Early Childhood Education Volunteer

CWARDS - Kathmandu, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-544 Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Sector: Education Category: Non-Formal Teaching Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Volunteers to teach the English language at the Children’s Welfare and Rural Development Service, (CWARDS) are needed. They would be assigned to work in: formal education, play activities, other educational endeavors and administrative duties. This location is in the outer region of the city and within the carpet factory industrial area. Volunteers may be able to visit some of the carpet factories to observe the children at work and/or visit some of the children's homes to see the dire conditions of the dwellings, where most of these children live.

A volunteer, (who's native tongue is English), teaching at their school adds value to their teaching program. Foreigners teaching English at the school influences Nepali parents to send their children so they can learn the English language. They realize that future employment opportunities are greatly increased if their child is able to speak English. The children are also influenced to go to school as they enjoy the contact with foreign volunteers and are usually eager to attend classes that foreign volunteers teach.

A volunteer English teacher will have the opportunity to work at this daycare and school that provides early childhood education to over 50 children. The volunteer would not only teach the English language but at the same time by carefully planning their lessons could incorporate health and hygiene issues into their teaching program.

A volunteer English teacher at this placement does not need to have had teaching experience but must be willing to work to develop an English program for the school that not only could be followed at the present time but by future volunteers. The English lessons should include tests to evaluate the students understanding of the lessons taught.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Teach English

A volunteer English teacher would teach the English language. It is appreciated if the volunteer's native tongue is English so the students learn the correct pronunciation of the words. Foreign teaching volunteers encourage and motive the children to come to school to learn.

Recreational Games & Activities

A volunteer English teacher may be asked to participate in recreational games and activities. In general in Nepal, only academic classes are taught due to lack of teachers. A volunteer could fill this gap by teaching recreational games and activities.

Teach Rhymes and Dance

The best way to connect with kids is by singing and dancing. In general all kids want to sing and dance. A volunteer English teacher could teach the children some catchy rhymes, songs and/or dances that would help in the learning of the English language or perhaps have health or hygiene aspects to them.

Educational Services

A volunteer English teacher may work with staff to help develop outreach programs which stress the importance of education, health and hygiene. Volunteers may also be asked to work with parents of children outside of class hours to provide information on the benefits of a formal education and the importance of proper health care.

Administrative Duties

A volunteer English teacher may be asked to help with database management and/or assist to help develop a website. Other duties may include helping to keep up-to-date educational information on each child.

Host Organization Details


Children are the stepping-stones in the development of human civilization. Much of our development and prosperity lies in the hands of children of today. The way they are being brought up, character installed in them, their health, nutrition, protection and also the environment they live in, influence to a large extend the future and prosperity of the country.

Government's can't provide all the necessary faculties to all the people, in developing countries like Nepal; where there are hundreds of children living in carpet factories and/or helping their parents or guardians with daily chores like cooking, washing dishes, taking care of younger children or just doing nothing.

Most of these children are already of school age or even older. Some of the children are orphans and have not been enrolled in school. While some have parents but they are economically very poor and can't send their children to school. These children, (if not sent to school), will join the industry sooner or later as child labor.

CWARDS was established in 2001. To provide necessary early education to children of the poor and awareness of the dangers confronted by children on the streets to their parents

CWARDS AIMS are as follows:

1) To improve health conditions and provide an education for children of carpet workers, as well as other families living in financial distress. 2) To run a rehabilitation center for the children who have been affected by the war, (Civil War-Government And Maoists), which ended several years ago. 3) To provide protection and basic rights to children. 4) To create the condition for social recovery of the children affected by violence and social crime.

CWARDS is conducting a Early Childhood Program where approximately 50 students receive a free education. It is registered as a school and works as a daycare that provides early childhood education.

At the present time, they do not have enough funds to conduct a boarding school which is their ultimate goal. They have a few teachers who manage their school activities. Once students finish their early childhood program, they receive a scholarship towards future educational endeavors.

When They Were Founded

CWARDS was established to improve health and provide education to carpet worker children.

CWARDS was founded in 2001 by a group of aware citizens who found that most carpet workers children lived in direr conditions both at home and when taken to the factory. One of the Founder's is Mrs Ramkesari Shrestha, who had previously worked in a Women Security Pressure Group as a executive director.

The bitter truth or reality of the situation is that if parents don't go to work there will be no food to eat. The only form of work that some parents are equipped to do and/or able to find is in the factory. Therefore, because of lack of money children are left home alone or taken to the factory by their parent(s).

Who They Work With

Mostly CWARDS has been establish to focus on carpet factory children. But they also provide support to marginalized community as well as poor and needy people.

How Are They Funded

The organization is funded by the Nepal RugMark Foundation. They cook and provide lunch to the children of the carpet workers. They charge a small fee for the lunch but if the parent(s) can't afford to pay, the lunch is free.

Donation Requests

CWARDS would appreicate any of the following donations:

1 Children's books 2 Educational materials 3 Support for lunch 4 Pencils 5 Erasers 6 Sponsorship for children 7 Computers 8 Printer 9 School bags 10 Underwear 11 Slippers 12 Toothbrushes 13 toothpaste 14 Soap 15 Lunch boxes

Placement Location Information

Kathmandu, Nepal

Children Welfare and Rural Development Service (CWARDS) is situated north-east of Kathmandu near the banks of the Bagmati River - local micro buses will take you within 70 minutes to this location.

This placement is located on the outskirts of Kathmandu, near by the Gokarna Forest Resort. Though it lies within the Kathmandu city limits, it has little to do with the city. You have to walk around 5-10 minutes from the main road before you can see the village.

CWARDS has rented the ground floor of a building where they have three classrooms, one kitchen, one office and one bathroom. It is a concrete building, and all the classrooms have a white board, desks and chairs, but they do not have many other useful amenities. They do not have computers for their official work, and the children have to bring jars of water in to drink and brush their teeth since the tap water is not safe to drink.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp Center in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, walk 10 minutes north to reach Balaju, and take a micro bus to Thali, which will take around 40 minutes. You will pass by many local attractions like New Bus Park, MaharajGunj, Gopi Krishna Movie Theater, the banks of the river and Chahabil, as you travel east towards Boudhanath Stupa - which is a World Heritage Site in Kathmandu. When you reach Jorpati you will take another micro bus which will cross the bridge and stop at Dakshin Dhoka. Once you stop at Dakshin Dhoka, you need to cross the road and walk for around five minutes to reach CWARDS.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 10km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:55

Weather in the Area

The Kathmandu Valley is located in the central region which has a mild or sub-tropical climate most of the year. Summer temperatures range from 19 to 27 degrees Celsius and winter temperatures between 2 and 20 degrees Celsius.

Usually the hottest time of the year is between April and May when the weather is very hot and humid. In June the humidity lifts as the monsoon season starts. The monsoon season occurs between June and August and is when the most rain fall happens in Nepal. During the monsoon season rain does not usually fall continuously but extremely hard for short periods of time; it then remains cloudy and cool until the next rain fall.

City/Village Description

Kathmandu is located in central Nepal and is the country's capital and largest city. The city is located in the Kathmandu Valley of the Himalayas at an elevation of approximately 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) above sea level, and is home to over one million people. Kathmandu is surrounded by four major mountains which provide a scenic view of the city. In the winter you can see the Himalayas peaking over the hills first thing in the morning before the smog sets in.

There are numerous hotels, restaurants and trekking agencies that cater to tourists and offer day trips or longer adventures. The city can be a shock to travellers with a sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells.

Then there is Thamel...the world famous backpackers area...a home away from home for many travellers who need some extra comfort and a reminder of the western world, where you can find everything from fresh baked croissants to wireless internet.

In terms of religion, Kathmandu is largely Hindu with a strong Buddhist presence. Nepal recently moved from being a Hindu Kingdom with a ruling monarch to a republic and Kathmandu is full of evidence of the country's history.

Kathmandu is considered to be the economic, spiritual and cultural meeting point of Nepal and also serves as the administrative capital with many different aid organizations, government offices and embassies located within its limits.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Nepal Medical College
Dakshin Dhoka
TEL 1: 977-01-4911008

Placement Address

Dakshin Dhoka ( Narayan Tar)

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Nepal at our BaseCamp Center in Kathmandu. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Nepal. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Nepal you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

BaseCamp Nepal

BaseCamp Nepal
BaseCamp Nepal Address

Uttam Chowk, Ekikaran Road
Ward No 16
Kathmandu, Nepal

BaseCamp Nepal Contact Details

Tel: (977) 1-438-9397
Mobile: (977) 980-314-1173

BaseCamp Nepal is located in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu just a few minutes walk from the popular backpacker district of Thamel. We are situated in a beautiful four story building, with nine rooms and a capacity for almost forty guests. Each level of the house has four balconies, plus the hostel has two roof top patios. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided.

The second and third floor of the hostel each have a spacious common area. The kitchen and large dining room are on the fourth floor. A fire pit and plenty of seating make the roof top patio a favourite gathering spot. Great for viewing the rising or setting sun, planning your next adventure or relaxing with a cup of chiyaa.

Back on the ground, there is an organic community garden in our courtyard in which interested guests are always welcome to help tend. Wireless internet access is available throughout the house, making it easy to stay in touch with friends and family back home.

The meal plan at BaseCamp is a 14 day rotation of various dishes from around Nepal. The idea behind our plan is that volunteers will familiarize themselves with local dishes and meal table etiquette before moving on to a host family. For the volunteers who stay in BaseCamp throughout their program, the meal plan offers a diverse and authentic diet.

BaseCamp Nepal is also where language training and orientation workshops take place. We have a classroom area for the more formal parts of our orientation and each day we will visit various parts of Kathmandu as volunteers become familiar with life in Nepal.

Living With a Host Family in Nepal

Living with a host family in Nepal is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Nepal.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Nepal

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks
All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Program Dates


The following is a list of all months during which this placement is not available.

  • July
  • December

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Dec 06, 2019 Jan 03, 2020 Feb 07, 2020
Mar 06, 2020 Apr 03, 2020 May 01, 2020
Jun 05, 2020 Jul 03, 2020 Aug 07, 2020
Sep 04, 2020 Oct 02, 2020 Nov 06, 2020
Dec 04, 2020 Jan 01, 2021 Feb 05, 2021
Mar 05, 2021 Apr 02, 2021 May 07, 2021
Jun 04, 2021 Jul 02, 2021 Aug 06, 2021
Sep 03, 2021 Oct 01, 2021 Nov 05, 2021


These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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