Volunteer as a teaching assistant in Nepal

“My friends told me I was mad going on a teaching assistant placement, when that is what I do all year round. Nepal's a whole other ball game from Newham though. And oh so much more beautiful. ”


2-12 week teaching assistant volunteering programs in Nepal | Kathmandu | Homestay accommodation | Options for onward travel in Nepal | Responsible tourism guidelines all met

Description of Volunteer as a teaching assistant in Nepal

Nepal is not only one of the most stunning mountain landscapes in the world, but Kathmandu where this teaching assistant volunteering trip takes place is its spiritual and cultural mecca. With eleven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and vast amounts of history, this area suffers terrible poverty mainly due to civil war which lasted over twenty years. And then of course the devastating 2015 earthquake. Tourism is now one of the major contributors to the local economy, and we have found that a lot of travellers coming here also want to contribute in a deeper way. And working as a teaching assistant is one way that many people can do so.

With programmes lasting between 2-12 weeks, and working alongside local, professional teachers you will be able to help young people who need to further their education and which will then enable them to seek jobs in this tourism sector, or of course in other areas of employment. Another reason to support education of young people in Nepal is because it is currently responsible for a large child labour workforce, something that must be stopped.
Work alongside teachers in day schools, or you can also volunteer to spend time working in a residential school for children who have been labourers in the past but who have been rescued from this unethical position. Teaching anything from the basics in English or mathematics to PE, we will welcome all skills and experience that you may be able to offer.

Volunteering programme

You will spend the first couple of days upon arrival in Kathmandu acclimatising and getting to know the region with an expert local guide. Volunteering is from Monday – Friday, working between the hours of 10am-3pm. You will stay with a local family in a homestay accommodation, and breakfast and dinner will be provided, with typical Nepalese food. Weekends are free for you to enjoy Nepal at your leisure, and we can recommend excursions to you, such as visiting Chitwan National Park or the adventure hub of Pokhara. Some of our volunteers extend their trip long enough to take on a trek to Everest Base Camp.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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2017: 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 25 Nov, 2 Dec, 9 Dec, 16 Dec, 23 Dec, 30 Dec
2018: 6 Jan, 13 Jan, 20 Jan, 27 Jan, 3 Feb, 10 Feb, 17 Feb, 24 Feb, 3 Mar, 10 Mar, 17 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar, 7 Apr, 14 Apr, 21 Apr, 28 Apr, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, 26 May, 2 Jun, 9 Jun, 16 Jun, 23 Jun, 30 Jun, 7 Jul, 14 Jul, 21 Jul, 28 Jul, 4 Aug, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, 1 Sep ...
Top tip:
Donations are always welcome, but please buy things locally and then give them as gifts. That way you support local people in two ways.
Trip type:
Tailor made but working with other volunteers.
Solo travellers welcome.
Standard, clean and comfortable homestay accommodation. First two nights in hotel.
Breakfasts and dinners provided. Local Nepalese cuisine.
Airport transfers, accommodation, breakfasts and dinners, Kathmandu guided tour, 24/7 support.
About this holiday company:
Ridhi set this organization up in 2014, after a life changing volunteering trip that she made to South Africa herself. After that, she returned from London to her home country of India to set up volunteering projects there and in Nepal, with trips varying from teaching to building to medical care.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Volunteer as a teaching assistant in Nepal


Our volunteer placements are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. There’s plenty to gain personally from this. But we make sure that local people benefit too by choosing projects that bring tangible improvements to their lives. Our local Nepali partners are leaders in sustainable tourism. All activities and itineraries are designed in collaboration with the villagers themselves, based around the principles of community-based tourism. We are committed to providing local people with a complimentary source of income while still continuing their traditional way of life.

Pre-departure preparation
All of our participants receive pre-departure guides. This covers topics on how to be culturally sensitive, how to best look after the environment when in the country and how to stay safe as well as up to date information on the political situation. They are also briefed on how to dispose of waste properly and where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles as these are not easy to dispose of environmentally.

Meaningful Volunteering
We are working with an established charity in Nepal that provides a Rehabilitation Programme for the child labourers as one of the main components of child development programme. The children removed from the carpet factories of are placed in such centres who either are orphans or are from broken families with no possibility of family re-union or are in a very poor economic condition to support their schooling even after returning to home.
We are also working in local schools who are in desperate need of volunteers to help with education. This is particularly so after the earthquake of 2015.

Child Protection
We have a strong child protection policy and require police checks and DBS from all our participants. Staff who take photos are required to ensure they are up to a standard approved by our local partners or schools. We have strict expectations of volunteers as far as how they interact with the children. We also give no information to the volunteers about the children’s backgrounds.

Environment overseas:
We send out comprehensive pre-departure briefing, which includes a section on protecting the local environment. In particular we advise participants to take care with water, which is an issue in many of our destinations. We recommend they avoid unnecessary washing, using hand wash gel where they can. We also instruct them on how to dispose of waste properly, not to litter and, where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles which are not easy to dispose of environmentally.


All of our activities and itineraries are designed in collaboration with the villagers themselves, based around the principles of community-based tourism. We are committed to providing local people with a complimentary source of income while still continuing their traditional way of life.

Local Experiences: For any excursion, the guides, host families, handicraft cooperatives – receive fair wages as stipulated by the community- based tourism committee. We ensure that a majority of the money from each trip goes directly to the villagers and contributes to the community fund. This creates jobs to help families stay together instead of working in towns far away, and supports scholarships, youth activities, and other initiatives.

Everest and tours in Nepal : Our ground partners share our commitment to responsible travel. Our accommodation and destination partners ensure respect for both the environment and local culture. When you book with us, you can be sure that you will have a responsible and fun-filled tour.

Volunteer and Service Placements: Volunteer time, effort, and attention are of great value to the villages, schools, and children’s homes that we serve. We also provide our partners with financial support as they rely on limited government funding and/or donations. A project donation to the volunteering location is included in the program.

Cultural sensitivity: We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in Nepal. Our policy is to send people to the developing world in small groups or individually. This minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community.

1 Reviews of Volunteer as a teaching assistant in Nepal

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 30 May 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The sheer differnt way of life. Bus full? Get on the roof! Transport to the bus stations with big suitcase, backpack, rucksack? Back of a motorbike!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be open minded about anything and everything. Prepare for some hardships such as living conditions and monotonous or strage foods.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, i woudl like to think there were benefits to locals people, particulalry in the school.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I wouldnt rate it as a holiday (deinfinelt not much relaxation) but the overall rating for the experience i would give as 5*.

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