Volunteer teachers required in Nepal

We are looking for volunteers to teach English in two rural schools outside of Pokhara, this project is close to the Annapurna range and next to lakes Begnas and Rupa.  We require volunteers for a minimum of one month who have a high level of written and spoken English. You will support the Nepali staff and take English lessons of all ages on a 6 day week. In most schools Friday is a half day but please expect at least one or two religious holidays during your time volunteering.  The level of teaching in most Government schools in Nepal is low and they seldom get the chance to practice spoken English, just copy from books.  

The volunteers will stay with a local family in the village the school is located living and eating as the family do. This will give the volunteer a chance to live life as a local while helping that community’s level of education in their Government school.  The volunteers will take lessons in English using the schools text books to teach but we would welcome new ideas if you have any?  The children age from Kindergarten to 16yrs old with a slightly higher number of boys in most classes.

This project is not available from Mid March to Mid or Mid June to Mid July due to schools holidays. The schools will also be shut from the end of Sep for two weeks for the Dashian festival which is the biggest celebration in the Nepali calendar.

Most of the villagers are of mixed caste and background but nearly all live off the land they own and have little option other than to send their children to the free government school in their area. EHN believes that by improving the level of spoken English in rural area’s it will give young adults from those schools more employment opportunities later in life.  Most of the money coming into Nepal comes from either aid agencies like EHN or tourism, anyone looking to work in the tourist industry has to speak English.

The Way EHN work

EHN charge £12 or $18 per day plus an £80 or $120 admin.  About a third of the money you pay goes to the home stay you’ll be living with. The remainder is split between EHN and the project with EHN normally only retaining 20%. All you need is enough to cover luxuries such as beer, chocolate, internet, laundry and some souvenirs. Everything else is covered by EHN including your airport pickup and drop off and a city tour.  In the case of this project EHN will be discussing with the hospital community board how best to use money as they need equipment, another fulltime Doctor and an Ambulance at present with a new hospital being built.

If you want to find out more about this position please contact EHN through this link

Application Form

 

Volunteers needed for a Free Rural Health Clinic in Nepal…

EHN Nepal requires volunteers with medical experience to help run med camps in villages in Nepal. We have seen many clinics built but not used by the locals as they either don’t have the time or can’t walk down to the centre and therefore go untreated. This coupled with the lack of good health care practices mean rural Nepali’s have little or no health care that they can use or trust locally. EHN wants to be able to offer these rural communities better health care for free. We can only achieve this with the help of volunteers and sponsors. 

EHN has run several med camps over the last few years with the average group consisting of 4 to 10 volunteers. The projects normally last 5 to 7 days max including one day off a week plus travel days. The volunteers will always be accompanied by qualified Nepali medical staff including at least one Nepali doctor. We also use Nepali students from Kathmandu to help with translation between the volunteers and locals to help with research and diagnosis. In most cases the med camps are run from local schools using one or two classrooms if the community does not have a specific building for community events.
EHN is looking to run two or three free med camps every summer in July and August so if you have a back ground in medicine or wish to move into that field this may be the project for you.
If you are interested in helping in an EHN med camp

Please email Phil Palmer at phil@ehn-nepal.org

 

Nepal rebuilding with EHN

Namaste everyone,

As many of you know Nepal was hit by two earthquakes back in late April and then early May both over 7 on the ricter scale. Between them they made millions homeless and took nearly 10,000 lives.  EHN has been looking at ways to help Nepal and its people recover and one of those ways is to work with local government schools and district education officers to rebuild classrooms in some of the worst hit districts. Now things are slowly (very slowly) getting back to normal and as the monsoon comes to an end we have volunteers coming in to help with our work.

Two weeks ago I met with the secretary of the NTA Nepal Teaching Association to ask for their help identifying schools that need help. We now have one school in Gorkha and I will be talking with the head of the NTA for Dhading district later today to find another school in that district. Once we have three schools to work with we will focus on getting the new reinforced concrete classrooms built and the children back into a safe environment to study.

Reports say that Nepal lost around 16,000 schools as a direct result of the earthquakes of which at least, a statement from Save the Children estimates that in Gorkha district alone, 90% of the 500 schools have been destroyed or badly damaged, affecting 75,000 school children.  Hence my focus on helping to get as many children as possible back into strong safe buildings to continue their education.  One of the main things that hold the development of nation back is its level of education and while Nepal does not has a brilliant educational system they do manage to provide lessons for most of the country’s children.  As a result of the natural disasters 1000,s of children have already lost one to two months of education this year and now face a cold winter in tin huts or tents.

Last week I was in Pokhara in the Kaski district to visit two schools, one of which EHN has been working with for nearly two years now and the other is a new project partner that have asked if EHN can help.  Rupa school was EHN,s first rural school partner and since working with EHN they have seen their school transformed into a colourful place of with the average English exam result going from 77% to 88% as a direct result of the teaching volunteers we have been placing there. We have also helped them link up with a school in the UK through the British council and the Principal of Rupa school will visiting the UK to see how the education system is there.  The final stage to helping the school offer a better level of education was to pay and install a solar and battery backup system so they can get regular power and run the computer lessons at fixed time and this week I hope to see the internet installed and the school go online. Once they are up and running the students and teachers will be introduced the students and teachers from the UK schools exchanging ideas and stories.

One of the reason I made a decision to only work with Government schools is they offer the education free and therefore tend to provide education to the poorer people of Nepal and also the girls who in many parts of Nepal are not offered the same level of education as the boys.

I love working with rural areas in Nepal and cannot begin to explain how doing my job makes me feel but one thing I will say is, Nepal and its people are beautiful and my heart will always belong to them !

For more details please see http://ehn-nepal.org/