Volunteer in Nepal

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Volunteer Teaching in Thulo Parsel Village

This program would give you the invaluable opportunity to experience teaching and living in a rural village in Nepal. Thulo Parsel is located in the Kabre district which is about 5-6 hours from Kathmandu by bus. It is a beautiful, peaceful village nestled in the mountains with a large river running through it. Its people are from the Tamang ethnic group, a group of mixed castes and religions including, but not limited to, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. In this village, you would be working with teachers and students to share ideas about education and your teaching methods and pedagogy. In particular, your role would be to help students become more active participants in the classroom by extending their learning beyond the textbook and into the real world.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
In Nepal, school runs from Sunday to Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm, with Saturday off. There are four schools in the village – 3 Lower Secondary Schools (Year 1 – Year 8) and 1 Higher Secondary School (Year 1 – Year 12). You would have the option of working in either Primary or Secondary levels. Additionally, you have the option of teaching for as long as you choose with a minimum of two weeks. You will predominantly be teaching English and will be placed in a school with other pre-service teachers.

ACCOMMODATION
You have the option to stay in homestay or camping accommodation. All of your meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided. Here, you get the chance to eat the local food or you would also be welcome to cook your own. This will cost you a maximum of 2000 Nepalese Rupee (or $25) per day for meals and accommodation. Camping, however, may be a slightly more expensive option.

PREPARATION

(possible Nepali classes/info about Nepal before leaving)
Please bring any stationary, sports equipment and teaching resources you make like to use in the classroom. You can also buy there things (especially stationary) in Nepal.

TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES
In addition to teaching in the village, you have the weekends to explore the village, among which you can choose to hike in the mountains or fish in the river. There are also multiple options to explore Nepal before or after your teaching experience.

These are listed below:
 Cultural tour (4-5 days). You will visit some key cultural sites of Nepal including Bhaktapur, Nagakot and Namo Buddha. This tour is highly recommended for the beginning of your stay as you will become acquainted with the Nepalese culture. (cost)
 Trekking packages (info and cost)
 Pokhara/Chitwan packages (info and cost)

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Where: Thulo Parsel Village (Kabre district)
When: June/July or Dec to Feb however other times can be negotiated.
Duration: Minimum of 2 weeks, maximum – as long as you like
Accommodation: Homestay or camping
Cost: Maximum of 2000 Nepalese Rupees ($25 AUD) per day
What’s included: Teaching experience, accommodation and all meals.

If you are interested in the program or have any queries, please contact either Nir B. Lama (info@peacenepaltreks.com or Lauren Piovesan (laurenpiovesan@gmail.com).

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