Cultural Immersion and TeachingProgram Fees
VIN’s Cultural Immersion and Teaching Project is designed for those who wish to learn about Nepali culture by becoming a part of Nepali society and contributing towards it.
Nepal is a country of geographical and ethnic diversity. From the Terai plains to the summit of Mount Everest, there are over 10 different ethnic groups and as many as 100 languages. Despite this diversity over 80 percent of the country follow the Hindu religion. Aside from the large temples, small ones crouch on street corners or are pressed within brickwork. Throughout the year many festivals celebrations take place to mark the enduring culture and beliefs of the religion.
Yet despite the Hindu majority, Buddhism continues to strongly influence Nepali culture. The religions exist side by side, to the extent that Buddhist and Hindu temples have become shared places of worship. Nepal is known to have been the birth place of Siddhartha Gautma, the Buddha, and now the home to thousands of Tibetan exiles, the country is a conduit between the Buddhist beliefs in India and China. Unsurprisingly, Nepal hosts some of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world.
As a volunteer you will enjoy a home-stay in a rural location with a Nepali family. During the day you will learn Nepali, the official language, from an experienced teacher, who will also teach Nepalese culture to you. When you are not learning, you will be able to assist at the local community school.
By learning the Nepali language and living with a rural Nepali family you will have the chance to become integrated into the culture and community. Nepali people are very friendly, so you might find yourself with a second family. But please remember, they will be interested in your culture too; bring a little something from home to share with them.Read moreApply now