Primary School Teaching Volunteer

Shree Prabhat Primary School - Pokhara, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-802 Location: Pokhara, Nepal Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 4 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Shree Prabhat Primary School is a government school for local children in Sarangkot. Due to a huge rise of private schools in Nepal, government schools lack skilled manpower and can't afford to keep their educational system current.

Presently, there are approximately 35 students studying at the school who are from the deprived, poor, marginalized and lower caste communities. There are 6 staff at the school, which consists of 5 teachers and 1 assistant.

The school does not have any recreational programs or computer studies due to lack of supplies and equipment. Most of the time their educational materials have been from donations.

Shree Prabhat Primary School management and school staff appreciate volunteers who join their team to upgrade the level of education for their students. 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 volunteer English teachers to be proactive and to take the lead and directly supervise and guide the children. Volunteers must be motivated to work with children and willing to develop interesting, enjoyable educational learning initiatives that stimulate the kids desire to learn.

The volunteers would consult with the local teachers regarding the English lesson course. The local teachers may also wish to attend the English lessons to advance their knowledge of the English language.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Teach English

English is a very important language in Nepal and volunteer English teachers are needed at this placement to teach the English language. The children at the school have fun learning with flash cards and with stickers. The volunteers would be expected to develop and implement enjoyable forms of learning.

Teach Recreational Games

The teaching style in Nepal is a bit different than in most volunteer countries and volunteer English teachers would be expected to respect the Nepali approach towards teaching. Volunteers could play a vital role, in teaching recreational activities that would provide fun and stimulate the children to learn and look forward to school each day.

Health and Hygiene Awareness

Most of the children that come to this school are from families in the poor and deprived locations in the area. It would be beneficial for these children to understand the importance of good grooming habits. A volunteer English teacher could teach the results of poor hygiene habits such as bad teeth, hair lice, skin conditions etc. and teach the personal grooming habits needed to prevent such conditions from occurring.

English Homework & Tests

The volunteer English teacher would be expected to assign homework to the kids to ensure that they are understanding the lessons taught in school. For the same reason the volunteer teacher would be expected to give English comprehension tests.

Host Organization Details

Shree Prabhat Primary School

Shree Prabhat Primary School is a government school established to provide early education to local children in rural Sarangkot. Due to a huge rise of private schools in Nepal, government schools lack skilled manpower. Government schools have not been able to afford to upgrade their educational system and thus has totally reduce their credibility with local people.

Presently, there are approximately 35 students studying at the school who are from the deprived, poor, marginalized and lower caste community. Most of the children's parents work as labourers, house workers, restaurant workers and brick makers. Almost all of the parents are uneducated and from poor backgrounds.

The Government of Nepal is trying to provide a good education at their schools and slowly changes are taking place. Teachers have been instructed to make lesson plans for all their classes and slowly progress in the quality of education is happening.

Presently there are 6 staff at the school, which consists of 5 teachers and 1 assistant. The school has a separate community board which looks after their management. The village secretary government official is a member of this board.

The school does not have any recreational programs or computer studies due to lack of supplies and equipment. Most of the time their educational materials have been from donations.

When They Were Founded

Shree Prabhat Primary School was established in 1983 to provide education to local children of the area. The school management committee must consist of a minimum of 7 members. One a school representative, one from the village development community and the other five or more from the local community representing the different political parties.

How Are They Funded

Shree Prabhat Primary School is a government school. They have their own building and teachers salaries and other office expenses are funded by the government. Sometimes local or international organizations provide some funds to help to operate and upgrade the educational system.

Donation Requests

Shree Prabhat Primary School would appreciate any items as donations such as:

- Children books - Computers - colouring pencils, crayons and markers - Pencils - Workbooks - Shoes - School Uniforms - Sweaters - Lunches - Scholarships - School bags - Toothbrushes - Toothpaste

Placement Location Information

Pokhara, Nepal

Shree Prabhat Primary School is situated in Sarangkot. It is a government school and they have one old building and a separate new building. The old building has a zinc roof so it is very hot during the summer.

This school does not have many resources. There are no computers and no recreational activities. They have a small playground where you can play soccer and other games. Most of the games items have been donated by foreigners and local individuals. They do not have enough stationary or school uniforms for all the children. Even staff often donate money from their salaries to provide supplies to the students.

They have around 40 students and 5 teachers. Most of the students are from poor and marginalized families from the lower caste. Most of the parents are working as labor.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, take a taxi to Tourist Bus Park, and from there catch a bus heading to Pokhara - these toursit buses usually leave around 6:30 am. This is around a 200km trip, but by bus can take around six to seven hours, depending on traffic and stops. Once you reach Pokhara, one of the local staff will be there to pick you up and take you to the placement.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 215km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 7:15

Weather in the Area

Pokhara has a mild climate ranging from a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius in the summer, down to 10 degrees Celsius in the coldest month of January. The green hills and snow-capped mountains play an important role in keeping the temperature relatively cool, even in the scorching heat of the summer. In general, the humidity is higher in the morning than in the evening.

On average, the Monsoon season begins in Pokhara around April. The beginning of April brings torrential downpours with sudden strong winds and storms. The rainfall becomes more intense during the months of July, August and September. Pokhara receives heavy rainfall when the warm and humid winds from the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea form heavy clouds over the valley. For this reason, the valley is also known as Cherapunji of Nepal - Cherapunji being the Indian town that receives the highest rainfall in the world. The heavy rainfalls gradually die down and the weather is clear from October to February. There are lighter winter rains in the valley from January to March.

City/Village Description

The Pokhara Valley, a land of spectacular beauty crowned by the majestic Himalayas, conjures visions of calm but vibrant green hills. Loaded with luxuriant vegetation and dotted with shimmering lakes, the valley offers awesome vistas. Magnificent images of Mount Machhapuchhare reflected in the clear waters of the Lake Phewa, leave everyone spellbound. As one of the Nepal’s adventure hubs, it has reputation of being the second home for tourists worldwide.

Pokhara's rich topographical conditions are responsible for the profusion of flora and fauna. The geographical location has made Pokhara one of the biggest valleys in Nepal. The valley is encircled by lush green hills ranging in height from 1077 meters in the South East from 2738 meters in the North East. Snow clad mountains add a special radiance to the valley. They also form snow-fed rivers that run through the heart of the valley.

Among other advantages, the valley is popular for many different ethnic groups known for their rich art and cultural heritage. The combination of stunning natural beauty and spectacular art and culture has attracted visitors to the Pokhara Valley.

Pokhara is also recognized as one of the major destinations for adventure tourism. Micro-light flying, paragliding, rafting, sightseeing, boating, pony trekking and caving are extremely popular form of adventure tourism.

Because Pokhara is such a popular tourism destination, there is no shortage of amenities in the area. There is a wide variety of hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions to choose from, all at a variety of price points.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Manipal Hospital
Manipal
Pokhara
TEL 1: 061-440387
TEL 2: 061-440600

Placement Address

Shree Prabhat Primary School
Sarangkot
Pokhara
Nepal

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Nepal at our BaseCamp Center in Kathmandu. Given that this placement is more than a 1 hour 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers here will be living with a host family after your orientation. Living with a host family is an awesome experience for a person looking to really experience Nepal and its culture.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Nepal.

If you think that living with a host family is not for you, then this placement might not be the best fit with what you are looking for. You should try completing our application. It's totally free and will allow our team in Nepal to come up with a list of exactly which placements they would reccommend for you based on your personal preferences, background, skills and interests.

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

MONTHS NOT AVAILABLE

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

  • June

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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