Himalayan Education Lifeline Programme (HELP)

Himalayan Education Lifeline Programme

About

Welcome to the Himalayan Education Lifeline Programme, or HELP for short. We are a limited company registered as a charity (No. 1117646) with the Charity Commission of England and Wales.

As our name suggests, we provide support to young people in poor communities in the Himalayas to give them a chance to complete their education and so improve their employment prospects when they leave school or college. In so doing, we hope in the longer term to have an impact not only on their own living standards, but also on those of their extended families and of the wider communities they come from.

Headquarters

United States

Reviews

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Jim
10/10

I volunteered through this program to teach English as a second language for three months in Shikha, a small village in Nepal. It was a very rewarding experience. The students are eager to learn. Although sometimes it can be a challenge to teach English to a bunch of rambunctious grade school students (some student traits are universal), the results are gratifying. The experience also allowed me to immerse myself in the Nepalese culture, and spend some time trekking in the Himalayas.
HELP is an excellent organization. Its goals are clearly stated. There is not a big superfluous infrastructure. I felt that almost all of the time and money I donated went toward its program goals. HELP is an organization that I can trust. Although I did not need much logistical support, I felt that HELP would have provided such support if I had needed it. They did provide very good preparation for my trip there. HELP is the real deal.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Marco
10/10

This is to far to much to describe. I have never had such a great experience as this, all because of the love the children give me. Although I was there for a short term, it felt that I know the children in the village and the school for years. It good to spend a lot of time with the children, playing football, volleyball and frisbee before school and during break time. I never said no when someone asked me to walk to another village, and the people are happy to point at animals, plants, villages and houses, telling me about their names in Nepali, and which students live where.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lynne
10/10

My husband and I volunteered in Ladakh, India through a placement with HELP. We received accurate information from HELP about what to expect, were placed in a school that appreciated our services and lived with the local nurse. This was all 10 years ago, and it still remains a very important time in our live where we were able to share our skills and resources while we made new friends, got to know another culture and experience the beauty of northern India. HELP is for mature adults who are capable of orienting themselves to a new culture and situation. It is not a "handholding" experience. You will have to discover many things on your own, will not be taken on "group outings" -- though our host took us to many local events, and we both traveled together, and she arranged for us to travel ourselves, to other parts of the region. The school was very helpful and kind. We have utmost faith in the integrity of HELP and the work that they do; and have continued to support their students and programs because it is so obviously of assistance. We continue to be grateful for our interactions with HELP and our experience as volunteers.

How can this program be improved?
We were very happy with the program
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lynne
9/10

My husband and I took our 2 teenage children to Ladakh and volunteered at the Lamdon School. It was an amazing experience. We lived in the home of the school nurse who was so very kind and welcoming. I became her "sister" and my family was her's. We went to many local events with her, and her family -- and had the opportunity to really experience life within her community as best as we were able. She cooked for us each night, and I had the opportunity to cook with her. Our teaching experience was not great but that was likely because we are not experienced teachers and did not have the breadth of skills that would have been useful. But even with that we enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the other teachers, administration and the students. I also broke my ankle 10 days into out 7 week stay... so that limited my and our ability to interact as fully as I would have liked. We felt so very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel and live in Ladakh. We appreciated all the information that we received from HELP, and the placement in the home of the nurse. HELP did not provide an extensive orientation but that was perfect for us. We had lots of information ahead of time, had the ability to write to others who had lived in Ladakh and so had some idea of what to bring, and how to prepare for our time. We were fairly independent once we arrived, but that was fine and suited our family.

How can this program be improved?
More support in our teaching assignment would have been helpful
Yes, I recommend this program
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David
10/10

I spent one month at Lamdon School in Ladakh, India teaching Chemistry and Biology and living in a homestay. This was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone. For more information please read my Blog: Smulldog In The Himalayas: smulldog.blogspot.com

How can this program be improved?
Nothing really
Yes, I recommend this program

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