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Volunteer Teaching English in Nepal

Would you like to volunteer with disadvantaged kids in Nepal? Would you like experience teaching in a classroom?

Nepal is home to eight of the top ten tallest mountains in the world. Mighty peaks and sweeping valleys echo with the call of adventure. The people are welcoming and friendly, and there’s much to discover of the country’s rich culture and history.

Nepal may be rich in natural beauty, but unfortunately many of its people are poor.

In Nepal access to good English education is only available to rich families as public schools do not have the resources and manpower necessary to provide a good English education, which hurts children from low-income families.

When you work as volunteer English teacher you will help provide crucial English skills to children from poor backgrounds, giving them a chance to compete in the job market as adults and lowering the impact of economic inequality in the country.

Volunteer teaching English in Nepal in local schools and give these kids the skills they need to go on to have bright and successful futures with well-paying jobs in the lucrative tourism industry. Contact IFRE today to make a difference in the lives of impoverished Nepalese children!

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Volunteer Responsibilities and Impact:

You will be teaching English to disadvantaged Nepalese kids in local primary schools. You will mainly be assigned English classes; however other subjects such as math, science, geography and social studies are available as well.

If you have experience in a classroom, you can lead the class. If you are just starting out teaching, you will educate the kids under the mentorship of the primary teacher. You will also help by giving educational tours, helping your students with their homework, and pitching in on administrative tasks as needed.

Your time volunteering teaching English in Nepal will have a huge impact on these children’s lives and open up a whole new world to them. Beyond the well-paying jobs available in Nepal’s tourism industry, there will be many more career paths open to them. Help give back while gaining professional teaching experience!


Skills and Qualifications:

Anyone can volunteer to teach English in Nepal! There are no specific qualifications needed to join IFRE's project beyond having a strong fluency in English, both written and verbal. No teaching certification is required. You should be flexible, patient, a good role model for the kids, and be passionate about teaching and making a difference with disadvantaged youth.

Your days as a volunteer English teacher in Nepal will be filled with fun experiences and be greatly rewarding. The impact you make will be clear from the first day you work at the school, and this will help give you a fulfilling and rewarding experience.

Since you’ll be working in a school, you can expect your work to fall within school hours. School is held Sunday through Friday. You can opt to teach for a full day if you’d like, but you are only expected to teach 3-4 hours per day. This usually takes the form of leading four to five 45-minute classes.

Each school operates a little differently, so you will receive more information on your schedule once we have selected your final placement for our Nepal volunteer teaching program. Here’s a sample schedule to give you a rough idea of what to expect.

  • 7.00 AM: Begin your day with breakfast and tea, shared with your welcoming Nepalese host family.
  • 9.30 AM: Prepare for the school day and gather together any lessons or material you will need to engage the kids in their studies.
  • 10.00 AM to 4:00 PM: Upon arriving at the school, you will begin the school prayer session. You will then proceed with an exciting day of volunteering teaching English to students in Nepal.
  • 4.00 PM: Return to your host home for a light snack and a nap or use this time to explore your surroundings. This is also a great time to utilize phone and internet services and chat with your friends and family back home about all your exciting adventures in Nepal!

Volunteer Teaching English in Nepal : Dates and Fees

Program Dates

IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Our Fees

IFRE is the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to travel internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured, we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly program fee goes directly to your host family, and includes housing, food, project donation and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Duration Teaching School
  1 Week   $100
  2 Weeks   $200
  3 Weeks   $300
  4 Weeks   $400
  5 Weeks   $500
  6 Weeks   $600
  7 Weeks   $700
  8 Weeks   $800
  9 Weeks   $900
  10 Weeks   $1,000
  11 Weeks   $1,100
  12 Weeks   $1,200

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »

Language and Culture program $250

How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

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Accommodation and Meal

While volunteering as an English teacher in Nepal, you’ll rest easy at night in the safe and comfortable home of a kind and helpful Nepalese host family. They’ll serve you three healthy local meals a day, and you’ll truly feel like you have a home away from home while traveling abroad.

Learn more about your housing and food in Nepal.

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Free Time and Weekends:

Nepal is a mystical country that has both snow-capped Himalayan mountains and jungles alive with exotic wildlife. There’s no school on Saturday, so you’ll have this time free to explore the surrounding areas. Get out there and find what’s waiting for you!

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Safety and in Country Support

IFRE has you covered when it comes to safety and support while you volunteer teaching English in Nepal. We’ve got a professional and experienced in-country team guiding you every step of the way once you land in Nepal, and we’ve carefully planned every detail of your trip before you depart to make sure it’s secure and satisfying.

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Volunteer Teaching English in Nepal : Frequently Asked Questions-

You probably have a million questions about your volunteer abroad adventure, and you’re not alone. IFRE fields questions from wondering prospective volunteers every single day, and we’re happy to give you the answers you’re looking for. Here are some things you should know when traveling with us:

Arrival and departure

You need to fly into Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for your Teaching English volunteer project in Nepal. A local representative of IFRE will be waiting for you when you land, and they’ll take you safely to your accommodations straight from the airport.
After you finish up your project work, you’ll need to book your own taxi to the airport. Check with the local project staff if you need the number of a taxi company, and they’ll be happy to help.

Visa

You will need a tourist visa to participate in our teaching English in Nepal volunteer program. Depending up on your nationality, you may be able to obtain a tourist visa upon your arrival at the airport in Nepal. The lines can be quite long during peak tourist season, so we recommend applying for your visa ahead of time through your home country’s consulate.    
You will get a 90-day tourist visa and you can extend it by visiting the immigration offices located in Kathmandu. We suggest you do your research ahead of time regarding what travelers need to do coming from your home country. Check out Nepal’s immigration website to learn more. 

Vaccination

You’ll definitely want to get vaccinated before heading off to Nepal, so give yourself at least a few weeks and make an appointment with a doctor to get this taken care of.
The basic recommended vaccinations for visiting and volunteering in Nepal programs are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. However, you may also need vaccinations against Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies depending on your project placement.   

Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Health Canada or Travelers' Health United Kingdom for more information.  

What is the name of the school I would be placed in?

IFRE works with numerous local Nepal schools that serve low-income families. You will receive your final placement details after your application has been processed and accepted into our program.

What is the age range of the students in the school?

The schools of Nepal have three levels of schools at which volunteers may be placed. Primary (Pre-K-3rd Grade), Secondary (4th-7th Grade), and High School (8th-12th Grade).

How many students are in the school? How many of them are in each class?

On average, a school will have 250-500 students with 20-30 students per class.

Will I be handling the classes on my own or will there be someone assisting me while teaching?

There will always be an assistant teacher with you while volunteer teaching English in Nepal, and you will work together with them in leading the class. On occasion, you may be asked to handle the class on your own.

Do they have teaching curriculum?

Yes, the school has a set curriculum you are expected to follow, although you are also expected to prepare lesson plans prior to arriving. You will mainly teach English, but if you have the background and experience, you are welcome to teach other subjects as well.

How many hours a day will I be teaching?

School hours are 10am-4pm. You are only expected to teach 3-4 hours per day but are welcome to teach longer.

Do I need to bring teaching materials? Or does the school have teaching materials which I can use?

The school has a set curriculum and necessary materials; however you are welcome to bring English books to share with the students and assist with their learning.

Is IFRE’s teaching English in Nepal volunteer program available year-round? When will it close and for how long?

The teaching project is not available year-round, as the school has breaks for vacations and exams.

The classes are not available in the following months:


Mid-January – Mid-February:

Winter Vacation

Mid-March to Mid-April

Final examination

Mid July to Mid-August:

Summer Vacation

Mid October – Mid November:

Festival vacation

Any important information you want to share about this volunteer project in Nepal in teaching English?

The level of English understood and spoken by the students is very basic, so you must be extremely patient when working with the children.

Why volunteer in Nepal teaching English?

Gain valuable teaching experience

Future teachers can gain real-world experience teaching in a classroom, making lesson plans, and working with other teachers. This is a valuable learning experience and looks great on your resume.

Experience a new culture

Nepal has a fascinating culture, and you will be able to immerse yourself in it. While volunteering teaching English in Nepal, you’ll meet and connect with your students, and experience daily Nepalese life up close and personal by living with your welcoming host family.

Help children in need

Most of the students you teach come from low-income families, and without your help they would never learn the English language. This skill will help them to grow up and get well-paying jobs and break the cycle of poverty.

Launch an exciting new career

English is such a globally sought-after skill that you can now make your living teaching English in countries around the world. There are language schools you can teach at, and even remote classes you can teach from anywhere, supporting a digital nomad lifestyle! Get experience volunteering teaching English in Nepal and see if it’s for you!

Travel for a purpose

Explore your love of travel while making the world a better place at the same time. Join the revolution and engage in meaningful travel that makes a difference!

Contact IFRE and learn more about our volunteer teaching English program in Nepal!

Other Volunteer Ppportunities in Nepal

If you want to volunteer with a different project in Nepal, IFRE arranges volunteer programs to suit all kinds of volunteers. You can

work in an orphanage.

teach English to Buddhist monks

help with nature conservation

learn photojournalism

work in the medical field and much more.

Contact IFRE for more information today!

Teaching Opportunities in other countries

English is a widely sought-after skill all over the world. IFRE arranges English teaching volunteer programs in a wide range of countries to help provide this valuable skill to disadvantaged children all over the globe. Take a look at the list below for some of our most popular teaching programs:

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