Feb 11, 2010

English Teaching

Teaching English in School:
Children are the future of the nation. Future Nepal has supported some schools and Libraries in different parts of Nepal.

In schools, students range from 5-16 years old. Each class typically includes 30-50 students. Daily lessons follow the Nepali students’ standard book. However volunteers are also encouraged to create their own lesson plans depending on their specific area of expertise such as music, dance, art etc. Each school has its own permanent staff member who assists volunteers with their teaching and in communicating with the children and colleagues. Classes generally run six days a week, with four to six class periods each day and a break for lunch.

The Libraries are set up in small communities to offer educational opportunities to children and youth to some of the poorest regions in Nepal. The children attend before and after school. Volunteers do not need teaching qualifications to partake in this program, just a passion for children and having fun! Children enjoy new experiences as much as us so anything you can bring from home to show them how your life works and culture differs is beneficial. Volunteers may also help establish new libraries in needy village. For this, both technical and financial support from the volunteers will be highly appreciated. If possible, the volunteers are kindly requested to bring English books, teaching materials, stationery items and sports materials.

Teaching English in Manastery:
This program involves teaching English to Buddhist monks. Volunteers will teach monks ranging from the age of 7 to 19. The volunteers and monks can spend a lot of time together and have fun, for example during  meal times, at the weekends and in class, of course.

The monks are all friendly, very helpful and welcoming. Volunteers  teach between two and four hours per day, depending on how many other volunteer teachers are there at the time. If a volunteer has expertise in other subjects, it is possible to run classes in maths, science, health etc.  There are no classes at the weekend, and  volunteers  will have the opportunity to spend more time with the monks or may go sightseeing during their  free time.

It is also possible to attend  the daily puja in the morning and afternoon in order to learn about the Buddhist culture.