Work at a local Nepali primary or secondary school assisting local teachers. A teaching volunteerâ€™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 womenâ€™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.
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.
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.
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.