English at community schoolProgram Fees
VIN’s Teaching English at Community Schools project is an opportunity for volunteers or interns to take an active role in the Nepali classroom. Our volunteers help to teach English in community schools and support the students to use their new skills.
The acquisition of the English Language is a vital skill for the Nepali people. It gives them a voice and offers them a chance to change their future. Our teaching volunteers will work with the school’s existing English teacher who will provide classroom curricular and assistance with teaching methods and language barriers. At the same time the volunteer will help the English teacher to develop their own language skills.
Nepali community schools can be unpredictable. It is not uncommon for them to be closed due to holidays, exams and other circumstances, e.g strikes. During these times volunteers will be asked to teach in the community, helping those who are financially unable to attend school.
VIN has been working with Jitphur Phedi community since 2007, striving to empower the villagers – teachers, parents and schools – to enable children to receive an education, explore their creativity and develop for the future of the community. The Children’s Development Program combines four major initiatives to achieve this; placing volunteers in our 11 partner schools is just one component of this work.
We do not ask that our volunteers be native English speakers. We do ask that they are flexible, with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. During the placement you will teach two to three hours per day, six days a week. Nepali government school age is between 6 and 16 years old and class sizes can range from 10 to 50 children.
During your volunteer placement you will live in the community with a Nepali host family, offering you the chance to become immersed in Nepali culture and language.
Nepal’s Community Schools
One of Nepal’s Millenium Development Goals, as member of the United Nations (UN), is the achievement of Universal Primary Education. While Nepal will suggest it is well on the way to achieving this, quoting 93% enrolment, the reality is that while enrolled, many of children will fail to attend school, drop out and not complete their primary education or progress to secondary education.
The schools within the communities are public, funded in part by the government and owned within the community. In theory, the government commit to provide teachers in community schools based on a ratio of 1:40. In practice, in the sparsely populated rural areas, there are not enough children to make this quota. The government do not supply the teacher, so the community must provide their own.
Commonly, many of the teachers working in public schools are unqualified and untrained and most teaching takes the style of a lecture, requiring that the children copy from a blackboard. Ultimately, the children are taught to repeat facts and figures parrot-style, without deeper understanding, so they unable to effectively use what they ‘learn’.
Teaching English in Community Schools project is a component of VIN’s wider scope of work in Child Development within the communities.
The number of students in your class will vary from 10 to 50 and you will teach free standing English lessons or teach English from the government text book of English Language. Those who can are invited to teach Maths and Science as well. Each period will be between 40 and 45 minutes and here, in Nepal, the teacher moves from class to class, not the student. Our objective is only that you help the children to communicate in English.
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.