WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Although primary education is free, government schools are often inadequate and overcrowded. Many schools in remote areas are very basic and sometimes unsafe. Often these schools have no blackboard and very little furniture. In rural areas, students usually walk several miles to go to school.
The inability of students to attend school is affected by many factors, including poor weather, overcrowded classrooms and family situations that keep older children at home to work or to care for younger siblings.
Furthermore, the heavy rains of the monsoon season cause many problems for schools. The rains make it difficult for children to walk long distances to school; they damage the existing mud walls and sheet metal roofs and turn the dirt floors, which are common in these schools, into mud. The mud makes it extremely uncomfortable to attend school and sometimes affects the health of students and teachers. In some cases, the rains cause flooding that damages the entire school.
You can give hope to marginalised children, helping to build their confidence while teaching them useful skills. You'll dance, sing, and play games with children as well as helping out in any way that you can in the community. You might be repairing the school, helping a farmer tend his crops, or planting trees.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
You will begin your time in Nepal with an introductory period during which you will learn about local customs, language, etiquette, cultural sensitivities and anything else you need to complete your immersion into society. During this time you will have the opportunity to enjoy some sightseeing when not attending your classes and lectures.
Whilst on your placement, you will teach English and other subjects of your choice to children in a village school. Though their lives have been harsh they are extremely friendly and will be interested in learning all about who you are and where you come from. You can also help out on community development projects such as painting a school, building water purification systems, helping at resource centres, agricultural work, health awareness and construction projects, depending on what is required at the time you visit. Once in Nepal you can discuss your particular skills and interests with the in-country staff and confirm your schedule.