Primary School Teaching Volunteer

Nepal Child Conservation Home - Kathmandu, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-714 Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: None
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Volunteer Job Description

Nepal Child Conservation Home (NCCH) is a home for orphaned Nepali children. It is dedicated to providing children in Nepal with a safe, family oriented home, nutritional food, a basic academic education with sports and other activities to help develop their minds and bodies.

They are understaffed and therefore, taking care of all the needs of the children is a challenge. Volunteers are needed to assist the current staff and help make the work load more manageable. NCCH also expects volunteers to assist staff in writing proposals in an effort to find new sponsors for the children.

NCCH needs volunteer primary school teachers to interact with the children for socialization, as well as skill development, to teach the English language, to create fun educational games, as well as recreational sports, art and crafts etc.

NCCH has some scholarships for the Vijay Boarding School and volunteers would be accepted to teach various subjects at this school, according to their capabilities and comfort zones.

A volunteer primary school teacher from a different country has an excellent opportunity to teach the children about the different cultures in the world especially about their own native country.

The educational background of a volunteer primary school teacher at this placement, does not require a teacher's degree but the volunteer must have a passion to help children in their educational development process. Of-course the more teacher orientated the volunteer's background the higher level of teaching experience they may be asked to participate in.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Teach English

A volunteer primary school teacher would be expected to develop and implement sessions for the children that would teach the English language in a fun and enjoyable manner and should encourage the children to interact with each other. The goal is to create a warm and happy learning environment for these children.

Art and Crafts

A volunteer primary school teacher may be asked to conduct art and craft sessions. Children can sometimes release a lot of tension and emotional stress through drawing pictures. However, the volunteer should be aware that the supplies for such sessions may only be available through the generous donations of the volunteer.

Teach Rhymes and Dances

The best way to connect with kids is by teaching songs and dances. A volunteer primary school teacher may be asked to conduct music sessions that include lessons in health and hygiene issues through dances, songs and/or rhymes. Do your homework and come prepared!

Homework

A volunteer primary school teacher may be asked to teach NCCH children after school at the NCCH Centre. A volunteer may assist the children to understand their homework assignments or participate in sports or other recreational activities etc.

Host Organization Details

Nepal Child Conservation Home

Nepal Child Conservation Home (NCCH) is a non-profit, non-governmental home for orphaned Nepali children. It is dedicated to providing children in Nepal with a safe and comfortable environment to live in.

NCCH was started with the GOAL of promoting children's rights through welfare activities for children. They strive to provide the youth with nutritious meals, education and skills that will enable them to participate in the work force when they are adults.

NCCH is an important organization as they are trying to improve the quality of life for street children in Nepal. Each year, over 50,000 children die in Nepal and of those deaths over 60% die from malnutrition. As a result, organizations like NCCH are trying to address this social issue by creating an atmosphere for the children in their centre that will hopefully promote prosperity.

Over 35% of children living in Nepal are involved in some sort of child labour and various sources believe that this statistic is drastically lower than the reality of the situation. As a result, many children in Nepal do not have access to education and therefore are limited as to opportunities.

NCCH currently houses more than 20 children and provides food, shelter, a family environment and assistants with adoptions. They are understaffed and therefore, taking care of the children is a challenge.

When They Were Founded

The NCCH was officially established on 25th July, 2005, in Khusibu. The founder, Rita K.C. was distressed by the number of abandoned children in the streets of Nepal. She brought one of these children to her home. Thus, the start of the Nepal Conservation Home. It quickly grew to 22 children. Some of these children were reintegrated with their parents and some were adopted. At the present time there are 24 children in the home receiving loving care.

How Are They Funded

Initially this organization was supported by Holt International ( USA ), presently they do not have any donor organizations support. Currently, individual local and international donors are helping them.

Donation Requests

NCCH would appreciate any kind of donations, such as:

Blankets, bed sheets, pillows, uniforms, dresses for all ages, shoes, umbrellas, books, toys, pencils, colored pencils, pens, colored markers, erasers, lunch boxes, packets of rice, milk, eggs, meat, meals, scholarships for children, DVDs, used computers, laptops, camera, utensils etc.

Placement Location Information

Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal Child Conservation Home (NCCH) is around 15 minutes away from the BaseCamp center. This organization is in a rented three and a half story building. Some of the rooms they have, have been rented to other people to cover up operational expenses. This building is concrete with separate dormitories for the boys and girls. They have a solar water heater for hot water. There is a kitchen as well as a living room where there is a TV and DVD player the children use to watch cartoons and movies during their free time.

Outside, there is a small playground for the children to play, as well as a recently planted garden used to grow a few vegetables. There is road access from this location, but to use the local public transportation, volunteers would need to walk for a few minutes.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, walk south until you meet the first intersection. From here walk straight and take the second right - you will see the NIST building on your left hand side. Continue walking straight and you will pass a bike cleaning shop, black smith shop, carpenter shop and also Prime College. Once you reach the college, take a left and between two houses there is an alley that will lead you straight to NCCH.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 1km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:15

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 a short period of time and then it 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. Kathmandu serves as the centre of Nepal's economy and is also a cultural hub and a gateway for travellers looking to explore the rest of the country.

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

There are two other cities located in the Kathmandu Valley: Bhaktapur and Patan which have rich architectural and cultural heritages. Both cities are accessible from Kathmandu and offer good options for day trips.

Kathmandu has the most advanced urban infrastructure in Nepal and its economy is largely dependent on tourism. Because of its rich cultural history and the fairly recent rise in tourism, the city is an interesting mix of old and new with areas of narrow cobblestone streets that feel unchanged since the middle ages mixed in with areas of congested traffic and pollution. Kathmandu is known for its ancient and intricate architecture and has numerous beautiful Hindu temples and Buddhist shrines. The streets are lined with local vendors selling their wares, local open air markets, as well as department stores which offer brand name goods.

Kathmandu became popular for tourists in the 1960's, and today has a mix of backpackers and mountain climbers who travel through the city. The city can be a shock to travellers, with its sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells.

Kathmandu serves as the administrative capital of Nepal with many different aid organizations, government offices and embassies located within its limits. There are also numerous hotels, restaurants and trekking agencies that cater to tourists and offer day trips or longer adventures. Thamel is the world famous backpackers area of the city and offers many different comforts to travellers such as internet access and western food.

Nearest Medical Clinic

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

Placement Address

Nepal Child Conservation Home
Khusibu 17
Kathmandu
Nepal

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
250
 
  1 Week
295
 
  2 Weeks
400
 
  3 Weeks
505
 
  4 Weeks
610
 
  5 Weeks
715
 
  6 Weeks
820
 
  7 Weeks
925
 
  8 Weeks
1,030
 
 
 
  Additional Weeks
95
 
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


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.

Nov 01, 2019 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

PLEASE NOTE:

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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