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VIN’s Teacher Development Project offers volunteers and interns the opportunity to appraise teaching methods in Nepali community schools and work with the teachers to implement positive change. Research reveals that great teacher is the most influencing school related factor for producing great students, so strict attention should be given for teacher development.

VIN’s overall objective is the empowerment of marginalised communities but without good quality education an individual cannot be empowered, let alone a whole community. Good quality primary education is commonly regarded as the best foundation for future development, however, in rural community schools the quality is low.  Many of the teachers are untrained and unqualified and regularly use a lecture style of teaching, asking their students to copy from a blackboard.  VIN aims to give teachers in Jitpur Phedi and Okhaldhunga, our focus communities, access to teaching techniques which promote creativity and critical thinking in a child-friendly environment.  To achieve this we perform assessments, conduct workshops and provide training, interactive seminars and individual support.

As a volunteer you must have a sound foundation in teacher development.  In return you will have the chance to observe Nepali teaching methods.  You will plan and carry out workshops or training, helping to develop teachers’ ability to share knowledge and facilitate learning.  You will support the teachers by providing materials and teaching English language.  You are invited to share experience from your home countries and to introduce any activity that supports our ideals.

During your placement you will live in the community in a home-stay environment with a Nepali host family, where you will be immersed in the Nepali language and culture.

Ultimately, VIN wishes to create the opportunity for a cultural exchange program between Nepali school teachers and others around the world.  This will enable teachers to challenge themselves and experience other education systems, helping them to become more informed educators.  VIN is seeking the right volunteers who are in the position to develop teachers and makes a world of difference.

A Little More About VIN’s work

Teacher Development is part of VIN’s Children’s Development ProgramVIN’s mission through this program is to empower the village – the parents, teachers and schools – to enable its children to receive an education, explore creative outlets, and develop as a whole.  There are four major initiatives that make up this program; Teacher Development being a component of our School Attendance Program.

Over the past four years VIN has worked to improve the skills of the community teachers, providing them with multi-day training courses on Primary Education, Early Childhood Development, Information Technology, School Management and Leadership and teaching using Artwork and Joyful Learning.  Workshops were also held on the effects of corporal punishment on children.

VIN’s work to develop teachers in Jitpur Phedi community is well-established and we now look forward to the challenge of carrying similar work out in Okhaldhunga.

Your Experience

This placement requires a volunteer or intern with an established knowledge of teaching or teacher development.  It is an opportunity to understand the education system of a developing country make a difference to the education and lives of many children.

Throughout your placement you will have the full support of VIN.  Your safety is our highest priority.  On arrival you will be greeted at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transported to your hotel (alternative arrangements can be made for those already in Nepal prior to the start of their placement).  You will then receive a comprehensive three-day induction, during which time you will be provided with information about your particular placement as well as general information, including basic Nepalese language and culture.  This is also a good time to mix with other volunteers or interns who may be great sight-seeing companions and a source of support during your volunteer placement.

During the induction you will be accommodated in a hotel.  However, a large part of the VIN experience comes from the immersion of a home stay with a Nepalese host family.  While this is an essential part of the experience we also recognise that it can be a challenging one, becoming part of a new culture and becoming accustomed to facilities that will be more basic than those you are used to.  However, all our host families are experienced in accommodating volunteers – although their ability to speak English will vary – and you will have 24 hour access to contact and support from our staff members during your placement.

 

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