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Experience Nepali Village Life

World, Asia, Nepal, Besisahar

OFFER YOUR HELP

Travel dates

33°C, 16:58

About the workproject

We need 6 volunteers

Hello, my name is Shamser. I am the principal of a Primary school in Lamjung, Nepal. My family has a homestay located in a beautiful part of North-western Nepal on the top of a hill with stunning views of Annapurna, Fishtail, Manaslu, Peak 29 and Lamjung. My village is called Gaunshahar and is the original abode of the royal family of Nepal, which later relocated to Kathmandu. The small palace and courtyard still hosts traditional festivals that attract hundreds, sometimes thousands of people from all around at many intervals during the calendar year.

When it comes to the location of Gaunshahar, it is just 4km from the nearest town called Besisahar. That town, which is in the valley below Gauanshahar, is also a starting point of the famous Annapurna Circuit trek (note that you can also get your trekking permits from Besisahar).

Our homestay includes shared guest rooms inside my family home and a traditional Nepali eco roundhouse made from stone and a straw roof. These accommodations include western style bathroom, cold shower, limited access to internet and plenty of blankets. Our food is sourced almost entirely from local ingredients and we can accommodate vegetarian diets as well. Other than that we can teach volunteers to cook Nepali food; such as chapati for breakfast and Dal Baht as a main course.

Whilst staying with my family, we welcome any help you can give. Previously our volunteers have started a library class project, a teacher training initiative as well as building a clay cob oven, a chimney, and bringing ideas for our vegetable garden. In the past our volunteers also helped to design, plan, and transport rocks and material for the construction of the school.

At the moment the main tasks for volunteers include running creative arts and library classes with small groups of students, assisting the Nepalese teachers in teaching English classes (this can include taking the whole class or running interactive activities at the beginning or end of the class to support the children´s learning) and teaching English to the Nepalese teachers. Other tasks include supporting the nursery teacher, cleaning the classrooms at the start of the day, and experienced volunteers are invited to run teacher training workshops about modern teaching methods with the Nepalese teachers. Overall, the aim is to maintain our traditional Nepali customs yet bring in new modern methods of teaching. We ask volunteers to give about four hours help a day in any way you can. The rest of the day is yours!

Other than the school we have many projects for the future and we welcome any new ideas that the volunteers can bring. Don’t worry if you think you might not have any relevant skills, there are many ways to help in the school and the children will appreciate your efforts and support.

Our school currently welcomes 65 students, aged 3-10, and the school consists of 5 classrooms; Pre-school, Lower Kindergarten, Upper Kindergarten, Grade 1 and grade 2. All students from the village are welcomed irrespective of caste, and we try to help those children, whose parents are unable to pay for school fees, uniforms, books, stationery and meals.

During your time here you will get a strong sense of Nepali village life, and there are many activities you can engage in such as hiking, short walks in the nearby villages, or taking tea with the locals. If you enjoy yoga or meditation the surrounding mountains and the tranquillity of our village create a perfect setting for this. If you want to do a few day trek around Lamjung, we can organize this for you, too. If you like we can also give you some Nepali lessons, so that that you can be acquainted with Nepali culture, history and language, which can be also be useful on any subsequent treks that you may be planning. Sometimes we have campfires, and I can give you a tour of the village where you can try our local wine.

And from July 7th to 19th of July 2016, we have summer vacation in our school. At that time we need your help for planting rice in the field, making teaching materials, making garden and putting grass in our school.

And October 2 to 13 of October, 2016 we have our greatest festival's Vacation, you can really enjoy festival , meet our all the family and take blessing from our elders , having a lot of food and we will ask you to help in our home and garden and make teaching materials . Thank you

We have three Down syndrome children so we also need special volunteer to teach theses children.


We ask volunteers to pay a small sum of 5 US dollars a day to stay here. This cost includes two meals, tea and coffee, cold showers and free access to wifi. Although this (access to internet) is usually limited to 30 minutes a day. If you require faster and reliable internet access, we recommend buying an Ncell sim card and data package. This is inexpensive and is the only sim card that guarantees access in this area. Please also note that the served food is basic, however you are able to stock up on extra items from Besisahar. In addition, we have a local shop, if you want to buy snacks, drinks and other items (such as toilet paper and water).

If you like, I can also give each volunteer a certificate at the end of his or her stay, to use for future volunteering or when searching for a job.

About the host

Shamser (35)

Host since

2016

Languages

English, Hindi

Last seen online

2 Months ago

Hello, my name is Shamser. I am the principal of a Primary school in Lamjung, Nepal. My family has a homestay located in a beautiful part of North-western Nepal on the top of a hill with stunning views of Annapurna, Fishtail, Manaslu, Peak 29 and Lamjung. My village is called Gaunshahar and is the original abode of the royal family of Nepal, which later relocated to Kathmandu. The small palace and courtyard still hosts traditional festivals that attract hundreds, sometimes thousands of people from all around at many intervals during the calendar year.

Project dates

Open for offers, contact us


Work to be done

  • gardening
  • construction
  • farming
  • language practice
  • help in the house
  • maintenance tasks
  • charity work
  • computer help
  • internet support

Expected workhours

  • 4 hours a day
  • 6 days a week

Work exchange deal

  • shared room

Our homestay includes shared guest rooms inside my family home and a traditional Nepali eco roundhouse made from stone and a straw roof. These accommodations include western style bathroom, cold shower, limited access to internet and plenty of blankets. Our food is sourced almost entirely from local ingredients and we can accommodate vegetarian diets as well. Other than that we can teach volunteers to cook Nepali food; such as chapati for breakfast and Dal Baht as a main course.

  • shared meals

We ask volunteers to pay a small sum of 5 US dollars a day to stay here. This cost includes two meals, tea and coffee, cold showers and free access to wifi. Although this (access to internet) is usually limited to 30 minutes a day. If you require faster and reliable internet access, we recommend buying an Ncell sim card and data package. This is inexpensive and is the only sim card that guarantees access in this area. Please also note that the served food is basic, however you are able to stock

  • no money is involved