Volunteer Teaching program in Learning Centre - Pokhara

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The Alliance Nepal program places volunteers in a variety of projects in and around Pokhara (the capital city of Alliance Nepal) including teaching English, caring for disabled children, orphanage work, medical work and working with local NGOs. Alliance Nepal offers home stay and volunteer programs for students, adults and over-60’s (generally anyone with an interest in learning about and experiencing Nepali culture). The home stay and volunteer programs are flexible and catered to your interests. We offer placements in both rural and urban areas with families experienced in having foreign volunteers stay with them.
Whether your interests are research-based or you wish to have a holiday with a purpose, Alliance Nepal is here to help you make the most of your time and have a fantastic trip to Nepal

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Yes, I recommend this program

Unregretful experience

I had the wonderful opportunity of being able to volunteer at the Himalayan Children Care Home in Pokhara this past summer. Alliance Nepal (AN) was with me every step of the way, from arranging my ride from the airport to guesthouse, to calling a taxi for me on the day of my departure. I felt like AN truly cared about my well-being, both emotional and physical. Krishna, AN's director, showed me around Pokhara on my first day, and arranged 1:1 language lessons for me before I arrived at the placement.

My favorite experience at the orphanage is when the volunteers arranged a trip to the local pool. (The orphanage does not have a lot of extra money for any luxuries, so volunteers offered to fund the trip. Total cost was about $35 for bus rental and admission to the pool.) The children were absolutely ecstatic and so eager to learn to swim. Many of the children had only ever been in a pool once or twice before, and only one or two of them could actually swim.

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Yes, I recommend this program

spending time in Nepal

I think what initially attracted me to using Alliance Nepal was the flexibility which it allowed. I knew I wanted to spread my time exploring the country whilst volunteering on different projects. Krishna immediately was so warm, welcoming and fantastic at allowing me to be flexible with the time I had.

The early days of arriving and getting used to being in such a different country and culture were all eased by the support of Krishna and his team. I was able to spend some time learning a little of the language before I moved in with a Nepali family.

I spent the first 3months of my trip living with Krishna’s family in a village about an hour north of Pokhara. I think being able to live as part of a Nepalese family was a huge bonus in being able to fully understand what ‘real Nepali’ life is like. Although slightly overwhelmed at first, I felt extremely welcomed into the home and absolutely loved my time there. I learnt so much in those first three months and my language was certainly tested as Ama had very little English! I never thought I would actually wake up and look forward to a plate full of rice and curry but I grew to love eating Dahl Bhatt.

Whilst living in the village, I spent my days teaching English in the local school. This was a real eye opener into the world of Education in Nepal and very different to what I was used to in England, however I found the pupils and staff very warm and welcoming and have fond memories of discussions over Nepalese politics with the staff!

As previously mentioned I’d wanted to spend some time exploring more of the country and decided to do the Annapurna circuit trek which took around 2 weeks to complete. This was such an amazing experience and it was wonderful to be immersed in the awesome Hilmalaya seeing some of the most breathtaking sites. Krishna helped me organise the trek and I linked up with a couple of other volunteers who wanted to do the same trek. Being able to share your experiences with other volunteers in invaluable and will create memories that you will never forget.

For the final month that I was in Nepal, Krishna organized for me to spend time in an orphan home. There were only 5 children at the home, which meant that you could really get to know them individually and build great relationships. Some of my favorite memories from this time are going out onto the lake and swimming with the kids and taking them to make batiks. The children are wonderful and have such open hearts which makes it difficult when you have to say goodbye.Overall I had the most amazing 5months in such a beautiful country and was extremely touched by the loving nature of all the Nepalese people. I gained treasured family and friends, who I hope to see again and again in the future. The support from Krishna throughout the time I was out there was just amazing and the projects he run are so invaluable to the communities out there.

What would you improve about this program?
Food would be provided three times a day.

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