If you have ever wanted to help make a difference by becoming a volunteer or fulfilling your teacher/professional placement
requirements overseas, Nepal could be your ideal destination. The Pathways Program is our volunteer and placement program
for connecting dedicated people from around the world to schools and communities in Nepal.
PROFESSIONAL PLACEMENTS UNIVERSITY BREAK PROFESSIONALS RESEARCH TOURS & EXPEDITIONS
The Logged On Foundation offers a number of volunteer placements in Nepal every year. So if you have a break, you are a pre-service teacher wanting to fulfil placement requirements, or are an independent traveller wanting to do more than just sight-seeing, please keep reading below.
We have built close relationships with local communities and understand how some of their needs could be filled with the help of volunteers. Together we have created opportunities for volunteers from around the world to help build local knowledge and work in education.
Why not immerse yourself in vibrant community life and culture as you volunteer in Nepal and live among local people? You’ll be contributing to a community while gaining hands-on experience relating to your field of study or interest area. We will work with you to find a project that meets your skills and experience.
Located way up high in the Himalayas, Nepal is a tiny landlocked country full of people with big hearts and smiles. Home to 8 out of 10 of the world’s highest peaks in the world including Mt Everest, it is nestled between India and Tibet. From the high mountains peaks, it stretches down through rich subtropical forest and hillside to the flat terrain region of marshy grasslands, savannahs, and forests located south of the outer foothills of the Himalayas. All those amazing environs are just waiting for you to explore, whether by hiking, white water rafting or paragliding, or perhaps you want to enjoy any number of activities that Nepal has to offer.
Nepal’s cultural landscape is as diverse as its physical one. Its peoples belong to a host of ethnic groups. They live in everything from dense, ancient cities dotted with pagoda-roofed Hindu temples to villages perched among sweeping rice-farming terraces and clustered around tiny Buddhist monasteries.
Experience a simpler way of life by living with local families who rely on their own crop to provide most of their food. Walk to your placement each day and teach English to a classroom of Nepali children, help with project implementation and community training programs, or sit back with locals and learn about the trials and tribulations of living the rural life in the Himalayas.
We are a not-for-profit organisation that exists to serve communities in Nepal. We believe in the power of education and run a number of initiatives that focus on helping children accesses a quality education. We understand that to make an impact in education you need a holistic approach.
We run a number of initiatives including technology based education programs, teacher training, volunteer placements, and a student scholarship program. We have brought volunteer teachers from around the world to work beside local teachers since 2011. We facilitated training and professional development courses for teachers and have recently commenced building and infrastructure development program for schools and community groups.
Volunteers not only help improve education outcomes of children by working directly with them in the classroom, volunteers contribute to the important work of building capacity amongst local teachers and members of the community. When volunteers work with children, we look at ways of integrating their efforts with teacher training so that the positive impact continues long after volunteers have departed. Volunteers also help to define and set standards across core developments areas so that communities can benefit for the long term.
Our Program is aimed at making a long-term positive impact:
The Pathways Program is part of what we do to help rural communities and it is a program that is well received by all stakeholders. We don’t want it to be just another volunteer program that is clouded by commercial value or focuses solely on making volunteers feel good about their contribution. There must be a benefit to the community and any placement is done so with strong community consultation and consent.
I first went to Nepal with Logged On in 2011 to be part of the team that started the first project in the village of Astam. I remember looking forward to seeing a new country and working with the children. What I didn’t expect was to become so quickly immersed into an amazing culture. Village life in Nepal was so honest, generous and humbly community-oriented that it was impossible not to be enamoured with the charm and idyllic community life. At the end of the three month program, I felt like I was leaving one home to return to another.
Seeing the work of Logged On spreading to more villages makes me feel proud to have been part of an organisation that is helping with the education of children. I have been drawn back to Nepal on several occasions to visit my Nepali family and I know I will keep going back.--- Peter Bach Logged On
In getting chosen for the opportunity to teach English in a Nepalese school I felt extremely lucky, upon return I felt luckier still. The opportunity I was given was the best possible professional experience I could be granted, it was challenging but it also made me aware of all aspects involved in a schools functioning, as well as the aspects of teaching in great detail.
To have the chance to be immersed in another culture and country on top of everything else is icing on top of an already awesome cake!--- Erin Schulz RMIT University
It’s difficult to find the right words to tell you about my experience of volunteering in Nepal. This is simply because this experience was truly life changing for me. I know everybody says that about travelling however I would be lying if I pretended otherwise. Teaching in Nepal taught me so much about myself and about teaching. It taught me about just how privileged I am to be born in Australia and to have been granted the opportunities I have been given. Just having English as a first language is a massive privilege in itself. It made me reflect on how I have taken my education for granted and it also gave me a clear direction in my life. I know now that I want to go to University and reap all the benefits of my education so that I can become the best teacher I can be for my future students. I also fully intend on working further with communities in Nepal. I love everything about Nepal - the mind boggling landscapes, the food, the Nepali love songs, the laughing yoga, the dancing and singing but most of all I love the people. The people I met in Nepal feel like my second family. They welcomed me with so much warmth and so much love that when it was time to leave I was beside myself. I keep in regular contact with them and I honestly am so excited to see them again when I return to Nepal.--- Lucy Fuller RMIT University
Professional experience is at the very heart of many international development and teacher education programs. Students are placed into a real-life professional setting, allowing them to practice what they have learnt during their studies and to further develop skills and confidence as a professional.
Teacher training institutions have a focus on preparing pre-service teachers for the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse school systems. In Australia, for example, cultural diversity is evident in many schools with around 45% of the population being born, or have at least one parent born, overseas from one of over 200 countries.
Our Program has provided unique opportunities for individuals to develop greater skills and abilities in working with diversity.
If you have just finished your studies or taking a break for a while and have skills that you think you can share, why not apply to be part of the Pathways Program?
University students can make a worthwhile and lasting contribution to communities in rural Nepal. We provide the project, structure and support and students provide the passion to make it happen.
As a volunteer, you can develop personal and professional skills that can come from being in a program where you step out of your comfort zone, are completely immersed in a different cultural and linguistic environment, and are challenged personally and professionally. You also have the opportunity to reflect on your biases and preconceived notions and develop strengths that will help you to face life challenges.
We are always interested in applications from qualified individuals who have had a number of years experience working in their field.
Our volunteer program not only focuses on the education of children, we work in building capacity amongst local teachers and members of the community.
When volunteers work with children, we look at ways of integrating their efforts with teacher training so the potential for improving the education outcomes of children continues long after volunteers have departed.
We are seeking a diverse range of professionals that can build capacity of members of communities in areas such as off-grid power supplies, building standards, teaching English, coaching sport, working in women’s empowerment groups, community health and rehabilitation, and project management.
Postgraduate and professional researchers are welcome to join us in tackling some challenging issues in education and community development.
We have been monitoring our programs over the years and the changes in the educational environment in Nepal and we have a number of areas that we think are worthy of a PhD or Masters project, or professional researcher involvement.
Please contact us to discuss potential projects. We are able to set you in the right direction and with strong local community support to get you on your way quickly.
We conduct a number of tours and expeditions to conduct research and impact assessments for our projects. We are more than happy to include interested institutions and individuals who want to be part of that process.
We have also crafted cultural tours for universities and for people who are interested in travelling to Nepal for specific purposes.
If you have an interest in helping our development objectives or would like specialist input into constructing a package that meets your needs or the needs of your program, please contact us.
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