Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 6, 2012 9:00 AM Last Post By: scoodly
Oct 3, 2012 7:51 PM
Volunteer Teaching/ChildcareI will be studying abroad from January to May 2013. Afterwards, I would like to volunteer teaching English and/or working in childcare in Nepal for 6-8 weeks. I cannot afford much though as I will just be coming off of studying abroad in an expensive country (France) so I would like to keep the cost at a minimum. Along with that, I do not want anything sketchy. Does anyone know of any cheap, reputable organizations in Nepal for volunteering?
Oct 3, 2012 11:15 PM
1Voluntourism is a much and often debated topic, so if you search back and read previous threads you will get the idea.
Form my own “Advice” you might like to start of by reading This
Oct 4, 2012 1:05 AM
The On Childrens Home thread might help to avoid some of the pitfalls.
Have you considered teaching English in a monastery?
Oct 4, 2012 3:07 AM
3I just did volunteering at a school in Pokhara this July 2012. I was planning on doing volunteering at a school out in a village, but the students were on holiday :-(
The school, I ended up doing volunteering, is founded by and old actor - and the idea is, that even the poor family’s have a chance to give their children a English education, the cost is 1 dollar a month. Sadly still some family’s couldn’t afford that :-( You can read more about the school, if you google “bamboo schools Nepal”. I only paid for food and accommodation in that period. If you like, I can send you the e-mail to the person who arranged my volunteering?
Oct 4, 2012 12:29 PM
4Thank you all for your responses!
into-thin-air: Thank you so much for your post. I'm so thankful that I fall in the first category because I'm going into TESOL (currently and English/Education major) and have 6-8 weeks to help. You definitely spoke to my biggest concern about giving money to an organization, not the children, and an unregulated one too. I hope I can find a place to volunteer where I can actually make a difference instead of simply saying I did.
scoodly: This is a wonderful post and really made me open my eyes to the darker side of children's homes. I have no intention of being a tourist and gawking. This made me truly sad that people do this. I have not considered teaching in a monastery, but that sounds like a wonderful opportunity. I am basically open to anything that will help me make a difference (even if I only have a short period of time).
Hovggard: I would love to hear more about it! Pokhara is actually a city on the top of my list so I would be very interested :)
Oct 4, 2012 12:43 PM
Glad the thread helped; credit to xtemp for sharing her knowledge and experience.
Often the schools most in need of voluntary help are state ones rather than privarte fee paying ones. Waters from Heaven might still be looking for volunteer English teachers.
I'll send a private message with monastery info and details of other possibilities.
Oct 4, 2012 12:52 PM
6Also pleased to be of help – Being forewarned of the pitfalls is half the battle, there Are some good organisations out there – It’s just a case of sorting the wheat out from the chaff.
I don’t know if you have read “The Little Prince’s” by Connor Grennan – If not then I think you might enjoy it, I know I did when an exceptionally kind TT member bought be a copy
Oct 4, 2012 6:54 PM
7Thank you to both - again!
This is absolutely wonderful - I cannot express how happy I am about all the help I have been offered. I am going about this on my own at the moment so this is amazing!
Rob, the book looks wonderful. Outside of schoolwork I will definitely be reading it.
If any of you would like to see how this all goes for me, I have recently started a blog to document this next year of my life. Right now it has what my definite plans are, then it will mostly be on France as that is where I will be from January to May, but if you happen to take a look sometime down the road you might just see my adventure!
Thank you all so much!
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