Early Childhood Education Volunteer

Sanga-Sangai School - Kathmandu, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-521 Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Sector: Education Category: Non-Formal Teaching Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic Placement Fee: 50 USD
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Volunteer Job Description

Sanga Sangai, meaning 'Together' is a local non-government organization that was established to provide education to children from low income families in an attempt to prevent them from becoming street children.

Due to significant poverty in areas of Nepal, many young children find themselves leaving school early to work and beg on the streets. These children work to support not only themselves, but often their families as well. It is an unfortunate cycle wherein parents were unable to finish school or pursue higher education and now are unable to support their children who subsequently drop out of school to work.

By providing a low-cost alternative for these children and instilling in them the importance of education we can hopefully improve the outlook for Nepal's many youth, as well as society as a whole.

At the Sanga Sangai School children range in age from five years to twelve years old. Unfortunately due to lack of funds lessons can only be geared towards the younger children. In addition to teaching English, early childhood education volunteers can assist staff with other classroom subjects.

If a "General Health Camp" has been arranged for during the volunteer's placement, the volunteer may be asked to develop and implement the Camp. Many children in Nepal do not have access to proper health training. By providing these, "Health Camps", to the children they teach them good personal hygiene and at the same time reduce the risk of preventable illnesses. These camps can only be conducted when staff and funds are available.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Teach English

Early childhood education volunteers should place emphasis on their English sessions with the children and try to incorporate English into as many activities as possible. It has been proven that the earlier a child learns a language the more fluent they are likely to be.

Cook and Feed Children

Volunteers can learn how to cook Nepali food for the kids and assist in the making of lunches which are provided to the children each school day. Volunteers can also cook food from their native country to feed the children at lunch time. Lunch time can be a great learning experience for all. It totally depends on the interest and effort of each volunteer.

Teach Rhymes and Dance

The best way to connect with children is by singing and dancing. In general all kids want to sing and dance. Early childhood education volunteers may teach the kids some useful and catchy rhymes that can help them to learn to speak English easier. A volunteer may also demonstrate some modern dance moves from their country and at the same time learn some traditional Nepali dances.

Teach Art and Crafts

Early childhood education volunteers can teach arts and crafts to the children. Some children find it difficult to voice there concerns but are able to express some of there feelings in a drawing and then perhaps discuss what they drew with staff and/or volunteers. Teaching art and crafts can be a great source of fun and entertainment for the children especially if the volunteer takes the time to prepare lessons ahead of time.

Host Organization Details

Sanga-Sangai School

Sanga-Sangai is a small local school that was developed with the intention of preventing children from lower income families from becoming street kids. This type of work is very important as not only does the work accomplished by this organization help individual families and children but also Nepali Society.

This school is registered with the District Administration Office in Kathmandu and works closely with the Social Welfare Council of Nepal.

In Kathmandu, the number of street children continues to rise. Some of the children are connected with families while others are orphans.

Street kids in Nepal do many things to support themselves and sometimes their families, such as: begging for food and/or money, shining shoes, as well as working as untrained porters in frequently dangerous situations.

One of the ways that Sanga-Sangai encourages kids to come to school is by providing lunch for them. Instead of the children begging to earn money to eat they can come to school for the day where they get an education, as well as a free lunch. The age of the children at the school is approximately five to twelve years. Unfortunately they only teach classes to and including the upper kindergarten level due to lack of funds.

In addition to Math, Geography, Science and History classes, the students also benefit from, "Health Camps", arranged for them by the school. Many children in Nepal do not have access to proper health training. By providing these, "Health Camps", to the children they teach them good personal health habits and at the same time reduce the risk of preventable illnesses. These, "general health camps," as well as "eye camps," at the present time, can only be conducted when volunteers donate funds and their time towards the projects.

They also provide income generating training for all and any Nepali women, when funds are available to conduct such workshops. The training may include: cooking lessons, candle making, making toys, tailoring etc.

When They Were Founded

This school was founded in 2008 by a group of local citizens. After working for more than a decade in the Bal Vojan Program, at one organization, Mr. Rajesh Shahi decided to establish schools in different parts of Kathmandu where they would be able to provide for many more children and thus help to prevent them from becoming street kids.

Who They Work With

This school serves the children coming from low income house holds in Nepal. Statistics show that Nepal is among the poorest countries in the world, with over half of their population live in poverty.

It is important that the youth population in Nepal receives a proper education so that they may start to pull their country out of poverty. As todays youth better themselves and put themselves in a position to have more opportunities, they will be showing younger generations how to do the same.

How Are They Funded

This organization mainly receives funding through foreign organizations and individual donors. It also receives a very nominal fund from the government program of Bal Vojan, where all the money is allocated for food.

Donation Requests

The school would greatly appreciate donations of: stationary, work books, pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, colored markers, educational, as well as, recreational books, toys, educational games, musical instruments, sports equipment, a DVD player, educational DVDs, computers, money for school fees and/or Scholarships, etc.

Placement Location Information

Kathmandu, Nepal

Sanga Sangae does not have their own space, but work out of a rented, three story old building. This building is made of mud and bricks.

On the ground floor there are two rooms and a washroom in the back of the building. The first floor has three rooms including an office and a kitchen where they prepare lunch for the kids. Since they do not have many supplies they are forced to keep the children's books in their office drawers. They have cooking gas stove and utensils to prepare lunch and tea.

Outside there is a small playground, where volunteers can play with kids during lunch time. The surrounding neighborhood is a very typically Newar community based place. The houses are a mix of old and new concrete.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, walk to Sorakhuttay which takes around 5-7 minutes. From there walk towards Thamel and walk straight to Panknajol. Continue walking and you will have to pass the People's College to reach Chettrapati. Again walk straight south and within two minutes you will turn right and continue walking for three more minutes. Turn left and shortly again turn right and you will see the Sanga Sangae on your right hand side.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 2 kilometers
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:30

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 about 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 also numerous hotels, restaurants and trekking agencies that cater to tourists and offer day trips or longer adventures. The city can be a shock to travelers 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 travelers 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 monarchy 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

CIWEC Travel Medicine Center
TEL 1: 4424111
TEL 2: 4435232

Placement Address

Sanga-Sangai School

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

Placement Fee Alert

This placement has a placement fee!

In some cases, a placement will have to take on certain expenses in order to host a volunteer. For example, some medical internship placements take time away from paid medical staff to help with educational assistance. This has a cost that is compensated by a placement fee. In other cases, the organization may have to pay for additional equipment, energy consumption or other expense in order to put a volunteer to work.

In such cases, the organizaiton charges a fee. This fee is paid directly to the organization in cash on the ground.

One of the reasons that we keep this fee separate is so that volunteers who do not pay us for accommodation, meals etc (Program Fees), will see that they will still have to make this payment directly to the organizaiton upon their arrival.

The placement fee for this organization is: 50 USD

Program Dates

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.

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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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