Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 2-4
  • Wifi in public areas No
  • Laundry facilities Yes
  • Safety box No
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower No
  • Private bathroom Yes
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Air conditioning No
  • Fan Yes
  • Mosquito protection Yes

Program & Schedule

Most people in Nepal can't afford to travel, and in the villages there is little chance of contact with the outside world. Foreign teachers enable students to form relationships with someone from another background and culture, and the teachers can learn different teaching methods and techniques. You will mainly assist the regular school teacher and so do not need to have any teaching background.

Through our education project we just not only teach the course but it brings positive change in them which help the children to be self motivated and independent. ETC (Educating the Children) is the main concept of this project. Making children able to deal with daily activities through education is what we do. Giving knowledge that is applicable practically in life defines ETC. Aware children about the surroundings, environment, health and safety are the focus of our teaching. Educate Basic/Conversation English and other subjects of your choice to children from different age groups (5 to 16yrs.) with different capabilities. You will teach at small local schools and foster good relationships with the children as you assist with extracurricular activities and inspire them to achieve their full potential and broaden their perspectives through creatively structured lessons.

You will also teach and educate children from different age groups and with different learning capacities. You are free to use different methods to teach but you can use the course book as reference or educate children through conversational and spoken English. During your time there you can teach them different subjects e.g. mathematics, history, science, geography, computer, technologies, music and other subjects, arts and crafts, different educational games, spoken and conversational English, personal development, environment awareness, general health and safety and so on. All higher education in Nepal is in English, so it is vitally important that children must learn English to continue further higher education. A trained teacher is committed to raising standards in schools in Nepal, and with an adult literacy rate of 67% there is plenty of room for improvement.

During the project, you will gain valuable experience and learn by observing the procedures of the in-house teachers. The project can take place in either government, private or community schools around Pokhara.

You will be taking different classes. You will be taking four to five classes a day. The schools usually have a very dull curriculum, so out-of­-the-­box activities and creative experiences such as sports or games are more than welcome and really appreciated by the children.

You will mainly assist the regular school teacher and so do not need to have any teaching background. You will teach and educate the children from different age groups and with different learning capacities. You are free to use different methods to teach but you can use the course book as reference or educate children through conversational and spoken English. During your time there you can teach them different subjects such as mathematics, history, science, geography, computer, technologies, music and other subjects, arts and crafts, different educational games, spoken and conversational English, personal development, environment awareness, general health and safety and so on. All higher education in Nepal is in English, so it is vitally important that children must learn English to continue further higher education.

Aims & Objectives

To help the kids grow in their confidence and learn better English which will help them in many ways in the future.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

The school timings are from 10:00 to 16:00. You will be placed as an assistant to a teacher of a class of 25 students. Lunch will be provided at the school by noon. If you choose to continue teaching at the school until 16:00.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                65

Minimum English level:        Intermediate

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        Completed high school

Additional Requirements

There are no specific requirements.

Living & Location

Far from the earthquake epicenter, and almost unaffected by the disaster, Pokhara ticks all the right boxes, with spectacular scenery, adventure activities, and accommodation and food choices galore. Whether you’ve returned from a three-week trek or endured a bus trip. Pokhara is the place to recharge your batteries.

The scene is a chilled-out version of Thamel, stretching along the shore of a tranquil lake with bobbing paddle boats. You can enjoy a clear view of the snow-capped mountains, just twenty or so kilometres away.

There’s much more to Pokhara than its laid-back charm. It also boasts a booming adventure sports; it is arguably the best paragliding venue in the world and is surrounded by white-water rivers. There's a fascinating museum dedicated to the world-famous Gurkha soldier. And last but not the least, it’s the gateway to the world-famous treks in and around the Annapurna range and beyond.

You will be living with host families. A dining room and a lounge area where you can hang out with fellow participants.

Food Arrangements

The meals are a Nepali food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself.

Facilities

ATMs: There are ATM's around our centers. The closest one to our residence is about a 15 minute walk from the house.

Shop: The closest local supermarket is a 30 minute walk from the centre.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

There is plenty of things to do in Pokhara, you can go on a hike, relax by the lake, go shopping etc.

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Kathmandu

Quick Facts

Name:                Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal        

Population:        26 million

Capital:        Kathmandu

Language:        Nepali

Currency:        Nepalese rupee (NPR)

Time zone:        UTC +5:45

Country Information

Namaste and welcome to Nepal, a country of high Himalayan Mountains, artistic monuments, exotic wildlife, and diverse cultures. Located between 80 12' east longitude and between 26 22' and 30 27' north latitude, the kingdom of Nepal extends along the south slopes of the Himalayas in central Asia.

Although Nepal is small, it has the greatest latitudinal variation of any country. The land rises from the southern plains of the Terai, barely above sea level at 70 meters, to the top of the Mt. Everest, the highest peak on Earth at 8848 meters above sea level, in a distance of less than 200 km.

Climate

Weather conditions in Nepal vary from region to region. Summer and late spring temperatures range from about 28C in the hill region of the country to more than 40C in the Terai. In the winter, average maximum and minimum temperatures in the Terai range from a brisk 7C to mild 23C. The central valleys experience a minimum temperature often falling below the freezing point and a chilly 12C maximum. Much colder temperatures prevail at higher elevations. The Kathmandu Valley has a mild climate, ranging from 19 to 27C in the summer and 2 to 20C in the winter. In the winter, it only snows in the high elevations, around 9,000 feet. In the highest elevations, it snows year-round. The monsoon can last from mid-June to mid-August although the majority of the rain arrives in July.

Winter: From December to February, the mornings and evenings will be cold; in the daytime, you will be fine with a sweater or thin jacket.

Spring: From March to May is the best time to be in Nepal as it is neither hot nor cold. However, it does get quite windy.

Summer: June to August. Hot, humid and monsoon season.

Fall: Very pleasant and mild weather. It gets a bit windy but you will be fine with a sweater or a jacket.

Culture

Nepal's many ethnic groups are as varied as its land with their own languages and cultures. A wide variety of ethnic groups occupy the mid-hills. In the Kathmandu Valley the major population that we find is Newars, whose culture and artistry have earned them an international reputation. The Sherpas are known as tough mountain climbers. Brahmins and Chhetris are scattered over the hills and valleys, and Tamangs are found in the districts around the Kathmandu Valley. The Rais, Limbu, Gurung, Magars of the mid-hills have earned fame as Gurkha soldiers. Lowland ethnic groups such as Maithili, Bhojpuri, and Tharu enhance the colorful mosaic. The population of Nepal is about 23 million.

Do’s & Dont’s

Namaste

  • Namaste to those older than you in age, rank or position. Only once on the first meeting each day. You may also shake hands with people of same sex. Don't shake hands with a person of the opposite sex.

At the table

  • If someone offers you something to eat, do not say “no” directly. If you do not want to eat, you can say, "I have just had….." or "I do not feel like eating now " or "I never eat/drink…."
  • Brush your teeth, wash your face before eating breakfast.
  • Wash and rinse your hands before and after eating food

Public displays of affection

  • Affection between men and women is seldom expressed. Public kissing, hugging, or hand holding (different sex) is offensive to Nepalese.
  • However, you will often see men holding hands with other men, and women holding hands with other women. This is acceptable and is not indication of homosexuality.

Shoes, feet & legs

The Nepalese believe the feet are the most polluted, profane part of the body. That is why

  • Before entering a temple always take your shoes off
  • Most Nepalese take off their shoes before entering the inner rooms of the house
  • Don't point the soles of your feet at another person
  • Don't step over any portion of another person, food, utensils, books, stationary, etc
  • Accidentally touching someone else with your feet should be apologized for immediately by touching your hand (or making a motion) to the other person’s feet and then touching your head while repeating Vishnu's name, in essence saying "Your feet are higher than my head"
  • Crossing your legs in front of someone senior to you is considered offensive

Left hand - right hand

Your right hand is your more sacred and pure hand, and your left hand is the less sacred and pure. That is why..

  • Don't give or receive things with your left hand
  • Eat with your right hand only. If you are left handed its considerable
  • Your left hand is generally reserved for cleaning yourself in the toilet

The head

The head is the most sacred and pure part of the body. That is why..

  • Avoid patting people, even children, on the head.
  • Don't ever take a man's hat from his head, even in jest.

Clothes

  • The Nepalese are conservative people; try to respect their local dress, even if many tourists do not. Women should not wear short-cut shorts, halter-tops, or tank tops. Knee length shorts and T-shirts are acceptable.
  • Women: Long skirts and conservative pants are best. Anything that is not tight or revealing is acceptable. Men: Long pants and shirts are most preferable. Shorts can be all right if they are relatively conservative. Going bare-chested is unacceptable.
  • Wearing traditional clothes is greatly encouraged by Nepalese. It shows that your respect and are interested in their culture.

Gastronomy

Much of Nepali cuisine is a variation of Asian themes, with a lot of roots from Tibet, India and Thai food. The national dish is daal bhaat tarkaari, which is spiced lentils over rice served with tarkari and cooked with spices.

Cow meat is forbidden because Hindus consider cattle to be sacred. In fact, many tribes and communities in Nepal are strict vegetarians.