Teaching/Farming

7+ Days
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Start of the project: Every Monday

You want to experience the simple life and culture of the people in Nepal out of the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, support them with their daily work or teach English at the village school?
With this project you get the chance to be part of the village society in a beautiful location surrounded by green hills and rice fields in a small village in Sikre about 5 hours far from Kathmandu.

You live together with your host family and get to know their daily life. The house was rebuilded after the earthquake and is not very big but feels very homely. You sleep together with the family in one room, the father sleeps in another room. There is a small toilet near the house and you can take shower outside in the river or under a pipe in swimming clothes. The living condition is very simple but it is great to get to know the life of the people there. They don`t have TV or Wifi but are happy even without new technology. The village life is slow, you have time for yourself and you can sometimes just relax or go hiking in the area around the village and forget the stressful work in your home country.

Your daily tasks in the farming project:

-          water the plants
-          cut grass as food for the animals and carry it to the house
-          help on the fields (rice planting, removing weeds from the ground, reap the rice… depends on the season)
-          collect wood for the fire for cooking
-          help with cooking
-          help in the vegetable garden

Your daily tasks in the teaching project:

After the earthquake the school was destroyed. Right now we are building it new and we are planing to support the project even in the future. The people in Sikre can`t speak english and are not much educated. But education is the most important thing in Nepal. The people will be able to find a good job later and especially the girls are more confident and are able to handle their life alone. Sometimes this makes it possible for them to decide, that they don`t want to marry. Arranged marriages are very common in Nepal.
In the school there are 5 classes. The first is the nursery. The children learn mostly by playing. Thereafter class 1 to 4. Even the teachers can speak only little bit english. You assist the teachers from 10 to 16 oclock and teach the children english. You can start with very simple things because most of them only know very few words in english. 
The teaching system is very different than in Europe. Here they regard learning by heart and the method of repeating the words which the teacher said before. Because of that for the first day it is better only to watch how they teach there to get used to the new system. After that you can support the teachers, help the children with exercises, show them how to pronounce words...
The pronounciation of the teachers is often very different than ours and there is a lack of speaking practice of the children. So you can start by presenting yourself and let them present themselves so that you can also find out about their English knowledge.
And then – be creative..

Combination is possible:
If you want you can connect farming and teaching for example support the teacher at school for 3 hours and then help with the other parts of village life. 


Introduction days:
Day 01: Yoga Lesson, Language Class, Sightseeing in Swayambunath and Thamel, Welcome Dinner
Day 02: Yoga Lesson, Language Class, Sightseeing in Pashupatinath and Boudhanath
Day 03: Drive to Bhaktapur and Sightseeing at Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Surroundings, Visit of Changunarayan Temple
Day 04: Free Time, Momo Cooking Lesson in the afternoon 
Day 05: Transfer to your project and begin of your work there
From day 06: Work in the Project

Accomodation: Host family 
Minimal Age: 16
Beginning: every Monday
Duration: 
- minimal: 2 weeks
- maximum: no limit
(Tourist Visa can be extended until 150 days in one year)
language ability: average English
Locations: Nuwakot (3 1/2 far from Kathmandu by car)


 

Introduction days:

Arrival in Kathmandu
You arrive in Kathmandu and are transferred to your new host family. Today is no programme, so you have time to rest and recover from the long flight.

 

Day 01: Yoga, language class & sightseeing in Kathmandu
Today in the morning you have a yoga lesson and after breakfast language and culture class, You get to know something about the traditions in Nepal and learn little bit of the language, so that you are able to talk a few words in Nepali. Your family will be happy!
After that you go for sightseeing in Swayambunath, the "Monkey Temple" of Kathmandu, a buddhist temple with a stupa. Then you go to Thamel a quarter in Kathmandu, where you can find innumberable shops, restaurants and cafes, where you can buy souvenirs or go out for eating.

  
Day 02: Yoga, language class & sightseeing in Kathmandu
Today in the morning you will have again yoga and language class. After that you visit Pashupatinath, one of the most important and famous temple complexes for Hindus. At the riverbank of Bagmati, the believers burn their dead relatives and strew the ash in the river. After that you visit Bodnath, a buddhist stupa where the buddhists come and pray.

 

Day 03: Sightseeing in Bhaktapur and Changunarayan
Today after breakfeast you drive to Bhaktapur by local bus. 
Bhaktapur which is located in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley is an ancient Newar city abought 8 miles far from the capital city Kathmandu. It was the largest of the three Newa kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley, and the capital of Nepal during the great "Malla" Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century. It is famous for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks. Because of this it is also listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
In the afternoon you will visit the big Changunarayan Temple and then go back to your house.

 

Day 04: Free time and Momo cooking lesson
Today in the morning you have free time. If you want you can visit Thamel again or make a trip to Kirtipur, which is only about 30 minutes away, a small town from where you can see the mountains if the weather is good. In the afternoon about 16pm you will have a Momo cooking lesson. Momo is a traditional tibetan food.

Day 05: Transfer to your project
Today a guide picks you up and goes with you to your project. You have to drive on the whole about 10 hours today. If the road is bad or something else happens so that you get late, you take a hotel, stay there overnight and go the next day in your project.


Daily tasks in the Farming Project:

- You can get up about 7.30 and have breakfast
- After that you can water the plants
- School will start at 10.00, so if you do the Teaching Project you should be prepared at this time
- Otherwise you go with the village people to the fields and help there. Depending on the season you plant rice, pull out weed, reap the rice...
- After you come back you have lunch
- Then you cut grass with the other people. The grass is carried in a big basket which they carry with a thick band around their forehead.
- After that you can collect wood or help in the vegetable garden, as you wish
- In the evening you help to prepare the meal


Daily Tasks in Teaching Project:

- You can get up at about 7.30 and have breakfast
- You have free time until 10. At 10 you should be at the school where they will sing the national anthem of Nepal at this time and after that go in their classes. 
School will finish at 16 pm. You assist the teachers. 
After school you will have again free time and in the evening between 18 and 19 pm eat dinner. 


Combination possible:
If you want you can combine these 2 projects. You can teach for example until 13 pm and then go with the village people to the fields and support them there.


Your program ends on a Friday and you will fly home on the following Saturday or Sunday.
If you have any special wishes please don't hesitate to contact us. It is also possible to end your volunteering work with trekking or a roundtrip so that it is possible for you to get to know all regions of Nepal.

Please book your trip at least 2 weeks before your preferred start date!

By clicking on 'customize your trip' you can indicate an individual start and end date.
The program starts on a Monday and ends on a Friday, so please choose a Monday for your start date.
You should arrive in Nepal the Saturday or Sunday before.
The program ends on a Friday, so please choose a Friday as end date and book your flight so that you fly back on the following Saturday or Sunday.


Price:
Duration Price 
minimum 1 week                       US$ 540
2 weeks US$ 735
3 weeks US$ 945
4 weeks US$ 1090
5 weeks US$ 1220
6 weeks US$ 1290
7 weeks US$ 1390
8 weeks US$ 1480
9 weeks US$ 1545
10 weeks US$ 1590
11 weeks US$ 1720
Start Date End Date Availability Price  

Cost Included

 
  • Transfer from/to Airport 
  • Our team will care for you
  • Sightseeing as described in the program
  • Momo Cooking Lesson
  • Accomodation (in host family) and meals during your whole Stay
  • Transportation to the location of your project and back to Kathmandu
  • Information and guidance before and during your trip (for your trip as well as optional trekking tours or visits which are not included in the programme)
  • Contact Person during your whole Stay
  • Nepali Sim-Card for your mobile so that you can call for a very cheap Price
  • Handling cost for the organization of your stay
  • Certificate (on request)

 

Cost Excluded

 
  • Visa for Nepal (EUR 35,- or USD 40,-)
  • International flights
  • Sightseeing which is not described in the program
  • Personal expenditure: e.g. drinks, souveniers, laundry, snacks, etc.
  • Vaccination and travel insurance
  • Extra payment in case of illness, rescue, changes of the program because of acts of nature beyond control, and additional expenses for overnight accommodations, etc. resulting from this 
Formalities:

- Proof your insurances: Do you have a valid travel- or health insurance for Nepal? Do you also need a luggage insurance?
 
- Your passport has to be valid at least 6 months when you entry Nepal and you need at least 1 empty page
 
- make passport pictures (you need one for visa on arrival and other for Trekking permit)
 
- check if you have to refresh imunisations or visit a travel medicine doctor and maybe take immunisations against rabies if you work with street dogs or take malaria prophylaxis if you stay longer in Chitwan. 

- get visa in your home country or on arrival at the airport (until 15 days: USD 25,00/ until 30 days: USD 40,00/ until 90 days: USD 100,00/ if you stay more than 90 days you have to extend your visa in Kathmandu or Pokhara)
 
- make copies of your travel documents (passport, flight tickets..)
 
- check if you have a credit card like Visa or MasterCard with which you can get money from the ATMs in Nepal. There are also money changer everywhere where you can change euros or dollar in Nepali Rupees. 
 
  • Passport (maybe with Visa or Visa on arrival) and copy of passport
  • Warm cap in winter. headband
  • Copy of vaccination card
  • gloves
  • Cash
  • sleeping bag (for trekking)
  • Credit card
  • backpack
  • Flight ticket
  • pocket lamp, headlamp
  • Insurance card
  • towel, hair shampoo, body shampoo, body lotion
  • Mobile and emergency numbers
  • maybe adapter
  • Tshirts and sweater
  • glasses, contact lenses
  • ¾ and long trousers, maybe light trekking and warm softshell trouser, leggings, tights…
  • tissue
  • underwear
  • USB flash drive
  • cardigan, jacket, in winter warm jacket
  • book, mp3-player…
  • rain shield: umbrella, rain jacket, (rain trouser)
  • hiking stick
  • different kinds of socks
  • laptop
  • sports shoes, loafers, trekking shoes, sandals, flipflops for shower
  • recharger, rechargeable battery,
  • pyjamas
  • mosquito net, mosquito protection spray
  • swimwear
  • medicine: against headache, diarrhea, vomiting, cough syrup, nasal spray… cream against insect bites and sunburn, disinfectant, plaster, …
  • sunscreen: suncream, cap, sun hat, sunglasses
camera and memorycard (recharger)

Trip's Quick Facts

Duration: 7+ Days
Seasons : whole year
Type: Volunteering
Activities : Teach the children of the village school
No. of Pax : 1+
Maximum Access :
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : Kathmandu

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Trip Highlight

You will be located in the district Nuwakot to the north of Kathmandu. There you will stay in a small, harmonic village where you can teach the children in the village school or help the people on the fields. If you want you can teach in the morning and help on the fields in the afternoon - as you wish. It is also possible to go trekking a few days to experience the nature fully and have great views of the Himalaya.
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