Support schools and children’s homes by teaching educational activities and developing the children’s communication skills.
Volunteers work in local schools to increase students’ confidence and inspire a passion to learn. You will work alongside the local team to give the young people an educational advantage by improving their conversational English skills. By offering the opportunity to improve their confidence in English, the team aims to help break the poverty cycle in the region by providing access to wider job opportunities.
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!
You will teach in either the town or in the more rural, traditional villages on the edge of the town in primary and secondary schools; the children are aged 6-15 years. You will primarily be involved in teaching English classes but may also have an opportunity to teach other lessons such as sports, music, art and sometimes other academic subjects such as maths, science or geography. Past volunteers have been involved in a range of activities including given singing and music lessons in the schools, finger painting, creating a pop-up story book, dance workshops and producing plays.
Local teachers are encouraged to participate in the volunteer classes so that they can help and learn, but this is often not the case, so you should be prepared to handle a class on their own. Acting as a good example, simply showing up every day, being positive and offering to share your time and energy is a wonderful thing to share with the children and the teachers. Experienced teachers may also want to provide some training with local teachers. The schools provide a very rewarding experience and there is a true need for volunteers, however it can be a very challenging environment. Volunteers provide additional lessons at the understaffed and underfunded schools and never replace local teachers.
Teaching placements require volunteers to prepare and teach classes with minimal support or guidance from the school so this placement is best suited to confident volunteers, ideally with some teaching experience. Volunteers with little experience are equally as valuable but are advised to do a TEFL course.
During your first week you will receive an introduction to the Nepali language.
Volunteers normally work 5 days a week with 2 days off. Generally volunteers start at 10am and finish at 6pm. Your schedule may vary but most volunteers work three hours in the morning at one placement and three hours in the afternoon at another placement. There are lots of fun free time activities to get involved in on your days off.
Teaching, Child Care and Sports Coaching 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, helping to develop creative thinking and vital problem solving skills.
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 29 Sep - 3 Nov 2017 and 28 Sep - 2 Nov 2018
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.
“It was amazing experience from start to finish, to see how little the children have, the few resources the teachers have to use, it was an eye opener to say the least. Despite this, both the children and the adults are always up beat and very pleasant. This was my first time volunteering abroad, but definitely not my last.
The opportunity to experience the Culture, meet new people and help those who need it is hard to beat. Just by playing and socialising with the children, you are making a difference. Janice, the volunteer coordinator is an amazing person and staying with her family made the whole experience very enjoyable. I’m already planning on going back!”
“Volunteering at the women’s refuge was a delightful experience during which I got to meet and get to know a wonderful group of girls. The most rewarding part of my project was the relationships that I build there, especially with the girls I was teaching. At first they were a bit shy but as the lessons progressed they opened up and, whatever their level of english was, we had many fascinating conversations about many subjects.
One of the most helpful aspects of the project in Nepal is to have Janice there to help us from the beginning all the way to the end. She helps with the language barriers that you may encounter, with going around the city and overall making sure you are having a great time. Living with her family is also a wonderful experience as they are some of the loveliest women I have ever met. They make you feel at home and part of the family.”
“The Pod team in the UK organised everything for me perfectly, every step of the way I felt completely supported and confident that everything was taken care of. I loved my placement once in Pokhara, it was organised brilliantly. Everyone was so welcoming and there was a room full of ideas and resources at Bindus which was invaluable. The accommodation was great, I loved staying with Bindu and her family. They were so welcoming and looked after us all so well.
Choosing to volunteer with Pod in Nepal was the best decision I have ever made! I loved everything about being in Pokhara; from the placement teaching in the school to my wonderful accommodation. The stunning views never got old; Lakeside is for me the most beautiful place in the world. Volunteering allowed me to become a part of a culture and experience the day to day realities that the locals did. It also enabled me to meet some of the nicest people I have ever met”
“I had the most amazing time! I loved living with Bindu, Janice and Julia! It was a brilliant experience! I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent in Nepal with Janice and her family! I loved learning about the Nepali culture. Bindu taught me lots of recipes which I’m going to try my best to recreate!
I continued learning the language after my first lesson which was challenging but fun as it enabled me to communicate more with the locals! The girls that I taught at the women and girl’s refuge were brilliant and we are all still in touch! All in all, a truly wonderful experience!”
>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.
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“I definitely found the teaching and relationships I made with the staff and children the most rewarding aspect. They are eager to learn, happy and enthusiastic and teaching them was an absolute joy and pleasure.”Read more volunteer reviews
“I absolutely loved my time in Pokhara; settling in to a new and completely different culture was incredible. Seeing the children's English improve over the four week course was the most rewarding!”Read more volunteer reviews
“Choosing to volunteer with Pod in Nepal was the best decision I have ever made! I loved everything about being in Pokhara; from the placement teaching in the school to my wonderful accommodation.”Read more volunteer reviews