Primary School Teaching Volunteer

Tyouda Madhyamic Vidyalaya - Kathmandu, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-176 Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 3 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Intermediate
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Volunteer Job Description

Tyouda Madhyamic Vidyalaya School provides classes from nursery school to grade ten. There are approximately 482 pupils age 3 to 16 years and 30 staff members. The school is a day school but also conducts evening classes for children who must work during the day.

Nepal has become a tourist destination and Nepali citizens with advanced English language skills are in demand for these tourism jobs. Therefore learning the English language has become a priority subject in Nepali schools.

The correct pronunciation of words, in learning any new language, is always a challenge for all concerned. The school committee would appreciate help from volunteer English teachers who have English as their first language. Also the students would enjoy the experience of communicating with foreign volunteers thus this would be a great motivational incentive towards learning English for them.

The role of a volunteer English teacher at this school would be to improve the English language skills of the children, especially the correct pronunciation of English words. The volunteer would be expected to follow the outline as indicated in the English text books for each grade and keep an accurate record of each child's advancement through homework assignments, tests and exams.

A volunteer at this placement would be required to have an intermediate level of education of the Nepali language in the region. The educational background of the volunteer does not require a teacher's degree but the volunteer's native language must be English and he/she must have the maturity to work with children of all ages including teenagers.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Teach English to Elementary Classes

Students at the elementary school level are just learning the new language. A volunteer English teacher would be expected to implement creative activities to introduce the children to English as a second language. It would be important to teach them with visual materials to avoid all unnecessary translations, as well as help to make it more fun and interesting for them.

Teach English to Upper Grades

Students in the upper grades will know basic English like: nouns, adjectives and verbs but only as simple words. They need to learn how to create sentences with the vocabulary they know. A volunteer English teacher would be expected to create lessons to improve the students conversation skills, as well as the correct pronunciation of the English words.

Literacy

A volunteer English teacher would be expected to implement activities and lessons where English reading comprehension is a essential component in the learning process. This is a area where students need much help.

Teach Recreational Games

Along with the English language lessons, volunteers can teach recreational games and activities. In general in Nepal, classes have been kept to academic subjects only, due to lack of staff. Volunteers can fill this gap by participating in and teaching recreational games and activities.

Host Organization Details

Tyouda Madhyamic Vidyalaya

Tyouda Madhyamic Vidyalaya is a government funded school that was created to help provide more Nepali youth with the opportunity to receive a basic education. This school provides classes from nursery school to grade ten. Students who attend Tyouda Madhyamic Vidyalaya are taught a number of different subjects such as: English, social studies, mathematics and science.

Access to the availability of a education is a major factor that limits the opportunities for many people in Nepal. According to UNICEF, in 2003 only 57% of the people in Nepal were able to read and write. Increasing educational opportunities for people in Nepal is important to help them to develop the fundamental skills and the training necessary for employment that will enable them to earn an income adequate to provide for themselves and their families.

Tyouda Primary and Secondary School is situated in ward No 30, a metropolitan city named Kathmandu. The school is in the heart of the city. Total student enrolment is approximately 482 pupils, ranging in age from 3 - 16 years and classes are from the nursery to grade ten level.

Mr. Laxmi Kishor Subedi is the school's head teacher. He has two assistants to help him in his duties as the school's administrator and manager. Altogether they have 30 staff including the non teaching staff.

Mr. Bhimsen Das Pradhan is the president (chairperson) of the school's management committee. The committee is presently striving to increase the grades at the school to a higher level of education. Mr. Pradhan previously was the president of the Nepal Professors Union of Tribhuwan University, Nepal and worked as a professor of Chemistry at this same university for 25 years. Currently, he is the president of the Nepali Congress Party, District Working Committee.

When They Were Founded

The school was first established as a primary school in 1960 in a dilapidated house. The local social workers and educationists made significant contributions to upgrade the school into a lower secondary level in 1973. The school was able to acquire some of the aid as monetary donations and it purchased the rest of the land. With the continuous support of the head teacher, teachers, the management committee of the school, local social workers and educationists the school has been upgraded to a secondary educational institution.

Who They Work With

School children Grades 1-10 from the local area.

How Are They Funded

This school is funded by the government. Unfortunately, like many schools in Nepal, this funding is not sufficient to fully support their staff and programs. The school charges a very nominal fee to its students and from that fee they provide computers and supplies for extra curricular activities.

Donation Requests

The Tyouda Madhyamic Vidyalaya School appreciates any donations such as:

books in English, notebooks, lined paper, white paper, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, markers, pencil crayons, crayons, construction paper, scissors, glue and craft supplies, microscopic or scholarships etc.

Placement Location Information

Kathmandu, Nepal

Tyoudha School is situated in the heart of Kathmandu City. It is located in a very populated area on a narrow street of city. The entrance is very narrow, and they have recently reconstructed their old building. They use white boards for teaching as well as a computer lab as well as small science lab with sparse equipment. There is a small staff room for meetings, breaks and eating lunch. They do not have a playground.

They have morning and day shifts. Morning shift for the secondary level and day shift for the lower secondary level. The management committee will be very happy to have volunteers who can teach English, Science, Math and also who can do extra curricular activities.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, walk straight towards Sorakhuttay, then walk through main Thamel via Z street and Mandala Street until you reach Morocco Consulate. Take a right from there and walk straight towards to main local market. You will need to cross the first intersection and walk straight around 200 meter ahead and on your left hand side you will see the Blue Hoarding Board of this school.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 2 km
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

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

Placement Address

Tyouda Madhyamic Vidyalaya
Tyouda, Tanlachhi
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

MONTHS NOT AVAILABLE

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

  • March

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.

Apr 05, 2019 May 03, 2019 Jun 07, 2019
Jul 05, 2019 Aug 02, 2019 Sep 06, 2019
Oct 04, 2019 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

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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