Nepal is one of the most beautiful and least developed countries in the world, and there are many opportunities to combine a holiday with some voluntary work. Volunteers experience life in both a rural and urban area, which is quite different from the banana pancake trail followed by the average tourist. VSSN is a authorized Nepali Non Government Organization (NGO) which places volunteers in schools and orphanages for one to five months also short stays are arranged.
Volunteers are welcome to teach English and different subjects e.g. mathematics, history, science, geography, computer, technologies, music and other subjects. All higher education in Nepal is in English, so it is vitally important that children must learn English to continue further higher education. A trained teacher is committed to raising standards in schools in Nepal, and with an adult literacy rate of 51% for men and 24% for women there is plenty of room for improvement.
VSSN will provide orientation including teaching technique before starting teaching, VSSN will make sure that each volunteers do best performance in the classroom therefore we orientate properly so that volunteer teacher will not confuse what to do in the class room. Our volunteer program coordinator will guide until our teacher do not feel comfortable to make lesson plan and implement it in the class rooms. Volunteers have a light schedule of three to four lessons a day, each lesson last for 45 minutes and 6 days in a week. Three lesson a day can be enough for volunteer teachers, other time they can prepare for next day's lesson.
Children are often able to communicate well in English. A volunteer, says, "Because all the subjects are taught in English, even quite young students can understand. It is possible to have a much deeper level of communication with them compare to a typical Japanese high-school student."
In Nepal, hardly a week goes by without some kind of festival. Schools are relaxed about volunteers taking time off, so there are plenty of chances to head for those big hills. Volunteers live with a host family near the school or they stay at the orphanage in a separate room which will depend on volunteers choice and availabilities. In Nepal, it is believed guests are sent from the God and they are treated accordingly. Host families are generally so kind, volunteers may want to be adopted permanently. Most people get up around 6:00am and very little happens after 9 or 10pm. After a few painful mornings, though, it feels surprisingly good.
Volunteering is not always easy, and conditions in Nepal are at best described as "basic." The majority of volunteers, however, end up staying for longer than they intended. A volunteer English teacher says: "In Japan I earned a lot of money for very little work, and I enjoyed a very high standard of living. I know I won't be able to earn that much when I return to Britain. Coming to Nepal has put this into perspective. A family here could live for a month on the money I used to spend in one night in Shibuya. This is also a great place to get healthy after three years of continuous late night drinking."
Placements are available in rural, suburb and urban areas.