Primary School Teaching Volunteer

Sanga-Sangai School - Kathmandu, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-643 Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Sector: Education Category: Classroom 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-governmental school that was established to provide education to children from low income families in an attempt to prevent them from becoming street children.

One person can do very little, a local citizen from Nepal, (who was working in this field) thought and decided to start, by his own initiative, an early childhood educational program to prevent more and more children in Nepal from becoming street kids. With the help of volunteers and people from the local communities they strive to serve needy children of Nepal.

The school appreciates the assist of volunteers in their minimum staffed school. A volunteer English teacher would not be required to have any formal advanced English educational training but a good knowledge of the English language is necessary and that their native tongue is English in order to ensure the correct pronunciation of words.

The school wants teaching volunteers to be proactive, to take the lead and directly supervise and guide the children. Volunteers must be motivated to work with young children and willing to develop interesting, enjoyable educational learning initiatives that stimulate the kids desire to learn. Volunteers may also be asked to take their students to some places on outings and help to make the kids feel happy and eager to come to school.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Teach English

A teaching volunteer can teach English, as well as other subjects like Math and Science. The children at the school have fun learning with flash cards and with stickers. The volunteer would be expected to develop and implement enjoyable forms of learning.

Play With the Children

Besides teaching, a volunteer teacher may be asked to entertain the children during lunch time breaks and particularly during periods designated for games. During this play period, a volunteer can sometimes become more closely connected to the children, thus providing an avenue of approach to teaching their educational subjects later.

Teach Rhymes and Dance

One of the best ways to connect with children is by teaching rhymes. It might be a little hard at the beginning but later it will be one of the best ways for them to learn and to leave a imprint in their hearts. Teaching volunteers can also have fun with the students by teaching them dances and getting the children to show you dances they already know.

Teach Recreational Games

Teaching volunteers can teach recreational games to the children. This would be appreciated by both the children and the staff as the school does not have a physical education teacher.

Tutor Children

Volunteers may be asked to help tutor the children in their class assignments of Math, English and/or Science. Children usually love to learn with a foreign volunteer.

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

After 25 April 2015, earthquake, Their rent house was damaged badly that they were not being able to start their classes. It was closed for almost 5-6 months, and after that our few volunteer help them to build temporary Shelter, and mean time they were doing fund raising, with grace of God and love from all around the world. They raise a huge fund and they purchase new house for their school.

And they have painted and repair this house and they start classes. Ground floor has 4 rooms and one big room for indoor games. And in First floor they have four rooms including kitchen.

They have few problems to start due to less fund to keep mats on floor, few game items, they are trying to keep library too. They have not much recreational games items, plus not much water, They have water problem, they need to buy water for everything. They are planning to keep big tank as reserve to solve water problem.

They have two squad wash rooms. Bit busy neighbourhood in south handicraft factory. Some time noise from music will come but not a big deal. Besides, it is very quite place.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, walk to Kaldhara Chowk, and take right and walk straight for around 5 minutes, Near by you will see Big Mart in your left hand side, and walk straight to fuel station and take right and do not cross the bridge and take left and walk straight to another intersession and take left and walk two minutes and you will see electricity counter and right after there is small alley along with local shop in left. And walk one minute straight alley to end house is Sanga Sangae.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 2km
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 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

Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital
Bharatpur-10 Chitwan,
Bharatpur-10 Chitwan,
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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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