Teaching in Nepal as a volunteer teaching English in a rural village location
The Nepali national curriculum is meant to be delivered in English, but in reality this is rarely achieved due to the language barriers facing both staff and children. This school does better than most, but would benefit immensely from a native English speaker supporting teachers and children, both inside and outside of the classroom.
The school attracts around 500 children, from nursery age through to 17 years old. There is also a small special needs unit for 25 blind children who are resident in the school. The children are taught in class sizes of 30-45, so there is plenty of need for teaching support.
The school was badly damaged by the earthquake of 2015, but is being rapidly rebuilt by the community and NGO support. The school attracts children from a wide radius, but sits alongside a small rural village in the hills, offering volunteers an authentic and rewarding volunteer teaching experience.
This volunteer teaching placement would suit a volunteer with some previous budget travel experience, who is equipped to live more independently in a local setting.
Teaching experience is helpful rather than essential. We will provide you an online learning course that will help get you started. Volunteers are able to support in all classes, from English, Maths, Science, to environmental and social studies. Plus activities such as quizzes, debates, sports and essay writing.
English is the most important subject as knowledge of the language can open the door to a significant range of employment opportunities. You will act as a teaching support to students, primarily in English lessons, but also other classes that are supposed to be taught in English.
Your native English speaking ability is the asset that students and staff are all keen to tap in to, and your role helping teach English informally outside the classroom will be as important as the help you can offer inside the class. We encourage all volunteers to take any skills and hobbies with them, to create after school clubs and activities that can add something more to the school programme and enliven the children. Art, sport, music, drama are all initiatives that you could start in the time you are there.
Nepal is a country where the whole curriculum is supposed to be taught in English, yet most of the teachers cannot speak English well, limiting the chance of the children to improve.
Teachers, pupils and many of the adults in the village want to improve their English but to do so need a native English speaker to practise with. If they can imrove their English, then their employment opportunities in tourism, business, teaching and the civil service are all greatly improved.
Hand on heart the best 3 months of my life… what a country, what a village, what a nation. I have never felt so at home somewhere so foreign., Rural teaching in Nepal