Volunteers work in local schools to increase students’ confidence speaking English and support and teach educational activities at a Children’s Home and the Street Children’s Centre. Live in a family-run guest house in the beautiful city of Pokhara and support Pod’s ongoing development work.


Key Info

key info
  • Location: Pokhara
  • Start dates: Every Friday
  • Duration: 3 - 16 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+
  • Availability: Spaces available from April
  • Cost: From £860 / €1030 / $1160 - see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteer with the Pod team in Nepal and help teach disadvantaged children in the Himalayan city of Pokhara. Teaching volunteers may work at the:

  • Child Care Centres
  • School Nursery
  • Children’s Homes
  • Women’s Refuge

The role is varied but may include:

  • Teaching English at primary or middle school placements
  • Teaching subjects such as sports, computer science, music and art
  • Helping the children with homework
  • Educational activities such as games, songs, arts and crafts
  • Female volunteers can run educational sessions at the women’s refuge

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.

Working days and hours

Volunteers normally work 5 days a week with 2 days off. Your schedule may vary but most volunteers work a three hours in the morning at one placement and three hours in the afternoon at another placement.

Other volunteers

Teaching, Child Care and Sports Coaching volunteers in Nepal all live together. There are generally 1 to 5 volunteers in total however this may vary. Some volunteers choose to combine the different volunteer roles while in Nepal.

Child protection

Pod Volunteer 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.

Closure dates

This project is closed between the 29th September to 3rd November 2017.

Volunteer Reviews

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Nepal volunteer reviews.

Why are volunteers needed?

Education is key to solving many of the root causes of poverty and by providing additional English tuition, volunteers are directly improving the children’s prospects.

The schools have limited resources so volunteers are able to support the teachers by running additional sessions to help improve the children’s English communication skills which tend to be weak. Without the help of volunteers they would rarely be able to offer group sessions, sporting activities or creative learning options so any additional support from volunteers is greatly appreciated.

The project has been able to encourage and develop new creative talents and improve the children’s self-esteem as well as broaden their horizons through new teaching methods and teacher training sessions.

“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

How is the project making a difference?

Since 2007, the Pod team in Nepal have been supporting Child Care Centres, Schools, Street Children’s Centre and Children Homes by providing volunteers and financial support through the Pod Charity.

The schools we work with are government funded and provide free education for children from low income families. Additional lessons from volunteers give the young people an educational advantage and an opportunity to move onto further education or better jobs.

Additional support from volunteers means the Street Children’s Centre is able to work towards its goal of reintroducing children with their families. Many children arriving at the centre have never had formal lessons and so volunteers teach skills required for joining school.

The Children’s Homes use their limited resources to provide the children with accommodation, food, education and support.

Where will I be living?

Volunteers live in the beautiful city of Pokhara which is nestled between the snow topped Himalayan Mountains and a beautiful lake.

Volunteers stay in a family run guesthouse, which is located in a popular Lakeside area of the city. Volunteers will have their own bedroom and en suite bathroom. Accommodation is basic but clean and comfortable with electricity and running water - though these can all be unreliable in Nepal!

The guesthouse is in close proximity to restaurants, internet cafes and shops. This project location is ideal for those wanting to relax and admire the surrounding mountains and visit temples. Pokhara is an ideal location to explore the Himalayas, with many adventure activities available including paragliding, white-water rafting, kayaking and trekking.

What's Included?

Before you go:

  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod UK team
  • Single point of contact - Sarah is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Discounted online TEFL course
  • Access to specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to Pod

On your placement:

  • Teaching volunteering placement
  • Airport pick up (Kathmandu) and transfer
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Kathmandu
  • Transfer to and from Pokhara by bus
  • Accommodation - your own simple room in a family run guesthouse
  • Induction to the placement and culture
  • Nepali language introduction lesson
  • Welcome meal with the Pod team
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Incident Management and Emergency Response Plans

On your return:

  • Contact from your placement manager
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the Pod community

>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.

Price table
3 weeks £860 GB Pounds
Extra weeks £85 GB Pounds

Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com


children benefit from the teaching role in Nepal

"Pod is a no nonsense volunteer organisation looking to change lives"Cian


Pod UK Specialist

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  • Nepal Teaching volunteer – Marion

    “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.”

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  • Nepal Teaching volunteer – Katie

    “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!”

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  • Nepal Teaching volunteer – Sarah

    “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.”

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