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Program Details
Program Type Internship
Location Asia - Nepal - Pokhara
Program Focus  Volunteer with Children  Teaching
20 Weeks From $ 4,995.00
Code: NPHE0385N

Teaching Internship in Nepal

Volunteer on education projects in Nepal and gain additional experience on a work placement

Our Impact


Location

Pokhara

Nepal is a majestic country full of cultural diversity and chances to enjoy a range of outdoor adventures. Volunteers will have a chance to explore Pokhara and its many temples, trekking and white water rafting whilst being placed at one of the various projects in and aroundbeautiful Pokhara, gaining a personal insight into the Nepali people and culture during your stay.


Program Information

Help abandoned and disadvantaged children embrace a brighter future when you join a long-term internship in Nepal’s breath-taking Himalayan surroundings. Immerse yourself in the fascinating traditional culture with a host family and make a long-term contribution to the critical work of the children’s centers which are underfunded and understaffed.
Overview Life on the Internship Project Details Free Time The Team Dates & Costs

Overview

Following the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, our projects adjusted focus to provide disaster relief to those in need. In conjunction with our partners, trucks of supplies and family care packages were taken to some of the most affected areas. Now our projects are focused on initiatives within our local communities, who have needs around education and improving educational facilities.

Immerse yourself in the rich Nepalese culture as you gain valuable teaching experience and qualifications on this long-term internship. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the breathtaking Himalayan mountains, help make a vital contribution to Pokhara's disadvantaged children's overall development.

With Nepalese traditions remaining largely unchanged throughout the centuries, this internship gives you an intimate look at local life in Nepal, providing you with a unique opportunity to truly experience an immersed living and working abroad experience.


Following a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for GVI or selected partner organisations in Nepal, or in other countries around the world where we operate. Field work positions can be paid or unpaid, range in duration from one month to one year, and availability varies.


All internships are geared at developing your leadership and role model skills, allowing you to develop a variety of key soft and hard skills that will put you a step ahead the rest of the pack. GVI have been running community development, education, and conservation projects since 1997 and our highly experienced field staff will help you gain and improve vital skill sets to improve your future job prospects.

Highlights Include…

Discover the culture, traditions and spectacular landscape of Nepal; immerse yourself in Nepalese culture through living with a host family; work with an international team of volunteers; experience life amongst some of the highest mountains in the world; taking in incredible landscapes; feel safe in the knowledge you will be making a serious and measurable impact in the community.

Testimonial

"The most positive experiences I had volunteering for GVI would have to be just simply living with and getting to know the Nepali people. Their way of life, response to life and general outlook on life is so inspiring and so beautiful that you can't help but fall in love with the people and the place. The children I taught and worked with made me discover a love and joy in children I never knew I had."
- Janet Jones (New Zealand)

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Life on the Internship

Your First 12 Weeks

Upon your arrival in the beautiful country of Nepal, you will go through an orientation to your surroundings in the second largest city in Nepal and visit traditional Hindu and Buddhist sights. During this time, you have the chance to explore the area, live with a host family, learn some basic Nepali and visit some of the local sights.

The first phase of your internship will concentrate on training alongside GVI team members. Where you will be placed during your training phase will be determined by your skills and local requirements at any given time. Monday to Friday you will spend woking with our teaching volunteers at local schools or with our womens groups teaching conversational English. You may also have experience working at local childcare centres. While evenings are free, you may need to spend some time preparing for the next day’s lessons or doing personal study specific to your internship requirements.

Work Placement


After successfully completing your initial 12 weeks of training, you will start the work placement. Placements are typically educational-based project initiatives either with GVI or one of our local project partners. Over the course of the placement you will develop further skills in teaching, health & safety and project logistics, leadership, and support the day-to-day running of GVI’s or our local partners' community development programmes, gaining valuable experience throughout.

Following a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for GVI or selected partner organisations in Nepal, or in other countries around the world where we operate. Field work positions can be paid or unpaid, range in duration from one month to one year, and availability varies.

Accommodation

Your accommodation will be based in a homestay with a Nepali family and the volunteer group in shared bedrooms and bathrooms in the heart of Pokhara, giving you the rare opportunity to truly experience life inside a Nepalese community. Typical food will include a mix of Nepali and western food such as vegetable curry, beans, rice and pasta which are provided for you.

What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Final evaluation from your mentor
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Weekly sessions with your mentor
  • Welcome meeting
  • Work placement (if successful during the first 12 weeks of the internship)

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • Food during the placement portion of your internship
  • Internal transport to placements
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal kit
  • Visa costs

Project Details

Nepal is a naturally and culturally beautiful country, but the unfortunate truth is that the streets of Nepal’s cities and towns are where a lot of children end up when their families can no longer support them.

Despite this tough background, the children still have an extraordinary desire to learn and throughout your internship you will provide the extra support they need as well as creating and nurturing a positive environment in which to deliver this educational support.

Volunteers provide the local teachers critical support with the funding from programme fees being almost the only source of funds. Our main aim is to keep these facilities running to allow the provision of education to continue.

How this project makes a difference

In Nepal children are frequently abandoned and found in extremely poor working conditions. If these children do not have care centres to turn to, they would not receive an education and other crucial basic needs.

We support a number of care centres in Nepal operating by providing needed funding and volunteer aide. These facilities provide children with the tools they need to aim for a better future.

What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Final evaluation from your mentor
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Weekly sessions with your mentor
  • Welcome meeting
  • Work placement (if successful during the first 12 weeks of the internship)

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • Food during the placement portion of your internship
  • Internal transport to placements
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal kit
  • Visa costs

Free Time

Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to participate in programmes assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems, but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your downtime or further afield either before or after your programme. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established during the programme.

Our long-term field staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. Remember to ask about discounts on local activities and side trips through your association with GVI. Our field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in Nepal!

Included Side Trips

During your orientation, you will visit the Tal Bahari temple which is situated in the middle of the beautiful Fewa Tal Lake surrounded by the Annapurna Himal. You will also get the opportunity to learn about the local culture with local Nepali language lessons and cooking classes.

Optional Side Trips

In Nepal, you are in a true adventure region. Don’t worry if you forget to pack your adrenalin, with these options, there are ample opportunities to top it up!

From a two day rafting or kayaking trip on the white-water of the Trisuli or Seti Rivers, to paragliding over incredible scenery to mountain biking, canyoning and bungee jumping, you could spend weeks here and still not do everything.

But if the adventure side of things becomes too much, Nepal will continue to provide and surprise you. Besides sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you could try a three-day/two-night safari in the Chitwan National Park staying at the Royal Park Hotel, chancing upon tigers and rhinos out on drives. Also, if throwing yourself off of high places attached to a kite is not your thing, Nepal boasts some of the best hiking trails in the world. Embark on a four-day trek in the Annapurna Mountains, where you will immerse with the villages and communities of the High Himal.

Further Travelling Opportunities

There are a wealth of opportunities in Nepal for further travel and exploration of the rest of the country. This can include the foothills of the Himalayas in Langtang National Park, the ancient temples and villages of Tansen, Newari architecture in Bandipur, the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, Everest Base Camp, the ancient Hindu center of Janakpur, and so many other options that will leave you wondering why you didn’t give yourself more time...

The Team

Binita Gurung

Field Staff
Meet Binita, one of our lovely field staff members working on our childcare projects in Pokhara, Nepal. Before joining GVI, this Nepalese music lover helped struggling students in Kathmandu with their studies and decided that she wanted to help more.

Binita is passionate about her job at GVI and how she has been able to make a difference in the lives of others. She is enthusiastic about motivating the local local staff and helping them to learn new ideas. “My main highlight would be meeting the volunteers from around the world and sharing my country with them.” She loves welcoming new volunteers and appreciates all the fresh ideas that they bring to the project.

Her most memorable travel experience was when she travelled to Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini, Nepal, to visit the different temples and to learn more about her religion. Binita’s proudest accomplishment since working with GVI was seeing the children become more confident in their English and achieving higher grades. She is not all work and no play; she can make 15 momos (steamed dumplings) in a minute!

Jill Walker

Assistant Director of Programs
Meet Jill, our Assistant Director of Programs and line manager for Thailand, Laos, India, Nepal, Australia and Kenya programs. ‘Manow’ (lime), as she’s locally known in Thailand where she's based, taught English, environmental education and art in the USA and Thailand before joining us to set up a TEFL and Community Development Expedition. “I haven’t looked back since!”


When Jill isn’t working, she likes reading or doing just about anything energetic. “I devour books, love cooking and enjoy finding some time to get some exercise – yoga, dancing and aerobics are some of my faves.”


What does Jill like most about her job? “It’s great to see volunteers rising above the cultural and language barriers between themselves and the communities. That, and every day is completely different, which is the way I like it- it keeps me from getting bored.” Being ‘allergic’ to being bored has led to Manow doing some pretty amazing things. “I once ended up spending a week living in a cave with some Buddhist monks while I helped them build a small adobe monk hut.”

Lok Bahadur Gurung

Community Liason
Meet Lok, our Community Liason in Pokhara. Lok is bona fide Nepalese and worked as a kayaking instructor prior to joining GVI.


Being the Community Liason, Lok is involved in all projects we have based in Pokhara. His favourite aspect of his job? Working with the volunteers. “I get to meet amazing people from around the world and I love getting to know them. I feel that not only the volunteers, but myself as well gain a great cultural exchange.”


How do the volunteers assist Lok in his work on the projects? “They’re great at helping the kids gain the confidence to speak English and thereby improve their chances at a better future. Thanks to the volunteers, over 400 children now have access to a healthier learning environment!”

Cheryl Martin

Project Manager
Meet Cheryl, our Base Manager in Nepal. A former teacher, headmaster and special needs educator, she was the first volunteer on our ‘Grade R’ project in Cape Town, and was exactly who we needed.

Cheryl’s main highlight since being involved with GVI? “When we first started 'book-time' at the educare centre, the children didn’t really appreciate books and stories. We were pretty persistent and the children now easily sit and enjoy a book for almost an hour, even the toddlers! It’s led to such a great improvement in their language skills, attention span and ability to learn. I’m also really proud of the work we have done concerning protecting children’s rights, especially in social media. We’ve set a really good standard.”

What does Cheryl think volunteers bring to the project? “The volunteers never cease to amaze me with their skills and talents! It’s so important to use these talents as best we can. These things have made a difference to the teacher’s ability to provide a program, and therefore, to the children’s ability to learn.

Ruth Malthouse

Project Manager
Meet Ruth, our Project Manager in Nepal. Although she’s a qualified skipper and dreams of joining the Honour Fiji journey, she says there’s nothing quite like Nepal. “Waking up to the magical Himalayan Mountains is absolutely breath-taking!”

Apart from discovering that drinking turmeric in hot water cures a cold (!), Ruth has also seen the impact that the volunteers have had in the time that she’s been there by the changes in the local children’s English and learning abilities, and the trust that’s been built with the local community.

What does Ruth think about what the volunteers bring to the table? ‘Volunteers have assisted me with work that we couldn’t do without the extra pairs of hands. If we didn’t have volunteers, it would be simply impossible to help so many worthwhile projects in Pokhara.”

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What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Final evaluation from your mentor
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Weekly sessions with your mentor
  • Welcome meeting
  • Work placement (if successful during the first 12 weeks of the internship)
  • What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • Food during the placement portion of your internship
  • Internal transport to placements
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal kit
  • Visa costs