Secondary School Teaching Volunteer

Skill & Education for the Underprivileged - Lalitpur, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-776 Location: Lalitpur, Nepal Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 4 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

The Skill and Education for the Underprivileged Organization, ( SEFU), is an entirely volunteer organisation. SEFU is involved in the activities of social development aiming to provide socio-economic enhancement to marginalized and rural people with special focus on children and the empowerment of women and low caste groups.

SEFU co-ordinates with community and government schools in the Lalitpur area. Shree Mahendra Adrasha Ma Vi is one of the reputable government secondary schools in the area. Many of the poor and underprivileged people of Nepal can not afford to send their children to private schools so without schools such as this one these children would not receive an academic education.

Basically, most of the teachers can understand English but not well enough to communicate in English due to pronunciation issues.

Shree Mahendra Adrasha Ma Vi Secondary School has approximately 300 students and 32 total staff. The school has a local teacher who teaches English but they would appreciate a volunteer English teacher. To have a foreign teacher who's native language is English come to their school to teach English would be a great incentive for the children to learn English, as well as to come to school.

The volunteer would first consult with the local English teacher at the school to determine the English program that is in place at each grade level and then with the teacher's assistance plan the English sessions to be conduced by the volunteer. A volunteer English teacher would be asked to conduct English language skills in as many classes as they were able to, preferably all grades, if possible. The volunteer would be expected to teach grammar, writing and reading. The volunteer may also be expected to provide some English language training to the teachers at the school so they may improve their English pronunciation skills.

The school does not require a volunteer English teacher to have a teacher's specific qualification. As long as the volunteer's native language is English they will be able to play a big role at this placement.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Teach English Grammar

A volunteer English teacher would be expected to teach the English language to children at all grade levels, if possible. A volunteer would be expected to develop and implement enjoyable forms of learning. Each grade has their own English course book and would be expected to learn the English grammar as indicated in the book.

Focus on Pronunciation

School management expects to improve the pronunciation of words by the students by learning from volunteers who's native language is English. Students through reading English aloud in class will be able to improve their pronunciation skills of the language and thus feel more confident when speaking 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.

Teach English to Teachers

The volunteer English teacher who's native language is English may be asked to help the local teachers with their English language skills especially in the correct pronunciation of the English words. These sessions may have to be arranged for after regular school hours.

Host Organization Details

Skill & Education for the Underprivileged

The Skill and Education for the Underprivileged Organization, ( SEFU), is an entirely volunteer based non-governmental, non-profit and social development organisation. SEFU is involved in the activities of social development aiming to provide socio-economic enhancement to marginalized and rural people with special focus on the empowerment of women and low caste groups.

SEFU mainly works in rural and remote areas of different regions and sectors in Nepal. Its scope of help is very diversified and far reaching. Some fields of help include: safe drinking water, sanitation, poverty reduction, environmental conservation, forestry management, non-formal education for different categories of participants, health and HIV/AIDS awareness, disease prevention activities, children's education and community learning centres (CLC, programs) as well as, advocacy and net-working with organizations on common issues.

They want too conduct core program activities in regards to children's development and community education such as: non-formal education, community libraries and community learning centres (CLC). They have introduced programs that assist in raising public awareness on various issues such as raising a voice against social discrimination and unjust treatment. They have also been focusing on launching drinking water and sanitation programs in the most needy areas.

They have introduced awareness programs that promote human rights, democratic norms and values, good government and gender equality. They strive to initiate program activities with community people in the health sector through curative and preventative measures and to empower rural women to help make them socio-economically active.

They have introduced rural reconstruction and infrastructure development initiatives through vocational and skill oriented training, focusing on grass-root level people. They promote health and HIV/AIDS related programs, mainly focusing on low caste groups and the younger generation. They want to run programs that can mitigate environmental degradation and help improve environmental conditions and forest management, for sustainable development.

When They Were Founded

The SEFU is an organization that was establish in 2000. It is an entirely volunteer based non-governmental, non-profit and social development organization. SEFU seeks to channel the creative energy of the people and tries to innovate ways for the emancipation of unjustly treated people of the society, reducing poverty and mass illiteracy.

Who They Work With

The main target group is the marginalized and underprivileged people of rural and remote communities. They focus on assisting women and indigenous peoples.

Currently, SEFU is working at Kavre, Lalitpur, Rasuwa and Nuwakot districts of central development region, Nawalparasi, Lamjung, Gorkha and Kaski districts of western development region and Sunsari district of eastern development region.

SEFU also works closely with many small government schools in the Kathmandu Valley trying to improve the learning environment for both students and the teachers.

How Are They Funded

They have been supported by various organization. Some of the core organizations are: International donors National donors Local donors (contributions by local community people, contributions by local beneficiaries and individual people) They collected membership fees which helps with operational costs. They also generated funds through fundraising events and campaigns.

Donation Requests

SEFU would appreciated any kind of educational materials and/or supplies, books both educational and recreational, arts & craft books and supplies, puzzles and educational games, computers, laptops, and cameras. They are also looking for scholarships to various community schools for poor and needy students.

Placement Location Information

Lalitpur, Nepal

Shree Mahendra Adrasha Ma Vi is situated in the rural part of the Lalitpur district. This is a government funded secondary school. The school is in an building with white board facilities, and a small library - possible with the help of Room to Read Nepal. Outside there is playground but not enough sports materials to go around. Their science lab is poorly equipped, so if volunteers would like to conduct science experiments, he/she needs to organize all the materials themselves. The new part of the building still needs to be plastered.

This location still looks like a rural village. Most of the people do agricultural work and on the way to the placement you can see a few garment factories. Around 27,000 people live in this area. It is a mixture of both old and new concrete buildings. Volunteer can see the fusion of architecture while travelling to and from this placement.

Most of the students studying in this location are from poor and underprivileged communities. Some of the students are working as house maids while they complete their studies.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Walk 5-7 minutes to Sorakhuttay from the BaseCamp center and catch a micro bus to Jamal, it might takes 10-15 minutes. Get off at Jamal and walk two minutes to Ratna Park, catching another micro bus or Tuk tuk to Imadol and get off at Dobato. Go down a small ally on the left and walk four minutes straight to the main gravel road where you will see Shree Mahendra Adrasha MA VI on your right hand side.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 12km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:10

Weather in the Area

Lalitpur has very hot summers, with an average temperature of around 30 degrees Celsius. They have very mild winters with temperatures rarely dipping below zero degrees Celsius at night. However, the fog makes the winter nights and mornings feel very cold and damp.

The lack of central heating requires warmer clothing than you would expect. Afternoons warm up to an average of 15-20 degrees Celsius. During monsoon season, which is late June to late September it becomes extremely wet, rainy and humid.

City/Village Description

Lalitpur, a beautiful medieval city of art and culture is situated in the south-eastern part of the magnificent Kathmandu Valley.

The altitude of the city varies from a minimum of 1266 m. to a maximum of 1366 m. above sea level, which shows the relative flatness of the ground on which the city is located.

The city is located over a plateau like area with its outer edges fanning out in gentle slopes towards the rivers that form its boundaries. The reason they were located in this area was because the land was on relatively high ground and therefore good land to use for farming purposes.

Judicious planning efforts assured the optimization of the use of urban space and the farmlands have been carried out in a responsible manner, to economical, as well as environmental significance to the urban residents.

Lalitpur has some sections of the city that are considered to have semi-urban infrastructure. However, there is a large part of Lalitpur that has not been developed, as well as other surrounding cities such as the major city of Patan under similar condition.

Because of its rich cultural history and the fairly recent rise in tourism, Lalitpur is an interesting mix of old and new with areas of narrow cobblestone streets that feel unchanged since the middle ages. Lalitpur is also known for its ancient and intricate architecture and has numerous beautiful Hindu temples and Buddhist shrines.

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

Nearest Medical Clinic

B & B Hospital
TEL 1: 00 977 1 5531933

Placement Address

Skill & Education for the Underprivileged
Imadol Village Development Committee Ward No. 9,

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

Program Dates


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

  • April

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.

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
Nov 05, 2021 Dec 03, 2021 Jan 07, 2022
Feb 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022 Apr 01, 2022
May 06, 2022 Jun 03, 2022 Jul 01, 2022


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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