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Kathmandu - Education Volunteer


Kathmandu - Education Volunteer

About Your Location

Kathmandu, the capital and largest city in Nepal, is like no other city in the world. The decaying buildings in the heart of the city are a contrast to the lively atmosphere that permeates the streets. The smell of incense wafts from the stores while street sellers push their wares, and people go about their daily lives, all against a backdrop of historic temples and carved statues.

Aims & Objectives

To help the kids grow in their confidence and learn better English which will help them in many ways in the future.

Weekly Schedule & Activities

Introduction Day
Your project starts with an introduction day on the first Monday including a tour of the area surrounding the accommodation, available facilities, cultural "do's and don'ts", safety concerns as well as some basic local language lessons.

Monday to Friday
Volunteers have a light schedule of four to five lessons a day from Monday to Friday. Schools usually have a very dull curriculum so out-of-the-box activities and creative experiences such as sports or games are more than welcome and really appreciated by the children. It's a good idea to bring posters, pictures, music tapes, visual aids, story books, flash cards, educational games, your country map and so on to brighten up lessons.

Please note that the volunteer activities and schedule can change at any time based on the needs of the project, local conditions, the weather and unforeseen circumstances.

Optional Culture Week

This program can also include a Culture Week which is highly recommended but not mandatory - just inform your travel advisor if you wish to include it. Experience and get an in-depth knowledge of the ancient traditions, culture, language, temples, and Buddhist monasteries in this Himalayan country. Our Culture Week will get you kickstarted into this amazing country located at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. Not only will you get to learn about the language and lifestyle, but you will also visit temples, go on a hiking tour and even take part in a scavenger hunt race at a local market!

Aims & Objectives of the Culture Week
During this week, you will learn about Nepalese culture through a series of introductory culture classes which are designed to help you develop your Nepalese language skills and deepen your understanding of the Nepalese way of life complete with details on rituals and customs. You will learn about Nepal's history and the religious influences which have shaped it. Moreover, we will pay a visit to the local shops and markets that will get you learning as you go with the local culture and how to become a part of it. As part of your city tour and orientation, you will also visit some amazing sites such as the temple of Swayambhunath: one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu.

Puja to the gods & goddesses and name-giving ceremony
Go over the week’s schedule and handling of documents
An introduction game to get to know fellow participants
Cultural seminar on social behavioral norms, dos & don’ts in Nepalese culture. Intercultural eating and drinking habits, bathing and clothing customs in Nepalese culture.
A little assignment for you to explore your neighborhood and find local civic places such as banks (ATM), temples, schools, restaurants etc.

A social interactive session to get to know each other and an opportunity to bring out concerns about your health etc so that we will be aware.
Nepali language training
Shopping at the local market
Orientation tour of the city of Nepal with an interesting game called “Scavenger Hunt”, we will tell you more about this when you are here
Movie Night

Yoga and meditation
Nepali cooking session
Cultural as well as historical orientation tour to Sleeping Bishnu, Jamchen Vijay Stupa and ISKON Temple as ISP

A cultural as well as historical orientation tour to the famous Swayambhunath temple
A talk on schooling and education system in Nepal and placement sites
Culture Night

It’s all about hiking today! We will go on a nature trail into the mountains to get a view of Kathmandu valley.
Feedback sharing (evaluation)

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Public Holidays

The project is either closed on these public holidays, or volunteers can join the renovation and construction, kindergarten or canine rehabilitation program.

17 June
19-20, & 26 August
06-07, 17 & 19 September
03, 10-12, 14-15 & 17 October
01-02, 07 & 15 November
25 & 30 December

School Holidays
Mid March to 3rd week of April every year - School Holidays - Term break
One week in December (no exact date, depends on the weather)

Volunteers can join the construction or kindergarten program. Please note that the school holidays are sometimes adjusted depending on the school’s plans

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
Intermediate level of competency in English
Educational requirements: High school graduate
Police Clearance Certificate on sign-up
Copy of CV/resume on sign-up
Passport copy required up on arrival
Travel & medical insurance
4 passport size photographs (that can also be taken locally at the start of your program)

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.

Vad ingår?

Extra utgifter på plats


Weekends are free to relax and to explore the local area.


The volunteer house is 5 km away from the city centre and has rooms with 4 to 6 people sharing on a single gender basis and space for up to 36 volunteers. The modern bathrooms with hot showers are shared with your roommates. There is a modern kitchen and dining room, a refrigerator where you can store food and beverages, a fully furnished living room, live-in staff on call 24/7, a garden with a comfortable, covered area for relaxing including a smoking area as well as 24/7 security. Other amenities available at the centre are a TV with SKY, DVD player and Wi-Fi. Unfortunately the internet connection might occasionally be slow and irregular. Laundry facilities are available at an additional fee. Private rooms (with shared facilities) can be booked in advance and at extra cost, however, please note that single rooms are always subject to availability.

The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 15-minute walk away from your accommodation.

Please note:
In the winter season it can get very cold.
It is not common for hostels and volunteer accommodation to provide heating, we would therefore recommend you take a warm sleeping bag or silk sleeping bag liner with you for extra warmth. Extra blankets are available locally, please make sure you ask for additional blankets, if you are feeling cold.

Lokal transport

Arrival Information
If your flight arrives on Sunday between 06:00 and midnight, we will pick you up from the relevant airport. Look for the 'The Green Lion Nepal' sign board at the airport outside the arrival gate.

Transfer Coordinator: Prema (she speaks English)
Mobile:+977 9860 270 140 / +977 9813 235 329
If you are lost or have any major concerns regarding your transfer, please try to contact the coordinator at the airport first.

Emergency: Rajesh Shrestha (he speaks English)
Mobile: +977 9851 034 651
Land line: +977 1 437 7623 / +977 14377696
Email: [email protected]
Use these numbers only in case of a GENUINE emergency. If you experience problems with your pick-up, please call the transfer coordinator at the airport first before trying these numbers.

Tourist Police: Dial 4226359 / 4226403
The Tourist Police of Kathmandu are trained to assist you in English. Direct any safety concerns to them.

Departure Information
All volunteers return to our centre in Kathmandu at the end of their project and leave the accommodation on Saturday morning. Departure transfer is not included as due to the many different personal plans and return flight times, it's logistically simpler for you to make your own way - whether it is to do more travelling or to catch your flight from Kathmandu Airport.


You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Nepalese food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about once per week. You can chose to eat out at any of the local restaurants. Coffee, tea and water are provided free of charge.

Mer information

Dress Code
Casual dress is appropriate during your time at the school, however, no see-through clothes or low-cut tops are permitted.

What to Bring
Toilet paper, towels, toiletries, mosquito nets and mosquito repellant are NOT provided so you will have to bring these along with you. Please also bring hiking shoes and tidy clean clothes for temple visits, and take care of malaria precautions.

Please remember to take care of the visa arrangements on time.

Money & Shopping
The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 15-minute walk away from your accommodation. Shopping in Kathmandu is an experience all its own. Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist hotspot, is where shoppers can find Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian artifacts, woodcarvings, handicraft and an assortments of unique clothing and apparel. There are also several malls where you can find fashionable clothing and grocery stores, offering everything from wine to breakfast cereals. There are numerous dining options available throughout the city, including Italian, Indian, Thai, Korean and Chinese in addition to a variety of local cuisine.

SIM Card
We highly recommend buying a cheap local SIM Card for your whole time in Nepal, not only for your own personal safety, but also for easier and cheaper communication with the other volunteers, staff and family back home, and especially if you are traveling to us by yourself. You can usually get one during the Culture Week, if you've decided to include it. You will have to have 1 passport size photograph and a copy of the passport with your visa to get a SIM Card.

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