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FACE Nepal: Individual Volunteer Programmes

Ane Marie McNeil, USA: "In the community, the children have amazed me with their dedication. They attend school during the day and then come at night for English lessons. Their appreciation for education has made teaching so rewarding." >> Read More<
Volunteering with FACE Nepal is a great way to experience Nepal and see first-hand the value of your contribution. Volunteer work is available in a number of areas and you will be asked to select your preferred options upon registration.

If you are flexible in your selection we will recommend an option for you in line with your skill base and confidence levels, and taking into account the needs identified in our development strategy. If you are traveling with a friend or spouse, joint activities and accommodation can also be incorporated.

The following Volunteer Programmes are available:

1. COMMUNITY TEACHING IN A GOVERNMENT SCHOOL OR LEARNING CENTRE

PROJECT SUMMARY

Teach children in a Government SchoolThe English teaching project covers teaching in several Government schools in Nepal. English does not form part of the primary school curriculum in public school. Many poor children cannot afford private English education and go on to higher schools with little knowledge of basic English. The ability to speak and write proficiently in English greatly increases employment opportunities. Your volunteer role as an English teacher can make a significant difference to these children's lives, many of whom dream of speaking English.

Government schools currently have anywhere between 60-100 children to one teacher. The schools have minimal teaching resources and the classrooms are of a basic standard. The students value learning highly and any voluntary teaching support is greatly appreciated by both the pupils and the teachers. When volunteering in a school you will generally assist an existing teacher by providing support to students struggling to keep up with the rest of the class. If you come with teaching experience and the confidence you may wish to teach classes independently. Also with experience and confidence you could enhance the teacher's skills by demonstrating or explaining alternative or more advanced principles of teaching.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

Though no teaching experience or skill is needed, volunteers joining the teaching program in Nepal should have a good grasp of English, both written and verbal. Volunteers are expected to be flexible, patient and committed to the program. If you have no teaching experience you may find it helpful to bring some resources including a guide to English grammar.

VOLUNTEER RESPONSIBILITIES

Volunteers typically teach conversational English for 2 to 3 hours a day in a public school for roughly six days a week. Friday afternoons and Saturdays are free. During the school day, volunteers will be assisted by other teachers. Outside of teaching hours volunteers are welcome to organise games or other extracurricular activities. Volunteers are also expected to help with taking children on educational field trips, monitoring academic progress and in some administrative duties. Those working in community centres will typically run a session before school or in the evening to adults and children. A simple assessment of the community may be necessary to see where the education gaps exist.

Teach English and other skills to children and adults in a Community Learning Center.

2. ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION PROJECTS

PROJECT SUMMARY

Deforestation, land fragmentation and desertification are major environmental problems that Nepal is facing. Additionally, a general understanding of the environmental impact of everyday necessities is also lacking. Examples of this can be seen in local waste disposal, land use in farming and building structures. Volunteers are encouraged to design and run community clean-ups, teach sessions about environmental care or organise the planting of trees and other useful plants. These are a few examples, but there is scope for volunteers to design a project based on what they percieve as important to their local area.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

There are no specific qualifications for volunteers wishing to join the conservation project in Nepal. Volunteers should be prepared for the possibility that the work can physically demanding.

VOLUNTEER RESPONSIBILITIES

Volunteers focusing on conservation work should be prepared to design and run their own projects, though there may also be ongoing projects they can join. It is very possible that a volunteer will need to survey local residents and tour the area to get an idea of the local environmental issues. FACE Nepal will do our utmost to provide the necessary support and supplies for projects, but please be aware that any spends will be subject to review by our local advisory and international boards.

3. IT OR ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

PROJECT SUMMARY

Use your IT skills to help us advance technological knowledge and capabilities in Nepal. These volunteers will typically work in the head office in Patihani, Chitwan but may be sent to various schools or community centres to assist teachers, community workers and students when a school's resources allow. Computers are relatively new to everyone in Nepal and the majority of the people we work with have little access to a computer, so even knowledge of basic computing skills is invaluable.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

While volunteers with a background in computing, web design or Microsoft Office are a plus, there is no required certification. For most volunteers, much of what has come naturally to you in using a computer still feels very foreign to locals, so any and all technical understanding is welcome.

VOLUNTEER RESPONSIBILITIES

As stated above, even the most basic understanding of a computer can be of use. Volunteers can potentially help users to understand the function of various Microsoft Office tools such as Excel or Word. Additionally, volunteers may help with internet literacy including understanding how to search and understand the veracity of various sites. Volunteers may need to do a simple survey of those they work with in order to understand the educational needs and assistance required.

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