Volunteer program Teaching English in Nepal

Teaching English volunteer Program : (Minium 1 Week to 5 Months)

Teaching English volunteer Program

The Himalayan Foundation offers English teaching Volunteer programs across Nepal. This is an enriching and satisfying experience where volunteers get the opportunity to teach students who are eager to improve their conversational English skills. Students born into the current Nepali school-going generation value their education and are motivated to be taught new things about the world.
Volunteers work either in Nepali public or private schools, in either a regional or urban setting. Our schools are scattered across Nepal, in areas such as Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan, Pokhora, Hetauda and Nawlprasi. Volunteers may also be asked to assist in other school activities such as sports and other extra-curricular projects whilst on their placement.
The program consists of teaching the subject of English to school children for 2 to 4 periods of a day, with each period running for 45 minutes. Volunteers will be required to teach 6 days a week. Saturday is a day off for volunteers to enjoy some free time and there are occasionally public holidays. Most children in private schools have a good command of English but may still need practice and guidance. Government school children have a beginner to moderate level of English knowledge and language. Depending on school size, class numbers vary from 15-25 in private schools to more than 50 in government schools in lowland areas. In the more remote areas of Nepal, there can be as few as 15 in a class.
In urban locations such as Kathmandu, a local teacher will assist you in conducting classes during your first week to address any language barriers or concerns that may arise. You will be asked to run the class once the children become familiar with you. Volunteers shouldn't be concerned about what to teach, as all private and government schools follow a Nepali curriculum that can be implicated in teaching. However, if one is confident enough, volunteers are more than welcome to apply their own teaching blueprint.
Private schools also provide the opportunity to teach subjects other than English, however, due to the language barrier, this option cannot be made available in public schools. If you have additional skills in extra-curricular activities such as: teaching games, music, painting, singing, dancing, yoga, martial arts etc, then you are most welcome to incorporate this into the teaching English program .

As a volunteer you will be:

  • Teaching and tutoring children in English and Maths.
  • Developing a creative environment for children through crafts, games and sports.
  • Assisting with creating low-cost teaching materials.
  • Sharing teaching methodology with local school teachers

Program Requirements

Volunteers must be:

  • Willing to work with children.
  • At least 18 years or older at the start of the program.
  • Have an open mind and flexible attitude towards working in new and different environments.
  • Prepared to do some manual work in their placement.

What do we provide?

Airport Pickup/ Transportation:

  • Volunteers are picked up from the Nepal International Airport in Kathmandu by an appropriate representative.
  • Volunteers who will already be in Kathmandu will be met by a staff member at a pre-arranged location.

Orientation Week in Kathmandu and Language:

All volunteers are provided with an orientation covering topics such as safety and security, transportation, Nepali language, Nepali local culture, as well as a 2 day guided city tour around Kathmandu Valley.


Accommodation will be provided while undertaking the program. Accommodation options include staying in with a host family, in a project hostel or a home base, which offers an authentic Nepali family environment. Volunteers are provided with their own room and bathroom which is usually shared with other volunteers, however a private room can be provided by prior arrangement. Staying with a host family will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to experience the Nepali lifestyle and live with a warm and welcoming family. You will also get the chance to learn how to cook traditional Nepali-style food. While volunteering, our staff will visit you every two weeks. During the visit we will check on your progress and make sure you're satisfied and happy.


Volunteers are typically provided with two meals a day and a mid-day snack, sourced from local ingredients. Meals served include rice, curry and vegetables (a traditional Nepali dish known as (Dhal-Bhat, Tarkali and Achar).

Project Location:

The project placements are located across Nepal, and you will be placed according to your interests and chosen program. Program locations include: Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhora, Hetauda and Nawalparasi. Regardless of where you are placed, you will be staying in one of our orphanages, though on prior indication we can arrange a host family which will be within walking distance of the orphanage.


It is essential that volunteers are able to speak fluent English.

In-country support:

24 hour support is provided by our staff members. Once you arrive in the country you will be provided with the contact details of our local coordinator who you will be able to contact at anytime during your stay.

Pre-departure information:

After we receive a deposit, all participants are provided with a pre-departure information booklet by e-mail which will contain all the vital information about your program, such as: details of the country, project location, Visa requirements, Immunization requirements, details of accommodation, contact information and suggested packing list.

What you are paying for?

The program fee is used to provide a professional and welcoming volunteer program, as well as providing some financial support for the orphanage and the HFN sponsor program for underprivileged children in the community.

The following are included in the cost:

  • Pickup from the airport, transport to your placement.
  • Accommodation.
  • Food during placement with a host family / hostel- Nepali standard 2 to 3 meals a day.
  • Orientation.
  • Provisions for the children at our orphanage.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
  • Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information.
  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from HFN Staff.
  • NGO government tax.
  • Free wireless internet at our office and Orphanage Home in Kathmandu

What is not included?

The following costs are NOT included in the above fee and will need to be covered by the volunteer:
  • Airfare / travel to Nepal
  • Visa and Visa extension fees. Tourist visa fees US$25: for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days US$100 for 90 days. Additional time - US$2 fee per extra day, maximum 150 days stay per year
  • Airport taxes (arrival and departure tax- this usually costs around US $26)
  • Local transportation
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any other donations

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