Experience Nepali village life and help out at our school and NGO

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The Exchange

Come and help at Heaven Hill Academy, a non-profit primary community school in the mountain village of Gaunshahar. You are welcome to help by teaching (no previous experience required), construction work or setting up new school projects. We have many volunteers coming and going which creates a family of like-minded people who are all here to help and become involved in this friendly Nepali community.


What you offer

15 hours of help per week

Child Care: Help look after, educate and instruct children.

Teaching Languages: Teach a language to guests or local communities.


What you get

2 days off per week

Shared Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.

Breakfast: You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.

Lunch: You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.

Dinner: You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.

Certificate: Get a certificate of completion after you finish your experience.


Requirements

Intermediate English

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs


What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa


Program Details

Hello, my name is Shamser. I am the principal of the primary school as well as a chair person for a local NGO in Lamjung, Nepal. I was recently selected for top 50 finalists for Global Teacher Prize for 2019. My family has a homestay located in a beautiful part of northwestern Nepal (Gaunshahar) on the top of a hill with stunning views.

Our school currently welcomes over 100 students, aged 3-10, divided into 8 grades; Pre-school, Lower Kindergarten, Upper Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2 , Grade 3, Grade 4 and Grade 5. We currently have 4 children with special needs. All students from the village are welcomed irrespective of caste, and we focus on helping students whose parents are unable to pay for school fees, uniforms, books, stationery and meals.


Activities & Shift

Whilst staying with my family, we welcome any help you can give. Previous volunteers have participated in many different ways. Most commonly, people who visit help out at the school by assisting teachers, teaching classes, and running creative activities in the library. However, volunteer involvement is not limited to that. In the past, volunteers have designed, planned and acquired materials for projects to improve the infrastructure of the school, including painting projects, rebuilding old paths and gates and improving the electrical wiring. Other volunteer occupations have included teacher training initiatives, helping with grant writing and building our equine therapy program for our three students with Down Syndrome. We have many projects for the future and we always welcome any new ideas that volunteers can bring.