didn't know and the maths was SO hard! And take some fun, it's back to basics teaching, a whiteboard and books (which the kids bought themselves).

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I would like to think my short intervention was helpful to the students and teachers. We stayed with a local family and clearly the payment for our upkeep was greatly valued by them

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fab, I loved it!

Reviewed on 30 May 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The sheer differnt way of life. Bus full? Get on the roof! Transport to the bus stations with big suitcase, backpack, rucksack? Back of a motorbike!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be open minded about anything and everything. Prepare for some hardships such as living conditions and monotonous or strage foods.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, i woudl like to think there were benefits to locals people, particulalry in the school.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I wouldnt rate it as a vacation (deinfinelt not much relaxation) but the overall rating for the experience i would give as 5*.

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