Himalayan Education Lifeline Programme (Nepal)

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As our name suggests (Himalayan Education Lifeline Programme), 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.

HELP realises its aims by enabling responsible and committed people from the developed world to:
-sponsor young people with the potential to benefit from a school or college education, but without the means to do so.
-make a donation, helping a child or a school lacking the means to acquire the textbooks, equipment or premises required to provide a satisfactory education for the children in their charge.

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92%
based on 5 reviews
  • Impact 9.2
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 8
  • Value 8
  • Safety 8.4
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Jim
10/10

Excellent program, low overhead, great value for money

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
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Marco
10/10

Unforgettable experience

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
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Liam
10/10

HELP; Kalimpong, Darjeeling

I chose to volunteer at a school a few miles outside of Kalimpong in the Darjeeling District of West Bengal and I feel it was a very good choice for me. I will be doing my own fundraising for the school I was volunteering at and returning to teach again. I found the staff at this school to be very good and better qualified than most teachers in similar sized schools and larger ones too. Eager to learn what they could and teach me about themselves,their language and their customs I felt very welcomed. The children ranging from nursery (approx 3 yrs) to class 5 were well behaved especially compared to their Western counter parts. The climate was very nice even during the monsoon, and I didn't see or hear of anyone getting malaria in that part of India.

The host family is was very accommodating and very much like the teachers. The principals wife cooked some of the most delicious food I have been so fortunate to have eaten. If I needed something in the market I couldn't find or somewhere they were very keen to help me. I made very good friends with the principal and his wife. I tried to be involved in the community by participating in pujas when I could and other such community gatherings ( I was invited to a wedding while there too). This I found help me deal with the culture shock and keep myself occupied.

I was done teaching by 2pm everyday and would walk back to the house for lunch at about noon. After I was finished teaching the day was mine. Dinner wasn't usually until 8 or 9. I would go to the market quite often to practice my Nepali. When I was teaching English I was amazed at how similar it is to English and is very easy to pick up. I wish I had hired a tutor while there. In July is a 2 week summer holiday and I didn't plan on going too far, so I asked the Executive Director at the time if there was any work that needed to be done in the area. It just so happened another school close by had applied to HELP for assistance but needed someone to go to conduct an initial survey, so I ended up doing so and visited many times as a result.

Highlights would be the people and community, the food, and the language. I found it very rewarding and as my first time traveling abroad and alone this place was a gentle transition to a country like that. I found the people to be a lot more liberal than in other parts of India especially with regards to women. Keep in mind there is an 'agitation' happening now in the District for a separate state of Gorkaland. Most people of the hill region are ethnically Nepali and are oppressed by the state government of the Bengali majority. Kalimpong is situated on a crest between two hills and each hill has a division of the Indian Army on it. There were many times in the market where soldiers would wander about with riot gear, assault rifles, grenade launchers, and tear gas launchers however I never felt threatened as it was very calm at the time.

How dependent you are on your work book was very difficult to deal with. The books are not usually very quality and come on a first come first serve basis for the private schools in this area. When teaching you have to keep in mind that when you leave they do have exams and that their mark ultimately depends on that number grade. The teachers need to be able to test what you have taught too.

How can this program be improved?
When I got to the school I arrived at 4pm after a day of traveling across India and was teaching the next day. I ended up doing grammar classes for grades 1-5 and there was not much direction with what was needed.
Yes, I recommend
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Taryn
6/10

HELP Pokhara Nepal

The Program through HELP in Pokhara was a great experience due to the staff of Help. The Social Public School does forget sometimes about the education of the children and sometimes more about the money that can gain from having such visitors as myself or others.

Response from Himalayan Education Lifeline Programme

We have decided not to continue sending volunteers to this school. I am encouraged to see that Taryn remains very positive about HELP itself.

Yes, I recommend
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Julie
10/10

HELP Assists Students in the Himalayas

In my seven to eight week stay in Nepal, I taught at a kindergarten through fifth grade school. I was able to work with each class during my stay and felt that my presence was valued by both staff and students. My assignment was in a rural setting where some of the students walked over an hour each way to attend school. Many of the students were from other school districts, but their parents choose to send them to the school supported by the HELP program because it was far superior. The HELP program not only supplies occasional teacher volunteers, but also gives each student two pairs of pants, two shirts, two sweaters, and school supplieseach year. HELP also provides school supplies to the school teachers. These teachers spoke little English, but were open to new ideas and teaching techniques, which is what makes them a superior school, thanks to HELP!

How can this program be improved?
I had no specific direction as to what I was supposed to do at the school. This is good in that it allows for great flexibility in different locations, but I did not really grasp what it was that would help students the most until near the end of my stay.

New volunteers are free to contact past volunteers, but perhaps it would be good for exiting HELPers to give more specific insights as to their personal believes regarding students needs as a whole.
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About Himalayan Education Lifeline Programme

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...