Do you have a passion for sharing your skills with others? Volunteering to assist with teaching English, and other subjects, in Kathmandu as part of your gap year would be the perfect opportunity for you to broaden your experiences of other cultures while making a difference. All higher education in Nepal is taught through the medium of English so it is imperative for children to develop excellent English skills in order to continue with education. The current rate for adult literacy is 67% so your contribution will be greatly appreciated and worthwhile.
Your role at the project will involve assisting the main teacher, so you can contribute whether or not your trained or experienced in teaching. Reaching children across different age groups, and with differing abilities, you will be working as part of a project which identifies the places where help is needed most. Based in small, local village schools, you’ll be able to build and nurture positive relationships with the children as you deliver learning opportunities which help them to develop as individuals with brighter futures. Through in-school creatively structured lessons and extracurricular activities, you will be able to inspire them and give them access to the pathways to reach their full potential.
Poverty in Nepal results in the majority of people being unable to travel. Having teachers from other cultures broadens the children’s, and their families, knowledge and understanding of the wider world, again opening doors for their future success. For you, the benefits are vast. You will develop new teaching methods and techniques as you explore the differences between the education system in Nepal and that of your own country. You’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of the Nepalese culture and will probably learn some useful words and phrases from the language. On top of this, you will form strong friendships through your shared experiences.
There are course materials available for you to refer to, but you are welcome to develop and use methods that work for you while you are teaching at the school, including teaching English through conversational techniques. You’ll have an opportunity to teach a range of subjects including history, science, mathematics, geography, computers, music and many more.
You are in control of the level of fun and interest in your lessons. Don’t be afraid to break away from the norm of a very dull Nepalese curriculum. Making your activities creative, unique and memorable will have a more significant impact on the children’s futures, and you’ll all enjoy the experience more.