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empowering women in nepal

Teach basic conversational English, computer skills and a range of other academic subjects to women of all ages in the vibrant city of Kathmandu.

The program will have you teaching at a school set up purposely to educate young and elderly women who cannot read or write.

You will be assisting them with extracurricular activities and inspire them to achieve their full potential and broaden their horizons through creatively structured lessons.

This project is specially focussed on women who have come to Kathmandu from rural areas to work as housemaids. Most of these female workers do not have even basic education and find it difficult to make life changes in a modern society where education is a fundamental for personal development.

Chetana Mahila Secondary School was established to empower women of all ages through education, improving their confidence, self assurance and independence. The main objective of this school is to motivate the younger and elder women to show their hidden talents.

itinerary

Day 1 - (Sunday)

Arrive at Kathmandu Tribhuvan airport and say Namaste to Nepal. After clearing customs and immigration, you’ll be met by our local team and taken straight to your arrival accommodation, a journey of under 30 minutes, depending on traffic. Arrive any time (6am to midnight) and our staff will be there to meet you with a warm welcome.

Days 2 - 6 Activities and Sightseeing Week (Monday-Friday**)

Week 1 is a wonderful introduction to a wonderful country. We’ll explore Kathmandu and its spectacular surrounding countryside, we’ll get acquainted with the local culture, language, religion, customs, history and social issues to deepen your understanding of the Nepalese way of life.

Your first week is packed full of exciting adventures, cultural excursions and workshops. We take you for a tour to get your bearings in the exciting and vibrant city of Kathmandu. Your week includes yoga and meditation, a cooking class, language lessons, visits to markets and temples, a trek in the Himalayan foothills and much more. Expect most or all of the following activities this week:

  • Puja to the gods & goddess and name-giving ceremony 
  • Cultural orientation and local area exploration 
  • Nepali language lesson
  • City tour and market visits
  • Excursion to the iconic Boudhanath temple
  • Nepali cooking session
  • Yoga and meditation session
  • A Buddhist religious tour 
  • A local tour to the Hindu Temple
  • A day’s trek in the Kathmandu Valley

Days 7 & 8 (Saturday & Sunday)

Weekends are free to spend as you please. There’s so much to discover in Kathmandu itself, including famous Durbar Square and the hilltop Monkey Temple at Swayambhunath, whose giant Buddha eyes gazing out over the city are one of the iconic images of Nepal. The ancient Kathmandu Valley cities of Patan and Bhaktapur are easily accessible as a daytrip as are the Himalayan viewpoints at Dhulikel and Nagarkot.

Days 9 - 13 (Monday - Friday)

time! Teaching support, tips and advice will be provided and you’ll have observation sessions before you take the plunge and handle your first class.

You will teach and educate women of a wide range of ages, backgrounds and learning capacities. You are free to use different methods to teach but you can use the course book as reference or educate them through conversational and spoken English. During your time here you can teach different subjects such as mathematics, science, geography, computer, technologies, music, spoken and conversational English, personal development, environment awareness, general health and safety and so on.

All higher education in Nepal is in English, so it is vitally important that they learn the language well. Trained teachers in Nepal are committed to raising standards in schools and, with an adult literacy rate of 67% there is plenty of room for improvement.

School hours are generally 10am-4pm and you will be taking four to five classes each day. The schools usually have a curriculum, Volunteers are encouraged to be creative with learning through books, games, songs, art, sport, games and music. Your role is to encourage and inspire so out-of-the-box activities and creative experiences are more than welcome and really appreciated by both students and staff.

A classroom assistant from overseas is always the source of much excitement and interest, so you are encouraged to bring along photos, maps and other visual aids from home. Volunteers with teaching experience and those without will both be able to make a very significant and worthwhile contribution here.

Casual dress is appropriate during your time at the school. However, no-see through clothes or low cut tops are permitted.

Further weeks (Monday-Friday)

Follow the same structure as above. The longer you are here, the greater the impact you will have and the more comfortable you will become with life in the classroom.

Your last day (Saturday)

You’ll return to Kathmandu on your final Friday where you will spend the night before your program concludes after breakfast on the Saturday. The team will be happy to help with a taxi to the airport or city hotel, just save some rupees for the fare - budget $10-15 for the airport, $5-8 for the city.

your digs

Participants will be accommodated in the projects volunteer house. It is around 5kms from the city centre, easily accessible, and a supermarket and ATM are only 15 mins walk away. Volunteers share a bunk-style room with three to five others, and bathrooms are shared. Rooms are lockable and there is wifi access, a mini library, a lounge area and a beautiful garden to relax. A private room upgrade is available on request.

meals

Three meals a day are provided on weekdays and two meals on weekends. Expect a mix of Western and Nepalese food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables with a chicken dish about once per week.

other information

Kathmandu sits at an altitude of 1,400 metres, lowland Chitwan National Park is at 100 metres and we trek as high as 3,195 metres – therefore temperatures vary widely even without the seasonality factor. Generally speaking in Nepal the days are warm and the nights cool. Monsoon rains come in the hottest part of the year, the northern summer, with July and August being the wettest months. The clearest skies and coldest nights are in winter, with overnight temps during December to February often getting down close to zero.

There are laundry facilities everywhere so you’ll be able to clean your clothes cheaply and easily – besides, you’ll want to leave space in your luggage for the many tempting clothes, souvenirs and goodies to be found in markets and the shops of Thamel. Don’t worry about under-packing for Nepal – you could quite safely come with no clothes at all and be kitted out cheaply in a matter of hours !

Trekking, rafting or wildlife safari?

Add an extra week or two to your volunteering and get out into the mountains, jungles and rivers of this awesome country.

Trekking Week – from £559pp

A 5 day trek in the spectacular Annapurna region, with incredible views of the Himalayas. Includes return transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara, 2 nights in this lovely lakeside village and 4 nights in trekking lodges along the way. The highlight of the trek is the famous sunrise viewpoint of Poon Hill at 3,210m where the mountain panorama bathed in the orange glow of the morning sun really has to be seen to be believed!

Adventure Week – from £449pp
An action-packed week which combines a 1-day trek in the Himalayan foothills, a 2 day overnight white water rafting trip where we camp under the stars and a 3 day/2 night jungle safari in Chitwan National Park, home to wildlife including rhinos, leopards, bears and tigers.

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start date

Sunday's year round

minimum age

you gotta be 18 to do this program

important info

  • Experience: Reasonable level of fitness required - the trekking days are long
  • Fly In & Out : Kathmandu (KTM)
  • What’s included: Airport meet-and-greet, accommodation, most meals, arrival briefing, 5 days of activities and sightseeing, local 24/7 support
  • What’s not included in cost: Flights, Tourist visa, departure transfer, travel insurance, Rabies vaccine (required prior to travel)
  • Accommodation: Shared bunk room with shared bathroom **private room upgrade is available for £80 per room (single or twin-share) per week
  • Food: 3 meals provided daily (B/D at weekends)
  • As part of our duty of care to the children, you will need to provide us with a Police Check prior to arrival in Kathmandu
  • *Prices start at £685pp for a 2 week programme. Prices will be confirmed in writing prior to booking. 

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