Lead sports sessions for local children to highlight the importance having fun and getting fit at the same time!
Volunteers work in the local schools to promote wellbeing through teaching the importance of health and fitness. You will work with the children and inspire a passion to learn and encourage increased participation in sports. Sport is undervalued in the schools and many of the children would not have access to health and sports lessons without the additional support from volunteers.
Immerse yourself in Nepali life and explore the beautiful Himalayas. Enjoy adventure activities including paragliding, white-water rafting, kayaking and trekking.
Join the Pod Volunteer team and support the underfunded and understaffed schools in need!
Volunteers share their passion and skills for sports at the children’s homes we work with throughout the year. Volunteers will also be able to coach a range of sports at the primary and secondary schools in the area, usually spending half a week at each school. During the dry session (October-March) volunteers can teach a range of sports at the local middle school and after school at the child care centres or children’s homes. During the wet season (April-September) volunteers can give fitness lessons in the classrooms and plan inside games as it may be too hot and wet to coach outside.
Sport is not part of the standard curriculum in Nepal and so Sports Coaching volunteers are valuable to the placements. Running sports sessions and delivering training to the students teaches the importance of health and fitness. Sports coaching helps to encourage teamwork and team spirit, improve concentration and increase the confidence of the children. Volunteers are also able to share their ideas and skills with the current teachers who can pass on their knowledge to pupils and other teachers.
Sports that have proved popular in the past are football, cricket, basketball and rounders but you are welcome to introduce new activities.
During your first week you will receive an introduction to the Nepali language.
Volunteers normally work 5 days per week with 2 days off. Sports Coaching volunteers teach sport in the afternoons and so have the mornings free. Volunteers on this role can either use their mornings to plan the sessions or choose to combine their placement with one of the other roles. There are lots of fun free time activities to get involved in on your days off.
Sports Coaching, Child Care and Teaching volunteers in Nepal all live together. There are usually 1-5 volunteers with a maximum of 10, but this varies considerably throughout the year and there is a chance you may be the only volunteer working alongside the local team. Some volunteers choose to combine the different volunteer roles while in Nepal.
This placement has been approved by the DofE as meeting the requirements for the Residential section of the Gold Award.
Pod is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - please see our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy.
All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check, which we will arrange with you.
Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Nepal volunteer reviews.
Volunteers provide support by working alongside local staff to enable the achievement of both short term and long term goals. This happens through working with the children and inspiring a passion to learn and encouraging increased participation in sports.
The placements we work with are underfunded and understaffed and so the extra assistance that volunteers are able to provide is so important. Since the projects began, the local staff have seen that interaction with volunteers has naturally improved the children’s English and confidence and small group work helps to increase their self-esteem. The increased ability and confidence with speaking English gives the young people an educational advantage and an opportunity to move onto further education or better jobs. Tourism is a large source of income in Pokhara, so having a good command of English is essential to make a living. Education is key to solving many of the root causes of poverty and our volunteers on all three roles play a vital part in this process for these children.
“Volunteers are very valuable since they bring with them a variety of skills and experience that can be shared with the local teams of workers to enhance the lives of the children we are working with. The centres are severely underfunded and understaffed and so every hour that our volunteers spend at these places enhances and enriches the lives of the local children.”
Janice, Volunteer and Charity Manager
This project is closed between 28 Sep - 2 Nov 2018 and 27 Sep - 1 Nov 2019
Situated in the Himalayas, Nepal is a mountainous country located between India and Tibet. Nepal may be a small country, but it offers something for everyone.
Read our blog on our top things to see, do and visit in Nepal here
To find out more about this beautiful country see Lonely Planet Nepal
Volunteers live in the beautiful city of Pokhara which is nestled between the snow topped Himalayan Mountains and a beautiful lake.
Pokhara is a great city to live in and life in Lakeside, the area of the city that our placements are based, is very laid back. It is an incredibly beautiful place and it’s impossible not to be amazed every time you look up at the Annapurna Range and the Fishtail Mountain. Volunteers have the weekends free and there a lot to do to fill your time!
Pokhara is the starting point for some of the most popular treks in the Himalayas and the place where travellers come to relax and absorb the culture and atmosphere of Nepal. There are plenty of activities in Lakeside such as trekking, paragliding, trips to Chitwan National Park, white water rafting and kayaking. These activities are best booked locally once you are at the project.
Lakeside is situated on the banks of the beautiful Phewa Tal Lake and is the area of Pokhara where most travellers stay. There are countless things to see and do such as hiring boats or kayaks to explore the lake, doing the short 1 hour trek up to the stunning Peace Pagoda or getting up early to watch the sunrise over the impressive Annapurna Mountain Range at the Sarangkot viewpoint. Pokhara also has a beautiful old town with many temples and is well worth visiting.
Volunteers stay in a family-run guesthouse which is located in the popular Lakeside area of the city. Volunteers have their own bedroom and ensuite bathroom. Accommodation is basic but clean and comfortable and has WIFI.
“Nepal, its friendly people and amazing landscape will form a treasured collection of memories for me. Volunteering with POD in Pokhara has been an experience of many emotions, challenging but rewarding. Pokhara is a great place to be based, providing a nice balance of freedom and exploration outside of the remit of your volunteer role.
Be willing to try different things, walk many miles, and adapt culturally and in many other ways. Don’t be afraid to offer suggestions as to how to improve your experience as a volunteer and that of others, which will in turn improve the experience of those who most need POD’s support. Most rewarding was just being there for the street children as an interested and supportive adult”
“Volunteering for POD was definitely the best way I could’ve spent my Christmas. It allowed me to visit somewhere which I never thought I would get the opportunity to visit. POD were 100% helpful from the word go and Janice, my volunteer coordinated in Nepal, felt like a big sister to me after I left.
In the U.K. I work in a school but I have never known such lovely and pleasant students until I visited Annapurna Primary School. Those children alone make me want to go back as soon as I can. Nepal has made a massive difference to my life and thanks to POD, I feel like I can make a difference to some of Nepal.”
“My placement as Sports Coach in Nepal was Interesting, Rewarding, Challenging, Stressful (for a non teacher) and Hard Work and I feel a better person for having done it. The smile on one little girls face when they managed to accomplish a task I was trying to teach them or just as we played a simple game of catch was to die for.
The Street Kids Centre was my highlight. Helping with homework and rewarding them with a game afterwards was fantastic. Their english was well their peers inschool due to the almost one to one sessions in the evening. So although they are disadvantaged being in the centre they helped massively by the project.”
“Pod Volunteer allows you to be independent but always provides the support as and when needed depending on your own confidence and capabilities. Nepal is a fantastic versatile country and choosing Nepal for your volunteering allows you to experience the people including how they live their lives as they are always happy to invite you into their homes to eat and chat with them and sometimes dance too.
The Nepali people make you feel very welcome and I felt that they couldn’t do enough to help you. Go with an open mind as things change on a daily basis and they don’t allows happen so don’t have any expectations, this will help you enjoy the volunteering and get the most out of it as sometimes it is down to use to make the most of the opportunities that arise.”
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa, criminal records check, food. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.
children benefit from the sports coaching role in Nepal
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“Being in Nepal was a life changing experience and I would recommend it to anyone looking to do a volunteer placement! The children are really appreciative and Nepal is a beautiful country.”Read more volunteer reviews
“It was so rewarding to see how much the kids enjoyed being out the classroom getting involved in sport. They are extremely energetic! The kids love having a role model who they can look up to especially in sport.”Read more volunteer reviews
“My time in Nepal was amazing. I worked with incredible kids, stayed with lovely people, lived in a beautiful country and met friends for life. I would recommend it to anyone; such a rewarding and wonderful experience!”Read more volunteer reviews