Working with children in Nepal in a positive, well managed day centre & school
Working in Nepal with children provides support to some of the most disadvantaged children in Kathmandu.
This project is a safe, affordable day centre for young children to stay and gain a primary school education while their poor parents work, normally earning just enough money to buy food for a day. It is situated in a poor part of Kathmandu and most of the children are from disadvantaged backgrounds, with many suffering from multiple social issues, as well as poverty.
However, thanks largely to the fantastic head teacher they have a brightly painted, superbly run kindergarten and school. There is plenty of outdoor space, the classrooms are colourful with imaginative displays and the children take immense pride in their work.
The children get a healthy meal, room to play and plenty of tender love & care. There are over 150 youngsters, aged between 4 and 13 years old, at the centre each day and in addition 100+ are sponsored to go to a local secondary school by the project. Their parents can work and know their children are safe and getting a head start in education.
This is one of our busiest projects. There is a good teaching staff and their levels of English are high. Children are divided into age group classes with about 35 children in each group. Behaviour is excellent and the children really value their education.
This centre has a positive energy that radiates from the head teacher and the staff are thoroughly positive.
The local programme leader will brief each volunteer and agree an appropriate range of activities. Volunteers are needed to work as teacher assistants alongside the qualified staff. You would take groups of children and work autonomously with them following the main class activities. If you are experienced or have sufficient confidence then you would be asked to take your own classes.
The importance of academic subjects, particularly English, is recognised but there is an emphasis on fun, art, craft, constructive play, computing and practical-based activities. The children follow the school curriculum but you would have plenty of scope to work autonomously and utilise your skills to help the children.
Volunteers who have experience in social work would be especially welcomed to help train staff on current practices.
The centre is open 08:00 until 18:00, and volunteers would agree the hours they are required locally.
English is considered to be the most important curriculum subject as it provides the opportunity to better employment. Although most of the staff have a knowledge of the language, they are not fluent and your English skills are needed to provide native-speaking skills and the added capacity to give more time to individuals and groups eager to improve their language.
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