Heaven Hill Projects
We don’t require any specific qualifications, meaning we have volunteers of all different backgrounds. Volunteers can help at the school doing teaching and library sessions or doing other projects such as construction and gardening. Volunteers are asked to work only 4-5 hours per day and the rest of the time is free to spend as you like. The surroundings are very peaceful - perfect for hiking, yoga, meditation or just chilling out.
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Namaste! My name is Shamser, I am the principal of an Academy, in my village, Gaunshahar, located in a beautiful part of northwestern Nepal on the top of a hill with stunning views on the Himalayas.
I opened my first school in Gaunshahar in 2015, with the ambition to offer a free and non-violent education to the children of my local community:
- Free because most families of my district are poor and often cannot pay for their children's education, leading to a high drop-out rate. This is why we offer all children school fees, uniforms, books, stationary and meals.
- Non-violent because the educational system in Nepal is still often based on the traditional hitting system, with 80% of Nepali children educated with physical punishment and violent discipline, leading to physical and psychological trauma.
This is the first free non-violent school ever open in Nepal, and this educational project led me to be selected as top 50 finalists of the Global Teacher Prize in 2019 (which is similar to Nobel Prize for teachers).
Additionally I opened four schools in my district, in 2015 and 2022, and those four schools altogether welcome over 450 children from age 3 to 13. In 2021, we also started to run a school bus to allow children from remote villages to attend school. All children from the area are welcomed irrespective of cast and disabilities, and we have expansion ambitions as the demand for our school coming from all the surrounding villages gets bigger every year: this is why we need your help!
We have just opened the School in the Besisahar province. We ask that volunteer spend some of their stay at this newer school because more help is needed there and it adds diversity to your experience. The new school is surrounded by rainforest and is remote. The new school is a 1.5 hour from Besisahar. We are excited to now have a western toilet and a hot shower at the new school, and volunteers can stay in three spacious rooms in the upper level of the school. Tents are also available for those who wish to use them, also organised by Shamser.
We welcome any type of help, from teaching to building, painting or cooking: you can see more details and our current projects in the "Help" section!
We ask volunteers to help 4 to 5 hours per day, 5 days a week, and work half of their time at the school in Guanshahar and half of their volunteering days at the new School.
I will request that you stay at either Heaven Hill Academy in Guanshahar or at New Marigold in Chiti based on where we need the help most. However, volunteers still have the option to the other school if they would like to experience both.
Please note that during exam & holiday times the work available will change to activities that we cannot action during school times such as painting, construction, agriculture & general maintenance. During these times we are still very much in need of the help of volunteers but don't want you to be disappointed if there is no teaching opportunities. The upcoming holiday/exam dates are as follows:
6th - 13th July 23 (First term exams)
17th - 21st July 23 (Summer vacation)
6th - 13th Oct 23 (Second term exams)
16th - 27th Oct 23 (October festival)
17th - 19th Nov 23 (Light festival)
20th - 29th Dec 23 (Third term exams)
1st - 3rd Jan 24 (Winter vacation)
13th - 14th April 24 (Nepal New Year)
26th Apr - 2nd May 24 (Annual exams)
Many thanks for your interest, and please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions!