About Teaching in Nepal
Education is one of the most powerful tools for growth in developing countries, yet many schools in Nepal lack the funding and resources needed to provide quality education to local children. In Nepal, English language proficiency is particularly valuable, as it opens up many career opportunities for young people. Teaching volunteers in Nepal often assist local teachers in English classes, helping to provide individualized attention to the students and giving them a much needed opportunity to practice their language skills. Volunteers may also lead other activities or provide after-school tutoring. By sharing their enthusiasm and skills, volunteers help provide greater opportunities for children in Nepal.
A Typical Day in the Life of a Volunteer in Nepal
World Endeavors volunteers in Nepal can expect their days to be a combination of meaningful volunteer work, cultural experiences, and free time for relaxation and reflection. The sample schedule below represents a typical day for a volunteer in Nepal. Keep in mind that when volunteering abroad, a typical day can be anything but typical!
7:00am: Wake up for black tea or milk tea with crackers.
8:30 am: Breakfast with your host family. A typical Nepali breakfast usually consists of rice, lentils, and vegetables.
9:00 am – 9:30 am: Walk to your volunteer placement.
9:30 am – 1:00 pm: Work at volunteer placement.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Break for lunch and tea. Typical lunches in Nepal include beaten rice and vegetables, noodle soup, or other local snacks.
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Work at volunteer placement.
4:00 – 7:00: Free time to explore the village or city—mingle with the locals, visit an internet café, swim in the river, play soccer with neighborhood kids, or practice speaking Nepali with your host family.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Dinner with your host family. Dinners in Nepal usually consist of rice, lentil soup, and vegetables.
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Relax at home, read a book, prepare for the next day’s volunteering, or plan a weekend excursion to go hiking, rafting, or on a jungle safari.
Project and class schedules, meals, and free time activities may vary depending on the details of your placement.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in Nepalese culture.
I wanted to be the positive change in a student’s life and by traveling abroad I hoped to accomplish that.
-Jenny, Teaching Volunteer in Nepal
Kelly is a math and science teacher from California. She volunteered teaching children in India with World Endeavors.