We are excited, delighted and very very proud to offer you opportunities to volunteer in Nawaraj’s village school…

We want you, and your pals, to join our volunteer treks to the village school. You do not need to be a certified teacher, or have school experience.  You need to be 18 years or older, of amazing character,  with a minimum secondary education (high school) diploma (life experience counts), and a competency in spoken and written English. We need volunteers to help us in the beautiful yet remote hills of Nuwakot. We need you to read with children, teach sports, technology, art, or English. With your help we will start a cycle of amazing education and experiences for the pupils. Volunteering in Nepal with our village children helps give them a real life social studies lesson by interacting with you! 

 Join us for one of our Teaching Treks Nuwakot.  We are offering a community homestay volunteer project in Nawaraj's home village of Suryamati.  This village is in Ward 9, Nuwakot, around 90 Kms from Kathmandu  The area lies away from trekking routes and traditional tourist destinations.  It's off the beaten path and a genuine taste of Nepali village life.  There’s three options

 

www.trekkingthehimalaya.com Suryamati homestay

 

Options

1) 14 days with teaching and activities

2) 7 days teaching and 7 days cultural experience, such as going to Chitwan and helping with the elephants (additional costs for this as there will be higher outgoings, still be amazing value and a phenomenal experience)

3) This one’s for groups…we can design a package just for your group, use the contact us page or email info@trekkingthehimalaya.com

Want to volunteer Teaching Trek Nuwakot?

From USD $980

·Duration: 14 Days (approx.)

·Location: Nuwakot and Kathmandu, Nepal

 How to Join our Volunteer Treks: 

1) Contact us with an idea of when you will be ready to join us.

2) Send us your booking form

3) You will be confirmed once deposit is paid, (that’s only $300) and you receive an information pack from us

4) Total remaining balance for trek is due 30 days prior to departure

 Need more info? No Problem! Contact us here: info@trekkingthehimalaya.com

In the UK? Call 07999 035 916, just add 0044 if you’re not.

 Teaching Staff at Suryamati school, June 2017

Teaching Staff at Suryamati school, June 2017

Our school and community really needs volunteers…                             Don’t just take a holiday...                                                 Help us help our community...                        with this amazing volunteer experience. You do not need to be a teacher to go on this trek.  We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who love working with children, are interested in cultural immersion, and going well off the tourist path of Nepal.  As a volunteer you will be teaching at Suryamati School, which has around 300 pupils ages from 4 to 17. Timetables would be allocated on arrival with volunteers able to specify particular ages or subjects which interest them.  Volunteers are expected to do a minimum of 30 hours teaching or pupil contact time over the 12 days they are in the village.  Opportunities could be to assist teaching in English, Maths, Social Sciences or to participate in extra curricular activities.

Overall Goal

The overall goal of this trek is to not only ensure that the children in the village are getting the support they need to engage with learning, but also to ensure that their teachers stay connected with other educators and facilitators. By helping the children AND the teachers in these villages, we develop growth and sustainability.

Our goal with this trek is to:

  • Assist with the redevelopment of the school after the effects of the 2015 earthquake. 
  • Rejuvenate the area with access to employment. 
  • Bringing international volunteers to the area will enhance the language learning of the school pupils and career development of the teaching staff.
  • Provide much required, and wanted, assistance in the classroom and extra curricular activities  
  • Build time into the programme for the volunteers to engage with the pupils, local community and  Nepali culture.  Another focus of the project is to positively present the area to international volunteers  To this end we have developed an interesting programme of outings, informal classes, cultural displays and cooking experiences which will add texture and value to the time  the volunteers spend in Suryamati.  
  • Develop the programme as a way to share ideas, interests, and cultures which will bring benefit to all parties. Suggesting play learning techniques is a great way to do this.
  • Raise funds toward the school, women's community development trust and health care initiatives.

The project has  strong community support which will positively enhance the success of the programme, and the experiences of the volunteers. 

What you will do…

On this 14 day itinerary, after your orientation time in Kathmandu, you will head out to Nuwakot to set up camp and meet the children. Your volunteering fees help contribute to school supplies, teaching tools and clothing for the children in the village. You will be going with a guide with excellent English who will help you enjoy this volunteering trek to a place in Nepal that most tourists never see. Your Nepali guide will help you communicate with the villagers.

Highlights

·   Trekking in a remote region of Nepal

 Buddhas at Kathmandu, you can see these and more on your trips

Buddhas at Kathmandu, you can see these and more on your trips

·   Full supported camping (with cook)

·  Free time in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur/ Patan

·  Volunteering your skills to give learning experiences to children

·  Local Nepali support team

·  Cultural immersion into village life

What You Can Expect

Our team provides you with support from the moment you join this trek. Before you leave for Nepal, our volunteer team in the UK will answer all of your questions and help you prepare for this trek. We will sign you up to our blog which will keep you informed about  volunteering, trekking and the area.  We can also help with fundraising ideas.  It is an ideal project to get motivated for and many volunteers receive backing from sponsors, schools and their own community.

Once you arrive in Nepal, you are picked up by your guide, and transported to the hotel we use for the trek. Our amazing Nepal team takes care of almost everything you need for the full length of your stay including ground transportation, most meals, and securing required permits.  

And after your hard days work?

The evenings are usually filled with campfires, music, and the occasional cultural dance show as each community group is proud to show you their culture. Evenings filled with fun, maybe a little rakshi, as you recount the day with your fellow volunteer trekkers, and a hearty meal served up by your amazing sidar (cook).

Education Experience:  You will also learn about Nepalese lifestyle through this cultural immersion experience.  Find out why Nepali people are some of the world’s strongest, most agile climbers and athletes.  In these life changing 14 days, you will learn a different sense of time, how a more relaxed attitude to time is healthier. You will likely have a new outlook on life,  the way you approach education and be able to conquer any challenges.

Schedule and Pricing

·Trek fee is $980. A $300 deposit is required to hold your space. Balance due 30 days prior to trek.

·2 week fully supported trek.

·Lodging, meals, transportation, and local guides are provided.

·Your fee helps provide school supplies, teaching tools and clothing to children in the village.

·Some ask... 'why is there a fee if this is volunteering?'  The price is very competitive as all the money stays in the community. There is no overseas investor taking profit from our treks.  We provide employment and resources for a marginalised community, that is why there is a fee.  With us you get to live and work with local villagers and be part of their community.  All our resources in the UK such as administration and promotional work are carried out by volunteers who pay for their own costs.  There is not remittance of money back to the UK for work carried out for this project.

 Every dollar, pound or rupee invested with our social enterprise stays in Nepal and directly benefits our community.

www.trekkingthehimalaya villagers Nuwakot

Villagers Nuwakot

clothing distribution 2017

In Nepal there is a huge difference between the level of education for students who go to an English language school in Kathmandu or Pokhara versus those who go to government schools in remote regions. These schools rarely prepare children for any type of higher education, and often do not result in any fluency in English language. This does not leave many options for children once they have completed school. Boys are more likely (if they remain in Nepal, many are exploited in Middle Eastern countries with abysmal workers rights) to stay as subsistence farmers, and so are their children. Girls are likely to be married and may leave school at 14 or 15.  An education will give knowledge, opportunity and the chance of a future.

What this means to volunteers...

You will learn a great deal too. When you embark on a journey like this, you are also exposed to a world that is very unfamiliar. You will see that simple living away from the crowded cities and tourist regions has mind expanding virtues. There is no quiet like Himalayan quiet. There are no nights where the stars are as close to you as in this region of the world. There is no food that tastes better than that cooked over an open fire after a long days trek. Hopefully when you return to your home you will be filled with stories of not only being some of the first western people into a remote region of the Himalayan foothills, but also with a sense of appreciation for the opportunities you have always had at home. People who can do a trek like this, go on to have “can do” lives.

 Woodfire camping, boiling up water for tea. You will live life like a real Nepali, experience village life to the full.

Woodfire camping, boiling up water for tea. You will live life like a real Nepali, experience village life to the full.

Why you should volunteer on this unique Nepal Teaching Trek

We need you to help us at the beginning because with your help this project will have no end. Your time here will help you grow and achieve, you will have experiences that very few westerners are able to have.  We see so much being taken out of Nepal by western companies which charge high prices and have little connection with the communities they pass through. By choosing us you choose to help Nepal.  Helping the children of Nuwakot will bring positivity and encouragement to future generations of our community. 

With your help we can have a positive impact for generations.

Included in the costs

  • Airport transfers
  • 1st and last night hotel stay (shared room)
  • Entry fees and guide for half days tours of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur/Patan
  • Transport to and from Nuwakot
  • Planned activities - welcome fire, Nuwakot tour, cooking classes, Nepali language and culture class, time in local town, jungle walk, film night
  • Donation to school
  • Food at homestay - 3 meals per day
  • Facilities to make hot drinks
  • Tented Accommodation 
  • Use of social / communal area
  • Teaching time at the school

Not included in the costs

  • International flights
  • Insurance
  • Visa
  • Food and drinks outside of programme
  • 1st night meal in Kathmandu
  • Final meal in Patan/ Bhaktapur
  • Alcohol
  • Gifts
  • Tips for the guides, drivers, cooks
  • Onwards travel 

Our Volunteer Project is made possible with the kind support of