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Our Program

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Teaching

Work at a local Nepali primary or secondary school assisting local teachers. A teaching volunteer’s main role is usually to teach English, however volunteers are encouraged to get involved in other areas such as sport, dance, arts and crafts etc. Fluency in English is a highly sought-after skill although other subject can be taught with prior arrangement.

Volunteers have tended to focus on learner-centred projects where children have been empowered to become active in their own learning, with teachers supporting their endeavour by fostering their problem-solving and critical thinking skills, as well as encouraging creativity and imagination.

Most volunteers do some preparation and lesson planning before arriving and spend time after school with fellow volunteers sharing ideas, knowledge and helping each other out.

Teacher Training & Resource Development

We are constantly asked by local teachers for new ideas and materials that they can use in their teaching as well as ways that they can improve their own teaching practice.

One important area where we are seeking dedicated volunteers with experience is in teacher training and professional development.

You will be working across a number of schools and will meet a diverse group of teachers and educational specialists. You will gain a unique understanding of the issues faced in rural areas and have the opportunity of coming up with unique ways of making an impact on a regional level.

Technical Capacity Building

A big part of what we do is to look at ways technology can help in education and be used to empower the community. We believe in the power of technology-driven, student-centred approaches to education for inspiring and building the confidence and self-esteem of children. Computers, cameras and other technology open up new and powerful avenues for learning and creativity as well as allowing children to showcase their talents for others to appreciate.

In addition, the government requires that students develop basic digital literacy skills as part of the national curriculum.

Therefore, we are looking for volunteers who can develop and deliver digital literacy training for teachers and members of the community. We find that many youths and women’s groups are interested in learning computer skills for their own benefit and seek qualifications that show their competencies that can help them gain employment.

There are also opportunities to help build local skills in technical areas in maintenance and troubleshooting.

Technical & Infrastructure

Tradespeople, engineers and other specialist are welcome to help develop standards in the following areas that can be realistically implemented in a rural setting. These standards need to be taught and projects seen through from the start to completion.

– Optimising off-grid power sources.
– Robust system for protecting digital devices from lightning and unreliable grid power supplies.
– Installing and maximising the effectiveness of WiFi and WiMax technology.
– Identifying and testing appropriate technologies.
– ICT installation and technical training.

NGO Work

Would you like to volunteer for us in project monitoring and evaluation in the villages? What about being part of the community consultation process?

We also have links with a local NGO that works with women and children who belong to traditionally marginalised groups. There is also the opportunity of working with an NGO that focuses on empowerment of the disabled through education. Working with these groups will allow you to teach as well as get into administrative areas they require to sustain their operations including marketing, website development and research for new funding opportunities.

Research

Postgraduate and professional researchers are welcome to join us in tackling some challenging issues in education and community development. We have been monitoring programs over the years and we have a number of topics 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 with strong local community support to get you on your way quickly. Some examples include: Government and international policies and the realities of implementation ‘on the ground’; the trials and tribulations of ICTs in education; issues relating to migration, gender and marginalised communities; impact of foreign influence on local development and tourism; appropriate use of technology in rural areas; teacher training and professional development; and best practice and realistic pathways for building skills in communities.

Other Areas

There is a variety of projects and NGOs that work in the areas that we are located. We all come together to provide solutions to challenging issues that are faced in rural areas.

For example, there is the possibility of working with NGO and community-based hospitals and health clinics. You will gain invaluable clinical experience and insight into nursing and medical practices in resource-poor settings. We also have partners that are working in eco-tourism and sustainability as well as water supply projects and off-grid power supplies.

If you have an interest in other areas not listed above, please contact us about the possibility of volunteering.

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Program focus

Be part of the effort to inspire learning, innovation and action to unlock the potential of rural communities in Nepal. Work with exceptional grassroots projects in community development and education.

We choose suitably qualified people that have the qualities that we feel will allow them to succeed in the Program so that they able to contribute to the communities that we serve.

The Pathways Program focuses on volunteers who are interested in spending time overseas:

- To gain practical work experience during or after the completion of their studies.

- As part of a professional or practical placement component that is required as part of their study.

- To share their professional skills and experiences to help under-served communities in our core areas.

- To conduct research and contribute to an understanding of key issues that can be used to further improve program delivery and sustainability.

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Benefits for you

Volunteers have a chance to make an impact in the communities where they are placed, with those who have gained the most having had a good capacity for cross-cultural understanding, intellectual and personal maturity, and the resilience and initiative to rise to the challenge of living and teaching in a community very different from their own.

We have found that volunteers can experience life changing and eye opening moments as well as personal and professional challenges. Many who have participated in the Program have never before ventured into an emerging economy. It can come as a surprise when they spend time in schools where there is a very limited availability of resources and where children, their parents and teachers have the task of attending to livestock, cultivating their own food, and collecting water from community wells before and after school.

Participants can develop personal and professional skills that can come from being in a program where they can step out of their comfort zone, are completely immersed in a different cultural and linguistic environment and have the opportunity to reflect on their biases and preconceived notions.

In addition, professional and pre-service teachers who participate in the Pathways Program have the opportunity of learning about the local education system in ways that contrast with their own training and experience that can help loosen certain stereotypes.

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Expectations

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Support

  • Our team in Nepal will oversee all aspects of the program including accommodation and orientation; health and safety; management of the volunteering placement and travel advice and arrangements.
  • Our local team, together with our Australian team, will provide volunteers with support and are on call 24-hours a day for the duration of the placement.

Logged On's Role

We look after the planning and administration of the placement, which includes an itinerary, all administration, pre-departure preparation, documentation, and risk assessment. We also conduct project research, monitoring and support before and after the project period.

Our Difference

We are not a commercial company. We place volunteers into our project sites where we have built trust and lasting relationships over many years of hard work and effort. As such, you will be seen a part of a group of dedicated people who are genuinely wanting to help local people and their children realise their hopes and dreams of a brighter future.

Placement Locations


We have six sites where participants can be placed:

1. Three Nepali government primary and lower secondary schools in the Dhital village area, located 17 km North-West of Pokhara. For teaching volunteers, the focus is on teaching grades 6, 7 and 8 (around 11 to 14 years of age), although there is the opportunity to work with younger children.

2. A secondary high school with orphanage in the Gorkha District. The focus for participants will be on teaching at the school and spending time with orphans after school hours (ages range from 8 – 14 years). Some of the children were orphaned during the 2015 earthquake and we have identified a need for additional educational support for these children.

3. A lower secondary school in the Gorkha District with children ranging from pre-primary to year 8 in a village where the school was destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. Logged On is rebuilding their school and classrooms are currently being conducted in temporary learning centres.

4. During winter months, children from an area in the Himalayas that is culturally identified as Tibetan, pack their belongings and descend to the Pokhara area to continue their schooling. Volunteer teachers have the opportunity to work with these children whilst at their winter school.

 

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Free time

During your time off, you have a chance to unwind for a few days before you head back to the village, although you are more than welcome to stay in the village as long as you like. There are some fantastic travel opportunities during the weekends and before and after your placement which our team in Nepal can help you to arrange. You may want to go rafting, paragliding, trekking, camping, or visit the birthplace of Buddha or Chitwan National Park, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Chitwan has some of the world’s most spectacular animals including rhinoceros’, tigers and elephants, and is a great way to spend a few days off.

Dates & Costs

Dates: January/February, May/June and November/December

There are three main entry periods into the program. If there is a special project you want to undertake, other times of the year are possible.

Cost: 3 weeks minimum package - AUD$1,990 (subject to small fluctuations due to currency exchange)

Three weeks is the minimum time, however we recommend at least four weeks. Cost above the 3 week period will be charged at AUD$350 per week and will include all the benefits described below. Please note that costs include 2 hour jeep ride once a week and in remote areas higher costs apply.

Non standard packages for researchers and professional – please contact us.

 


What's included

  • Pre-departure preparation.
  • Volunteer project.
  • Transfers to and from airport to Pokhara.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu on arrival and departure (2 nights).
  • All Pokhara accommodation (not meals).
  • All meals and accommodation in the village.
  • 24-hour emergency support.
  • Application fees including police checks.
  • Contribution to the school/community group.
  • Transport to and from village to Pokhara once a week (in a group at set times of the week).


Notes

Return airfares, travel insurance and any required travel documentation such as visas are not included in your placement fee.

We can make arrangements for your international travel at competative rates through our Travel Agent partners.

We will provide you with all the necessary information prior to departure in your information pack.

Where does your money go?

Your money covers all the benefits described. We will pick you up from the airport, to and from your placement. It also covers supervision of the projects and staff coming to visit you while you are at your work site and accommodation to make sure you are properly supported.

Your fee also covers administration costs and a donation for our partner organisation/school and your host family receives payment for your accommodation, food and water. Also 2 nights in a hotel in Kathmandu are included and 2 nights a week in Pokhara for your down time.

We take around 15% to make the arrangements, monitor the program, and pay for administrative costs. Whatever is left over from costs is used to start a new project to help a school or community group.

 
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