As a developing country Nepal will be difficult to find work to fund your travels. There may be some opportunities for teaching English in schools, but most people who go with this purpose do so as volunteers and a vast number of volunteer organisations exist to place people on such projects. Below are listed just a few of these organisations, most placements are very similar in content, but different organisations arrange projects in different areas and for varying lengths of time. Tourist Visas for Nepal last for 30 days but some gap agencies can arrange longer staying Visas for their applicants.
Projects with i-to-i are based in Kathmandu helping in state schools and monasteries teaching English, and in children’s homes looking after underprivileged children. Four to eight week projects will cost volunteers £1295, nine to twelve week projects amount to £1395. Costs include travel, accommodation, and food etc. Accommodation is in family hostels or hotels. TEFL training is given before programmes begin for those working as teachers. For most projects you will be required to work five days a week.
Volunteer programmes with Changing Worlds focus on teaching English. Programmes last for either three or five months and begin in January or September. Volunteers usually live on school grounds with other teachers and food is provided, usually school meals, but you are expected to pay for travel, insurance, accommodation (amounting to about £15 per week), and food costs.
The Africa and Asia Venture organisation sends volunteers on development projects in various countries. In Nepal, placements are in Besisahar and Gorkha. Volunteers live together in small houses in the village in which their work is based, which consists mainly of teaching. They are expected to fund their flights, travel insurance and spending money but accommodation and a food allowance is provided, along with 24 in-country back up from AV’s local representative and an induction course on arrival. The Nepal project costs from £3285, which includes all pre-departure information, a face to face meeting if in the UK or a telephone briefing for those overseas, an online health check, and a briefing on departure. Volunteers have a designated 4 weeks for independent travel at the end of the project.
VentureCo organises a 16-week itinerary for its programme of travel and work around India and into Nepal. The first couple of weeks are spent in what is known as ‘cultural orientation’ consisting of visiting various places guided by a team who introduce you to the culture and traditions of India. The next five weeks take place on an aid project in the Rajasthan desert involving practical work to help develop the community. Sandwiching this and the second project is a four-week expedition through the Thae Desert, Shekhawati village, part of the Himalayas, and rafting on the Ganges. The expedition requires teamwork and organisation in its challenges where you will be expected to lead and plan your journey. After this work begins again on an aid project, similar to the first, in Bandhavgarh which lasts two weeks, before a final expedition through Nepal to the Everest base. Programmes with VentureCo are self-funded and can cost you up to £5000, which includes travel, food, accommodation, transport, and fees for the activities themselves.
Teaching and Projects Abroad
Teaching and Projects Abroad run one month or more long programmes where volunteers spend eighteen hours each week teaching English to schoolchildren, taking part in animal care, or even work in the local media. Accommodation is provided either with host families, or living with other teachers in local hostels.